Pittsburgh Rox: The Biggest local music stories of 2019

The Pittsburgh music community spent the fall of 2018 mourning the death of Mac Miller and the victims of the Tree of Life massacre.

By contrast, 2019 was a far more upbeat year. And with the debuts of two long-awaited venues — and the disappearances of none — there seemed to be more music around than ever before.

A few local artists took their next hopeful steps to stardom, a beloved radio voice stepped away, and a band came out of nowhere to share stages with superstars.

1) Roxian/Thunderbird finally happen

It took longer than expected, but John Pergal ultimately came through on his promise, with two stylish new venues, very different in their aesthetic.

The Roxian opened in May in a former vaudeville theater in McKees Rocks with a sleek art deco design, state-of-the-art sound system, clean viewing lines, some theater seating and one of the most elegant bathrooms you’ll ever see in a music club.

For his second act, Pergal reopened The Thunderbird on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, transforming a little dive club into a three-story steampunk wonderland by placing the new stage in what once was the basement.

The two clubs have brought new life to the live music scene with a heavy blues/jam emphasis but a range of artists from punk to bluegrass.


View the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s full article here!