County series will feature Lake Street Dive and more
May 1, 2014 12:00 AM
Lake Street Dive: Bridget Kearney, Mike "McDuck" Olson, Rachael Price and Mike Calabrese.
By Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bruce Hornsby, Lake Street Dive, Macy Gray and Paquito D'Rivera are among the stars of the free Allegheny County Concert Series launching in late May at the outdoor Hartwood Acres and South Park venues.
The series samples various genres, including rock, blues, jazz, R&B, gospel and Americana, along with presenting annual concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, River City Brass and Duquesne Tamburitzans.
"We did a tally and, including Blues Fest, our lineup has racked up a total of 35 Grammys -- and six or seven Juno Awards for good measure," says Bill Deasy, who books the series. "In addition to the annual focus on diversity, I really tried to include as much homegrown music as I could so that almost every concert will shine a light on the local scene."
Among those local headliners are 28 North, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, The Stickers and Lovebettie.
The hottest newcomer is Lake Street Dive, the jazzy roots band from Boston that made its splash appearing in the T-Bone Burnett-produced Showtime special "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis.' " The band did a sold-out show at Mr. Smalls in March.
Making a long-awaited return to Pittsburgh is soul singer Macy Gray, a Canton, Ohio, native who debuted in 1999 with the three-times platinum "On How Life Is." In 2012, she offered her takes on Radiohead, Metallica, the Eurythmics, Kanye West and more on "Covered" and also paid tribute to Stevie Wonder by releasing her own version of the classic album "Talking Book."
Hartwood also has a pair of guitarslingers: Jerry Douglas, from Alison Krauss + Union Station, and Sonny Landreth, a regular at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
One of the multiple Grammy winners is Cuban saxophonist D'Rivera, who has recorded a pair of albums at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.
All shows are free and start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted; www.alleghenycounty.us/summer.
HARTWOOD ACRES PARK AMPHITHEATER, Hampton
June 1: The Abby Lee Dance Company’s Kick-Off to Summer
June 8: 28 North with 7Horse
June 15: Father’s Day Car Cruise followed by Pure Gold
June 22: Sonny Landreth with Kevin Garrett
June 29: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
July 6: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8:15 p.m.)
July 13: BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra with Paquito D’Rivera
July 20: Lake Street Dive with Brooke Annibale
July 25-27: Pittsburgh Blues Festival featuring Dr. John, Bernard Allison, J.J. Gray & Mofro, Spin Doctors and more (admission charged, except Friday)
Aug. 3: Jerry Douglas with Nameless in August
Aug. 10: Macy Gray
Aug. 17: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Aug. 24: Duquesne Tamburitzans
Aug. 31: Allegheny County Music Festival ($20 suggested donation benefiting the Department of Human Services)
SOUTH PARK AMPHITHEATER
May 30: Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers
June 6: Lil’ Ed and the Imperials with Jill West & Blues Attack
June 13: Pittsburgh Opera
June 20: Buckwheat Zydeco
June 27: The Stickers CD release concert with Christian Beck Band
July 5: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m.)
July 11: Ha Ha Tonka with Townsppl
July 18: Sister Hazel
July 25: Gospel Music Night
Aug. 1: Serena Ryder with The Harlan Twins
Aug. 8: The Hitmen featuring original members of Tommy James and the Shondells, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Aug. 15: Lovebettie
Aug. 22: BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Gloria Reuben and Caribbean Jazz Ensemble
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