"The festival, organized by local concert promoter Josh Bakaitus," im sorry but i think you mean Drusky Entertainment. I realise Drusky can't attach his name to things from fear of a boycott after his racist remarks. But come on CP at least do the right thing and don't be deceitful.
Crowdfunding is the future for musicians and there's one specific crowdfunding platform that helps musicians and their fan base make an impact by supporting a cause that they love, its called Noise4Good...take a look http://jamsphere.com/news/call-to-action-noise4good-empowers-musicians-and-their-fans-to-make-an-impact
Lets put the best on one stage! Sounds like a City Paper sponsored event.
Also as for bringing back the funk and alternative spaces.
in 2014 I used a city parks pavilion for Pittonkatonk, an abandoned lot (Bayardstown Social Club), and a plant nursery (Shadyside Nursery) for events.
I try to create events that cross musical genres and build a diverse night of entertainment at the Weather Permitting Series. The problem is we have sound restrictions that limit the types of music we can have. As Pandemic (voted best dance party by 2014 CP) I produce dance parties that often times include live bands that are acoustic (i.e. Raya Brass Band, Timbeleza, May Day Marching Band, Lungs Face Feet, Pitchblack, Detroit Party Marching Band, etc). I'd love to see more of this happening around the city. On Feb 21 I'm working on a show at Brillobox featuring The Pressure, Beauty Slap, and Grand Piano. That's 3 bands with horns that are from totally different genres.
Alicia Spagnola steals her music from others. She was FIRED from the Ice Crew and one phone call would have confirmed that if the author of this article would have bothered. She will fail in LA because she will quit when it gets too hard for her to stay sober. She is an alcoholic trainwreck and has many nudes on the internet.
Amerika the Free! You can use other people's media and entertain drunks and be famous! You go girrrrrrl! What's not to praise? God forbid we give our soldiers such applause!!!
Ali stole 90% of all her music and is an alcoholic. Why are you people giving this trainwreck a free pass???
Ali, I love your energy and your creativity, there's a place for you in how you can inspire people to do what they love. You go girl!
Holy crap! This is awesome. All my love and best wishes for your new adventures in LA!! Never stop being amazing! :) - Jenny
What an impressive young woman. All the best to her.
As a student of Vaudeville and also a theatre professional, I've long said that we need venues in Pittsburgh for variety shows. We need a place where a few or several different performances take place of an evening, and folks in the neighborhood become accustomed to heading out to the theater on those particular nights of the week, to take in whatever is playing.
The variety shows could include all sorts of performers, of all ages. They could get paid as in Vaudeville (by how many persons were in the act and/or whether they were headliners/next to closing), or they could get a percentage of the take for the evening. And there could be amateur nights on some evenings.
When the Kelly-Strayhorn opened, it seemed perfect to provide such an attraction, and so did the August Wilson Center. We still could try this.
Of course, another lack in Pittsburgh is a nightclub, such as the old Holiday House, where there is food and drink but the main attraction is the show. However, that is separate from the concern at hand -- getting young performers in front of their fans-to-be.
Going to shows is voluntary.
Hosting shows is voluntary.
Instead of asking the people who are putting on shows to accommodate a small percentage of people i would like those people to band together, first, and prove it can even be done.
I have a hard time with this. I grew up thinking punk was about personal accountability and getting up off your ass and doing something to improve your life. This left-of-center crap seems all about making demands of other people under the guise of some emotional platitude so you can cry foul at anyone who offers dissenting feedback.
I want anyone to be able to go to shows who wants to go to shows. Part of the reality of life is that it's not fair, hard and you can have to make do with less than ideal circumstances.
Just curious, how many people are in this group of disabled folks who are being carried up stairs or not making it to shows? Is it 5? 15? 100?
I would like to see the explanation as to how these thousands, or tens of thousands will be paid - and who is expected to pay it - to satisfy these whims.
There's a Henry Rollins spoken word where he talks about a fan with muscular dystrophy who basically walked to his show. I think these folks who are wrapping the punk blanket around themselves but hiding behind their disabilities should be required to listen to his story.
Great piece Andy! Definitely an important issue to get the ball rolling on here. Elevators for wheelchairs and disabilities would be great. Also would be great to help prevent disabilities in the bands who have to carry their giant heavy amps up the steps in said venues. Aside from the fact that we're poor and often have limited health coverage for back injuries!
I've been a GF fan since the beginning. After that have followed Bill. One year we went to see him so often my husband said he felt like a groupie! We even rode on the bike to Hartwood Acres, wound up in a thunderstorm and had an hour+ ride home in the rain. Keep up the good work! It's hard to find songwriters today that actually write lyrics!
I am ordering my copy of Wild Journey and if all my Facebook Friends and all their Facebook Friends order it, I am sure they will live it and maybe it will sell way over a million copies. Let's get on it fans!
Always will love GF! We've followed them for 20+ years. Great music and Bill has one of the best voices around. So glad to see them back together:)!!
I think Big Wheel blows Wits End and Humor Risk completely out of the water. It's the best kind of sprawling double-record, punctuated with great pop songs and imbued with confidence, even when it heads out into untested waters ("Everything Has to be Just So").
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