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Get ready to shake your brass at the PITTONKATONK May Day Brass BBQ & Potluck aka The Brass BBQ. This year will be bigger, louder, and brassier than ever.

What is Pittonkatonk? It’s “music without boundaries”. Think of it as a fusion of block party, neighborhood BBQ, and music festival. Band styles include: Balkan brass, activist marching bands, global hip hop, Cumbia, samba, and New Orleans swing.

No stage, no doors, no admission fee, no corporate sponsors, and nothing is for sale. Choose to bring shareable food/drink or choose just to come for the music, dancing, and “celebration of what music and community can really be”.

Date: Saturday May 11, 2019
Location: Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 12pm – 11pm
Ticket Price: No admission fee; all ages welcome

Basically it’s a party you must attend to fully comprehend it’s perfect mash-up of music and community. Oh, and did we mention it’s 11-hours of FREE music?

This is the year to get there if you’ve never been. Bands from around the world will be brass-blasting sweet metallic vibes into your eardrums. The community music (commusic-y?) festival features:

Los Mirlos (Lima, Peru)
Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra (Macedonia)
What Cheer Brigade (Providence, RI)
Afro Yaqui Collective (Pittsburgh, PA)
La Misa Negra (Oakland, CA)
Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit, MI)
Rebel Diaz (NYC)
1Hood (Pittsburgh, PA)
Timbeleza (Pittsburgh, PA)
May Day Marching Band (Pittsburgh, PA)
Big Blitz (Pittsburgh, PA)
Lemon Bucket Orchestra (Toronto, Canada)
Hugo Cruz & Caminos (Havana, Cuba)
Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band (Pittsburgh, PA)
Sto Rox Marching Band (Pittsburgh, PA)
Bombici (Pittsburgh, PA)
Abafasi (Pittsburgh, PA)

Check out the Facebook Event page or their website for more details. And get your brass there!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at and

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