Who Are the Headliners at the 2019 Three Rivers Arts Festival
All of the performances at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs June 7-16, are free.
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If there are any guarantees in this world, it's that at some point during the Three Rivers Arts Festival there will be rain, and there will be good music. Here's a roundup of this year's performances — don't forget to bring an umbrella.
Friday, June 7, 7:30 – 9 p.m: India.Arie
India.Arie has been nominated for 22 GRAMMYS and won four of them, including Best R&B Album. Her music is often described as socially aware with a focus on spreading peace and self-acceptance.
Saturday, June 8, 7:30 – 9 p.m: Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives are a modern band with an old-school country feel. Marty, who spent time performing and hanging out with Johnny Cash, created his new album as “a love letter to California,” and the band will be performing songs from it at the festival this year.
Sunday, June 9, 6 – 7 P.m: The Teskey Brothers
Two brothers and two friends make up this band of four from Australia. Playing a mix of soul and blues, The Teskey Brothers dropped their first album last year. Their first North American tour is this summer.
Sunday, June 9 7:30 – 9 p.m: Nahko and Medicine For The People
A combination of rock, hip-hop and alternative folk music, Nahko and Medicine For The People have been compared to Bob Marley by the Huffington Post. They plan to release new music this year as well.
Monday, June 10, 7:30 – 9 p.m: Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass
Playing fan favorites, as well as new arrangements, the brass section of the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra is sure to please the whole family.
Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 – 9 p.m: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Karl Denson, a touring member of The Rolling Stones, hits the Three Rivers Festival stage this summer with his combination of funk, soul, rock, jazz and blues.
Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 – 9 p.m: Kaia Kater
Canadian-born singer, songwriter and banjo player Kaia Kater grew up surrounded by folk music and spent time studying Appalachian music in the U.S. Kaia’s songs tend to touch on social issues. She recently released her third album, which received acclaim from Rolling Stone magazine.
Thursday, June 13, 7:30 – 9 p.m: Lucius
Lucius started when two of the four members met while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston 10 years ago. Since then, they have performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and many other venues. Their sound varies, but mostly falls into the alternative punk realm.
Friday, June 14, 6 – 7 p.m: Too Many Zooz
Too Many Zooz is a trio with a drummer, a saxophonist and a trumpeter. The band describe their sound as “a high energy music conversation.” Born in the underground stations of New York City, Too Many Zooz released their debut album in 2016 — the same year Beyonce asked them to perform with her at the Billboard Music Awards.
Friday, June 14, 7:30 – 9 p.m:Tank and the Bangas
Hailing from New Orleans, this five-member group combines soul, hip hop, jazz and R&B to create something their own while still retaining that traditional Nola sound. They recently signed with Verve Records — the same recording company that signed Ella Fitzgerald (who also once performed at the Three Rivers Arts Festival).
Saturday, June 15, 4 – 5 p.m: Parsonfield
This folk-rock band contains a plethora of instruments, but only four performers. Parsonfield took their name from the town in Maine where they recorded their debut album in 2013. Their sophomore album, released last year, is filled with emotions on growing up and growing older.
Saturday, June 15, 6 – 7 p.m: Mipso
Another alt-rock, indie band will take the stage at the festival, but Mipso, hailing from North Carolina, blends traditional southern music with an Americana feel. They released their fifth album last April, which continues their theme of ever-changing music that never sticks to one genre.
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 – 9 p.m: Mandolin Orange
This duo, which mostly plays acoustic songs, also hails from North Carolina. Mandolin Orange keeps their music style simple while bordering on the edge of an indie-folk sound.