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The Vision 

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame will be located in the lobby of the historic Creative Arts Building on the Pittsburg High School campus.

Included in Hall of Fame experience is a 90-foot frieze depicting Pittsburg’s cultural history created by internationally known artist and Pittsburg native Dr. Ronald McDowell. 

An interactive display will provide you with an up-close-and-personal look at members of the Hall of Fame.

Mission Statement

The Pittsburg Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame seeks to recognize local musicians, performers, artists and writers, commemorating their achievements and impact upon the cultural life of Pittsburg in hopes of  educating and inspiring the youth of Pittsburg to use and expand their creative abilities to enrich the community.

Pittsburg Music Legend

Walt Hill dies in Seattle



Walt Hill, who reinvigorated the Pittsburg music scene, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Seattle, his wife Bobbi reported to friends on Facebook. Hill had been suffering from bladder cancer.
Hill, closely associated with longtime friend Quincy Jones and Ray Charles while growing up in Seattle, came to Pittsburg in 1983 and opened the Rib Pit Restaurant. While many people came for Hill’s great barbeque offerings, still more came to enjoy the music as he provided great live music reminiscent of the famed Pittsburg clubs from the 1940s and ‘50s.
Hill featured the Norman Abercrombie Trio as his house band and also was the lead vocalist. The Rib Pit became a popular spot for Bay Area musicians to come to jam and perform. Artists such as Leola Jiles, Raymond Glasper, Dan Daniels, Jerry Oakes, Ranzell Merrit, C.L. Jones and Barbara Hunter were regulars at the Rib Pit.
Hill introduced music to the first Pittsburg Seafood Festival featuring the Norman Abercrombie Trio on the corner of 6th and Railroad. In 2003, he created the First Sunday Jazz, Blues & Broadway dinner show at the Liberty Hotel. The First Sunday shows still continue at the Pittsburg Yacht Club.
Hill began singing as a youngster in his father’s church choir. He later took up alto sax to get to play in bands with whom he could sing. Once he became known as a singer, he retired his sax. He performed with Bumps Blackwell and toured with Jay McShan.
Hill’s vocal stylings as a young man so impressed Mercer Ellington that Ellington arranged a vocal audition for Hill with his father, Duke Ellington.

Jones opens Delta Blues Festival 

Pittsburg Entertainment & Arts Hall of Fame inductee Louis Jones and his band, the Cavaliers, featuring his wife – and PEAHOF Board member – Theresa will provide the opening act for the 2014 Delta Blues Festival in Antioch.

 The free event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 at Waldie Plaza on Second Street. 

The Joneses are called “cherished blues treasures” by event organizers. 

Louis Jones played in the Count Basie Orchestra as a teenager and toured with Pearl Bailey as part of her musical troupe. He was a friend of Jimi Hendrix, who would often invite him to jam at after-hours club sessions. Jones and his uncle, Piney Clark, better known as Guitar Slim, helped Michael Cooper and Con Funk Shun get started. He also served as a mentor to Rosie Gaines. 

Jones, also a member of the Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame, was a sought-after studio musician and has performed with James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Billy Preston, MC Hammer and the Tower of Power horn section. 

Theresa Jones has been a vocalist with various bands that her husband has played in for 50 years. 

The duo will kick off the Delta Blues Festival at noon. 

Also appearing are Curtis Lawson (1 p.m.), Caroompas Room (2 p.m.), Frank Bey-Anthony Paule Band (3:15 p.m.), Sherry Pruitt (4:45 p.m.) and Gregg Wright (6:30 p.m.).

Seafood Festival

Lineup Set 

Pittsburg’s Seafood & Music Festival will return to the Pittsburg Marina for its 2014 event on Sept. 6 and 7. 

Two of Pittsburg’s most popular bands as well as three tribute bands are among the headliners at the Red Lot Main Stage for the two-day event.

Purple Haze, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band opens the entertainment Saturday at 10 a.m. The Saturday concerts conclude with Evolution, a Journey tribute band, taking the stage at 5 p.m. 

Also scheduled to appear Saturday are the Latin band Mystique at 11:35 a.m., a party band, the 209 Allstars at 1:10 p.m. A third band to be announced soon will begin its set at 2:50 p.m. 

Sunday’s all-star entertainment begins with the country band the California Cowboys, a Seafood Festival favorite, opening at 10:45 a.m. Pittsburg’s Gerald Glasper and Project 4 take the stage for an R&B set at 12:20 p.m. Pittsburg’s long-time favorites, the PHDs, bring their Latin-flavored R&B sound to the stage at 1:55 p.m. The Sun Kings, a Beatles’ tribute band, perform at 4 p.m.