If you know me, you know one of my very favorite things about Pittsburgh is the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival.

If you know me a little better, you know that my very favorite thing about the arts festival is the series of free, nightly concerts, which return to the point this year.

As I do most years, I look at the schedule and think: OK. Gonna be spending a lot of time down there for the next 10 days. We’re starting tonight, with an official tweetup for the Black Keys show at 8. And while I would love to see Medeski, Martin and Wood on Saturday, I think Game Five of the Stanley Cup finals is going to win out.

But if you’re up for taking in a show, here’s what I have planned for the rest of the festival. Because of work obligations and hockey playoffs, this is subject to change.

  • Tonight: The Black Keys
  • Tuesday: Donora
  • Wednesday: Toubab Krewe
  • Thursday: Booker T
  • Friday: Robert Randolph and the Family Band


  1. I was thinking about concerts today too (because I am going to see the Decemberists tomorrow.)

    I grew up in Pittsburgh and never went to the arts festival. Makes me sad.

    Trombone Shorty sounds interesting.


  2. Susan: I had lived here for almost 10 years before I figured out the live music portion of the festival. I missed a lot of good stuff.

    And Trombone Shorty sounds interesting to me, too. But there are always one or two shows every year I have to miss because I work on Sundays; this year, it’s those guys and The Wailers.


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