Locals gathered in Shadyside on Saturday, August 20, for the final Jam on Walnut concert emceed by 100.7’s Katie Zak. The part outdoor concert, part block party, was the last in a three day outdoor concert series held this summer to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Western PA Chapter.
Thousands of Pittsburghers enjoyed full access to Walnut Street which is shut down to traffic for the concert event which features local and regional bands. The Jam on Walnut events, which were held the third Saturday, June through August of this summer season, has featured the likes of Kelsey Friday, Dancing Queen, Spinning Jenny and Chris Higbee. Guests enjoyed 5.00 wristbands for drink specials which included $4.00 16 oz. Miller Lites and $5.00 for all other drafts/cans while jamming to some popular local artists.
Kicking off the jams for the 2016 final event was band, Donora. The popular brother and sister duo, Jake and Casey Hanner, joined by bassist and keyboard player Jake Churchton, are well known in the area for their feel-good indie-pop sound. They were followed up by a local favorite, Radio Toyko, who have been performing chart-topping hits across our region since 2007. The R&B style cover band, no stranger to the east coast music scene, have a loyal fan base in the area for their shows which are generally seventy-five percent hip-hop, R&B, dance music and alternative with a little bit of country thrown in along the way.
“We play from Boston to Chicago but this is the one event we feel like we can really be rock stars,” said Radio Toyko drummer, Jason Miller. “For us, this is the biggest show of the year. We love that we can share this moment with such a big audience and raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”
It is the 20th year for this signature Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) fundraiser which raises critical funds to support the Foundation’s mission to help people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) live longer, healthier lives while they search for a cure. The Jam on Walnut 2016 concert series aimed to raise $125,000 throughout the summer to help support imperative CF research, education and patient care.
“We are so pleased to be able to continue to partner with the Shadyside business and residential community to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against cystic fibrosis,” said Executive Director of the Western PA Chapter, Mary Pat Joseph. “Over this 20 year span, the progress that has been made in this disease is remarkable. Our CF community is celebrating that over 50% of our population is now over 21 years of age and many are living into their 30, 40’s and beyond. This is a transformational time for our CF community and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is working hard to add better and more tomorrows. Events like Jam on Walnut help us continue to drive forward with cutting edge research and medical care programs.”
The Jam on Walnut 2016 concert series raised an amazing $118,000 throughout the summer to help support imperative CF research, education and patient care.
For those that missed the summer festivities, there are still ways you can still support our local Chapter and the CFF mission. Join them on August 25, 2016 at the Wyndam Grand downtown for the 21st Anniversary of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan. For more information on the upcoming event or to purchase tickets visit their website at https://finest.cff.org/activity/cystic-fibrosis-foundation/pittsburghs-50-finest.