John Scofield at The August Wilson Center

Last evening we returned to the August Wilson Center to attend the closing event of the Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival. Last year we visited the center for the first time to attend the Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival. We vowed to return to see a music performance and as we suspected it is a perfect venue for Jazz.

John Scofield is a master guitarist we had never seen and love his recordings with Miles Davis, Medeski, Martin and Wood and others. He was amazing and just as impressive were the musicians in his band. We had seen drummer Bill Stewart perform before with the Brecker Brothers. Vicente Archer on bass and Gerald Clayton on piano and organ also were both amazing performers. The acoustics are so wonderful we could clearly hear everything without excessive volume. This was the first Blues and Heritage Festival, we will plan to attend again next year.

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John Scofield

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The Stanley Theather

It is now known as the Benedum Center named after some wealthy Pittsburgh oil man from the 1930″s. However to us oldtimers it will always be the The Stanley Theather. Prince, King Crimson,Bob Marley, Syanley Clarke and dozens more performed at the Stanley in the 70’s and 80’s before the theater was closed and then remodeled in 1987. Now it is one of the theaters of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It is still a wonderful place to see a concert and the new ceiling is magnificent.

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The Stanley Theather

The Stanley Theather