Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival — June 4 – 13, multiple times and venues, Downtown.
1) The 10-day Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is Pittsburgh’s largest and grandest summer celebration. After last year’s Festival had to go online-only, this year it returns as a “hybrid” affair—live and in person (with Covid precautions) for those wish to come, with some attractions also online. The ever-popular Artist Market features handmade arts, crafts, and wearables on sale in over 150 booths. An even larger selection, from more than 200 artists in all, will be viewable and buyable online. Performing arts are headlined by six Mainstage Concerts in Point State Park, with acts including the renowned blues vocalist Shemekia Copeland, travelin’ singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter, and lively pop-rocker Caroline Rose. A varied lineup of Pittsburgh-based talent will perform at the Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park, alongside the river of that name. Live performances are free at either venue, and there’s a separate slate of performers coming together for the 24/7 Virtual Stage. Last but not least, juried and invited visual arts will be displayed at various Cultural Trust galleries in the Cultural District. A number of events and attractions were still in the planning stages as opening day approached, so see the Festival website for latest updates. The situation is fluid … but it’s good! Bassel and the Supernaturals, a soulful funk outfit, is the mainstage act tonight. A top local performer, guitarist/singer-songwriter Byron Nash will be performing with his new power trio, NASH.VILL at the Riverside Stage (Stanwix St. & Fort Duquesne Blvd.) from 6 – 7 p.m. (M.V./R.H.)
Go Green Festival for World Environment Day — June 4 – 5
2) Pittsburgh Earth Day is having a Go Green weekend full of events to celebrate World Environment Day. It encompasses free outdoor concerts and a community festival at Market Square. The Festival kicks off Friday, June 4 and runs through Saturday, June 5, with concerts starting hourly from noon to 6 p.m. each day. In addition to the concerts, there will be activity booths with local businesses sharing their sustainable mission in the city of Pittsburgh. Other areas of focus are on alternative and electric transportation, wellness, and an opportunity to get the kids involved with The Growing Up Green corner. Concert highlights for Saturday include Zoob (4 p.m.), The Nox Boys (5 p.m.), and the Clinton Clegg Trio (6 p.m.). Market Square, 510 Market St., Downtown. (R.H.)
3) One of Pittsburgh’s hottest bands during the ’90s—Gathering Field—reunites occasionally and includes original members Bill Deasy (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Dave Brown (lead guitar). Gathering Field gained rock radio success in the mid-’90s with the song “Lost in America” and was signed to Atlantic Records. The band members created their first studio album in many years, Wild Journey, in 2014 and are performing tonight at 7 p.m. at the Syria Shrine Center Pavilion in Cheswick. 1877 Shriners Way.