Free Music Festival to Showcase Music Venues in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown Neighborhood

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On July 6, 2013, more than 40 bands will perform on Pittsburgh’s Northside as part of the Deutschtown Music Festival. Local bands will perform in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues throughout the neighborhood, starting at 2pm and ending late into the evening. A wide variety of music styles will be showcased, including jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, German, Middle eastern, Irish, and electronic. The daytime portion will be family-friendly, while the evening will be more adult-focused. Food trucks and other vendors will be on-site. Admission to this event is absolutely free. Attendance is expected to be around 800 to 1,000.

The festival was conceived by neighborhood advocate, Cody Walters. When asked about his motivation behind organizing the event, he said “Deutschtown has an up-and-coming music scene that so many people just don’t know exists. There’s live music somewhere in the neighborhood almost every night of the week. I thought it would be easy to draw attention to everything Deutschtown has to offer by taking advantage of an asset that we already have.”
Participating venues to date include James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, The Rattskellar at Max’s Allegheny Tavern, KeyWest, The Parkhouse, Artists Image Resource, Bistro To Go, Stedeford’s Records, Peanutz, The ELKS Club and a great outdoor stage on Foreland Street. Performers to date include Meeting of Important People, The Harlan Twins, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Round Black Ghosts, Locks and Dams, Chet Vincent and The Big Bend, Al Dowe and Etta Cox Band, Autobahn, Ishtar, Grand Piano, Big Gypsy, The Red Western, Brewer’s Row, Dave O’brien Trio, Triggers, Legs Like Tree Trunks, The FED, Nic Lawless and his Criminales, Neighbors, Nerve Ending, Gene Stovall, Mega Def, Tracksploitation, DJ Three, Chrome Baby Jesus, Arlo Aldo, DJ Harry Lurker, Sun Ray Shining Light, The Wreckids, Sleep Experiments,  Blue X Baxter, Faithful Sinners, Dan Pritchard, Ike Mississippi, Tyree Morgan, Household Stories, Blue Redshift, Motometer, Weird Paul, Casino Bulldogs, Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, The Dressed Frets, Adadsdad, The Banned, & Hot Metal Bridge and a number of others still in the works. (40+ bands so far)
Response from local bands has been remarkable, but other acts interested in performing can contact Cody Walters at cody@greenapplebarter.com. More information can also be found online at www.deutschtownmusicfestival.org or www.facebook.com/deutschtownmusicfestival.

Motometer Serves Up Addictive Self Titled Debut

Did you ever find yourself surfing YouTube and watching the “Will it Blend?” segments for hours on end? Imagine taking two very talented “guns for hire” musicians who met at NAAM and putting them in a blender with influences such as Queens Of The Stone Age, King Crimson, Cream, The Black Keys, Deep Purple, Audioslave, Animals As Leaders and Frank Zappa. What comes out is Motormeter and the taste is addictive.

Motometer is the duo of Stephen Dusenberry (drums, samples, synthesizers) and Adam Fagelson (frankenbass). The group has played with some well-known artist including Peter Cetera, George Clinton, James Brown, Steve Miller, George Benson, Maynard Ferguson, Foghat and Molly Hatchett. And this Sunday July 7 you can catch them doing their own thing at Altar Bar at PM with Protomen, Tracksploitation, and Dethlehem.

As Pittsburgh Music Magazine played their self-titled debut “Motometer” at maximum volume it was found that the blend of genres kept a groove that could be explained as the feel of watching an evil science project unwinding into something out of control and dangerous yet you can’t stop staring at it’s beauty. The instrumental tracks that are punctuated by ‘movie-like’ snippets for vocals throughout felt like being in a sports car driving top speed at 2AM with no headlights on a mountain with no guardrails. In short: We dug it. There are so many layers to their music and so many little nuances to pick up on. The rhythmically based tunage has funk, jazz, metal, and rock all over it. Songs such as opener ‘Mexi Pepsi’ and follow up ‘Cuda’ have a gorgeous atmosphere that is reminiscent of Rush, Joe Satriani, and late night horror flicks from Japan. As the effort progresses there are hints in ‘Flint’, ‘Hwood’, and ‘The Eight’ of ZZ Top, Chick Corea, White Zombie-ish/Queens of the Stone Age style vocal clips, all topped off with a feeling of having becoming more broadened yet secretly dirtier for listening. The whole piece goes together like a finely orchestrated meal- many courses all tempting your listening buds in different ways.
What you really get is something quite familiar yet entirely unique at the same time. When musicians create for themselves rather than for the masses you get an artistic purity that can’t help but rub off on those who love music and not just what is marketed to them. In these dog days of summer Pittsburgh Music Mag will be grabbing the ice and liquor and hitting the “Motometer” button on the music blender full blast.

Motometer has already caught quite a buzz. Check out some of these quotes:
“They really have something unique happening”
Will Kennedy (Drummer) – The Yellowjackets, Quincy Jones
“{Fagelson} weaves pop sensibility with dynamic, rip roaring rock and roll bravado.”
Charleston City Paper
“Dusenberry’s precision and melodic sense are flawless across the heavily complex material. The drummer’s intensity, innovation, and rhythmic complexity are constantly showcased.”
Modern Drummer
“Motometer are one of the coolest bands to come out in a long time. Their debut release is sure to garner them a lot of attention.”
GW Hill (editor-in-chief) – Music Street Journal

Be sure to check them out here:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MotometerMusic
Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/motometer

And download “Motometer” here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/motometer/id508702061

To book Motometer:
motometermusic@gmail.com