Twitter Besties Peduto And Guster Share Props In Three Rivers Arts Fest Headliner Announcement

Mar 30, 2016

Guster will headline this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival. The band posted a video performing outside of a dumpster on the North Side in January that quickly went viral.
Credit Guster / Facebook

It was love at first tweet.

At the request of the band, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined 91.3 WYEP's Brian Siewiorek on Wednesday to announce the headlining act for this year's Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Guster will take the stage Friday, June 10. 

The band, which hails from Boston, Mass. requested an introduction by the mayor after Guster played a short acoustic set in front of dumpster on the North Side earlier this year.

The band gushed over its love of Pittsburgh and Mayor Peduto after requesting a “Guster Day” in the city.

“It was during the winter, we had a big snow storm that happened all throughout the East Coast and there was a band that was supposed to be over in Philadelphia and they didn’t get any farther than Pittsburgh," Peduto said on WYEP. "And they spent the night in Pittsburgh, fell in love with the city and the next morning when they woke up, they decided they were going to do a show. And they did a show for 20 people and two dogs in an alley way in the North Side, which has now been known as the ‘Dumpster Show.’” 

The Three Rivers Arts Festival is an annual 10-day art fair that takes place Downtown in Point State Park, Gateway Center and the Cultural District featuring a mix of local artists, performance pieces and daily musical acts. This year’s festival runs June 3 through 12.

Other musical acts include Michael Franti & Spearhead, Charles Bradley and Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers. 

More artists will be announced throughout the day, every hour on 91.3 WYEP.