Reggae Night to kick off Palace Theatre’s free summer concerts |

Reggae Night to kick off Palace Theatre’s free summer concerts

Shirley McMarlin
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Brahctopus, a jam rock/funk/reggae band from Pittsburgh, will play the opening date of TGIS, the Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s free summer concert series at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre, on May 30. Here, the band plays during the 2016 Rock the Palace event.

Thank goodness summer is just around the bend.

Appropriately, the Palace Theatre’s annual free Thank Goodness It’s Summer concert series is set to start up, too.

Things kick off with Reggae Night with Pittsburgh jam rock/funk/reggae band Brahctopus on May 30 just outside the Greensburg theater in the S&T Bank Courtyard.

In keeping with the evening’s theme, downtown Greensburg restaurant Sun Dawg Café will offer mojo pork tacos, jerk chicken, traditional Johnny cake, sweet plantains and shrimp ceviche with tortilla chips.

The free 14-week concert series, hosted by Westmoreland Cultural Trust, will feature live music and cocktail and dining options on Thursdays from May 30 through Sept. 5, excluding July 4.

New this year, the theater’s courtyard will open at 4:30 p.m. weekly for food and drinks, with music following from 6-9 p.m. Local community partners will serve as guest bartenders and compete for the title of 2019 TGIS Bartender Challenge Winner.

The 2019 TGIS line-up of bands and food purveyors includes:

  • May 30 – Brahctopus (reggae jam rock) and Sun Dawg Café
  • June 6 – Willow Hill (contemporary country) and Caffe Barista
  • June 13 – Sky Pilot (deep-track classic rock) and Caffe Barista
  • June 20 – The Woods Family Band (blues rock) and Elegant Catering (new to TGIS)
  • June 27 – The Abilene Band (country rock) and Elegant Catering
  • July 11 – Bad Boy Blues Band (rock & blues) and Elegant Catering
  • July 18 – Gary Pratt (country) and Caffe Barista
  • July 25 – Hamilton Ave. (classic rock)and Caffe Barista
  • Aug. 1 – Supper Break String Band (Appalachian grassrock) and Elegant Catering
  • Aug. 8 – The Bricks (acoustic rock)and Caffe Barista
  • Aug. 15 – The String Theory (acoustic duo) and Major Stokes (new to TGIS)
  • Aug. 22 – East Coast Turnaround Full Acoustic Band (Southern rock, blues and soul) and Elegant Catering
  • Aug. 29 – The Laurel (rock) and Miss Meatball
  • Sept. 5 – Jeff Perigo & Friends (rock and roll Americana) and Elegant Catering

In case of inclement weather, the band will move from the courtyard into Megan’s Suite, just inside the theater.

On Sept. 13, WCT’s second annual Greensburg Music Fest will round out the summer series with a celebration of music throughout the cultural district. Locations to date include the Palace Theatre, Art in the Alley and Helman-Ghrist Parking Lot, St. Clair Park’s Robertshaw Ampitheatre and The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Additional details and band lineup will be announced soon.

Details on the TGIS series: 724-836-1123 or

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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