Deutschtown Music Festival
After last year’s success, the annual Deutschtown Music Festival is back at it on Saturday, July 12. This free, full-day music and arts festival will feature over ninety bands at both indoor and outdoor locations. Performances are set to start at 11AM and continue throughout the day in the North Side and North Shore neighborhoods.
The Deutschtown Music Festival is packed with family-friendly daytime activities including food trucks, a flea market, and a Citiparks Roving Art Cart. Music acts will take place at three different outdoor stages, in addition to a showcase at Bistro To Go and a gospel stage at Damascus Church of God in Christ. James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy will host jazz performances starting at 1PM. Venues are within walking distance from one another but for those who want a lift, shuttles will be provided to give attendees rides.
Food vendors for the festival include Nakama, Pgh Crepes, and Miss Meatball to name a few.
Performing at the outdoor main stage located at Middle and Foreland are local favorites The Harlan Twins. The “Blue in Bloomfield” singers hit the stage at 7PM, and if you’re looking for rock, check out The Black Six, performing at James Street Ballroom at 10PM. Big Gypsy will play the Elks Lodge at 400 Cedar Avenue starting at 9PM. A full list of bands and set times can be found here.
We heard from Big Gypsy singer and North Side resident Jessica Winghart to learn more about the festival. So much has changed since she received the initial email about the first festival. In addition to performing, she organizes the bill for the event to help the festival come to life.
With so many musicals acts and activities at the festival, how do you and other organizers manage to keep the event free?
One thing we couldn’t get last year but now have is great sponsorship from Straub and Iron City. We started with no funding, no sponsorship, everything out of pocket. Last year worked because people simply wanted to see their community grow. This year it must be thriving because we were flooded with a tremendous amount of local support from our neighbors, from businesses, but most of all from our musicians.
The national historic district of Deutschtown is known for its rich history dating back to the 18th century. The neighborhood has seen progress by way of new and renovated homes alongside new businesses. The festival aims to promote the lively Deutschtown neighborhood while also showcasing the incredible local talent in Pittsburgh. All bands and performers donate their time and efforts to come together and put on a great event for everyone to enjoy.