Deutschtown Music Festival rocks the Northside

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July 12
10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

You may already love it for its stadiums, soft pretzels and stately Victorian homes; now get to know the Northside’s thriving live music scene. The newly launched Deutschtown Music Festival is back with even more bands and more venues for its second annual installment on Saturday, July 12th.

Expanding on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the free one-day music festival will showcase some 90 local bands in 13 different outdoor and indoor venues—all within walking distance of the East Ohio Street commercial district. Up to 5,000 music fans are expected to gather for the unique festival, which embraces a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass and county.

For its daytime portion from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the festival will offer free family-friendly programming, including hands-on activities, food trucks and food vendors and more—all offered to supplement the live music. In addition to featured bands, family-friendly programming in Allegheny Commons Park East will include a Flea Market and Artists’ Market, the 3WS Sports Challenge and a Roving Art Cart.

Co-founded by neighborhood advocate Cody Walters, the Deutschtown Music Festival also serves to spotlight the Northside’s authentic neighborhood character, lively main streets, music venues and amenities.

This year’s performers include everyone from Meeting of Important People, City Dwelling Nature Seekers, Roger Harvey and the Wild Life, and Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, to The Chad Sipes Stereo, Triggers, Sleep Experiments and André Costello and the Cool Minors.

Participating venues include: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, Artists Image Resource, Bistro & Company, Park House, Penn Brewery, Verdettos, Allegheny Elks Lodge #339, Key West, Peanutz and Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse. The festival’s outdoor stages will be located on Foreland Street and in Allegheny Commons Park along Cedar and North Avenues.

Throughout the day and evening, a free shuttle bus will be available, with several stops on the Northside and along the Northshore.

View a complete schedule of performances, as well as a map and list of venues, for the 2014 Deutschtown Music Festival.