Strip District Music Fest Preview / by Alex Young

Illustration by Red Buffalo Illustration

Illustration by Red Buffalo Illustration

In Pittsburgh, Pa., it is not only football season, as the Steelers work their way to a seventh Super Bowl victory in the NFL playoffs this Sunday, but also festival season.

Tomorrow, Jan. 16, 2016, Pittsburgh's Strip District will host the second annual Strip District Music Fest, a one-day music festival showcasing rock, indie, electronic/dance, and hip-hop music from local artists.

The festival's first year, 2015, saw 9,000 attendees flood Strip District coffee shops, galleries, restaurants, clubs, and bars, shattering Josh Bakaitus', Vice President of Drusky Entertainment and creator of the festival, estimation of 1,500 to 2,000 people showing up to view 78 bands in 10 venues.

In year two, presented by Pittsburgh City Paper and Pabst Blue Ribbon, the Strip District Music Fest will feature 170 artists in 21 venues, like Lidia's Pittsburgh, 21st Street Coffee, The BeerHive, Thin Man Sandwich Shop, and Altar Bar.

At Enrico Biscotti Warehouse, folk, metal, and punk rock fans will be pleased to listen to bands such as Tabula Rasa and Creta Bouriza.

Appealing to hip-hop aficionados, the Altar Bar offers an outdoor stage, sponsored by Pittsburgh streetwear clothier Daily Bread and Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang label, dedicated to The Burgh's upcoming and established hip-hop talents. 

Artists like DJ Afterthought, producer and Choo Jackson's DJ, and Chevy Woods, a T.G.O.D. affiliate, headline a group of youthful rappers and other DJs. Festival goers will listen to Joel Kellem, aka Chill God, lyricist and crooner Tairey, new T.G.O.D. representatives Knuccleheadz, as well as others. The bill for the Daily Bread/Taylor Gang Beats Stage at Altar Bar is featured below.

The Strip District Music Fest was originally created as a way to draw people out of their homes in the middle of winter. Now, the festival is the event to discover and appreciate Pittsburgh's best and eclectic musical acts set in one of the city's most historic cultural sectors.

Festivities begin at 12 pm snow or shine, and admission is free, although donations can be made to the individual artists participating here.

Altar Bar

1620 Penn Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

DJ AFTERTHOUGHT (4:00-5:00)
JOEL KELLEM (5:00-5:20)
DEVIN MILES (5:25-5:45)
DJ AFTERTHOUGHT (5:45-6:15)
B. MATTIE (6:15-6:45)
DJ BAMBOO (6:45-7:00)
BEEDIE (7:00-7:30)
DJ BAMBOO (7:30-7:40)

TAIREY (7:45-8:10)
DJ SPILLZ (8:10-8:50)
JKJ (8:50-9:20)
PALERMO STONE (9:20-9:50)
DJ SPILLZ (9:50-10:00)
MOTOR MANE (10:00-10:10)
                                        KNUCCLEHEADZ(10:10-10:20)                                            
BEEFER AND KNOCKOUT (10:20-10:30)
KH (10:30-10:40)
CHEVY WOODS (10:40-11:00)