PITTSBURGH — A multi-genre mix of national and local bands will perform Saturday at the free WYEP Summer Music Festival at Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh.
Night Frog, a young band from Hopewell Township, will perform a half-hour set starting at 4:30 p.m.
Headlining the show will be Austin, Texas-based blues/funk/soul band Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and Southern rockers the Marcus King Band. Pittsburgh’s emerging funk-soul-psychedelic band the Buckle Downs also will entertain.
With music fans in lawn chairs and blankets spread out in Schenley Plaza, next to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Night Frog could be performing for its largest crowd yet.
The quartet will play original songs like the Warped Tour-ish “Shadow of a Doubt,” the jazzier “Van Man” and the folky, dramatic “Fight of My Life.”
The concert’s curators, Pittsburgh adult album alternative station 91.3-WYEP, chose Night Frog to participate in its annual ReImagination Project, where top teenage bands are paired with leading musicians from the Pittsburgh area to record an original song for a compilation CD.
Night Frog worked with Brian Edwards, a much-in-demand drummer who has played with jazz notables Jesse Johnson, Kenny Blake, David and Maureen Budway and Dwayne Dolphin, performing at venues throughout the world, including Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall in England, and on TV’s MTV Europe and BET on Jazz.
WYEP’s 20th annual Summer Music Festival begins at 3 p.m., and includes other ReImagination artists The Fortunates and Tupelo & Jeremy.
“We are proud and excited to present these extremely talented local musicians alongside top notch national touring acts,” WYEP General Manager Abby Goldstein said in a press release.
Festival headliners Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears have been featured on NPR’s “World Cafe” and praised by American Songwriter as the kind of band Iggy Pop would form if he wanted to play R&B.
Previous WYEP Summer Music Festivals have featured award-winning and popular headliners like Fitz & the Tantrums, the Old 97’s, Jason Isbell, Valerie June and Marshall Crenshaw.
The event also includes family-friendly arts activities in the Schenley Plaza Tent and the opportunity to shop for locally-handcrafted items at the I Made It! Market. Bike Pittsburgh will provide Bike Valet service.
Night Frog also will perform July 8 at Hopewell ParkFest, July 15 at the James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy as part of Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown Music Festival and July 22 at Barney’s Bar and Grille in Aliquippa.