Revved Up Rhythms and Blues

Musically speaking, we're putting the pedal to the metal this week for a couple of free concerts in Market Square. Tonight, a group of talented Jersey-based boys and girls take center stage in the Square at 5pm for an unforgettable a cappella musical show. Belting out tunes by all-time favorites such as Bon Jovi & Boyz II Men, the high school-aged RockNRoll Chorus will make a stop on their 2012 National Summer tour in Downtown Pittsburgh. This full-tilt boogie performance pushes the volume to the max without any instruments, just vocals.

Okay, normally the terrazzo plaza of Market Square is a no parking zone. But this Wednesday, July 18, we're glad to give a free parking pass in the middle of the Square to a few classic chassis when the 2012 Vintage Grand Prix Downtown Race Car Parade and Display rolls into Downtown.

Now in its 30th year, the Vintage Grand Prix returns to its Schenley Park course on July 21-22 as one of America's biggest vintage car races and the only one run on city streets. While those daring young men — and some ladies, too — zip along to be the first to cross the finish line, everyone involved with the race is a winner. That's because proceeds from the VGP benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School, which provides lifelong opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Before the big race weekend, auto lovers will get a chance to see this fleet of antique and classic cars wind through Downtown on Wednesday as the parade starts from its new location at the Rivers Casino.  After crossing the Allegheny River, the automobiles will split ranks and head to four Downtown destinations, including Market Square, where they'll be on display from 10:30am - Noon. So get your motor running with a look at these retro rides that are revved up for a good cause.

Kicking off the weekend during this week's Iron City Sound Downtown Live! Friday night FREE concert in the Square is our very own "East Coast, Blue-Eyed Soul Man," Billy Price, with his unique brand of new R&B interpretations. A big hit during last year's Light Up Night® festivities, Price returns to the Square to revive the rhythm and blues groove in the heart of the city. Always a crowd pleaser, Price effortlessly makes the blues feel like a good thing. Opening the show at 5pm, the soulful trio Dream Job will set the tone for a great evening of local musical talent.

So, on your mark, get set and GO down to Market Square this week for classic cars, RockNRoll stars, and blues guitars.

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