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Thrival Music Festival to showcase rock, hip-hop acts

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa to headline alongside Logic, Kiiara

Written By Josh McCann

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The Thrival Music Festival will be held for the second straight year at Carrie Furnace’s in Braddock on Sept. 29 and 30.

This year’s headlining acts include Pittsburgh native rapper Wiz Khalifa, hip hop artist Logic and pop r+b singer/songwriter Kiiara.

Khalifa heads to the festival promoting his new single, “Something New,” and Thrival is his only Pittsburgh stop this year.

Dan Law, the Director of Thrival, discussed via email how the festival has grown over the years.

“Looking back to where we started in 2013, it’s always a bit surprising to see how far Thrival has come in just four short years,” Law said. “But our team has worked extremely hard since the festival’s inception, and I think Thrival’s growth is a testament to how much Pittsburgh has evolved in such a short amount of time. I can definitely say that we wouldn’t be here without Pittsburgh’s support.”

Law also talked about the new additions planned for this year’s event.

“We’ve increased the amount of food trucks this year, collaborated with Voodoo Brewery as our exclusive beer partner, and have created a 1,200 foot square maker/creative space with a host of interactive activities,” Law said. “We’re also partnering with Dunkin Donuts for ‘donut decorating’ (Hint: best donut gets a VIP upgrade each day) and 5 hour energy for lawn games. There’s a lot to do!”

The event also showcases rising rock soul act Welshly Arms, who are currently on tour in support of their new EP “Legendary,” which has hit 15 million streams worldwide. Lead singer and guitarist Sam Getz declared that bands set will be an all-out party for the fans.

“Fans can expect a good foot stompin’, whiskey drinkin’, rowdy sing along,” Getz said via email. “We always try to mix it up live, coming up with jams on the spot and trying always to keep it fun for us and the crowd.”

Fans of the six-piece rock act won’t have to wait long for a follow up to the EP.  Aside from being on tour, the band is currently working on a new record.

“We are still recording other songs that will end up on our next album,” Getz said. “This is sort of just like a little sampler to what we have planned for next year on the full-length record.”

The festival will kick off with singer/songwriter Racheal B, who will showcase her mix of R&B pop and electro. The three-piece hybrid pop act mixes upbeat melodies with lyrics about the struggles of everyday life.

“Music’s always been an outlet to get through anything that’s been thrown at me,” she said. “I love any chance to play music.” 

The Michigan based artist talked about the unique atmosphere that a festival brings, and her love for the Steel City.

“Every show is a different experience,” she said via phone. “Pittsburgh is the greatest city. The people and experience are amazing.”

Tickets for Thrival are available at Ticketmaster.com, which are $55 single day/$79

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  1. John Koterba on September 30th, 2017 7:00 pm

    This article makes me wish I could be there. Maybe next year.


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