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New Sounds in Three Rivers Arts Fest Headliners


The Three Rivers Arts Festival has announced its headliners, giving Pittsburghers something to look forward to later this spring.

This year’s theme for the 10-day festival, June 5-14, is UNSEEN/UNHEARD and it focuses on musicians new to the festival, emerging artists, or with new music to debut.

Some bands even touch on the social issues of the theme, “like Horary for the Riff Raff who are discussing queer themes, and transgendered narratives that are brought to light through music, I thought was an interesting and great way to explore those topics,” said Veronica Corpuz, director of festival management for the Cultural Trust.

Jenny Lewis will kick off the event on Friday June 5th. After that Bluegrass Day will be the 6th and feature Railroad Earth and Elephant revival. Then on Sunday WYEP will host local bands, and then the band Alvvays will cap the evening's entertainment.

Other performers include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Richard Thompson, Rhiannon Giddens, and Benjamin Booker will end the festival on June 14th.

“There’s really hopefully something for everyone to partake and enjoy, and in addition to the music there’s visual art, performing art, literary art that we hope the entire region and all of our visitors will enjoy,” said Corpuz.  

The festival is in the running to be deemed the best Arts Festival in the United States by USA TODAY.

A full list of bands can be found on the Cultural Trust’s website. Opening acts will perform at 6:00 and headliners start at 7:30 in Point State Park.