Fourth Annual R.A.N.T. Rocks Lawrenceville this August
Lawrenceville’s gearing up to rock all night at their fourth annual R.A.N.T. showcase on Saturday, August 15. A plethora of musical acts, classic cars, and art vendors will be featured along the 6th Ward through the 10th Ward from noon until 2AM.
The Rock All Night Tour got its start in 2012 by Michael “Zombo” Devine, a local event planner who’s also spent the past three years booking entertainment for Art All Night–R.A.N.T.’s sister event. With the help of frontman Chet Vincent (of Chet Vincent & The Big Bend), booking manager Mary Jo Call, and community planning efforts from Lawrenceville United, R.A.N.T. hit the ground running. It has since become an L-ville tradition and a coveted summer music gathering each year. As always, there’s something to cater to everyone’s music tastes with over 120 bands and 30 solo acts ranging from bluegrass to punk.
Locations such as the newly opened Spirit, Cattivo and Javo will host performances on two floors, so be sure to check out acts on both levels. Other locations include Atlas Bottle Works, Eclipse Lounge, Thunderbird Cafe, and Roundabout Brewery, among a handful of others.
This year’s acts feature several Pittsburgh favorites, including bluegrass-folk band the Armadillos, rockers Round Black Ghosts, folk band André Costello & the Cool Minors, and more from various musical styles and genres.
If you’re looking for some sweet summer jams, check out Nied’s Hotel, which will host nine country and acoustic bands playing from noon-11PM. Some featured acts include Emily Rodgers Band, Brewer’s Row and Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing.
Hambone’s Pub will also host a 12-hour jam marathon from 2PM-2AM. Check out acts ranging from folk singer Jeremy Caywood, to feel-good jam band Ben Valasek and the Growlers, and immerse yourselves in a diversity of sounds.
A stage for the youth music scene will also be featured at this year’s R.A.N.T. Come support up-and-coming Pittsburgh acts on the Youth Stage at the Estelle S. Campbell Boys & Girls Club of Western PA from 5-10PM. The bands include Dead Sin, Funky Fly Project, Histrionic, SwagMonkeys, and Smalls Rock Camp.
This year’s lineup is endless, and those trying to plan their schedules in advance can check out a full list of all 150 performing acts before hitting up the shows. Thinking about volunteering for the event? R.A.N.T. is currently accepting applicants, and you can apply on their website.