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As Deutschtown Music festival returns to the North Side, a look at a neighborhood worthy of attention

click to enlarge Buildings tower over Deutschtown in the North Side, as seen from James Street - CP PHOTOS BY JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP photos by Jared Wickerham
  • Buildings tower over Deutschtown in the North Side, as seen from James Street

AS MUSIC FESTIVALS GO, the one that goes down every summer in Deutschtown has few rivals in our region. Heck, City Paper readers have selected it as “Best Music Festival” each of the past two years — and for obvious reasons.

A treat for all the senses (come for the sounds on Friday, come back for the food and activities on Saturday), Deutschtown Music Festival’s organizers pride themselves on having “something for everybody.” And with 300 bands, 26 indoor venues, seven outdoor stages, 20 food trucks, an artist’s market and a beer garden … well, what else could everybody want?

Pick up our print issue this week for a four-page guide to get you through the sixth annual Deutschtown Music Festival. (Also, be sure to look for our annual City Guide, which will come in handy for those making up bucket lists.) But before getting to any of that, take a look at our photo essay of Deutschtown as it is without a big music bash.

This special part of Pittsburgh has always marched to its own tune.

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An employee of Joey & Dolly's North Shore Deli prepares hot dogs on East Ohio Street.
  • An employee of Joey & Dolly's North Shore Deli prepares hot dogs on East Ohio Street.


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A September 11 memorial sits on Emlin Street behind the businesses along East Ohio Street.
  • A September 11 memorial sits on Emlin Street behind the businesses along East Ohio Street.

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Leandra Brown, of Maryland, waits for a bus along East Ohio Street.
  • Leandra Brown, of Maryland, waits for a bus along East Ohio Street.
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An empty St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church sits on Lockhart Street. Built in 1988, this newly gutted building will soon serve as a 17-unit apartment building.
  • An empty St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church sits on Lockhart Street. Built in 1988, this newly gutted building will soon serve as a 17-unit apartment building.
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Rich Weber, part of the demo crew for P2 Construction, stands above the second floor at St. Peter's.
  • Rich Weber, part of the demo crew for P2 Construction, stands above the second floor at St. Peter's.
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Dan Washington (left) and his friend Wayne (right) hang out along Middle Street.
  • Dan Washington (left) and his friend Wayne (right) hang out along Middle Street.
Check out "Diving Deep into Deutschtown" for our spotlight on four not-to-miss neighborhood businesses.
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