The Strip District is all-abuzz about this weekend’s World Festival, a community event that we hope to see evolve into an annual tradition. Music and food from around the globe will fill Penn Avenue from 22nd to 25th Street this weekend, 9/14 & 9/15.
Get your toes tappin’ Saturday morning with lively German and Polish favorites performed by accordion virtuoso Henry Doktorski. Then Liz Vitalbo, beloved vocalist from Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days, will transport us to Italy through song. Kelly Blake, the world renowned jazz and Latin saxophonist, brings in the evening, which will be wrapped up by Glory Days – a Bruce Springsteen Experience.
Sunday ‘s festivities open with Irish music by Mark Guiser at 11:30am. Make way for the Chinese Lion Dance at 12:30! Pittsburgh’s Reggae royalty, Freedom Band, takes the stage at 1pm. Two hours later the Rolling Stones tribute band, Jumpin’ Jack Flash (), will have us dancing in the streets and warmed up for disco at 5pm with Dancing Queen.
Every day the Strip District celebrates the multi-cultural heritage of Pittsburgh. This weekend, in particular, we salute the arts and traditions that formed our great melting pot of a city. The Cork Factory and Lot 24, as well as our neighbors at PITT OHIO sponsor the event.
Chuck Hammel—Strip District extraordinaire, President of PITT OHIO and a producer of the World Festival—is enthusiastic about the recent happenings in the Strip. “I love the Strip,” he says. “It has everything you could want in an urban neighborhood. The central part has a lot of residents and the lower part has the best food shopping you can find. Both areas are in walking distance of each other. That makes living here very convenient.” And this weekend is time to celebrate just that.
Hope to see you out and about!