Pittsburgh’s Ladyfest 2017 celebrates local lady music

Pittsburgh’s Ladyfest 2017 celebrates local lady music

“It’s nice to break down those walls and meet new people.”

Tomchess and his oud take center stage at Pittsburgh’s Hambone's

Pittsburgh’s King Fez and Tom Moran also join the evening

Xenia Rubinos taps hip hop, jazz and punk rock for her latest record, Black Terry Cat

She hits town with a three-piece to perform at Club Café

Peeking behind the curtain of Pittsburgh’s IT IT

“None of us know what the song is going to be when we get in the room together.”

The spellbinding psychedelic blues of All Them Witches

“Blues music isn’t a guy sitting with his acoustic guitar on a dusty road anymore.”

Selwyn Birchwood’s long road to overnight success

“I got thrown in the water with no floaties.”

Pittsburgh’s Homeless Gospel Choir never went looking for punk rock, but says the music ‘saved my life’

“I was a real scared young kid who just wanted to be accepted.”

Brother Ali accentuates the positive, but keeps it real

“We don’t have the option of despair.”

Documentaries on jazz legends John Coltrane and Lee Morgan

In the jazz canon, few musicians are as highly regarded as tenor saxophonist John Coltrane

Baltimore’s Wildhoney hits Pittsburgh with a new record and a poppier sound.

“While we like guitars, and pedals are fun, it’s ultimately about the song.”

At Pittsburgh’s Accessible Recording in Oakland, owner Madeleine Campbell takes the name to heart

“Do it yourself, but do it together.”

Folk singer Chastity Brown’s Silhouette of Sirens triumphs through the pain; she plays Pittsburgh’s Club Café May 22

"I’m not in that place anymore, but I can full well fucking know what it’s like to go there.”

Andy Shauf brings a musical narrative to his new record, The Party, plays Pittsburgh May 15

“I guess I’m interested in that kind of thing: what people are really like.”

Blues guitarist Samantha Fish takes a soul/R&B side trip

“Our fans come to the show and they go, ‘OK, I get it!’”

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