Music, compassion and community activism will converge on Saturday night at Cattivo in Lawrenceville.
All proceeds from “B.Y.E: A Fundraiser for Prevention Point Pittsburgh” will support the critical work of the local nonprofit. Western Pennsylvania’s only officially-recognized syringe service program, Prevention Point provides health empowerment services to injection drug users and is a prominent regional voice in the fight against opioid overdose deaths.
The event is the brainchild of local musician and promoter Dhruva Krishna, who previously spearheaded a successful benefit concert for the organization. Named “Come As You Are” after the Nirvana song, that event showcased the music of 1990s-era bands who have lost members to the opioid epidemic. Before heading to law school, Krishna is curating a diverse lineup of 14-plus regional musicians who will perform their favorite songs from the 1960s to today.
Featured artists include Manic Soul, Mars Jackson, Ferdinand the Bull, Jon Bindley, members of Wreck Loose and Buffalo Rose, and many others.
Dhruva and the participants hope to use music to raise awareness about the 3,600-plus reported overdose deaths in Allegheny County in the last decade alone.