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Fitzgerald Announces 2019 Summer Concert Series Lineup



County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced the lineup for the county’s 2019 Summer Concert Series at South Park and Hartwood Acres Park, which features award-winning, chart-topping and platinum-selling artists, including Guster, Foghat, Kurt Vile, Tonic, Stephen Marley, RaeLynn and The Manhattan Transfer.


“One of the great traditions of summer is our free concert series at the South Park and Hartwood Acres Park amphitheaters,” said Fitzgerald. “The 2019 Summer Concert Series has an exciting mix of styles that will appeal to music lovers of all ages. Whether you’re a frequent attendee, or have never been to one of our concerts, we hope you’ll join us for a great summer of live music, food trucks and craft beer.”


Hop Farm Brewing Company will once again be the exclusive craft beer vendor for the Summer Concert Series. Hop Farm is a woman-owned, family-run brewery in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The company grows its own hops, by hand, organically, and adds them to every batch of beer. Hop Farm will be selling a variety of craft beers in the $4-$7 price range.


South Park Amphitheater will host 14 free performances this season beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31, with Beauty Slap and Funky Fly Project. Other South Park highlights include:


·         July 6 – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, playing patriotic favorites in honor of Independence Day.

·         July 19 – John Paul White, four-time Grammy-winning artist and producer, formerly of The Civil Wars.

·         July 26 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, whose “Hearts of Stone” album was ranked among the top 100 of the 1970s and 1980s by Rolling Stone.

·         August 2 – Tonic, two-time Grammy nominees whose song “If You Could Only See” continues to haunt airwaves around the world.

·         August 9 – RaeLynn, rising country superstar and veteran of season two of “The Voice.”

·         August 16 – Foghat, multi-platinum-selling artists whose hits “Slow Ride,” “Fool for the City” and “I Just Want to Make Love to You” remain staples of classic rock radio.


Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater will host 14 free performances, starting with the world-renowned Pittsburgh Opera at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. Other Hartwood highlights include:


·         July 7 ­– Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, playing patriotic favorites in honor of Independence Day.

·         July 14 – Stephen Marley, Grammy-winning Reggae superstar and second son of the legendary Bob Marley.

·         July 21 – Kurt Vile, an artist the New York Times dubbed “indie rock’s charming riddle,” whose song “Pretty Pimpin” rang up over 45 million Spotify streams.

·         July 28 – Rose Royce, whose infectious blend of disco, funk and soul created the #1 hit “Car Wash.”

·         August 4 – Guster, a wildly creative band whose live shows are the stuff of legend.

·         August 11 – The B.B. King Blues Band, who team up with Michael Lee from “The Voice” to keep the musical legacy of B.B. King alive.

·         August 18 – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, one of the most exciting ballet companies in the United States, which has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since 1969.

·         August 25 – The Manhattan Transfer, one of the most important and innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music and winners of 10 Grammy awards.


Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater will also host the 20th Annual Allegheny County Musical Festival with Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root with special guests Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors and Jenn Wertz on Sunday, September 1. A $20 per vehicle requested donation benefits children and youth receiving services through the County Department of Human Services or the Juvenile Section of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas. Since 2000, the County Musical Festival has raised more than $520,000. To learn more about the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund, visitwww.alleghenycounty.us/Human-Services/ACMFF.


As usual, the 2019 Summer Concert Series will feature numerous local performers, including Anger the Ant,Benji, Clinton Clegg, Melinda Colaizzi, Mars Jackson, Clara Kent, Elias Khouri, The Matt Barranti Band, Milly, Some Kind of Animal, Starship Mantis and Steeltown Horns.


To get free notifications about concerts and other activities in the parks, sign up for Allegheny Alerts atwww.alleghenycounty.us/alerts. Once you have created an account, you can choose the topics you want and how you want to receive the information (email, text, voice) and where you want to receive it (home, work, cell).  You can change the information and topics at any time by logging into your account and modifying your choices. It’s a great way to keep up to date with changes due to weather or other considerations as well. Summer concert information will also be posted on the County Parks Facebook page at www.faceboook.com/AlleghenyCountyParks.


The complete schedules for the 2019 Summer Concert Series, Family Fun Night at the Movies, and Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project are below and available online at www.alleghenycounty.us/summer.

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