The Wheals are a no-frills rock and roll band, based right here in Pittsburgh. They incorporate elements of reggae, gospel, folk, and country to create a unique, mature sound. They'll be bringing that sound to Club Cafe on Saturday, when they'll be playing an acoustic set. Earlier in the day on Saturday, the group will be featured on The Saturday Light Brigade, a radio show broadcast from the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that focuses on children and families. For the Club Cafe show, the Wheals will be joined by special guest EMay. Erika May — better known as EMay — is a folk singer songwriter who is well known around the city for her work with the Saturday Light Brigade and Steel Town Fire.
Doors for the concert open at 6 p.m. and there's a $6 cover.
A new series from the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society premieres this weekend. The Sunday Gravy Show is a part-gameshow, part-concert house party that is hosted by Wammo, a recording artist and co-founder of The Asylum Street Spankers. Each month, the concert will be held in a different Pittsburgh neighborhood and will feature internationally touring artists and musicians.
This weekend's premiere show will be held in Lawrenceville and will feature Frank Orrall of Poi Dog Pondering and Thievery Corporation. The exact location of the show is only disclosed to ticket holders, but the concert will be held in someone's living room and is limited to 50 seats. The show is on Sunday, Nov. 24 starting at 4 p.m.
You can find more information and get tickets for The Sunday Gravy Show — which is sponsored by the Sprout Fund and in partnership with Calliope, a nonprofit music organization that organizes concert series and educational outreach programs — online at calliopehouse.org/sunday-gravy.
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Kevin Devine has had a busy year. Now nearing the end of his U.S. tour, Devine will be stopping in Pittsburgh to play at the Rex Theater on Nov. 20.
After launching a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, Devine released a dual album — titled Bulldozer and Bubblegum — on his own label Devinyl. The campaign raised $114,000 ($64,000 more than his original campaign goal) to support the two albums and the current tour.
Devine's album Bubblegum was produced by Brand New's Jesse Lacey and shows a grittier side of Devine, whose music ranges from indie folk to pop-punk. Check out the video for the album's title track below.
Wednesday's show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 at the door. For more information on the show, call 412-381-6811 or visit www.rextheater.com.
Alash, an ensemble of Tuvan throat singers, will perform tonight at the First Unitarian Church in Shadyside. Tuvan throat singing is a special vocal style in which singers can generate multiple tones simultaneously, creating a unique, almost otherworldly effect. Alash is a well-known group that incorporates some Western influences into traditional Tuvan styles and they have toured the United States extensively, stopping in Pittsburgh on multiple occasions. Made up of Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, Ayan-ool Sam, and Ayan Shirizhik, the group performs with traditional Tuvan instruments in addition to their singing.
AppalAsia, a local Appalachian-Asian fusion band, will open the show. The group is comprised of Jeff Berman, who plays dulcimer and percussion; Mimi Jong, who plays the erhu (a Chinese two-stringed instrument); and Susan Powers, who plays banjo and provides vocals.
7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15. First Unitarian Church, 605 Moorewood Ave., Shadyside. $20. 412-361-2262 or www.garfieldartworks.com
Sisters Ali and Jamie McMutrie are continuing to make an impact years after dramatically rescuing dozens of Haitian children after the 2010 earthquake in the region. Now, the McMutries run Haitian Families First (HFF), a nonprofit organization aimed at helping and empowering Haitian families in despair through emotional, social, and financial support.
Tomorrow (Nov. 9), the pair will host a benefit party at the Rex Theater, featuring karaoke, live performances, and appearances by local celebrities. Mikey and Big Bob of The Morning Freak Show on 96.1 KISS FM, WTAE’s Sally Wiggin, and mayoral candidate Bill Peduto, among others, will compete in a celebrity karaoke competition at the event. And don't worry — there will be non-celebrity karaoke, too.
This is the second annual live rock 'n' roll karaoke costume party hosted by HFF and all proceeds will benefit the organization. Randy Baumann of the DVE Morning Show will perform at and emcee the event, which starts at 9 p.m.
More information and tickets can be found at www.haitianfamiliesfirst.org/events
Free jazz musician Daniel Carter will perform in Pittsburgh this week with his trio The Moon. Carter, who is from Wilkinsburg, plays saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and flute and has performed with major acts including William Parker, Thurston Moore, Matthew Shipp. Though never receiving too much attention for his work, Carter has been active in the New York scene since the 1970s and has releases on notable labels like Eremite Records, Aum Fidelity, Thirsty Ear, and Silkheart Records.
The Moon — comprised of Carter, electric guitarist Adam Caine, and drummer Federico Ughi — will play two sets tonight (Wed., Oct. 30) at the Thunderbird Cafe in Lawrenceville. For more information and tickets, head over to the Thunderbird website.
The unstable and often sub-par working conditions of adjunct faculty at colleges and universities have been making headlines recently. This Tuesday (Oct. 29), in conjunction with Campus Equity Week, a benefit concert will be held at Howler's featuring adjunct and adjunct-friendly bands.
The concert will include performances by Emily Rodgers (who is currently an adjunct instructor of English at CCAC, Duquesne University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh), The Homeless Gospel Choir, and The Armadillos. The free show starts at 8 p.m.
Head out to Lawrenceville tonight for a night of soul jams and dancing with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Presented by Brooklyn Brewery Mash and Pandemic, Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off is well-known DJ night and dance contest that was founded in New York City. Around 1 a.m. there will be a dance contest judged by a local panel, and dancers can win a $100 cash prize and a free trip to Brooklyn for the Soul Clap Nationals in February.
Tickets are $5 at the door, and one dollar of each ticket sold will benefit Slow Food PGH, a local sustainability nonprofit. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. at Remedy bar (5121 Butler St.).
This weekend is full of benefit concerts; on Saturday alone, you can go out and support The Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts, WhyHunger, and the Arts Department of Braddock Hills High School. Check out more information on these benefit shows below.
This Saturday, head out to Howler's in Bloomfield to show your support for Braddock Hills High School, which is hosting a benefit show for its growing Arts Department. Art teacher Natasha Dean began the Arts Department at the school just last year and is hoping to start a Ceramics Department with the proceeds from this benefit. The show will include live music by local groups The Shelf Life String Band and Grand Piano, an art auction featuring local artists, and a raffle. The benefit will begin at 9 p.m. More information on the benefit show can be found on its Facebook page.
The Every Voice Benefit will also take place this Saturday at 7 p.m. in support of The Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (formerly the Oakland Girls Choir). The concert will feature local singer Daphne Alderson performing the iconic ballads of Edith Piaf and Leonard Cohen. The benefit, which will take place at the Wallace Event Center at Hosanna House, will also include a silent auction. More information and tickets can be found at www.pghchoralarts.org/event/every-voice-benefit.
If the weather is nice, you can spend the evening in Donaldson Park for the Fayette Fall Festival. Local band The Damaged Pies will be hosting a "Homemade Jam" at the festival to support WhyHunger, a national nonprofit that supports community-based solutions to hunger and poverty. This all-ages show will begin at 6 p.m. More information on WhyHunger can be found at www.whyhunger.org.
Symphonic metal band Second Empire has been making waves since their formation in 2011. In just two years, they have released their debut EP, toured part of the country, grown a significant fan base, and welcomed comparisons to popular bands like Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, and Nightwish. In January 2012, they also won the first ever Pittsburgh Rock Challenge, solidifying their status in the city.
This weekend, the group will be playing at Mr. Small’s with three other local hard rock bands: Chip DiMonick, Stark, and Long Time Divided. The show is presented by Sardonyx Productions, a local company that helps educate musicians about all aspects of the music business.
Special guest MC Jayson Shell will host the all ages concert, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 19. Shell is known for his work with internet radio station Insane Realm Radio, where he hosts Metal Factory, Women of Metal, and Metal Zoo.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit www.mrsmalls.com.