Shadyside Nursery

July 27th & Sundays during summer
5 – 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh boasts lots of hot—and very green—spots for enjoying live music en plein air and under the stars, from parks and patios, to gardens and street corners. On Sunday, June 1st, one of Pittsburgh’s newest live music series, Weather Permitting, kicks off the 2014 outdoor concert season.

Gather the entire family or a slew of friends, grab a blanket and treat yourself to this cozy urban oasis. The aptly named series brings live music, local fare and libations, and summery family-friendly activities to Shadyside Nursery, located at 510 Maryland Avenue (corner of Ellsworth).

Local food trucks and breweries, as well as a farmer’s marketplace, BBQ section and space for informal children’s activities, help to create a picnic-like setting for the event’s creative use of the nursery, which carries a wide selection of plants, mulch, landscaping supplies, pavers, treated lumber and garden art. The homespun Sunday night series is exactly the right vibe for winding down your weekend and gathering steam for the week ahead.

Animating the nursery on June 1st, and helping to christen the brand new stage, will be local bluegrass group, The Mon River Ramblers, along with Hart Kline Read (& Young), which features members of The Harlan Twins and The Beagle Brothers. Come hungry and enjoy fare from local food trucks, including Brassero Grill, Oh My Grill and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches, as well as libations from Rock Bottom Brewery.

On June 8th, Weather Permitting welcomes The Hills and The Rivers and Cousin Boneless for a “Protect Our Parks ” benefit concert. Food trucks schedule for June 8th include the Pgh Taco Truck, Lomito Truck and Pop Stop, with beer from Hop Farm Brewery.

On Sunday, June 29th, Weather Permitting will feature the 1960s-tinged reggae, ska and soul band, The Pressure, who are based in Pittsburgh. Also on the bill is Zambian musician Mathew Tembo, who performs Afro-fusion and reggae-fueled music using handmade instruments such as the silimba (a type of marimba), kalumbu (one-stringed instrument) and kalimba (thumb piano). Food trucks for June 29th include Brassero Grill, Pittsburgh Taco Truck and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. Beer will be for sale from Roundabout Brewery.

On Sunday, July 6th, don’t miss Weather Permitting’s country-tinged lineup featuring The Beagle Brothers, The Turpentiners and Broke, Stranded and Ugly. Food trucks for July 6th include Oh My Grill, Franktuary, Pop Stop and Olive and Marlowe. The event’s beer purveyor will be Rockbottom Brewery.

Now in its second year, Weather Permitting transforms the nursery into a vibrant and welcoming event space (expect squirt gun battles, sandbox action and hula-hoop twisting for the kids!) for all ages. For 2014, Weather Permitting is debuting a bigger stage and additional space for local farm stands and vendors.

Admission: $10 (includes beverages w/ID). Free for kids. View a complete 2014 Weather Permitting schedule.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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...