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Pittsburgh's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival Premiers Bluegrass Day

Del McCoury BandPittsburgh, PA -- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will premier Bluegrass Day, set for Saturday, June 9th at the 2012 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 1 – 10. Bluegrass Day will feature three distinguished bands will celebrate the uniquely-American tradition and ever-evolving genre on the Dollar Bank Stage. Del McCoury Band, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and Greensky Bluegrass will be perfirming on the main stage on June 9th. Regional and local bluegrass musicians will join the effort on a secondary stage with other activities being planned. On June 8th, you can also catch the sensational Carolina Chocolate Drops string band.

All concerts are free to the public and take place on the Dollar Bank Stage in Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The line-up of musicians represents just one facet of the multi-disciplinary Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which celebrates its 53rd year in downtown Pittsburgh this summer. Additional daily music acts will be announced in the coming weeks, along with other Festival attractions.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust proudly announces headline music concerts for the 2012 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 1 – 10. All concerts are free to the public and take place on the Dollar Bank Stage in Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. The line-up of musicians represents just one facet of the multi-disciplinary Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, which celebrates its 53rd year in downtown Pittsburgh this summer. Additional daily music acts will be announced in the coming weeks, along with other Festival attractions.

J. Kevin McMahon, President and CEO of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, notes, "The music lineup at this year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival upholds the Festival's mission of connecting the community to the arts – and does so by offering 10 days of celebrated musicians who span a wide range of genres. We thank our lead sponsor, Dollar Bank, for making this diverse programming possible and we look forward to announcing more Festival highlights in the coming weeks."

"Dollar Bank is pleased to continue a long tradition of providing community events in Point State Park," 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 Festival crowd."

"The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to return to perform at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival," said PSO President and CEO James A. Wilkinson. "Our concert at Point State Park last year was a tremendous success, and it is an honor to perform at one of the most popular and most anticipated cultural festivals in the country."

All headline concerts on the Dollar Bank Stage begin at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park with the exception of the Sunday performances, which begin at 6:00 p.m. Exact schedule times will be announced in May along with information on the Artists Market, visual arts, family programming, other performing arts, and more music programming. Visit 3riversartsfest.org or call 412-456-6666 for more information.

The headline concerts will be augmented by additional live music on opening weekend, June 1 – 3, as musicians perform on three stages positioned on the streets of the Cultural District at the 2nd annual Pittsburgh International JazzLive Festival, a 3-day event produced in cooperation with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. More information is available at PittsburghJazzLive.com.

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. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they pursue fresh interpretation, not merely recreation, of the work, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation's popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The virtuosic trio's approach is provocative and revelatory.

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. McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows, and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Yet he and his band, including sons Ronnie and Robbie, remain a commandingly vital presence today. Americana music icon Richard Thompson, who saw his 1952 Vincent Black Lightning turn into a bluegrass standard when McCoury brought it into the fold, has said, "I think that's the best bluegrass band, period. That's it."

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. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe to his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

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. The band is unquestionably a team of friends traversing the country making music they enjoy. Jambase.com has said, "Greensky Bluegrasshits timeless targets with deadly accuracy while simultaneously veering off the tried and true highway."

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