Saturday, April 22, 2023 | The Hill, The Square, The Diamond
This multi-location event invoked a day to inspire, celebrate, educate, and entertain the entire Pittsburgh community through multiple activations for all ages.
Proudly Presented by Duquesne Light Company, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Mitsubishi Electric, Carmeuse, Covestro, Dollar Bank, Diehl Auto, Alcosan, Levin Furniture, eLoop, Hilton Garden Inn, Penn Future, S&B USA, the Commonwealth Charter Academy, the Energy Innovation Center, the Pittsburgh Pirates, WAMO 107.3, Star 100.7, the E.A.T. Initiative, and Eminent Hospitality Group.
Energy Innovation Center 'Powered Up'
Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 11AM - 2PM
The Tailgate Tour kicked off in the Hill District at the Energy Innovation Center. Guests had the chance to meet the Pirate Parrot, The Pirate Pierogis, and the Bucco Brigade. We “Grilled ‘n Chilled” with Chef Claudy Pierre, enjoying mouth-watering tailgate favorites like smoked brisket and barbeque chicken sliders, while learning more about renewable energy and relaxing with friends. Guests received energy tips at Duquesne Light’s educational workshop, “Power Means Savings.”
Get to know Chef Claudy Pierre
We were thrilled to have the incredible Chef Claudy Pierre with us to "Grill 'n Chill" at the Energy Innovation Center Powered Up event! He cooked up tailgate favorites like smoked brisket and barbeque chicken sliders.
Just as a lighthouse provides direction to sailors in the night, Chef Claudy Pierre and his food justice organization act as a beacon of hope for local Pittsburghers and Allegheny Country residents during tumultuous times. His work providing food and nutritional classes for local communities distinguishes him from most culinary experts.
Pierre is a Haitian-American, born in Brooklyn, New York. He was one of nine siblings. As a child of such a large family, he often found refuge while cooking meals with his grandmother and matriarch of the family, Marie Lucienne Dessources. He said he was motivated to assist with cooking meals because that brought the privilege of being one of the first to eat.
Learn more about Chef Claudy Pierre.
Christine WallerVice President of Communications & Corporate Responsibility, Duquesne Light Company
Headliner: Uprooted With Michael Glabicki Of Rusted Root
Part of the Music, Art, and Culture Festival
Produced by The Green Voice Collective
Stevee Wellons, Vocalist
Stephanie Wellons, aka Stevee Wellons, has been performing in the tri-state area for the last 25 years and is known for her high-energy stage presence and performance. Stevee has performed with numerous area bands and teaches and coaches voice at the prestigious Afro-American Institute in the Homewood Area of Pittsburgh. Stevee Wellons Band won the 2015 Blues Society of Western PA's Blues Challenge and represented Western PA at the 2016 International Blues Challenge.
Cheryl Rinovato, Guitarist
Applied Music with 2nd major in Arranging and Composition at famed Berklee College of Music, Cheryl began her musical career as a studio musician throughout New England, known for her distinct interpretation style. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Cheryl has pursued her musical career as a professional musician for numerous area bands and has done extensive studio work. She has also been the recipient of the prestigious Jim Weber Award, given to blues guitarist of the year, three times; in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Cheryl is among the ranks of Delaney Guitars endorsed artists.
Kevin “The Nerve” Wenner
Kevin is a professional artist based in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kevin Wenner, aka "The Nerve," is best described as an "extreme live-action painter," as he obliges his mesmerized audience to listen with their eyes and observe with their ears during his interactive performances. His artwork utilizes giant paintings, props, and sound-byte-laden music to articulate his emotions.
Voted "In Pittsburgh" Artist of the Year in '96 and '98, Kevin has performed in many art festivals in the greater Pittsburgh area. He has also worked as a storyboard artist for commercials, videos, virtual worlds, and has starred as a voice characterization artist.
NASH.V.ILL is one of Pittsburgh's hottest live acts.
Led by guitarist Byron Nash, this dynamic four-piece is known for their explosive stage performances fueled by the sheer intensity of lead vocalist Jacquea Mae's fiercely powerful, soul-drenched vocals. NASH.V.ILL'S sound is a balanced blend of hard-hittin' funk grooves, soaked in the deep emotions of soul music, the pain of the blues, and the hipness of Hip Hop--all ignited by the energy of rock-n-roll.
Since their inception in 2021, they have exploded on the scene with over 100 performances in a year. In high demand, NASH.V.ILL has headlined all of the major festivals, including First Night NYE 2021 --the first Pittsburgh-based band to do so. Once audiences get touched by the energy of a NASH.V.ILL performance they become lifelong fans.
web: byronnashmusic.com, IG: @Byron_Nash412 @nash.v.illmusic FB: @ByronNash/musician @nash.v.ill
Zachary Rutter is a professional artist and muralist based in Pittsburgh, PA.
His work is easily recognizable by his use of bright colors and optimistic imagery that is meant to spread a message of love and positivity. Rutter is most known for his iconic "Sun Heart" which is the symbol of his movement called the "Spread Love Army.” His heart can be seen on murals and sculptures throughout the city of Pittsburgh as well as around the world. He is the creator of the comic grid system, a art technique that uses recycled materials as a means to transfer images on to various surfaces such as canvas using collaged comics which are a common motif in the background of most of his works. To learn more about this technique and Rutter’s many endeavors visit www.zacharyrutterart.com for more information.
Creatives Drink Stage Takeover Featuring Arie Cole
Arie Cole is an open-format DJ based in Pittsburgh, PA.
His sets mix sounds designed to make you groove in one moment and rage in the next.
More than a DJ, Arie Cole curates the vibe with sharp cuts and face-scrunching mixes of songs you’re more than familiar with or hearing for the first time. He is currently a resident at Umami, Thunderbird, and Trace Brewing.
No matter the party Arie Cole is coming with new gems and familiar sounds.
Instagram: @thearie_cole Facebook: facebook.com/theariecole Website: www.bookariecole.com
Bella is a Certified Health Coach with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, HIIT Instructor
As a certified HIIT instructor, Bella's priority is to provide information about exercise, nutrition, and mindset, as well as practical ways these pillars of health can transform lives for the better.
HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, workouts involve maximum energy during short bursts of time. Join Bella for the perfect workout for time-challenged fitness fanatics. Get great results in less time and fewer days.
Follow Bella for health & wellness tips at @bewellwithbella_ and join her on Earth Day for an outdoor workout celebrating the beauty of Mother Nature!
Pittsburgh Earth Day and Green Voice Brand Ambassador
Ella is a Junior at Upper Saint Clair High School where she is very active in the Varsity Dance Team, Pantheon Choir, Musicals, Music Trib M Honor Society and National Honor Society.
She recently was chosen among a select few to be a Super Mentor helping underclassmen navigate the high school adjustment.
She is a St. Lucy's Medallion Ball candidate and also involved in charity work, including The Education Partnership serving underprivileged school age students, and the Special Needs Ministry at the Bible Chapel.
Ella ZegarelliBrand Ambassador, Pittsburgh Earth Day & the Green Voice Collective
Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability
Saturday, April 22, 2023
The Tailgate Tour wrapped up with the Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability.
The Pirates faced the Cincinnati Reds and celebrated Earth Day with us this year. Kevin Walker, President and CEO of Duquesne Light Company, threw the First Pitch!
Time and again, we are watching the youth of our country lead the way. This couldn’t be more true than when it comes to climate action. Pittsburgh Earth Day wants to support the youth of our city and provide opportunities for them to become lifelong leaders in environmental issues.