Guitar, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Yuri Numerov’s photostream

Pittsburghers can rock out to two special events this weekend. The first is a benefit concert on Friday for a local Marine  — a wounded warrior who needs your help. And on Saturday, there’s a free music festival in Lawrenceville featuring 50 bands at 20 venues!

Friday, August 9th: Sgt. Doug Vitale Benefit Concert


Lt. Dan Band rocks Grafenwoehr – U.S. Army…, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from
U.S. Army’s photostream

community-gathers-through-rock-this-weekend-vitale-portraitDoug Vitale is a hometown hero: A U.S. Marine who lost both legs and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury on September 25, 2011 from an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan. Last Saturday, he met a hero’s welcome when he was finally able for the first time to return to our area. Now, Doug needs your help. His injuries have left him unable to do so many things that we all take for granted. He cannot speak or communicate effectively, nor can he move his body appropriately.

Doug could benefit tremendously from living in a “smart” home. These are one-of-a-kind, custom houses that have features specifically designed to meet each person’s special needs. A smart home would allow Doug not to need to battle quite so hard each day and serve as a haven for him and his wife Alexis.

Actor and musician Gary Sinise (aka Lt. Dan from “Forrest Gump” and TV fame) and his Lt. Dan Band hold concerts across the country to raise funds for the construction of these smart homes, as well as to raise awareness for the struggles faced by these wounded warriors.

On Friday, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band will hold a benefit concert for Sgt. Doug Vitale. Please come out and support one of America’s Bravest, or if you cannot attend, please consider making a donation here (designate it to Doug Vitale)!

Sgt. Doug Vitale Benefit Concert
When: Saturday, August 9th, Doors open 6 pm, Concert begins 7 pm
Where: Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Cost: $43.85 – $159.35
Purchase Tickets: Here
Can’t Attend? Make A Donation: Here (Please designate it to Doug Vitale)


Saturday, August 10th: Rock All Night Tour (RANT)


From the people who brought you Art All Night, comes the second annual Rock All Night Tour (RANT) this Saturday in Lawrenceville. This is a free community music festival featuring 50 local bands that will take place in 20 different venues over a 16-hour time period (10:00 AM to 2:00 AM). The festival also includes a huge family-friendly show at Arsenal Park from Noon to 8 PM. The festival is being run by Michael “DJ Zombo” Devine.

The theme of the Rock All Night Tour is the evolution of music. Aside from touring 20 venues, the music will take a tour through pre-World War II songs through 50’s Rockabilly, Bluegrass, 60’s Garage, 70’s Rock, 80’s Punk up to and including contemporary sounds. Additionally, they’ll be local vendor tables and refreshments available.

Come on out for an event like no other!

Rock All Night Tour (RANT)
When: Saturday, August 10th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Where: Lawrenceville (see listings below)
Web Site:
Cost: Free!