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Allegheny County parks concerts include Grammy winners

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

Allegheny County parks will once again play host to a variety of musical acts this summer from Grammy winners to local institutions to annual festivals.

The schedule for the 2013 Summer Concert Series, which takes place at Hartwood Acres and South Park, was announced Monday.

Hartwood will host three Grammy winners — bluegrass fiddler Sarah Watkins (June 30); jazz quartet The Yellowjackets, and rock/R&B singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones (Aug. 25).

Headliners at the South Park amphitheater include reggae legends The Wailers (June 21), Jamaican jazz artist Monty Alexander (June 28) and '70s pop star David Cassidy (July 12).

All the performances are free and open to the public, except the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, July 19 to 21, and the Allegheny County Music Festival on Sept. 1, both at Hartwood Acres. Headliners for the Blues Festival include Big Sam's Funky Nation and the Slide Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Tab Benoit and J.D. McPherson. Online ticket sales for the Blues Festival begin May 15 at www.pghblues.com. Rusted Root will headline the Allegheny County Music Festival, at which a $20 per car donation is requested.

The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Hartwood Acres

June 2: Pittsburgh Opera

June 9: Bob Mould

June 16: Father's Day car cruise featuring The Vogues

June 23: Langhorne Slim & The Law

June 30: Sarah Watkins

July 7: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m.

July 14: Great Big Sea

July 19-21: Pittsburgh Blues Festival, times vary

July 28: Joy Ike with Johnny MillerAug. 4: The Yellowjackets

Aug. 11: Galactic

Aug. 18: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Aug. 25: Rickie Lee Jones

Sept. 1: Allegheny County Music Festival with Rusted Root and Joel Plaskett

South Park

May 31: “A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3,” with Gene Kelly Award winners

June 7: “Italian Night,” with We Three, Vito DiSalvo and Giorgia Fumanti

June 14: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

June 21: The Wailers

June 28: Monty Alexander

July 6: Pittsburgh Symphony, 8:15 p.m.

July 12: David Cassidy

July 19: The Stickers

July 26: Sixpence None the Richer

Aug. 2: August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble

Aug. 9.: Los Amigos Invisibles

Aug. 16: James Hunter

Aug. 23: Duquesne University Tamburitzans

Aug. 30: Hometown Music Fest

Details: 412-350-2528 or www.alleghenycounty.us/summer

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