Allegheny Rhythm Rangers at RANT.
Allegheny Rhythm Rangers at RANT.


August 15
Noon – 2 a.m.


Back and bigger than ever for its fourth installment, the Lawrenceville RANT (read: Rock All Night Tour) kicks off at noon on Saturday, August 15, and continues into the wee hours until 2 a.m. Showcasing the region’s diverse local music scene—from bluegrass, punk rock and metal, to rockabilly, electronica and indie pop, RANT also highlights Lawrenceville as a vibrant destination for nightlife and live performance.

Filling all corners of Lawrenceville with live music—from a retro bowling alley and local breweries, to a former moose lodge and even an urban organic garden shop—the impressive RANT IV roster boasts 120 bands, 30 solo artists, 21 venues, classic cars, craft vendors, local fare and live art.

AppalAsia at RANT.

Concerts will span 30 city blocks throughout Lawrenceville’s Butler Street commercial district, from scenic Arsenal Park to cozy Nied’s Hotel. Last year the event drew more than 7,000 people to the neighborhood.

And at this RANT, there is surely a sound for every ear and taste, from Dream Phone at Spirit and Grand Piano at Javo, to City Steps at Gus’s and Morgan Erina at Hambone’s. Did we mention that it’s all free?

New to RANT are specialty stages curated by local record labels and music blogs—including lineups presented by Wild Kindness Records, Ziggy Sawdust Productions and HughShows music blog—a youth showcase featuring high school bands and emerging musicians, open busking zones peppered throughout the festival, open mic and jam sessions, and even a roaming mobile band.

Making Pittsburgh’s first-of-its-kind multi-genre, multi-venue music festival happen are lead co-organizers Michael Devine and Mary Jo Coll.

View a complete RANT schedule and map here or below.

RANT map.

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...