"We added members yet again," reads the first line of an email from the band’s guitarist and vocalist Steve Bodner. “I keep thinking maybe this will be the year I wind this down and then I keep adding people!”
The veteran Pittsburgh group - which is now a seven-piece band - added cellist, Jenna DiFrancisco, and features four other female members: Marjie Pintea on acoustic guitar and vocals, Megan Paullet on keyboards and vocals, Amy Withrow on percussion and vocals, and Jerri Collins on bass, in addition to Bodner, Mark Pintea on drums.
“The sound is huge with the four-part harmonies and the cello,” says Bodner. “It is kind of like DPO, The Damaged Pies Orchestra.”
Damaged Pies also recently released “Angelee” a single with Pittsburgh Emmy Award-winning hip-hop artist Frzy. Available digitally everywhere, all proceeds go to benefit WhyHunger, a grassroots nonprofit group working to end hunger and poverty. Damaged Pies has actively worked with WhyHunger for years as part of its Artists Against Hunger and Poverty project.
KeyBank Celebrates 30 Years
Speaking of expanding 30 years into the game, KeyBank Pavilion celebrates 30 years with new features created with the fan’s experience in mind. For the 2019 concert season, the Burgettstown venue adds seats, new food and beverage offerings, and more.
Seats in sections 1-3 now have thicker softer cushions, adjustable armrests, and cupholders.
Additions to the food menu include:
Art Bird – Brainchild of Art Smith and Joe Germanotta (Lady Gaga’s father), this Southern-style fried chicken restaurant already has locations in Washington D.C., Disneyland, and Grand Central Station in New York City. Items available this summer feature famous fried chicken, with a biscuit, a side of mac and cheese and coleslaw.
Trejo’s Tacos – Danny Trejo’s fresh taco concept from his stands in Los Angeles will feature Carne, Chicken and Mushroom Asada options and chipotle chicken nachos. Trejo is an actor known for the film Machete.
Questlove Impossible Cheesesteak - Philly native and joint frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, Questlove restaurant will feature a plant-based Philly Cheesesteak. Served on an Amoroso roll, version 2.0 impossible meat will be cooked with onions and peppers, topped with cheese and served with a pepperoncini relish.
California Pizza Kitchen – The pizza chain will offer 10.5-inch Cheese or BBQ Chicken pies to be sold through the convenience of lawn hawking, as well as an option through the main concession stands.
Check out the full scope of changes in KeyBank’s venue tour video below.
Love PGH Music
From rock and hip hop to jazz, blues, bluegrass and more, an exciting new nonprofit initiative called Love PGH Music will help music fans connect with Pittsburgh's dynamic local music scene.
The heart of the initiative is a new website, LovePGHMusic.com, which includes an interactive events calendar. Pittsburgh musicians can list shows - from clubs, theaters and house parties to festivals, nonprofit stages and more.
Live Music Returns to Engine House 25: Red, White and Blues Series
Starting June 20th, The Tasting Room at Engine House 25 Wines presents live music every third Thursday during the summer months, offering a variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres.
Musical acts will range in genres and perform from 6-8 p.m. There is a $10 minimum suggested donation at the door and all proceeds go to The Clemente Museum.
The Tasting Room at Engine House 25 is located directly next door to the Engine House 25 Building which also houses The Clemente Museum on the first and second floors. The museum’s mission is to preserve the legacy of Roberto Clemente, who was a Pittsburgh Pirate for 18 years and died in a humanitarian effort to Nicaragua. The museum houses many objects, memorabilia, and images from and throughout Clemente’s life.
Red, White and Blues Series Schedule
• Thursday, June 20th: Jessica Lee and Mark Strickland
• Friday, June 21st: George Jones Latin Jazz (in conjunction with Clemente Mural Block Party)
• Thursday, July 18th: Austin & Ivy of the Armadillos
• Thursday, August 15th: Eric Defade and Friends
Since it's Monday, here's a music video for a little workweek distraction. (I won't tell your boss you're watching music videos on the clock.)