Downtown Sound Initiative

Live music plays an important role in providing a higher quality of life within urban neighborhoods by supporting cultural expression, social identity, economic development, and most importantly a positive and safe sense of place.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is in the early stages of developing an initiative to bring more live music into restaurants, bars, and other unique venues in Downtown Pittsburgh.


Partner with Downtown venues for a multi-night, multi-month commitment to add live music programming, supported by a comprehensive umbrella marketing campaign.


  • Cultivate an expanded, sustainable, and diverse live music scene in Downtown Pittsburgh to support the Downtown business community
  • Increase the number and variety of outlets for local musicians in Downtown
  • Further establish Downtown as a default nightlife destination
  • Develop consistent audience traffic to warrant continued investment in musical entertainment by participating venues


Market Square Farmers Market
Free afternoon concerts under the Pittsburgh City Paper Stage entertain Market-goers from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., featuring an array of diverse performances ranging from acoustic local musicians to the Pittsburgh Opera Resident Performers. To view the full schedule of Farmers Market entertainment, visit this page.

Saturday Night Market
The PDP will present a 25 week-long, free, live music series at the Saturday Night Markets in collaboration with community partners presenting diverse styles of local music. Partners include 91.3 WYEP-FM, MCG Jazz, Deutschtown Music Festival /Northside Leadership Conference, Boom Concepts, LiveBurgh Studio, Mr. Smalls Funhouse, Blues Society of Western PA, The Pittsburgh City Paper, and more. To view the full schedule of Saturday Night Market entertainment, visit this page.

If you are a band that would be interested in performing Downtown, please complete our band registration form.

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