The Pittsburgh Blues Fest has been a staple event in Pittsburgh for over 21 years, welcoming artists like Tedeschi/Trucks, Buddy Guy, KoKo Taylor and Taj Mahal. Not only does the festival bring great music to our city every summer, the event also raises awareness and donations for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Over the past 21 years, the Pittsburgh Blues Fest has provided over ten million meals through revenue and food donations at the festival.
Being both a blues music lover and a singer/songwriter with strong blues influences, I was beyond thrilled to be asked to perform at this year’s festival, along with my coworker Brandon Lehman. We were part of the B.B. King tribute on Friday, July 24th at Hartwood Acres, a beautiful park about 20 minutes outside of the city that hosts a killer summer music series. It has been a very rainy summer here in Pittsburgh, so I was delighted that we had a perfect sunny summer weekend to perform.
The B.B. King song we chose to perform at the tribute was “Rock Me.” I sang and Brandon played lead guitar. One of the great things about working at ShowClix is how many creative people we have working here. There aren’t too many other places where you get to collaborate musically and perform on stage with your coworkers!
The tribute set was about an hour long and featured other awesome Pittsburgh musicians including our musical director Nathan Zoob, as well as KiKi Brown, Billy Price and Clinton Klegg to name a few. We had a great turnout and they were really into the music, which is every performer’s dream.
It was definitely a highlight of my summer, and I hope that Brandon and I have a chance to perform again together soon!