Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First Blues and Heritage Fest to Debut Downtown

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

First Blues and Heritage Fest to Debut Downtown

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Good news, Pittsburgh: You have the blues.

The African American Cultural Center has announced the inaugural Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival for the weekend of Sept. 28-30 at the August Wilson Center and outdoors on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

The lineup will be announced at a press conference at the Center on July 24.

The festival will feature workshops, lectures and a mix of free and ticketed concerts by local and international artists.

"The blues is an integral part of August Wilson's work, so it makes sense for a blues festival to join our repertoire of programming," AACC president and CEO Janis Burley Wilson said in a statement. "August Wilson says that the blues are 'life's way of talking,' the blues are life's instructions: it's affirming and uplifting. Music brings people together and gives voice to the voiceless. …

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