Music Festivals and the arts have been a great outlet to bring communities together and really showcase what the area has to offer. It gives the chance to experience small business while changing perceptions along the way. Just look at Deutschtown Music Festival. The all day multi venue summer outing has attracted thousands over the past three years and has grown in size each year. The fest is situated in Northside’s historic Deutschtown neighborhood. The Northside as a whole has not had the best reputation, but the festival has attracted people that may not have normally taken a step in that part of town.
“People are looking for an excuse to try something new or discover somewhere they’ve never been. Offering events like this (Deutschtown Music Festival) gives the public an exciting new experience in their own city. And once they come and actually experience the Northside, preconceived notions are thrown out the door and they see the reality of our amazing neighborhood, says Cody Walters, one of Deutschtown Music Festival’s founders.
Dan Evans bass player for synth pop group Emerson Jay and leasing agent with RE360, a real estate development company boasting over 250 properties, saw a similar opportunity in the Allentown section of Pittsburgh. Evans spends a lot of time in the area where RE360’s office is located and where a number of their commercial and residential real estate is. Allentown is on the verge of a major comeback for the same reasons it was once a bustling community. Evans along with bandmate Jared Gulden and Max Kovalchuk and Adam Valen of Nevada Color, came up with Framework Music and Arts Festival.The fest will feature some of Pittsburgh’s hottest bands including Nevada Color, Emerson Jay, Donora, Wreck Loose and Andre Costello and the Cool Minors with dj’s and visual artists.
Black Forge Coffee House invested in Allentown about 8 months ago and are now one of the most happening places in the city. Nick Miller, Co-owner/operator of BFCH says, every time someone throws an event like this in our neighborhood it helps put this little community on the map. Plus, We would love Allentown to be known as the place for fun events and good music. Miller is doing his part hosting some killer concerts at the coffee house on a regular basis. “We just can’t wait to show Pittsburgh how cool Allentown is becoming,” he continues.
The festival is May 7 at the RE360 Warehouse at 829 Industry St. Doors open at 4 with the show at 5. Pre sale tickets are only $10 and $12 day of show.