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July 2019

July 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope is pleased to once again present free music under the tent in Schenley Plaza this summer!

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August 2019

August 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope is pleased to once again present free music under the tent in Schenley Plaza this summer!

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October 2019

October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“Putting the songs to work.”

Buffy Sainte-Marie doesn’t sugarcoat the truth, nor does she shy away from hard realities, but her album Medicine Songs is never overwhelming or oppressive. Rather than making us feel smaller, sadder or more cynical, Buffy Sainte-Marie makes us feel stronger and more capable of seeing the world around us clearly.

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October 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

“Richly talented singer and songwriter…” | Pete Seeger

Singer, songwriter and social activist Tommy Sands has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. From pioneering days with the highly influential Sands Family, bringing Irish music to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Moscow’s Olympic Stadium, he has developed into one of the most powerful songwriters and enchanting solo performers in Ireland today.

 

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November 2019

November 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

“Together, Molsky’s Mountain Drifters are a force to be reckoned with and are creating some of the most soul stirring music out there.” | Sarah Jarosz

Introducing Bruce Molsky’s brand new trio with Allison de Groot and Stash Wyslouch – Tradition steeped in possibility.

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November 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. Jontavious is a great new voice of the 21st century in the acoustic blues.” | Taj Mahal

Jontavious Willis brings back the true soul of country blues music. A newspaper headline once called him a “70-year-old bluesman in a 20-year-old body.”

Although still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920s and making them wish they could stay there for good. Blind Boy Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet.

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December 2019

December 6, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Penn Hebron Garden Club (The Barn), 237 Jefferson Road
Penn Hills, PA 15235

Join Calliope and the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle for an evening of music featuring dozens of area songwriters!

 

**PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE HAS CHANGED TO 237 JEFFERSON ROAD PENN HILLS 15237**

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December 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“The Klezmatics are wonderful… ‘Gonna get Through This World’ is a piece of genius.” | Pete Seeger

The Klezmatics are globally-renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award.

Your ticket includes a workshop from the stage with The Klezmatics prior to this evening’s concert starting at 6:30.  Concert to begin at 7:30.

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January 2020

January 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Musician and human rights defender Ramy Essam was one of the galvanizing voices of the Egyptian revolution of 2011-2013. His music — which he performed live during the protests in Tahrir Square, channeled the energy and passion of spontaneous street chants into popular songs that embodied the peaceful, creative side of the uprising.

Your ticket includes a talk from the stage with Ramy Essam prior to this evening’s concert starting at 6:30.  Concert to begin at 7:30.

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February 2020

February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved … and now her vocals and songwriting have matured to the level of her virtuosity.” | Bela Fleck

 “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.” | Alison Krauss

 

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February 21, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

“the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement” | Rolling Stone

“Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.” | Boston Globe

LIMITED QUANTITIES OF TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR TONIGHT.

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March 2020

March 7, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

“Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages: When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.“   | The Boston Globe

Your ticket includes a workshop from the stage with Gina Chavez prior to this evening’s concert starting at 6:30. Concert to begin at 7:30.

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March 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
The Roots Cellar, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

**DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING EFFORTS BASED ON COVID-19, THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

Karan Casey has long been recognized as one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music.

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May 2020

12:30 - 2 PM
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope is pleased to once again present free music under the tent in Schenley Plaza this summer!

 

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July 2020

July 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a live streaming performance by John McCutcheon!

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August 2020

August 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - May 30, 2021 @ 8:30 pm

Join us for our RootsCellar@Home Online Concert Series!

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August 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Up next on our new, online series! Paul Rishell & Annie Raines!

 

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September 2020

September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Scott Ainslie!

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterwards!

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October 2020

October 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Robert Johnson and Matt Watroba: Common Chords!

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterwards!

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November 2020

November 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.”  | Boston Herald

The award-winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.  The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

 

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December 2020

December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Eliza Gilkyson

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterward!

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December 12, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

THIS CONCERT IS TO BE RESCHEDULED. NEW DATE TBA.

With special guests, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

“…the band actually emerged fully formed, possessing a certain savvy that assures their ability to stand apart in a crowded field of nu-grass contenders. It also assumes that while The Way Down Wanderers may have only just begun their musical journey, they’ve come quite far already.” | Lee Zimmerman, Relix Magazine

#1 of 10 New Artists You Need To Know – Rolling Stone Country Winter 2019

 

 

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December 19, 2020

Django A Gogo Festival with Stephane Wrembel & Friends

Stephane Wrembel, one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music, presents Django a Gogo Festival celebrating the life and music of legendary musician, Django Reinhardt, with an interactive guitar workshop and two very special concerts.

“A revelation…”–Rolling Stone

 

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January 2021

January 14, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm

Want to get started in learning traditional ballads? Our online workshop will help you in finding songs and teach you some of the basics. No instrument needed, just your own singing voice.

 

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January 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Mary Flower!

Stay tuned for a Q & A afterward!

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January 17, 2021

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, as they mark this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. The ensemble will take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre, where they will connect with an audience of thousands who join via Zoom from around the world.

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January 22, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Old West was won by Jeff Daniels at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Daniels took home the award for Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie, in the Netflix series “Godless.”

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February 2021

February 22, 2021 - February 26, 2021

Folk Unlocked Spotlight Showcase Artists

These Spotlight Showcase performances will be happening during the Folk Unlocked Virtual Conference.

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March 2021

March 17, 2021 - March 31, 2021

Rounder Records recording artists Dervish present The Great Irish Songbook at Celtic Connections via Performing Arts Theatres and Concert Halls internationally on St Patrick’s Day 2021

Guests for this very special production of this renowned show will include: Bluegrass icons Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, Irish singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy, Scottish based songstress, Heldi Talbot and US folk music royalty Peggy Seeger

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March 28, 2021

Join us for a One Day Old-Time / Celtic Music Fest with Beverley Street Band! We’ll be offering workshops, jams, and concerts throughout the day on Sunday, March 28th.

 

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April 2021

April 2, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, Tom Paxton, teams up with the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans – Don Henry & Jon Vezner.

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May 2021

May 9, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Accidentals, Dar Williams, Tom Paxton, Kim Richey, and Maia Sharp: what do all these amazing songwriters have in common? ONE: they’re all co-writers on the latest EP by The Accidentals: Time Out. TWO: they’re performing ONE NIGHT ONLY together on May 9th.

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June 2021

June 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Join us and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy under the tent at Schenley Plaza for lunch with live music!

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June 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for the next installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring Mary Gauthier!

Stay tuned for the Q&A afterward!

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July 2021

July 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Join us and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy under the tent at Schenley Plaza for lunch with live music!

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July 17, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join Calliope for a special installment of our RootsCellar@Home series featuring an album release by John McCutcheon!

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July 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Join us for our first in-person event of the season! Calliope welcomes Smokestack Lightning on the evening of July 23 under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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August 2021

August 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Join us and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy under the tent at Schenley Plaza for live music at lunchtime!

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September 2021

September 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes The Turpentiners on the evening of September 23 under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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October 2021

October 9, 2021 - April 30, 2022
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

Subscribe to our 21-22 concert season now at Kelly Strayhorn Theater!

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October 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Dirk’s got great subtlety, tremendous feel, and he’s very loose and very modern, in the best sense of the word.” — T-Bone Burnett

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November 2021

November 30, 2021 @ 12:00 am - December 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Get ready to give! At 12:00 AM on November 30, you have the opportunity to make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in the Pittsburgh community. All giving will end at 12:00AM on December 1, so make sure to get your gift in on time!

 

 

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December 2021

December 4, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

January 2022

January 29, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

Blues is at the center of Corey, Phil and Cedric’s artistry, and the blues takes center stage in True Blues, the concert.

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February 2022

February 26, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today” –Brian O’Donovan WGBH, National Public Radio

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March 2022

March 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

John McCutcheon: folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. This concert will feature an homage to his many mentors, selections from his field recordings housed at the Library of Congress’ Archive of American Folksong, and some very special surprises.

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March 12, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald

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April 2022

April 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

John McCutcheon: folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. John will be joined by three of his favorite songwriters (Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Crys Matthews) for a round-robin of amazing songs. These writers will talk about the songs, their writing process, and how they bring what’s inside, outside.

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April 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

John McCutcheon: folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. John will be joined by several of his favorite instrumentalists (Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Howard Levy, and Muriel Anderson) for a round-robin of string wizardry, conversation, and fun.

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April 30, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“The Way Down Wanderers intricate, hypnotic rhythms call to mind ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ more than bluegrass traditional.” – Rolling Stone Country 

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May 2022

May 3, 2022 @ 4:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us once again this summer as we present music under the tent in Schenley Plaza (Oakland) this summer!

Save the dates:

July 14
August 18
September 8
Artists to be announced soon!
In partnership with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
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May 7, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

John McCutcheon: folk music’s renaissance man — master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author. Ever wondered where John came up with that song idea?  How did he research the many historical songs he’s written?  Who did he write that particular song for?  What about that line/term/idea I don’t quite understand?

 

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July 2022

July 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes Moe Taters and The Gravy Train on the evening of July 14th under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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August 2022

August 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes Well Strung on the evening of August 18th under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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September 2022

September 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave PA 15260

Calliope welcomes Bertha and The Belles on the evening of September 8 under the tent at Schenley Plaza!

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October 2022

October 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Bruce Molsky is one of those great players who ‘gets it’: has all the links to the past but is happy not to be chained to it” – Mark Knopfler 

[On Tony Trischka] “… the great banjo liberationist …”  — NPR

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November 2022

November 5, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

 “Folkie great shares wry humor and hard-won wisdom… [and] modernizes blues and Americana” — Rolling Stone

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December 2022

December 10, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States

“Effortlessly pushing bluegrass back to its earlier roots in Appalachian traditions, while steering old sounds in fascinating new directions.” – No Depression

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