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Mark your calendar for the 2018 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival July 21st & 22nd.  


The 2017 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival was an amazing success! Get ready for the 2018 Festival! You made it magical and helped us to raise awareness and funds for kids in the Pittsburgh area on the autism spectrum. 

The cost is $12 ($10 + $2 for shipping) and GET (2) 2018 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival Calendars for the price of one making the extra one a great Holiday gift!!! Click the “Buy Now” button below to get yours!

Or, Send your name, address, and check payable to:
Band Together Pittsburgh
4885-A McKnight Road #402
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Some of the comments that we’ve received via our Facebook Page:

“AWESOME event and ideal venue!! (I definitely prefer the Syria’s Shrine over Hartwood). Loved all of the bands that played on Sunday!”

“Congrats on a great job done by all those involved with the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival! I’m already looking forward to next year!!”

“Great cause! Great bands! Great food! Great turnout! Hope the funds raised were abundant! And cant wait to hear more on the documentary. Thanks for having me! Cant wait till next year too!!!!”

“What a wonderful event! Well organized, great venue, fantastic music, and good people. Happy to be a part of it. Look forward to next time.”

“…hopefully the start of a new yearly tradition. Great venue, great music and great food.”

“Fantastic event, wonderful organizers & volunteers, and of course AWESOME bands! Well done- see you next year!”

The 2018 Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival will be held July 21-22, 2018 in the very same place! The Syria Shrine Center in Cheswick, PA.

Band Together Pittsburgh a community based non-profit is producing the show. Band Together Pittsburgh is an organization that employs the power of music to engage children on the autism spectrum and their families. Through music we are able to improve social behaviors, increase focus and attention, reduce tension and create body awareness and coordination. 

We are exited to be working in partnership with the Autism Society of PittsburghThe goal of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh is to help parents and professionals grow by providing as much relevant information on autism spectrum disorders as is known to us.


“An all-volunteer nonprofit created and run entirely by fans of the band Phish has sent a check for $1500 to support music education at Band Together Pittsburgh.

This unsolicited grant, which falls outside our highly competitive application process, is in recognition of Phish’s performance on July 19th, in Pittsburgh, at Peterson Events Center.

The $19,500 total in grants is part of a long-standing effort by the Phish fan community to spread the love of music in locales in which performs. Full details about this set of grants are available at “

“On behalf of Band Together Pittsburgh, we are grateful, humbled and excited to know that we are part of such a generous community of folks who believe that music, music therapy and music education are vitally important for all of our children.” said Jim Stewart, Band Together Pittsburgh Executive Director.

Film Camp Teaches Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities How To Make Movies – And More

Here are 60 kids and young adults participating in the Joey Travolta Film Camp hosted by the Arts for Autism Foundation in Pittsburgh. The camp teaches film skills to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Pittsburgh is one of three sites nationwide.

The campers work in teams to pitch movie ideas and then spend the next two weeks working with professionals to produce them. It requires a lot of teamwork, which camp directory Joey Travolta – older brother to actor John Travolta – says was the whole reason for starting the program.

“It is not whether the films are good, bad or indifferent,” he says. “It’s the process.”

For Travolta, the camp is more about empowering participants. An actor and director himself, he’s also worked as a special education teacher.

He spends the first two days filming interviews with campers asking them for advice in hypothetical situations.