25 Lawrenceville venues

August 16
Noon to 2 a.m.

Ready to take a musical journey through one of Pittsburgh’s most dynamic neighborhoods?

Marking its third year, the Lawrenceville RANT (read: Rock All Night Tour) kicks off at noon on Saturday, August 16th, and continues to rock all through the night until 2 a.m. Hosting live music at Butler Street-based venues spanning 36th Street to 56th Street, the unique festival highlights the breath and depth of contemporary local music—from rockabilly, bluegrass and electronica, to garage, punk and metal.

That’s 110 bands at 25 venues in 14 hours, with music flowing everywhere from the 6th Ward to Doughboy Square, from Shop ‘n Save to Arsenal Park, in neighborhood bars, and even in a bowling alley, movie theater and a brewery.

Lawrenceville is home to a slew of live music venues and over the past three years, the eclectic neighborhood has rewritten the book on the summer music festival with RANT, creating a welcoming showcase that spotlights both the music makers, and venues, of the artsy urban hub. This summer’s expanded lineup follows up on the success of last summer’s Rock All Night Tour—which drew more than 5,000 music fans—as well as its popular wintery cousin, The SnowBall.

For those about to RANT, we have the highlights:

Fans of local indie rock won’t want to miss the Wild Kindness Records Artist Showcase at Cattivo, featuring Chet Vincent & the Big Bend, The Harlan Twins, Grand Piano, Sleep Experiments, Costello & The Cool Minors, Morgan Erina and Dave Bernabo.

For a family-friendly vibe, head to Arsenal Park from noon to 7 p.m. for music by Universal Beat Union, King Fez, Jeremy Caywood & The Way of Life, Mathew Tembo & Make Love, Molly Alphabet, Moldies & Monsters, Round Black Ghosts and Timbeleza.

Take a break from pounding the pavement along Butler Street to pop into the festival’s Country Music Oasis at legendary Nied’s Hotel. Hosted by Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Slim Forsythe, the showcase will feature country bands at the outdoor amphitheater stage and music by Still Not Sober inside the venue. Featured acts include Slim Forsythe & The Payday Loners, Mark Cyler & The Lost Coins, Wayward Strangers, Faithful Sinners, Apostles of Cool, Nameless in August, Modern Nature, Mickey & The SnakeOil Boys and Jane West.

Another highlight is sure to be the all-ages Get Hip Records Artist Showcase at Andy Johanson Photography Studio featuring local garage rock legends the Cynics, who will be joined by the Sikes, City Steps, Nox Boys and Pow Wows. It all wraps with an after-party featuring The Van Allen Belt.

Check out a complete RANT schedule.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...