India.Arie, Marty Stuart top list of Three Rivers Art Festival acts
A diverse music lineup is promised for the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, coming June 7-16 to Point State Park, Gateway Plaza and the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh.
“Embarking on our 60th year, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival continues to attract a broad range of entertainment from our own region and around the globe, all free and open to the public,” says Sarah Aziz, director of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and Festival Management for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “I know our audiences will not be disappointed with the caliber and diversity of our Festival artists in 2019.”
The full festival lineup — including local and touring artists appearing on the three stages, dance, film, literary art, gallery exhibitions, public art and creative activities — will be revealed April 16.
In the meantime, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, producer of the festival, has announced these featured performers:
India.Arie, June 7
“Recognized as a major influence for a new generation of socially aware artists, India is both ahead of her time and of it – an evocative creative force on a mission to spread healing, peace, love and unconditional self-acceptance through the power of words and music,” festival promoters say.
Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, June 8
“With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: ‘Who’s going to fill their shoes?’ The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart,” promoters say. “While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician lives and breathes country-music history.”
Nahko and Medicine For The People, and The Teskey Brothers, June 9
“Nahko And Medicine For The People continues to gather dedicated, like-minded fans of this global Medicine Tribe, as members spread their positive and powerful musical message around the world. Fans and critics alike praise the group’s worldly blend of rock, hip-hop, and alt-folk,’ promoters say. “The Huffington Post compared Nahko to Bob Marley and called him a ‘musical prophet.’”
Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass Section, June 10
”This performance, designed for the whole family, is sure to please and delight with a varied program ranging from colorful and popular brass favorites to new arrangements for the occasion,” according to festival organizers.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, June 11
”Merging funk, soul, rock, jazz, blues and more, (Denson’s) energy and spirit are contagious, while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship — across generations, genders, religions and cultures,” organizers say. “There’s no doubt Denson is also drawing influence and inspiration from his other main gigs, as a touring member of The Rolling Stones and the linchpin of the beloved jazz-funk unit The Greyboy Allstars.”
Kaia Kater, June 12
The Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian’s “old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression,” promoters say. Rolling Stone calls her third album, “Grenades, “smart, atmospheric Americana.”
Kater’s appearance is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lucius, June 13
Berklee-trained singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, backed by bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, have “headlined all over the U.S. and Europe, (including) slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Austin City Limits, and shared the stage with a variety of renowned musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, and David Byrne,” festival promoters say.
Lucius previously played the Three Rivers festival in 2013.
Tank and the Bangas and Too Many Zooz, June 14
New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas combine “fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B, and subtle jazz … into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own,” promoters say.
Too Many Zooz has been dubbed a “brasshouse” band, with unique grooves “that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude,” according to festival organizers.
Mandolin Orange, with Parsonsfield and Mipso, June 15
“Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear,” festival promoters say. The North Carolina duo features singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz.
The June 16 headlining act has yet to be announced.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, attracts around 500,000 visitors annually during its 10-day run. The free festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers in Point State Park, throughout Gateway Center and in the city’s Cultural District.
Now in its 60th year, the festival offers an extensive array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions and an Artist Market featuring more than 300 artists from around the country. Through waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives, the festival has received the Outstanding Green Event Award and GOLD level accreditation from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .