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Sikes is an Indie Hip-Hop artist & producer from Pittsburgh, PA. He also hosts a weekly podcast focused on the Pittsburgh Music & Entertainment scene called Start The Beat with Sikes.

New Art & A Couple Solo Shows!

I had a blast this weekend at the 3rd Annual Rhythm & Brews Festival. I met some great new people, saw some old friends, saw some good bands, drank some good beer, ate some good food and made new art! Check it out.

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I'm pretty stoked on how this turned out and I'm happy to be getting back into this stuff again. It feels great. More to come soon! 

Okay, Now back to the music bullshit. I said I was "done" with shows for the year but a couple things I had previously committed to got some late announcements and I've decided to honor my agreements and perform 2 more solo sets to round out the year. These 2 sets will be 110% all new material off the album I am currently recording. The first one will be this weekend at Arsenal Bowling Lanes for the 6th Annual RANT Festival in Lawrenceville. 

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For anyone in PGH who doesn't know, RANT is Lawrenceville's massive music annual outdoor/indoor walking tour concert. Sept. 1, 2, 3 Over 20 blocks! It is a multi-venue event. Offering 3 large outdoor stages during the daylight hours spanning all 3 Wards of Lawrenceville.. From Nieds Hotel to Arsenal Park and everywhere we can find a space in between.. . there will be music...

I don't think the other show I am playing has been officially announced yet so I'll hold my tongue for now BUT I can tell you that it's another huge festival happening in October at Mr. Smalls Theater. More details TBA. 

So yeah. I did some art and I'm playing a show this weekend. Come dance! 

Live Painting This Weekend at Rhythm & Brews & Other Art Things

Recently, I've been trying to get myself back into drawing and painting. It's going a little slow but I've done more stuff in the past couple months than I have in the past couple years so I'd say I'm at least on the right track.

Live Painting at the Brushes & Brews event on 08/05/17. 

Live Painting at the Brushes & Brews event on 08/05/17. 

This weekend I will be live painting again at the Rhythm & Brews Festival! Super stoked for it. Check the video and flyer below for more info.

For more info visit https://www.redfishbowl.com/

I'll wrap this up with a couple other "art" things I've done recently. If you're at the festival this weekend be sure to find me and say hi! 

Self Portrait. (2017)

Self Portrait. (2017)

"Whiplash Wit" Label Artwork for the new Greywalker beer collaboration we're doing with Penn Brewery and Maggie's Farm Rum! Available to the public at  Brewtal Beer Fest 2 ! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

"Whiplash Wit" Label Artwork for the new Greywalker beer collaboration we're doing with Penn Brewery and Maggie's Farm Rum! Available to the public at Brewtal Beer Fest 2! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Shameless plug. T-Shirts available for a Limited Time! 

Shameless plug. T-Shirts available for a Limited Time! 

More info on "Whiplash Wit" and Brewtal Beer Fest 2! TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

Hey Pittsburgh! Let's talk about this Craft Beer & Heavy Metal Festival.

Unless you have been sleeping under a rock, you should know by now that Brewtal Beer Fest 2 is coming up in just a few weeks on September 9th at Mr. Smalls Theater in Pittsburgh, PA. The festival is a 1 Day Only event featuring 10 Bands, 30 Breweries and LOTS more. Click the flyer below for all the juicy details. 

Tickets available now. Click the image for more info! 

Tickets available now. Click the image for more info! 

Recently, I have been sitting down with with some of the Bands & Breweries participating in this years event to discuss their involvement with the festival. You can check out the first 3 segments below and subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up with upcoming installments. 

Moving on, It’s that time of year again where Pittsburgh’s finest are nominated for an array of categories under Culture & Nightlife, Food & Drink, Goods & Services, and People & Places. The nomination round has ended and Brewtal Beer Fest was nominated for BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL so if you're feeling freaky, give us a vote! 

Oliver Moss painting a Brewtal Skate Deck at our Brews & Brushes Pre-Party event this past weekend. Photo taken by Ryan Haggerty. 

Oliver Moss painting a Brewtal Skate Deck at our Brews & Brushes Pre-Party event this past weekend. Photo taken by Ryan Haggerty. 

There is so much to talk about regarding this years event. It's insane! If you're interested in keeping up to date with everything we have going on I strongly suggest stopping by our Official Website and subscribing to our email list to be the FIRST to know about everything coming up! There is also a blog on the page filled with all kinds of news and behind the scenes info on the fest. It's super cool. 

Again, Brewtal Beer Fest 2 is happening September 9th at Mr. Smalls Theater. Tickets are available now Here. Cheers! 

Support Local Music, Art & Beer At These Upcoming Events!

Raise your horns and glasses high! We've been working really hard behind the scenes over the past few months getting everything prepared for Brewtal Beer Fest 2 and next week we will finally reveal those details to the world! In the meantime though we have set up a couple events to get things started. Lets talk about it! 

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

This Friday, July 14th we will be kicking everything off with our first Band & Brewery collaboration release of the year! Argus & Big Rail Brewing have teamed up to create "Summer Of Helles" and it will be available for maximum consumption at this event. Check out this video for more info on the collaboration and the event! 

A few weeks later we are going to be teaming up with Redfishbowl to take over Black Forge Coffee House for an insane party featuring live music, live painting, a freshly installed art exhibit and of course, plenty of BEER! Check out all of the details on the flyer below.  

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

CLICK THE FLYER TO CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE :-)

Again, we so excited for both of these events and even more excited to announce the details for Brewtal Beer Fest 2! If Beer & Extreme Music are your thing then you really need to be involved with this awesome community we are starting to build. Keep an eye out for more details in the near future and if you're super bored check out this extended conversation from my interview with Argus & Big Rail Brewing. See you in the pit! 

Catch SIKES&TNV This Saturday at Deutschtown Music Festival!

The 5th annual Deutschtown Music Festival will feature 220 bands, 30 stages, 8 outdoor stages, 20+ food vendors, a beer garden and will be held on 2 days this year, July 14th and 15th. All performances are FREE. Come discover live local music on Pittsburgh's historic Northside!

Sikes and The New Violence will be performing at Allegheny City Brewing at 10PM. This will be one of our last "full band" shows of the year so we're hoping to see a lot of you out there for this one. It's FREE and there is a ton of cool shit going on all day. Full Schedule available now at: www.deutschtownmusicfestival.org