Get ready to groove this summer with the Weather Permitting Concert Series, a free monthly event returning to Hazelwood Green Plaza offered by Hazelwood Local. Designed for all ages, organizers promise a family friendly evening of live music, food trucks, vendors and community fun.  

The series kicks off Sunday with W.I.T.C.H. taking the stage alongside local talents. The  Zambian rock band – with the acronym standing for We Intend to Cause Havoc – is  renowned for its blend of psychedelic rock and Afrobeat, according to an event news release. Joining the band are special guests The Garment District and Astrology Now.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Weather Permitting Concert Series,” event co-organizer Nikki Martin of Hazelwood Local said in the release. “It’s a celebration of music and community against the backdrop of Pittsburgh’s beautiful Hazelwood Green.”

This event is weather permitting. Attendees are encouraged to check social media for any updates regarding weather-related changes.

Concertgoers can bring chairs and blankets. Food trucks scheduled will provide a variety of culinary dishes from local favorites, including Community Kitchen, Kilimanjaro Flavour and Mr Bulgogi. A diverse range of vendors will offer unique crafts and goods.

Free water activities and roller skating provided by Wicked SkateWear start at 5 p.m., with the music beginning at approximately 6 p.m., according to the Hazelwood Local website, where reservations can be made. A donation bin will be set up to collect nonperishable food items for Fishes & Loaves. All the festivities are set to end at 9 p.m.

Hazelwood Green Plaza is located at 4501 Lytle St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Free street and lot parking is available.

Hazelwood Local is a hub for creative programming at Hazelwood Green Plaza and for the discovery of Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, according to the release. Since 2020, Hazelwood Local has executed over 50 free community events throughout Hazelwood and at the plaza, as well as the 2021 art installations along historic Second Avenue.

Upcoming concerts in the series:

July 28 — Los Gaiteros De San Jacinto: A Colombian traditional folkloric cumbia group formed in the Caribbean region of Colombia, which has been active since 1940. Its folkloric music preserves the traditional rhythms and sounds product of a mixture of the Colombian Indigenous, Spanish and Afro-Colombian heritage.

Aug. 25 — Moneka Arabic Jazz: Led by charismatic bandleader Ahmed Moneka, Moneka Arabic Jazz is a project reflecting his life and journey in art from Baghdad to Toronto. It showcases melodies from his homeland of Iraq, mixed with the African grooves and rhythms he inherited from his Afro-Arabic heritage. A true reflection of Toronto’s multiculturalism, the band fuses styles and influences from the Mediterranean, to North Africa, the Middle East and North America. The band features members from across the world. 

For more information, visit or follow @hazelwoodlocal on social media.

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