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#CareForTheCaravan Info

Texas native and actress/activist Amber Heard has recorded a special message for Buffalo Tree Presents’ #CareForTheCaravan launch event with Polyphonic Spree and other special guests on Saturday, May 18th at The Granada Theater in Dallas.

The following day, the #CareForTheCaravan truck heads to Still Austin Whiskey Co for a sister event in Austin where all in attendance will be treated to an exclusive first look at Willie Nelson’s unreleased video, “Immigrant Eyes.” Here are just a couple shots from the powerful video:


Actress/activist and first-ever Mexican superhero cast in the U.S,  Natalia Cordova (Agents of Shield)has contributed a video for the effort as well. Cristela Alonzo, the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own US prime-time comedy, Cristela – will be joining the Buffalo Tree Presents crew in McAllen to drop off supplies and volunteer her time. More announcements will be made along the way.

With multiple events taking place over three days and covering 507 miles, #CareForTheCaravan will work to highlight this humanitarian crisis, mobilize grassroots support and bring critical aid to those in need at the southern border. Buffalo Tree Presents is collecting monetary donations as well as essential items (listed below) to bring aid to refugees and migrants in need at the border near McAllen, TX.

For full event details and donation requests see below.

A Donation Drive to the Border.
An Act of Resistance & Humanity.
Three Events, Three Days, 507 Miles.May 18th (Dallas): Launch Event at The Granada Theater w/ The Polyphonic Spree,
Cure for ParanoiaCry Havoc Theater Company, and Tiarra Girls

May 19th (Austin): Sister Event at Still Austin Whiskey Co.
WILLIE NELSON “IMMIGRANT EYES” VIDEO SNEAK PEEK TO TAKE PLACE AT THIS EVENT! 
+ ft Olga Campos BenzKiko Villamizar,  Atash, Bamako Airlines, Leti GarzaTiarra Girls, and Grupo Massa

May 19th (San Antonio): The Buffalo Tree Team makes a final stop at the Burleson Yard Beer Garden for a final donation pick-up en route to McAllen.

May 20th (McAllen): #CareForTheCaravan arrives at the border

We strongly encourage bringing one or more of the items listed below to these events as they will be delivered directly to those in need upon #CareForTheCaravan’s arrival at the border.Requested items include (new items only):
· Toiletries including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, etc
· Tennis shoes for men, women, children and infants of all sizes
· Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, underclothing) for children and adults of all sizes
· Baby supplies for toddlers (diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles)
· Gift cards to purchase food items
· Resealable plastic bags (ziplock, etc)
· Phone cards
· Jugs of water

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YINZFEST 2019

Mark your calendars if you’re in the Pittsburgh area! Saturday, July 27, 2019 from noon until midnight, YINZFEST is happening at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale.

YINZFEST prides itself on showcasing the underground Pittsburgh scene and counter-culture. All three stages AND the courtyard will be used to feature over 30 bands performing their original music, including 3 from Wake Up On Fire’s own brand new developmental roster: Mellowphobia (think Catfish & the Bottlemen), Murderboat (think Art of Drowning era AFI meets Dookie-era Green Day), and Soul Alliance (shoegaze grunge inspired by Alice in Chains, Zeppelin, Cage the Elephant, and Slowdive).

Also announced with Round One (of three) were Dopamine, Larga Veda, Mellowscape (indie rock), Before You Leave (Deftones meets Middle Class Rut), Rebel Revolver, Wild Blue Yonder, and Not Your Average Losers! Twenty other bands along with poets, magicians, comedy and more, will be announced in two more musical rounds (May 20 and June 10), and a non-musical round on June 17.

A fundraiser will also be held to benefit Creative Life Support.

AND —- they’re doing a 90s sub-theme! Many bands will be playing one 90s cover in their set. Flannel, JNCOs, hacky sacks, disposable cameras — they are all super encouraged — and turn those cell phones off, too.

 

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Care For The Caravan

Buffalo Tree Presents a donation and awareness drive to the border–#CareForTheCaravan

Two events taking place over three days and covering 507 miles, #CareForTheCaravan will work to amplify this humanitarian crisis, mobilize grassroots support and bring critical aid to those in need at the southern border. Essential items will be collected (listed below) as well as monetary donations and clothing to be delivered to refugees and immigrants in need at the border near McAllen, TX.

The donation drive kicks off May 18th at The Granada Theater in Dallas, TXwith a concert and appearances featuring The Polyphonic Spree, Cure for Paranoia, and Cry Havoc Theater Company. Proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will go toward purchasing more supplies and delivery costs. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased via this link.

OnMay 19 Still Austin Whiskey Co. in Austin will host a sister event emceed by honored anchor/reporter and author, Olga Campos Benz, with Tiarra Girls performing. In addition to collecting essential items on site, Austin Whiskey Co. will donate 10% of the event’s sales to the cause.

Donations can be made via PayPal (donate button here).  In addition, it’s strongly encouraged to bring one or more of the items listed below to these events as they will be delivered directly to those in need upon #CareForTheCaravan’s arrival at the border.

All donations will be collected and loaded onto the#CareForTheCaravanTruck at the Dallas show. A sister event will also collect donations at Still Austin Whiskey Co. show on the following day, May 19th. Voter registration booths will be available at both events.

On May 20th the #CareForTheCaravan truck will arrive in McAllen, TX. The Buffalo Tree crew will spend the day volunteering and helping to distribute items.

Refugees and migrants are arriving at our borders, often times having fled unimaginable atrocities. These are families fleeing violence and poverty from Central America and they need our help. Immigrants make America great.

Requested items include (new items only):

  • Toiletries including deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, feminine hygiene products, etc
  • Shoes (sandals, tennis shoes, loafers) for men, women, children and infants of all sizes
  • Clothes (pants, t-shirts, blouses, underclothing) for children and adults of all sizes
  • Baby supplies for toddlers (diapers, baby wipes, baby bottles)
  • Gift cards to purchase food items
  • Resealable plastic bags (ziplock, etc)
  • Phone cards
  • Jugs of water

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Annie Mac Presents AMP Sounds AND the 2017 Compilation Album

Britain’s premiere music tastemaker Annie Mac announces the first installment of AMP SOUNDS for February 2018.

Coming home to where AMP started out, AMP SOUNDS will be taking over the place where it hosted so many happy years of parties, London’s Camden. Celebrating all of the music that Annie Mac loves, AMP SOUNDS will encompass nine shows over the course of one month in three venues: The Jazz Café, The Roundhouse and Koko.

Showcasing all sides of the renowned AMP live brand (from the Annie Mac Presents club nights to the AMP Collected gigs), AMP SOUNDS will bring a broad range of the hottest artists and DJs of the moment, both established and upcoming.

“All aspects of our AMP Live events will be represented,” says Annie. “Our raves with the finest DJs, our showcase events with the most exciting new acts and our big closing party with the best of AMP past and present.”

AMP SOUNDS at Koko will see four very special raves held over four consecutive weekends, headlined by Annie herself alongside some very special guest DJs.

AMP SOUNDS at The Jazz Café will continue the theme of the more recently established AMP Collected nights, showcasing some of the best live acts of the moment in one of London’s most renowned and intimate venues. Running each Thursday across the month it will feature four hand-picked, eclectic line-ups including the likes of Tom Misch, Billie Eilsh, Jessie Ware and Superorganism (to name but a few).

AMP SOUNDS will culminate in a HUGE closing party at The RoundhouseEveryone attending a show at the Jazz Cafe or Koko across the month will gain pre-sale access to this spectacular finale. The secret bill will see Annie take to the stage once again alongside THE BEST artists from AMP past, present, and future, making it THE most special party Annie has ever hosted.

Celebrating great music in one of the UK’s most renowned cultural hubs for the month of February, AMP SOUNDS will be THE music event of the year for 2018.

Tickets for AMP SOUNDS are on sale now! Purchase here: http://gigst.rs/AMPSounds

The announcement of AMP SOUNDS comes ahead of Virgin EMI’s release of the AMP 2017 compilation album. Available to download and stream on Spotify now, AMP 2017 features a definitive selection of Annie’s favorite tracks from the past year.

PRE-ORDER THE AMP 2017 ALBUM HERE 

LISTEN TO/ SHARE THE AMP 2017 ALBUM MINIMIX HERE

The AMP 2017 compilation is split across two discs featuring a broad-ranging collection of music that Annie has been playing on the radio and out at clubs, parties and festivals over the past year.

With the music that Annie champions being more ubiquitous than ever, never has an AMP compilation felt more reflective of the popular music zeitgeist.  Featuring Bicep, J Hus, Little Dragon, Frank Ocean, Jorja Smith, Sampha, Wolf Alice and Stormzy to name a few, the tracklisting encompasses both upcoming and established artists, of varying genres. Boasting everything from international floorfillers, through US Hip Hop to UK Grime and Alt Rock, AMP 2017 demonstrates how the dancefloor is breaking down more boundaries and proving more integrated than ever before.

ANNIE MAC PRESENTS 2017 TRACKLISTING

ONE

  1. Tieks – Say A Prayer feat Chaka Khan and Popcaan
  2. Kah-lo – Fasta
  3. Pnau – chameleon (Mele Remix)
  4. Ill Blu – Tribalist
  5. Frankie Rizardo  – Same Man
  6. Gerd and Shan – Surrender
  7. Mella Dee – Techno Disco Tool
  8. Ware and Odyssey – Down With The
  9. Marlena Shaw – Get Together (CAtz and Dogs mix)
  10. Camelphat and Elderbrook – Cola (franky rizardo remix)
  11. Disciples – On My Mind (denney remix)
  12. Gorgon City – Primal Call
  13. Bicep – Vale
  14. DUSKY – COLD HEART
  15. Toddla T – Magnet
  16. Lorde – Green Light (Chromeo remix)
  17. Joe goddard – Home (Eric Kupper remix)
  18. Goldie Vs. Ulterior Motive – I Adore You ( Feat. Natalie Williams)

TWO

  1. Jessie Ware –Midnight (Goldie Remix)
  2. The xx – On Hold
  3. French Montana (feat. Swae Lee) – Unforgettable
  4. J Hus – Bouff Daddy
  5. Mura Masa (ft. A$AP Rocky) – Love$ick
  6. Not3s – Aladdin
  7. Stormzy (feat. Kehlani) – Cigarettes And Cush
  8. Khalid – Location
  9. SZA (feat. Travis Scott) – Love Galore
  10. Little Dragon – High
  11. Childish Gambino – Redbone
  12. Lil Uzi Vert – The Way Love Goes
  13. Jorja Smith – Teenage Fantasy
  14. Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano
  15. Tyler, The Creator (feat. Rex Orange County & Anna of the North) – Boredom
  16. Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen
  17. Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses
  18. LCD Soundsystem – Oh Baby

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This Weekend: The Growlers Six Festival

In celebration of the end of their tour and the kick off to their Growlers Six festival, The Growlers have shared an unreleased track produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys / The Arcs.

“California” was recorded in 2012 in Nashville while the band was working on a full-length record with Auerbach. Though the record was never released, this is the first official recording from those sessions.

Additionally, the band’s festival The Growlers Six kicks off in San Pedro this weekend at the LA Waterfront. Check out this massive lineup!!!

The Growlers Six lineup:
The Growlers (both nights)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Modest Mouse
Dan Auerbach
Butthole Surfers
Beth Ditto
Danny Brown
The B-52s
Girl Talk
Julian Casablancas and the Voids
Bad Brains
Guided By Voices
Geto Boys
Hepcat
Steel Pulse
Chiquis Rivera
Fear
Mike Watt & the Secondmen
Alice Glass
Nice As Fuck
Beach Fossils
Tinariwen
Frankie Cosmos
Rostam
Amber Coffman
Girlpool
Mystikal
Sly + Robbie
DJ Seinfeld
Juvenile
Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the Drums
Cigarettes After Sex
Big Sandy + his Fly Rite Boys
The Weirdos
The Warlocks
Antibalas
Ought
Delicate Steve
Romare
Grateful Shred performs Dark Star
Personal & the Pizzas
La Luz
The Regrettes
The Paranoyds
Baby Shakes
Culture Abuse
Cat Signs
Billy Changer
Froogy’s Groovies
Doja Cat
Zen Mother
DJ Johnny Basil

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New EP from Metacara Released Today

Kyla Rae and Vince Nania are Pittsburgh based duo Metacara and today they’ve released their 2nd EP, Car Talks. I can’t really nail down a genre for them because they incorporate many. But, if you’re a fan of Phantogram, Purity Ring, and Wolf Alice (I’m thinking the Blush EP), you will definitely enjoy Metacara. In comparison to their first release in 2015, Stone Love, they feel like Car Talks is more mature. The name of the band itself means, “Many Faces,” which is super cool and appropriate for a group that feels their music is growing as they grow themselves.

When I hung out with Kyla and Vince recently, they told me this EP was inspired by the kinds of talks that you have in the car. You know, like when you’re going on a road trip — you’re in the car for a long period of time, why not talk about something deep that’s been on your mind? And bonus: your travel mate can’t escape you, mwaahahaha.

Check out the video for one of the new tracks, “Pilsen” below:

After you’ve watched that, check out the rest of the EP below via Soundcloud:

When you listen to the title track, make sure you pay attention at the 1:48 mark where the song changes it up a little bit. I love when one song almost sounds like two different songs AND IT WORKS. That’s what happens here. Magical.

“Over the Edge” has a little bit of a darker feel, which I especially appreciate at this time of year. The air is crisp and fall has arrived, Halloween is coming, and I usually feel a teeny bit bitter that the bitter, cold weather is approaching. Sometimes that’s what puts me “over the edge,” not sure about you. Juuuuuuust kidding. Sort of. Anyway, all of the tracks flow very nicely with each other and the EP ends with “Ceilings.” At 1:38, this song brings another beat that I’ve fallen in love with. The sound is blues-y and adds another level of anticipation followed by a rock vibe that carries out the rest of the song. After checking out Car Talks, you’ll see what I mean about nailing down a genre. Maybe I’ll make one up just for them.

The Car Talks EP is available on all major music platforms, so go grab it on whichever one strikes your fancy!

AND if you’re in the Pittsburgh area this Saturday, go check them out for their release party at James Street Gastropub!

 

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Startup Drinks Pittsburgh Event July 26th

Startup Drinks Pgh is back and headed to @TheShopPgh for #SUDPgh on July 26th!

Enjoy refreshments and snacks from local makers, live DJ, the ever popular startup swag table (bring your t-shirts, stickers, etc.), and more surprises TBA!

New to Startup Drinks Pgh events? Here’s why you should attend (and bring a founder friend):

You’ve got an idea: share it with other free-thinkers, get some feedback, and find help in getting it off the ground.

You’re a talented developer, designer, etc.: see those aforementioned “idea” people? They need your help…

You want to invest in something big: there’s certainly no shortage of game-changing ideas and people in Pgh… meet them here and help them grow!

You just want to help good people do good things: most entrepreneurs could benefit from more experience and connections, so anyone who can bring those to the table is highly appreciated.

You have a cubicle job and want to get out of it: welcome, my friend. Welcome.

Any questions, feel free to ask…otherwise, put on your paradigm-shifting cap and head on over.

Space is limited, and this will sell out — so get your tickets, today – bit.ly/JulySUD

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Sun City Music Festival Lineup

The highly-anticipated lineup for Sun City Music Festival, hosted by Disco Donnie Presents and SMG Events, is finally here. Festival-goers are sure to be fueled by the rhythms and beats of the performers featured at this year’s end-of-summer festival weekend in the sun-kissed landscape of El Paso, Texas.

This year, for the seventh annual celebration, DDP and SMG present another impressive collection of artists for the Labor Day Weekend event. Returning for a second consecutive year, Marshmello, will be joined by Above & Beyond, famous breakout duo Louis the Child, Borgore, international sensation Tchami, plus special guests Sasha & John Digweed and many other notable music makers.

Festival fanatics will not want to skip out on this musical oasis in the desert on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. A weekend in this unparalleled atmosphere to close out the summer days is not something to be missed, but experienced to its full festival potential.

Tickets are available here: http://suncitymusicfestival.com/
$119.95 for 2-day general admission tickets
$189.95 for 2-day VIP tickets

To make sure this year’s festival experience is financially feasible for everyone both near and far, SCMF is offering festival goers affordable travel packages and payment plans.

Lineup:
Saturday, September 2 – MARSHMELLO
Sunday, September 3 – ABOVE & BEYOND

Plus In Alphabetical Order:
BORGORE
DIRTY SOUTH
DON DIABLO
DOSEM
DREZO
GETTER
G JONES
GUY J B2B GUY MANTZUR
HEROBUST
ILLENIUM
JOYRYDE
LOUIS THE CHILD
MALAA
NGHTMRE
NICOLE MOUDABER
LATMUN
OOKAY
REZZ
SAM PAGANINI
SAY MY NAME
SEVEN LIONS
SHAUN FRANK
SLUSHII
SNAILS
STEVE LAWLER
TCHAMI
TIMMY TRUMPET
WAX MOTIF

SPECIAL GUESTS: 

SASHA & JOHN DIGWEED

Also Performing:
BONNIE X CLYDE
BROHUG
BUKU
DIRTY AUDIO
DVJ KING ARTHUR
LOOSID
NO MANA
ZAXX

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Lineup Revealed for 2017 Thrival!

The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival has announced its music lineup, featuring a blend of 19 national and local artists. Headliners Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Carnage, GRiZ, and Two Door Cinema Club and over a dozen more acts will perform at the historic Carrie Furnaces on September 29-30.

Two-day general admission and VIP festival passes go on sale Friday, May 19 at 10:00 AM EST.

Capping an extensive 2017 festival touring season — including performances at Lollapalooza and Okeechobee Music Festival — multi-platinum selling and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Wiz Khalifa, will make his only appearance in Pittsburgh in 2017 as one of Thrival’s headliners.

Logic, the 27-year-old Maryland-based rapper, will also headline Thrival, building off of a packed 28-date U.S. summer tour. His critically acclaimed, “Everybody,” sold 247,000 equivalent album units last week, earning Logic his first #1 album. The album touches on an array of societal issues that affect us all on a daily basis.

Irish alt-indie darlings, Two Door Cinema Club, are also touring the U.S., having just announced dozens of new dates across the country.

Detroit electronic funk outfit, GRiZ, and Los Angeles-based Guatemalan American DJ, Carnage, will both headline their own stages.

SuperDuperKyle will make his first-ever Pittsburgh performance after the release of his Billboard Top 10 hit, “iSpy” (currently #8). Chart-topper and multi-platinum artist, Kiiara, veteran DJ, TokiMonsta, Sirius Alt Nation mainstays, Missio, and Grammy-nominated DJ, Steve James, are all first-time Thrival artists, joined by Harts, Echos, Circa Waves, Welshly Arms, Michigander, The Garment District, Byron Nash & Plan B, Rachel B., and JRod.

“We started this initiative five years ago. To watch its growth has been pretty remarkable,” says Bobby Zappala, founder of Thrival and CEO of Ascender. “Thrival 2017 is set up to be a special experience. We’re proud to have a Pittsburgh artist headline the bill for the first time in the festival’s history.”

“Thrival Music continues to grow, and this year’s lineup is the biggest and most prolific to date. We welcome an eclectic mix of multi-platinum and chart-topping artists who will compliment a host site that has the potential to be one of the best live music venues in the entire U.S.,” says Dan Law, Director of Thrival and VP of Business Development at Ascender, the nonprofit organization that presents and produces Thrival every year.

The festival kicks off with Thrival Innovation (featuring a new partnership with San Francisco-based event and media company, NewCo) on September 27-28, a conference focused on “Intelligence: Humans X Tech” — a theme that leverages Pittsburgh’s strengths in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

After Thrival Innovation, festival-goers will transition from Pittsburgh’s East End to the historic Carrie Furnaces in nearby Swissvale, Pennsylvania for a “one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh venue” that “features a stark contrast of new sound and rustic industrial setting” minutes away from Pittsburgh city limits.

For a unique local flair, Wiz Khalifa filmed the music video for his 2012 double platinum single, “Work Hard, Play Hard” at the Carrie Furnaces.

“With the right vision, leadership, and investment, the Carrie Furnaces are primed to be a premier destination for live music fans. By doing this together, we’re turning a mill back on. But instead of producing steel, we’re producing culture,” says Law. “A show at Carrie is unique. You can’t get it anywhere else.”

The festival is the flagship initiative of Ascender, a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving early-stage startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators.

To help manage this growth in 2017, Thrival has partnered with Live Nation Entertainment for venue operations, talent buying, and marketing efforts.

“Ascender’s partnership with Live Nation to deliver Thrival Music allows our core team to both invest more energy in scaling Thrival Innovation and more effectively engage our dynamic local audience, with Live Nation adding significantly to the festival’s expanding national reach. We’re very excited for the opportunities this presents,” says Zappala.

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Thrival Festival 2016!

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Thrival Festival just continues to get better and better every year. This year we were introduced to a new venue, the Carrie Furnaces. The festival also brought it’s largest lineup yet. I’ve saved you guys the trouble of reading all the other articles and posts out there, I’ll tell you the gist.

lineup

Friday wasn’t the best, and there’s a lot of feedback on social media to verify that. There were long lines galore; for drinks, for wristbands to GET drinks; and some heavy confusion around drink tokens. Oh, and then they ran out of water. BUT ALAS, no fear, they fixed everything all up for Saturday which was amazing! It’s not very often that an event like this fixes up main complaints in time for the following year, let alone Day Two!

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The music has great feedback from Friday (shout-out to Lettuce!!!) EXCEPT for one MAJOR setback. Hmm…let’s see, we have Daya performing and we have The Chainsmokers performing. Daya and Chainsmokers have the hit song “Don’t Let Me Down” and yet they definitely let everyone down by not performing that song together! Whyyyyy? Blasphemy! I seriously don’t get it, can someone explain this to me? There was a chance for some legendary shit right there. *big sigh*

But, here’s a video of them performing their brand new song, “All We Know” featuring Phoebe Ryan:

Anyway, according to festival goers, Saturday ran much smoother and they nixed whatever the hell those drink tokens were about (Thank goodness because no one has time for that when they’re going to have a good time and listen to music!)

I did not make the Music Festival for Day One. But, my main passion was Thievery Corporation who was headlining on Day Two. You know how in your car, if you have Sirius, you can set “alerts” to let you know when certain artists or songs come on, and you can set it to auto-tune to that station. Well, Thievery Corporation is one of the groups on my “alerts” list….and lemme tell you, that alerts list has maybe 3 artists on it. So, that’s how excited I was, if that puts it into perspective for you.

I would have never known the fiasco of Day One had I not read about it, because Day Two was a dream. The weather was perfect; anyone from Pittsburgh knows that’s a huge accomplishment to have good weather for an exciting event. The crowds weren’t as big as Day One, which I attribute to the Chainsmokers crowd, but I welcomed the much more relaxed flow. Especially since only a week before, I was in California for the Kaaboo Music Festival (which The Chainsmokers also performed at) and it was way oversold and overcrowded. So much so that we were forced to leave the event early. Womp Womp.

I also did not deal with any of the parking or shuttle woes thanks to Uber. Though I very much like that a shuttle service was available. So, Uber dropped us off at a designated drop-off area and we marched on down to the entrance. The entrance brought on a teensy bit of confusion, since there were different locations for general admission, will call and VIP, but nothing major. I just have a really bad sense of direction. Once inside, we were thirsty (duh) and while I’m happy with almost anything, my friend was bummed about no liquor, unless you were VIP. BUT, it was still a step up from last year because this year there was wine. Maybe next year everyone can have access to liquor, who knows. Oh, but there were, however, two Skyy Vodka gals there though giving out free shots of a watermelon vodka of some sort, so we took advantage of that (again, duh).

I love that this festival has two stages with only one band playing at a time. This way, there’s no conflicts of interest and you can hear the band playing from anywhere on the festival grounds. And there’s no long waits in between the bands because the next one is already setting up on the other stage. Ty Dolla $ign was supposed to perform, but sadly had to cancel due to a death in his immediate family. But, there was lots to check out besides the music. There were vendors set up selling different items including clothing and coveted flower crowns. Rivers of Steel Arts created live iron pours. The Wheel Mill Stunt BMX team put on a show. There was even a tent with a virtual reality simulator to check out.

Metric put on a fantastic set and wowed us with some of their best songs. Here’s a video of “Breathing Underwater” from Shawn Glass on YouTube:

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When it was getting to be that time (Thievery Corporation), the place was noticeably and expectedly even more crowded. I can’t even express how excited I was to see this group that’s been together for over 20 years and yet this was their very first time performing here in Pittsburgh! Their set exceeded mostly everyone’s wildest expectations and hopefully it doesn’t take them that long to come back! They were the most perfect close-out for a sensational Thrival Festival.

After their set, everyone wafted around seemingly walking on clouds. And then suddenly…something more happened. Over yonder, music started playing. The strange but cool artsy thing that everyone had been looking at all weekend sprung to life. It was the Squonk Opera! And what…pray tell, is that?

Squonk Opera is a group of interdisciplinary performing artists from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Led by artistic directors Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn, Squonk Opera’s shows consist of music, visual art, and acting elements in an attempt to make a form of opera accessible to all people. The group “like to think of ourselves as a wacky, provincial opera company,” says Dempsey, who named the group “Squonk” after a description of a jazz saxophonist’s playing as a “squonk-fest”, rather than the legendary creature of the same name. — From Wikipedia

Check out this little tidbit video of Squonk Opera performing from their Pneumatica show:

I’m so glad that Pittsburgh keeps moving up that cultural ladder and bringing more and more awesomeness, especially in the music department. There’s always going to be little hiccups but this festival was overall a huge success and I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

(P.S. I’m sure I’ll think of more suggestions, but I’d love to see Lotus come perform next year! — Here’s a video of them performing “Anti-Gravity” at the Summerdance Festival in Ohio this year!)

 

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