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Starship Mantis

Shauna Miller
Starship Mantis
Blast into the new decade to the sounds of Starship Mantis. Along with Trio+, Shad Ali, and DJ Femi, the five-piece funk and jazz-fusion band is throwing an intergalactic costume party at Black Forge Coffee House in McKees Rocks. Since the show takes place on January 4, you can pregame the event while recovering from New Year’s Eve shenanigans. Start with Starship Mantis’s debut, Trapped in the 9th Dimension, an album that channels funk lords such as Snarky Puppy and Parliament Funkadelic. Then move onto the group’s latest release, Black Hole Radio AM/FM, a musical story about daily life through the 9th Dimension told through the eyes of alien radio host Bizmarc the Martian. (Fun Fact, Bizmarc is voiced by Ben Penigar, owner of the Rex Theater.) Plus, Starship Mantis will be releasing a limited collab cream ale with Black Forge and Dancing Gnome

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