Music: Smoothfest Weekend, August Wilson Center

THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES

SMOOTHFEST WEEKEND

FEATURING
GERALD ALBRIGHT AND JONATHAN BUTLER

MAY 5 & 6 | AUGUST WILSON CENTER

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Smoothfest Weekend, a weekend of smooth jazz performance at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Smoothfest Weekend will feature Gerald Albright on Friday, May 5th at 8:00 p.m. and Jonathan Butler on Saturday, May 6th at 8:00 p.m.

“We are excited to have both Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler at the August Wilson Center for Smoothfest! Both artists are stars in their own right, and it is an honor to have their unique stylings in Pittsburgh on the same weekend,” shared Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Community Engagement and Director of Jazz Programs at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

About Gerald Albright
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Albright has performed with such luminaries as Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Olivia Newton-John, Whitney Houston, and many others.

Albright has been nominated for multiple Grammy ® Awards, including Best Pop Instrumental Album for New Beginnings (2008), Sax for Stax (2009), Pushing the Envelope (2010) and his collaboration with Grammy®-winning guitarist Norman Brown, 24/7 (2012). Slam Dunk, Albright’s newest album, released in 2014, was nominated for a Grammy® award in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.

About Jonathan Butler
Jonathan Butler is an icon in the smooth jazz realm. Butler began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio, earning three gold records.

He received Grammy® nominations for Best R&B Song for his R&B-pop vocal hit “Lies” and for Best Jazz Song for the instrumental “Going Home.” His genre-busting material earned songwriter’s awards and received abundant airplay in multiple radio formats: pop, urban, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary and gospel. Butler’s 2004 album, Surrendor, went gold in South Africa where he remains a superstar. With legions of fans, this international superstar continues to make music that feeds the soul in new and inventive ways.

Tickets ($45) are available at these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

August Wilson Center
The August Wilson Center is an architectural gem that offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events.

The African American Cultural Center is the non-profit organization that owns the August Wilson Center. For rental inquiries, visit the African American Cultural Center pages on CulturalDistrict.org.

For more information and a calendar of events presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust taking place at the August Wilson Center, call 412-456-6666 or visit www.trustarts.org/visit/facilities/august_wilson.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.

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