Pittsburgh May Day Brass BBQ 

 

PITTON
KA
TONK

 

FRIDAY SEPT 3, 2021

VIETNAM VETERANS PAVILION
PITTSBURGH, PA

 

Pittonkatonk is music without boundaries. Since 2014, Pittonkatonk is music in public spaces that belong to everyone, with no stage, no doors, and no right way to express yourself.

Balkan Brass, Cumbia,
Hip-Hop, Big Bands

A one of a kind musical festival, free and open to all, connecting the dots between community, organizers, and euphoric musical experiences.

REVIEWS

Pittonkatonk is more than just the annual picnic; it also does educational outreach year-round in the Sto-Rox school district and elsewhere. But the picnic is its keynote event, last year drawing a crowd estimated at about 3,000.

Bill O’Discoll
WESA 90.5 FM

Authentic and grassroots, Pittonkatonk erases boundaries between performers and attendees, which means there are no stages, green rooms, tickets or corporate sponsors. Sounds representing West Africa, Chicago, Providence and more will fill the pavilion and spill into the park actively engaging listeners in live performance. It’s uplifting to see, hear, and be a part of.

Jennifer Baron
NEXT Pittsburgh

“You’re part of something bigger, something magical. You’re part of something where everyone values you for who you are. And in that moment, you can totally let loose and be free.”

Meg Fair
Pittsburgh City Paper

The focus of Pittonkatonk is on community. It’s about bringing together people who might otherwise never convene, and blurring the line between performer and spectator.

Caralyn Green
Pittsburgh City Paper

PITTONKATONK 2021 is coming!

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TIME: PITTONKATONK KICKS OFF AT 4pm

DATE : FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

WHERE:  VIETNAM VETERANS PAVILION (Schenley Park)

The Event will begin at 4pm

Parking is located around the park. We strongly encourage ride share, biking, and using public transportation.

BIKE PARKING WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE. Bikes must be removed by the end of the event. 

We strongly encourage attendees to be vaccinated. If not vaccinated please wear a mask and social distance.

 

DUE TO COVID we are CANCELLING the POTLUCK.

We will have 4 food vendors including

 

WHAT TO BRING

We encourage visitors to bring their own water bottle, blankets, camping chairs.

Please be respectful of the park and clean up after yourself and your group.

We will be collecting onsite donations in cash or by venmo.

EVENT CHECKIN: Wristbands are required for participants wanting to drink. Please check in at the INFO DESK to get your wristband.

East End Brewing will be on site serving alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.

I.D is required for the purchase of any alcoholic beverages. 

MERCH: Tshirts will be available for purchase at our INFO DESK. We do accept cash and cards.

 

The bands!

 

OUR 2021 LINEUP

Son Rompe Pera
Combo Chimbita
Detroit Party Marching Band
Novi Hitovi
Rebel Diaz
1Hood Showcase
Afro Yaqui Music Collective
Big Blitz
May Day Marching Band

SON ROMPE PERA 

Born and raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the Gama brothers are keeping alive  the rich legacy of marimba music running through their family with their latest project, Son  Rompe Pera. While firmly rooted in the tradition of this historic instrument, their fresh  take on the folk icon challenges its limits as never before, moving it into the garage/punk  world of urban misfits and firmly planting it in the 21st century.

COMBO CHIMBITA

Comprised of Carolina Oliveros’ mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling and fierce guacharaca rhythms, Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Niño Lento’s imaginative guitar licks, and Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming, the lure and lore of Combo Chimbita comes into existence.

DETROIT PARTY MARCHING BAND

An ever-evolving collective of Detroit area musicians devoted to unanticipated revelry, driving jams, and the power of the un-amplified horn blast. DPMB blurs the line between performance space and public space, bringing the Party to the audience with aggressive intimacy and an in-your-face attitude.

REBEL DIAZ

Somos hermanos- RodStarz and G1- who grew up in Chicago and came up in The South Bronx. Somos hijos de political refugees from Chile who fled a CIA-funded dictatorship in the 1970s. Revolution raised us, and the culture of Hip-Hop provided us our own Nueva Cancion. We’ve been doing rebel rap since the Clinton era, sharing our story and those of our people; el barrio, the hood, the poor, los inmigrantes. Our bilingual sound has been shaped by pieces of South American folk, house, and latin percussion gettin down with boom-bap breaks and 808s.

NOVI HITOVI

Novi Hitovi Brass Band is a flaming-hot dance party brass supergroup featuring members of Zlatne Uste, What Cheer Brigade, Slavic Soul Party, Raya Brass Band, and more. Novi Hitovi, which translates to “New Hits” in Serbo-Croatian, specializes in Macedonian, South Serbian and Turkish Romani brass music, infusing it with Funk, Hip-Hop and Klezmer with a focus on contemporary Pop and wedding songs. 

1HOOD

We seek to establish a platform for artistic expression in efforts to further the economic and creative advancement of artists, as well the active engagement of diverse audiences.

AFRO YAQUI MUSIC COLLECTIVE

An encounter with the Afro Yaqui Music Collective may be the most inspiring musical experience of your life.” Afro Yaqui creates music in which culture and language fuse with catchy melodies and mind-bending harmony to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multicultural world.

BIG BLITZ

They are inspired by the sounds of saxophone and percussion-based bands known to busk in the subway stations of New York City. The band writes and performs their own, original tunes, which contain a spacious, powerful, hip sound. Whether plugged in or acoustic, Big Blitz delivers a high energy performance that funkies with your brain and flows down to your feet.

MAY DAY MARCHING BAND

We are a community-based band that welcomes members of all skill levels. We like playing fun and funky music at parades, rallies, protests, picnics, fiestas and other events. We also love to show up random places and surprise ya!

come visit & participate in the activist greenhouse.

A community resource tent of Social and Environmental Justice Organizations. Presented in collaboration with New Sun Rising

Pittonkatonk is commissioning new music about justice to world premiere on May 11, 2019, featuring collaborations with:

May Day Marching Band & Casa San Jose SOY

Focusing on
Immigration & Equality

Afro Yaqui Music Collective & 1Hood & Sio-Rox Marching Band

Focusing on
Water Quality

Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Sto Rox Marching Band

Focusing on
Cultural Exchange

Hugo Cruz and Caminos

Collaboration with Cuba percussionist and African American Music Institute

But, What is Pittonkatonk?

Education

Through educational programming and community events, Pittonkatonk encourages social engagement between musicians, audiences, and community members, in ways that blur the lines between performer and spectator. We focus on supporting music education in Pittsburgh area high schools.

Event

The annual Pittonkatonk May Day BBQ is a volunteer-supported celebration attended by more than 3,500 people. On a Saturday in May, [the Pittsburgh community] gathers at the Schenley Park Veterans Pavilion to hear performances from local, national and international activist bands, and interact with social and environmental justice organizations.

Activism

This year, three Pittsburgh artists will write new songs in collaboration with social justice organizers, The Social Impact Experience. The project encourages artists to form deep working relationships with environmental and social justice organizations that work to get their message out in creative ways.

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