PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
AMERICAN MUSICIAN AND SONGWRITER
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
WILL PERFORM AT THE BYHAM THEATER
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016 | 8:00PM
TICKETS ON SALE!
Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Andrew Bird, American musician, songwriter and indie pop whistler, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:00p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Bird’s concert at the Byham Theater is presented by Opus One Productions, WYEP 91.3 and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Special guest Sinkane will be the opening act for Andrew Bird. Tickets are on sale now.
With his new album, Are You Serious, which debuted earlier this year, Andrew Bird has widened the breadth of his art by directly rejecting his own human experience. With key contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, Are You Serious attains a level of expression that’s a personal, evolutionary leap. “Here I am with my most unguarded, direct, relatable album to date,” Bird says, “Go easy on me.”
NPR’s Bob Boilen describes Are You Serious as Bird’s most personal album to date, stating “Andrew Bird’s lyrics are often a kind of cryptic code, wordplay about the human condition, but on Are You Serious he reveals more about his own life including a blossoming relationship between two relative introverts and the birth of their son.”
Jettisoning established methods begets reinvention. This is part of the great success of Are You Serious. “I never walk onstage knowing what I’m doing,” says Bird. “It’s a shrug-of-the-shoulders approach and people like it, it seems human to them. I began playing with the idea of reinvention, so that onstage a wild untamed thing can happen. I wanted to make a record that lets me subvert or expand my onstage personality.” Bird’s tour, which kicked off at the Ryman in Nashville on March 30, will stop at Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Tickets ($42.75-$49.75) can be purchased at TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Opus One Productions
Opus One Productions is a leading concert promoter in Pittsburgh that produces over 500 events annually throughout the city. Opus One books for Mr. Smalls Theatre, Club Cafe, Stage AE and various theaters in the area. These concerts span every genre of music and showcase acts ranging from local bands to the top touring artists in the world. For a full listing of events, please visit www.opusoneproductions.com.
91.3 WYEP has served the Greater Pittsburgh community with outstanding programming for more than 40 years. WYEP’s mission is to enrich the community through music discovery, expression and education by delivering quality programming on the air and online and through live music events. WYEP attracts an audience of about 100,000 listeners per week and thousands attend WYEP community concerts each year. A nonprofit public radio station, the majority of WYEP’s funding comes from community and listener support.
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 Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.