52nd Light Up Night brings more live music to city
Revelers at Pittsburgh's 52nd Annual Light Up Night can look forward to more live music Downtown, which will host a jazz-only stage in addition to the two performing stages of previous years.
The EQT Plaza Jazzmasters Stage will host performances by Al Dowe and Etta Cox, the Kenny Blake Quartet and the Roger Humphries Quintet on Light Up Night, the annual celebration that officially kicks off the holiday season Downtown.
The local jazz acts will complement other all-local acts on the other two stages, including Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Johnny Angel and The Halos, and The Stickers.
This year, Light Up Night takes place Nov. 16.
The Friday-night event, which continues Saturday with a daytime parade, offers free entertainment for all ages, with live musical performances, the lighting of trees and other light displays.
New this year is the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, featuring European chalet-style booths with artisans and merchants from around the world selling their goods. The market opens Nov. 24 and will operate daily through Dec. 23. Another new feature is the whimsical 576-square-foot Santa House in Market Square, where children can explore and drop off their letters to Santa. Donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank can be dropped off at this location as well.
Light Up Night kicks off at noon Nov. 16 with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lighting the tree in the City-County Building, and a dedication of the creche at the U.S. Steel Tower. Festivities continue throughout the day and evening, and conclude at 9:38 p.m. with fireworks at the Andy Warhol Bridge. The celebration continues Nov. 17 with the Holiday Saturday Parade. Details: www.downtownpittsburgh.com
Kellie B. Gormly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7824.