Dreamers Unite @ PGH’s DreamOn Festival
On July 3, DreamOn Festival returns to our city for its second summer to present a unique take on local music festivals. Featured at this year’s “ice cream music fest” will be 30 flavors of Pittsburgh’s very own Dream Cream Ice Cream, 15 music acts, a dozen vendors, and, of course, some of Pittsburgh’s best homegrown talent. The festival runs through July 4th weekend; check out the tentative schedule for performing music acts below!
Friday, July 3 brings Beauty Slap, DJ Nate da Barber, Anqwenique, Noel Quintana & the Latin Crew, Karl Franklin, and Brydge to the stage for a unique collab of musical genres to keep you entertained throughout the day and night.
Anqwenique Wingfield is a versatile vocalist who teaches artists specializing in classical music, opera, jazz, and soul. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from IUP, Wingfield has worked towards helping emerging artists in the Pittsburgh area. She currently teaches voice and piano at Hope Academy of East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
The ChopShop is an experimental, seven piece ensemble, jazz group who explores harmony and postmodern grooves. With elements of R&B, jazz, funk, and hose music, the group is able to cross all demographics and ages. Following their 2014 EP, the band is releasing a new album, along with tours to New York, Maryland, and Vermont.
Sunday, July 5 is the final day, and music acts DJ Teagarden, 412tuned, Anqweinque, and DJ Nate da Barber will perform, along with select civic speakers, and the Biggest Electric Slide in Pittsburgh.
Long-term PGH resident and open format DJ/artist, DJ Teagarden, incorporates house music, classic music mixes, and popular dance tunes into his sets. You can catch him at various venues, parties, college campuses and events around the city of Pittsburgh.
Need a ride to the festival? DreamOn is partnering with Lyft to help guests get to and from the event. And good news for new Lyft users: signing up for Lyft will score you a free ride (up to $20) by using the code DREAMONFEST2015 (valid thru December 31, 2015). As an initiative to support local high school and GED students volunteering at the festival, Dream Cream will give these participants five percent ownership, as well as ownership training.
The Dream Cream organization was founded in 2012 when the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership partnered with the Mayor’s Office to launch Project Pop-Up, a program working to revitalize downtown neighborhoods. Within their two summers of being in business, Dream Cream has “helped 100 individuals and organizations make their dreams come true, raised over $70,000 to repair churches, marry marines, adopt children, research cures, and much more.”