Fans of a lot of off-the-beaten-path styles of music have Pete Spynda and Pandemic to thank for bringing artists to Pittsburgh who might otherwise not make it. Pete and some associates are behind yet another Big New Thing coming up soon, and they're taking donations via Indie Go Go to help fund it.
Pittonkatonk: A May Day Brass BBQ is a daylong festival that'll take place Sat., May 3, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Schenley Park. It features brass bands from far and wide, plus some from right here in town — What Cheer? Brigade and Detroit Party Marching Band headline, along with Black Bear Ensemble, from Chicago; locals represented include Timbeleza, Lungs Face Feet and C Street Brass.
The thing is, things like this take some money — so the Indie Go Go campaign is designed to help foot the bill. If you're interested in the event, you might want to put in a few dollars ahead of time to make sure it goes as planned.
Also currently funding, in the music-crowdfunding world: Lawrenceville's son, Slim Forsythe, is raising money for a country-music TV show, "Live from Nied's Hotel" (they're currently a little under half of their $10,000 goal).
And in sort-of-musical crowdfunding news, local theatre troupe No Name Players is raising money to create "Evil Dead: The Musical." It takes some cash to make nice zombies, so.