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2018 performers

Byron nash

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Pittsburgh has a reputation of breeding talented artists and with a deep-rooted history in the music scene here, guitarist Byron Nash has built a solid ground for his unique style of rock n’ soul guitar playing. Evident in that sound are the various genres of music that have influenced his life, including: early thrash metal, jam, funk and soul, to Hip-Hop, jazz, blues and world music. Byron’s experience and skills got him well-known as a talented player on the scene which lead him to join the popular Pittsburgh-based rap/rock outfit Formula412 and later forming his current band Plan B. He's played with everyone ranging from 50Cent, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D., Fantasia, Busta Rhymes, George Clinton and P-Funk and many more. B teamed up with the perfect fit in @helltownbrewing (stay tuned for a BIG announcement on their collab) and will be rocking with us on stage August 11th 


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Nash’s lyrics are personal, revealing, and emotive, complimented by the tone of his warm, subtle voice; the combination of which helps to draw the listener deeper into his story.

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Clara Kent

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Clara Kent is a singer-songwriter and emcee from Homewood, PA. Clara’s voice is reminiscent of Sade & Lauryn Hill meets SZA, while her emcee style is raw and to the point. Her recent release “AURA” made a splash in February and the waves carried her to many stages and publications across the country. Kent was a featured artist on The A&R Room Roadshow (Sway’s Universe) during SxSW in Austin and her experience was featured as the cover story for Pittsburgh City Paper in April. She has opened for acts such as Oshun, Wyclef Jean, and OHMME. You can find her music on all music platforms and services, or go to TribeEternal.com. Or even better, come hear her live at Fresh Fest 2018 on August 11th! 


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Clara's album Aura has been in the works for 3 years, and it shows in the composition. AURA will take you on a journey through her life with stories of heavy adversity, revealing triumphs, and reflective lessons in each song.

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Jonny Goood

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Cop-turned-bassist JONNY GOOOD has spent the past two years playing alongside LADY GAGA, giving him the opportunity to rock the Super Bowl, Coachella, and the 'Joanne' tour. Having previously served as Musical Director for THE WEEKND and bassist to WIZ KHALIFA, Goood also released a track with Khalifa for his last EP that garnered more than 600,000 streams. Goood, who only learned to play bass a decade ago following a career ending football injury, has just dropped his latest album featuring 10 songs chronicling his journey from police officer, to homeless, to Gaga bassist and everything in between while introducing a whole new musical genre, bass hop.

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Jonny Goood has spent the last two years playing alongside Lady GaGa, giving him the opportunity to rock the Super Bowl. Now it’s all about #BassHop

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Mars jackson

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When Mars Jackson returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh after college and got serious about music, it was a strange time to be a rapper in the city. It was 2011, and “Black and Yellow” had just hit No. 1 for Pittsburgh’s best-known hip-hop export, Wiz Khalifa. Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park was on the horizon, and things seemed ripe for a renaissance in the rap community in town. Every kid with a laptop and a rhyme thought he was next, and was grasping at coattails.  It was easy to rep Pittsburgh back then—it almost felt like the golden ticket, in fact. Nearly seven years later, though, most of the up-and-comers who were flashing their P-cards in 2011 aren’t even in the game.


While lesser artists were falling away, Jackson was building. His success thus far has come about because of his talent, for sure. But it wouldn’t have happened without his work ethic, and what the politicians call “coalition-building.”  There was ingenuity: Early on, resourceful college communications major he was, he faked a PR rep to make it seem like he had more resources than he did. There was dedication: He was unemployed, so he spent hours writing to industry contacts. “I was the first email they got in the morning, and sometimes the last one they got at the end of the day,” he says with a laugh.

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For six years, Mars Jackson has worked to get to the top in Pittsburgh; he’s put in his hours and earned the respect. His first full-length with Misra, GDNLF is an artist’s statement, an introduction to the rest of the world—Mars Jackson’s ticket to the next stop.

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