As we ponder the city’s musical future, bubbling up before our ears are the Jimi-esque Elias Khouri and the unbelievable Funky Fly Project. FFP plays Superior Motors (Braddock) this coming weekend, and EK headlines PumpkinFest (Homestead) in October – check the soulshowmike.org Concert Calendar for dates & times.
Month: September 2018
On the 9/15/18 episode of The Soul Show on WYEP, I interviewed Cydney Nunn, Marketing and PR Manager of the August Wilson Center. Cydney discussed the Wall of Sound series, whose next installment is Aaron Abernathy. Also, she provided an excellent overview of the inaugural Blues & Heritage Festival, taking place September 28-30. In case you missed the show, the audio is presented here. Enjoy.
Young Funky Fly Project opened for Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles last night at the Rex on Pittsburgh’s historic Southside. This quartet is shepherded by dad and manager, the famous Poogie Bell. As we’ve come to expect, each successive show improves upon the last. For those seeing FFP for the first time, there was surprise and almost incredulity. Original compositions. Refined, tastefully extended jams. Fresh playlist, important to us veterans. Crafted appearance, all with their merch tees worn. Moms and dads selling gear – a twist on the devoted soccer parent theme. Gracious and happy teenage musicians all.
Propaganda and Liz Vice added to the Concert Calendar!
Several new additions to the event schedule include the Superior Motors series – check out the Concert Calendar.
The August Wilson Center has secured a Betty LaVette interview for The Soul Show. It will air on the 29th, just before her Pittsburgh performance.
New music on The Soul Show 9/15/18 includes Jonathan Scales (with a host of fantastic collaborators like MonoNeon) and Brandon Coleman Resistance.
I had a great discussion today with Cydney Nunn, Marketing & PR Manager of the August Wilson Center, Listen to interview segments on The Soul Show on 9/15/18. Ms. Nunn tells us about the upcoming Wall Of Sound installment featuring Aaron Abernathy, as well as the inaugural Blues & Heritage Festival.
Blue Slide, Katz Plaza, Cory Henry Roy Ayers
This evening is the Mac Miller vigil at the Blue Slide, freshly painted for the commemoration.
There are several more Tuesday outdoor events at Katz – tonight is Staciawa Abbott.
Cory Henry returns to Pittsburgh this week. The bill includes Funky Fly Project and soulshowmike. Cory Henry at PIJF 2018
We’ll celebrate Roy Ayers at 78 this weekend on TSS.
Garfield Night Market started off last Friday night with Lee Robinson & ISKA. Lee always teams up with young cats and brings everything from straight-ahead to funk: https://youtu.be/UDhakUOWwyc
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles are a highlight at the Rex this week, with Funky Fly Project opening for them. I will start the night off with some TSS-type atmosphere. See the Concert Cal for more details.
Here is a nice 60 Seconds of Pittsburgh piece from the July Pittsburgh Blues & Roots Festival – a tribute to the legendary women of the blues. Enjoy. https://youtu.be/Jq2M0YCQPnI
Remember the Mac Miller vigil at the Blue Slide on Tuesday. Details at the Concert Calendar.
Something special coming to New Hazlett: https://newhazletttheater.org/event/migrant-liberation-movement-suite/
A Mac Miller vigil has been announced – details are on the Concert Calendar.
The Pittsburgh Blues & Roots Festival brought 2nd-gen blues guitarist Bernard Allison to Pittsburgh back in July. Here is a 60 Seconds clip of his Voodoo Chile.
Smooth Groove Sunday at Rocks Landing this evening. Staciawa Abbott at Katz Plaza downtown on Tuesday afternoon.
Condolences to the family and friends of Mac Miller, whose web was wide in this Point Breeze/Squirrel Hill/Dice community. WYEP’s DJ Selecta offered proper tribute on Grand Groove Radio:
The Soul Show’s highlights for 9/8/18: new balladry from Hanson Asiedu; a continued dive into The Internet’s latest release; Joe Simon, Whispers, Buddy Miles and other birthdays; Three Rivers at Three with House of Soul, Jimbo & the Soupbones, Starship Mantis, Joy Ike.
Tony Campbell, Lee Robinson, Flow Band and Smooth Groove Sunday live music today/tomorrow.
Soulful Femme is comprised of guitarist Cheryl Rinovato and vocalist Stevee Wellons, both members of the Stevee Wellons Band. Complementing SWB, SF is a spinoff project that is also gaining momentum, its most recent engagement being a double gig at Heritage Music Festival in nearby WV.
I’ve had a backlog of “60 Seconds” segments to produce. Here is one I filmed in July of Soulful Femme, and there’s my interview with Stevee and Cheryl on The Soul Show in March 2017. Enjoy.