Twenty-five dollars can buy a burnt almond torte cake from Prantl’s, a meal at Primanti’s, or a concert ticket for a single musician. But next Tuesday, $25 grants admission to the Concert for the Tree of Life – a large scale event that features an eclectic mix of pop, rock, and folk artists and bands. Seven plus acts for the price of one, and all proceeds will go to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror Fund.
Taking place at Stage AE, each of the performers has ties to Pittsburgh and are donating their time to help raise funds. Headlining the event is Daya, a pop singer who grew up in Mt. Lebanon and won a Grammy in 2016 for her collab with electropop group, The Chainsmokers on “Don’t Let Me Down.”
Jorma Kaukonen, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, will be just coming off the road with Hot Tuna and is adding this date to his schedule to help support the effort.
Singer-guitarist Michael Glabicki from Pittsburgh rock band Rusted Root will perform a short acoustic set and so will Joe Grushecky of Iron City Houserockers.
The lineup doesn’t stop there, folk singers Sean Rowe and Brooke Annibale, and rock & roll band Low Cut Connie are also set to perform.
Along with the musicians performing for free, much of the event is happening thanks to donations, allowing for 100% of the proceeds to go to the Victims of Terror Fund. All the food has been donated and Stage AE offered the space – with staff members working for free.
“We knew we wanted to do something meaningful and significant,” says WYEP general manager Abby Goldstein, who is spearheading the event. “The best way we can help is to bring people together to heal through music and to leverage our relationships with musicians and the music community and the power of our broadcast reach to make something impactful happen.”
More performing artists will be announced this week.