The free featured concerts that are a highlight of the 10-day Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 2-11 in the Pittsburgh Cultural District, have been announced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The festival continues in the revamped footprint of last year, when it was entirely in the Cultural District for the first time. One change in 2023 is the relocation of the Dollar Bank Main Stage to the intersection of Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Stanwix Street. “Audiences will benefit from overlooking Pittsburgh’s beautiful Allegheny River and having access to more grass area, tree cover, and nearby food and drink options,” said the Trust press release announcing the lineup.
In addition, the Artist Market has a new layout, as more than 300 artist booths will line both sides of Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Sixth and Ninth Streets. The Giant Eagle Creativity Zone, Backyard Stage, Green Mountain Energy Stage and Food Court will connect the Artist Market to the Trust’s indoor galleries, r”ounding out a pedestrian-friendly festival layout.”
2023 THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL FEATURE MUSIC LINEUP
The following featured performances are scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Main Stage, at Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Stanwix Street. Guests can enter the stage area at Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Sixth Street. (The following is as announced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust)
Friday, June 2 | KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall burst onto the music scene with her 2004 multi-platinum debut, Eye to the Telescope, which spawned the global hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See.” These songs established Tunstall as a captivating, must-see performer, as well as a songwriter with a singular knack for balancing introspective folk and propulsive rock.
Saturday, June 3 | Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph
After 10 albums, over 2,000 gigs, and tens of millions of streams, the proud New Orleans, LA quintet have kept the torch burning through five U.S. presidential regimes, the turn-of-the-century, Hurricane Katrina, a Global Pandemic, and a much-anticipated recovery.
Sunday, June 4 | Rising Appalachia
Founded by sisters Leah and Cloe Smith, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create inviting folk music.
Monday, June 5 | Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a summer program inspired by the Three Rivers, including Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Handel’s Water Music, alongside Jessie Montgomery’s rhythmic Strum featuring Jacob Joyce as conductor.
Tuesday, June 6 | Lizz Wright
Wright sings with a soaring reflection of the cultural fabric of America. She lies beneath the script of human history transcending social divides with an offer of love and deep sense of humanity. Her music accepts the beauty of reality and a collective experience of belonging. For the listener, Wright’s songs embody a tradition that allows us to always feel at home.
Wednesday, June 7 | Red Baraat
Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz, and raw punk energy.
Thursday, June 8 | Corinne Bailey Rae
R&B singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On” and “Like A Star.” Bailey Rae’s “boundary-defying, epic music” (NPR) has earned two GRAMMY Awards, two MOBO, alongside multiple nominations including BRIT and BET Awards.
Friday, June 9 | Mo Lowda & The Humble
Mo Lowda & the Humble are a self-produced indie rock band hailing from Philadelphia. Since releasing their debut album in 2013, they’ve vastly expanded the sonic exploration of their recorded material whilst developing a dialed-in, yet energetic live show through persistent touring.
Saturday, June 10 | Chali 2na and Cut Chemist
Chali 2na and Cut Chemist have been inseparable for 35 years. For the last three years they’ve been doing a special collaborative performance that tells the story of their lives in music together. The catalogue is as endless as the time they spent creating music, including as members of Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, and more.
Sunday, June 11 | Taj Mahal Quartet
If anyone knows where to find the blues, it’s Taj. A brilliant artist with a musicologist’s mind, he has pursued and elevated the roots of beloved sounds with boundless devotion and skill.