Jazz Poetry Month: James Brandon Lewis Trio

James Brandon Lewis returns to City of Asylum following 2-crowd favorite evenings in Jazz Poetry 2021, including the performance of his album Jesop’s Wagon, named a NYTimes 2021 Best Album of the Year. The James Brandon Lewis trio was established with one goal in mind: to chase energy!  Their music is gritty, funky, and explosive and seeks to combine jazz with other genres from hip-hop to punk rock. 
Featuring collaborations with poet Tuhin Das (Bangladesh) and Aurielle Marie (US).

Stewart O’Nan: Ocean State

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

NY-Times bestselling & Pittsburgh-based author Stewart O’Nan joins us live at City of Asylum to read from and discuss his newest novel "Ocean State."
Set in a working-class town on the Rhode Island coast, Ocean State is a crushing, beautifully written, and profoundly compelling novel about sisters, mothers, and daughters, and the terrible things love makes us do. It is a masterful novel by one of our greatest storytellers.

Steel City GrandSlam

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

The Steel City Slam is bringing the city’s top 13 poets together to battle it out at City Of Asylum. This is the poetry show we wait ALL year for! The top 4 scoring poets from this annual GRAND SLAM show will create a team to represent the Steel City in a regional tournament and the Steel City Team plans to bring BRING THE HEAT!  

A New Side of Dwayne Dolphin: Off Minor Jazz Series

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh-born bassist Dwayne Dolphin is a world-class acoustic and electric bassist, but in the late 1990s, Dwayne began playing the electric piccolo bass, an instrument rarely outside the R&B funk setting. This Off Minor concert features Dwayne playing his electric piccolo bass in a straight ahead, acoustic jazz setting, something he's never done before!

In-Dialogue series Presented by the #notwhite Collective

City of Asylum @ Home

The #notwhite collective in-Dialogue series features conversations with BIPOC, AALANA, indigenous and immigrant artists and arts administrators.
The series reimagines the past and present history of the arts sector by engaging and presenting the wealth of experience, strategies, and tactics of the global majority, notwhite descendants, inheritors of colonialism, indigenous and immigrants who navigate a predominantly white arts sector. 
June’s program features artists: Staycee Pearl and Kuldeep Singh

Jazz Harpists: The music of Dorothy Ashby

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Yoko Suzuki has created a brand new series of jazz concerts at City of Asylum that combine her saxophone skills with her expertise in ethnomusicology. This year Yoko explores the history of female jazz harpists / composers and the rarely heard contributions they made to the jazz scene. The first concert in a series of three spotlights the music of Dorothy Ashby. 

Illegal Crowns

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Join us for the US debut tour of Illegal Crowns, a collective quartet that brings together the long-time collaborative trio of guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Tomas Fujiwara, and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum with the French pianist Benoît Delbecq. All four artists are critically recognized as leading figures in contemporary music, and have created multiple original compositions written specifically for this group. 

Cave Canem Faculty Readings

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Each June since 2010, City of Asylum has been home to Cave Canem's annual reading to coincide with the week-long Cave Canem Retreat, their long-standing flagship program.  This year we are thrilled to welcome Cave Canem back in person to read and celebrate, featuring an evening of poetry with 2022 retreat faculty. 

Story Club PGH Story Slam: Proud

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

Story Club Pgh’s monthly nonfiction storytelling series mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theater. Organized and hosted by the former producers of The Moth Pittsburgh and presented at City of Asylum. 
Every show has both spontaneous tellers and featured performers, all taking the stage to share stories based on a theme. June’s theme: Proud

TierrAdentro: Music from Argentina

Alphabet City 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA

An evening of performance that crosses the musical frontiers of Argentinean folklore, art song and improvisation. 
Folklore refers to a body of popular music created in Argentina and based on indigenous dance rhythms like the zamba, cueca, chacarera, carnavalito and vidala. These songs were passed on through oral tradition and were virtually unknown outside their own region until the early 20th century.