Strip District Music Festival

Published On January 5, 2015 | By Leah Kennedy | Music

WelcometoStripFor the first time ever, Smallman Street and Penn Avenue will come alive with the sound of music, as Pittsburgh’s Strip District is transformed from a collection of shops, bars and restaurants into a runway for local entertainment. On Saturday, Jan. 17, the multi-venue Strip District Music Festival will make its debut, featuring an array of talented local bands and performers who will be playing at multiple locations from 16th to 28th St. The event kicks off at noon and runs until 2AM with 11 official venues already announced.


The purpose of the Strip District Music Festival is to generate neighborhood excitement and to promote awareness of the city’s thriving art and music community during a generally slower time of the year. The hope is to connect music fans to new venues, musicians, and artists while driving sales for each venue.  Additionally, the festival will introduce a new way for fans to financially support the musicians and the bands. Fans and attendees are encouraged to “Pay What You Want” by donating directly to their favorite bands.

Each venue will provide a carefully curated lineup of artists in order to draw a wide ranged fanbase and diverse audience. Altar Bar will serve as the festival’s anchor, featuring artists such as Pittsburgh rockers, Gene the Werewolf (pictured above), indie-rock group, Instead of Sleeping, a DJ set from Northern pop artists, Badboxes, and Cello Fury (video below), a powerhouse “cello rock” group which features three cellists and a drummer.


In addition, 21st Street Coffee, Thin Man Sandwich Shop, Beerhive, Penn Ave Fish Company, Wigle Whiskey, Pittsburgh Public Market, Framezilla, and Pittsburgh Winery are all among the list of venues on board for the Strip District Music Festival.

Don’t forget to check out the art shops and grab something to munch on while you’re in between sets! Local artist collective, Second Shift Crafters, have hand selected several talented artists who will have their artwork on display and for sale at various venues around the Strip. Food vendors will be setting up shop in front of select venues for those looking to get a quick bite to eat, as well. Saucy Mamas Italian Food Truck and the Southside BBQ Company Food Truck will be outside of Altar Bar, and the Lomito Truck will be parked in front of Pittsburgh Winery.

A list of all the artists and bands performing can be found on the festival’s website, and a full lineup with set times can be found on the event’s Facebook page. Feel free to make a contribution to your favorite artist by visiting the website and clicking on the name of the band or performer you wish to gift with a donation. See you there!

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