Thrival Innovation + Music Festival Draws Near with Events in Pittsburgh

 

THRIVAL INNOVATION + MUSIC FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL DRAWS NEAR WITH EVENTS AROUND THE CITY IN CELEBRATION OF THE FESTIVAL ROOTED IN PITTSBURGH!

 

 

SEPT 27
THRIVAL MUSIC HEADLINER WIZ KHALIFA THROWS FIRST PITCH
PNC PARK
PITTSBURGH PIRATES LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON WILL OPEN WITH KHALIFA’S FIRST PITCH

SEPT 28
THRIVAL INNOVATION “INTELLIGENCE:HUMANS X TECH”
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
FEATURING WIZ KHALIFA ON TALKS OF ECONOMY AND CULTURE OF MARIJUANA AND TAYLORGANG VENTURES.

SEPT 29-30
THRIVAL MUSIC
CARRIE FURNACES 
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
ventures.
“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
thrivalfestival.com.
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
across America.

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.

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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
Management.
For more information on the festival, visit thrivalfestival.com, and follow Thrival on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Snapchat.

TUNE IN: Metallica To Perform On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon On NBC Tonight

unnamed-3METALLICA will make their Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debut tonight when they perform their new song “Moth IntoFlame” for the first time on national television. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs at 11:35 EST/PST on NBC.
“Moth Into Flame” is the second track from Metallica’s forthcoming album Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, scheduled to be release on the band’s Blackened Recordings on November 18th. The band world premiered the song on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM earlier in the week and shortly after debuted the video for the song, which was directed by Tom Kirk.Hardwired…To Self-Destruct was produced by Greg Fidelman and is available for pre-order in a variety of configurationsHERE.
*Check local listings

Bent Knee Announces Dillinger Escape Plan Fall Tour Support Dates + Headlining National Tour

Globally-Acclaimed New Album
Say So Out Now,
Stream on Bandcamp

 “The silo-smashing, Boston-based sextet taps into chamber pop, industrial rock, metal and prog-rock. Featuring the versatile, ever-appealing voice of Courtney Swain, Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness.” – Wall Street Journal

“Say So confirms Bent Knee’s eloquence and ebullience, while also breaking new stylistic and temperamental ground.” The Boston Globe

“Mind boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table.” NPR

“Intricately woven, surrealist stylings. A potent sense of urgency tingles the air.” Consequence of Sound

“A celebration of creative freedom and unrestricted musicianship. Easily one of the best albums of the year.” Rebel Noise 

This has been an incredible year for Bent Knee across the board, with its third album Say So(Cuneiform Records) receiving a unanimously rave reception from national and global media, including The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, NPR, and Consequence of Sound.

Fresh off a triumphant European tour, the exhilarating live act is proud to announce it’s opening for legendary expansive metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan during the first half of its forthcoming U.S. fall tour. Prior to those dates, Bent Knee will headline across the East Coast, including a date in Toronto, Canada.

You can experience Bent Knee in action right this second while waiting for the forthcoming gigs. Five songs from its thrilling, upcoming full-length concert film Live at the Space are now available on YouTube.

Since its inception, Bent Knee has remained true to the incredible spectrum of its diverse musical personalities. Courtney Swain’s riveting vocals lead the way through often dark lyrical themes, while guitar virtuoso Ben Levin shifts seamlessly from melodic riffs to extreme dissonance, often at a moment’s notice. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth contribute deep grooves, full of unexpected accents and ornamentation that glue the boundary-pushing work together. Violinist Chris Baum soars atop and through the material, further expanding the group’s sonic palette, and producer/sound designer Vince Welch combines it all with understated brilliance.

Dillinger Escape Plan Support Dates:

10/12 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

10/13 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall

10/14 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater

10/15 New York, NY – Webster Hall

10/17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom

10/18 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

10/19 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

10/20 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub

10/21 Lawrence, KS – Granada

10/22 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater

10/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

Bent Knee Headlining Dates:

8/24 Brooklyn, NY – C’mon Everybody

8/25 Providence, RI – AS220

8/26 Boston, MA – Great Scott

8/27 Philadelphia, PA – The El Bar

8/28 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery

8/29 Washington, DC – Black Cat DC

8/30 Kennett Square, PA – Kennett Flash Theatre

9/2 Dayton, OH – Ladyfest Dayton 2016

9/4 Chapel Hill, NC – ProgDay 2016

9/8 Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard Tulsa

9/9 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall

9/10 Madison, WI – Mickey’s Tavern

9/11 Chicago, IL – Emporium Arcade Bar

9/13 Toronto, ON – Monarch Tavern

9/14 Troy, NY – Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

9/17 Dayton, OH – Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival 2016

9/18 Worcester, MA – StART on the Street – Fall Edition