Bloomfield venues

January 16
7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

This Friday, Pittsburgh’s music community is coming together for a special grassroots evening for a very important cause.

With the recent tragedies of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the approaching celebration of Martin Luther King Day, BLOOM-FEST: Rock Against Racism presents a powerful way to raise awareness for social justice issues impacting our communities.

Using local music as a platform for uniting people, the homegrown BLOOM-FEST is showcasing an impressive lineup of more than 45 Pittsburgh-based bands and musicians at six different venues around the neighborhood. Reflecting a diverse lineup of musical styles, genres and sounds found in Pittsburgh, BLOOM-FEST features everyone from The Chad Sipes Stereo, Dream Phone and Paddy the Wanderer, to Phat Man Dee, 1Hood and Chet Vincent & The Big Bend. Event hosts—who are also performing—include Davon Magwood, Gene Stovall and @Nortex.

All proceeds from the one-night festival, which is sponsored by Sponsored by Green Mountain Energy Company, will benefit the efforts of We Change Pittsburgh. A collective of organizers and citizens whose work involves creating awareness about and engagement in social justice actions, We Change Pittsburgh works to highlight anti-brutality issues and peace and solidarity in the city and surrounding region.

Participating venues—all located in Bloomfield—include Runaway Studios, The Shop, Brillobox, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, Howlers Coyote Cafe and Poppy’s Bistro and Pub.

Wristbands, which provide access to all concerts, will be available for $10 prior to the event at Howlers and Sound Cat Records, as well as on the night of the event at all participating venues. Check the event’s Facebook page for the latest updates about bands, venues and schedules.