Blues festival announces lineup for 20th anniversary shows
The Pittsburgh Blues Festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary this July with three days of shows at Hartwood Acres, featuring headliners Dr. John, JJ Grey & Mofro and Bernard Allison.
The action gets started on July 25 with a Pittsburgh All Stars band, with representatives from the past 20 years of performances. Second-generation bluesman Allison will cap off the Friday-night show. The son of Chicago blues musician Luther Allison is a guitarist who now bases his career out of Paris.
Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John brings his New Orleans sound to the July 26 concerts. Also playing that Saturday are Trampled Under Foot, Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites and Albert Cummings.
The July 27 shows will lead off with the Ben Miller Band, followed by '90s pop stars the Spin Doctors and Southern blues band JJ Grey & Mofro closing out the weekend.
More local bands will be added to the lineup for the festival, which benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The festival has raised more than $2 million in the past 19 years for the food bank. Admission is free on July 25 with a bag of nonperishable groceries. Organizers are challenging festivalgoers to raise 20 tons of food through the onsite collections and a virtual food drive.
New to the festival this year will be a craft-beer tent and a “Blues Festival 20 Years of History” exhibit.
Gates opens at 4 p.m. July 25 and 1:30 p.m. July 26 and 27. Online ticket sales will begin in mid-May.
Details: 412-460-2583 or www.pghblues.com
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