Pittonkatonk is a grassroots, volunteer-run social and environmental justice organization that promotes creativity and critical thought by way of music making and participatory events in and around the Pittsburgh Area. Pittonkatonk established itself as a free community event in 2014 by inviting local and national community brass bands, street performers, and activists to convene in a May Day celebration. The annual Brass BBQ, held the first Saturday of May, encourages participants to engage in making the event happen through bringing shared food dishes (POTLUCK), volunteering to run the event, hosting traveling musicians, promoting the event, and performance.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a dish to share. in the true spirit of May Day, Pittonkatonk is an event free of sales and corporate interest. We encourage all attendees to bring a dish to share, and toss a few dollars into the donation jar to help cover band transportation fees.
What Cheer Brigade (Providence)
Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit)
Afro Yaqui Music Collective (Pittsburgh)
Keleta and Super Yamba Band (West Africa/NYC)
Mdou Moctar (Niger)
Gaiteros De Sanguashington (Washington, DC)
Coro Latinoamericano (Pittsburgh)
Esso Afrojam Funkbeat (Chicago)
Bitch Thunder (Toledo, OH)
Col Eagleburger (Pittsburgh)
May Day Marching Band (Pittsburgh)
Rumbon de la Calle (Pittsburgh)
Sto-Rox Marching Band
Big Blitz (Pittsburgh)