• Carol A. Gerner

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2019


Point State Park | Gateway Center | Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

June 7–16, 2019

Pittsburgh, PA – The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a free festival celebrating music + art, returns to the beautiful Point State Park, Gateway Plaza and the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh June 7-16, 2019. Today, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, producer of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, revealed the diverse featured music line-up, which includes free and open-to-the-public performances. “Embarking on our 60th year, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival continues to attract a broad range of entertainment from our own region and around the globe, all free and open to the public. We look back and celebrate six decades of top-notch talent, having shared our Festival stage with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, The Phillip Glass Ensemble, Citizen Cope, and hundreds of others from everywhere in between,” says Sarah Aziz, Director of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and Festival Management for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “I know our audiences will not be disappointed with the caliber and diversity of our Festival artists in 2019.”

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival welcomes nearly 500,000 fans annually for 10 days of free public art installations, live music, theater, dance, gallery exhibitions, and an Artist Market. On April 16, 2019, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will announce the full Festival line-up, including dozens of local and touring artists appearing on the three stages, dance, film, literary art, gallery exhibitions, public art, and creative activities for all. The full line-up will also be available atTrustArts.org/TRAF.


Friday, June 7


It’s no secret to India.Arie fans that the word “worthy” has been an empowering expression of self-love for her and her audience over the years. Faithfully repurposed as the title and theme of her brand new 16-track album, including 13 songs and three interludes, India’s first full-length offering in five years is set to impact a world finally attuned to the kind of empathic sea-change the humanitarian singer/songwriter has embraced her entire career.

Recognized as a major influence for a new generation of socially aware artists, India is both ahead of her time and of it – an evocative creative force on a mission to spread healing, peace, love and unconditional self-acceptance through the power of words and music.

Saturday, June 8

Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives

With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: “Who’s going to fill their shoes?” The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart.

While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician lives and breathes country-music history. He’s played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts – including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.

Sunday, June 9

Nahko and Medicine For The People (+ The Teskey Brothers)

Nahko And Medicine For The People continues to gather dedicated, like-minded fans of this global Medicine Tribe, as members spread their positive and powerful musical message around the world. Fans and critics alike praise the group’s worldly blend of rock, hip-hop, and alt-folk, with OC Weekly calling the group “empowering” and “powerful,” while The Huffington Post compared Nahko to Bob Marley and called him a “musical prophet.” The October 2017 album My Name is Bear premiered at #1 on iTunes and debuted on a number of Billboard charts.

Nahko And Medicine For The People are firm believers in using music as a tool of empowerment to protect and preserve all of creation. They aim to inspire others to take a deeper role in protecting and preserving our planet, people, and the spirit in all of creation.

Monday, June 10

Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass

The virtuosic brass section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its brilliance, refinement, and incredible power. Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass make a special appearance this June at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. This performance, designed for the whole family, is sure to please and delight with a varied program ranging from colorful and popular brass favorites to new arrangements for the occasion.

Tuesday, June 11

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Singer and saxophonist Karl Denson fronts his band Tiny Universe as if he’s preaching the gospel. Merging funk, soul, rock, jazz, blues and more, his energy and spirit are contagious, while his songwriting serves a larger message of fellowship — across generations, genders, religions and cultures. Not surprisingly then, he’s none too pleased with the current state of political discourse. Thus the reason why KDTU’s new album, Gnomes & Badgers, out now on Seven Spheres Records, offers Denson’s hard-grooving answer to these tragically divisive times.

To aid him in his mission, Denson has tapped some of his legendary friends, including The Rolling Stones’ keyboardist and Allman Brothers Band alum Chuck Leavell, guitar-slinging singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson, New Orleans guitar hero Anders Osborne, Austin producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada and NOLA R&B royal Ivan Neville. There’s no doubt Denson is also drawing influence and inspiration from his other main gigs, as a touring member of The Rolling Stones and the linchpin of the beloved jazz-funk unit The Greyboy Allstars.

Wednesday, June 12

Kaia Kater

This engagement is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“…plaintive, mesmerizing…writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran…” –Rolling Stone

As a Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to folk music; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in the United States. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as NPR, CBC Radio, Rolling Stone, BBC Music, and No Depression. Her third album, Grenades has already received acclaim from Rolling Stone (“Smart, atmospheric Americana”), and promises to bring listeners on an entirely new journey.

Thursday, June 13


“Especially gorgeous, moving…” –New York Times

“…dabbling in pristine harmonies, the Berklee-trained sirens more often belt it out as a single unit with a force that decimates Phil Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound’ and has the potential to reach Jupiter.” –Consequence of Sound

“This is music with an irrepressible edge.” –Relix

Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, Lucius has sold out shows across the world, big and small. Having headlined all over the U.S. and Europe, they’ve also played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Austin City Limits, and shared the stage with a variety of renowned musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, and David Byrne.

Lucius returns to the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, years after playing the Festival in 2013.

Friday, June 14

Tank and the Bangas + Too Many Zooz (co-headliners)

Tank and the Bangas

Coming from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas is surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions, and the five-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B, and subtle jazz—into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. “It’s music that can’t really be put in a box,” says singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. She fronts the band with vivid charisma that helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 ‘Tiny Desk Concert Contest’ by unanimous acclaim, standing out among 6,000 entrants because of what Bob Boilen called “the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players.” Those same qualities also attracted the attention of Verve Records, which has signed the band.

Too Many Zooz

The curious thing about being a fan of brasshouse? You’re pretty much talking about being into one solitary but extremely unforgettable band: the amusingly monikered Too Many Zooz. The musical style was “branded” by drummer King of Sludge (KOS), who recognized that there was no worthy existing classification for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet).

It’s an indifference to convention and trend that has garnered Too Many Zooz a fanbase that KOS describes as “wide-ranging and fanatical.” Its sound is truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude.

Saturday, June 15

Mandolin Orange (+ Parsonsfield + Mipso)

Mandolin Orange’s music radiates a mysterious warmth —their songs feel like whispered secrets, one hand cupped to your ear. The North Carolina duo has built a steady and growing fanbase with this kind of intimacy, and on Tides of A Teardrop (2019), it is more potent than ever. By all accounts, it is the duo’s fullest, richest, and most personal effort. You can hear the air between them—the taut space of shared understanding, as palpable as a magnetic field, that makes their music sound like two halves of an endlessly completing thought.

Singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz have honed this lamp-glow intimacy for years. For this album, Marlin and Frantz enlisted their touring band, who they also worked with on their last album Blindfaller. Having recorded all previous albums live in the studio, they approached the recording process in a different way this time. There is a telepathy and warmth in the interplay on Tides of A Teardrop that brings a new dynamic to the foreground—that holy silence between notes, the air that charges the album with such profound intimacy.

Sunday, June 16


The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival (60th year in 2019), a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. This world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting nearly 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s renowned Cultural District. Now in its 60th year, the Festival’s loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, dance, theater, literary arts, public art, gallery exhibitions, and an Artist Market featuring 300+ artists from around the country. Through the Festival’s green initiatives of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling throughout the Festival grounds, it is the recipient of the Outstanding Green Event Award and GOLD level accreditation from the Pennsylvania Resources Council. 

Hope to see you there!


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