Even the gruff 31st Street Pub seems ready for the holidays, with loads of Christmas lights brightening the usually rather forbidding skull décor — just one reason to head to Black Tie Revue’s annual Christmas show at the Pub, featuring Seeing Eyeballs and Bullet Parade, on Sat., Dec. 22. The band’s giving away copies of a two-song CD called the Gift EP to the first 100 friends and fans through the door, as well as some holiday snacks. There’s another reason you won’t want to miss this show, but the bandmembers are keeping it a surprise … so just go.
Also on Sat., Dec. 22, swing by the Shadow Lounge for something called Season’s Greetings/Happy Hollardaze Showcase, hosted by Sarah Lieb and Gene Stovall of Eviction Notice. The event promises hip hop, spoken word and rock, including R&B vocalist Margot B., the Hutch Simon Project and Project Portis. The $10 requested donation benefits the Salvation Army. Call 412-404-2420 for more info.
And if all this just whets your appetite for celebrating the holidays with local musicians (and who better to puke up eggnog with?) make sure to catch WYEP’s Local Music Year in Review program, which debuts at noon on Christmas Eve and is rebroadcast on Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.
For a celebration of a different sort, you can stop by The Union Project for the finale of the Hip Hop on Lock Project, an eight-week music-education program put on by East Liberty studio Ya Momz House in conjunction with the Union Project, the League of Young Voters and TASK. The outreach program teaches 15-to-21-year-olds to produce a record for a mock record label, under Ya Momz House producer and owner Emmai Alaquiva. The “graduation” takes place Sat., Dec. 22, from 6-8 p.m., and includes performances from the two student groups PGH (Pittsburgh’s Got Heat) and LBD (Long Beyond Dreams) as well as refreshments.
And you might want to keep Alaquiva and Ya Momz House in mind for the next few days — the few days you have left to put their names in for the 2008 Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards. Nominations for awards in 33 categories close at noon on Dec. 26; the awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Downtown Hilton. Last year was event’s inauguration, hosted by 360 Entertainment and featuring Melle Mel and local activist Paradise Gray. And apparently the honors mean something — if you’re involved with music at all, you’re probably already getting some text-message spam from hopeful contenders.