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No Sleep For Zombies at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

The Fall Slam Music Festival took place at The Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, Pennsylvania on Sunday, October 9, 2022. This all-day live music event was organized by Spring Alternative LLC which also organized the Spring Alternative Music Fest on April 27, 2022. Turnmeuptone of No Sleep For Zombies was on hand to keep things running smoothly. 

The event showcased bands of many different genres including pop, rap, funk, rock, and punk. The venue had a relaxed feel with ample seating. As the evening wore on the bands and audience got progressively more hyped up. 

John Hall at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Mary Miracle

John Hall showcased his vocal range by covering several songs by Coldplay, including “Lost”, “Trouble” and “Ghost Story.” Hall quipped “This song is called Ghost Story. It was only released in the United Kingdom so I know none of you have heard it.” He also performed his original song, “Ugh, whatever.” 

Christian LaNeve at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Mary Miracle

Christian LaNeve performed his original music, and unreleased tracks including “Wonderful Feeling”, which he said would be coming out sometime after his album’s release. LaNeve’s album “Alone in first class” will be released on October 13, 2022.

Slam Band and Sam at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

Slam Band and Sam‘s funky sound kept the crowd engaged and even had them clapping along.  Slam Band & Sam’s new single “But Then I Do” drops on October 21, 2022

Understatement at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Mary Miracle

Understatement performed their original hits including “I Wanna Go Too”, “Locked & Loaded”, & the self-titled track “Understatement.” 

Murder for Girls at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

Murder for Girls hard rocking performance really energized the audience. They played their original songs including the fiery “Egomaniac.” 

Turnmeuptone of No Sleep For Zombies at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

No Sleep For Zombies kept the crowd hyped up by playing a ton of their original material, including “Are They Breathing”, “Suddenly In Time”, and “In The Wind”. 

Dan Winter of No Sleep For Zombies at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

They also covered “Clint Eastwood” by The Gorillaz and “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. Lead singer Turnmeuptone even ventured into the audience to perform. Turnmeuptone mentioned that the band will be releasing an EP this month and recording two music videos. 

Pat Sites of No Sleep For Zombies at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice
Timothy Carr of No Sleep For Zombies at the Fall Slam Music Festival at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

Music and other merchandise were available for purchase from Understatement, Murder for Girls, and No Sleep for Zombies. 

The Bleepy Things headlined the event. Unfortunately, Pitt Music Live was not in attendance for their performance. 

Fall Slam Music Festival Stage at the Forge Urban Winery in Homestead, PA on October 9, 2022 by Sam Hice

When a music festival goes well as the Fall Slam Music Festival did, it can be easy for audience members to forget that a lot goes into organizing a music festival. 

James Minor, head of the SXSW Conference and Festivals, believes that “a diverse lineup full of adventurous talent that’s ripe for discovery” is a good way to program a festival. Minor has also mentioned that what he likes to do is to“try to make the programming as impactful as possible.” The SXSW team has also recommended that “a great place to start and learn the culture of sxsw is through volunteering and interning. that’s generally a great place to start in general if you’re looking to break into the festival industry.” This seems like good advice for getting your feet wet with festivals in general. 

On October 29, 2022 Spring Alternative is throwing a Bands & Costumes Halloween Party in Pittsburgh, PA. The party will include live music, a scare house, vendors, food trucks, and best costume giveaways. The event will feature live music by Killing Pixies, No Sleep For Zombies, KruiserFort WombFunky Lamp, and Hit Makers Yacht Club.

Thanks to Spring Alternative LLC for providing Pitt Music Live with two free media passes to attend the Fall Slam Music Festival. 

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