County series will feature Lake Street Dive and more

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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;


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)


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

Aug. 29: River City Brass

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