Ashanti and Bonics giveaway time!

Let’s head into the weekend that the Pirates take over first place in their division (from my fingers to God’s ears) with a pretty kickass giveaway benefiting the Pittsburgh Promise!

If you don’t know what the Pittsburgh Promise is, I assume you’re visiting this site from Jupiter’s fifth moon and to you I say nanu-nanu.

The details!

What: Two readers will be selected to win two tickets each to the Ignite the Promise: Charity Concert and Dance-A-Thon. This event will feature performances by Ashanti, G. Love, DJ Bonics, DJ Zimmie and more! It is hosted and chaired by Kiya and Mike Tomlin. Plus there are promises of various Steelers being in attendance.  All proceeds will benefit The Pittsburgh Promise and every $1.50 raised will be matched with $1 from UPMC!

When: The event starts on Thursday, June 14 at 8:30 p.m. at Stage AE and it runs through the night with lots of fun, music and a midnight snack buffet, and lasts right into Friday morning with a sunrise BBQ and sunrise yoga!

Where: Stage AE

Cost: Tickets are $50 each, so this giveaway is valued at $200.

To enter: Leave a comment! One comment per valid email address. Any comment will do, but so you have something to say, tell me what your favorite, most memorable concert you’ve ever attended in Pittsburgh was. Mine, easily New Kids on the Block at the Civic Arena, with the most memorable moment being when Jordan ripped his shirt open. Fifteen-year-old me trembles in her jelly shoes and says, “Mrrrowr.”

You have until Monday at 5:00 p.m. to enter at which time will select the two winning comments. If you don’t win, go here to buy the tickets! 

Good luck!


  1. Alaina
    June 8, 2012 3:04 pm

    Most memorable concert?? Easily the Monkees, who came to (I believe?) the Regatta sometime around 1999. Oh, good times! They still looked great.

  2. Ono
    June 8, 2012 3:06 pm

    My favorite concert was the first I had attended with my wife. We went to see Janet Jackson in 1994. I am the fan, she went because she loved me and she still married me in 1995! We were in the eighth row at Star Lake. We stood the entire time, but it was a great show. We also saw a young Usher as the opening act.

  3. enophiledude
    June 8, 2012 3:08 pm

    favorite concert in the burgh ever was the U2 show at Heinz Field…

  4. empirechick
    June 8, 2012 3:11 pm

    Without question Cher at the Pete in 2003, during the very first leg of her still on-going Farewell Tour. We had seats in the last row, but my friend got to chatting with a roadie, and just as the lights went down he moved us to the front row center, the two closest seats in the place.

    And even though I know plastic surgery is largely to thank, she looked FABULOUS. Killer body, completely impractical shoes, and the only thing that gives her age away is her hands. I know because she high-fived me! ;-)

  5. Amanda
    June 8, 2012 3:15 pm

    My most memorable concert was one I performed in as part of the Children’s Festival Chorus with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh at Carnegie Hall in Oakland, it was called Joyus Sound and was a Christmas concert and the acoustics were amazing.

  6. Rachel
    June 8, 2012 3:21 pm

    I’m with you Ginny….each and every New Kids concert I went to (including the one last year with the Backstreet Boys!)

  7. Suz
    June 8, 2012 3:24 pm

    My first Springsteen show, December 1 1980 at the Arena. Will never forget it.

  8. Jen
    June 8, 2012 3:35 pm

    I’ve never been to a concert in Pittsburgh!

  9. tmb
    June 8, 2012 3:39 pm

    I haven’t seen any concerts. I am disadvantaged.

  10. Kevin
    June 8, 2012 3:42 pm

    I’d have to go with Kenny Chesney @ Heinz field. The “Back where i come from” video showing clips of the city was amazing! Gotta love when out of towners represent.

  11. Karen
    June 8, 2012 4:15 pm

    Kenny Logins at The Civic Arena. I was about 16 years old, working backstage for the caterer, and was asked into his dressing room to iron the pants he was going to wear onstage. For the record, he was a boxer guy!

  12. Emily
    June 8, 2012 4:37 pm

    My husband surprised me with tickets for Neil Diamond at Civic Arena. They were alllllll the way at the top and just before the show started, we were asked if we’d like to move down closer to the side of the stage. Uhh, hell yeah!

  13. Bram R
    June 8, 2012 5:10 pm

    George Michael brought a laser light show and yet made a big deal
    about getting his accoustic guitar and cowboy boots out for Faith. It didn’t end with sunrise yoga though.

  14. Dave
    June 8, 2012 5:20 pm

    6th grade- First concert at Civic Arena, Motley Crue, Theatre of Pain tour. We made it all the way to the front row! G Love Rocks!

  15. LeslieF
    June 8, 2012 5:27 pm

    I saw both U2 and Elton John (before he went wacko), so you can’t go wrong with either of those.

  16. justrealhappy
    June 8, 2012 5:33 pm

    Hands down, two years ago, the Jay-Z concert. We paid sooooo much money. And I loved every second. :)

  17. Becky
    June 8, 2012 6:14 pm

    Saw Elton John and Billy Joel together twice…once at Three Rivers, once at Civic Arena.

  18. Steelertom
    June 8, 2012 6:58 pm

    Kiss opening for Aerosmith, 3 Rivers stadium 1976 (god I’m getting old!)

  19. Linda
    June 8, 2012 7:10 pm

    Jordan in the white shirt is totally my most memorable concert moment too!

  20. Jen
    June 8, 2012 7:51 pm

    I wasn’t allowed to go to a concert until I was 18 because my parents where wicked strict. So who do I go see once I am allowed? Neil Diamond. Dorkness, I haz it.

  21. Julie
    June 8, 2012 9:50 pm

    Jimmy Buffett – about ten years ago, at Starlake. I scalped three tickets for $20. I was psyched!

  22. Jimmy Was A Rocker
    June 8, 2012 10:54 pm

    U2 Joshua Tree Tour 1987, Three Rivers. We were in the front row, upper deck, clear sight lines to the stage. Bono had his arm in a sling due to shoulder injury, and pulled a kid out of the audience to play the chords on “People Get Ready”. I was working in DC at the time and talked a few friends into it. We skated out of work early and drove up to the show, which was a transcendental experience. Drove back to Virginia immediately after the show and went to work the next day. (Ah, the things you can do in your 20s.) Set list here: (Ah, the things you can find on the Internet).

    Runner-up: First time I went to the Decade (“at the corner of Rock and Roll”) to see the Iron City Houserockers and enjoy a few pounders. We were high school seniors and my buddy double-dog-dared me.

    Bonus apocryphal heresay: My brother (along with about 5,000 others) claims to have been in the Decade when Springsteen allegedly sat in with the Houserockers for a set sometime in the “Born in the USA” tours in the mid-80s.

  23. Bojack
    June 8, 2012 11:23 pm

    You’re not old!!
    Just well-marinated!
    I was there too!

  24. Catherine
    June 9, 2012 12:11 am

    Poison at Post Gazette Pavilion (or whatever it’s called now). So much drinking. So many bandanas.

  25. Joe D
    June 9, 2012 2:50 am

    The best concert I NEVER saw was Kenny Chesney a few years ago at Heinz Field. A group of us came down to see the concert, but never made it. We had a blast partying the afternoon and night away on the Southside.

  26. BeckyS
    June 9, 2012 6:54 am

    Stage AE Mastodon, followed closely by Clutch. Stage AE is a great music venue.

  27. John
    June 9, 2012 8:43 am

    I saw many, many rock acts between ’70 and ’76 at the Civic Arena, Three Rivers Stadium, The Stanley Theater… but the most memorable was probably Springsteen and the E Street at SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL in his first Pittsburgh appearance. He wasn’t big enough to fill the Civic Arena yet…. That show went on for well over four hours…. He kept coming back for more encores…. by the time he was finally finished with us, half of the theater had departed because they were exhausted and didn’t anticipate the additional encores. Nobody gives their heart and soul to the audience the way this band always does.

    • Suz
      June 10, 2012 9:31 am

      I think that Springsteen’s first Pittsburgh appearance was at the Syria Mosque, not Soldiers & Sailors?

      • John
        June 11, 2012 11:27 am

        omg I believe you are correct. I guess I’ve lost more than a few braincells in the nearly 40 years that have passed since. as the song goes: “ah yes, I remember it well”.

      • John
        June 11, 2012 11:34 am

        well, at least I have the fact that the two venues are/were close to each other as a rather feeble excuse

  28. Butcher's Dog
    June 9, 2012 10:15 am

    Paul McCartney the opening night of Consol Energy Center. Runner-up was Iron Butterfly at the Civic Arena in 1969. Drum solo lasted about 20 minutes, it seemed, and people got up and started parading up and down the aisles on the arena floor. House lights came up and all us first-year teachers who were there decided it was not a good place to be found if there were going to be mass arrests.

    And I’m not getting old. I AM old.

  29. Dash66
    June 9, 2012 1:01 pm

    21 years ago, right before I joined the service, I saw Styx in concert. The most memorable part of the concert for me was when the opening act (I could have told you who it was 10 min ago, but now I’m drawing a complete blank) was playing as a train was passing buy, and he started jamming to the rhythem from the train. It was pretty amazing!

  30. Julie
    June 9, 2012 1:06 pm

    My most memorable “concert” was when I saw the All That Show. It was awful cause they only brought like 2 people. We were so disappointed!

  31. Ali
    June 9, 2012 2:45 pm

    Metallica at the Mellon Arena in 2003. Had been dying to see them forever. Finally got to.

  32. Cheryl
    June 9, 2012 4:14 pm

    Billy Joel in October of 1976 on the W&J campus. There could not have been more than a few hundred students there. Close second Cat Stevens, a year or so later, same place, same skinny crowd……geez how many years ago is that? sigh…….

  33. Patti
    June 10, 2012 10:16 am

    MC Hammer baby! Complete with Oaktown 357, The Boyz, Cool Moe Dee and Heavy D. It was absolute heaven.

  34. Sara
    June 10, 2012 2:21 pm

    My most memorable Pittsburgh concert experience…James Taylor with the Pittsburgh symphony is tied with taking a tropp of pre teen girls to see N’SYNC at the Mellon arena!!

  35. cmd_45
    June 10, 2012 3:20 pm

    Never been to one in Pittsburgh, so I would love to go to this one!!

  36. Shari
    June 10, 2012 9:48 pm

    Most memorable would have to be MC Hammer. I know – showing my age. But it was a great show.

  37. Callser
    June 11, 2012 1:14 am

    1980-something, the Culture Club in Pittsburgh. My friends and I even dressed like Boy George and got our picture in the newspaper.

  38. Suzie-Q
    June 11, 2012 7:29 am

    BUCS are TIED for FIRST PLACE!!!!!

  39. Robin
    June 11, 2012 8:24 am

    I went to see the Wallflowers, but at Seven Springs. Magical.

  40. Amanda
    June 11, 2012 9:03 am

    I’d have to agree with New Kids on the Block, but not at the Civic Arena. Three years ago at Star Lake! (It will always be Star Lake to me.) My cousin and I paid an arm and a leg to get the VIP package, so we got to meet them. My 12 year old self was in heaven! We got pictures with them and I couldn’t stop talking about it all night!

  41. amy
    June 11, 2012 9:43 am

    Pink Floyd at 3 Rivers Stadiaum. What the hell year was that? late 80’s early 90’s? Recall is delayed.

    • spoon
      June 11, 2012 11:29 am

      1994 Division Bell. It was the day before one of my high school sr. finals and had to haul ass back to Erie afterwards.

  42. Mel
    June 11, 2012 10:23 am

    My most memorable as it was one of my first concerts, was New Kids on the Block. I can see Jordan with his shirt blowing from the fans? like it was yesterday…

  43. Steph G
    June 11, 2012 11:33 am

    U2 at Heinz Field was awesome.

  44. Melissa
    June 11, 2012 11:45 am

    hands down Britney at the Consol!!

  45. Carrie
    June 11, 2012 2:43 pm

    So many but I’d have to say Jimmy Buffett the night before my HS graduation in 1994. Still talk about the fun times with my friends!

  46. Samantha
    June 11, 2012 3:39 pm

    Gaelic Storm at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. There was a huge crowd in front of the stage–we all were jumping around and having a blast, even in the rain! (Someone from the crowd even poured a shot of whiskey and gave it to them!)

  47. Leslie
    June 11, 2012 4:34 pm

    I was at that same New Kids Concert! My 1st concert!
    My fav. concert – Garth Brooks – Civic Arena. I wasn’t a country fan & didn’t expect much but man was he a great performer!

  48. Nicole
    June 11, 2012 4:35 pm

    Social Distortion, ’91 at Graffiti. First and best show EVER!