(Pittsburgh, PA) – The historic Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks announces its Grand Opening events with marquee national acts and community fanfare. The first installments of the series have been announced, with more to come:
- Friday, May 10th – The New Mastersounds – Internationally-acclaimed funk quartet – Free Show, Open House
- Sunday, May 12th – Iration & Pepper – Modern reggae
- Wednesday, May 15th – Snarky Puppy – Two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz fusion artists
Reservations are required for The New Mastersounds Open House show on May 10th. Tickets for Iration & Pepper, Snarky Puppy, and additional Roxian Theatre events can be purchased and reserved here.
The McKees Rocks and Greater Pittsburgh communities can expect much fanfare surrounding the venue’s Grand Opening Series. The Open House event with The New Mastersounds will welcome special guest, Lamar Williams Jr, as well as support from Steeltown Horns and Funky Fly Project. The Open House event will begin with a ribbon cutting and additional entertainment to be announced.
Roxian Live is the in-house production company that oversees booking and staffing for both the 1470 capacity Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks, and the 400 capacity Thunderbird Café & Music Hall in Lawrenceville. Events produced by Roxian Live are typically co-presented with Grey Area Productions.
The persistence and support of many local players and investors has made possible the dream of many, reviving this crucial piece of local history.
The celebration falls on the 90th anniversary of the historical vaudeville-era theater’s initial opening in 1929.
Historical importance aside, the opening of the Roxian Theatre will vastly enhance the live music culture of the region by providing a venue space in the 800-1,500 seat range. Touring acts that would otherwise pass through the area will now find a home in this McKees Rocks venue.
“The Roxian was designed for live entertainment,” Mr. Pergal said. “It has great sight lines, great acoustics and is a very warm room. With general admission for around 1,000 people on the ground level and 400 in the balcony and lounge, that’s going to allow us to do some really cool things.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 2018
The $9 million renovation project was initiated in 2017 when local entrepreneur, John Pergal and McKees Rocks partners formed Roxian Live, LLC and purchased the Roxian Theatre from McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, which had been diligently seeking a developer for years. The venue is located at 425 Chartiers Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.