Hitmakers, Local Favorites and More to Play Hartwood and South Park

The county has released the lineups for its popular concert series at Hartwood Acres and South Park Amphitheatre, including some surprising names — get ready to do the Safety Dance!


There are plenty of impressive names on the lineup for this year’s Summer Concert Series, the county-sponsored evenings of music at Hartwood Acres and South Park Amphitheatre.

With a roster including country legend Marty Stuart, funk pioneers WAR, indie favorite Soccer Mommy and many more, the weekly shows for 2023 boast one of the most impressive lineups in recent memory.

One name will stand out, though — if you’re part of the “I Want My MTV” generation.

Men Without Hats, the Canadian New Wave act known for the ’80s earworm “The Safety Dance,” will headline the season-closing Allegheny County Music Festival, set for September 3 at Hartwood Acres.

While that blast from the past may have Gen-Xers practicing their dance moves, there are worthy artists taking the county’s stages each weekend.

South Park’s lineup includes blues virtuoso Ally Venable; alternative favorites Fastball remembered for the inescapable hit “The Way”; locally bred pop-punkers Punchline; singer-songwriter JD McPherson; and rock-soul songwriter Edwin McCain, the voice behind ’90s radio hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.”

Hartwood Acres will offer shows by Stuart, WAR and Soccer Mommy, along with nights featuring Fitz and the Tantrums, local favorite Chirs Jamison, jazz-guitar titan John Scofield and more.

Additionally, local institutions will take their traditional turns on the county stages, including evenings with River City Brass, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at Hartwood and performances from Pittsburgh Opera, the PSO and the Tamburitzans at South Park.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m., with food trucks, adult beverages and more available an hour earlier. The open-air shows are free, with the exception of the Music Festival; a per-car donation to that event benefits the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

Full lineups for the venues are below.

South Park

  • June 2 — Pittsburgh Opera
  • June 9 — The Skyliners
  • June 16 — Ally Venable Band
  • June 23 — Honky-Tonk Jukebox
  • July 1 — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8:15 p.m. start time)
  • July 7 — Summer of Love Band
  • July 14 — Tyler Braden
  • July 21 — The Dazz Band
  • July 28 — Fastball
  • August 4 — Richie Goods & Chien Chien Lu
  • August 11 — JD McPherson
  • August 18 — Edwin McCain
  • August 25 — The Tamburitzans
  • September 1 — Punchline

Hartwood Acres

  • June 4 — Chris Jamison
  • June 11 — River City Brass
  • June 18 — The Jaggerz (Father’s Day Car Cruise)
  • June 25 — Billy Price
  • July 2 — Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (8:15 p.m. start time)
  • July 9 — Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
  • July 16 — WAR
  • July 23 — Fitz and the Tantrums
  • July 30 — Zack Keim, Forestry Division, Ames Harding & The Mirage
  • August 6 — Soccer Mommy
  • August 13 — Los Amigos Invisibles
  • August 20 — Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 
  • August 27 — John Scofield
  • September 3 — Men Without Hats (Allegheny County Music Festival)
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