Music: Joan Osborne, Byham Theater




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Osborne on tour & new album release in September!


Pittsburgh  ̶  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces multiplatinum-selling recording artist and multi-Grammy® nominee, Joan Osborne, ‘Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan’ on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.  This concert is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and 91.3 WYEP.  Ms. Osborne’s latest album, Songs of Bob Dylan, will be released on September 1, 2017.  American Songwriter reviewed the new album commenting, “She sheds new light on old material, exposes some seldom heard Dylan gems and proves once again how flexible and powerful his work remains.”

Tickets ($29-$42) can be purchased at, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation – both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter.  A multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples, to name a few.

Counting such legendary artists as Etta James and Ray Charles as influences, Osborne has released several acclaimed albums and continues to tour extensively in various configurations — with her own band, as Joan Osborne’s Soul Revue, and as an acoustic duo and trio.  In 2003, Osborne joined forces with the surviving members of The Grateful Dead when they regrouped to tour as The Dead. In addition to her own solo shows and frequent guest appearances, Osborne currently also tours as a member of the rock/soul supergroup Trigger Hippy, founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and built from each musician’s shared love of R&B and soul. The band’s self-titled debut album arrived in 2014.

Osborne has showcased her far-ranging talent during three residencies in 2016 at the Cotton Club in Tokyo, Japan; the Blue Note in Honolulu, Hawaii; and Cafe Carlyle at The Carlyle Hotel in New York City.  The latter, titled “Joan Osborne Sings The Songs of Bob Dylan,” received critical acclaim from outlets such as The New York Times– “At every point in the evening, you had a sense of Ms. Osborne as an artist who knew exactly what she was doing” and the Huffington Post– “Her set was magic…the evening was a rediscovery of familiar Dylan, re-mined for new riches…hearing Osborne singing and dancing the Dylan greats was further testament to their versatility, beauty, and his genius.” Osborne felt this would be a great chance to work out an idea she had of doing a “Songbook Series” of albums – the way Ella Fitzgerald did in recording the songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and others – but with the songs of more recent writers.  Dylan was an obvious choice.  As a result of the successful Cafe Carlyle residency, the “Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan” show was taken on the road in 2016 and continues in 2017.  For more information, visit

91.3 WYEP
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.

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