Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Top Level of the Theater Square Garage
July 6
6 — 11 p.m.

Be transported to the year 1974—and take in one of the best views in town—when the Downtown Rooftop Shindig returns for its next monthly edition.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Why settle for Netflix in a dark room when you can experience film favorites and local music on an urban rooftop under the stars with the skyline as your backdrop? The popular downtown series, free and open to the public, continues its latest pairing of cinema, cuisine and local sounds on Wednesday, July 6.

Get to the roof for a screening of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Be treated to the absurd antics of famed anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by the inimitable Will Ferrell), and follow his questionable career at the local San Diego television station, KVWN. Directed by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow, Anchorman also stars Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell. Written by McKay and Ferrell, the flick presents an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek take on 1970s culture and the Action News format.


Providing the night’s catchy soundtrack will be two Pittsburgh-based trios, Donora and Meeting of Important People. Featuring siblings Casey and Jake Hanner, along with bassist Jake Churton, Donora third full-length album, Ha Ha Heart, was released on Rostrum Records.

Sharing the scenic rooftop stage will be Meeting of Important People, who recently released their new 11-song album, Troika. Led by guitarist and vocalist Josh Verbanets, who is also one half of the children’s production duo, The Josh & Gab Show, the rock band also features bassist Aaron Bubenheim and drummer Matt Miller. Known for its signature blend of indie rock, garage and power pop, MOIP has shared the stage with everyone from OK Go to Dean & Britta, and their music can be heard on television shows such as The Ghost Whisperer and Jane by Design.

Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Turning the top level of downtown’s Theater Square Garage into a summer soiree, the Shindig also features specialty cocktails, craft brews and fresh fare from top Pittsburgh eateries, interactive games, and summery amenities like colorful beach chairs, café tables and comfy inflatable furniture. Attendees are welcome to bring their own chairs, or can even buy one at the event.

Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at sundown. Rain date is Thursday, July 7.

Mark your calendar now for the entire series, which is co-presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Pittsburgh Filmmakers:

August 3: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off featuring music by Brightside
September 14: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior featuring music by The Commonheart

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in JulyEverything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in Julyand our Top 10 things for families to do in July in Pittsburgh feature articles.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...