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Southern Avenue with Special Guest Nightgown

Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue - “The most talked about band in Memphis.”

Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.

Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.

The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as "Don't Give Up," "What Did I Do," "It's Gonna Be Alright," "Love Me Right" and "Wildflower." The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love."

The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band.

Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects. According to Ori, "When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing."

"I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project," Tierinii remembers. "Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically."

"We started over," Naftaly continues. "We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly."

"Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,'" Tierinii recalls. "We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special."

Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label. "I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility," says Tierinii. "I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home."

Tierinii views Southern Avenue as "a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. "It's been a real crash course," she continues. "We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now."

"This band has already made our dreams come true," Ori concludes. "I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy."

Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue - “The most talked about band in Memphis.”

Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.

Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.

The band members' diverse skills come together organically on Southern Avenue, scheduled for release on February 24, 2017 via Stax Records, a division of Concord Music Group. Produced by Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin), the 10-song album features guest appearances from Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and trumpeter Marc Franklin of the Bo-Keys. But it's Southern Avenue's own potent musical chemistry that drives such sublimely soulful originals as "Don't Give Up," "What Did I Do," "It's Gonna Be Alright," "Love Me Right" and "Wildflower." The band also pays tribute to its roots with an incandescent reading of Ann Peebles' Memphis soul classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love."

The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band.

Although his talents were embraced by American audiences, Naftaly felt constrained in his own band, feeling the need to include a more expansive, collaborative musical vision. That opportunity arrived when he met Memphis native Tierinii Jackson, who'd gotten her start singing in church, before performing in a series of cover bands and theatrical projects. According to Ori, "When I saw Tierinii perform, I thought, 'This is why I came to America.' I met her and we clicked. At our first rehearsal, she told me that her sister was a drummer, and she thought it would be great to have her in the band. We had such a good vibe, and suddenly I didn't care so much about my solo thing."

"I initially clicked with Ori really well, but it was his project," Tierinii remembers. "Then he came to me and said 'I want this band to be a collaboration, I want this to be our vision and our music.' So we started writing together, and that's when I realized that we were really the same musically."

"We started over," Naftaly continues. "We threw out most of the songs I'd been playing in my solo band, and Tierinii and I wrote a whole new set, and we became Southern Avenue. The more we played together, the closer we got, and the more we became a family. We started getting a different kind of crowd, and from there things escalated quickly."

"Ori said, 'My band is done, this is y'all's band,'" Tierinii recalls. "We all quit our other gigs and started focusing on this, working and writing and living together in a way that you don't experience when you're playing somebody else's music. Now we're playing songs that we wrote ourselves and we're playing them from our hearts. That is when I realized that we had something special."

Despite not having a record deal, Southern Avenue quickly found success touring in America and Europe. They won additional attention playing some prestigious festivals and competing in the International Blues Challenge, in which they represented Memphis. Less than a year after the band's formation, they were signed to the resurgent Stax label. "I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility," says Tierinii. "I grew up in Memphis, seeing the name Stax everywhere. It was a constant presence, and now it's up to us to live up that. I feel like this band can be a platform to do a lot of positive things for the city of Memphis. I want to change the world, but Memphis is home."

Tierinii views Southern Avenue as "a perfect soundtrack to our first year together. We wrote these songs in our first nine months of being a band. We'd all done so many things and come from so many different places, but the music represents all of us. "It's been a real crash course," she continues. "We've haven't been a band for very long, but what we have feels very special, and it's made us a strong unit. I think that we represent something that people need to see right now."

"This band has already made our dreams come true," Ori concludes. "I've waited all my life to be in a band like this, and it's amazing to me that I get to play with these people every night. Our goal is to keep doing this for a long time and leave our mark. We're trying to build a legacy."

Sinkane with Special Guest Different Places In Space

Sinkane music - every note of it - comes straight out of a generosity of spirit. Never has that spirit been on more vivid display than on the uplifting new album Life & Livin' It. This is feel-good music for trying times, celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard.

By the time they finished touring for their acclaimed Mean Love album in late 2015, Ahmed Gallab and the band had spread the gospel of Sinkane to the world, playing 166 shows in 20 countries. During the same period, he had also led The Atomic Bomb Band - the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of elusive Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor. The band included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Jamie Lidell and legendary jazz musicians Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd, and they played all over the planet, including making their TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. "Those 14 months really changed my life," Ahmed says. "Not only did I learn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closer as a band."

As Ahmed got into the depths of writing for Life & Livin' It, he had a clear goal; to conjure the ups and downs of a universal experience, and have fun while doing it. "I would listen to my favorite records, like Funkadelic's America Eats Its Young, and realize how great they made me feel. That carefree, light and fun feeling I was getting while writing this record is what I want everyone to feel when they listen to it."

Ahmed soon brought the band in to help with the material, testing the songs at a four-show residency of sold-out shows at Union Pool in Brooklyn where the audience's reception fed the creative process. They toured throughout the summer before setting up shop at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas. Once again produced by Ahmed with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, the album draws from the best elements of Sinkane's previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane's live show is a central feeling of the recordings. Each one of the four members of Sinkane - bassist Ish Montgomery, drummer Jason Trammell, guitarist Jonny Lam and Ahmed – sing and contribute additional parts on the album, with Trammell contributing lyrics to "Theme from Life & Livin' It," and Lam helping with arrangements. Jas Walton and Jordan MacLean of Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.

In making a record that feels like this, Ahmed's primary intention was to make music that is joyous, but also socially conscious when you scratch beneath the surface. The songs "U'Huh" and "Theme from Life & Livin' It" conjure up the simple pleasures of hanging with friends, but there are heavier vibes in there. Ahmed says, "I remember listening to Bob Marley as a child. Dancing with my family in our living room and then my mother telling me what issues he was addressing, and that it was important to remember those things while listening. It made the music even better because it became about something more."

"Favorite Song" came about from Ahmed's experiences DJ'ing in New York. "As a DJ you're always paying attention to the collective energy in the club. When you play a song that everyone knows, everybody is connected, lost in the music." That song, along with "U'Huh", has lyrics sung in Arabic, Ahmed's native tongue. "Kulu shi tamaam!" means "everything is great!" while "ya zol ya zain!" is a Sudanese term of endearment meaning "my beautiful friend." "It's really easy to understand the tone of those words," Ahmed adds. "They just feel good, you don't have to know what they mean. It's kind of like listening to Caetano Veloso or Jorge Ben - you don't have to know Portuguese to feel what they're saying."

True to its name, Life & Livin' It is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He's no longer searching for his home - he has created a home for himself. There's a party there, and Life & Livin' It is playing on the stereo.  You are invited.

Sinkane music - every note of it - comes straight out of a generosity of spirit. Never has that spirit been on more vivid display than on the uplifting new album Life & Livin' It. This is feel-good music for trying times, celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard.

By the time they finished touring for their acclaimed Mean Love album in late 2015, Ahmed Gallab and the band had spread the gospel of Sinkane to the world, playing 166 shows in 20 countries. During the same period, he had also led The Atomic Bomb Band - the highly celebrated 15-piece outfit that played the music of elusive Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor. The band included David Byrne, Damon Albarn, members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, Jamie Lidell and legendary jazz musicians Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd, and they played all over the planet, including making their TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. "Those 14 months really changed my life," Ahmed says. "Not only did I learn how to put on a bigger show, but all that touring brought Sinkane closer as a band."

As Ahmed got into the depths of writing for Life & Livin' It, he had a clear goal; to conjure the ups and downs of a universal experience, and have fun while doing it. "I would listen to my favorite records, like Funkadelic's America Eats Its Young, and realize how great they made me feel. That carefree, light and fun feeling I was getting while writing this record is what I want everyone to feel when they listen to it."

Ahmed soon brought the band in to help with the material, testing the songs at a four-show residency of sold-out shows at Union Pool in Brooklyn where the audience's reception fed the creative process. They toured throughout the summer before setting up shop at Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, Texas. Once again produced by Ahmed with lyrics and help from longtime collaborator Greg Lofaro, the album draws from the best elements of Sinkane's previous records: the slinky funk and soul grooves are there, so are the sparkling melodies with roots in sub-Saharan Africa. With basic tracking played together live, the fun and immediacy of Sinkane's live show is a central feeling of the recordings. Each one of the four members of Sinkane - bassist Ish Montgomery, drummer Jason Trammell, guitarist Jonny Lam and Ahmed – sing and contribute additional parts on the album, with Trammell contributing lyrics to "Theme from Life & Livin' It," and Lam helping with arrangements. Jas Walton and Jordan MacLean of Daptone recording artists Antibalas contributed horns.

In making a record that feels like this, Ahmed's primary intention was to make music that is joyous, but also socially conscious when you scratch beneath the surface. The songs "U'Huh" and "Theme from Life & Livin' It" conjure up the simple pleasures of hanging with friends, but there are heavier vibes in there. Ahmed says, "I remember listening to Bob Marley as a child. Dancing with my family in our living room and then my mother telling me what issues he was addressing, and that it was important to remember those things while listening. It made the music even better because it became about something more."

"Favorite Song" came about from Ahmed's experiences DJ'ing in New York. "As a DJ you're always paying attention to the collective energy in the club. When you play a song that everyone knows, everybody is connected, lost in the music." That song, along with "U'Huh", has lyrics sung in Arabic, Ahmed's native tongue. "Kulu shi tamaam!" means "everything is great!" while "ya zol ya zain!" is a Sudanese term of endearment meaning "my beautiful friend." "It's really easy to understand the tone of those words," Ahmed adds. "They just feel good, you don't have to know what they mean. It's kind of like listening to Caetano Veloso or Jorge Ben - you don't have to know Portuguese to feel what they're saying."

True to its name, Life & Livin' It is an album about all kinds of experiences. When Ahmed Gallab sings, he sounds unafraid yet vulnerable. But while he once sang of feeling like he was on the planet Mars, Ahmed is now firmly grounded on Earth. He's no longer searching for his home - he has created a home for himself. There's a party there, and Life & Livin' It is playing on the stereo.  You are invited.

Club Cafe's Monthly Open Stage with Host Clinton Clegg

A free monthly open mic night for all performers. Signup for Performers begins at 7pm. Starving Artist Special from 7pm-8pm featuring half off food, $2 Yuengling Drafts, Free Coffee & Tea. Ages: +21

Club Cafe's open stage is one of Pittsburgh's longest running and most revered open mic events for performers of all genres. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville, New York and LA, Club Cafe's open stage provides artists with the chance to perform on a world renowned stage while fostering a friendly and supportive environment enabling performers to network with their peers, attract new audiences and extend their reach.

This month's host is Clinton Clegg

A free monthly open mic night for all performers. Signup for Performers begins at 7pm. Starving Artist Special from 7pm-8pm featuring half off food, $2 Yuengling Drafts, Free Coffee & Tea. Ages: +21

Club Cafe's open stage is one of Pittsburgh's longest running and most revered open mic events for performers of all genres. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville, New York and LA, Club Cafe's open stage provides artists with the chance to perform on a world renowned stage while fostering a friendly and supportive environment enabling performers to network with their peers, attract new audiences and extend their reach.

This month's host is Clinton Clegg

(Early Show) Jacob Klein / Chris Sabatino / East End Mile

Jacob Klein
Jacob Klein writes and performs introspective music with an organic and soulful integrity to the heart of songwriting. There's an underlying singer-songwriter tradition that has been very carefully crafted and that stems from his musical upbringing - channeling the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Folds, McCartney/Lennon, Brian Wilson, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks and more. As a whole, the Jacob Klein Band coalesces into a post-modern pop-rock outfit, with each member bringing an array of experiences and influences that further shape the songs and that contribute to a shared uniqueness that is the band's sound; It's pop - but it wants to be accepted on it's own terms rather than the industry's. It's rock, but that's just the medium and not the message. The meaning lies within the songs, which meander emotionally and push at the boundaries of their musical language. There's a tenderness and vulnerability that challenges listeners to feel and to examine, and most importantly - to come together.

East End Mile
Eastend Mile, a jazz rooted quartet from Pittsburgh, is a group devoted to reflecting the very definition of Jazz music; innovation and self-expression. Eastend Mile fuses Jazz with Hip-Hop, Indie Rock, and R&B, reflecting the essence of improvisation.

Chris Sabatino
Chris Sabatino is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from a small town in Ohio. Chris has a Bachelor of Communications Degree from Long Island University with a Minor in Theater. During College, he completed two internships in the television industry. One with Sony Pictures TV (Ricki Lake and Judge Hatchett) and one with "The People's Court" which led to his first full time position as an Audience Associate at "The Montel Williams Show."
Musically, Chris has released three EPs which are currently being sold on several websites including Itunes and Google Play. He performed in his own Off Off Broadway Show in New York City called "An Evening with Chris Sabatino." Other show credits include Pittsburgh(Club Cafe, Nico's Coffee House), Morgantown West Virginia(Schmitt's Saloon), Kent Ohio(Stone Tavern) and New York City(Parkside Lounge). His first single "Rockstar" climbed to #55 on the FMQB Top 200 Adult Contemporary Chart. His music has been heard by well over one million people having been played on 129 radio stations across the US and on over 200 stations in the United Kingdom and Canada. Chris partnered with Tinderbox Music and as a result has signed 6 Sync Licensing contracts with Discovery Communications, Fox Sports, Nascar, MTV and VH1.

Jacob Klein
Jacob Klein writes and performs introspective music with an organic and soulful integrity to the heart of songwriting. There's an underlying singer-songwriter tradition that has been very carefully crafted and that stems from his musical upbringing - channeling the likes of Jeff Buckley, Ben Folds, McCartney/Lennon, Brian Wilson, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Pink Floyd, Stevie Nicks and more. As a whole, the Jacob Klein Band coalesces into a post-modern pop-rock outfit, with each member bringing an array of experiences and influences that further shape the songs and that contribute to a shared uniqueness that is the band's sound; It's pop - but it wants to be accepted on it's own terms rather than the industry's. It's rock, but that's just the medium and not the message. The meaning lies within the songs, which meander emotionally and push at the boundaries of their musical language. There's a tenderness and vulnerability that challenges listeners to feel and to examine, and most importantly - to come together.

East End Mile
Eastend Mile, a jazz rooted quartet from Pittsburgh, is a group devoted to reflecting the very definition of Jazz music; innovation and self-expression. Eastend Mile fuses Jazz with Hip-Hop, Indie Rock, and R&B, reflecting the essence of improvisation.

Chris Sabatino
Chris Sabatino is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from a small town in Ohio. Chris has a Bachelor of Communications Degree from Long Island University with a Minor in Theater. During College, he completed two internships in the television industry. One with Sony Pictures TV (Ricki Lake and Judge Hatchett) and one with "The People's Court" which led to his first full time position as an Audience Associate at "The Montel Williams Show."
Musically, Chris has released three EPs which are currently being sold on several websites including Itunes and Google Play. He performed in his own Off Off Broadway Show in New York City called "An Evening with Chris Sabatino." Other show credits include Pittsburgh(Club Cafe, Nico's Coffee House), Morgantown West Virginia(Schmitt's Saloon), Kent Ohio(Stone Tavern) and New York City(Parkside Lounge). His first single "Rockstar" climbed to #55 on the FMQB Top 200 Adult Contemporary Chart. His music has been heard by well over one million people having been played on 129 radio stations across the US and on over 200 stations in the United Kingdom and Canada. Chris partnered with Tinderbox Music and as a result has signed 6 Sync Licensing contracts with Discovery Communications, Fox Sports, Nascar, MTV and VH1.

(Late Show) Race to the Coffin Comedy Presents Comedy Roulette: Time Travel Hosted by John Dick Winters

As a THANK YOU for your support, Race to the Coffin Comedy and Club Café would like to offer BUY ONE GET ONE FREE tickets to the Two Year Anniversary of Comedy Roulette on February 24. Use promo code "LAUGH" at ticketweb.com/clubcafe

As a THANK YOU for your support, Race to the Coffin Comedy and Club Café would like to offer BUY ONE GET ONE FREE tickets to the Two Year Anniversary of Comedy Roulette on February 24. Use promo code "LAUGH" at ticketweb.com/clubcafe

(Early Show) Royal Wood with Special Guest Diana Chittester

Royal Wood
One of the most accomplished singer songwriters in Canada, Royal Wood takes on the world with the release of his new album GHOST LIGHT on Outside Music, available January 27, 2017.

The journey to GHOST LIGHT started years ago on a small farm in rural Ontario, Canada. While his family tended cattle, Royal, at the age of 4 was more interested in any instrument he could get his hands on, than bales of hay. His parents recognized his prodigious talent and enrolled him in music studies. "As a shy kid, growing up on farmland in the middle of nowhere allowed me to escape to the open spaces to learn music and dream without the noise of the city life". When it came time, Royal left the family homestead to attend university in Montreal where in between studies, he fine-tuned his skills by becoming the house piano player at some of the classic Montreal jazz clubs and performing Dylan inspired folk songs in coffee houses.

Realizing the Montreal jazz bars and coffee houses weren’t opening any doors for him, Royal headed west to Toronto to realize his dream as a singer songwriter. To pay the bills as a beginning musician, Royal found himself in the towers of Bay Street. In typical Royal fashion, he went from a trader’s assistant to a Senior FX Trader in a very short time. With his days spent immersed in the FX market to pay his rent, Royal continued to write and record his music at night and perform everywhere and anywhere – releasing his debut album Tall Tales and touring all over Canada. "At no time in my life did I ever want to be an FX trader, but looking back it was the best thing that could’ve ever happened. It gave me business acumen, money to pay for my first albums, tours and publicist, and basically fund my dream until it because a reality". The critical acclaim that greeted Tall Tales encouraged Royal to record the follow-up A Good Enough Day and more importantly, it lead him to finally quit the day job and focus on his destiny.

The accolades began to pour in, multiple Juno Award nominations, being named iTunes Songwriter of the Year, as well as opportunities to tour with Sarah Harmer, My Morning Jacket, and Hawksley Workman. Royal Wood, had gone from a farm boy musical prodigy to the chaotic lifestyle of a FX trader, to one of Canada’s most acclaimed performers, producers and songwriters. All in a very short time. In 2013, Royal, split from his wife, headed overseas, unplugged and tucked himself away in a rustic cottage outside the Village of Slane, Ireland. With that isolation, Royal wrote the album that was to become The Burning Bright. An album which spawned the Canadian radio hit "Forever & Ever" and broke Royal’s career wide open in Canada.

After nearly 2 years of touring behind The Burning Bright, Royal relocated to LA to record GHOST LIGHT with co-producer Bill Lefler instead of hiring session players to perform on the songs, Royal took it upon himself to play almost every instrument. "The creation of GHOST LIGHT was an example of serendipity at its best. My intention of being in LA was to visit with my brother that lives there, and to experience the joy of creation again with my old pal Bill in sunny California. At first we thought we’d just record a couple songs and then talk about what we might do one day down the road. But instead, we felt so inspired by the first 3 songs we recorded, so electrified by the occasion that was happening, that I bounced around from instrument to instrument like a kid in a candy store. The album literally laid itself out at our feet in a matter of a couple weeks. Even the first single "Long Way Out" only happened because on a day off in LA, I sat around with some friends writing for the sake of writing. As a result we ended up creating the 2 obvious singles for the album in one single afternoon".

The rural kid who spent the past 15 years away from home, first in the bars of Montreal, then to the breakneck pace of corporate finance, and finally to the unpredictable world of a career musician has now returned home. Last year, Royal purchased the family farm. Most recently, he turned the farm organic by giving the land to young farmers trying to change the world. Royal Wood has accomplished many of his personal and professional goals in his native Canada, and it’s now time for the rest of the world to be introduced to this immensely talented and captivating performer. "Today, I find myself finally comfortable in my own skin. Finally making the music I always knew I was born to create. Finally acting independently of the good opinion of other people. I am simply following my bliss and seeing where it leads me."

Diana Chittester
Diana Chittester stands alone on stage with her arsenal of acoustic guitars. Her solo show is brought to life by her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, blended with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability she shares on stage resonates with audiences as she invites them along on her journey. Diana’s energetic solo show provides audiences the full experience.

http://dianachittester.com/

Royal Wood
One of the most accomplished singer songwriters in Canada, Royal Wood takes on the world with the release of his new album GHOST LIGHT on Outside Music, available January 27, 2017.

The journey to GHOST LIGHT started years ago on a small farm in rural Ontario, Canada. While his family tended cattle, Royal, at the age of 4 was more interested in any instrument he could get his hands on, than bales of hay. His parents recognized his prodigious talent and enrolled him in music studies. "As a shy kid, growing up on farmland in the middle of nowhere allowed me to escape to the open spaces to learn music and dream without the noise of the city life". When it came time, Royal left the family homestead to attend university in Montreal where in between studies, he fine-tuned his skills by becoming the house piano player at some of the classic Montreal jazz clubs and performing Dylan inspired folk songs in coffee houses.

Realizing the Montreal jazz bars and coffee houses weren’t opening any doors for him, Royal headed west to Toronto to realize his dream as a singer songwriter. To pay the bills as a beginning musician, Royal found himself in the towers of Bay Street. In typical Royal fashion, he went from a trader’s assistant to a Senior FX Trader in a very short time. With his days spent immersed in the FX market to pay his rent, Royal continued to write and record his music at night and perform everywhere and anywhere – releasing his debut album Tall Tales and touring all over Canada. "At no time in my life did I ever want to be an FX trader, but looking back it was the best thing that could’ve ever happened. It gave me business acumen, money to pay for my first albums, tours and publicist, and basically fund my dream until it because a reality". The critical acclaim that greeted Tall Tales encouraged Royal to record the follow-up A Good Enough Day and more importantly, it lead him to finally quit the day job and focus on his destiny.

The accolades began to pour in, multiple Juno Award nominations, being named iTunes Songwriter of the Year, as well as opportunities to tour with Sarah Harmer, My Morning Jacket, and Hawksley Workman. Royal Wood, had gone from a farm boy musical prodigy to the chaotic lifestyle of a FX trader, to one of Canada’s most acclaimed performers, producers and songwriters. All in a very short time. In 2013, Royal, split from his wife, headed overseas, unplugged and tucked himself away in a rustic cottage outside the Village of Slane, Ireland. With that isolation, Royal wrote the album that was to become The Burning Bright. An album which spawned the Canadian radio hit "Forever & Ever" and broke Royal’s career wide open in Canada.

After nearly 2 years of touring behind The Burning Bright, Royal relocated to LA to record GHOST LIGHT with co-producer Bill Lefler instead of hiring session players to perform on the songs, Royal took it upon himself to play almost every instrument. "The creation of GHOST LIGHT was an example of serendipity at its best. My intention of being in LA was to visit with my brother that lives there, and to experience the joy of creation again with my old pal Bill in sunny California. At first we thought we’d just record a couple songs and then talk about what we might do one day down the road. But instead, we felt so inspired by the first 3 songs we recorded, so electrified by the occasion that was happening, that I bounced around from instrument to instrument like a kid in a candy store. The album literally laid itself out at our feet in a matter of a couple weeks. Even the first single "Long Way Out" only happened because on a day off in LA, I sat around with some friends writing for the sake of writing. As a result we ended up creating the 2 obvious singles for the album in one single afternoon".

The rural kid who spent the past 15 years away from home, first in the bars of Montreal, then to the breakneck pace of corporate finance, and finally to the unpredictable world of a career musician has now returned home. Last year, Royal purchased the family farm. Most recently, he turned the farm organic by giving the land to young farmers trying to change the world. Royal Wood has accomplished many of his personal and professional goals in his native Canada, and it’s now time for the rest of the world to be introduced to this immensely talented and captivating performer. "Today, I find myself finally comfortable in my own skin. Finally making the music I always knew I was born to create. Finally acting independently of the good opinion of other people. I am simply following my bliss and seeing where it leads me."

Diana Chittester
Diana Chittester stands alone on stage with her arsenal of acoustic guitars. Her solo show is brought to life by her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, blended with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability she shares on stage resonates with audiences as she invites them along on her journey. Diana’s energetic solo show provides audiences the full experience.

http://dianachittester.com/

(Late Show) Balloon Ride Fantasy / LoFi Delphi / The Silver Thread

Join Club Cafe for an evening of live indie featuring

Balloon Ride Fantasy
Balloon Ride Fantasy is a 6-piece indie electropop/fantasy rock band whose Spring 2015 record release includes original music inspired by pop nostalgia and fantasy fiction films. The Pittsburgh, PA based band combines rich instrumentation, vocal harmonies and imaginative lyrics to create a colorful sonic escapade. Their songs range from upbeat and dance-floor-ready to moody, lovely and contemplative.

LoFi Delphi
Born from the ashes of several Pittsburgh rock bands- LoFi Delphi is a catharsis of creativity and collaboration.

We don't strive for a sound, we all have input, and we play because we love music.

The Silver Thread The Silver Thread is a three piece indie psych rock band from Pittsburgh, PA. The members consist of Todd Thomas (Guitar & Vocals), Tim Thomas (Bass & Vocals), and Dave Halloran (Drums). The sound of the band is a mixture of various influences: 60’s psychedelic rock and 70’s underground rock, early punk and post-punk. However, the band is not easily categorized and strives to create an original and unique sound. The band has been performing and recording on and off for the past 15 years. The band has gone through various line-up changes throughout this period. The current line-up of founding members Todd Thomas and Tim Thomas and longtime friend Dave Halloran has been together for the last five years.

Join Club Cafe for an evening of live indie featuring

Balloon Ride Fantasy
Balloon Ride Fantasy is a 6-piece indie electropop/fantasy rock band whose Spring 2015 record release includes original music inspired by pop nostalgia and fantasy fiction films. The Pittsburgh, PA based band combines rich instrumentation, vocal harmonies and imaginative lyrics to create a colorful sonic escapade. Their songs range from upbeat and dance-floor-ready to moody, lovely and contemplative.

LoFi Delphi
Born from the ashes of several Pittsburgh rock bands- LoFi Delphi is a catharsis of creativity and collaboration.

We don't strive for a sound, we all have input, and we play because we love music.

The Silver Thread The Silver Thread is a three piece indie psych rock band from Pittsburgh, PA. The members consist of Todd Thomas (Guitar & Vocals), Tim Thomas (Bass & Vocals), and Dave Halloran (Drums). The sound of the band is a mixture of various influences: 60’s psychedelic rock and 70’s underground rock, early punk and post-punk. However, the band is not easily categorized and strives to create an original and unique sound. The band has been performing and recording on and off for the past 15 years. The band has gone through various line-up changes throughout this period. The current line-up of founding members Todd Thomas and Tim Thomas and longtime friend Dave Halloran has been together for the last five years.

Bad Pop with Special Guests Nice Cars and Spellcaster

BAD POP have grown up, and they’re kind of pissed off about it. So, this indie rock band turned to every teenager’s refuge: distortion pedals and sarcasm.

Live, frontman Chris Connelly is alternatively heartwarming and menacing, like a pissed-off Weird Al. Superstar multi-instrumentalist Catherine Hiltz weaves melodic bass lines like a punk-rock bar-brawling PJ Harvey. Drummer Aaron Klassen was raised on a steady diet of Bonham and Grohl, and plays as if the snare just said something about his mother.

BAD POP have grown up, and they’re kind of pissed off about it. So, this indie rock band turned to every teenager’s refuge: distortion pedals and sarcasm.

Live, frontman Chris Connelly is alternatively heartwarming and menacing, like a pissed-off Weird Al. Superstar multi-instrumentalist Catherine Hiltz weaves melodic bass lines like a punk-rock bar-brawling PJ Harvey. Drummer Aaron Klassen was raised on a steady diet of Bonham and Grohl, and plays as if the snare just said something about his mother.

Wood & Wire with Special Guest Juvenile Characteristics

It's been 5 years since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of Austin, TX. In that time, they've written music, recorded records, and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country.In the sometimes tightly defined genre of bluegrass music, Wood & Wire's 'band style' ethos are not unheard of, but certainly atypical. As are the elements of song crafting, so often associated with their TX home. Tony Kamel - leader singer, guitarist, mover, shaker, and primary songwriter - brings his material to the group in a malleable form, and the results are undeniable."I think I'm most proud of how we've developed our sound together",says Kamel. "It feels great to step on stage feeling like we've really found our ownstyle."A culmination of very distinct musical personalities, there's one ambition they all share, "Our goal is to show up and drive, so that the energy hits you, and it's undeniable," says Bassist Dom Fisher.

It's been 5 years since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the rich musical soil of Austin, TX. In that time, they've written music, recorded records, and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country.In the sometimes tightly defined genre of bluegrass music, Wood & Wire's 'band style' ethos are not unheard of, but certainly atypical. As are the elements of song crafting, so often associated with their TX home. Tony Kamel - leader singer, guitarist, mover, shaker, and primary songwriter - brings his material to the group in a malleable form, and the results are undeniable."I think I'm most proud of how we've developed our sound together",says Kamel. "It feels great to step on stage feeling like we've really found our ownstyle."A culmination of very distinct musical personalities, there's one ambition they all share, "Our goal is to show up and drive, so that the energy hits you, and it's undeniable," says Bassist Dom Fisher.

Airpark (Featuring Members of the Apache Relay) with Special Guests Bikini Islands & Ryan Hoffman

Airpark is an alternative pop/rock duo made up of brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford – both formerly of The Apache Relay. Their calling cards are instinctive melodies and family harmonies coupled over a groove-oriented, alt-pop fingerprint.Active in the diverse Nashville music scene since 2005, they have performed across the USA, Canada and Europe and alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jenny Lewis, Young the Giant and Trampled By Turtles. Their music has been placed in such films as The Way Way Back, Safelight and the television program Legit on FX

Airpark is an alternative pop/rock duo made up of brothers Michael Ford, Jr. and Ben Ford – both formerly of The Apache Relay. Their calling cards are instinctive melodies and family harmonies coupled over a groove-oriented, alt-pop fingerprint.Active in the diverse Nashville music scene since 2005, they have performed across the USA, Canada and Europe and alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Jenny Lewis, Young the Giant and Trampled By Turtles. Their music has been placed in such films as The Way Way Back, Safelight and the television program Legit on FX

56-58 South 12th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203 (In Pittsburgh’s Historic South Side)