A hardcore punk icon, a '70s poster boy, a modern bluegrass pioneer and a Latin disco funk band -- that's just a fraction of the free Allegheny County Concert Series which will sport yet another jam-packed, eclectic lineup this summer at Hartwood and South Park.
The punk icon is Bob Mould, formerly of Husker Du, who hasn't played this area in nearly 10 years. He will perform solo. The teen-pop star is David Cassidy of Partridge Family fame, who charted the No. 1 hit "I Think I Love You" in 1970. He still has the ladies screaming (you can bet) at 63.
The esteemed bluegrass representative is Sara Watkins, who came to fame in the '90s with the trio Nickel Creek. Demonstrating the link between Latin and disco will be Venezuelan sextet Los Amigos Invisibles.
One of the biggest draws, late in the summer, is likely to be Rickie Lee Jones, who brought a fresh new jazzy style to the pop world in 1979 with a self-titled debut album that featured the single "Chuck E.'s in Love."
As always, the series will play host to such local institutions as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh CLO and the Duquesne Tamburitzans, along with the two benefit/admission events, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival and Allegheny County Music Festival.
Also on the lineup are Langhorne Slim, Galactic, the Yellowjackets and Great Big Sea.
"Once again we were striving for diversity and quality and I think we achieved both," said Bill Deasy, who books the series. "It's a real joy bringing such a varied mix of awesome, not to mention free, events to the community. I am excited about everything but am especially eager to witness the reaction to David Cassidy at South Park July 12.
But really, every weekend will include something special the whole family can enjoy."
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
• June 2: Pittsburgh Opera
• June 9: Bob Mould (alternative rock)
• June 16: The Vogues (oldies)
• June 23: Langhorne Slim and the Law (rock)
• June 30: Sara Watkins (bluegrass)
• July 7: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8 p.m.)
• July 14: Great Big Sea (Celtic folk rock)
• July 19-21: Pittsburgh Blues Festival (including Los Lonely Boys, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Slide Brothers and Joe Louis Walker; admission charged, see pghblues.com)
• July 28: Joy Ike with special guest Johnny Miller (pop, soul, folk)
• Aug. 4: BNY Mellon Jazz Presents The Yellowjackets
• Aug. 11: Galactic (funk)
• Aug. 18: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
• Aug. 25: Rickie Lee Jones (folk-rock)
• Sept. 1: Allegheny County Music Festival featuring Rusted Root with special guest Joel Plaskett (admission)
South Park schedule
• May 31: Pittsburgh CLO Presents A Gleeful Evening, Vol. 3 featuring Gene Kelly Award winners
• June 7: Italian Night starring We Three with Vito DiSalvo and
• International Recording Star Giorgia Fumanti
• June 14: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (blues)
• June 21: The Wailers (reggae)
• June 28: BNY Mellon Jazz Presents Monty Alexander
• July 6: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8:15 p.m.)
• July 12: David Cassidy (pop)
• July 19: The Stickers (country)
• July 26: Sixpence None the Richer (pop)
• Aug. 2: The August Wilson Dance Ensemble
• Aug. 9: Los Amigos Invisibles (Latin/disco/funk)
• Aug.16: James Hunter (R&B)
• Aug. 23: Duquesne Tamburitzans
• Aug. 30: Hometown Music Fest featuring JD Eicher, Caleb Lovely and
• Danielle Barbe (rock)
Scott Mervis: email@example.com; 412-263-2576. Twitter: @scottmervis_pg. First Published April 29, 2013 4:00 PM