Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
July 17 & July 18
1 — 9 p.m. & 8 — 10 p.m.
P.S. 1 has Warm Up, The Walker has Rock the Garden, Chicago has Sauced Night Market. This Sunday, make way for the debut of Pittsburgh’s The Weekend Send.
Sunday and Monday are about to get a lot less mundane thanks to Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. If you’ve been hearing the loud buzz—and reading the many national accolades—but have yet to experience the cool space for yourself, you have two terrific reasons to get over to the new East Liberty-based boutique hotel this month.
Boasting eight hours of dancing and music in the streets, magic hour views, outdoor bars, and national and local sound makers, the summer block party series kicks off on Sunday with al fresco fun spanning Mignonette alley between the hotel and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty branch.
Turning its creative clock from nocturnal to diurnal, Hot Mass has curated a lineup featuring Brooklyn-based DJs and producers Anthony Parasole (Ostgut Ton, The Corner) and Volvox (Discwoman), along with Pittsburgh’s own Jwan Allen (Technoir Audio) and Allison Cosby (Hot Mass, Detour). Known for its late-night downtown dance and DJ club scene, experimental music programming, and inclusive queer vibe, Hot Mass continues its dedication to bringing underground music trailblazers to the Burgh.
Whether you’re rolling in after an all-nighter, or sleeping in until the brunching hour, this is one daytime party you don’t want to miss. Mark your summer calendar now for the next installments on August 7 and September 4. Open to ages 21+. Suggested donation: $5 — 20.
Head back to Ace Hotel Pittsburgh on Monday, July 18, for a not-to-miss event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk (Grove Press). Co-authored by legendary American music journalist Legs McNeil and poet, author and photography collector Gillian McCain, the highly influential seminal tome—the first-of-its-kind to document America’s punk movement via an oral history style—is being reissued with a special edition featuring new photos, chapters and an afterword by the authors.
Free and open to the public, the event takes place at 8 p.m. in the Ace gym, and will feature readings by McNeil and McCain, a Q&A and book signing, and a DJ set by Michael Seamans of Mind Cure Records.
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