Patti LaBelle to headline Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
The iconic Patti LaBelle will be the featured performer at the annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival in June.
Presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the event is curated and directed by Janis Burley Wilson, president and CEO of the cultural center.
The festival is a combination of free outdoor concerts and ticketed shows inside the cultural center.
“The legendary Patti LaBelle in the intimate setting of our theater will be a one-of-a-kind experience,” Burley Wilson said in a statement.
The theme this year explores funk from “Butcher Brown” to “WAR,” and “Black Women Rock Coalition’s tribute to Betty Davis” to “Stanley Clarke Band.”
The event takes place June 20-23 along Liberty Avenue, in Downtown Pittsburgh. LaBelle will perform at 8 p.m. on June 21.
There will also be a jazz crawl on June 21 and “Jazz Time,” on the morning of June 22 at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Education Center on Liberty Avenue to engage children and adults through the story of Anqwenique Wingfield and music and lyrics by Douglas Levine.
A Pittsburgh’s own “Tamara Tunie CD Release Party” is on June 22 and there will be free concerts on outdoor stages June 22-23.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .