Thursday, May 3, 2012

Three Rivers Arts Festival 2012 Announces Schedule of Events

Derek Scalzott –
Veronica Corpuz-

53rd Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2012
June 1 - 10, 2012 - Point State Park | Cultural District | Hertz Gateway Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces plans for the 53rd annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, set to take place Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Point State Park, Hertz Gateway Center, and throughout the Cultural District. The 2012 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival highlights include the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a new multimedia show by Squonk Opera, the premiere of Bluegrass Day on June 9th, and expansion of the Artist Market and greening initiatives.

The opening weekend of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be enriched by the 2nd annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (June 1-3), which is produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.  The indoor/outdoor jazz festival helps kick-off a 10-day celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh.  More information is available at

“For over half a century, Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival has evolved but has remained true to its mission to bring the arts to the community and the community to the arts,” states J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Along with the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this year we are thrilled to bookend the ten day celebration with two uniquely American musical legacies. Hundreds of jazz musicians will perform as part of the Trust’s Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival on opening weekend and the all-new Bluegrass Day on June 9 will be part of the closing weekend festivities. It is a testament to community partners, especially presenting sponsor Dollar Bank, that all of this diverse programming is possible.”

“Dollar Bank is pleased to continue a long tradition of providing community events in downtown Pittsburgh,” said Joseph B. Smith, Senior Vice President Marketing, Dollar Bank. “We are especially delighted that the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be returning this year.  Music Director Manfred Honeck will once again showcase world-renowned talent to the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival crowd.”  The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra show is made possible with generous support from concert sponsor, People’s Natural Gas.

The most current Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2012 schedule of attractions is available at

This year’s enhancements and attractions include:

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is proud to continue producing the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with sustainable environmental practices, which have earned the Festival a GOLD level accreditation with Pennsylvania Resources Council’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh initiative.  Generous support from Colcom Foundation allows the Festival to continue leading practices like a world-class composting and recycling system – one of the first and largest in the nation, which helps divert more than 80% of trash from landfills annually – and efforts like free bicycle valet service and water stations that encourage refilling personal containers.

3Rs:  The Art of Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose
Demonstrating the convergence of art and sustainability, this project challenges artists to reimagine waste management receptacles as canvases for reclaimed materials used in an artistic way.  The originality and boldness of the designs attract visitors; once there, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival’s "Green Team" on-site educators explain the benefits of recycling and composting, allowing the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival to continue diverting more than 80% of potential waste from landfills.  The reimagined receptacles are placed throughout the event’s footprint in Point State Park, the Cultural District, and Hertz Gateway Center and are made possible with support from Laurel Foundation.

Paddle Without Pollution
Paddle Without Pollution partners with Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9thfor a special clean-up event of Pittsburgh’s three rivers near Point State Park.  Paddle Without Pollution’s watershed stewardship initiative addresses the litter and other debris that degrades the rivers, streams, and lakes of Southwestern Pennsylvania. PWP’s innovative approach – utilizing kayaks, canoes, and non-motorized boats to reach otherwise unreachable debris while being sensitive to the environment – will remove 5 to 10 tons of garbage from local rivers, lakes, and streams in 2012. Anyone interested in participating in the clean-up efforts on Saturday, June 9thshould register at


Artists Market
This year’s Artists Market footprint is expanded in order to provide opportunity for more than 300 artists to participate and to enhance the experience for visitors.  In recent years, Point State Park played host to Artists Market booths only on weekends; now, the Park hosts more total artist booths and does so during all ten days of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.  Booths are also added along Penn Avenue extension near Hertz Gateway Center.  Changes within the Hertz Gateway Center plaza area increase free space to create a safer and more comfortable browsing space, with a large number of booths remaining.
The Artists Market is one of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival’s cornerstones and is among the most-anticipated attractions every year.  It is comprised of artists carefully selected by a distinguished review panel and presents completely handmade work available for public purchase.  The 2012 Artists Market received more artist applications than any year in the event’s history.  The review panel comprised Jill Larson, Founder of FE Gallery; Artist and Curator Rick Bach; and Ellen Fleurov, Director, Silver Eye Gallery.

Juried Visual Art Exhibition
The annual Juried Visual Art Exhibition, held at 805-807 Liberty Avenue in the Trust Arts Education Center (James E. Rohr Building) is expanded as well, making room for 79 total accepted pieces.  Several large scale three dimensional works allow the show to flow between the building’s 3rd and 4th floors.  The Juried Visual Art Exhibition is curated by moxideDada.  Jurors include Linda Benedict-Jones, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art; Murray Horne, Curator, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; and Michael Olyjnik, Co-Director, Mattress Factory.


Gateway to the Arts
In addition to artist demonstrations and hands-on activities available annually at the Festival, Gateway to the Arts presents comprehensive weekend attractions for the first time at three separate tents in the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone.  The “Main Stage,” “StoryTime Tent,” and “ArtMaking Tent” offer educational shows for all ages ranging from culturally-diverse music performances to story-telling to collaborative painting projects.


Squonk Opera
Pittsburgh native Squonk Opera returns to perform an all new multimedia show on June 8, 9, and 10.  Celebrating 20 years since their first show; which featured choreographed cranes, roaring earth-movers, and screaming machine shears in a Pittsburgh junkyard; the ensemble of musicians and artists presents a live music and multimedia theatrical spectacle on the back of a flat-bed truck near Stanwix Street.

Bluegrass Day
The premier of Bluegrass Day at Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, slated for June 9th, is made possible with generous support from Colcom Foundation.  A trio of distinguished bluegrass bands – Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, and Greensky Bluegrass – lead the celebration of the American music genre.  Regional and local bluegrass musicians join the effort on Second Stage in Hertz Gateway Center.

Colcom Foundation’s support also allows the bluegrass element of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival to extend beyond June 9th.  A series of free bluegrass concerts will take place in Agnes R. Katz Plaza throughout the summer, to be announced later, produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Daily Music Lineup
Friday, June 1st – The Wailers
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide.  As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. Also, music from:  Wizdom

Saturday, June 2nd – Kathleen Edwards
On tour supporting her album, Voyageur, Kathleen Edwards continues to receive critical praise for her music.  The New York Times says her work “…embodies an evolving idea about what roots music can be.” Also, music from:  Paul Luc

Sunday, June 3rd – Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra provides musical experiences at the highest level of expression to enrich the community and to satisfy the needs and preferences of its audiences.
Also, music from:  Big With Seed

Monday, June 4th – The Boogie Hustlers
After nearly a decade of performing and recording together, the Boogie Hustlers are recognized as a staple of the region’s music scene. Set to release their fourth album in late summer 2012, the band continues to meld original songs firmly anchored in the groove, yet garnished with numerous stylistic influences. Also, music from:  Silencio and Pete Bush and the Hoi Palloi

Tuesday, June 5th – Dawes
The Los Angeles-based band offers a blend of singer/songwriter reflection with folk, country, ringing guitars, soaring harmonies, and heartfelt melodies.  Constant touring and collaboration with some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest artists has translated to staggering growth and evolution while still manifesting a distinctive, unforgettable voice.Also, music from:  Sara Watkins and Caleb Pogyor & The Talkers

Wednesday, June 6th – Timothy B. Schmit
Groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter, and bass player Timothy B. Schmit - well-known for his work as a member of The Eagles and Poco - performs with his band songs from his fifth solo album, Expando, as well as gems by The Eagles and Poco.Also, music from:  City Dwelling Nature Seekers

Thursday, June 7th – LP
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter-artist LP is a gripping performer with a powerful, graceful voice.  LP also wields a rockin' ukulele in front of a dynamic, versatile band. Her musical gifts, combined with a special spirit and exuberance, have the power to truly reach people. Supporting act for LP is Jonathan Richman, an internationally-revered singer/songwriter famous for his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. Also, music from:  The Red Western

Friday, June 8th – Carolina Chocolate Drops
The GRAMMY Award winning trio has proven that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they have so scrupulously researched and passionately perform can be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound.  Also, music from:  Boulevard of the Allies

Saturday, June 9th – “Bluegrass Day” featuring:

Del McCoury Band
For fifty years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for bluegrass fans and a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
A GRAMMY Award winner and six-time nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades.

Greensky Bluegrass
Defining bluegrass for a new generation, this hard-working Michigan quintet has been performing upwards of 175 shows per year for 11 years all across America.

Also, music from:  Mon River Ramblers and Midnight Drive
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

Sunday, June 10th – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Twenty five years after winning a Best New Artist GRAMMY Award and launching one of contemporary music’s most diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful noise—and finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical snapshots along the journey.  Also, music from:  Van Ghost
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