Stars With Area Roots Align for Tree of Life Concert at Stage AE

Proceeds will benefit Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror Fund

Jorma Kaukonen

PITTSBURGH — Radio station 91.3 WYEP, in partnership with PromoWest North Shore, will stage a large-scale concert at Stage AE on Tuesday to raise funds to support the community in the aftermath of the Oct. 27 Tree of Life shooting. All proceeds will go to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror Fund, supporting the people and families most directly affected by this tragedy.

The eclectic lineup of artists are all donating their time to help raise funds at this event and they each have unique ties to Pittsburgh.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jorma Kaukonen is a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna who lives in southeastern Ohio, just a few hours away from Pittsburgh. Kaukonen is just coming off the road with Hot Tuna and is adding this date to his schedule to help support the effort.

Grammy award winner Daya, a Mt. Lebanon native, views this show as a chance to give back to the community that she calls home. She had a track on WYEP’s debut Reimagination CD of area teen musicians back in 2014 when she was just 16 years old.

Philadelphia band Low Cut Connie was in Pittsburgh for a show just two days before the Tree of Life incident; front man Adam Weiner is deeply and personally affected by this tragedy. They were the first band to commit to perform.

Joe Grushecky is one of the best-known and beloved artists in Pittsburgh and said he is honored to donate his time.

Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe lives in Albany, N.Y., but his manager Steve Foxbury is a Pittsburgh resident. Sean last performed in Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2017.

Special guest artist Michael Glabicki, former front man of Rusted Root and accomplished songwriter, will perform a short acoustic set, along with others to be announced.

The effort to produce the concert has been spearheaded by WYEP and is a reflection of the role that nonprofit media plays in supporting and enriching the community it serves.

“We knew we wanted to do something meaningful and significant,” said WYEP general manager Abby Goldstein. “The best way we can help is to bring people together to heal through music and to leverage our relationships with musicians and the music community and the power of our broadcast reach to make something impactful happen.”

Stage AE is donating the space and waiving labor costs to allow the biggest donation possible. The goal is to sell 2,000 tickets; all proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Victims of Terror fund.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at


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