As a young man, Wilson shopped Pittsburgh’s thrift stores, buying stacks of old albums for change. One day, he found a record by Blues legend, Bessie Smith. The world, for August Wilson, changed that day. He said, “Somehow, all that other music was different from that. And I go, ‘Wait a minute. This is mine…” The blues is “life’s way of talking…life’s instructions“.
The Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival (HBHF) is about hope, roots, and the connections that music makes across races, neighborhoods, and beliefs. HBHF is a 2-day in person festival that takes place at the Highmark Stadium in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Featuring New Breed Brass Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Steel Pulse, Ranky Tanky, Fantastic Negrito, Walter “Wolfman” Washington …and more!