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Death Cab for Cutie to play in Harrisburg, marking return of major concerts to city waterfront

Death Cab for Cutie

The Harrisburg waterfront boasts great scenery, a few historic bridges and now—Death Cab for Cutie.

Come June, the eight-time Grammy Award-nominated band will grace a stage in Riverfront Park, making the band perhaps the biggest national act to play in the park in years.

Death Cab for Cutie will perform as part of Harrisburg University’s HU Concert Series, which this year is also featuring such popular acts as The Record Company in April at Club XL and Joan Osborne in May at Whitaker Center.

“This came about because we were looking for a major name,” said Frank Schofield, HU’s director of Music & Media Services. “The band became available, and we got it done.”

Death Cab for Cutie will set up on a stage in the southern part of the park, across from UPMC Pinnacle. The June 19 concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with one or more opening artists, according to Schofield.

All tickets for the general admission, standing-only concert are priced at $40. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

In addition to the music, patrons will have access to a beer garden and food trucks, Schofield said. He also expects downtown venues to benefit from the influx of concert-goers.

“It will be a major economic boon for the city,” he said.

According to Schofield, there’s more to come. He said that “another major upcoming show,” targeted for August, will be announced soon that will bring music back to City Island, which once hosted major touring bands.

Special parking rates will apply for the Death Cab for Cutie concert. Parking will be available both at the Market Square Garage and on City Island for $10 starting at 6 p.m. the night of the concert.

Tickets for Death Cab for Cutie will go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 2 at For more information about the HU Concert Series, visit

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