Press Release Sound Series: Block Party

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Andy Warhol Museum announces a return to live, in-person performance with the inaugural Sound Series: Block Party on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 2–10 p.m. Presented by The Warhol’s Sound Series, the Block Party will take place outdoors within the Isabella Street block of the North Shore of Pittsburgh and features a varied roster of artists including Pastor Deryck Tines & the Lemington Chorale, Cassandra Jenkins, Vieux Farka Touré, Andy Shauf, 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, featuring Dean & Britta and Dean Wareham playing Galaxie 500’s On Fire. Food and beverages will be available to purchase on site, along with hands-on t-shirt, tote bag or poster making. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. ($35/$30 for museum members and students) at warhol.org.

“I’m genuinely grateful that we can return to live, in-person performance with this new and exciting outdoor Block Party, as a part of our long-running Sound Series. With all of the challenges of the past several months, the pause has perhaps enhanced a truer appreciation of the universal nature of live music and the often uplifting effect of communal performance experiences,” said Ben Harrison, curator of performing arts and special projects.

Schedule

2 p.m. Pastor Deryck Tines & the Lemington Chorale

Tines will lead this group of dynamic singers though a high-energy, spiritually-energizing and soul-stirring set including a medley of gospel songs, spirituals and hymns celebrating black history, spirituality and soul, from his recently released live album We Shall Overcome Someday.

3 p.m. Cassandra Jenkins

Cassandra Jenkins and her band will be on tour in support of her latest album, Overview on Phenomenal Nature. Among the critical praise, Pitchfork gave the album a Best New Music mention and said, “The whole thing flows like an emotional breakthrough, tying together disparate observations into a serene and unified vision,” and NPR, in their coverage for New Music Friday, called it “so, so stunning.” Jenkins has also collaborated and performed with artists such as Eleanor Friedberger, Craig Finn and Purple Mountains.

4:30 p.m. Vieux Farka Touré

The son of Grammy-winning musician Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré’s globally minded music blends traditional African melodies and instrumentation with modern electric guitar and rock structures. His 2017 release, Samba (meaning second son in his native Songhai) was recorded in front of a live studio audience in Woodstock, New York.

6 p.m. Andy Shauf

As part of his tour supporting his most recent, highly lauded album Neon Skyline on ANTI records, songwriter Andy Shauf’s music is often described as reflecting the Canadian prairie with a unique blend of hushed vocals, vivid lyrics and intricately crafted arrangements, drawing on influences such as Neil Young, Wilco and Elliot Smith.

7:30 p.m. 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, featuring Dean & Britta

In celebration of its 13th anniversary, The Warhol is thrilled to bring back, 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. The performance, which consists of commissioned soundtracks by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips for a selection of Warhol’s silent film portraits, toured extensively after its premiere in Pittsburgh in October 2008, playing over 85 dates over eight years. The 13th anniversary tour will provide audiences with another opportunity to experience this critically lauded performance with newly digitized HD versions of the films. The project resulted in the first official release of early Warhol films on DVD, which was produced in collaboration with Plexifilm.

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, a project jointly commissioned by The Andy Warhol Museum and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts 2008.

9 p.m. Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500’s On Fire

The Warhol’s inaugural Sound Series: Block Party closes with a seamless transition from 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests to a special set of Galaxie 500’s seminal album On Fire, performed by the same band, featuring Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Anthony LaMarca and Matt Sumrow. Wareham, who formed Galaxie 500 in 1987 and Luna in 1991, has also recorded several albums with his wife Britta Phillips as Dean & Britta, and beyond working with Andy Warhol’s films, they have scored films such as The Squid & The Whale and Mistress America by Noah Baumbach. Most recently they released A Sentimental Education, an album of covers, and A Place of Greater Safety, an EP of 6 instrumentals on Double Feature Records.

Sound Series: Block Party is presented by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Richard King Mellon Foundation

Media sponsors 91.3 WYEP and 90.5 WESA.

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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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13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, photo by Julienne Schaer

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13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, photo by Julienne Schaer

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Dean & Britta

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Dean & Britta

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Dean Wareham

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Dean Wareham

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Vieux Farka Touré, photo by Gem Hall Photography

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Vieux Farka Touré, photo by Gem Hall Photography

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Andy Shauf, photo by Colin Medley

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Andy Shauf, photo by Colin Medley

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Cassandra Jenkins, photo by Wyndham Boylan-Garnett

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Cassandra Jenkins, photo by Wyndham Boylan-Garnett

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Pastor Deryck Tines & the Lemington Chorale, photo by Sidney Davis

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Pastor Deryck Tines & the Lemington Chorale, photo by Sidney Davis