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Millvale Music Festival to Showcase Talent, Town

May 01, 2017 08:21AM ● By Hilary Daninhirsch

Millvale is a hidden gem in the North Hills, and after May 13, more folks will understand why.

That's the date of the first annual Millvale Music Festival, which will showcase more than 100 local music artists spread out among various venues in the neighborhood.

Brian Crawford, the festival’s chairperson and a Millvale resident, is part owner of the online radio station,, which plays only local, original music. He teamed up with the Millvale Community Development Corporation (MCDC) to turn the community’s vision of a music festival into a reality.

“We wanted to highlight the local talent here in Pittsburgh; we have so many awesome artists,” he explained.

More than a dozen venues will be involved in the festival, including the Good Time Bar & Grille, Panza Gallery, Element Church, Millvale Community Library, and The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. The festival runs from noon to midnight and is free to the public. A convoy of food trucks will also be available on-site throughout the day, and parking should not be a problem; sponsor Z Trip will provide shuttle service to different parking locations.

Crawford hopes that the public is as enthused about the festival as the bands that auditioned. After putting out a call for musicians, Crawford received an overwhelming response, and more than 400 local music acts tried out. Due to space considerations, about 100 were chosen, including the area’s top singer/songwriters, bands and solo performers.

All of the performers will be paid based on a percentage of what is raised by the bars and the food trucks, though a specific dollar amount is not guaranteed. “The more people that show up for the festival, the more money available to pay the artists,” Crawford said.

Crawford has been utilizing his radio show to help generate buzz about the festival. “We do this show called Millvale Music Minute; every week, we go behind the scenes to talk to people involved in creating the festival,” he said.

“This has made it exciting and makes people feel like they are a part of what is happening,” he added.

One unique aspect of this festival as compared to other local festivals is that it will be utilizing Google maps so that attendees can view locations and the shuttle service route. Though the primary goal is for people to have a good time and discover the local music scene, a secondary goal is to highlight all of what Millvale has to offer.

“Millvale is honestly the bright spot in the Pittsburgh area; it is so welcoming and such a beautiful town,” said Crawford. “I hope that the people who live outside of Millvale come and fall in love with it and become patrons to our businesses, and I hope that they discover some amazing music.”

For more information, visit For a sneak peek of some of the performers, visit the Millvale Music Festival’s Facebook page.