Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival
Band Together Pittsburgh is a community based non profit organization using music to engage and enrich the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We are producing the 2017 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival to raise awareness of the amazing capabilities that individuals on the spectrum posses; to celebrate great music and to raise funds to support our mission and to help to create an effective, post high school vocational program for individuals on the autism spectrum in partnership wit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
Yes, the event at Hartwood was very special. It was NOT the intention of the previous Blues Festival committee to cancel the event. But, it WAS cancelled. There's no use debating or even discussing. The Blues Festival is it's former guise is over.
Band Together Pittsburgh has picked up that standard and run with it. We WILL have a first class festival that you will enjoy and be proud of AND it will raise money and awareness for programs relating to those on the autism spectrum. Th previous Festival didn't start at Hartwood Acres, it grew in to it. Which is EXACTLY what we are going to do.
Now you can help us to do that or you can sit on the sidelines and let others do so. Please know that you are more than welcome to be a part in writing a new chapter in Pittsburgh Music History!
Our number keeps moving forward, we are more grateful that we have the capacity to articulate. Really!
But we still realize the uphill left in our journey. That's the side that we see it from, in side. We are going to put on a terrific show. We are absolute certain of that point. But, honestly, we have work to do after the show too.
We're half way there. Tell your friends, 100 of them at $50. It's just a math thing. We know that you're with us, it's your friends. You've gotta whisper in their ear(s,) this is what you can do, whisper in their ear(s.)
And let's get this done and put on a helluva show, together!
The 2017 Blues and Roots Festival is a celebration of amazing talent, great people and a cause that resonates across demographics.
Please continue to spread the word. Every bit does help. We're asking for all of our friends to drop $10 in to the campaign. We're nearly half way there.
Donna the reason you haven't been back since it left is because that was the last time the Blues Festival was held there. Indeed, Hartwood was a nice facility but there are costs and manpower requirements involved with staging it at Hartwood that make a rebirth of the festival there just not possible at the current time. As a county run public facility, there are a lot of hoops to jump through to stage and event there and perhaps someday, that location might be again under consideration. What's really important is not the venue, but the event itself, the cause it benefits and the wonderful people who gather together to celebrate the blues and Pittsburgh musicians who support the event. Kudos to everyone who are putting in their time, effort and money to bring back another thing that makes Pittsburgh truly someplace special.
I'd be happy to donate if it would move it back to Hartwood Acres. Thousands of people enjoyed having it there. It was the perfect place. My many friends and family haven't been since it left.