Last Updated on December 29, 2020 by Jeremy
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When you think of Pittsburgh's music scene, your first thought is likely not about the North Side. If you do consider this side of the city, it is likely about the concert venue Stage AE or even one of the stadiums when big named musicians come to town.
But the North Side has far more than just these if you're looking to take in a live performance. In Deutschtown, for example, the music scene thrives on Wednesday nights of all nights thanks to banjo night at the Elk's club. This one makes for a fun night out!
Pittsburgh Banjo Club at the Elk's
The Pittsburgh Banjo Club is one of the most fascinating clubs in the city as its members come together to celebrate the love of the iconic four-stringed instrument. As the group is available to hire for events and parties, you can imagine that they have to practice together fairly regularly to stay on top of their craft.
So what do they do? They gather every Wednesday at Elk's Lodge #339 on Cedar Avenue, play from 8pm to 11pm, and invite anyone who wants to come in and listen free of charge. Cheap alcohol continually flows at the bar ($3 Dos Equis pints were our selection of choice for the evening) and all proceeds from the food menu go to charity- a win for everyone!
Over the years this group has gathered somewhat of a cult-like following, and shortly after the beginning of their practice at 8pm the lodge was completely full of attendees of all ages listening to the music, dancing, singing along (lyrics are available by the entrance), drinking, and having a grand old time.
Wednesday may not be your traditional night to go out in Pittsburgh, but if live music and cheap drinking are what you seek, a trip to the Elk's Lodge for banjo night is a must!
Elk's Lodge #339 is located at 400 Cedar Avenue and hosts the Pittsburgh Banjo Club every Wednesday from 8pm to 11pm.
For more live music in the North Side, check out MCG Jazz!