After visiting New Orleans last year, John Valentine, executive director at Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation, felt inspired. He wanted to bring the thriving music scene seen in NOLA to downtown Pittsburgh. So this year, DowntownCDC is working to bring more live music venues to the downtown area. The project is called Music City Downtown.
“We think that downtown Pittsburgh has potential to be a great music destination and this is step one of that process,” said Valentine.
Today during a press conference at the August Wilson Center, DowntownCDC revealed the locations that will kick off its goal of turning downtown Pittsburgh into a 'music mecca.' More locations will be added in the future.
• August Wilson Center – acts include AWC's Wall of Sound series, which "features new, fresh sounds for the interested ear"
• Backstage Bar – a
• Market Street Grocery – introducing
• Metropolitan Club (formerly Perle) – will play jazz, blues, and bluegrass
• Molinaro’s (formerly Poros) – will play piano and acoustic music
• Changeable Pop-up bar (formerly Pizzuvio) – will play acoustic and electronic music
• Speakeasy – seats 30, will include singer/songwriter nights and open mic nights with "The Female Revolution" which will promote female acts
• The Wine Cellar – in the basement of Vallozzi, a small intimate theater that will include acoustic music. Part of "The Female Revolution"
• Wolfie’s Pub (formerly Pirata) - a pub-like setting that will cater to Point Park student acts (Pioneer Records)
Stay tuned for more Music City Downtown updates.