HAMPTON TWP. − When he is not on phase that working day firing off intense guitar licks, Johnny Baab options to be a spectator at the Maple Property Music + Arts Festival, a to start with-time event Could 21 at Hartwood Acres.
“I will be elbowing my way to the front row” said Baab, guide guitarist for Pittsburgh’s bluesy-rock band Ghost Hounds, the host band for a pageant that brings nationally acclaimed functions the Black Pumas, Lake Street Dive, Elle King and headliners Jason Isbell + The 400 Device to the Allegheny County park.
It can be a 1-off occasion curated for western Pennsylvania.
“We’re quite enthusiastic to host this in Pittsburgh,” Baab reported. “Our team did an astounding occupation, and I’m seeking forward to a good lineup and a great working day. “We have to have a hometown bash to kick the pandemic blues absent.”
The competition doubles as a coming-out occasion for Maple Property, a new Pittsburgh record label and media corporation affiliated with Ghost Hounds and the band’s founder and rhythm guitarist, billionaire businessman Thomas Tull.
Tickets for the pageant go on sale 10 a.m. March 25, costing $59 (youngsters 3-10, $29) at maplehousefest.com/tickets There is also VIP packages for $199 with a individual entrance and lounge with lunch and supper services, personal bar access and air-conditioned restrooms.
Function proceeds will benefit the Allegheny Parks technique, a Maple Property press release explained.
The open-air live performance begins at noon, and promises all-nearby vendors, which includes some marketing vegan, vegetarian and gluten-cost-free things, additionally beer and wine. Totally free drinking water stations will be readily available all over the grounds.
Onsite parking for lots of festival attendees is readily available for advance invest in for $10. Onsite parking is constrained, so people are inspired to acquire their parking pass early, or use Uber and Lyft. There will be a devoted Rideshare decide on-up and drop-off area.
Ghost Hounds, which include Centre Township keyboardist Joe Munroe, will complete a set likely to consist of tracks from a new studio album planned for release all around that very same time. Ghost Hounds warmed up stadium audiences for the Rolling Stones previous year, and also have toured with Bob Seger and ZZ Best.
Maple Dwelling Tunes fest delivers a varied lineup playing on two buildout levels that will operate intermittently all through the day.
Headliners Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, the 2018 Grammy winners for “Americana Album,” drew a crowd of nearly 4,000 this previous December at UPMC Activities Heart in Moon Township. Psychedelic-soul band Black Pumas, a 2020 Most effective New Artist nominee, offered out Mr. Smalls in Millvale past Oct.
King topped the Billboard Rock chart in 2014 with “Ex’s & Oh’s,” and bears a current relevance evidenced as the artist lined by Fombell’s 17-calendar year-old “American Idol” contestant Morgan Gruber on the ABC program.
Baab is stoked the pageant contains a established by just one of his favorite guitarists, Eric Gales from Memphis.
The festival’s undercard also incorporates rising and on-the-verge functions like Noah Kahan, Joseph, Ripe, Welshly Arms, Adia Victoria and Large Sam’s Funky Nation.
“It’s a extremely lean lineup there are no fluffers in there,” Baab mentioned.
Not considering the fact that Thrival Pageant introduced functions like Panic! At The Disco, The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, Wale, Moby and hometown rap star Wiz Khalifa to rotating publish-industrial web-sites in the latter 50 percent of the very last 10 years has Pittsburgh had a boutique tunes festival of these caliber. Willie Nelson’s star-studded Farm Support played The Pavilion at Star Lake in 2017, but this Maple Residence Songs + Arts Pageant has possible to be a yearly event at Hartwood.
“I hope so,” Baab claimed. “Pittsburgh warrants this.”
Hartwood is new territory for Baab, who relocated to Pittsburgh from Brooklyn a few a long time in the past to be element of the band.
“And then came then pandemic, so now I am psyched I get to practical experience the fruits of Pittsburgh,” he said.
He is plugged in and performed at a handful of space jam nights at sites like Marroni’s Lounge in Leetsdale.
“I pop up listed here and there,” he reported.
“We are so enthusiastic to deliver this environment-class festival to our hometown of Pittsburgh,” Maple House’s president Da’Lyn Bauman explained by means of press release. “Our hope is that this festival inspires an even greater neighborhood all around the community new music scene rooted in rock and blues.”