Title Town

Title Town

October 11
8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Ready to party at a speed of 45 revolutions per minute?

For the five years and counting, the homegrown soul and funk sensation, Title Town, has helped Pittsburgh’s DJ scene kick it up a notch and has also served as a lively throwback to legendary nightclubs of yesteryear. The local all-vinyl dance series first launched on October 24, 2009 at former East Liberty hotspot, the Shadow Lounge. Title Town has since moved the high octane party down Penn to Brillobox, where it has hosted hundreds of dedicated dancers at sold-out groove fests every month.

A celebration is now called for, and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with Title Town to make the event’s fifth anniversary. Pay tribute to obscure, lost and forgotten soul sounds from the artists and regional scenes of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s during an intimate dance party that is “driven by the warmth, spontaneity and grit of the 45 rpm record.”

Expect a fresh night of music that doesn’t sound like anything else, as Title Town maestros and resident DJs J. Malls and Gordy G. work the decks and the dance floor late into the night, spinning rare and classic soul and righteous funk, including a dose of Motown, Disco, old-school Rhythm & Blues, Latin Boogaloo and much more. For its fifth anniversary bash, J.Malls and Gordy G. will be joined by DJs Jordan K and Derek White. That means six nonstop hours of dance-worthy sounds from the likes of Barbara Mason, Gene Chandler and the Voices of East Harlem, The Caprells, The Whatnauts, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and many others. Also look out for free t-shirts and special giveaways.

Beyond Brillo and Shadow Lounge, Title Town has taken its smash soul show on tour in the US, has opened for acclaimed acts such as Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and has served as Resident DJs for Attack Theatre’s Dirty Ball.

A staple of Pittsburgh’s club scene, Title Town has welcomed an impressive roster of nationally acclaimed luminaries to town, including Jeff “Chairman” Mao (Red Bull Music Academy), Downtown Soulville’s Mr. Fine Wine (WFMU) and Skeme Richards (Hot Peas & Butta). In March 2014, the event kicked off its unique “Title Town Dance & Show” series with Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites.

Stay tuned for an exhibition of artwork by Mozelle W. Thompson, Jr (1926-1969), a prolific African American illustrator born in Pittsburgh who lived in the Hill District, Garfield and Homewood, that is currently being organized by Title Town founder J.Malls.

Arrive before 9 p.m. for a discounted admission of $5.

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.