Highland Park Porch Concerts Lineup for 9/13

There are only three evenings of concerts left in our Summer Porch Concert series so get out and enjoy them while you can! Please wear masks and keep at least 6 feet from people not from your household. It can be easy to let your guard down when you’re enjoying music and being social with neighbors, but a few people have raised concerns that not everyone is following safety guidelines and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the shows safely and comfortably.  And as always, show our musicians lots of love!  Map attached.

Tom Roberts: music, poetry, and silent films!

5434 Avondale Place

From 6:00 until 7:30ish, internationally acclaimed pianist and Emmy award winning composer Tom Roberts will perform live Tango, Calypso, Venezuelan waltzes, Ragtime, Stride, New Or-Yinz piano!  He’ll also wind up his vintage Victrola record player and curate original 78 rpm recordings from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.  Also interspersed will be poetry readings by Gail Langstroth and Yona Harvey.  For the grand finale at dusk (7:45ish) Tom will perform his celebrated Charlie Chaplin Silent Picture show playing LIVE to three short films: The Pawn Shop (1916 – 25 mins), The Rink (1916 – 30 mins), and Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914 – 11 mins).

Uptown Quartet

830 N Euclid Ave.

The Uptown Quartet will reunite for this event, and we can’t wait to share our music with you!! Featuring guitarist Jon Bañuelos, flutist/saxophonist Erik Lawrence, percussionist Jeff Berman, and vocalist Carolina Loyola-Garcia, the quartet will play flamenco and Latin American music.  

Tania & Jeff Grubbs: 2 Basses & Voice

1033 Portland St.

The Grubbs are professional jazz musicians who comprise ⅔ of the Tania Grubbs Quintet.  https://taniagrubbs.com/  This week they will be joined by special guest six string electric virtuoso Tony Grey.

Funky Fly Project 

This week at 1123 Portland 

The Funky Fly Project is a Jazz/Funk band featuring four talented young men who have all grown up in Pittsburgh’s East End.  Two are Highland Parkers and three of the boys got their start in music right here in the neighborhood at The Dilworth Traditional Academy.  The FFP have played music venues all over Pittsburgh and sometimes travel as far as Ohio, Chicago, and South Carolina.  

Jonathan Callard & Friends

5811 Stanton Ave.

Jonathan is a professionally-trained vocalist who’ll be playing acoustic guitar & singing an eclectic mix from folk, pop, gospel, and other genres. http://www.jonathancallard.com/blog  

City of Pittsburgh Comprehensive Plan

Last week, Mayor Peduto announced the launch of ForgingPGH, the first-ever citywide comprehensive land use plan for the city of Pittsburgh. The Department of City Planning is leading this effort to set a vision and plan for the city for the next 20 years.

To get involved in the development of the plan, please visit: https://forgingpgh.org/get-involved/.

An online workshop is now open for participation: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/forgingpghFrom now until October 1, participants can identify locations on a map where they would like to see certain land uses (employment centers, open space, affordable housing, etc.) developed or preserved. The markers on the map will help shape the comprehensive land use plan, and in turn, the city’s future growth.

East Liberty Blvd and Negley Run Blvd Bike Lane Updates

The Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure has shared the following update on the transportation projects that were discussed at the  East Liberty Blvd and Negley Run Blvd Bike Lane Upgrade public meeting on July 28th:

  1. East Liberty Blvd Bike Lane Upgrade project: Paused, Designs being updated

After hearing the concerns from residents and community organizations regarding impacts to parking and additional safety concerns for other modes of transportation on the corridor (transit and pedestrian access, engaging with vehicles, etc.), the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) paused the East Liberty Blvd project. The department is now developing new designs that reflects the needs expressed by the community, the focus will now be on improving intersection safety only. As soon as the designs are available, DOMI will schedule another public meeting, share all available content with neighborhood organizations, and reach out to the community to gather feedback on the new designs. 
2. Negley Run Blvd Bike Lane Upgrades: Needs Community Feedback
The Negley Run Bike Lane upgrade project received positive initial responses from the community. This project will not impact parking in the area and links to the Washington Blvd Trail connection. To see this project and the video for the first public meeting please go here:

The Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) wants to hear your opinion regarding the Negley Run Blvd Bike Lane Upgrades. This survey will be open until 9/16/2020 and the results will be summarized published 2-3 days after the close date.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to reach out to Casandra Leopold (cassandra.leopold@pittsburghpa.gov) or Ricardo Solis (ricardo@pghbikeshare.org).

Highland Park Porch Concerts Lineup for 9/6

We have another amazing line-up this weekend! Be sure to thank our musicians for entertaining us again this weekend – and don’t forget to wear masks and stay at least six feet from people not from your household. Map attached.

NOTE: Because of their overwhelming popularity, we will continue to organize porch concerts until the end of September. However, because it is getting dark earlier, beginning next week (Sept 13), concerts will be an hour earlier, from 6-7 pm.

New This Week!
Vocalist Lilly Abreu and guitarist Eric Susoeff – hosted by the Grubbs

1033 Portland St

The Grubbs are out of town this weekend but still want to take care of our music needs so they invited special guests DUO vocalist and Highland Park resident Lilly Abreu and guitarist Eric Susoeff. Lilly Abreu is a versatile artist with numerous appearances as recitalist and soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, the United States and Brazil. Ms. Abreu currently teaches voice CMU and is on the roster of the Pittsburgh Opera where she has been in recent productions of Faust, Carmen, The Flying Dutchman, Street Scene, Turandot, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Falstaff and Tosca at the Benedum Center. Over the years, Eric Susoeff has performed with  local and international luminaries including: Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Williams, Frankie Avalon, Charo, Kenny Blake, Walt Harper, and many, many others. He has been seen on stage and TV and has performed with groups as diverse as the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, The Marcels, Carnegie Mellon University Drama Department and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Harpoon Duo (PSO members)

951 Wellesley Road.

Harpoon Duo features Gretchen Van Hoesen (harp) and David Sogg (bassoon), PSO members both.  Playing music from France, Canada, Germany, and who knows where else.

Funky Fly Project

New location:  803 N. Highland

The Funky Fly Project is a Jazz/Funk band featuring four talented young men who have all grown up in Pittsburgh’s East End.  Two are Highland Parkers and three of the boys got their start in music right here in the neighborhood at The Dilworth Traditional Academy.  The FFP have played music venues all over Pittsburgh and sometimes travel as far as Ohio, Chicago, and South Carolina.  

Jonathan Callard & Friends

5811 Stanton Ave.

Jonathan is a professionally-trained vocalist who’ll be playing acoustic guitar & singing an eclectic mix from folk, pop, gospel, and other genres. http://www.jonathancallard.com/blog

Highland Park Porch Concerts Lineup for 8/30

What an amazing line-up this week, including two new performers!  Thank you performers – your music is a gift to us all!  Audience members, in addition to applauding loudly, please remember to wear masks and stay at least six feet from non-household members.  The map is attached.

Two new performers this week!

Doctors, Professors  & Maharajahs – Tom Roberts

5434 Avondale Place

Tom Roberts is an internationally acclaimed pianist and Emmy award winning composer.

He will present the virtuosic piano music of New Orleans rhythm & blues legends Professor Longhair, Dr. John and the otherworldly James Booker along with choro, calypso, Harlem stride and even Louis Moreau Gottschalk.  Tom was pianist and musical director for the late Leon Redbone, arranged and performed the music for Martin Scorsese’s film, The Aviator. He has performed multiple times at New York’s 92nd St Y Jazz in July, and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He has arranged for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and also writes and performed the music for Rick Sebak’s Emmy award winning Nebby series for WQED TV.

Devilish Merry

830 N Euclid Ave. (hosted by Alba Flamenca)

This appalachian-Irish fusion band combines hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, fretted dulcimer, Irish flute, tinwhistle, harmonica, dumbek, bodhrán, bones and vocals to create a lively mix of old-time fiddle tunes, Irish jigs and reels, Pennsylvania folk and labor ballads and riveting new songs from the musicians’ own life experience.

Returning Favorites!

Glass Run Gals

New location:  923 N St Clair Street

This folk/americana duo that specializes in powerful vocal harmonies. Accompanied by guitar and mandolin, we re-imagine the work of some of America’s premier singer/songwriters.

Tania & Jeff Grubbs with master drummer Roger Humphries 

1033 Portland St

The Grubbs are professional jazz musicians who comprise ⅔ of the Tania Grubbs Quintet.  https://taniagrubbs.com/  This week they will be joined by special guest Roger Humphries on drums.

Christopher Shipton

5822 Bryant Street

Christopher will perform ambient experimental music using modular synthesizers.

Jonathan Callard & Friends

5811 Stanton Ave.Jonathan is a professionally-trained vocalist who’ll be playing acoustic guitar & singing an eclectic mix from folk, pop, gospel, and other genres. http://www.jonathancallard.com/blog