Weekend entertainment

Pittsburg ‘Rocks’ out

Audrey Dighans | reporter

This Saturday, April 20, will start the weekend off with a BANG.
The fourth annual Big Bang Rockfest is set to start at 4 p.m. in four locations across Pittsburg: JST Bobby G’s, 5th Street Bar and Grill, Danny Bell’s Wild West and Club 505.
“In the past, 505 was the only bar to participate,” said Larry Fleury. “This year is amazing, with four local bars taking part in the action.”
Each bar will be hosting several bands and solo acts, with sets lasting for an hour apiece.
The action is set to continue until 10 p.m., but several of the last bands plan to continue playing at the discretion of the club. A complete list of the lineup can be found on the Big Bang Rockfest Facebook page.
“This event is great,” said Bobby Gardullo of JST Bobby G’s. “It gets people back into the downtown … We all want to get that moving again.”
This will be JST Bobby G’s first year participating in the event. Gardullo says that since he and his staff first heard about the event, they have been looking forward to it.
“We already have live music almost every night,” he said. “Big Bang just fits perfectly and we’re glad to be a part of it.”
Wristbands will be on sale for $10, giving access to all venues.
Blake Benson, president of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce, says that events such as Big Bang Rockfest are great for downtown business.
They provide a reason for PSU students to go downtown, which is one of the city’s main goals.
“The city has invested a lot of money to attract students to the downtown and off campus,” Benson said. “New sidewalks, new lighting, a new environment. We want the community to be proud of the downtown area.”
“I’m excited to see the bands performing,” Fleury said. “All of the local bands carry so much in terms of talent, and vary in style and genre. There’s a great selection of music for anyone to listen to.”
Fleury will perform at 4 p.m. at the 5th Street Bar and Grill.

Art to fill streets of downtown

Audrey Dighans | reporter

A celebration of the city’s downtown culture is set for the end of this week.
The Pittsburg Art Walk is this Friday, April 19, in downtown. Local artists, musicians and even magicians will be showcasing their talents from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will take place on Broadway from Euclid to 10th streets.
“The Art Walk has been popular ever since Lastacia Ross and I started it,” said Heather Horton of Sweet Designs Cakery. “This will be the biggest one yet.”
Many downtown businesses will also be open during the event, along with the Pittsburg Farmers Market.
Bamboo Chinese Restaurant will be giving out free egg rolls to those in attendance, and the Colonial Fox Theatre will offer tours and live music. Gus will also be making an appearance.
In total, 53 artists and 25 musicians/bands will participate.  Art Walk maps will be available from Sweet Designs Cakery or from Kris Hartley at Europe Park.
 Magician Jay Temaat will also conduct a magic show in the parking lot of Colonial Fox Theatre at 7:15 p.m.
 “We are trying to showcase as many talents as we can,” Horton said. “There is a ton of awesome stuff downtown, this is another way to draw the community together to support each other, the arts, and enhance the culture of Pittsburg.”
 Events will continue past the art with more music at JST Bobby G’s and other local bars. All of those bars will be providing drink specials.
There will also be a showing of “Cats” at Memorial Auditorium. Members of the cast will distribute fliers along the route of the Art Walk.

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