Thrival Music Festival Preview: A Quick Guide

As the cool, fall evenings start to set in, and festival season comes to a close,  Thrival Innovation and Music Festival gives local residents a chance to see a few of the summer’s hottest acts along with some of Pittsburgh’s rising musical talent. While some patrons may have their schedules planned to a T, others may be wondering what sort of performers and genres they can expect to find at this two-day event.

Attendees will find a diverse lineup ranging from contemporary Celtic music, old school hip hop, high-energy funk bands, rock ‘n’ roll, electronic and synthpop to folk and gypsy melodies. Still not sure what you would be interested in? We here at Faded Industry have provided you with a quick glimpse of each act with corresponding stage and set times. Perhaps you will stumble across something you never knew you liked!

Friday, September 23 – doors open 3 P.M.

Stage 1

Meeting of Important People (4:30-5:15): An American indie pop/rock band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the trio cites The Kinks and The Who as some of their primary influences. Influential British radio station XFM has recently put the band into rotation, which has allowed the band to quickly gain an international image.

Daya (6:10-6:55): An American singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is signed to Artbeatz, Z Entertainment, and RED Distribution, and released her self-titled debut EP, Daya, on September 4, 2015, which includes the song “Hide Away”, which has peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. She will release her debut studio album Sit Still, Look Pretty on October 7.

Lettuce (7:45-8:55): A funk band known for their energetic live shows, originating in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992, Lettuce began developing strong followings in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tokyo. They released their first CD, Outta Here in 2001, followed by their Live in Tokyo album recorded at the Blue Note in 2003.

The Chainsmokers (10:30-Midnight): An American DJ duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The duo reached an international breakthrough with their 2014 single “#Selfie”, which peaked No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart. Several singles such as “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” became top-ten singles on the Hot 100. They released their debut EP, Bouquet, in October 2015. Their single “Closer”, featuring vocals from Halsey became their first number-one single on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.

Stage 2

Bastard Bearded Irishmen (5:20-6:05): Pittsburgh-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen is one of the most entertaining and energetic live shows today. Their sound is an original, ferocious blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, mixed with punk, gypsy and high-energy rock n’ roll.

Sir the Baptist (7:00-7:45): Ready for a new genre? This new sound has led Sir to collaborate with legendary Composer Lee Musiker; who produced the likes of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra Jr; but he also has collaborated on the track “Familiar” with Chance the Rapper, King Louie and Quavo of Migos.

CHVRCHES (9:00-10:15): A Scottish synthpop band from Glasgow, formed in 2011. Mostly deriving from the synthpop genre, Chvrches also incorporates indietronica, indie pop, and electronic dance into their sound.

Saturday, September 24 – doors open 12 P.M.

Stage 1

Balloon Ride Fantasy (12:00-12:30): Balloon Ride Fantasy is a 6-piece indie electropop/fantasy rock band. The Pittsburgh, PA based band combines rich instrumentation, vocal harmonies and imaginative lyrics to create a colorful sonic escapade. Their songs range from upbeat and dance-floor-ready to moody, lovely and contemplative.

Chalk Dinosaur (1:00-1:30): Pittsburgh-native John O’Hallaron describes his music as eclectic/ rock/ psychedelic/ surf. ACRN’s Top Albums of 2012 describes his work Sediment [Self-Released] as, “…When this guy says eclectic, he means it. The album has no two tracks that completely share the same style, while still coming together to make a cohesive work that reaches beyond what a lot of indie pop artists are doing these days.”

Cheat Codes (2:15-3:00): Los Angeles-based electronic trio Cheat Codes debuted in 2015 with their single “Visions,” a floor-filling, radio-ready bite of house in a vein similar to Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. The three members of the group — Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl, and Kevin Ford — each have deep roots in L.A., working on individual projects before joining forces for Cheat Codes.

Beauty Slap (3:55-4:40): Pittsburgh’s electro-brass-thunder-funk machine. Computer, horns, and keys. The thunderously funky screams of a traditional brass quartet meet the heaviest grooves modern dance music has to offer. Beauty Slap is exactly what it sounds like.

Rubblebucket (5:45-7:00): An American indie-dance band from Brooklyn, NY. In 2014, Rubblebucket recorded with John Congleton and signed with Communion Records to release Survival Sounds. Paste said about the record, “Survival Sounds should be a victory lap.” The album’s reception was positive, gaining the support of many online publications and radio stations, such as NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Ty Dolla $ign (8:15-9:15): An American singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2013, he signed a record deal with Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records. He combines elements of hip hop music and contemporary R&B. On February 26, 2016, Fifth Harmony released the single “Work from Home” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, which has gone on to peak at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Thievery Corporation (10:35-Midnight): A Washington, D.C.-based recording artist and DJ collective consisting of Rob Garza, Eric Hilton, and their supporting artists Rob Myers, Loulou Ghelichkhani, Natalia Clavier, Frank ‘Booty Lock’ Mitchell, Mr. Lif, Jeff Franca and Ashish Vyas. Their music style mixes elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop, electronica and Brazilian (such as bossa nova). Thievery Corporation will feature their full band closing out Thrival Festival 2016.

Stage 2

Donora (12:30-1:00): An American indie pop/rock/shoegaze band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They first gained visibility in 2006 as semifinalists in the contest, “Calling All Bands”, for their song “She’s Just a Girl”. The band had music included on the MTV series Engaged and Underage, Cribs, and Teen Wolf, as well as the direct-to-video comedy Lower Learning, starring Eva Longoria and Jason Biggs.

Brooke Annibale (1:30-2:10): Brooke began songwriting at age 15 and soon was performing in the Pittsburgh area. At the age of 17, Annibale released her first full-length album, “Memories in Melody”, as her senior project at Moon Area High School. After graduating in 2005, Annibale went to Belmont University, where she graduated in 2009 with a degree in Music Business. While attending Belmont, Annibale released two works; The Nashville EP, was released in 2006. Her second full-length album, titled The In Between released in 2008.

Cappadonna (3:05-3:50)*: Made his recording debut as an affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan on Raekwon’s hit single “Ice Cream”. He was also a guest star, along with Raekwon, on Ghostface Killah’s solo debut album, Ironman. He made his first appearance on a Wu-Tang Clan album in 1997 on Wu-Tang Forever on the single “Triumph”.

Killarmy (3:05-3:50)*: Released numerous singles from 1995 to 1997, including “Swinging Swords” and “Camouflage Ninjas” as well as the Sunz Of Man collaborations “Wake Up” and “Soldiers of Darkness.” The album Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars was released in 1997 just after the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s second album, as well as a 12-inch single containing two tracks from the album, which were Wu-Renegades and Clash of the Titans.

Wulords (3:05-3:50)*: “The Way of the Lords” is what the WuLords stand for. Coming with high powered energy, elite lyrical ability and golden hip hop quality, the Wu Lords shows the world what a true UNDALRD is. UNDALRDS (pronounced Under lords) is the movement the Wu Lords founded and represent. It stands for real hip hop coming back to the masses; Giving people a new definition of good music and stopping at nothing to do it. Wulords will be joined on stage by Pittsburgh’s-own Ezekiel XI.

Wild Child (4:45-5:45): The band has been hailed as one of the top acts in music-rich Austin since the release of debut album Pillow Talk; their mix of folk, pop, and gypsy melodies gives them a unique sound. Among unanimously illustrious praise from the likes of Paste Magazine, Relix Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Indie Shuffle, The Austin Chronicle, and American Songwriter, the Austin American-Statesman has anointed Wild Child as “Austin’s next national breakout act”.

Hudson Mohawke (7:05-8:15): Producer, DJ, and composer from Glasgow, Scotland. A founding member of the LuckyMe label collective, he has since signed to Warp Records and Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music production team. He has released two full-length albums on Warp, “Butter” (2009) and “Lantern” (2015), and has produced for a range of artists. 

Metric (9:15-10:30): A Canadian rock band founded in 1998 in Toronto, Metric’s music style has been described as indie rock and alternative rock, with elements of new wave, post-punk revival, synthpop, dance-rock. Their sound evolved from the mellow/downtempo style of their early EPs and “Grow Up and Blow Away” album, to the new wave style of “Old World Underground”, “Where Are You Now?”, then more hard rock on “Live It Out”, then to the accessible indie rock of “Fantasies”, and finally to the more electronic-synthetica style. 

 * – Cappadonna, Killarmy, Wulords, and Ezekiel XI will be performing together.

 Single-day and two-day passes are limited but still available on Thrival’s website while supplies last.




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