Music festival organizers aim to put Allentown on the map

Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood held the first ever Le Creme Music & Arts Festival Saturday, which featured a few famous faces.

New York rock band Living Colour and legendary singer-songwriter, Joe Grushecky and his band, The Houserockers, headlined the free all-day concert at Le Creme Music and Arts Festival in Allentown’s Business District.

Patrons enjoyed food, shopping and music from local and national bands, including The Wildflowers, before Grushecky and Living Colour took the stage.

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The entire festival was organized and sponsored by SuperMonkey Recording Company, which operates on Warrington Avenue, about a block from where the festival took place. Many of the bands on the festival’s lineup have even recorded their music under SuperMonkey’s label, and are past winners of the company’s Penn Rock Scholarship.

SuperMonkey owner Christian Groblewski says the festival, which was meant to bring local artists together and promote a somewhat-forgotten neighborhood, has been a long time coming.

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Groblewski says Le Creme’s return for year two is already in the works, with even more artists and organizers.

According to SuperMonkey’s website, the goal of the festival is to “showcase the abundance of talented rock musicians found throughout Pittsburgh and to put the neighborhood of Allentown on the map,” since the community has not hosted large events or entertainment for years.

“All of us involved in Le Creme are confident that event-goers will want to come back to Allentown and keep exploring what’s here,” Groblewski adds.

Other artists on Le Creme’s roster included Dirty Charms, Stone Wicked Souls, Aquarocket, Adam Fitz, Byron Nash and more.

The festival provided live tunes from 11 a.m. til 11 p.m.

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