Mavis Staples, Rare Essence, Robert Cray and more at Blues Fest The August Wilson Center

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center (AWAACC) today announced the full lineup for the fourth annual Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival, returning live and in person.

The event features a lineup of award-winning artists, including iconic Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Mavis Staples, performing at the Center on Friday, October 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET. The festival continues at Highmark Stadium on Saturday, October 2, 2021, starting at 11 am ET with a day of live music featuring Grammy Award-winning Robert Cray Band; the legends of Morris Day and the Time funk; the famous Go-Go group Rare Essence; the boundary-pushing reggae-fusion group Third World, which continued to shape the Jamaican soundtrack for nearly five decades; Robert Randolph & The Family Band, whose leader has been dubbed one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone; New Orleans-based funk, blues and soul group Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen; and funk and jam group Dumpstaphunk, whose latest album, “Where Do We Go From Here,” was released earlier this year.

Created by AWAACC President and CEO Janis Burley Wilson, the festival celebrates the blues and honors the musical roots that continue to inspire today’s generation of artists, especially those who recognize artists who preceded them and had a significant influence on their music. The Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival expands the nonprofit AWAACC’s mission to celebrate black culture and the African diaspora and highlights the Center as a leader in delivering programming that reflects the diversity of Pittsburgh and of the nation. To learn more about the Center and its activities throughout the year, please visit https://aacc-awc.org/



SAFETY: AWAACC and Highmark Stadium are committed to ensuring the utmost safety of their patrons, artists and staff; all participants will need to prove that they have received a full COVID-19 vaccination authorized by the FDA or WHO at least two weeks before attending the performances. Masks are strongly encouraged for all festival-goers, regardless of their vaccination status, and are mandatory for all indoor events, regardless of their vaccination status.

Participants under 12 must wear a mask at all times. To learn more about the Centre’s health policies, please visit https://aacc-awc.org/covid-19-policies/

Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 2.6 million members through the company’s health insurance business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through of the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the market leader in terms of commercial market share and, through its Blue affiliates, also has a strong Medicare Advantage market share. All of Highmark’s Medicare Advantage plans in Pennsylvania have received a quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

In western Pennsylvania, its spontaneous awareness, brand preference, and overall brand evaluation are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs approximately 4,000 people in western, north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent companies of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information visit www.highmark.com

One of the country’s largest cultural centers focused exclusively on the African American experience and celebration of black culture and the African diaspora, the nonprofit welcomes more than 119,000 visitors locally and nationally. .

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is a non-profit cultural organization located in the Cultural District of Pittsburgh that generates arts, education and community initiatives that advance the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. One of the country’s largest cultural centers focused exclusively on the African American experience and celebration of black culture and the African diaspora, the nonprofit welcomes more than 119,000 visitors locally and nationally. .

With year-round programming in several genres, such as the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival, Black Bottom Film Festival, AWCommunity Days, TRUTHSayers lecture series and rotating art exhibitions in its galleries, the Center offers a platform for established and emerging artists of color. whose work reflects the universal questions of identity that Wilson addressed and which still resonate today.

August Wilson African American Cultural Center (980 Liberty Avenue) and Highmark Stadium (510 W Station Square Drive).

Friday October 1 and Saturday October 2, 2021.

Get tickets here.


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