Taylor Swift is the marquee name on the North Side, but she's not the only live music there Saturday.
More than three dozen Pittsburgh acts will gather in eight spots along the East Ohio Street area for the inaugural Deutschtown Music Festival, taking the adopted name of the neighborhood around Spring Garden.
"My initial concern," says one of the organizers, Ben Soltesz, "is that people would think it's a German festival."
Don't go expecting strolling Bavarian musicians because this is more a showcase of indie-rock, power-pop and alt-country bands.
Mr. Soltesz, a community organizer, got the idea after attending the RANT (Rock All Night Tour) festival in Lawrenceville last summer.
"A lot of people turned out for RANT. A couple of us had the idea that the North Side would be a great place to do something like this. It's not a hard sell to get people out for free music and beer."
The North Side has banjo nights at the Elks Club, jazz at James Street Gastropub and bluegrass Wednesdays at Park House, but it hasn't been the hot-spot for live music to rival Lawrenceville or the South Side.
"There's a long, slow build to try to fix up the East Ohio Street business district," Mr. Soltesz says. "It's still a little rough down there, but a lot of people have moved there recently, there's a lot going on here, and there's potential for other things."
They reached out to a few bands for this festival, he says, and "Once my favorite bands started saying 'yes,' this became real. I think we've got a great lineup -- a testament to the amount of local talent we've got."
The action begins on an outdoor stage on a closed section of Foreland Street and then spills into other venues up until last call. Artists Image Resource (AIR) will feature a pop-up art show and sale, with such vendors as Commonwealth Press, Strawberryluna, Budai and Tugboat Printshop.
"There's room to even make this bigger next year as some potential venues aren't participating for various reasons," Mr. Soltesz says. "My favorite was the Croation club, Javor. All the officers were headed to Croatia for this weekend."
Scott Mervis: email@example.com; 412-263-2576. Twitter: @scottmervis_pg. First Published July 4, 2013 4:00 AM