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  • Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 03/19/2020 08:00 PM EDT: 03/20/20

    Red Hot Chilli Pipers
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    03/19/2020 08:00 PM EDT
    $30.00 - $49.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Vixen at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 10/31/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 11/1/19

    Vixen
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    10/31/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $40.00
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    Supporting Acts: Sound Servent

    Vixen

    Hair / Glam Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Los Angeles, California (USA). Vixen was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1973 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still at Como Park High School. They were the first all female rock band from the Twin Cities. (Têtes Noires was the first all female rock band from Minneapolis a year or two later). Alex Henderson, writing for Allmusic, says they started in 1981 in Los Angeles.[2] In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Pia Maiocco (who later married guitarist Steve Vai) appeared in the movie Hardbodies, as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to Los Angeles, California to be part of the L.A. rock scene. Lineup changes happened during the following years until the "classic lineup" of Janet Gardner (b. Janet Patricia Gardner on March 17, 1962 in Juneau, Alaska, USA) - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Jan Kuehnemund (b. Janice Lynn "Jan" Kuehnemund, November 18, 1953 – October 10, 2013) - lead guitar, background vocals, Share Pedersen (b. Sharon June Howe on March 21, 1963 in Glencoe, Minnesota) - bass, background vocals, and Roxy Petrucci (b. Roxy Dora Petrucci on March 17, 1960 in Rochester, Michigan) - drums, background vocals, was formed. This lineup of Vixen was interviewed in 1987 along with many other rock artists of the day by Penelope Spheeris for her film The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years. In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album Vixen, which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx co-wrote with Fee Waybill and arranged their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart" and produced the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMI to produce their first major hit. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows. The band returned to the studio in late 1989/early 1990 to record their follow-up album, Rev It Up, which was released in July 1990. A year of touring followed, including headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as KISS and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences. Line-up (since 2017): Janet Gardner: Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar Share Ross (Sharon): Bass Roxy Petrucci: Drums Britt Lightning: Guitar Ex-members: Gina Stile: Guitar Jan Kuehnemund: Lead & Rhythm Guitars (Deceased) Jenna Sanz-Agero: Vocals Lynn Louise Lowrey: Bass Pia Vai: Bass Liza Carbe: Bass Rana Ross: Bass Maxine Petrucci: Bass Pat Holloway: Bass Gayle Erickson-DeMatoff: Bass Tamara Ivanov: Guitar Kathrin Kraft "Kat": Drums Laurie Hedlund: Drums Noelle Bucci: Vocals Cindy Boettcher: Keyboards

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Queen Machine at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 10/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 10/11/19

    Queen Machine
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    10/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $20.25 - $42.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Lincoln Durham at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 06/07/2019 06:30 PM EDT: 06/7/19

    Lincoln Durham
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    06/07/2019 06:30 PM EDT
    $10.00 - $12.00
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    Supporting Acts: Andy Gregg

    Lincoln Durham

    Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a Obnoxious Southern-Gothic-Gospel-Revival-Punk One-Man-Band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of. Lincoln's musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln's case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it. Lincoln's true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully "off" to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • Vic DiBitetto at The Oaks Theater on 05/31/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 06/1/19

    Vic DiBitetto
    The Oaks Theater
    05/31/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $24.75 - $39.75
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    Vic DiBitetto

    An incredibly powerful performer, comedian Vic DiBitetto churns energy, honesty and humanity into nonstop laughter. His pace is frenetic. He's been called a cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Kramden. The bottom line is, DiBitetto leaves his audiences breathless with laughter. Vic is now a successful national headliner and selling out theatres across the US. • Featured in Kevin James' movie Mall Cop 2 • An Internet Sensation with hundreds of millions of internet views • Hosted Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV • Headlined in The Three Tenors (who can't sing) Tour across the country • Co-Starred in two independent films Turkey's Done and Who's Jenna • Headlining major theatres such as The Wilbur in Boston, Park West in Chicago, Westbury Music Fair in Long Island, The Borgata in Atlantic City, Tarrytown Music Hall in Westchester, The Odeum in Rhode Island and Cobbs in San Francisco among many others. Vic has appeared on television's America's Funniest People (ABC) where he was a $10,000 Grand Prize winner as well as Stand-Up Spotlight (VH1) and Last Laugh at Pips. He regularily appears on CBS Sports Radio, Chazz and AJ in the Morning, John Fugelsang on Sirius and NJ 101.5 and his NY Giants and NY Yankee videos are often discussed on ESPN and WFAN radio. Social Media Numbers: • 543,000 FB followers • 138,000 Instagram followers • 133,000 Youtube Subscribers • Hundreds of millions of digital and linear views worldwide (Bread and Milk, Parking, Justin Bieber Rant, NY Giants and Yankees Locker Rooms, etc) Appeared on: • Often featured on Right This Minute, daytime syndicated strip television show • NJ 101.5FM (largest listening audience in NJ including all NY stations) • Gary Cee iHeart Radio Show • John Fugelsang Sirius Radio Show • Anthony Cumia OTT Radio/TV Show • Chaz and AJ (#1 Radio Show WPLR in Connecticut) • Featured Guest Celebrity on Steve Adubato's One on One TV Show -- PBS • Featured in Independent feature Who's Jenna • Featured in Independent feature Turkey's Done with SNL Alumni Cheri Oteri • Hosted AXS Comedy Live television program in NYC • Celebrity guest on Dr. Oz • The DA Show Hosted by Damon Amendolara on CBS Sports Radio (Nationally Syndicated) • ABC Radio NY various shows • Has acted in several regional commercials and has been hired as a social influencer for two digital platforms • 2015, was featured in Mall Cop 2 with Kevin James Headlining in 2018: • Borgata Casino and Hotel (Atlantic City) • Tarrytown Music Hall (NY) • Westbury Music Fair (NY) • The Paramount Theatre (Middletown NY) • The Paramount Theatre (Fishkill NY) • Park West (Chicago, IL) • Cobb's (San Francisco, CA) • Foxwoods Casino Theatre (CT) • The Wilbur Theatre (Boston) • The Bushnell Theatre (CT) • The Odeum Theatre (RI) • Mohegan Sun (CT and Wilkes Barre) • The Newton Theatre (NJ) • Coral Springs Arts Center (Florida) • Bergen PAC (NJ) • State Theatre (Easton) • NJPAC (NJ) • MayoPAC (NJ) • Tropicana Hotel (Las Vegas) • Ridgefield Theatre (CT) • Palladium Theatre (FL) • Algonquin Theatre (NJ) • Mohegan Sun Casino (CT and PA) • Edmonds Theatre (CT) • Aventura Cultural Arts Center (Miami, FL) • Mt. Airy Casino (Poconos, PA) • Parx Casino (PA) • Tupelo Music Hall (NH) • Boca Black Box Theatre (FL) • Ridgefield Plahouse • Sugarhouse Casino (PA) • Hampton Beach Casino (NH) • Miniaci Theatre (FL) • Goodnights (NC) Special Appearances 2017: • Starred in The Three Tenors (who can't sing) in theatres across the country. Currently booking 2019 in Tennessee, Nevada, California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and more points west. Scripted and Unscripted Improvisational: Vic DiBitetto is a terrific comedic and dramatic actor as well as a gifted improvisational actor. Below are some of the 5000+ vignettes he conceives, writes performs and produces for an idea of various stylistic performance capabilities. He is strongly suited to perform in any video and audio genre. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NWcw6_mxcs Not Driving to Florida http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1db1OzPuWk How I Study a Script http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s65T8G-vYQU The Italian Broom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdujQO1U9Es Their Food http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OwU6iikJMw Tony Gaga in Florida (selling real estate) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiQdFyR8kSc Asshole Driving in a Car http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRSURr8SI_Q Remote Controls Acting references available upon request.

    Venue Information
    The Oaks Theater
    310 Allegheny River Blvd.
    Oakmont, PA 15139
    http://theoakstheater.com/

  • Guitar Wolf / Nashville Pussy at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 05/22/2019 07:00 PM EDT: 05/22/19

    Guitar Wolf, Nashville Pussy
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    05/22/2019 07:00 PM EDT
    $17.00 - $20.00
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    Supporting Acts: The Turbo A.C.'s, The Filthy Lowdown

    Guitar Wolf

    1987 - Formed in Tokyo, Japan with the line-up of Seiji, Billy, and a drummer. 1991 - Toru joins the line-up after the departure of their first drummer. Around this time, the band frequently plays the "Back From The Grave" shows in Tokyo, which was put on by the infamous DJ Daddy-O-Nov. Also one of the band's song is included on the compilation released by Tokuma Japan Records. Other bands on this compilation was The 5.6.7.8's. 1992 - The band's song was featured in another complation "TVVA" released by Less Than TV Records. 1993 - The band heads out on their first American tour, which included a show at the Garage Shock Festival put on by Estrus Records. 1994 - Their first album "Wolf Rock" is released from Goner Records, ran by members of the Oblivians. In June, their second album "Run Wolf Run" is released from Less Than TV Records. Guitar Wolf graces the cover of Maximum Rock 'N Roll Magazine. 1996 - Their third album "Missile Me" is released. This album was released by Matador Records in the U.S. and Europe. 1997 - 34 date American Tour which included dates in Austin, Texas for the SXSW festival on the Matador Records stage. This show was reviewed and featured in the Rolling Stone Magazine. In April, the band shared a bill with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion in London and Germany. After returning to Japan, Guitar Wolf signs with Ki/oon Sony Records after a major label bidding war that ensued. Soon after, their first major label album "Planet Of The Wolves" is released. After the release, the Invader Tour followed. In October of this year, the band supported the Cramps on a 31 date American Tour. 1998 - The year is kicked off with a short tour in Japan with the Oblivions. On April 1st, "Kaminari One" is released as a maximum single. The band heads out on a world tour titled "Kaminari Tour" 12 dates in Japan and 16 dates in Europe were all sold-out. In June, they supported the Cramps in Japan. With no time to spare, they head out on a 24 date U.S. tour. In August, they grace the stage of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival and in September, a tour with The Woggles in Japan, and a performance on National Japanese TV called "Live Beat" closed out the bands busy summer touring schedule. In November, the single "Can-Nana Fever" is released. And this year was closed out with a performance at the "Ebisu-Dynami!" sharing a bill with Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, which was of course sold out. 1999 - Guitar Wolf releases their second major release "Jet Generation". Supporting the album, the band heads out on a 25 date "Bakuon Tour", followed by a short tour in May with the Makers, from Seattle. To fulfill their goal of playing on all continents in the world, the band heads down under for a New Zealand and Australia tour. In the summer, the band played major festivals in Japan, including "Out Of Hell", "Rushball '99", "Ongaku to Higetachi '99", and "Rising Sun Rock Festival". In September, the band plays their first show at the renowned Hibiya Yagai Ongakudou stage in the middle of Tokyo's business district. This year ended with a 28 date U.S. tour, starting off in New York City for the Matador Records 10 Year Anniversary show. 2000 - Single "God, Speed, You" is released, followed by their third album for Sony called "Rock 'N Roll Etiquette". The two releases were followed by the "Rock "N Roll Etiquette Tour" which covered 38 cities all over Japan. The rest of the year saw the band playing festivals such as "Tokyo Big Rumble", "Rock Monster Festival", "London Night Special", "Rushball", "Rock "N Roll Summit" and closed the year off with an appearance at the London Nite 10th Anniversary Show. 2001 - This year started off with appearing on the highly popular national TV show "Hey Hey Hey". The band also covered "I Love You, OK" by Yazawa Eikichi for his tribute album and the song was also released as a single in April. In July, the band was scheduled to play the "Contact 2001 Korea-Japan Live Project", but was forced to cancel due to political reasons. Again, in the summer, the band played in Japanese festivals including "Out Of Hell Vol. 2", "Hot Rocks 01", "Rock In Japan Festival 2001", "Rising Sun Rock Festival 2001", "Black List 010", "Rock Japanese", and "Go-Go Nite". In November, the band traveled to Brazil and the U.S. for 5 shows. 2002 - In January, the band toured with The Zodiac Killers from San Francisco. On March 6th, the band released their fourth album for Sony titled "UFO Romantics" followed by the 36 date "Fireball Tour 2002". In June, they traveled to Okinawa for the first time for two shows. At the annual "Rock In Japan Festival 2002", the band played in front of a crowd of 35,000. In November, "UFO Romantics" was released in France with a sold-out short promotion tour, which included dates in France, Belgium, Holland, Spain, and Swiss, that followed. After returning to Japan, the band toured with their friends from Brazil, the Autoramas and releasing a live DVD titled "Red Idol". 2003 - "UFO Romantics" is released in the U.S. by Narnack Records with an accompanying tour of 8 shows in 6 cities. Upon returning to Japan, the band played a secret show, opening for the band D4 for their promotional tour. This year the band played two summer festivals. Even though Guitar Wolf had to play the first slot opening the "Fuji Rock Festival '03" in the rain, the band was greeted by a huge crowd on the White Stage. This year, Seiji chose and compiled the Japanese "Best of" album by Joan Jett, who is his favorite artist. Also, the band opened for Joan Jett on her Japan tour. In November, the band toured Argentina, Brazil, and the U.S. Even though this was their first show in Argentina, the band was greeted by 800 fans. The dates in Brazil was also sold-out. While they were there, they signed with Monstro Disco and released "UFO Romantics". The band played in Mitsui Greenland on New Years Eve to close out the ever busy and successful year. 2004 - Guitar Wolf also curated a show called "Tokyo Jet Night" for the first time. The bands on the bill were Ging Nang Boyz, Jet Boys, and Wakusei. In June, a Guitar Wolf Tribute album "I Love Guitar Wolf Very Much" is released. The following month, the band released "Loverock", the fifth release from Sony. In September the band toured Japan for the album. 2005 - Started the year off with the "Loverock Tour - Special Version" in January. In February, they played the "Sonic Mania Festival" in Tokyo and Osaka, filling in for Kings of Leon who canceled their appearance. In March, the band set off on a month long U.S. tour. Upon returning, on March 31st, Basswolf sadly past away from sudden heart failure. In July, the band released their first best of album titled "Golden Black" and DVD titled "Live At Sekai". At the annual "Rock 'N Roll Summit", Seiji and Toru made an appearance. In September, new bassist UG (being only 19 years old at the time) joins the band and the band resumes touring. In December the band headed down to New Zealand and Australia and ended the year with a New Years Eve show in Melbourne. 2006 - After a short tour in January, the band enters the studio to record an new album featuring new member UG on bass. In April, the band plays for the first time in Korea. In May, "Ultra Cross Vol. 1", a split single with Lightning Bolt is released. On June 9th, Guitar Wolf plays a double headlining show with Dohatsuten called "Tokyo Jet Night Vs. Tokyo Blossom". In July and August, the band makes the festival rounds, playing "Udo Music Fes", "Natsu No Mamono", "Fuji Rock Festival", "Rising Sun Rock Festival", and "Rock 'N Roll Summit". On August 9th, the second installation of the split single "Ultra Cross Vol. 2" with Struggle For Pride is released. After another tour of New Zealand and Australia, the "Ultra Cross Vol. 3" is released on December 27th. This time the split is with DJ Baku. 2007 - The first album featuring new bassist UG titled "Dead Rock" is released. This album was followed by a 32 city "Andromeda Tour". In September, the band released a self-covered album "Kasei Twist". This celebrated the 20th anniversary of the band and 10 anniversary of being with Sony. As an album release tour, the band toured Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka under the "Jet Night" series of shows. After their performance in Tokyo, the band goes on a hiatus, due to Seiji's body overhaul (surgery). 2009 - On April 4th, 558 days since their last show, Guitar Wolf returns to the stage at Hibiya Yagai Ongakudou. After this show, they start playing few shows and festivals. And in December, the mini-album "Jet Satisfaction" is released. 2010 - After wrapping up a successful tour which started the previous December and ending at Ebisu Liquid Room on 1/24/2010. The band took a 6 month break from live shows for Seiji's operation. After Seiji's full recovery, Guitar Wolf played summer festivals in Japan and recorded their new album in only12 days. After the album was finished, the band returned to the U.S. for a tour in since 2005 and also playing the Matador Records Anniversary Festival.

    Nashville Pussy

    True rock n' roll doesn't require definition. It's self-explanatory based on a gut feeling and the unconditional devotion to the musical genre. Nashville Pussy have celebrated their brand of genuine rock n' roll for more than a decade, in classic style at times, surprising at others, but always earthy, raw and unadulterated. The band's mastermind Blaine Cartwright (vocals, guitar), his wife Ruyter Suys (guitar), Karen Cuda (bass) and Jeremy Thompson (drums) make up Nashville Pussy.

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • David Bromberg Quintet at The Oaks Theater on 05/11/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/12/19

    David Bromberg Quintet
    The Oaks Theater
    05/11/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $45.00
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    David Bromberg Quintet
    “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot “There’s only two kinds of music – ‘the Star Spangled Banner’ and the blues.” – Willie Nelson, quoting renowned fiddler Johnny Gimble For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass. Add in a period of self-imposed exile from his passion (1980-2002), during which he became a renowned violin expert, and Wilmington, Delaware’s cultural ambassador; top that off with a triumphant return to music-making, and you have an amazing tale leading back to one place: the blues. Now, with The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing But the Blues, his first release for Red House Records, Bromberg and multi-Grammy-winning producer/accompanist Larry Campbell (Dylan, Levon Helm, Paul Simon) focus on the music David discovered in high school, when, circa late 50s, he was introduced to a friend’s dad’s collection of blues 78s. He’d only just taken up guitar as a means to pass the time while in bed with the measles. “I loved those 78s so much,” says David, “I taped them on a portable reel-to-reel, so I could listen at home and learn.” That love is evident in The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues. The album is both blues primer and an opportunity to witness a master embracing this distinctly American music with passion and grace. “There’s a lot of different types of blues on there,” Bromberg notes. “We decided to start it off with a dyed-in-the-wool blues [Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues”], but there’s also country blues [“Kentucky Blues”], and gospel-influenced blues [“Yield Not”].” Bromberg, a onetime sideman himself, is quick to give props to his long-running road-and-studio cohorts: Butch Amiot (bass), Josh Kanusky (drums), Mark Cosgrove (guitar), Nate Grower (fiddle), and Peter Ecklund (cornet). Of producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, fellow Reverend Gary Davis acolyte, and old friend Larry Campbell, he says, “To use a baseball analogy, Larry is like a star at any position in the infield, because he can play them all.” Since meeting in the early 80’s, Campbell and Bromberg had crossed paths many times. They finally worked together in Levon Helm’s studio for David’s 2013 return-to-form Only Slightly Mad. “He wanted to do a Chicago blues album then,” Larry says. “But we decided to remind folks of what he does better than anyone: the whole gamut of Americana, the full Brombergian. And we got some new fans. For this one, we went back to the blues, and made use of David’s great vocabulary in all veins of the genre.” Bromberg’s guitar work remains a marvel; amped electric lead – both slide and fretted – and delicately powerful acoustic fingerpicking propel these songs with the same force that made him the go-to guy for acts ranging from the Eagles to Link Wray to Phoebe Snow. This is a man who can go full-on Chicago gutbucket with “You Don’t Have to Go” (a Bromberg original), then slay with the jazz inflections of Ray Charles’ “A Fool for You,” rendered here intimately solo. Although Bromberg points out he’s not the same guitarist he was before his two decades away from performing and recording. “I play differently,” he says. “I can’t play as fast, but playing slower gives me more time to think about what I’m doing.” “He’s always able to plug into the emotion of a song,” Campbell says. “He’s incredibly inventive as a player. Sometimes restrictions can be good.” Listeners can actually hear what the years have given Bromberg in the spartan, acoustic “Delia.” Bromberg originally covered this traditional nugget on his 1972 self-titled debut – a live, solo rendition with a spoken-word break. The new version features Campbell and Bromberg in the studio, revisiting Bromberg’s live arrangement from their occasional duo tours. It is mesmerizing, with gravitas only experience can bring. “Larry and I have played ‘Delia’ a lot,” Bromberg says. “I love what he does on it.” Longtime fans will notice another difference: Bromberg’s voice; he’s really singing. The vocals cover a broad range: impassioned, vibrato-laden testifying; pew-jumping soul shouts; soft, confident, crooning; and, of course, his peerless raconteur chops (particularly in “You Been A Good Old Wagon”). “When I first started,” Bromberg says, “singing was something I did between guitar solos. But during the period I did so little performing, I took some voice lessons, and now, I know more what I’m doing. I love singing now. Love it.” Larry Campbell was impressed at the newfound vocal chops, too. “He is a better vocalist than ever,” he says. “He’s strong, and present. None of the songs took more than three takes. And he was able to take the old folk song ‘900 Miles’ [a “railroad song” made famous by Odetta and Woody Guthrie], and turn it into an electric blues that’s a real high point of the album for me.” Although he remains the proprietor of the beloved David Bromberg Fine Violins in Wilmington, Delaware – “I love my shop,” he says – Bromberg makes time to tour with his quintet, and he’s already included every song in his live repertoire (save “Yield Not,” which requires a choir), from The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues. As ever, he brings his characteristic devotional intensity to the music, invigorating his surprise third act with the same passion he felt as a teen, spinning those blues 78s, just before the road called.

    Venue Information
    The Oaks Theater
    310 Allegheny River Blvd.
    Oakmont, PA 15139
    http://theoakstheater.com/

  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox - Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour at College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT on 05/11/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/12/19

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
    College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
    05/11/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $29.50 - $85.00
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    Venue Information
    College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
    238 College Street
    New Haven, CT 06510
    http://www.collegestreetmusichall.com

  • An Evening With The Tallest Man on Earth at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 05/10/2019 09:00 PM EDT: 05/11/19

    The Tallest Man on Earth
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    05/10/2019 09:00 PM EDT
    $26.00 - $36.00
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    The Tallest Man on Earth

    When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground is a 5 part series from The Tallest Man on Earth. Each song is a new, original studio recording and will include the simultaneous release of an accompanying video directed by Kristian Matsson. Both the music and videos are an ongoing project that will be produced as the series progresses during the winter, spring and summer of 2018 in Sweden and the US, with Matsson splitting his time behind the microphone and the camera. Beginning March 9th a song and video will be released each month. Solo shows in support of When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground will take place in select cities worldwide

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Abbarama at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/11/19

    Abbarama
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $20.00 - $37.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Rockapella at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/09/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/10/19

    Rockapella
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/09/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $39.00
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    Rockapella

    A cappella group formed in 1986 in New York City, and has had a rotating lineup of members ever since. The current Rockapella line-up features Scott Leonard (since 1991, High Tenor), Jeff Thacher (1993, Vocal Percussionist), Calvin Jones (2013, Tenor), Mitchell Rains (2016, Tenor), and Bryant Vance (2016, Bass). This line-up marks a new generation of Rockapella, who remain keenly focused on musical excellence. “People have a hard time believing it’s just us making all of that music. It’s still those same elements that make modern band music: percussion, bass, melody and harmonies,” says Scott. “Our success is in the art of it – it’s not what you do, but how you do it!” adds Jeff. Rockapella has indeed proven that creating original pop & soul magic onstage is what sets them apart.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • The SteelDrivers at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 05/09/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/10/19

    The SteelDrivers
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    05/09/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $16.50 - $32.00
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    The SteelDrivers

    They say the only thing consistent about change is...well, that it changes. Whether through design or destiny, that’s a precept the SteelDrivers know all too well. Throughout their career -- one that encompasses four highly acclaimed albums and any number of awards and accolades -- the band has demonstrated the ability to adapt to change with unwavering persistence. Their’s is a lingering legacy defined by quality and consistency. It’s one in which they’ve never stopped looking forward, successfully marshalling their resources for wherever that trajectory takes them. Ultimately, it’s all about the music. “Our dedication and determination remain intact,” says singer, songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers. “We honor our older music by always putting our focus on the songs. Some people describe our music as being bluegrass based, but the fact is, we’re not bound to any one regimen. I liken us to what the Rolling Stones would sound like if they played banjos, fiddles and mandolins – it’s that rock-n-roll edge played on traditional instruments. I don’t know if that’s true, but we are primarily a band that’s centered around songwriting and also just happens to have a bluegrass background.” That persistent push could be called the key to SteelDrivers’ success. Each step in their journey has created a new chapter, one that finds them building on the past but consolidating their strengths as they build for the future. That’s also been the case since the beginning, when Rogers, multi-instrumentalist Mike Henderson, bass player Mike Fleming, banjo player Richard Bailey, and singer/guitarist Chris Stapleton first convened after a series of songwriting sessions between Henderson and Stapleton. What began as a casual get-together to jam in the late summer of 2005 became a fully committed band that signed with Rounder Records in 2007. They released their eponymous debut album at the beginning of 2008, garnering a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for one of the songs in that set, “Blue Side of the Mountain.” That honor was followed two years later, when they received two more nominations for Reckless, their sophomore set -- one for Best Bluegrass Album and another for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals courtesy of its song “Where Rainbows Never Die.” When Stapleton left the fold for a highly successful solo career in April 2010, the band closed one chapter and began another anew, while literally never missing a beat. Singer/guitarist Gary Nichols, a highly accredited artist in his own right, was brought on-board for the recording of the band’s third album, 2012‘s Hammer Down, which subsequently climbed all the way up to number one on the Billboard Bluegrass charts, their highest placement yet. Nevertheless, the real journey had just begun. When Henderson left the band at the end of 2011, musician and producer Brent Truitt was brought in as his replacement. If there was any proof needed that the momentum had been maintained, The SteelDrivers‘ highly acclaimed fourth album, 2015‘s The Muscle Shoals Recording (featuring guest contributions from Nichols’ onetime bandmate Jason Isbell), garnered the group that long elusive GRAMMY® win with a notable nod for Best Bluegrass Album. In addition, it garnered three IBMA nominations -- Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Long Way Down”), Songwriter of the Year (for Rogers) and Best Liner Notes (for writer Peter Cooper). Still, one more major development was left to come. Nichols departed in August 2017, leaving yet another void the band was left to fill. Once again, the group rose to the challenge, selecting Kentucky native Kelvin Damrell after Rogers‘ daughter spotted him singing on a YouTube video. He fit in just fine, and today again, The SteelDrivers’ saga continues unabated. Part of the lure is undoubtably due to the freedom each musician gets to express themselves without any reservation, even as the group maintains the consistency of its sound. Rogers, a former member of the all-star Dead Reckoning music stable, is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and expressive fiddlers on the scene today. Truitt and Bailey are certified string benders who take their respective instruments to new levels of innovation and expertise. Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, while Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation. It’s a sound The Tennessean once described as “Gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.” The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly. “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s Steeldrivers have bushels of it.” In fact, The SteelDrivers’ success lies in their consistent growth and ability to reinvent their regimen. It’s also nurtured the various influences that each member brings to the band. With the emphasis on song structure as to parceling out their parameters, elements of Americana, country, blues, rock and soul all enter the equation. Yet their consistent standing at the IBMA awards -- which began when they were voted Best Emerging Artist -- testifies to the fact that they’ve been able to maintain a fierce following even while growing their audiences at every interval. The band plays approximately 75 shows a year, including major festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, Wintergrass, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It’s their populist approach that finds their devotees -- self-proclaimed “SteelHeads” -- traveling hundreds of miles to see them in repeat performances. “It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since our first album,” Rogers muses. “And yet, even with all the change and transition, we still have the same joy and enthusiasm that we did in the beginning. Even as the trajectory changes, the story continues to unfold.”

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 05/08/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/9/19

    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    05/08/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $30.00 - $160.00
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    Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

    The work of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has been viewed on the ensemble's YouTube channel well over a hundred million times. Most of those doing the viewing, however, are not fully aware of the method to Bradlee's madness. On the surface, the method is video – clips of full-band performances (that's Bradlee on piano) shot in the bandleader's living room with a single stationary camera. The madness: pop hits of the present performed à la pop hits of the past. Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" assayed as a doo-wop number; Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" tricked out in flapper jazz; Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" rendered a 1940s big-band standard. In fact, Bradlee's method runs deeper. He's educating his audience about 20th-century song styles; he's commenting on the elasticity of the pop form; he's confounding cultural context; he's uniting generations; he's breaking the rules. He's manifesting postmodernist ideas in his approach to production and business as well as music. But as far as the fans are concerned, it's just fun (and sometimes funny). Bradlee himself will tell you, simply, "I reimagine a song in another style because I want to hear it that way." Asked what appealed to him about the popular music of the 1920s, ragtime especially, he says, "I could play it fast and loud. It was brash. And it had contempt for rules, which really appealed to me." How does he come up with this stuff? "A lot of pop songs are constructed of elements that lend themselves to a certain feel," he points out. "The simple progression of the bass line in 'Blurred Lines,' for instance, reminded me of bluegrass. 'Sweet Child' sounds like an old blues song – the structure, the way the chorus repeats …" With Cyrus, it was more an instance of tongue-in-cheeky cultural criticism: "She'd gained all that notoriety from her 2013 VMA appearance. I had to recast her song for the '50s, which everyone thinks of as this squeaky-clean era." The PMJ scene is more reminiscent of a speakeasy, with swells in vintage threads swilling Prohibition-era cocktails. "It's a variety show, a musical revue featuring special guests," Bradlee illuminates. "Coming to a PMJ show is like time-traveling back to Old Hollywood – it's an experience." Creating that for audiences appears to be PMJ's ultimate mission.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Todd Snider at Rex Theater on 05/03/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/4/19

    Todd Snider
    Rex Theater
    05/03/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $30.00
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    Todd Snider

    American singer-songwriter, born 11 October 1966 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • Resurrection - A Journey Tribute at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 05/02/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 05/3/19

    Resurrection - A Journey Tribute
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    05/02/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $28.00
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    Supporting Acts: Moses and the Trash Bandits

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Uli Jon Roth: Triple Anniversary World Tour 2018 at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 04/29/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 04/30/19

    Ulrich Roth
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    04/29/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $20.00 - $33.00
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    Ulrich Roth

    Ulrich Roth (born 18 December 1954), more commonly known as Uli Jon Roth, is a German guitarist and one of the earliest contributors to the neo-classical metal genre. He is also the founder of Sky academy and inventor of the Sky Guitar. He is the older brother of fellow guitarist and artist Zeno Roth. Career: In the early 1970s, Roth formed a band called Dawn Road. In 1973 he temporarily joined the Scorpions, replacing guitarist Michael Schenker (brother of Scorpions guitarist Rudolf) who had left to join UFO. Michael had a reputation as a highly skilled technical player; Scorpions disbanded after he left the group. The "new" Scorpions were, in effect, a merger between the four members of Dawn Road, (Uli Jon Roth, Achim Kirschning, Francis Buchholz, Jürgen Rosenthal) and the two remaining Scorpions members, Rudolf Schenker and Klaus Meine. During his tenure as lead guitarist and a main songwriter for the Scorpions, the band released five very influential records, including the live album Tokyo Tapes, which sold nearly one million copies and went gold in several countries. Some later Scorpions releases with Roth began to exhibit a stylistic split in songwriting. Roth-composed songs were influenced by classical music and Jimi Hendrix, but songs involving Rudolph Schenker as composer leaned towards straight hard rock and pop hard rock. This split reflected Roth's growing dissatisfaction with his role in the band. He began investigating spiritually oriented subjects in his private life, much as his influence Jimi Hendrix had done towards the latter half of his career. Roth left the Scorpions in 1978. Roth formed his own band named Electric Sun which released three albums. In 1985, Roth released his third and final Electric Sun album, Beyond the Astral Skies, dedicated to Martin Luther King and to Roth's fans. At that time, Roth entered a new phase of creative work, composing a.o. four symphonies and two concertos, and sometimes performing with symphony orchestras throughout Europe.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Saved By The 90s at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 04/20/2019 09:00 PM EDT: 04/21/19

    Saved By The 90s
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    04/20/2019 09:00 PM EDT
    $12.00 - $30.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 04/11/2019 10:00 PM EDT: 04/12/19

    Jonathan Van Ness
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    04/11/2019 10:00 PM EDT
    $39.00 - $125.00
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    Jonathan Van Ness

    Television personality, Emmy nominee, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness has quickly become known in the entertainment industry for his fabulous, unstoppable energy. It is his belief that great hair is best served with a side of witty banter. Jonathan can be seen starring on Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” which premiered in February 2018; the hit reboot of the Emmy Award winning series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The show, which is Netflix’s first foray into nonscripted, follows the ‘Fab Five’ as they forge relationships with men and women from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole. Jonathan shines as the show’s groomer, hair guru and self-care advocate. “Queer Eye” is set to return for Season 2 on June 15th. In addition to “Queer Eye” Jonathan stars on the Emmy-nominated series “Gay of Thrones,” (Funny or Die) a witty social commentary series recapping HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Launched in 2013, the series is now in its seventh season and garnered an Emmy nomination in 2016 for ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.’ Jonathan also continues to work on a passion project, his podcast “Getting Curious,” a biweekly exploration of all the things Jonathan is curious about from the history of the Armenian Genocide to the opiod crisis in the U.S. Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois (a small-town on the Mississippi River about four and a half hours southwest of Chicago). Jonathan is the sixth generation of a family rooted in the media business that owns and operates broadcast, digital and newspaper operations in 17 markets. Given his family history Jonathan spent his childhood in the newsroom, cultivating an organic love for social issues and current events. He went on to attend college at the University of Arizona, where he cheered competitively for a year then quickly realized he longed to follow his true passion; hairstyling and beauty. He enrolled at Aveda Institute for Hair, where he learned how to cut, style, and color hair. Jonathan then moved to Los Angeles and landed a role as an assistant at the Sally Hershberger Salon (famous for creating Meg Ryan’s shag cut). Next he ventured out on his own having grown his own clientele while also working as a groomer for HBO on series including “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood.” In 2013 Jonathan launched his own salon studio in LA, Mojo Hair with business partner Monique Northrop. His celebrity clientele continued to build, working with names such as: Margaret Cho, Denise Bidot, Tess Holliday, Kit Harrington, Jeffrey Self, and Esme Bianco, to name a few. He can also be found on the east coast monthly, taming tresses at Hairstory Studio in NYC on Fifth Avenue. While working on “Queer Eye,” “Gay of Thrones,” “Getting Curious” and hair styling keeps Jonathan busy, he still makes time throughout the week to do Yoga and can be found working out at Equinox on the regular. He also continues to have a love for reading the news and has a habit of going impulse shopping. He currently splits his time between LA and NYC.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers at Spirit Hall on 04/11/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 04/11/19

    Laura Jane Grace
    Spirit Hall
    04/11/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $27.00
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    Laura Jane Grace

    To say musician, author and activist Laura Jane Grace has had a defiant career would be the understatement of the year. Whether being accused of leaving the DIY punk scene to pursue a major label career over a decade ago, or courageously challenging people's conceptions of gender identity with a bombshell Rolling Stone article, Grace has remained a daring and influential cultural figure in her over 20+ years of creating dynamic art across various mediums. Sure, she’s bound to worry some fans with her decision to press pause on Against Me! to release a more intimate singer-songwriter leaning solo album under the name Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, but her artistic motivation cast her determination in steel. “In the back of my head I was thinking, ‘f**k all of you, I’m going to do this anyway,'” she says with a smile. With this conviction came liberation, because few expectations equals total freedom. Indeed on the record’s opening cut, “China Beach,” Grace delivers a bold, lip-curled statement of intent: “Learn to trust yourself, no one else matters / Respect the source and always welcome failure.” And it’s in this spirit—with the help of Against Me! drummer Atom Willard and long-term AM! producer Marc Jacob Hudson on bass—that Bought to Rot, the debut album from Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, came into existence. Bought to Rot was written largely in motion—on tour, in Spain, Australia, Amsterdam hotel rooms, and some at home in Chicago. It’s a record scorched with honesty, unapologetically confessional, capturing many moments snipped from Grace’s life and stitched together in song. Although it’s a step and a twist away from Against Me!’s sonic blueprint, there’s still a kinetic punk energy that vibrates throughout. These compositions are looser, stripped, but with a melodic pop immediacy pushing to the fore. “I have my main gig, but I’m still doing this thing,” she continues. “It’s undeniable and it’s really good and here’s the proof … so what are you going to do with that?” Well, it has to go out into the world: via Bloodshot Records, the storied Chicago indie boasting a past & present roster that includes Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Murder by Death, Old 97’s and Justin Townes Earle. The seeds of this project were initially sown when Grace, Hudson and Willard introduced the band on a small run of dates in 2016 that included Grace delivering impassioned readings of journal entries between stripped-down Against Me! songs, most of which were featured in her critically acclaimed memoir Tranny: Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Coming off the cycle for Shape Shift With Me, Against Me!’s latest full-length studio album, and a North American arena tour with Green Day, Grace was asked to perform a Mountain Goats cover on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and it was then that she received a massive sense of renewed momentum overall. With additional songs penned that felt more stand-alone than a proper Against Me! offering, Bought to Rot resulted in 14 gripping tracks detailing Grace’s fractured relationship with her adopted hometown of Chicago (“I Hate Chicago”), the act of interpersonal acceptance (“The Friendship Song”), all-consuming affection until our ultimate demise [“Apocalypse Now (& Later)”], complicated romance (“The Airplane Song”), and reconciling everything in the end. As a complete body of work, the album stands as the most musically diverse collection of songs Grace has written to date, and is what she affectionately calls her “Scorpio” record – redolent in sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Additionally inspired in large part by Full Moon Fever, the first album Grace ever owned, Bought to Rot finds her at the same age Tom Petty was when he created his classic solo debut. In light of his recent passing, Grace was even able to pay direct homage to him on the recording. "I bought a '64 Fender Jaguar off Stan Lynch, drummer of the Heartbreakers, and I always like to think that maybe Petty had picked it up and strummed a couple chords on it,” she says. “I always liked the idea of having my fingers dance on the same fret board as my hero." There’s a refreshing sense of variety present on Bought to Rot, an album that features a vast array of musical textures and lyrics that read like separate short stories throughout. “My approach musically to the record was that I wanted it to feel like a mixtape,” Grace recently told Rolling Stone. “Like OK, you’ve got this Nirvana-like song, you’ve got a Cure song. It was musically freeing, in that way, to just be playing whatever was coming to me as I was writing and not having to think about it.” As such, “I Hate Chicago,” a tongue-in-cheek centerpiece to the album that has become a bit of a live favorite to Chicagoans and non-locals alike, finds Grace at her most wry and entertainingly venomous, lambasting the city’s sports teams and revered bands, its festivals and its unfriendly denizens over an Americana-angled jaunt. Created at a breakneck pace, Bought to Rot is finally here and ready to be consumed & dissected: to be loved, to be hated. It’s an album propelled by a sense of restless, forward motion and the inherent need for Grace to continue evolving as an artist and person the only way she knows how. “I don’t want to write about these same things anymore,” she says. “I need some new sources of inspiration. And I don’t want to be negative. I want to write some positive, happy songs, and I wanted that to be inspired by positive, happy living, too.”

    Venue Information
    Spirit Hall
    242 51st St
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201

  • Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 04/11/2019 07:00 PM EDT: 04/11/19

    Jonathan Van Ness
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    04/11/2019 07:00 PM EDT
    $39.00 - $59.00
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    Jonathan Van Ness

    Television personality, Emmy nominee, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness has quickly become known in the entertainment industry for his fabulous, unstoppable energy. It is his belief that great hair is best served with a side of witty banter. Jonathan can be seen starring on Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” which premiered in February 2018; the hit reboot of the Emmy Award winning series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The show, which is Netflix’s first foray into nonscripted, follows the ‘Fab Five’ as they forge relationships with men and women from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole. Jonathan shines as the show’s groomer, hair guru and self-care advocate. “Queer Eye” is set to return for Season 2 on June 15th. In addition to “Queer Eye” Jonathan stars on the Emmy-nominated series “Gay of Thrones,” (Funny or Die) a witty social commentary series recapping HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Launched in 2013, the series is now in its seventh season and garnered an Emmy nomination in 2016 for ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.’ Jonathan also continues to work on a passion project, his podcast “Getting Curious,” a biweekly exploration of all the things Jonathan is curious about from the history of the Armenian Genocide to the opiod crisis in the U.S. Born and raised in Quincy, Illinois (a small-town on the Mississippi River about four and a half hours southwest of Chicago). Jonathan is the sixth generation of a family rooted in the media business that owns and operates broadcast, digital and newspaper operations in 17 markets. Given his family history Jonathan spent his childhood in the newsroom, cultivating an organic love for social issues and current events. He went on to attend college at the University of Arizona, where he cheered competitively for a year then quickly realized he longed to follow his true passion; hairstyling and beauty. He enrolled at Aveda Institute for Hair, where he learned how to cut, style, and color hair. Jonathan then moved to Los Angeles and landed a role as an assistant at the Sally Hershberger Salon (famous for creating Meg Ryan’s shag cut). Next he ventured out on his own having grown his own clientele while also working as a groomer for HBO on series including “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood.” In 2013 Jonathan launched his own salon studio in LA, Mojo Hair with business partner Monique Northrop. His celebrity clientele continued to build, working with names such as: Margaret Cho, Denise Bidot, Tess Holliday, Kit Harrington, Jeffrey Self, and Esme Bianco, to name a few. He can also be found on the east coast monthly, taming tresses at Hairstory Studio in NYC on Fifth Avenue. While working on “Queer Eye,” “Gay of Thrones,” “Getting Curious” and hair styling keeps Jonathan busy, he still makes time throughout the week to do Yoga and can be found working out at Equinox on the regular. He also continues to have a love for reading the news and has a habit of going impulse shopping. He currently splits his time between LA and NYC.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • The Allman Betts Band at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 04/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 04/11/19

    The Allman Betts Band
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    04/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $25.00 - $39.75
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    The Allman Betts Band

    After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band. They will kick off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album and a Worldwide tour that will feature new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, slated for release in the Spring of 2019, will be recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and will be produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley). Former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist and current Rolling Stones keyboardist, Chuck Leveall, will guest on the record. The new ABB includes Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), Johnny Stachela (slide guitar) and Devon Allman Project percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum. The Allman Betts Band will launch a World Tour in March and perform throughout 2019 at festivals, theaters and historic venues.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Red Elvises at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 04/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 04/11/19

    Red Elvises
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    04/10/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $13.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Vertigo-Go, The Honey Tone Ramblers

    Red Elvises

    If Igor and Red Elvises aren't in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one - this is a group that is constantly in motion and consistently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining musicians to bring into the fold of this increasingly international party band. Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed "Siberian Surf Rock". Since then the band has included musicians from many other countries including United States, Israel, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria, to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba and many other instruments. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor's unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock'n'roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout. German born Igor Yuzov grew up in the former Soviet Union, where folk music was the norm and rock'n'roll was illegal. A rebellious streak, however, led him to seek out the forbidden records, which could be secretely traded in some places for those who knew where to look. As soon as it became possible, Igor left Russia for America with his folk band Limpopo. The "Crazy Russian Folk'n'Roll" group were personally greeted by Ronald Reagan and proceeded to win Ed McMahon's Star Search. Red Elvises began in 1995 after Igor dreamed that Elvis Presley came to him and told him to start playing rock'n'roll. Not one to say no to the King, Igor and his Russian friends started playing on Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. Their street musician days did not last long, however, as they drew such huge crowds that the City of Santa Monica brought them to court and ordered them off the streets. Since then Red Elvises have been constantly touring, with occasional breaks from the road to record an album or take part in film and television projects. This constant work for the last 15 years has led to them gaining a world-wide following, with successful tours all over North America, Europe and Russia (Red Elvises bootlegs have been found in Siberia). Igor & Red Elvises have declined several major record deals, prefering to maintain independent status and produce all their own work. This includes 11 studio albums, one live album, a live concert DVD and a Greatest Hits compilation. Added to their long resume is work in film (Six String Samurai, Mail Order Bride, Armageddon, Skippy) and television (Melrose Place, Fastlane, Penn and Teller's Sin City Extravaganza, VH-1 Behind the Music, MTV). They can be found playing everything from large festivals to private parties, small venues to massive stages such as 2005's Live 8 Benefit Concert. Whatever the event, wherever Igor & Red Elvises go, they bring the party with them.

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • The Last Bison at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 04/10/2019 06:30 PM EDT: 04/10/19

    The Last Bison
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    04/10/2019 06:30 PM EDT
    $15.00 - $17.00
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    The Last Bison

    “I feel like our previous music was fall and winter music. I wanted this new album to sound more like summer. I want people to feel like they walked outside on a summer day.” – Ben Hardesty To capture the new sounds on The Last Bison’s upcoming album titled VA (pronounced Virginia,) the band spent many days and nights in an old A-frame cabin. The cabin, called “the Wigwam” sits on a summer camp on the edge of the Great Dismal Swamp near the band’s home in Chesapeake, Virginia. The pine-lined walls and high-lofted beams became home to a temporary studio where front man Ben Hardesty says, “We had freedom to explore and create without the time constraints we lived under on previous projects.” Out of this rustic cabin emerged a collection of music with booming organic drums and energy beyond anything on their previous work. In 2012 The Last Bison seemingly rose from the marshes of southeastern Virginia to captivate the national music scene with a rare blend of music that NPR dubbed, “Classical influenced southern folk rock.” Commenting on the band’s self-released debut album, Quill, a blogger for the popular music sharing site NoiseTrade remarked: “(The Last) Bison has already crafted a sound that is threaded with their own singular strands of creativity. Songs unfurl in textured, poetic waves that are based far more in inspiration than imitation.” WXPN of Philadelphia noted The Last Bison “has subsequently swept the musical scene with its complex arrangements, refined lyrics and vocal harmonies.” Having drawn comparisons in the past to indie superstars the likes of Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and Fleet Foxes, their most recent project harvests a more dynamic, and anthemic sound from the soil of their folk roots. The addition of electric bass and keyboards to their extensive collection of acoustic instruments has been compared to Bob Dylan going electric at Newport in 1965. After a performance at Norfolk, Virginia’s Harborfest, the The Daily Press commented on the new musical direction saying, “The result is a more rocking sound, though the band still remains true to its folkie roots.” Ben Hardesty, who is the primary songwriter and vocalist, recorded the drum tracks on the new album. Andrew Benfante, who has played a 1930s reed organ on previous works, adds piano to the layers, and Amos Housworth has expanded from cello to offering all the bass tracks on the project. Dan Hardesty alternates from banjo to mandolin to guitar, while he and Annah Housworth, who plays bells, provide the lush backing vocals. Teresa Totheroh’s violin is the thread that sows the myriad parts together. The 11 songs on VA reveal a band relishing in the struggle for and the discovering of freedom. When Hardesty sings, Take me with you, I can’t stay here, from “She Always Waves At The Gate,” and, Into the den of the shadows I’ve come / Far beyond what is shallow I’ve swum, from the dark and atmospheric “Sleep,” he reveals the emotional tension of desperately desiring something beyond, while treading in new territory both thrilling and threatening. In the mysterious piano driven song “By No Means, “ Hardesty proclaims, I’m lost in caves that have no end / Astray in caverns that begin / Yet when explored, disorient / And I have waited patiently / To see such grace and mastery / Personified to this extent, declaring he has found something that satisfies his longing, and finds rest as he rejoices with the words, “All who are weary, come lay your burdens down” in the song “Burdens”. Following their first independent release, Quill, in 2011, The Last Bison was signed to Universal Republic Records and created the Inheritance album in 2013. The most recent project finds The Last Bison returning to their independent roots, having self-produced the project in collaboration with Media House Music. The Last Bison album, VA, is due for release September 30, 2014 with a tour to follow.

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • REO Speedwagon at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 04/08/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 04/8/19

    REO Speedwagon
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    04/08/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $69.75 - $89.75
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    REO Speedwagon

    Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Formed loosely in the late ‘60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band. By the early ‘70s, the band’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as “Ridin’ The Storm Out” followed, setting the stage for 1980’s explosive Hi Infidelity (received the Recording Industry Association of America®’s 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the U.S.). REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles. In 1994, when many rock bands of their era had either broken up, or were feeling like their days were numbered, the REO team came up with a co-headline tour concept that breathed new life into the world of touring. The “Can’t Stop Rockin’” amphitheater tour featuring Fleetwood Mac, REO, and Pat Benatar was a huge success and blazed the trail for the very popular co-headline tours that are seen nationwide today. Today, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work– dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road – not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn’t perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets. The band’s younger fans might not realize the sheer impact REO has had on music and the culture of rock ‘n’ roll. Hi Infidelity’s millions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It On the Run.” All these years later, the nearly ten-times platinum Hi Infidelity still remains a high-water mark for rock bands -- the album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat that modern artists can only dream of achieving. At the center of REO’s desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Kevin Cronin, who looks like he’s found the fountain of youth--along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007. After an eleven-year break from recording, REO Speedwagon released Find Your Own Way Home in 2007, marking the band's 15th studio effort. Just two years later, REO teamed up with their fellow Midwestern rockers Styx to record the new single, “Can’t Stop Rockin’,” which was co-written by the two band’s frontmen, Cronin and Tommy Shaw. Later that year, the tune became the title track for the Can’t Stop Rockin’ Tour, as REO Speedwagon hit the road with STYX and .38 Special to unite three of the hardest working bands in America. Sponsored by VH1 and Rock Band®, the tour was a recession-busting night of rock ‘n’ roll, offering the best value of the year. At the close of 2009, not only did the trio of bands end up being nominated for the “Most Creative Tour Package” by Pollstar, but they were also one of the highest grossing, most successful shows of the year. In November 2009, REO Speedwagon celebrated the holidays with the release of Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon. In the summer of 2010, REO teamed up with yet another rock icon, Pat Benatar, for the “Love on the Run Tour,” which brought the songs of these two historic rockers to stages all across America. The “Love on the Run Tour” took fans back to the early ‘80s explosion of hits, when both artists ruled the Billboard charts with #1 and Top 10 positions for the better part of the decade. While on the 2010 tour, REO announced the release of a 30th anniversary deluxe edition reissue of Hi Infidelity. In the spring and summer of 2012, REO linked up with Styx and Ted Nugent for the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour. The trek kicked off May in Texas, and crossed the country before winding up in New York in July. The title of the tour was a tip-of-the-hat to Illinois-bred bands Styx (from Chicago) and REO, as well as Nugent, who has his roots in Detroit. Hot on the heels of that successful run, the Midwest Rock N' Roll Express tour was back again in spring of 2013. The highly anticipated tour started on April 18 in Grand Forks, ND and hit more than 20 cites before wrapping in Burgettstown, PA a month later. During this tour, STYX and REO Speedwagon’s Rock to the Rescue charity organization not only raised thousands of dollars for local charities at each tour stop, but they also raised $108,000 which will go directly to the Boston One Fund, helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Live at Moondance Jam - the band’s hit-filled performance from the country’s premier classic rock festival, was released in both a Blu-ray and a deluxe edition (containing a CD and DVD in a glossy digipak) on November 19, 2013.  In December ‘13, REO unveiled the band’s “Great Chicago Fire Hydrant” as part of a citywide Chicago public art installation project to benefit the 100 Club Chicago. Shortly thereafter, REO Speedwagon and STYX organized Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need, a benefit concert for the central Illinois communities that were affected by the devastating tornadoes there. This concert raised in excess of $400,000. Summer of ‘14 found the band kicking-off a co-headlining tour of two legendary rock bands, REO and Chicago. Before the cross-country tour kicked-off Kevin Cronin said, "Can you imagine the Chicago horn section on 'Roll With the Changes'? That would blow my mind!” That came to fruition as fans across the country had their minds blown by a multi-song encore that brought both bands onstage together to rock out on a series of their respective greatest hits. The tour was such a crowd-pleaser that aired on AXS TV. Chicago and REO Speedwagon: Live at Red Rocks had viewers singing along with “Riding The Storm Out,” “Free,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is,” “Keep on Loving You,” and “25 or 6 to 4.” Following another successful year of touring in ‘14, REO Speedwagon lined up another round of shows which began in March of 2015. That REO tour, named “Family First,” kicked off with a sun-soaked date in Cancun, Mexico, before heading back to the U.S. However, this coast-to-coast run includes less shows than the usual (and very extensive) REO Speedwagon tours. 2016 saw REO Speedwagon on the road with Def Leppard. REO joined them in 50-plus cities across the U.S. and Canada. Following the Def Leppard tour, REO crossed the pond to join Status Quo for the end of their historic last electric shows called, “The Last Night Of The Electrics” tour. In the summer of 2017, REO teamed up with Styx and Don Felder (Formerly of the Eagles) for the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour. The tour played in more than 25 cities across the nation. Following that rock spectacular, REO will spend the remainder of the year into early 2018 on their own headlining dates. www.REOSpeedwagon.com www.facebook.com/reospeedwagon twitter.com/kcreospeedwagon

    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • David Sedaris at Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland on 04/07/2019 07:00 PM EDT: 04/7/19

    David Sedaris
    Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
    04/07/2019 07:00 PM EDT
    $35.00 - $55.00
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    David Sedaris

    With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, especially apparent in his latest book, a collection of his diaries entitled Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) (May 2017). Beloved for his personal essays and short stories, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002). He is the author of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of fables with illustrations by Ian Falconer. Each of these books was an immediate bestseller. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. His pieces regularly appear in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. In 2018 he was awarded the Terry Southern Prize for Humor, as well as the Medal for Spoken Language from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name “The Talent Family” and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. These plays include Stump the Host, Stitches, One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award, Incident at Cobbler’s Knob, and The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service. Sedaris’s original audio pieces can often be heard on the public radio show This American Life. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His latest audio recording of new stories (recorded live) is “David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure” (November 2009). A feature film adaptation of his story C.O.G. was released after a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2013). Since 2011, he can be heard annually on a series of live recordings on BBC Radio 4 entitled “Meet David Sedaris.” As a companion piece to Theft By Finding, Jeffrey Jenkins published and edited an art book of Sedaris’s diary covers, entitled David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium (October 2017). His new book of essays entitled Calypso was published in May 2018, and a second volume of his diaries is expected for summer 2020. You can follow David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davidsedaris 
or visit his official website at http://www.davidsedarisbooks.com/ “Sedaris ain’t the preeminent humorist of his generation by accident” —Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly “Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . .  He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.” —Bill Richardson, Toronto Globe and Mail “Sedaris’s droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.” ---Chicago Tribune “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.” ---San Francisco Chronicle

    Venue Information
    Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland
    4400 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    http://web.cmoa.org/

  • Cherry Pools at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 04/02/2019 06:30 PM EDT: 04/2/19

    Cherry Pools
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    04/02/2019 06:30 PM EDT
    $13.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Tillie

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • TAPE FACE at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 03/26/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 03/26/19

    TAPE FACE
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    03/26/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $30.00 - $125.00
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    TAPE FACE

    Every once in a while, something magical reminds us that we all have an inner child that must be fed. Through simple, clever and charming humour aimed at satisfying that hunger, Tape Face has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen. Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking – drama with no acting. Tape Face has to be seen to be believed. So what does he do exactly? Well, simply mentioning any aspect of this diverse show would be a disservice – the less you know the more you will enjoy this show. Tape Face is a character with universal appeal. Delightful, wry, many-layered and hilarious, he transcends the barriers of language and culture. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream and ultimately end up like Tape Face – lost for words.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Kinky Friedman / Dale Watson at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 03/22/2019 08:30 PM EDT: 03/23/19

    Kinky Friedman, Dale Watson
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    03/22/2019 08:30 PM EDT
    $18.00 - $20.00
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    Supporting Acts: Andy Gregg

    Kinky Friedman

    American country singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist and politician born 31 October 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    Dale Watson

    Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame, returns with Call Me Insane, a new studio album recorded in Austin with veteran producer Lloyd Maines (Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, etc.) The album will be released on June 9 in North America via Red House/Ameripolitan Records on CD, digital, and vinyl. The Austinbased honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his "Ameripolitan" brand of American roots music. Album highlights include "Jonesin' For Jones," a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, "A Day At A Time," about "getting by by barely getting by;" "Call Me Insane," the album's moody title track; "Bug Ya For Love," a fun warning to all the single ladies, and "Mamas Don't Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies." (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) "Crocodile Tears" is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and "Burden Of The Cross" reveals Watson's serious side. Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, "His Lone Stars": Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet).

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Kathleen Madigan: Hot Dogs and Angels 2019 Tour at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA on 03/22/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 03/22/19

    Kathleen Madigan
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    03/22/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $29.75 - $45.75
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    Venue Information
    The Palace Theatre in Greensburg, PA
    21 West Otterman Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601
    http://www.thepalacetheatre.org/

  • Kip Moore: Room to Spare – Acoustic Tour at Metropolitan Theatre on 03/21/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/22/19

    Kip Moore
    Metropolitan Theatre
    03/21/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $34.75 - $159.00
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    Supporting Acts: Muscadine Bloodline

    Kip Moore

    Kip Moore often lies awake in bed at night. Melodies and lyrics swirl through his head. Sometimes they’ll dissipate as seamlessly as they first arrived. Other times, the singer-songwriter can do nothing but begin singing them aloud. It frees his ever-churning mind. It allows him to continually discover his own voice. It grounds him. Most importantly, for a man prone to bouts of self-doubt, it reassures Moore that his path is a righteous one. “I have a complete sense of calm right now,” the singer-songwriter says. “During this whole journey, as down as I’ve gotten at times, I’ve done this thing my way. I don’t have any regrets. I’m always looking ahead.” The journey Moore speaks to is a monumental one: from that of a struggling Nashville musician to a massive country superstar with his mammoth 2012 debut album Up All Night and an artistic adventurer with 2015’s sonically bold and critically revered second effort, Wild Ones. Now Moore is set to release his most unflinching, distinct testimony yet: “I know how strong this record is. I know its capabilities,” Moore says of Slowheart, the country star’s evocative and profound third album. The culmination of an ever-evolving talent’s process of self discovery, the LP is a warm and honest embrace of Moore’s rugged rock roots and a showcase for his innate poetic prowess. “This album is growing into where I am now,” Moore says of a vivid album that bleeds with lyrical raw emotion and rings true with sonic warmth. “I’m never going to be one of those artists that’s trying to stay relevant. I’m going to grow as my music grows. I’m going to grow as a human being.” Central to Moore is the knowledge that in Slowheart he’s created a collection of enduring, sturdy songs, ones that showcase his knack for rich storytelling and are not unlike the albums he was raised on. Over 13 tracks, Moore unfurls acute accounts of loss and longing (“Plead the Fifth”), confusion and conviction (“Bittersweet Company”), frivolous falsehood (“Blonde”) and always daring to dream (“Guitar Man”). “I want to be an artist that moves people to their core and that they hold onto forever,” he says. “That’s what got me into this; it was all for the purity of the music. I never gave two shits about money and fame,” he adds. “It was all about the songs.” Arriving at his current place of “clarity and peace” required Moore to remove himself from the rigors and oft-grinding politics of Nashville. Following the rigorous Wild Ones tour, the singer spent time traveling through Costa Rica, Hawaii and Iceland. He immersed himself in nature and self-reflection. “It helped me to really step away from the whole industry side of things,” Moore explains. He’d been previously quietly writing and recording new material, four or five songs, if only to put his thoughts down on wax. “It was a very organic process,” Moore recalls of the earliest days of Slowheart. When Moore returned home from traveling he learned his record label was ecstatic with what he’d created. “They just went nuts over the songs. It was so nice,” he says with a laugh. “It was just like ‘Hey man, go make the record you want. Nobody is gonna mess with you.’ So I had total freedom to do whatever I wanted,” Moore, who produced the vast majority of Slowheart, adds, “So I was going to go in and finish this record the way I heard it in my head and not have one sense of doubt. If I loved it and I felt it I recorded it.” This take-no-prisoners attitude is all over the album, and slathered atop a swath of brutally honest cuts: “The Bull,” written by Jon Randall and Luke Dick and anchored by a spiraling acoustic guitar lick, is Moore’s rejoinder to those who doubted him along the way. After Dick played him the song, “I flipped out,” Moore recalls. “I was like, “I definitely have to do this. This is exactly how I feel.” On lead single “More Girls Like You,” Moore comes to terms with the prospect of settling down, maturing, and living a more reigned-in life. “Well, I’ve been living like a wild old mustang/Out in Montana fields,” Moore sings with vigor and virtue. “Might’ve earned me a bad reputation/ But never stopped these wheels.” The song, he says, was inspired after he helped a father teach his young daughter to surf while in Costa Rica. “That is the first taste of the idea that I might be ready for my next chapter of life,” Moore offers. “It’s a very direct reflection of me evolving as a human being.” The musician says he was intimately involved in the recording process for Slowheart like never before. “Before I might get quiet in the studio but now I’m not like that,” he says. “Now I know what I want and what I hear in my head and that’s what I want to be on the record.” Alongside his engineer, Dave Salley, longtime co-writers like Westin Davis and David Garcia, and his band, the Slow Hearts, Moore crafted the album exactly as he saw fit: live and decidedly un-slick. The sonic feel then, Moore says, is of “a band in a room just sitting down and figuring out a song and how it moves you. We kept all that warmth and air in the room. We didn’t try to suck any of it out.” To that end, Moore points to the six-minute reflective album closer, “Guitar Man.” Moore sang his entire vocal part live to tape as musicians Tom Bukovac and Dave Cohen unknowingly played the tender guitar lines in the adjoining room. “That’s why you hear me taking breaths and catching up with my phrasing,” Moore says with a laugh. “I loved it.” The singer says he’s immensely proud: not only of his career, his album and his never-compromising attitude, but of the trust and dedication he’s fostered in his audience. That symbiotic relationship between Moore and his fans is never more apparent than during one of his reputation-making live performances. Moore views his shows as an emotional roller coaster with both he and his audience hanging on at every turn: the singer’s calling card, a Kip Moore show typically swerves from the raucous and rowdy one minute to the intimate and emotional the next. It’s led to a deep, profound and poignant bond between the singer and his fans. “There was a huge undercurrent of fan support that’s been building for the last couple years,” Moore says of him beginning to sell out massive theaters across the country during the Wild Ones tour and, in the process, tripling the size of his audience, many of whom who chant every word he sings right back at him. “Through this whole experience I’ve had a sense of peace that I have a real fanbase that’s gonna stick with me,” he says. “I’m very in touch with my audience and they’re in touch with me. I know how they’re gonna feel about this project. “What I’m doing now has deep roots that are not going to break off,” Moore continues. “There’s never been any gimmicks. I’ll get to where I want to go.” He pauses and lets out a knowing chuckle, “That’s because I’m going to do it the way I want.”

    Venue Information
    Metropolitan Theatre
    369 High St.
    Morgantown, WV 26505
    http://www.morgantownmet.com/

  • Mike Tramp & John Corabi - Unplugged & Acoustic at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 03/21/2019 07:30 PM EDT: 03/21/19

    Mike Tramp (of White Lion), John Corabi (of Motley Crue & Ratt)
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    03/21/2019 07:30 PM EDT
    $12.00 - $18.00
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    Supporting Acts: Steve Hawk

    Mike Tramp (of White Lion)

    Mike Tramp’s “Cobblestone Street” is a departure from the sound that most people would expect from a singer, that has been around since White Lion crashed on to the Hard Rock scene in the 80’s. Rock fans have gotten to know Mike Tramp as a legit rock singer and frontman that looked like he was born to be just that. Therefore many might find it surprising that Tramp’s roots and musical upbringing, lie deeply buried in folk music. Heavily influenced by fellow Danish artists with acoustic guitars and international stars like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, Tramp says that all of his songs through 35 years on the music stage, have always come from sitting with the old faithful acoustic guitar playing and singing. That White Lion songs like “When the Children Cry”, “Broken Heart” and “Wait”, and Freak Of Nature’s “Rescue Me” later have ended up as epic rock classics is just a question of arranging them in that way with the band in the rehearsal room, but all songs have always been fit to play around the campfire or in the back of a shady bar. What seems like the most natural thing for an artist, can sometimes be the opposite for both fans and critics! Still Mike Tramp has full confidence in the fans that have followed and grown with him through the past 25 years and know that they will stand by his side and enjoy his new solo album, although they might be in for a big surprise from the former White Lion and Freak of Nature frontman. Tramp says that he is so at home with the new album, and in lack of better words, it’s really like coming home after a long journey that has taken him around the world over the past 30 years. “I am not lost, I am not confused, I am not taking a break. This is the album I have waited a long long time to record, because I didn’t have the guts to do it earlier on. Still it’s not just a matter of doing an album like this and then returning to the screaming Marshall amplifiers, thundering bass and drums like canons,” Tramp says. “This is where I am, and this is where I am going to stay as a solo artist, and anytime the urge to play loud rock’n’roll awakes in me, it will be some kind of band project where I am just the singer and part of the package.” Last year Tramp traveled across Europe playing 40 shows, while driving and doing everything by himself. “This is the most rewarding and fulfilling tour I have ever done, and that coincides with an album that represents all of that, and is just real completion to what I have worked so hard to accomplish.” Cobblestone Street, was recorded over a week in Medley Studio, Copenhagen-Denmark in summer of 2012, with just Mike and his good friend engineer/Co-producer and multi- instrumentalist Soren Andersen. “Some of the songs I wrote 20 years ago, and some songs just the week before I recorded them, but they are all a 100% representation of who Mike Tramp is.” Tramp says, he hadn’t really planned to do an album, but one day called up Soren Andersen and said he had a lot of songs that he wanted to hear come out of the speakers. “I showed up in the studio and Soren said, why don’t you just sit down with the guitar and mic and recorded the songs the way you wrote them, kinda like your big hero Dylan did long time ago? At the end of the day we had recorded the first four songs, with Soren adding some keyboards and percussion. It was a wonderful feeling sitting there in the couch listening to the songs that were rough and naked, but at the same time so complete.” Tramp says he feels that Cobblestone Street, is like a movie, a movie about his own life in great details. Once it ends, you will know who Mike Tramp is.

    John Corabi (of Motley Crue & Ratt)

    Heavy metal singer and guitarist, born on April 26, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • Red Dragon Cartel at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 03/18/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/19/19

    Red Dragon Cartel
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    03/18/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $11.25 - $18.00
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    Supporting Acts: Silk9, Icarus Witch

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • Wynchester at Cattivo on 03/17/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/18/19

    Wynchester
    Cattivo
    03/17/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $9.00 - $15.00
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    Wynchester

    From uptempo barn burners to "tear in your beer” ballads, Wynchester mix classic country with the familiar stomp of vintage southern rock. Also known for their on stage work with Tenacious D and The Kyle Gass Band, Mike Bray and John Konesky share the inspiration of Southern greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brad Paisley, as well as songwriters such as Jimmy Webb and John Prine. The duo also keeps it light and reveals a subtle and charming wink in the eye, recalling great acts such as Dr. Hook, Jerry Reed and Roger Miller. World class musicianship and compelling lyrics bring the entire winning package together.

    Venue Information
    Cattivo
    146 44th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    http://www.cattivopgh.com

  • Winger at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 03/16/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/17/19

    Winger
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    03/16/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $28.00 - $45.00
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    Winger

    New York City

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 03/15/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/16/19

    Graham Nash
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    03/15/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $36.75 - $395.00
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    Graham Nash

    Legendary artist Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee - with Crosby, Stills, and Nash and with the Hollies. He was also inducted twice into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and with CSN, and he is a GRAMMY Award winner. Towering above virtually everything that Graham Nash has accomplished in his long and multi-faceted career, stands the litany of songs that he has written and introduced to the soundtrack of the past half-century. His remarkable body of work, beginning with his contributions to the Hollies opus from 1964 to ’68, including “Stop Stop Stop,” “On A Carousel,” and “Carrie Anne,” continues all the way to This Path Tonight (2016), his most recent solo album. Fifteen of his songs are celebrated in the 2018 release, Over the Years…, a 2-disc collection of some of Nash’s best-known works from the past 50 years and more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes. The original classic union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but twenty months. Yet their songs are lightning rods embedded in our DNA, starting with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” “Pre-Road Downs” and “Lady Of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969). On CSNY’s Déjà Vu (1970), Nash’s “Teach Your Children” and “Our House” beseeched us to hold love tightly, to fend off the madness that was on its way. Overlapping CSNY, Nash’s solo career debuted with Songs For Beginners (1971), whose “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness” were fueled by the Long Hot Summer, the trial of the Chicago Eight, and the ongoing Vietnam war. Songs from that LP stayed in Nash’s concert sets for years including “I Used To Be A King” and “Simple Man”. His next album, Wild Tales (1974), addressed (among other issues) unfair jail terms for minor drug offenses (“Prison Song”), unfair treatment of Vietnam vets (“Oh! Camil”) and the unfairness of fame (“You’ll Never Be the Same”). The most resilient, long-lived and productive partnership to emerge from the CSNY camp launched with the eponymously titled Graham Nash/David Crosby (1972), bookended by Nash’s “Southbound Train” as the opening track and “Immigration Man” as the closer. The duo contributed further to the soundtrack of the ’70s on their back-to-back albums, Wind On the Water (1975) and Whistling Down the Wire (1976). On the CSN reunion studio LP (1977), Nash took top honors with “Just A Song Before I Go” (written in the space of one hour, and a Top 10 hit single). Lightning struck once more on CSN’s Daylight Again (1982), on which Nash penned their second (and final) Top 10 hit, “Wasted On the Way,” lamenting the energy, time and love lost by the group due to years of internecine quarrels. Nash’s passionate voice continues to be heard in support of peace, and social and environmental justice. The No Nukes/Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts he organized with Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt in 1979 remain seminal benefit events. In 2011, Nash was instrumental in bringing MUSE back to the forefront with a concert to benefit Japan disaster relief and groups promoting non-nuclear energy worldwide. That same year, he and Crosby were among the many musicians who made their way to the Occupy Wall Street actions in lower Manhattan. In September 2013, Nash released his long-awaited autobiography Wild Tales, which delivers an engrossing, no-holds-barred look back at his remarkable career and the music that defined a generation. The book landed him on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and was released in paperback in late 2014. In recognition for his contributions as a musician and philanthropist, Nash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist. With his photography, Nash has drawn honors including the New York Institute of Technology’s Arts & Technology Medal and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters and the Hollywood Film Festival’s inaugural Hollywood Visionary Cyber Award. His work is collected in the book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash; he curated others’ work in the volume Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash (2009). Nash’s work has been shown in galleries and museums worldwide. His company Nash Editions’ original IRIS 3047 digital printer and one of its first published works—Nash’s 1969 portrait of David Crosby— is now housed in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of his revolutionary accomplishments in the fine arts and digital printing world.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Drake White at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 03/14/2019 08:00 PM EDT: 03/15/19

    Drake White
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    03/14/2019 08:00 PM EDT
    $20.00 - $35.00
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    Drake White

    American country music singer, born 3 October 1983.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • The Three Tremors at Crafthouse Stage & Grill on 03/11/2019 07:00 PM EDT: 03/11/19

    The Three Tremors
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    03/11/2019 07:00 PM EDT
    $17.00 - $20.00
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    Supporting Acts: Tim "The Ripper" Owens, Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck, Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin

    The Three Tremors

    The Three Tremors featuring Tim "Ripper: Owens, Sean"The Hell Destroyer" Peck and Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin

    Venue Information
    Crafthouse Stage & Grill
    5024 Curry Road
    http://www.crafthousepgh.com/

  • Lords Of Acid at Rex Theater on 03/10/2019 05:30 PM EDT: 03/10/19

    Lords Of Acid
    Rex Theater
    03/10/2019 05:30 PM EDT
    $23.50 - $26.00
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    Supporting Acts: Orgy, Genitorturers, Little Miss Nasty, Gabriel And The Apocalypse, Venus in Furs

    Lords Of Acid

    Belgian-American post-industrial/techno band founded in Antwerp in 1988. Lords Of Acid worked with various additional writers and musicians throughout the years. Maurice Engelen, Nikkie Van Lierop and Oliver Adams were the main artists, with Rembert De Smet, Ferre Baelen, Ludo Camberlin, Jos Borremans, Harry Van Oekel, Luc Van Acker and Wim Daans among the contributors. When Nikkie left the group, she was replaced by vocalist Ruth McArdle. Later Deborah Ostrega took over vocal duties. During summer 2010, the Lords Of Acid are back for an US Sextreme Ball tour with a new lineup : Maurice Engelen, Lacey Conner, Sin Quirin, Murv Douglas and Kirk Salvador. In 2011, Mea Fisher becomes the new lead singer.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • The Reagan Years - The East Coast’s Original 80s Tribute Band at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 03/09/2019 09:00 PM EST: 03/10/19

    The Reagan Years
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    03/09/2019 09:00 PM EST
    $15.00 - $25.00
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    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Justin Willman: Magic In Real Life Tour at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 03/09/2019 07:00 PM EST: 03/10/19

    Justin Willman
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    03/09/2019 07:00 PM EST
    $32.00
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    Justin Willman

    Magician/Comedian Justin Willman has cemented himself as one of today’s most prolific entertainers. This summer, Willman premiered his six-episode magic series on Netflix entitled Magic For Humans with Justin Willman. In the series, Willman brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of America, while incorporating his disarming demeanor into street magic and social experiments that will boggle the mind. Upon premiering, the show instantly became one of the most streamed shows on Netflix with clips from the show garnering over 100 million views to date across social media, even sparking a viral meme. Indiewire called Willman the “perfect magician/hybrid prototype with incredible comedic timing,” and Rotten Tomatoes currently has the show listed at an 88% audience approval. Willman also recently announced his new residency aptly called “The Magic Show” at the historic and swanky Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. The Magic Show will be an intimate performance in a hidden, unmarked theater inside the hotel and upon announcing the show, all be three shows sold out almost immediately. The L.A. Times exclaimed that Willman is, "A new breed of magician who's making magic cool again for grown-ups." Playboy Magazine dubbed him, "The freshest and funniest magician working today," and Time Out hailed that his show, "Has to be seen to be disbelieved.” Prior to Magic for Humans, Willman was known for his multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, and Conan. He also performed live at the White House for the Obama Family as well. His debut comedy/magic special Sleight of Mouth premiered on Comedy Central in 2015 to rave reviews. Willman is also a consultant & writer for film/television productions like America's Got Talent, The Goldbergs, and Disney's upcoming feature film Magic Camp. Justin was born in St. Louis, lives in Los Angeles, and does not own a rabbit.

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Wilson at Smiling Moose - Upstairs on 03/09/2019 06:30 PM EST: 03/9/19

    Wilson
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    03/09/2019 06:30 PM EST
    $12.00 - $15.00
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    Wilson

    The growl of chain saws making firewood of fifty foot pines. That's WILSON. The howling of a pack of wolves battling a rabid moose. That's WILSON. The panting, gasping breaths of a smoke break "nooner". That's fucking WILSON. The citation for a noise violation… that's just where the party begins. If all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, then all party and no bullshit have made WILSON juggernauts. For the past two years WILSON have transformed shows into parties, and concerts into riots throughout the Midwest. Sharing stages with the likes of Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Steel Panther, Valient Thorr, Escape The Fate, Between The Buried and Me, Wilson has not only held their own, but raised the bar for how much fun live music can be. Five dudes growing up in Michigan's post-industrial wasteland, know that when life gives you lemons, buy a bottle of tequila, chug it, and enjoy biting into that sour fruit. You can taste that philosophy in the music. A brutal rhythm section and fret-board wizardry bring the best parts of metal into their hook heavy straight up rock n' roll. Don't be surprised if you see the gnarliest, glowering dude in the bar start dancing like a first grader on a school picnic once the music starts. Rabid demand from a growing fan base has sold out two pressing of their debut EP, "Standing on the Reel". With a new album in the works and relentless tour schedule, whatever you do, don't go to www.wilsonrock.bandcamp.com, unless you're ready to fucking party!

    Venue Information
    Smiling Moose - Upstairs
    1306 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.smiling-moose.com/

  • The Expendables: Winter Blackout Tour at Rex Theater on 03/08/2019 07:00 PM EST: 03/9/19

    The Expendables
    Rex Theater
    03/08/2019 07:00 PM EST
    $22.00 - $25.00
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    Supporting Acts: BALLYHOO, Kash'd Out

    The Expendables

    The Expendables enjoyed a laid-back lifestyle growing up in Santa Cruz, CA; surfing, skating, partying, and playing music were commonplace. Since 1997, The Expendables have staked their claim in the California surf/rock genre by headlining venues from coast to coast. Blending Reggae, Punk Rock, and 80s style dueling guitar solos, The Expendables have made heads turn and floors shake for years. The band consists of four longtime friends: Geoff Weers (Guitar and Vocals), Adam Patterson (Drums and Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar) and Ryan DeMars (Bass). The first seven years of their career was fueled with three full-length, completely independent releases. No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001), and Gettin’ Filthy (2004), would bring in a combined total of over 40,000 units sold with no physical distribution and no record label. While touring and supporting their album, Gettin’ Filthy, The Expendables would share the stage with Slightly Stoopid and catch the attention of founders and front men Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty. In 2007 Slightly Stoopid formed their own independent label, Stoopid Records, and signed The Expendables for the label’s first non-Stoopid release, which was The Expendables self-titled. Released in September 2007, the album would be accepted as an instant classic by fans and received rave reviews from critics. The band continued supporting the album with hundreds of shows over the next two years, gaining fans around the world, and respect from the bands that influenced them. Early 2009 The Expendables toured relentlessly. Within a few short months, they hit the road with NOFX, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, and Pepper. In case that was not enough, The Expendables were honored to join 311 on their Summer Unity amphitheater tour, rocking huge stages, and opening new doors for the band. The boys decided idle time was not an option after the conclusion of their tour with 311, so they went straight in to the studio to begin recording their next album, Prove It. Paul Leary (producer of Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Supersuckers, as well as guitar player for Butthole Surfers) and El Hefe (guitar player of NoFX) would split producing duties at Big Fish studios in Encinitas, California. Prove It was released May 11th 2010 debuting at #158 on the Billboard Top 200, #30 on Billboard’s Independent charts, and #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers! The album also pushed to #15 on iTunes Top 200 and #5 on iTunes Alternative Charts, jumping The Expendables to a new level in their career. The band’s new release would include guest performances by C-Money, OG, and Dela of Slightly Stoopid throughout the album. Jumping into the mix as well would be long time friend G. Love on the ballad “Wells”. To support the release of Prove It, The Expendables continued their tenacious touring schedule with their popular yearly Winter Blackout Tour, a headlining Spring Tour, a slot supporting Slightly Stoopid and Steel Pulse on this summers, Cauzin’ Vapors tour and will be in Europe with The Mad Caddies during the fall. The band will close out the year with a national headlining run that will be sure to keep The Expendables strong hype building. Thirteen years later, five albums down and countless miles covered The Expendables show no signs of slowing down.

    Venue Information
    Rex Theater
    1602 E. Carson Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15203
    http://www.rextheater.net

  • Get The Led Out at W.D. Packard Music Hall on 03/07/2019 08:00 PM EST: 03/8/19

    Get The Led Out
    W.D. Packard Music Hall
    03/07/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $20.00 - $55.00
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    Get The Led Out

    From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.” A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of “The Mighty Zep.” Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event! Paul Sinclair – Lead Vocals, Harmonica 
Paul Hammond – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Theremin
 Jimmy Marchiano – Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals 
Eddie Kurek – Keyboards, Guitar, Electric and Acoustic Guitars Vocals, Percussion
 Adam Ferraioli – Drums, Percussion Phil D’Agostino – Bass Guitar, Vocals

    Venue Information
    W.D. Packard Music Hall
    1703 Mahoning Ave
    Warren, OH 44483
    http://packardmusichall.com/

  • HATERS ROAST – The Shady Tour at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 03/06/2019 08:00 PM EST: 03/7/19

    HATERS ROAST – The Shady Tour
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    03/06/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $37.00 - $152.00
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    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Aaron Carter at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh on 03/01/2019 09:00 PM EST: 03/2/19

    Aaron Carter
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    03/01/2019 09:00 PM EST
    $18.00 - $68.00
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    Supporting Acts: Max Muscato, ALBVS, SIIIRE

    Aaron Carter

    Aaron Carter became an international pop sensation with several multi-platinum albums and countless chart-topping singles before adulthood. His first album, Aaron Carter went 5x platinum. His second album, Aaron’s Party released in 2000, went quadruple platinum, followed by two more triple platinum album releases. Dabbling in film and television, Aaron appeared on popular TV series including “Lizzie McGuire”, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, and “7th Heaven”. Films include “Ella Enchanted”, “PopStar” and “Supercross”. Aaron also appeared in the Broadway show, “The Fantastiks” and joined the cast of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing With The Stars”. Now in 2018, Aaron is returning to his music roots with his first album in 15 years.

    Venue Information
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
    230 W. Station Square Drive
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    http://www.hardrock.com/pittsburgh

  • Aaron Watson / Pat Green at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 03/01/2019 08:00 PM EST: 03/2/19

    Aaron Watson, Pat Green
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    03/01/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $27.00 - $46.00
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    Aaron Watson

    Aaron Watson isn’t interested in what someone else thinks he should do. But instead of getting lonely as he sidesteps expectations, he’s gaining followers––hundreds of thousands of them. Delivered with a warm smile and fueled by a wild spirit, Watson’s rebellion echoes the land that helped make him. Watson remains strikingly similar to the people that still dot his native West Texas. They’re a rugged people, proud of home but humble and hardworking, the first to help a neighbor but also fiercely independent. And Watson is unquestionably one of them. “I’ve always considered myself an anti-rock star,” Watson says, his drawl cracking slightly as he grins. “People don’t like me because I’m a rock star. People like me because I’m just like them.” Throughout his 17-year career that spans a dozen albums and more than 2,500 shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, 39-year-old Watson has stubbornly and sincerely identified with the everyman––even as he’s proven to be the exception to the rule. The latest evidence of Watson’s homespun singularity is Vaquero, an ambitious 16-song set of character-driven storytelling, level-headed cultural commentary, and love songs for grown- ups that promise to further solidify his status as one of today’s finest torch-bearers of real country music. Vaquero is the follow-up to 2015’s The Underdog, an acclaimed collection that also made history. Watson was sitting at his kitchen table as his wife Kim scrambled eggs when he got the call: The Underdog had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. It was the first time an independent, male country artist had ever outsold majors to premiere at the top spot. “We started jumping around and squealing like kids,” he says. “It was a beautiful moment because I got to share it with the girl who believed in me when I was broke and playing some pawnshop guitar. It is something I’ll never forget.” That momentous instant also arrived with a built-in challenge. “Once we dried the tears of joy, it hit me,” Watson says. “I had my work cut out for me for my next album.” Determined, Watson committed to waking up every morning before the sun rose to write songs on that same old pawnshop guitar he scored 20 years ago. “I bet you I couldn’t get $50 for that guitar,” he says. “But it means the world to me.” He penned songs in the back of a bus on the highway, too, as the band spent the last two years playing more than 35 states and six countries. The result is Vaquero, a bold album that confidently draws from Texas’ storied musical melting pot: dancehall shuffles, dustbowl narratives, Tejano, and more fill the record. In writing the new album, Watson felt especially drawn to the idea of the vaquero, the original Spanish horseman that set the foundation for the North American cowboy, a solitary figure with a legendary work ethic. Watson is a modern-day vaquero––he just gets up at 5 a.m. to wrangle songs instead of cattle. And while he won’t deny the pressure he felt following his last album’s success, outside barometers can’t compel him to change who he is or what he writes. Watson is Watson, chart-topping record or not. “This is the first album I’ve ever made where if it’s the last album I ever make, I could be content with that,” Watson says of Vaquero. One listen and it’s easy to understand why. Album opener “Texas Lullaby” pays lilting homage both to home and to the bravery of the young heroes fighting wars. Deep connections to place and family course throughout the record. Sing-along “These Old Boots Have Roots” celebrates new love by offering promises grounded in the honor and grace of past generations. A fiddle accents Watson’s lines playfully then escalates to a hopeful roar. Romance is a central theme of the album, but Watson isn’t interested in adding to the steady stream of hook-up anthems coming out of Music Row. Watson’s love songs are celebrations of monogamy and the bonds that only time, mutual respect, and persistence can build. The swinging, fiddle-soaked “Take You Home Tonight” anticipates a steamy night in, while “Run Wild Horses” is a passionate ode to lovemaking featuring a standout vocal performance from Watson, whose laid-back croon lets loose and soars. Infectious first single “Outta Style” and shuffling “Be My Girl Tonight” both praise staying power and explore how to protect it. Watson revels in another kind of love on the album closer, “Diamonds & Daughters.” Two years ago, his then four-year-old daughter asked him to write her a song for his next record. “I thought it sure would be special if I could write her a song right now that we could dance to at her wedding someday,” he says. That’s exactly what he did. A tender look at the past, present, and future, the song will undoubtedly touch every parent and daughter who hears it. The title track is an accordion-fueled joy, buoyed by Watson’s delivery of life lessons courtesy of an old vaquero sitting alone at a bar. “Mariano’s Dream” and “Clear Isabel” are companion pieces, placed back-to-back to stunning cinematic effect. Plaintive instrumental “Mariano’s Dream” kicks off the experience, haunting and sad as an acoustic guitar carries listeners through a lush Tex-Mex soundscape. The song then segues into “Clear Isabel,” and listeners soon discover the Mariano named in the previous track is father to Isabel. A story of sacrifice and heartbreak, “Clear Isabel” imbues the souls who choose to cross a river in search of safety with the dignity and beauty they deserve. “It’s one of my favorite moments on the record,” Watson says. “I feel like if I could play Guy Clark that song, he’d smile.” “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” begins as warm nostalgia, and other comforts before intensifying into no mere stroll down memory lane, but an increasingly indignant rant, capturing the hurt and anger of a country that’s currently reeling politically and socially. “I think it might be the best song I’ve ever written,” Watson says. Refusing to worry about charts or current trends, Watson hopes the main thing Vaquero accomplishes is bringing his growing legion of fans joy. And no matter what happens next, he is anchored and ready. “It doesn’t really matter whether I’m playing a dancehall in Texas or a stadium tour around the world, I’m just me,” he says. “I won’t change. I’m just too rooted in what I believe in. When you’ve played for such a long time to nobody, now that there’s somebody, you really don’t take that for granted.”

    Pat Green

    American Texas Country musician, born April 5th, 1972 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • Rivers Of Nihil at Cattivo on 03/01/2019 08:00 PM EST: 03/2/19

    Rivers Of Nihil
    Cattivo
    03/01/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $12.00 - $15.00
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    Supporting Acts: Entheos, Conjurer, Wolf King, Everyone Hates Everything

    Rivers Of Nihil

    In a time when the music industry is highly over saturated, it's rare when artists genuinely strive to create something different from the norms of their genre. This Reading PA based 5 piece has been doing just that. Forming out of previous bands and local comradery, Jake, Brody, Jon, Biggs and Ron are on a relentless path of taking things to the next level. In the fall of 2009, they recorded an EP titled "Hierarchy" with producer Carson Slovak of Atrium Audio. The positive response to "Hierarchy" throughout the online community and local music scene gave the band the opportunity to play countless shows, including an appearance on the "Midwest Fuckfest" held in Milwaukee, as well as a 2 week tour within the first year of existence. Nearly 2 years of playing out "Hierarchy", the band entered the studio in June of 2011 with Len Carmichael to record "Temporality Unbound", which features six tracks of pure sonic devastation sure to please fans of the old material, while bringing in new listeners with the matured songwriting and niche for writing more than just riffs. "Temporality Unbound" will be released on October 28th, with touring currently being planned around the release.

    Venue Information
    Cattivo
    146 44th Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15201
    http://www.cattivopgh.com

  • Rodney Atkins at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 02/28/2019 08:00 PM EST: 03/1/19

    Rodney Atkins
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    02/28/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $24.00 - $45.00
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    Rodney Atkins

    Rodney Atkins knows the value of taking the long way home, of veering off the beaten path onto that road less traveled once in a while. You can hear it in his music, in the lyrics of his smash new single, "Take A Back Road," a song that celebrates that feeling of getting away from the noise of everyday life, really living in the moment, and getting right with your soul. And you can see it in the way he lives his life: putting family first, listening to that inner voice and remaining true to himself, and striving to evolve and find unique ways of expressing himself through the music he puts out into the world. It‟s a philosophy he tries to employ throughout his life, and it has led him to some amazing places. "What does it mean to follow your own path? I try to think about that a lot when I‟m making an album," explains Rodney, describing the journey he took in making his fourth album, "Take A Back Road." "To me, it‟s go somewhere you‟ve never been, because when you do that, you wind up seeing things that no one has seen before. Which means you can paint the picture differently." The hardworking artist gathered up a whole new set of colors when he set about creating his latest masterpiece/fourth CD, "Take A Back Road," and he cranked the whole recording process up a notch in intensity -- which is saying something for a guy who is pretty darned intense to begin with. But he wanted this project, his first in nearly three years, to convey and express some emotions and feelings in an authentic yet different way. Simply put -- Rodney had a lot to say musically, and he wanted to say it in exactly the right way. The East Tennessee native has an impressive track record with hitting on sentiments that strike a chord with the country listener: he‟s had five number one hits from his first three albums, from "Watching You" and "These Are My People" to his most recent smash, "Farmer‟s Daughter," (which quickly skyrocketed to platinum,) and he‟s sold over four million singles in the past five years alone. His latest single, "Take A Back Road" is on course to propel him to even bigger heights with its irresistibly catchy chorus and easygoing, windows-down, breezy summer vibe. The tune is near platinum status just weeks after its release, but interestingly enough, Rodney wasn‟t sure how it would be received when he first decided to record the song, penned by Rhett Akins and Luke Laird. "‟Farmers Daughter‟ was one of the craziest download songs we had," recalls Rodney. "It was peaking at 15-16,000 a week, and now "Back Road" is knocking on 40,000 a week. And we haven‟t done a lot of press on that song either. So that was validation for me to follow my heart. Because when I got it, I was afraid to play the song for the people at the label, because I thought, „they‟re gonna think I‟m crazy‟ because of what it was. It‟s pretty different. I knew before I could play it, my picture of where I wanted it to go had to be done. "It‟s one of those songs that the first time I heard it I thought, „Boy, that feels good.‟ And then it‟s catchy, and something you want to just crank up, but then, the more you hear it, you realize it‟s not just a ditty - it‟s about life. If you want it to be just summer ear candy, it can just be that, but also it‟s about getting right with your soul, coming down to earth." To capture just the right vibe for his new CD, Take A Back Road, Rodney teamed up once again with producer Ted Hewitt, who co-produced both the platinum "If You‟re Going Through Hell," (which featured the title track smash and 2006‟s most-played song of the year) and "It‟s America." The two spent hours in Rodney‟s home studio painstakingly crafting each vocal and track, with Rodney paying attention to every minute detail on song after song. It‟s a process he cherishes almost as much as being onstage, and one he takes extremely seriously. "In the studio I‟m always flying stuff around, messing around with Pro Tools, moving stuff around, and my co-producer Ted, he really gets this stuff. I‟m very much a thinker. Now you call it ADD - I‟m hyper-focused. It‟s hard to find the kind of songs that will really set you apart, though. I think that‟s the biggest challenge. That‟s the ultimate goal. And Ted and I have talked about the accountability for the music and what works, and what doesn‟t. You have to figure out what it is you came here to say, and stick to that, and not forget that. I think you live and learn. I have to record songs that won‟t just be around for a little while. And you want to have something that people relate to - you don‟t want to be thinking about listening to a song, you want to be inside of it. It‟s like watching a movie." The songs on "Take A Back Road" are undeniably relatable --- from the sweetly honest battling couple who‟ve drawn the lines down the middle of the bed in "Feet," to the fiercely parental pride-even-through-the-tough-times in "He‟s Mine," the tunes are chock full of emotions that any couple or family in modern-day America could identify with and find themselves experiencing, and for Rodney, that real emotion is what he strives for in each and every note. "I‟ve had some success with my songs, and you‟ve got to sit back and ask yourself, why did these songs connect? With a lot of songs, the approach is about how perfect things are, or how messed up things are -- it‟s one or the other. But for me, real life is there‟s ups and downs, and if you can, get both sides of that in a song." Rodney also covers some new ground musically on the project with several tender love songs. Reluctant in the past to record them because many tend to express the same sentiments in the same predictable way, he found several songs for this record that capture the romance between a woman and a man in a unique, genuine way, without the shellacking or sugar-coating. Tunes like "She‟s A Girl," about the mystery and power a female can wield over a male, and "Cabin In The Woods," about the beauty of stealing away to a remote place, approach the age-old subject in ways he could not only relate to, but felt fans would gravitate to as well. "I‟ve never recorded love songs before. My love songs have been "These Are My People" and "Watching You" and "Cleaning This Gun." Or "Farmer‟s Daughter" -- that‟s sort of a "Going Through Hell" love song. But I‟ve never gone down that road, because I wanted to find or write the type of song that was about something you can relate to that really moves you. Not something that you just hear and say, „Oh that‟s neat, or that„s pretty or that sounds good.‟ But something I can really relate to. It‟s a different approach than you‟ve heard in a long time. Love is not all blue skies and no bills …it‟s gutters leaking and the cat messed in the fireplace. It‟s not convenient at all, and you‟ve got to make time for it - that‟s the toughest part of it. "There‟s also a tune "He‟s Mine" about a father and son that is sort of a love song as well. My boy Elijah, he‟s nine, and I started thinking about my teenage years and what I put my parents through, and what he‟s gonna be like. And you start thinking, „Well it doesn‟t matter…I‟m gonna be there for him, and I‟m gonna try my best and it‟s unconditional and that‟s one of the most diverse songs - its "Watching You" the teenage years, but completely different." Although he can be soft-spoken and serious, Rodney demonstrates his appreciation for the funnier side of life as well through tunes like the warm and witty, "Family," about a quirky clan of characters gathered at a family reunion, and the laugh-out-loud "She‟d Rather Fight." The CD definitely features glimpses into Rodney‟s wild side, a side most often seen onstage during his energetic live shows, where he jokes he "lets his shadow come out to play." And he took pains to ensure he captured that raw, live energy this time around on the new CD, feeling he had lost a bit of that spontaneity on his last CD. "This album is different in that it‟s got more edge on it, it„s got a lot more dive-bombs. With a smaller band, songs like "Back Road" feel like it‟s right up in your face and not affected. It‟s a more soulful album…"It‟s America" didn‟t talk enough about the real world; it lost some grit for me. Grit to me is sometimes just being honest. And sometimes you just want to cut loose and have fun, and you have to do something unexpected…you just have to kind of roll with it. That‟s how I try to be onstage, and the shows get better the more spontaneous they are, the less the band knows what‟s going to happen. I like not knowing exactly what‟s going to happen. But typically, I always know where I‟m going. I‟m not saying I always know how I‟m gonna get there. But as long as I know where I‟m going, I‟m good. I like to just be in the moment, to focus on the power of now -- this album felt that way for me. I‟m low-key, but I get excited on stage. I think if I didn‟t have the outlet of playing live, I‟d be frustrated a lot. Music was definitely my savior. It‟s a way of saying things that, hopefully, because it‟s in the form of music, will stay around awhile." Though his new crop of songs has some edge, and the vocal energy may be amped up a notch, Rodney is still the same, hard-working, patriotic, rock-solid country boy that fans have grown to know and love since his debut with 2003‟s "Honesty." He still relishes the time spent with wife Tammy Jo and his son Elijah, and still serves as the spokesperson for brands like Massey Ferguson and the National Council for Adoption, a cause dear to his heart as a child of adoption himself. Rodney volunteers for the council on a large scale, but also makes plenty of time to return to the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greenville, TN, where he was adopted as a small baby as well, for visits. After all, the road back to the tiny hometown where he got his start may be a long one, and a long way from the glitzy one he travels now as a country star, but for Rodney, nothing could ever beat the power of taking that back road and returning home to your roots. http://www.rodneyatkins.com/

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/

  • SWITCHFOOT - The Native Tongue Tour at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on 02/27/2019 08:00 PM EST: 02/28/19

    Switchfoot
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    02/27/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $25.87 - $49.50
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    Supporting Acts: Colony House, Tyson Motsenbocker

    Switchfoot

    After 10 albums, multiple hit singles, millions of records sold, a GRAMMY Award and 20 years of touring, in late 2017, SWITCHFOOT put the brakes on. The successful release and tour for their most recent album, WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH had concluded, and the San Diego-based quintet decided to take a long deserved, much needed hiatus. Their goals? To think on difficult, important questions about the band and themselves personally, including: “Why are we doing this?” The answers weren’t long in coming and are musically evident in the 14 remarkable songs that make up NATIVE TONGUE, a creative juggernaut spawned by singer Jon Foreman’s realization that the answer to “why?” was to “pursue joy.” Joy became the paramount goal in his life and music. “Joy is an incredible motivator,” says Jon: “It’s only to be found in the moment, not in the past or future. That’s what music is to us: The ever-present joy of the ever-present now.” During the hiatus, Jon’s positive immediacy inspired songs that he had to get out. Creative openness without a goal resulted in an electric, wide-ranging collection. “There was no ‘should’ or ‘ought.’ It was a beautiful freedom. Songs we wrote didn’t have to turn into anything, as long as we were pursuing joy. That’s where this record was born.” The results of that pursuit include the infectious, title track; the get-your-lighters out, sway-along “ALL I NEED”; and the edgy excellence of “VOICES.” Then there’s a trippily wonderful departure in the Beatles-esque “DIG NEW STREAMS,” a tune drummer Chad Butler calls an “odyssey. It breaks so many rules: Structure, tempo, arrangement, style. I love that.” Lyrically, NATIVE TONGUE doesn’t dwell on the world’s fraught social and political situations, rather, it’s an answer that offers an antidote to them. SWITCHFOOT observe that “we’re living in a time where it feels like hatred, fear, war, pain, anger is the native tongue of our species, that these dark words are our language. For me,” says Jon, “Holding my infant son in the middle of the night reminds me of how helpless we all start off. All of us, everywhere, were comforted, held, given a bottle; we were not hated into the world, we were loved into the world. Love is our native tongue, our common bond. And when fear and hatred are put in their proper place joy is available to us. That aligns well with joy, which is only available when fear, hatred, all those things are put in their proper place, cast aside by love.” The time off for reflection “started a beautiful season for me, of falling in love with music and songwriting all over again,” says Tim, who co-founded SWITCHFOOT when he was just 17. “I’d sneak into the band studio and write and play. But then I noticed some scribbled lyrics left by my brother. He’d been doing the same thing.” Chad, too, admits to dropping by the studio. “I ran into Jon there. He played me a couple new songs, including ‘LET IT HAPPEN,’ which is poignant lyrically, coming from the space of not having a plan or agenda.” Jon believes that where the songs arise from is crucial; “ulterior motives can ruin even the best of intentions.” The idea of “let it happen,” along with “pursuing joy,” gave a shape to the lyrical ideas and music and spirit that went into NATIVE TONGUE. As SWITCHFOOT enjoyed the time off and, the avid surfers—reveled in the inspirational immensity of the Pacific Ocean—music flowed easily, merely for the joy of it. The band’s ‘time off’ turned out to be particularly creative and their prolific nature clicked in, writing nearly 100 songs for the project. The question arose: “Are we making an album?” The answer was clearly yes, and songs were culled to a manageable number to be produced by the band, along with OneRepublic bassist and multi-instrumentalist Brent Kutzle. The tunes coalesced quickly. “THE HARDEST ART” got a beautiful boost thanks to vocals added by Kaela Sinclair, of the French electronic outfit M83. For his part, Tim got rid of equipment and bought “old basses, new to me,” to change up and challenge his sound and approach. Jon wrote lyrics that are an oft-philosophical combination and of the personal and universal. For example, “VOICES” was inspired by a homeless man who lived at the beach. “He was a nice guy,” says Jon, “who always wore aluminum foil on his head to block out the signals and voices he heard… Looking back I think he was bipolar. But I realized there’s always voices in our heads, all of us, an inner dialogue or diatribe.” NATIVE TONGUE marks the 11th record since 1997’s debut, THE LEGEND OF CHIN, which started SWITCHFOOT on a path of critical and fan acclaim for albums including 2003’s multi-platinum breakthrough THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN, the GRAMMY award-winning HELLO HURRICANE (2009), and FADING WEST, which was also the name of a documentary on the band. For an album that “snuck up on” SWITCHFOOT, there’s a remarkable cohesion among the songs. Of course, 20 years together can do that to a band. A band that moves easily among the world of modern rock but mystifies those who try to pigeonhole them. “Since the beginning, SWITCHFOOT never fit into a musical genre,” notes Chad. “We all come from different musical upbringings, and we believe any good playlist has diversity.” Approaching the music on NATIVE TONGUE with kid-like enthusiasm combined with the years spent honing their craft makes NATIVE TONGUE a rare gem. “We channeled Queen, ELO, the Kinks; our favorite albums from the past. Albums with guitar solos,” laughs Jon, who says, “I’d play solos over and over just because they were fun! But we didn’t want to make a throwback album, and Brent was great at marrying the sensibility of our roots with the present and beyond. We took fun risks.” Those risks paid off in songs that the listener can interact with on multiple levels. If NATIVE TONGUE’s tunes are approachable and memorable, the album also has a heady goal. NATIVE TONGUE is, Jon says, ‘An attempt to be a loving embrace of all the human souls who have been weighed down by the times. It’s a chance for all of us to be reminded of what brings us together, not what tears us apart. My hope, for this record,” Jon concludes, “is that it would be a reminder that there are new streams available for us to travel down, and that hatred is not our language, love is our native tongue."

    Venue Information
    Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
    510 East 10th Ave
    Munhall, PA 15120
    http://www.librarymusichall.com/

  • Gaelic Storm at Jergel's Rhythm Grille on 02/27/2019 08:00 PM EST: 02/28/19

    Gaelic Storm
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    02/27/2019 08:00 PM EST
    $21.00 - $40.00
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    Gaelic Storm

    It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers. The band attributes their continued success to their fanatic audience, and it’s a well-diversified crowd for sure. The country-music folks adore the storytelling, the bluegrass-heads love the instrumentals, Celtic fans love their devotion to tradition, and the rockers simply relish the passion they play their instruments with. Each band member, in their own way, expresses a deep gratitude for their fans, but it’s best summed up in the words of Patrick Murphy: “The fans are the ones that have given us this life. We’re here for them.” On Go Climb a Tree, co-founders of Gaelic Storm, Steve Twigger and Patrick Murphy, along with longtime friend and co-writer Steve Wehmever, are again at the helm of song-writing duties. The album has everything—party drinking songs (“The Beer Song”), patriotic anthems (“Green, White and Orange”), beautiful folk songs (“Monday Morning Girl”), spritely instrumentals “”The Night of Tomfoolery”), perfectly poppy songs (“Shine On”), and even a raucous pirate song (“Shanghai Kelly”). When speaking of the overall concept of the album, Patrick Murphy gives some insight: “With all the craziness and division in the world, we wanted to make an album about ‘contemplative escapism.’ Go Climb a Tree certainly isn’t about dropping out of the conversation, it’s just about taking a short hiatus to recharge the batteries before you take on the world again.” Gaelic Storm takes a true blue-collar, hard-nose approach to touring, consistently traveling the US and internationally over 200 days a year, forging a unique path in the Celtic music world. “You have to see us live. We are the true working-mans’ band,” says Ryan Lacey, who joined the lineup in 2003. “We still, and most likely always will, tour most of the year, and that’s how we constantly hone our craft.” The dedication to live shows date all the way back to the mid-1990s, when Gaelic Storm kicked off its career as a pub band in Santa Monica, California. Due to their discovery at the pub, by the end of the decade, the musicians had appeared in the blockbuster film Titanic (where they performed “Irish Party in Third Class”). This laid the groundwork for a career that would eventually find them topping the Billboard World Chart six times, making appearances at mainstream music festivals, and regularly headlining the largest Irish Festivals across the country, all the while gaining a reputation as a genre-bending Irish rock band, whose songs mix Celtic traditions with something uniquely creative. Looking to the future, Gaelic Storm is excited about what lies ahead. They’ve added a new fiddle player, Katie Grennan, and she has affectionately become the “purple squirrel” of the band, meaning she is the perfect new addition. Pete Purvis who joined the band in 2005 said, “With the addition of Katie, the band has never sounded better, we’re gelling on a whole new level, and the idea of sharing these new songs with our fans is exciting!”

    Venue Information
    Jergel's Rhythm Grille
    103 Slade Lane
    Warrendale, PA 15086
    http://jergels.com/