DiCesare-Engler Productions has been the dominant event promoter in Pittsburgh for several generations of concert fans. The company is now owned by Live Nation, who no longer uses the name DiCesare-Engler.
Pat DiCesare began promoting concerts as early as the 1950s with his friend and mentor Tim Tormey. Together, they were responsible for The Beatles only stop in Pittsburgh at the Civic Arena on September 14, 1964
PAT DICESARE PRODUCTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ATTRACTIONS
DiCesare promoted most of the shows at the Civic Arena in the 60s and early 70s including The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Chicago, and The Who. He also did many of the first shows at Three Rivers Stadium including Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night, and Alice Cooper.
DiCesare-Engler was formed in 1973 when veteran concert promoter Pat DiCesare chose Pittsburgh native Rich Engler to form a new partnership. Engler was a drummer in a band and had started his own theatrical booking agency - "Go Attractions." The new partnership was called DiCesare-Engler Productions.
THROUGH THE YEARS
Over the years DiCesare-Engler has been one of the top grossing concert promoters in the country. They have promoted almost all of the major concert and entertainment events in Pittsburgh, as well as promoting events in other parts of the country.
AWARD WINNING VENUES
They owned, operated, or managed venues including The Stanley Theatre (Benedum Center), The IC Light Amphitheatre (Chevrolet Amphitheatre), The Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, The Bud Light Amphitheatre in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, The AJ Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, and The Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas, NV.
From bringing all of the major rock acts to the stadium to inventing traditions such as the Celebration of Lights at Hartwood Acres, DiCesare-Engler has shaped the entertainment and cultural environment in Pittsburgh. The words "produced by DiCesare-Engler" were part of entertainment in Pittsburgh over many generations of fans.
Their history will remain alive and relevant on sites like these as long as people continue to be fans of rock n' roll and the bands that played it. This website is dedicated to telling their story - the story of building the rock music business in the blue collar town of Pittsburgh, PA. On this website you will find stories, newspaper articles, concert memorabilia, and images that catalog the history of live concerts for millions of fans.
In 1998 the DiCesare-Engler was sold to entertainment giant SFX, later to be sold to Clear Channel. Now, the business is under the Clear Channel “spin off” Live Nation. Neither Pat DiCesare nor Rich Engler are part of the company today. Pat DiCesare left the business after the sale in 1998. Rich Engler parted ways with Clear Channel in 2004. This website is not associated with Live Nation.