We just received our assignment for the seventh annual edition of the area's "longest-running grassroots, neighborhood-spanning, weekend-long rockapalooza" - the Deutschtown Music Festival! It's our seventh appearance there as well. This year we'll be at Artist Image Resource on Foreland Street, at the geographical heart of the festival. An interesting side-note - Artist Image Resource is where the original run of "Brewer's Crow" t-shirts were hand-silkscreened some ten or so years ago. We go on at 4:00, Saturday afternoon, directly preceding Latitia VanSant, a terrific singer/songwriter from Baltimore whom we met (and befriended) last year at an event hosted by Ben Shannon. We're excited about performing, and we're excited about being there to see Letitia right after.
It’s been almost three years since our last show at the Thunderbird, but that’s about how long the storied venue has been undergoing renovation. On August 23rd we’re delighted to be opening for the Borstal Boys and the Regal Sweet. The T-bird now seats 380, so bring a friend! (Bring 20 or 30 of your closest personal friends. Seriously, we need some asses in those seats!)
Watch this space!
The February 22nd show with the Borstal Boys was so much fun, we decided to do it again. Come see some Pittsburgh Rock and Roll royalty at the historic Blues venue (and site of Brewer’s Row’s inaugural gig), Moondog’s Pub in Blawnox.
Come early enough (8:00, yo!) and catch special guest Alexis Marie Thompson!
A Night of Irish Traditional Music and Song with Mark Dignam Music & Friends. Friday, March 15th, Leah, Nicholas, and Mark join Friend-of-the-Band Mark Dignam and this amazing group of performers...
Leslie Anne McIlroy
Ben Shannon Music
Alexis Marie Thompson
...for the eighth annual Calm Before the Storm, a Night of Irish Culture. The Calm is a project that Mark organizes each year around St. Patrick's Day, in part in rebuttal to our own cultural misappropriation of his native culture, with its green beer, its plastic derbies, and its "Kiss me, I'm Irish" t-shirts (our misappropriation's, not his culture's).
Mark curates this show by assigning specific, traditional Irish tunes to each of the musical performers. We learn them from scratch in the month or so leading up to the show, and then perform the hell out of them the night of the show. Last year was a blast. This year we expect even better. Every one of those names in that list is worth crossing a couple rivers to see, and you get them all in one place.
The Calm Before the Storm is at Club Cafe on Friday, March 15th. Doors open at 7:00. The show is from 8:00 until past midnight. Advance tickets are $15 at http://www.ticketweb.com/clubcafe. This show has sold out the past couple years, so if you are interested I suggest you act fast.
Club Cafe is at 56-58 South 12th Street on the South Side (15203).
(Leah, Nicholas, and Mark of) Brewer’s Row
Carol Lee Espy
…each of whom will be covering a couple of Joni’s tunes, as well as playing one or two of their own that demonstrate her influence on their work.
Proceeds from the show benefit Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pennsylvania.
Ben Trickey, Anthem Breath Records
"Ben Trickey’s songs are about as dark as country songs get...he taps into all those lonesome cowboys—Prine, Van Zandt, even contemporaries like Jason Molina..."
-Matthew Fiander, PopMatters
Emily Rodgers, Misra Records
"Emily Rodgers has one of those haunting, unforgettable voices that radiates with a surreal beauty."
-NPR All Songs Considered
This coming July is the sixth annual Deutschtown Music Festival, and we've played every single one so far, so we were not about to let the fact that Nicholas will be off on a Grand Adventure spoil the streak. Come to the Wigle Barrelhouse on Saturday, July 14th at 4:00 to see and hear The Leah Hohman Band stepping in and stepping up! (They do some pretty decent Brewer's Row covers, I must say.)
Indie singer/songwriter Misty Boyce is a solo artist who’s also forged a career as a keyboardist and backing vocalist (plus occasional guitarist) in touring bands for the likes of Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, and BØRNS, just to name a few. A native of New Mexico, Boyce took to the idea of a career in music at a young age and began writing songs while in primary school. She would eventually go on to enroll at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she studied jazz piano.
Ben Shannon was born in Nashville Tennessee, the child of two social justice activist parents. He grew up in Pittsburgh to become a writer, a sponsored skateboarder, and a student of contemporary American poetry (BA Writing U of Pitt). Now, a teaching writer (MA Ed Duquesne U.) and father, Ben Shannon resides on the last farm in the city of Pittsburgh (Mildred's Daughter's Farm). Ben is co-founder of BurghSong, a songwriter listening room series featuring a local and a national pairing of writers; an award winning songwriter with two independent and self funded releases; winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase 2015; and finalist in the 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Song Showcase.
Misty's third full length album, "Get Lost", recorded with Lera Lynn and Josh Grange at Resistor Studios in Nashville, is out February 16th. Ben's upcoming release, "The Finalist" is a collection of folk songs recorded in the span of two days in Woodstock NY and is due for release in the Fall of 2017.
Joanna Lowe is a spoken word artist, actress, and published poet hailing from Pittsburgh with degrees in theatre and writing. She will be performing with her band the Broken Word.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
We'll be opening for her, so don't be late for this one. Doors are at 6:00. The music starts at 7:00 sharp!
Our very good friend Paul Tabachneck is holding a release party for his 7", 45 RPM with "New America" on top, and "The Monster" on the flip side. Here's a preview - http://americana-uk.com/paul-tabachneck-new-america-listen.
Shows with Paul, you may well know, are always a blast. This one will be no exception.
This is the fifth Deutschtown Festival ever, and we're proud to say that we've played them all. This year we're back again at the Wigle Barrelhouse, and we're smack in the middle of this terrific lineup...
12:00 noon - Elkhound
1:00 - Wine & Spirit
2:00 - Zach Wade & the Good Grief
3:00 - Lonesome Bob
4:00 - The Bees Trees
5:00 - Brewer's Row
6:00 - Jacob Klein Band
7:00 - Jeff Perigo & Friends
8:00 - The Telephone Line
9:00 - Working Breed
This is only a small part of the festival, of course. The event takes place Friday evening and all day Saturday, at locations throughout Pittsburgh's Northside. For a complete listing of venues and bands, go to...
An amazing lineup...
Mark Dignam - The Irish born, US-based singer/songwriter crafts accessible, politically charged, witty, and reflective observations of life, love, and death in the spirit of Van Morrison, Billy Bragg, John Wesley Harding, and Josh Ritter.
Nick Africano - A songwriter, poet, multi-intrumentalist, band-leader, solo performer, producer, and experimenter with watercolors. His style defies the confines of genre and lives in the mysterious space of rock and roll, combining the best of storytelling, soul, and americana. Lyrics often softly spoken, or soulfully crooned. At once powerful and subtle. His live performances are captivating and spontaneous, moving between acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and piano.
The music starts at 8:00 sharp. $10 at the door.
A fundraiser for St. Paul's Nursery School with music by Brewer's Row, food from Las Chicas Tacos and Franktuary, beer from Insurrection and East End Brewing, raffle and live auction. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Ticket price includes $10 food truck credit and unlimited drinks.
Ben Shannon, Mark Dignam, and Brewer's Row!
A little ramshackle farmette in Stanton Heights. Kicking things off with Ben Shannon, Mark Dignam, and the band Brewer's Row. Potluck, BYOB, and bring cash for donations to musicians, fresh eggs, collard greens, and other sundries. Offsite parking; no pets. I think that covers it.
Saturday, August 13th, we will reprise our R.A.N.T. performance of last year. That is, we'll be back for an afternoon set at Nied's Hotel, in upriver Lawrenceville. It was a blast then; it will be a blast again. We're on at 4:00, immediately following Slim Forsythe's New Payday Loners.