Michael Franti, Guster, Lake Street Dive to play Three Rivers Arts Festival
March 30, 2016 7:55 AM
Michael Franti will open the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Charles Bradley will play the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 8.
Guster plays the Arts Festival on June 10
Beth Orton performs June 9.
Lake Street Dive performs June 12.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Reggae-rock band Michael Franti & Spearhead will open the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which also features Charles Bradley, Guster and Lake Street Dive, among others.
The 57th annual festival, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, runs June 3-12 with free concerts in Point State Park. The festival will also feature art exhibitions, an artists’ market, food booths, theater, dance and other performances to be announced at a later date.
Here are the Point State Park headliners:
June 3: Michael Franti & Spearhead/Caroline Rose: Reggae fusion band led by the charismatic singer-songwriter-activist responsible for such songs as “Everyone Deserves Music,” “Say Hey (I Love You)” and ”The Sound of Sunshine.” In 2006, Franti took his music to war-torn countries for the acclaimed documentary ”I Know I’m Not Alone.” He was previously a member of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (which opened for U2 at Three Rivers Stadium in 1992) and the Beatnigs. The opener is an up-and-coming rockabilly artist.
June 4: David Grisman Sextet: The group led by the mandolin virtuoso and bluegrass innovator who pioneered “Dawg” music (so named by friend and collaborator Jerry Garcia) will headline Bluegrass Day.
June 5: IBEYI (pronounced ee-bey-ee): Lisa and Naomi Diaz, the Paris-bred twin daughters of late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz, combine Afro-Cuban roots music with hip-hop and electronica.
June 6: The Mendelssohn Choir and Steven Hackman: The conductor/composer/arranger, known for his classical-rock fusion concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, will lead the choir in original works, arrangements and mash-ups.
June 7: Leftover Salmon: Boulder, Colo. band, a favorite in the jam-band scene, works a sound it calls “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass.”
June 8: Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires/Peter Wolf: Known as ”The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Bradley is an R&B/funk/soul belter in the vein of James Brown. He headlined First Night Pittsburgh in 2013 and was named No. 1 on Paste Magazine’s “Best Live Acts of 2015.” The opener is Peter Wolf of the J Geils Band, last seen here with JGB opening for Bob Seger at Consol Energy Center in January 2015.
June 9:Beth Orton: The British singer-songwriter who broke out in the ‘90s via her collaborations with William Orbit and the Chemical Brothers blends folk, pop and electronica. She is set to release her sixth studio album, “Kidsticks,” on May 27.
June 10: Guster: The melodic Boston band, which released its seventh album, “Evermotion,” last year, makes its second stop in Pittsburgh in 2016. The first was an impromptu “dumpster” acoustic set in a North Side alley during a snowstorm on Jan. 23, while the band was just passing through town. It produced a viral video.
June 11: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: The PSO is celebrating its 120th year.
June 12: Lake Street Dive: The blue-eyed soul/pop band, formed at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, came to fame when it played T Bone Burnett’s “Another Day, Another Time” show in New York in October 2013, focused on music of the Coen brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” It was timed with the release of LSD’s fourth album, “Bad Self Portraits,” which it recently followed with “Side Pony.”
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