Press Release Sound Series: Block Party
For immediate release
Thursday, June 9, 2022
The Andy Warhol Museum is pleased to present the second annual Sound Series Block Party on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 5–10 p.m., featuring an autumn evening of live music in a relaxed and festive environment outdoors, as part of The Pop District, in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Presented by The Warhol’s Sound Series, a varied roster of internationally touring artists will perform on a stage adjacent to the museum on Isabella Street, featuring Mexican Institute of Sound, Sudan Archives and headlined by Kurt Vile and the Violators. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site, along with hands-on t-shirt, tote bag or poster making. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. ($35/$30 for museum members and students) at warhol.org.
5:30 p.m. Mexican Institute of Sound
Mexican Institute of Sound, led by Camilo Lara, blends his eclectic interests in Cumbia and a range of Latin American genres with infectious beat-driven arrangements and a DIY/punk and high energy aesthetic. The latest album Distrito Federal (2021) garnered much critical praise, including NPR’s best albums of the year list, and features collaborations with Dan The Automator (Gorillaz) a Graham Coxon (Blur), Duckwrth, BIA, Cuco and Banda Misteriosa.
7 p.m. Sudan Archives
Sudan Archives is a unique solo performer who has emerged as an inventive avant-garde violinist and experimental beatmaker who loops and layers her violin and vocals to create a new minimalist hybrid approach to blending classical, West African, and hip hop and R&B influences. She’s captivated audiences at festivals such as Coachella and Pitchfork with her hybrid sound, sharing stages with St. Vincent, Ibeyi, and Michael Kiwanuka.
8:30 p.m. Kurt Vile and the Violators
We welcome back Philadelphia-based songwriter and guitarist Kurt Vile as headliner of the Block Party. With inspiration ranging from John Prine to Sonic Youth, Vile has been honing his unique songwriting craft and inventive guitar style since the early days of co-founding War on Drugs with Adam Granduciel in 2005, before focusing on his solo career and his band the Violators with a series of releases leading up to broader exposure with the album Wakin on a Pretty Daze on Matador Records in 2013. He has collaborated with a range of musicians including Steve Gunn, Courtney Barnett, and Cate Le Bon, and his latest album, Watch My Moves, marks his major-label debut on Verve Records, the label that coincidentally released the classic Velvet Underground and Nico album in 1967.
Sound Series: Block Party is presented by the Richard King Mellon Foundation and sponsored by Dollar Bank. Additional support comes from Penn Brewing, the official beer sponsor of the Sound Series: Block Party.
Media sponsor 91.3 WYEP
The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.
The Andy Warhol Museum
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
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