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Month: May 2019

soulshowmike’s Shows of Note, Week of 5/26/19

Here we go with soulshowmike’s picks for this week, along with the whys. I focused a lot on the one-off shows, vs. the fine weekly offerings. Enjoy.

Thundercat, at Roxian Theatre, May 29 This is an important member of the West Coast contingent that includes Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Trevor Lawrence, Jr. and Terrace Martin. Bassist T’Cat wrote and produced for Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” Grammy winner.
Women Who Rock, at Stage AE, May 30 An important fundraiser for women’s health, with one of our last chances to see Lyndsey Smith before she moves to the BigEasy. Also, there’s Sheila E. as headliner.
Sirens & Queens by Anqwenique, at Hotel Indigo (E. Liberty), May 30Chamber Music Society teams with local artists to present shows at funky locations.
Beauty Slap w/Funky Fly Project at South Park, May 31This is the first installment of the Allegheny County Summer Series, including our young upstart outfit FFP. Bring your blankie.
Royce album release, Cattivo, May 31The first of two weekend album release parties, this one with James Royce and his new band.
Starship Mantis and Feralcat album release, at Mr. Smalls, June 1Roger Romero’s Feralcat recording debut, along with SSM’s sophomore release –
fusion and space funk, respectively.
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The Soul Show Interview w/Sheila E.

The Soul Show on 5/29/18 presented segments of a Sheila E. interview. Here is the uncut version, which includes her positive comments about Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Enjoy! She plays Pittsburgh this week – check out the Concert Calendar at for details.

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Sneak Preview of the Roxian, Wolfie’s First Look, Sembéne podcast series

Roxian Theatre

The Roxian Theatre in McKees Rocks is slated for a May opening. The management team provided an early peek on 5/3, as they complete final details. The venue is adjacent to the annual Feastival space, and directly across the street from Rocks Landing.

In Lawrenceville, the Thunderbird’s renovations are also nearly complete, so expect some pre-opening photos in the near future.


Here’s an early look at Wolfie’s, right on the Market Square corridor. JD Chaisson, trumpeter for Steeltown Horns, presented his own trio with Heid III and Potter last night, followed by Dan Bubien and the Delta Struts. The venue plans to modify the stage-area window to allow opening to Forbes Avenue.

JD Chaisson Trio at Wolfie’s

Sembéne’s “True Conviction,” new podcast series

The documentary “True Conviction,” presented by Sembéne Film Festival, was previewed in the last soulBlog. Here is a slice of the Q&A session with Chris Scott, the film’s main character. Sembéne is initiating a podcast series to supplement their film presentations, and the Q&A full audio is on tap as the first installment.

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