It’s almost here! We’re just days away from the free El Gran Combo concert at 3 p.m. at the outdoor Penn Avenue Stage One at Ninth Street in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, sponsored by ImaginePittsburgh.com as part of the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership.
The concert is part of the PittsburghJazzLive International Festival that kicks off Friday. The festival alone could keep your feet happily tapping all weekend. Thursday, June 19 acclaimed nuyorican poet Martín Espada appeared with Pittsburgh’s own artist/activist Vanessa German at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.
Friday night usually means salsa dancing at at Cabaret at Theater Square on Penn at Seventh Avenue, with free dance lessons by Jeff & Colleen from 10:00 – 10:30 p.m. This Friday June 20 is no exception, but El Gran Combo hits will be played through the night (including cuts from their first production in 1962) with 50th Anniversary El Gran Combo CDs given away as door prizes. $5 cover charge.
Fascinated by Roberto Clemente, but never had an opportunity to get inside the private museum in Lawrenceveille dedicated to him? Now’s your chance to do so while helping to raise scholarship funds for Pittsburgh students of Latino origin. For $50, at 6 p.m. Saturday June 21 you can explore this the museum’s collection of baseball artifacts, photographs and memorabilia that highlight the All-Star right fielder’s career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his personal life and his humanitarian work — and enjoy delicious drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Buy tickets or learn more from the Greater Pittsburgh Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Also Saturday we’ll be welcoming Daniel E. Torres Arocho, winner of a free trip from Puerto Rico to see El Gran Combo and experience Pittsburgh as a great place to play — and possibly live and work. It’s part of the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! campaign to market our region to people from Puerto Rico who may be considering a move to the states. Why choose Miami, DC or New York when you can live in Pittsburgh with lower costs of living, better schools, cleaner streets and friendlier people? Torres will enjoy a weekend of downtown lodgings, tours by VisitPITTSBURGH, meals at iconic Pittsburgh restaurants and of course Sunday’s concert, including a backstage meeting with los profesores del Universidad de Salsa.
On Sunday June 22, look for the ¡Hola Pittsburgh! hospitality tent from noon until 8 p.m. at Penn Avenue and Ninth Street. There you’ll find friendly “ambassadors” (like those pictured here) who can give you tips on where to find food, fun and the bathroom at the JazzLive festival, as well as hip you to the fact that there are more than 20,000 open jobs across the 10 counties right now. We’ll also be raffling off a free iPad! Dance on over before or after El Gran Combo takes the stage at 3 p.m.
Look for us on social media under the hashtag #HolaPittsburgh and hit us up with your photos, texts and more at Facebook.com/HolaPittsburgh, Twitter.com/Hola_Pittsburgh and on the ImaginePittsburgh Instagram account or the ImaginePittsburgh Pinterest page.
The ¡Hola Pittsburgh! partnership includes the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Latin American Cultural Union, the Roberto Clemente Foundation, the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Airport Authority, the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Promise, Point Park University, World Affairs Council-Pittsburgh, Vibrant Pittsburgh, VisitPITTSBURGH, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its ImaginePittsburgh.com initiative. ¡Hola Pittsburgh! seeks to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the Pittsburgh region to sustain its population, economic prosperity and quality of life.