The days of giant concerts on the lawn of Point State Park during the Three Rivers Dollar Bank Arts Festival are over but the show must go on. The region’s premier festival moves to the downtown cultural district with an incredibly diverse lineup.
The featured concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Main Stage at the intersection of 9th Street and Penn Avenue. Be prepared to bring your own chair or plan to stand (which you will want to do anyway).
We have the full lineup, but here are some performances not to be missed:
June 3: Cory Henry
The Grammy winner (with progressive jazz-rock improvisers Snarky Puppy) singer and Keyboard Wizard’s recent solo album, “Something to Say,” was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album of 2022.
June 8: Bette Smith
The Brooklyn native with the big voice soul singer The gospel-inspired retro style evokes other Bettys of the past: Betty Wright and the pioneer of transgressive funk (the one from Pittsburgh) Betty Davis (who died in February).
June 9: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Krasno & The Assembly, Devon Allman Project
Perhaps the centerpiece of the Arts Festival is this huge triple bill, including Southern rock/blues giants, the Devon Allman Project, which continues the legacy of the Allman Brothers. There’s also Eric Krasno & The Assembly, led by founder/guitarist of jam-band giants Lettuce and jazz-funk combo Soulive. Plus, there’s a performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who single-handedly reinvented the sound of New Orleans brass bands with a healthy dose of funk and jazz improvisation.
June 10: Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock and Roll Revue with Los Straitjackets
This performance is a combination of one of rock and roll’s most distinctive and underrated vocals in Nick Lowe (“Cruel to be Kind”, etc.) with one of the funniest instrumental bands in the world, Los Straitjackets, the masked luchador surf-rock mystery men.
June 11: Goodie Mob
The Southern Rap Collective Goodie Mob made several massively influential albums in the early 90s; his album “Soul Food” (1995)—with frequent Outkast collaborators—helped shift the center of gravity of the hip-hop world to Atlanta. Goodie Mob singer/rapper CeeLo Green (Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”, etc.) would go on to become a solo celebrity. All of the original members of Goodie Mob, including Big Gipp, CeeLo, Khujo, and T-Mo, come together for this performance.
June 12: Femi Kuti and the positive force
Femi Kuti and the positive force is led by the son of Afrobeat ancestor Fela Kuti, whose impact on African music (think Bob Marley or James Brown) is almost immeasurable. Femi Kuti began his career in his father’s band, Egypt 80, and forged his own path with Positive Force from 1986.
Check out all of our June concert previews for other live performances you need to know about.
For more things to do in June, read our weekly event guides and 15 Very Pittsburgh Things You’ll Want to Do in June.