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52nd Light Up Night brings more live music to city

| Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 1:42 p.m.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl speaks in PPG's Wintergarden on Thursday morning, June 28, 2012. The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership held an event to announce the creation of a European holiday market that will be placed in Market Square this coming holiday season. Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
President and CEO of Peoples Natural Gas, Morgan O'Brien laughs with Santa Claus at the unveiling of the name of the new European style holiday market that will be put in place this holiday season in Market Square. The announcement took place in PPG's Wintergarden on Thursday morning, June 28, 2012. Gwen Titley | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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 kgormly@tribweb.com or 412-320-7824.

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