First Fridays at the Frick marks 20 years

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Frick Art & Historical Center

June 6, August 1, September 5
7 p.m.

The season for packing a picnic and spreading a blanket out on the cool grass is upon us, and the Burgh is home to numerous tranquil green spaces, such as sunny Schenley Plaza, rugged Riverview Park, the North Shore water steps, and the riverbanks of Washington’s Landing.

For countless urban dwellers, securing a coveted spot on the Great Lawn at the Frick Art & Historical Center has become a tradition during the highly popular First Fridays series, which transforms the site’s serene grounds into a lively plein air concert venue. The series features a varied selection of musical and vocal performances, while inviting the public to spend summer evenings under the stars, enjoying music, socializing and delicious fare in one of the city’s most stunning outdoor settings. For its 2014 installment, the Frick has curated a lineup of top local talents representing a diverse range of musical styles and genres.

On Friday, June 6th, the Point Breeze-based institution kicks off its 2014 season of First Niagara Presents First Fridays at the Frick—and celebrates the event’s 20th anniversary—with a concert by Pittsburgh-based band, Meeting of Important People. The trio, which has developed a following for its catchy blend of indie rock, garage and power pop, released their second full-length album, My Ears Are Having a Heart Attack!, in 2013. Their debut album, released in 2009 on Authentik Artists, was named “Top Local Release of the Year” by WYEP.

In 2013, Meeting Of Important People frontman Josh Verbanets, one-half of children’s performing duo, Josh and Gab, was named to Pittsburgh Magazine‘s “40 Under 40” list for his work with 200-plus area schools. The trio’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Verbanets channels the best of 1960s rock, from Ray Davies to Paul Weller. MOIP has recorded with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), and has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as OK Go, The Secret Machines, Dean & Britta, and Sam Roberts Band. The group’s music can be heard on CBS’ The Ghost Whisperer, E’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, MTV’s Teen Mom, The Real World and Jersey Shore and ABC’s Jane by Design.

The series continues with the Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra presenting a concert of Croatian folk music on August 1st, and the Sean Jones Quartet, led by the world-renowned trumpeter and Duquesne University associate professor of jazz studies, who will close the 2014 concert season on September 5th.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 per adult. Guests are invited to arrive early and create a gourmet picnic featuring selections from The Café at the Frick, which begins serving at 5:30 p.m. The Frick Art Museum and Museum Shop will remain open during the concert. Free parking is available in the Frick’s off-street lot, and along adjacent neighborhood streets.