Sofar Sounds Pittsburgh
A live music performance can either captivate an audience or turn them off completely. Music lovers must choose between a cramped concert venue or a smaller space where they risk being subjected to rude talking and texting. Sofar Sounds, short for ‘sounds from a room’, aims to bring back the freshness of hearing music in a simple setting. By combining “secret” intimate performances with an appreciative audience, these hushed gatherings produce live shows in local living rooms and creative spaces. Pittsburgh is thrilled to welcome Sofar Sounds to the 412 for their first show on July 27.
Sofar Sounds was born in London after co-creator Rafe Offer, and musician David J. Alexander decided the music scene was missing something. They aim to shine the spotlight on emerging artists by connecting them to new fans in an intimate space. Their shows are no longer limited to London, as they’ve now branched out to 86 cities and 37 countries. Sofar Sounds Pittsburgh will add something special to our city’s underground music scene.
These performances are secret and a surprise every time. Guests can apply to see a show by city and date only, but the bands are not revealed until the day before. If they select you to attend a show, you’ll get the location emailed to you the day of the event. It’s a rush for any true music junkie and totally unlike any traditional ‘buy a ticket and go’ concert. If you’d like to host a gig in your home, there’s an application for that as well. Anyone interested will want to sign up soon, since space is limited. This pop-up experience is truly unique, amazing, and worth seeing. To get a glimpse of what to expect, watch a few videos on their YouTube channel.
Fun fact: Popular band Bastille has played a few shows with Sofar. Check out their London performance below.