PITTSBURGH – A big-name local band is taking the stage this weekend at the Allegheny County Music Festival.
Rusted Root is headlining the annual event.
“Rusted Root is such a good anchor because they somehow manage to stay really alive and kind of vibrant in spite of the fact they’ve been doing this for so long,” says Bill Deasy, the Special Events Manager for Allegheny County. “Every year, I’m just amazed they have new songs.”
Three other local bands will open the show: Nevada Color, Jim Donovan and Sun King Warriors and Ferdinand The Bull.
But it’s not just about music. The event also benefits children in need across Allegheny County.
“It’s any child that receives services from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services or the Allegheny County Juvenile Probation,” says Ondrea Burton, Events Manager for Allegheny County. “We provide them with life-enriching opportunities, and items that are otherwise unavailable through government funds.”
Over the years, the event has raised more than $444,000 for local children.
The money is used to buy a variety of item.
“A bicycle, or to participate in dance lessons or go to summer camp. Things that are really meaningful to children and really impact their lives in a positive way,” says Burton.
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This is the 17th annual concert. The gates at Hartwood Acres open at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Musical acts start at the amphitheater at 5 p.m., and Rusted Root takes the stage at 8 p.m.
While there’s no set cost to get in, the suggested donation is $20 per vehicle.