HAMPTON TWP. − When he’s not on stage that day firing off fierce guitar licks, Johnny Baab designs to be a spectator at the Maple Residence Music + Arts Pageant, a very first-time celebration Could 21 at Hartwood Acres.
“I’ll be elbowing my way to the front row” stated Baab, lead guitarist for Pittsburgh’s bluesy-rock band Ghost Hounds, the host band for a pageant that brings nationally acclaimed functions the Black Pumas, Lake Avenue Dive, Elle King and headliners Jason Isbell + The 400 Unit to the Allegheny County park.
It can be a one particular-off party curated for western Pennsylvania.
“We’re pretty thrilled to host this in Pittsburgh,” Baab explained. “Our team did an wonderful job, and I am searching forward to a good lineup and a fantastic working day. “We need a hometown bash to kick the pandemic blues absent.”
The pageant doubles as a coming-out social gathering for Maple Home, a new Pittsburgh file label and media firm affiliated with Ghost Hounds and the band’s founder and rhythm guitarist, billionaire businessman Thomas Tull.
Tickets for the competition go on sale 10 a.m. March 25, costing $59 (little ones 3-10, $29) at maplehousefest.com/tickets There is also VIP offers for $199 with a separate entrance and lounge with lunch and evening meal service, personal bar obtain and air-conditioned restrooms.
Party proceeds will gain the Allegheny Parks system, a Maple Dwelling press launch explained.
The open-air live performance begins at midday, and claims all-community distributors, which include some marketing vegan, vegetarian and gluten-totally free goods, as well as beer and wine. Cost-free drinking water stations will be available through the grounds.
Onsite parking for several pageant attendees is out there for advance obtain for $10. Onsite parking is restricted, so men and women are inspired to invest in their parking go early, or use Uber and Lyft. There will be a focused Rideshare select-up and fall-off region.
Ghost Hounds, like Center Township keyboardist Joe Munroe, will execute a set probably to consist of songs from a new studio album planned for release about that identical time. Ghost Hounds warmed up stadium audiences for the Rolling Stones last yr, and also have toured with Bob Seger and ZZ Major.
Maple Residence Tunes fest provides a assorted lineup taking part in on two buildout stages that will run intermittently all over the day.
Headliners Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, the 2018 Grammy winners for “Americana Album,” drew a crowd of almost 4,000 this earlier December at UPMC Functions Center in Moon Township. Psychedelic-soul band Black Pumas, a 2020 Very best New Artist nominee, offered out Mr. Smalls in Millvale last October.
King topped the Billboard Rock chart in 2014 with “Ex’s & Oh’s,” and bears a present relevance evidenced as the artist coated by Fombell’s 17-yr-aged “American Idol” contestant Morgan Gruber on the ABC software.
Baab is stoked the competition contains a set by a single of his preferred guitarists, Eric Gales from Memphis.
The festival’s undercard also incorporates emerging and on-the-verge functions like Noah Kahan, Joseph, Ripe, Welshly Arms, Adia Victoria and Huge Sam’s Funky Nation.
“It really is a really lean lineup there are no fluffers in there,” Baab mentioned.
Not given that Thrival Competition introduced acts like Worry! At The Disco, The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, Wale, Moby and hometown rap star Wiz Khalifa to rotating submit-industrial sites in the latter fifty percent of the past 10 years has Pittsburgh experienced a boutique tunes competition of this sort of caliber. Willie Nelson’s star-studded Farm Assist performed The Pavilion at Star Lake in 2017, but this Maple Dwelling New music + Arts Pageant has prospective to be a annually function at Hartwood.
“I hope so,” Baab explained. “Pittsburgh justifies this.”
Hartwood is new territory for Baab, who relocated to Pittsburgh from Brooklyn a couple yrs back to be section of the band.
“And then came then pandemic, so now I am energized I get to experience the fruits of Pittsburgh,” he mentioned.
He’s plugged in and performed at a handful of region jam nights at locations like Marroni’s Lounge in Leetsdale.
“I pop up in this article and there,” he said.
“We are so enthusiastic to bring this world-course festival to our hometown of Pittsburgh,” Maple House’s president Da’Lyn Bauman explained via press release. “Our hope is that this pageant inspires an even larger local community around the community audio scene rooted in rock and blues.”