— Pittsburgh May Day Brass BBQ
Balkan Brass, Cumbia,
Hip-Hop, Big Bands &
“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.”
Pittsburgh City Paper
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.
WESA 90.5 FM
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.
Pittsburgh City Paper
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.
PITTONKATONK 2020 is coming!
TIME: PITTONKATONK KICKS OFF AT 1pm
DATE : SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017
WHERE: VIETNAM VETERANS PAVILION (Schenley Park)
— About UsMAY DAY MARCHING BAND The May Day Marching Band, an inclusive community-based band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band formed in 2009 as part of the first annual May Day Parade in Pittsburgh's Polish Hill neighborhood. Since then, their presence in the...
— About UsBIG BLITZ Big Blitz is a Pittsburgh based band that was born from the sounds of dance, rock, and jazz improvisation. This trio is comprised of Lucas Ciesielski (Baritone and Tenor Sax), Nick Grabigel (Drums and Guitar), and Mason Ciesielski (Tenor Sax and...
— About UsAFRO YAQUI MUSIC COLLECTIVE Afro Yaqui Music Collective came together in Pittsburgh in response to the rapidly changing political climate, in which working immigrant communities have become under attack, and climate change has threatened peoples across the...
Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band Pittsburgh’s very own Highstepping band found at rallies, parties, community events, and anywhere a brass band is needed.
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band massive like no other. Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen plus strong Orkestra was born.
— About UsLA MISA NEGRA La Misa Negra is a 7-piece band from Oakland, California, known for their unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. On stage, they deliver an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and...
— About Us1Hood Media 1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious artists and activists who utilize art as a means of raising awareness about social justice matters affecting people around the world.have a watch & Listen.
— About UsRebel Diaz 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...
— About Us The Detroit Party Marching Band The Detroit Party Marching Band is an ever-evolving collective of 25 + Detroit area musicians devoted to frenetic revelry, driving jams, and the power of the un- amplified horn blast. Their music celebrates the spirit of...
This iconic band is well known for the incredible productions of psychedelic Peruvian Cumbia that they have produced since the 70’s. Haling from Peru, Los Mirlos is widely known as the mastermind of the Peruvian-Amazonian Cumbia, they are back to the musical scene to share with the world the Peruvian musical history and the value of it.
come visit & participate in the activist greenhouse.
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
Immigration & Equality
Afro Yaqui Music Collective & 1Hood & Sio-Rox Marching Band
Lemon Bucket Orkestra and Sto Rox Marching Band