Every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, Kaya hosts a raucous block party on Smallman Street with free live music, Samba dancing and Kaya street food.
As the annual kickoff to summer in Pittsburgh, the party fills Smallman Street music, Caribbean inspired food and great vibes. Acts include funky reggae, folky Americana, and fresh alt-rock.
KayaFest 2019 will be held on Sunday, May 26, from 12:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. The festival is free and open to all ages. It is held on Smallman Street in front of Kaya restaurant.
The outdoor street food menu includes:
-Veggie Bahn Mi
-Grilled Chicken Sandwich with cabbage and habanero honey
-Pulled Pork Sandwich
-Mushroom Sloppy Jo
-Corn on the Cob
-Sides: Chips & Salsa, Guacamole
The music schedule includes:
– DJ from noon-2
Elias Khouri: Rising teen guitar phenom playing soaring funk, soul, and rock.
Bindley Hardware Co.: Rust-belt Americana music drawing from classic country, folk and modern alt-country.
Timbeleza: A KayaFest tradition! Infectious, driving Brazilian percussion brought to life by the fantastic dancers of the Pittsburgh Samba Group.
Chase and the Barons: Energetic alt-rock band with quirky lyrics and a groovy vibe.
Chantillion: Mega-heavy, ponderous, trippy prog rock
Timbeleza‘s second set with the PSG dancers.
Tropidelic: Nationally touring reggae group from Cleveland stirs it up with elements of hip-hop, high energy funk and silky smooth pop
Truth and Rites: Jamaican rhythms of Reggae, Dub, Ska and Soul
More information on the event and sponsors can be found online.