Tailgate Tour

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.  

? Energy Innovation Center 'Powered Up'
? Music, Art, and Culture Festival
⚾ Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability

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.

Pittsburgh Earth Day's Tailgate Tour, "Music, Art, and Culture Festival," photo credit SIMS TV PRODUCTIONS


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.” 

Energy Innovation Center "Powered Up" event, hosted by Pittsburgh Earth Day
The DLC team showcased how the public can reduce their environmental impact through energy efficiency and electrification. Event-goers will got to see one of DLC’s new, all-electric Ford F-150 Lightnings; got an inside look at what life is like for lineworkers; and learned how DLC is building the future workforce to support the region’s clean energy transition.
Ki Ki from WAMO 107.3 was also on The Hill celebrating Earth Day, along with The Pirate Parrot, The Bucco Brigade, and the Pittsburgh Pirates Pierogies.
Attendees were encouraged to take The Pittsburgh Green Pledge and join the Charge for a Greener Future. You’ve got the power - join the charge!

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.

Chef Claudy Pierre
Christine Waller
“There are many ways for us all to have a positive impact on the environment, which is one of the reasons we have been a proud title sponsor of Pittsburgh Earth Day for the past three years. By helping bring Earth Day awareness and celebrations to our region, we are living our vision of a clean energy future for all. April 22 is a golden opportunity for DLC and our Tailgate Tour partners to educate the public and inspire action in creating a healthier, cleaner and more equitable future in Pittsburgh and beyond.”

Christine Waller

Vice President of Communications & Corporate Responsibility, Duquesne Light Company
E.A.T. Initiative Logo
Eminent Hospitality Solutions Logo
WAMO 107.3 Logo
E.A.T. Initiative Community Logo


Pittsburgh Earth Day Music Art and Culture Festival

The Music, Art, and Culture Festival

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | Market Square


The Music, Art, and Culture Festival is a free annual community celebration filled with fun, educational, and inspirational activities and events for all ages. This year, the Square became a hub for music and eco-friendly activity booths as live music filled the air. Local businesses shared their sustainability stories and an educational area included an alternative and electric transportation corner and a green wellness area.
Attendees enjoyed musical stylings by this year’s headliner, The Uprooted Band Featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, as part of the 25th anniversary of their beloved ‘When I Woke’ album. Additional performances by Bella, Carla, Soulful Femme, Kevin “The Nerve” Wenner, NASH.V.ILL, Creatives Drink, and Arie Cole. Guests also met the radio team from Star 100.7 FM and took pics with The Pirate Parrot and The Bucco Brigade.
Image of a bridge in Pittsburgh by artist Zachary Rutter
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist

Performances Included


? Bella HIIT Class

?? Zumbathon with Carla and Susy

? Soulful Femme Band performing with Artist Kevin “The Nerve” Wenner creating an Art Painting


?  Uprooted Band with Michael Glabicki

?  Creatives Drink Logo Stage Takeover and Bubble Party featuring Arie Cole

Music Schedule for the Pittsburgh Earth Day Music Art Culture Festival, starting at 12:30PM with Soulful Femme and Kevin "The Nerve" Wenner, followed by NASH.V.ILL at 1:30PM and the Uprooted Band with Michael Glacicki of Rusted Root at 2:40 PM



Headliner: Uprooted With Michael Glabicki Of Rusted Root


Attendees enjoyed musical stylings by this year’s headliner, The Uprooted Band Featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root. This show was part of the 25th anniversary of Rusted Root’s beloved ‘When I Woke’ album.
Michael Glabicki, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Rusted Root fuses musical mastery and shamanic inspiration into his music and live performances.
In his most prolific period to date Michael is focusing his energy on his new band, UPROOTED, to carry on the legacy of Rusted Root’s energetic music while recording new music for Uprooted’s debut album due out next spring.
To honor the past, Michael is taking Uprooted on tour to perform the multi-platinum album WHEN I WOKE in it’s entirety. When I Woke, spawned the Top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way” along with fan favorites “Ecstasy” and "Martyr” (among others) and went on to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. 
Pittsburgh Earth Day Music, Arts, and Culture Festival in Market Square, featuring the Uprooted Band with Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root



Featured Guests

Part of the Music, Art, and Culture Festival

Produced by The Green Voice Collective

Soulful Femme



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.


Pittsburgh Earth Day Music Art and Culture Festival Zumbathon with Carla and Susy


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. 

Kevin “The Nerve” Wenner
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist


Erik Greenawalt The Chalking Dad


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

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.

Zachary Rutter Headshot
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist
Artwork by Zachary Rutter, Pittsburgh based artist


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

DJ Arie Cole and Creatives Drink stage takeover, Music, Art, and Culture Festival , Pittsburgh Earth Day


Bella Alampi, Bella HIIT - Pittsburgh Earth Day Music Art Culture Festival

Bella Alampi

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!


Ella Zegarelli

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 Zegarelli
"I'm proud to be the Pittsburgh Earth Day and Green Voice Brand Ambassador. I hope to spread the word to teens and young adults that we are all able to take steps towards a more sustainable future. Whether it is turning off the lights and computers when not needed, using minimal paper and material & going digital, recycling in the classroom, or trying a plant-based option for lunch, we can all make a difference."

Ella Zegarelli

Brand Ambassador, Pittsburgh Earth Day & the Green Voice Collective


Pittsburgh Earth Day - Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability

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!

Kevin Walker, President of Duquesne Light throwing the first pitch
Kevin Walker, President of Duquesne Light throwing the first pitch
Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot on the field at PNC Park, waving the flag!
Pittsburgh Pirates Pierogi Race at PNC Park



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.

The Tailgate Tour was Proudly Sponsored by:

Sponsors of the Pittsburgh Earth Day Tailgate Tour 2023



Produced by The Green Voice Collective