The Strip District Music Fest Set to Showcase 100+ Local Bands

January 17, 2015 marked the date of the first ever Strip District Music Festival.

To say that the inaugural event went off without a hitch would be a huge understatement. Put simply, the festival was a smashing success. Some 80 local bands performed at 11 area venues, showcasing the Strip District and the city’s talented music community. Building on the momentum of last year’s event, details for the 2016 Strip District Music Festival are rolling in.

Back and Bigger Than Ever

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So far, more than 100 local artists have committed to be a part of the SDMF, to be held on January 16, 2016. The line-up will include a wide range of musical genres, including singer-songwriters, electronic artists, punk, metal and indie rock bands, hip-hop acts and more. Local favorites like Meeting of Important People, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Donora, Paul Luc, Gene the Werewolf, Grand Piano, Dethlehem and Mia Z are sure to attract fans to multiple venues throughout the Strip District. At this point, the number of venues is hovering around 20, with more being added by the minute.

Of course, the music is only one component of this festival. The Rum Room at Maggie’s Farm will play host to comedians including Day Bracey, Shannon Norman, Gio Attisano, Alex Stypula, Tom Henry, John Dick Winters and Tim Ross, as well as a LIVE podcast from the Drinking Partners on the Epicast Network.

Rest assured that food will easy to come by as you hop between venues. Many of Pittsburgh’s favorite food trucks will be in the Strip serving up the best street eats in town. Be on the lookout for the Southside BBQ, Cool Beans, BRGR Truck, Franktuary, The Waffler, Saucy Mama’s and many others.

Pay What You Want

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Okay! Are you still with us? Good. Because here’s the craziest and coolest part of the entire festival. The cost of admission is a little something called “Pay What You Want.”

Here’s how it works. Attendees are encouraged to make a contribution to the Festival or to individuals bands. Donations can be made on the SDMF website or by downloading the Square Cash App, then sending donations to $StripMusicFest. When you would like to donate to an individual artist they will receive 75% of their donation and 25% will be reinvested back into the festival. Do so by specifying which artist you’d like to support in the Optional Notes section of the donation app.