The city’s fave new laid-back concert series, Weather Permitting, is returning with more space and a new season launching on Sunday, May 31st. Transforming Shadyside Nursery into a vibrant and welcoming event space for all ages, the aptly named series brings Pittsburgh music lovers together for live bands, local fare, refreshing libations and outdoorsy family activities.
The first installment kicks off with family-style folk music by The Hills and The Rivers, which features Isaac Hill (guitar, vocals), Heidi Hill (vocals, percussion), Faith Hersey (djembe), James Bristol (stand-up bass), Noel Mullen (flute, vocals), Chris Fazio (fiddle, trumpet and Ian Hill (mandolin). Also performing will be local country music staple Slim Forsythe along with special guests.
Local food trucks and breweries, as well as a farmer’s marketplace, BBQ section and space for children’s activities, help to create a picnic-like setting as well as a creative use of the nursery’s grounds, which sells a wide selection of plants, mulch, landscaping supplies, pavers, treated lumber and garden art. On Sunday, attendees can fuel up with grub from the Mac and Gold, Steer and Wheel and Oh My Grill food trucks, and wash it all down with libations from Rock Bottom Brewery.
Head to the children’s activity area for some summertime outdoor fun with squirt guns, hula-hoops, corn hole, stump and a sandbox and painting wall. So gather the entire family and a slew of friends, grab a blanket and treat yourself to an evening of live music set in a cozy urban oasis that is sure to provide exactly the right vibe for winding down your weekend and gathering steam for the week ahead.
The homespun Sunday series is the brainchild of local DJ, promoter and dad Pete Spynda, known for his popular Pandemic dance parties at Brillobox, the annual Pittonkatonk Brass Festival and events at Bayardstown Social Club.
Admission: $10 for adults, free for kids. Shadyside Nursery is located at 510 Maryland Avenue next door to Harris Grill.