“Best Year Ever,” is a birthday party to celebrate the Current’s first year in business. The party, which will be held at HIP at the Flashlight Factory, will also be an official Deutschtown Music Festival venue. The event is free with preregistration and will have plenty of free food, drink and, of course, live music. The cost at the door without preregistration is $20. A portion of any money collected at the door will go to the music fest fund to pay artists
“In a way, we started this whole crazy journey at the Deutschtown Music Festival, so it’s a fitting place for us to celebrate,” says Current Associate Publisher Bethany Ruhe. “A ton of people have really helped us get through this first year, but Cody Walters offered us a place at the festival before we even knew we’d successfully be able to deliver that first issue.
“That meant a lot.”
More bands will be announced at a later date, but hip-hop artist Moemaw Naedon, who appeared on an early installment of the Pittsburgh Current Concert Series, is already scheduled to perform.
“We’re happy to have the Pittsburgh Current celebrate their first anniversary at the Deutschtown Music Festival,” Walters said. “Even more, we’re glad they are curating a festival venue because the past year has shown they are in tune with Pittsburgh’s music scene.”
In addition to the party, the Current is also sponsoring the official map and guide to the Deutschtown Music Festival and will host the event’s official live podcast. The broadcasts will be held on both Friday and Saturday and feature a mix of artist interviews and live acoustic performances.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to podcast live from what is probably the best top-to-bottom music festival in this region,” says Current Publisher/Editor Charlie Deitch. “We’re hoping this podcast takes you behind the scenes, gives you insight into the artists and we’re even hoping for a few impromptu Pittsburgh all-star jam sessions.
“More importantly, we’re looking forward to celebrating the Current’s first birthday with all of our readers and the people who made the first day, let alone the first year, a reality.”