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Blue Slide, Staciawa Abbott, Cory Henry, Roy Henry

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.



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60 Secs of Pgh w/Lee Robinson & ISKA; Cory Henry; more

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:

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.

Remember the Mac Miller vigil at the Blue Slide on Tuesday.  Details at the Concert Calendar.

Something special coming to New Hazlett:

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Mac Miller Vigil, Bernard Allison on “60 Seconds”:

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.

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Mac Tribute on Selecta’s GGR, 9/8/18 TSS, Weekend Ahead:

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.

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Spotlight on Pittsburgh’s Soulful Femme:

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.


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PumpkinFest 2018, Weekend Highlights, website updates, TSSWTJX090118 posted —

PumpkinFest 2018 has been announced, but not the lineup.  I found out some of the details today – it will be solid!

Cuban excellence at Manchester this weekend from Harold Lopez-Nussa.  Lee Robinson & ISKA at Riverview, Tony Campbell at WWR and Smooth Groove Sunday at Rocks – details in the concert calendar at is purring smoothly, now with a randomized presentation of “60 Seconds of Pittsburgh,” the YouTube series on local music.  There’s also a signup form, if you’d like the blog emailed to you.

The latest Mixcloud archive, last Saturday’s edition of TSS on Virgin Islands station WTJX, is posted directly to  The WYEP and WTJX shows are in the same vein, but with little or no playlist overlap from week to week.  Play them back to back, and you have a six-hour soul feast.



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New music, today’s shows, updates:

Today, while recording The Soul Show’s WTJX edition for the Virgin Islands,  I’ll start auditioning a couple of new releases: Jonathan Scales and Kandace Springs.  Both are cleared for airplay later this month (September).  Dwayne Dolphin is sending a copy of his new “Indigenous” release, so expect to hear that on the “Three Rivers at Three” segment on WYEP’s TSS (Saturday, 9/8/18, 3pm Eastern).   Also, there’s new music from Jonathan Butler.

2018 marks the first year that the outdoor Katz Plaza jazz series extends into September.  Cliff Barnes is featured this evening (Tuesday).

The new website now has a Mixcloud page for the show archives, and a big, readable music calendar page.  


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Reflections on The Buckle Downs’ performance at The Frick

Last Friday was the final installment of this summer’s music series at The Frick.  As hard as I try to keep up with events, this one almost slipped by.  It was PACKED.  The food trucks were overwhelmed with patrons, and the Buckle Downs came to play.  Vocalist Kiki Brown was backed by Addi Twigg, whom I first experienced at James Street at Tony Campbell’s amazing Van Morrison tribute, and JD from Steeltown Horns showed up, too.  As solid as the BDs usually are, the extra personnel took it to another level.  Let’s see this configuration again soon.

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8/31’s live music, 9/1’s TSS and live music

At the last minute, I caught a FB event posting for The Buckle Downs at The Frick, 5 mins from home.  Kiki Brown and the band put on a special performance.  More on that tomorrow, including a 60 Seconds of Pittsburgh piece on YouTube.

Today on The Soul Show, a tribute to MJ, new music from The Internet, a continued touch on The Queen’s music (including a beautiful rendition of “My Way”) and Three Rivers at Three, with our own Bridgette Perdue, Daryl Strodes and others.  We’ll review the Concert Calendar, which you can also see here.  Tony Campbell is at Wallace Whiskey Room in E. Liberty later. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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