If two things have delivered national attention to Pittsburgh’s music scene over the past five years, the double whammy has been hip-hop and electronic music in all their various forms. From the mainstream crossover of Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, and (hopefully) Boaz to the internationally recognized success of VIA Music and New Media Festival, the city is not in short supply of musical talent outside of the rock/country/folk circle of influence. That’s why it’s so exciting to see Locally Grown: A Pittsburgh Producers Party
hosted by Grey Area Productions with help from local electronic show promoters Obvious, 1337, Secular, and 3P. They’ve gathered four of the best up-and-coming hip-hop and electronic producers in Pittsburgh for a showcase at the Rex Theater (that’s +17, incidentally) that really illustrates the deep and innovative music culture the city has cultivated in the new century.
The lineup includes drum and bass extraordinaire Buku
, ghost house/trap duo Le Moti
, samplesmith/remix genius Headphone Activist
, and house music classicist Tenova
. Each act brings to the table dizzying technique and impeccable taste that can be admired by diehards and novices alike. And while the artists on the bill are usually touring and playing shows around town, having all four together at one prominent club in Pittsburgh can really shine a light on what makes each worth keeping tabs on over the next year. If you want to see the Steel City’s next generation of music geniuses doing what they do best, make sure you catch Locally Grown: A Pittsburgh Producers Party on Dec. 30. (1602 East Carson Street, South Side, The Rex Theater)