Free show follows May 10 Roxian ribbon cutting

Registration for FREE show begins Feb. 22


Architectural rendering of refurbished Roxian Theatre

Renderings of a completed Roxian Theatre project by architects Perfido, Weiskopf, Wagstaff + Goettel.

It’s time for the announcement you have all been waiting for McKees Rocks!

The historic Roxian Theatre’s grand opening events feature some heavy-hitting national acts and a night dedicated to community fanfare. We’ll also be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Roxian’s original opening in 1929 as a vaudeville theater.

The May 10, 2019 reopening of the Roxian Theatre located at 425 Chartiers Ave., McKees Rocks, will vastly enhance the live music culture of Pittsburgh by providing a venue space in the 800-1,500 range. Touring acts that would otherwise pass through the city will now find a home in this McKees Rocks venue.

“Music really unites the people and feeds the soul,” said John Pergal, Roxian Live partner, commenting on how the Roxian was designed for live entertainment with great sight lines and acoustics.



May 10, Community Love –

A free show featuring internationally-acclaimed funky quartet  The New Mastersounds will follow the Roxian Theatre ribbon-cutting festivities on Friday, May 10. Details and registration for this grand open house feature will be made available Friday, Feb. 22 at:

May 12, Soft Opening –

Iration and Pepper: Nationally-acclaimed reggae acts

May 15, Official Grand Opening –

Snarky Puppy: Grammy award-winning jazz fusion act



The persistence and support of many local players and investors has made possible McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation’s dream of reviving this crucial piece of McKees Rocks history a reality.

Both Pergal and Taris Vrcek, executive director of MRCDC, predict that once operating, the music venue will spark further development, including retail, and restaurants, and attract additional jobs and visitors to the community.

“What a way to open a venue and usher in a new era for our downtown,” said Vrcek. “We’ve been talking about it for years and I am still amazed at the caliber of acts being announced for the first few shows at the Roxian.”

For more information, about the history of the Roxian revitalization project, click here.

Tickets for all upcoming shows are available at:

Roxian Live is the in-house production company who oversees booking and management for both the 1,400 capacity Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks and the 400 capacity Thunderbird Café & Music Hall in Lawrenceville.