The days of giant concerts on the lawn of Point State Park during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival are over but the show must go on. The region’s premier festival is moving to Downtown’s Cultural District with an amazingly diverse lineup.
Featured concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the Dollar Bank Main Stage at the intersection of 9th Street and Penn Avenue. Be prepared to bring your own chair or plan on standing (which you will want to do anyway).
We have the complete lineup, but here are some performances you won’t want to miss:
June 3: Cory Henry
The Grammy-winning (with progressive jazz-rock improvisers Snarky Puppy) singer and keyboard wizard’s recent solo album, “Something to Say,” was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Progressive R&B album category in 2022.
June 8: Bette Smith
The big-voiced Brooklyn-born soul singer’s gospel-inflected throwback style evokes other Bettys of the past: Betty Wright and (Pittsburgh’s own) transgressive funk pioneer Betty Davis (who passed away in February).
June 9: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Krasno & The Assembly, Devon Allman Project
Perhaps the centerpiece of the Arts Festival is this massive triple bill, including Southern rock/blues giants the Devon Allman Project, which carries on the legacy of the Allman Brothers. There’s also Eric Krasno & The Assembly, led by the founder/guitarist of jam-band giants Lettuce and jazz-funk combo Soulive. Plus, there’s a performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which has single-handedly reinvented the New Orleans brass band sound with a hefty dose of funk and improvisational jazz.
June 10: Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock and Roll Revue Starring Los Straitjackets
This performance is a combination of one of rock and roll’s most distinctive, underrated voices in Nick Lowe (“Cruel to be Kind,” etc.) with one of the world’s most fun instrumental bands, the luchador mask-wearing, surf-rock mystery men Los Straitjackets.
June 11: Goodie Mob
The Southern rap collective Goodie Mob made several massively influential albums in the early ’90s; its album “Soul Food” (1995) — along with frequent collaborators Outkast — helped shift the center of gravity for the hip-hop world to Atlanta. Goodie Mob singer/rapper CeeLo Green (Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy,” etc.) would go onto solo stardom. All original Goodie Mob members, including Big Gipp, CeeLo, Khujo and T-Mo, are assembling for this performance.
June 12: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force is led by the son of Afrobeat progenitor Fela Kuti, whose impact on African music (think Bob Marley or James Brown) is almost immeasurable. Femi Kuti began his career in his father’s band, Egypt 80, and charted his own course with Positive Force starting in 1986.
Check out all of our June concert previews for other live performances you need to know about.
For more things to do in June, read our Weekly Event Guides and 15 very Pittsburgh things you’ll want to do in June.