THRIVAL INNOVATION + MUSIC FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL DRAWS NEAR WITH EVENTS AROUND THE CITY IN CELEBRATION OF THE FESTIVAL ROOTED IN PITTSBURGH!
THRIVAL MUSIC HEADLINER WIZ KHALIFA THROWS FIRST PITCH
PITTSBURGH PIRATES LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON WILL OPEN WITH KHALIFA’S FIRST PITCH
THRIVAL INNOVATION “INTELLIGENCE:HUMANS X TECH”
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
FEATURING WIZ KHALIFA ON TALKS OF ECONOMY AND CULTURE OF MARIJUANA AND TAYLORGANG VENTURES.
FEATURING HEADLINER LOGIC WITH #1 SONG IN THE COUNTRY 9 DAYS STRAIGHT, PLUS ONLY HOMETOWN PLAY BY WIZ KHALIFA TO CLOSE THE EVENT SATURDAY.
TWO-DAY AND SINGLE-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE NOW AT THRIVALFESTIVAL.COM
The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival celebrates its fifth year by elevating
both its music and innovation elements to new heights.
On September 27-28, Thrival Innovation tackles Pittsburgh’s emergence as a hub for artificial intelligence and
automation (think: driveless cars and more) with its theme “Intelligence: Humans X Tech” — featuring 50+
speakers and a dozen custom programs, welcoming experts from around the U.S., representing Fortune 500s,
tech giants, startups, and more.
Thrival’s two-day outdoor live music experience once again brings a distinctive blend of 19 national and local
artists to unorthodox ‘venues.” Thrival Music headliners include Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Carnage, GRiZ, Two Door
Cinema Club and over a dozen more acts to perform at the historic Carrie Furnaces on September 29-30.
Two-day and single-day general admission and VIP festival passes are on sale now at thrivalfestival.com.
Grammy-nominated recording artist, Wiz Khalifa, will make his only 2017 hometown appearance in Pittsburgh
after an extensive festival run across the country and through parts of Europe.
Stepping outside of the music realm, Wiz Khalifa will also step into the entrepreneurial spotlight, speaking
alongside other keynote participants at Thrival Innovation’s marquee event at the Carnegie Museum of Art on
Thursday, September 28.
Right on the heels of Pennsylvania’s legalization of medical marijuana, Wiz Khalifa will share the stage with
Marc Ruxin, CEO of Landseye – Privateer, and John Battelle, founding editor of WIRED Magazine to discuss
“High Road” — a talk on the economy and culture of marijuana, as well as the Taylor Gang’s entrepreneurial
“Virtually everyone is familiar with Wiz Khalifa the artist, but both Wiz and the Taylor Gang are entrepreneurs
building successful and dynamic ventures outside of music. Their voice is important to not just promote our
innovation economy, but to demonstrate major success stories coming out of Pittsburgh and the Rust Belt,”
says Dan Law, director of Thrival and Vice President of Business Development at Ascender.
Tickets for the Thrival-Carnegie Museum of Art event are only $15 and on sale at
Following Thrival Innovation, Thrival Music kicks off Friday, Sept 29 with headliner Logic who’s “1-800-273-
8255” scored #1 song in the country just last week with the moving lyrics and awareness of the suicide
prevention network. Watch Logic’s MTV VMA performance from earlier this month that captivated audiences
Gearing up for Thrival Innovation + Music Festival headliner Wiz Khalifa will take the field at PNC Park on
Wednesday, Sept 27 to throw the first pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates last home game of the season vs
Baltimore Orioles. Game time is set for 7:05pm tickets can be purchased here.
More info on Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, Ascender and Live Nation Worldwide, Inc:
The festival is the flagship initiative of Ascender, a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated
to serving early-stage startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
To help manage this growth in 2017, Thrival has partnered with Live Nation Entertainment for venue
operations, talent buying, and marketing efforts.
“Ascender’s partnership with Live Nation to deliver Thrival Music allows our core team to both invest more
energy in scaling Thrival Innovation and more effectively engage our dynamic local audience, with Live Nation
adding significantly to the festival’s expanding national reach. We’re very excited for the opportunities this
presents,” says Zappala.
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company, comprised of global
market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concepts, Live Nation Advertising, Sponsorship, and Artist Nation
For more information on the festival, visit thrivalfestival.com, and follow Thrival on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Snapchat.