Entertainment

Bank of America Main Stage

Sugar Ray

Bank of America Main StageFriday, August 3rd8:00 pm

Sugar Ray was groundbreaking from the get-go, including among their ranks a real live DJ – incredibly, unheard of in a rock band at that time. Kicking off with 1995’s “LEMONADE AND BROWNIES,” the Newport Beach quintet unleashed a series of albums that McGrath describes as “love letters to the music we loved, with no irony just pure enthusiasm.” 1997’s “FLOORED” saw the band refine its multi-faceted sound with the assistance of GRAMMY® Award-winning producer David Kahane (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes). The album proved Sugar Ray’s popular breakthrough, earning 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, fueled in part by the #1 hit single, “Fly.”

The track – which featured guest toasting from dancehall reggae pioneer, Super Cat – along with its candy-colored companion video (directed by McGrath’s childhood friend and longtime collaborator, McG), locked into place Sugar Ray’s trademark all-consuming vision. Melding hair metal and hardcore punk with sampledelic hip-hop, New Wave, disco, and dub, Sugar Ray made music “like kids in a candy store,” crafting an idiosyncratic and utterly distinctive groove as inventive and forward-thinking as any critics’ darling of the era.

“14:59” made it clear McGrath and the band had the songwriting chops to go along with its vibrant sonic approach. The 1999 album was a triple platinum sensation, yielding a sun-kissed string of unforgettable pop classics including “Someday,” “Falls Apart,” and still another #1 smash in “Every Morning.” The hits kept coming, with 2001’s platinum-certified “SUGAR RAY” making a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200, propelled by yet another hit single/video, “When It’s Over.”

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The Commonheart

Bank of America Main StageSaturday, August 4th8:00 pm

With gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lights up any stage. Frontman Clinton Clegg is a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. The new album “Grown” is a remarkable display of each member’s talent interlacing heavy blues, soul, and gospel influence across trumpet, saxophone, keys, guitar, and singers. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts.

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Photo Credit: John Paul Bruno

Randy Houser

Bank of America Main StageSunday, August 5th8:00 pm

Randy Houser is a man refreshed. “I don’t know how it happened, but everything in my life has started lining up,” says the Lake, Mississippi native. “I must have done somebody right in the past.”

Those positive vibes of renewal ripple through Houser’s three consecutive No. 1 hits, “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss,” which recently became Houser’s first No. 1 as a songwriter though he has written numerous hits for artists over the years. “How Country Feels” was his first-ever No. 1 at radio, and both it and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” earned RIAA Platinum certifications. All three songs are from Houser’s Stoney Creek Records debut, How Country Feels, which was released in early 2013. Upon release, the title track and lead single sparked a wildfire of accolades and media appearances.

Houser’s past contains no shortage of achievement, as it includes multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards, a No. 2 single in the form of “Boots On,” and songwriting credits for major names such as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young. In 2008—mere months after the release of his debut single, “Anything Goes”—Houser was even asked by David Letterman himself to appear on The Late Show. The singer’s first full-length album, Anything Goes, came out later that year, followed in 2010 by They Call Me Cadillac which spawned hit “Whistlin’ Dixie,” and fan-favorite “A Man Like Me.”

New tracks on How Country Feels echo the title single’s sunny self-assurance, including “We’re Just Growing Younger” and “Along for the Ride,” which Houser co-wrote with Zac Brown. “We were playing a festival and I just had this song rolling around in my head,” Houser remembers of the latter. “I stayed up till about 5 in the morning but then got stuck. So I called up Zac and we went on his bus and knocked it out of the park.”

And since the release of How Country Feels, critics have echoed those claims in reviews, with MSN writing “Houser is hands down one of the best male vocalists in Nashville,” and quoting Dierks Bentley as saying, “It’s kind of ridiculous how good of a singer he is.”

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River Activities

USA Jet-Ski Freestyle Championships

Allegheny RiverAugust 3-5

Don’t miss the excitement of the USA Jet-Ski Freestyle Championships! This Pro Watercross sanctioned event will feature some of the world’s top freestyle athletes strutting their stuff on the Allegheny River right in front of the beautiful North Shore. The freestyle athletes will use a variety of freestyle jet-skis and hydro-flight Jet-board devices that allow them to perform spectacular jumps, backflips, corkscrew spins, flips and rolls into the air. The freestyle athletes will use the jet-skis and jet-boards to soar high above the water while sending large fountains of water splashing around the Allegheny River for the right to be called the Three Rivers Regatta Freestyle Champion.

Jet-Ski and Jet-board freestyle are the fastest-growing adrenaline watersports since the invention of the Jet-Ski. This freestyle event stuns crowds when each freestyle athlete performs thrilling moves in the two-minute routine. Jet-Ski competitors are judged on variety, difficulty, execution, flow, and number of tricks by a panel of judges. Athletes will also compete in the “best trick” and “most flips” competition.

NGK Formula 1 Powerboat Racing

Allegheny RiverAugust 3-5Various Times

The 1982 Pittsburgh Regatta was the first racing venue in the United States for Formula One Power Boats, when British driver Roger Jenkins out dueled Italian legend Renato Molinari for the first ever Three Rivers Regatta Trophy. You’ll hear this event throughout the city as Formula One powerboats roar down the Allegheny River in a thrilling race series on water.  This exciting racing series will showcase some of the most competitive drivers on the Allegheny River’s fast and tricky course.

F-Lights Powerboat Racing

Allegheny RiverAugust 3-5Various Times

Formula Lights are a smaller version of the Formula One class in appearance and handling characteristics. The Formula Light boats are shorter in length at approximately 13 feet in length with smaller 75 horsepower engines. These race crafts are able to turn with the same agility as their larger cousins, and operate with a top speed of over 75MPH. Formula Lights are considered an entry level tunnel boat class to many and draw the biggest field of boats at their events in the outboard category. Some of the greatest world champion F1 tunnel boat drivers began, and honed, their racing skills in the Formula Lights class.

ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race

Allegheny RiverSaturday, August 4th5:30 pm

Think you can build a boat that floats? Here’s your chance to sink or set sail! Back by popular demand, the ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race will capture the imagination of anyone who ever tried to build a boat (with household items). Spectators will eagerly watch as contestants raise hope as they attempt to keep their boats afloat. While the race is all in good fun, it’s for a good cause, too. The teams that win fastest vessel, “greenest” vessel and most creative boat design will receive up to $2,500 for a charity of their choice. There will also be an honorable mention award to the fastest sinker.

Register your team for this year’s race: Click to Download – 2018 Anything That Floats Registration Form

Pittsburgh Paddlesports Championships

Allegheny RiverSunday, August 5th12:00 - 3:00 pm

The American Cancer Society, Performance Kayak Inc. and the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta are teaming up to bring you the 2018 Pittsburgh Paddlesports Championships! This 6 mile course will take place on the Allegheny River during the 2018 EQT PIttsburgh Three Rivers Regatta on Sunday, August 5th starting at 12:30pm.

Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards can join in on the fun by participating in our 6 mile Recreational or Pro Open course – both single and tandem. Registration closes on Friday, August 3rd at midnight, but those who register by July 20th are guaranteed a t-shirt. Rentals are available from Performance Kayak Inc.

Day of Registration & Check In:  9:00AM – 11:30AM @ Heinz Quay near Heinz Field.
Race Start:  12:30PM

Register your team for this year’s race: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=91895&pg=entry

Red Bull Air Force Skydive

Allegheny RiverAugust 4 & 5

The team. The adrenaline. The insanity. The Red Bull Air Force aerial athletes are one of the most elite skydiving teams on the planet! Catch their amazing stunts on August 4 and 5. Keep an eye out for the team’s amazing landing in the Allegheny River, which is sure to create a splash!  

Point State Park

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Sandsational Sand Sculpture Supported by the Colcom Foundation

Point State ParkAugust 3-5

Sandsational Sand Sculpting returns to make another spectacular artwork in sand. It is the eighth straight year they have created the signature exhibit for the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. The immaculate creation is made of 150 tons of sand. Viewers can watch it all take shape in the days leading up to the festival in Point State Park. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and watch the creative process unfold.

Kids Zone Supported by the Colcom Foundation

Point State ParkAugust 3-512 - 9 pm

From building sandcastles to identifying macroinvertebrates, there’s tons of fun and learning activities for kids (at those just at heart) in the Kids Zone, supported by the Colcom Foundation.  For a full list and description of activities, please visit the Kids Zone page.

AAA Travel to the Beach Kids Korner

Point State Park (Monongahela River side)August 3-5

AAA will once again be putting the beach within reach at the AAA Travel to the Beach Kids Korner! The temporary seashore will be located along the Monongahela River side of the Point State Park river walk, and features beach toys. This beachfront oasis is the perfect place for kids to build sandcastles, while parents chill out and take a leisurely beach break.

Frisbee Dog Stunt Shows presented by ALCOSAN

Point State ParkAugust 3-5Various Times

Frisbee dog stunt shows have been a long-time featured act of the Three Rivers Regatta.  This is the ultimate high-energy canine thrill show, featuring high-flying canine Frisbee athletes perform trick after trick in their various shows set to upbeat music.

"Regatta Thunder" Fireworks Display

Confluence of the RiversSaturday, August 4th9:30 pm

Every Pittsburgh celebration deserves fireworks. Be prepared to be dazzled by a spectacular summertime fireworks display produced by Starfire Corporation. If you were blown away by the EQT Flashes of Freedom fireworks on July 4, you won’t want to miss this!

Liberty Avenue

EQT Power Your Future

Liberty AvenueAugust 3-512 - 9 pm

EQT’s Power Your Future exhibit on wheels features 11 different educational stations designed to gauge student’s abilities and interests in science and technology. Using game-based software, this self-guided interactive exhibit on wheels educates students on the exploration, extraction and use of natural gas, as well as career opportunities available in their home states. At the end of their exhibit experience, students will be shown careers based on their interests and abilities.

US Army Mobile Usability Lab Exhibit

Liberty AvenueAugust 3-512 - 9 pm

The US Army’s Mobile Usability Lab Exhibit (MULE) is an interactive exhibit with state of the art technology.  It offers a Humvee Simulator, an Augmented Reality Sand Table, HTC Vive System, the Occulus Rift System, the Distracted Driver System, and an iRobot.  All stations offer Virtual Reality or S.T.E.M. based interactive activities.

Regatta Marketplace

Liberty AvenueAugust 3-512 - 10 pm

The Regatta Marketplace features unique, handmade wares from local artisans, like carefully-crafted jewelry, homemade candles, and framed photographs of the Pittsburgh skyline. Take a stroll through the *new* location on Liberty Avenue (between Stanwix & Commonwealth) leading up to the entrance to Point State Park to meet these creative crafters and shop their mobile stores!

Want to become a vendor? Contact us for an application form.

North Shore Riverwalk

EQT Regatta Xpogo Stunt Show

XPogo Stunt Shows

North Shore RiverwalkAugust 3-5Various Times

The XPOGO Stunt Team is the world’s best extreme pogo demo crew. Watch as these Championship Pro Athletes fly over 10 feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks!