Pittsburgh Blues Festival

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Pittsburgh Blues Festival
Koko Taylor at Pgh Blues Festival.jpg
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Inaugurated 1994

The Pittsburgh Blues Festival is a music festival featuring blues musicians in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] It is one of the region's "marquee annual concerts."[2] The inaugural event took place at the Riverplex at Sandcastle Waterpark,[3] and since then has been held at Hartwood Acres Park and at the Iron City Brewing Company factory.[4] Proceeds from the event benefit charity.[5] The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank credits the festival as its largest annual event.[3]

Previous acts[edit]

Many musicians have previously performed at the Pittsburgh Blues Festival: Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, John Mayall, Gatemouth Brown, Devon Allman, Bernard Allison, Guy Davis, and Robert Cray.[3]


The kidzone is a fairly new attraction of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival. Thanks to a few of the event's many sponsors, the Kidzone tent at the festival accommodates a wide range of children activities including story-telling, face painting, musical presentations, and crafts. The kidzone also provides healthy snacks.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 219. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  2. ^ Behe, Regis (July 16, 2003). "Pittsburgh Blues Festival brings separate styles together". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 
  3. ^ a b c d [1] Archived September 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Jones, Diana Nelson (Jul 24, 2009). "Are Iron City Lofts in our future?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. 
  5. ^ "Pittsburgh Blues Festival Supports Food Bank". KDKA. CBS Broadcasting Inc. Jul 26, 2009. [permanent dead link]

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