Sunday, May 28, noon – 11pm
Mark your calendar now for our spectacular start-of-summer block party. Kaya’s love of everything tropical and exotic erupts onto the full width of Smallman Street with a massive fete of music, Caribbean inspired food and great vibes.
Musical acts range from nationally touring band Ripe and their unrelenting funk to the mellow Rastafarian syncopations. Pulsing Carnival drumlines and elaborate dances keep the energy high all day long.
And since it’s a Kaya party, we’re offering up festive drinks and spicy street eats from our oasis on Smallman.
We hope you’ll join us for any part of our 11 hour party, whether you prefer to have lunch and bask in the sunny Strip, catch the buzz in the late afternoon as the steelpan drums turn it up, or groove well into the funky night. It’s all good, mon!
The festival is free to all ages.
|8 pm||Ripe: Boston-based troupe Ripe keeps the crowd on their feet with passion, psychedelia and party grooves. Part jam band and several parts funk with underpinnings of jazz and soul.|
|Full festival schedule|
|2 pm||DJ Selecta: WYEP DJ and staple of the Pittsburgh Hip Hop music scene since the late 1980s.|
|4 pm||Shaq Nicholson: funk-filled, blues-blasting, soul-singing sound.|
|5:30 pm||Timbeleza: A KayaFest tradition! Infectious, driving Brazilian percussion brought to life by the fantastic dancers of the Pittsburgh Samba Group. First of two sets.|
|6 pm||Byron Nash and Plan B: Electrified, guitar-driven groove music with a tinge of funk and soul. High energy and rockin’!|
|7:30 pm||Timbeleza: second of two sets|
|8 pm||Ripe (see above)|
|9:30 pm||Truth and Rites: Jamaican rhythms of Reggae, Dub, Ska and Soul, sharing warmth late into the night.|
- Roast Pork Plate with potato salad, baked beans starting at 6pm
- Street Tacos (pork, chicken or veggie)
- Pineapple-Mango Salsa with chips
- Kaya Dogs with or w/o Avocado, pico de gally, cotija cheese, cilantro
- Chicken Skewers with banana ketchup glaze
- Pork Belly Skewer with banana ketchup glaze
- Grilled Corn on the Cob with chipotle aioli, cilantro and cotija cheese
Blue Chair Bay Rum Punch, Sangria
Draft beer: Tröegs Sunshine Pils & Perpetual, Victory Summer Love
16 oz cans: Bell’s Oberon Ale, Two Hearted, Heavy Seas Pounder Pils