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Summer Jam brings free concerts to Station Square

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

You can celebrate the sunny season by spending Friday nights this summer at Station Square, which is offering the Summer Jam free outdoor-concert series.

The series, presented by Trib Total Media, offers 10 weekly concerts of both national and local acts, including the bluesy headliners, the Marshall Tucker Band; Southern-rock Molly Hatchet; and Bruce in the USA, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. The Pittsburgh musicians include acts such as rocker Joe Grushecky, Buzz Poets and Gathering Field, which recently reunited after a decade-long hiatus.

Station Square hosted its first summer-concert series last year, and this year's sophomore event now has the catchy brand name of Summer Jam, says Tim Kirsch, president of the Strip District-based Apposite Marketing Solutions, which helped Station Square organize and promote the concerts.Each concert evening, the opening act will perform on the small stage in Bessemer Court. The second act of the evening will perform on the larger stage along Main Street, which will be closed. Concertgoers can bring lawn chairs and blankets for the free-seating, open areas.

“There's no seating, but there's plenty of room,” Kirsch says.

Brian Drusky, president and owner of Drusky Entertainment, says that Summer Jam offers Pittsburghers a nice, free way to spend a summer evening.

“We want people ... to come down to Station Square, and have a good time for the summer,” Drusky says. “It's a nice time of the year, and free entertainment.”

In case of rain, shows likely will move inside to the Hard Rock Cafe, Drusky says.

Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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