Tony from Bowling
The Oakland Pop Festival is a one-day nonprofit event supported by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the Deutschtown Music Festival.
Inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival that took place in California in 1967, the primary goal of the event is to raise awareness for local musicians in Pittsburgh and to reinvigorate art and music in Oakland by offering the students and residents of Oakland an opportunity to participate in, and connect to the Pittsburgh music scene.
Thousands of people ages 17-27 live in and around Oakland, but there are very few, if any, places in Oakland for this population and demographic to engage with the local music scene and see live, high-quality performances. Once vibrant and flourishing with music venues and record stores, the Oakland music community now exists almost exclusively in houses and basements. The Pittsburgh music scene is active, diverse, and vibrant in other neighborhoods; this event is intended to extend the scene back into Oakland.
The festival has been strategically scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd, prior to most Spring semester final examinations, so that as many Pittsburgh college students as possible can attend. By providing free entertainment in a central, well-known location at the end of the Spring semester, we hope to support and promote the arts and Pittsburgh’s local music scene by connecting artists to college students.
Although the event is geared toward college students and Oakland residents, it will be open to the public and the entire city will be welcome to attend. The Oakland Pop Festival will reach all corners of the city, and the lineup is curated with a focus on talent and inclusivity.
The lineup, which features several artists who have been recognized by local radio station WYEP as local artists of the week, as well as many graduates from local universities, includes:
- Fortune Teller
- Jordan Montgomery
- Ron Mist
- Sierra Sellers
- Tony from Bowling
- Water Trash
Sponsorship opportunities exist for businesses or organizations that wish to support the return of arts and music to Oakland.