We are already just one month out of the first annual Progressive Pittsburgh Party presented by The DJ List and Haitian Families First. In the month of May, we began an ongoing project titled Progressive Pittsburgh, showcasing local electronic dance music artists, DJs, producers and leaders in the city of Pittsburgh and focusing on the growing music scene. Popular DJs in the city, including DJ STROBE, BUKU, THE KOSMONAUTS and TENOVA have all contributed to the project, with many more artist interviews to follow in the coming weeks.
Recently, the city has been gaining a substantial amount of publicity from well-known music publications around the globe. These editorial pieces and features are focusing on the underground parties, producers and continuous growing music scene in the Steel City. The focus of the Progressive Pittsburgh project is to do just that, and to feature a specific artist or event every week on The DJ List. After completing over 20 interviews and reaching the half-way mark of my Progressive Pittsburgh project, we decided what better way to showcase all of these talented artists and producers at one time then to hold an event to do so.
The DJ List and Haitian Families First are presenting a Progressive Pittsburgh Party on Friday, October 17th at Brillobox in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The event will be a dance party filled with international food and electronic music to raise funds and awareness for Jamie and Ali McMutrie’s Port-au-Prince Haiti-based organization, Haitian Families First.
All proceeds and donations will go towards Haitian Families First, a non-profit dedicated to keeping Haitian children with their families and out of unnecessary institutions through a holistic approach to preserve and sustain families of Haiti. You may remember their story: After eight years in Haiti, sisters Ali and Jamie McMutrie caught the attention of the world following their dramatic rescue of dozens of Haitian children following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Shortly after the earthquake, they founded Haitian Families First to nurture and empower families. With education, health & wellness and nutrition programs, parents are provided with the resources they need so that they do not have to turn to unnecessary institutions simply because they do not feel they have what they need to care for their children and families.
The dance event will feature a different DJ spinning their own unique set every hour of the event, with food and beverages, non-stop dancing, crafts, games, basket raffles, chances to win tickets to upcoming concerts and shows in Pittsburgh (Skrillex, BIG GIGANTIC, VALENTINO KHAN, GTA, Umphrey’s McGee, RAC, THE KNOCKS, KEYS N KRATES, RUSKO, RL GRIME and more!). Tickets will be selling for $10 at the door.
Pittsburgh’s music scene is continuously blossoming, and I have greatly enjoyed being apart of the movement and promoting the talent our incredible city has to offer. It is now our turn to gather together as a whole and give back to an organization near and dear to Pittsburgh’s hearts, all while enjoying the form of community and love for music.