Who’s Next: Music; 21 young leaders defining the new Pittsburgh sound

From singer-songwriters to hip hop lyricists to promoters and educators, these up-and-comers are shaping Pittsburgh’s music scene.

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Rossilynne Culgan

With big names like Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Christina Aguilera coming out of Pittsburgh and a music festival heralded as the SXSW of the east, Pittsburgh’s music scene is booming. And we’ve got some new names to add to the playlist of local musicians making an impact.

Every month, we seek nominations and recognize up-and-comers in Pittsburgh in our Who’s Next series, focusing on a different topic each month. Over the last year, we’ve featured nearly 200 of the city’s leaders under the age of 40, from pioneers in health to education to food. The October 2017 series, presented by S&T Bank and Live Nation, spotlights young people shaping the city’s music scene. You have a chance to meet and celebrate them at a Nov. 1 happy hour. Get your tickets now.

Celebrate Who’s Next: Music with The Incline

Join us downstairs in the speakeasy as we recognize stellar under-40 Pittsburghers making an impact in the city's music scene. Your ticket includes heavy appetizers and two drink tickets, as well as your chance to meet The Incline's Who's Next: Music class, presented by S&T Bank and Live Nation.

Where:James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy (North Side) at 422 Foreland St. (Allegheny East)

When:November 1, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much:$20 for public | Free for Who's Next: Music honorees


From singer-songwriters to record label leaders to promoters to music educators, these people are working behind the scenes in all genres to shape the scene both today and for the future. Here are 21 Pittsburghers to keep your eye (and ear) on.

Check out our Spotify playlist of the artists here.