Mark your calendar now for our spectacular start-of-summer FREE block party. Kaya’s love of everything tropical and exotic erupts onto the full width of Smallman Street with a massive fete of music, Caribbean inspired food and great vibes.
Musical acts range from nationally touring funk bands to mellow Rastafarian syncopations. Pulsing Carnival drumlines and elaborate dances keep the energy high all day long.
And since it’s a Kaya party, there will be ample festive drinks and spicy street eats from our oasis on Smallman.
We hope you’ll join us for any part of our all day party, whether you prefer to have lunch and bask in the sunny Strip, catch the buzz in the late afternoon as the steelpan drums turn it up,… or groove well into the funky night. It’s all good, mon!
The festival is free to all ages.
National touring headline act:
DJ Logic: One of the world’s most accomplished turntablists, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip-hop realms. DJ Logic will be joined by MonoNeon on bass.
-Starship Mantis: six piece band fusing energetic dance music with new school pup-funk
Shaq Nicholson: funk-filled, blues-blasting, soul-singing sound.
The Clock Reads: Space-Jazz / Jam-Fusion.
Timbeleza: A KayaFest tradition! Infectious, driving Brazilian percussion brought to life by the fantastic dancers of the Pittsburgh Samba Group.
Brahctopus: 6 piece rock outfit playing originals from several genres spanning reggae, jam rock, psychedelic and funk.
Truth and Rites: Jamaican rhythms of Reggae, Dub, Ska and Soul, sharing warmth late into the night.
Outdoor Menu (subject to change)
Street Tacos (pork, chicken or veggie)
Pineapple-Mango Salsa with chips
Kaya Dogs with or w/o Avocado, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, cilantro
Chicken Skewers with banana ketchup glaze
Pork Belly Skewer with banana ketchup glaze
Grilled Corn on the Cob with chipotle aioli, cilantro and cotija cheese
Rum Punch and Sangria
Draft beer: Fat Head’s Head Hunter, Full Pint White Lightning, Miller Lite, Dos XX Amber
16 oz cans: Red Stripe, Miller Lite, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Founders All Day IPA (19.2 oz)