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An Evening with Nina Sainato & Friends featuring Eric Granata and Mark Johanson

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Nina Sainato reunites with longtime friends and expert guitarists Eric Granata and Mark Johanson for a night of original music, carefully selected covers, and some holiday classics with a twist. Together, their styles span a variety of genres from pop, to blues, to southern rock. Join us for some of Pittsburgh’s best on stage together, which also may include some surprise specials guests.

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Nina Sainato reunites with longtime friends and expert guitarists Eric Granata and Mark Johanson for a night of original music, carefully selected covers, and some holiday classics with a twist. Together, their styles span a variety of genres from pop, to blues, to southern rock. Join us for some of Pittsburgh’s best on stage together, which also may include some surprise specials guests.

Opus One Comedy Presents Marcus Cox LIVE with Special Guests

Marcus Cox is an upcoming comedian who is headlining, hosting, promoting and performing at comedy venues in the Pittsburgh, Michigan, DMV, New York and Ohio areas. Marcus has appeared in Comedy Festivals including: The Cleveland Comedy Festival 2014 (Cleveland OH) LaughFest 2015, 2016 (Grand Rapids MI). The Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival 2016 (Memphis TN) and The Baltimore Comedy Festival 2017 (Baltimore MD). Also, Marcus has won many competitions in the Northeast Ohio area along with performing at Comedy Clubs such as: The Funny Farm (OH), FunnyStop Comedy Club (OH), Jokers laugh house (PA), and Sulleys Comedy cellar (MD) Opening up for comics such as Steve Sabo, April Brucker and Raymond the Amish comic. He is known for his upbeat, charismatic, and hilarious personality with a love for comedy. Marcus is an advocate cancer supporter and has produced many shows in the benefit of children with cancer and breast cancer victims/ survivors.

Marcus Cox is an upcoming comedian who is headlining, hosting, promoting and performing at comedy venues in the Pittsburgh, Michigan, DMV, New York and Ohio areas. Marcus has appeared in Comedy Festivals including: The Cleveland Comedy Festival 2014 (Cleveland OH) LaughFest 2015, 2016 (Grand Rapids MI). The Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival 2016 (Memphis TN) and The Baltimore Comedy Festival 2017 (Baltimore MD). Also, Marcus has won many competitions in the Northeast Ohio area along with performing at Comedy Clubs such as: The Funny Farm (OH), FunnyStop Comedy Club (OH), Jokers laugh house (PA), and Sulleys Comedy cellar (MD) Opening up for comics such as Steve Sabo, April Brucker and Raymond the Amish comic. He is known for his upbeat, charismatic, and hilarious personality with a love for comedy. Marcus is an advocate cancer supporter and has produced many shows in the benefit of children with cancer and breast cancer victims/ survivors.

(Early Show) Joanna Lowe and the Broken Word with Special Guest Brewer's Row

Joanna Lowe is a spoken word artist, actress & published poet hailing from Pittsburgh with degrees in both theatre and writing. She will be performing with her band the Broken Word. Special guests Brewer's Row.

Joanna Lowe is a spoken word artist, actress & published poet hailing from Pittsburgh with degrees in both theatre and writing. She will be performing with her band the Broken Word. Special guests Brewer's Row.

(Late Show) Ali Spagnola's Power Hour - Drinking Game Concert with Special Guest The Nerd Herders

Come experience the live Drinking Game Concert! Ali Spagnola will be playing her Power Hour Show. They play 60 of your favorite cover songs. All one minute long. Everyone cheers and drinks in between each song. Awesomeness ensues.

Come experience the live Drinking Game Concert! Ali Spagnola will be playing her Power Hour Show. They play 60 of your favorite cover songs. All one minute long. Everyone cheers and drinks in between each song. Awesomeness ensues.

Feliz Navibrah with Brahctopus, Heavy Chest, Little Good Bad, Stationary Pebbles and Different Dan Presented by Opus One and GareFest

An event not to be missed! With additional comedy by Scott Israel and Izzy Rhue, live painting by Steve Pearce, Lisa Ann , Inocguido & more!

An event not to be missed! With additional comedy by Scott Israel and Izzy Rhue, live painting by Steve Pearce, Lisa Ann , Inocguido & more!

Bill Deasy's Annual Boxing Day Show

43 minutes. That is all Bill Deasy is asking of you.

43 minutes.

Turn off your phone. Shut the door. Block out the world.

Then...just...listen.


Wheels on road
Roads in moonlight
Moonlight falling on a midnight train

So begins "Timeless Things," the lead-off title track for Bill Deasy's eighth full-length studio record. Anton DeFade's driving bass pumps along beside Jake Hanner's steady kick drum. Rob James' (on loan from The Clarks) signature confectionary guitar work assisted by electric rhythm from newcomer Noah Minarik, laces through, tying the musical tapestry together. All are in support of Bill's voice, his acoustic guitar, and, of course, his words.

Timeless things.

"Every now and then you strike a vein," Deasy says, reflecting on this latest batch of songs. "I didn't even know I was wanting to do a new project, but the songs kept coming, each one seeming to lead to the next."

Nowhere is his intuitive approach to songwriting more prominently displayed than on the record's closing track, "End of the Record Song," which recalls vintage Jackson Browne.

"That one was a real labor of love," Bill notes. "I wrote it over a long weekend and just kept singing it and singing it as the lines slowly appeared."

The song shifts at the midway point from third to first person, a choice Deasy explains holds personal significance.

"The first half of that song is about the character I used to be, wallowing in the sad heartache music of my melancholy youth. Then after the solo section, I find the guts to step out from behind the mask of all the story songs and just be myself. I am wallowing in happiness now. A nice change, for sure."

Though at first the songsmith envisioned recording this new material with his long-time band mates in the Gathering Field, scheduling issues made a solo project the best option. Deasy teamed with local producer Jake Hanner (Donora, Meeting of Important People) and the two set to work.

"We built each song from the ground up," Bill explains. "Jake referenced a rehearsal recording to create simple loops to which I then laid down solo acoustic performances. Once we felt great about those we started layering."

In addition to the studio band mentioned above, guests include singers Maia Sharp, Scott Blasey and Clark Slater. Gathering Field member Dave Brown contributes electric guitar on two tracks as well.

The result is a remarkably natural sounding recording of, perhaps, the strongest songs of Deasy's career.

"We realized as we got deeper into it that something really good was happening," he recalls. "Our job from that point on was just to let it."

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Bill Deasy has recorded and toured nationally both as a solo artist and with the Gathering Field. Bill has also written for other artists including Martina McBride and Billy Ray Cyrus in addition to collaborating on songs with the likes of Howard Jones, the Clarks, Maia Sharp, Bijou Phillips, One Flew South, Kim Carnes, Odie Blackmon and many others. Bill's recording of "Good Things are Happening," a song he co-wrote on a trip to Nashville, became the long-running theme for Good Morning America on ABC and he appeared in the promo spots, strumming his guitar and singing.

In 2006, Bill added "published author" to his list of accomplishments with the release of Ransom Seaborn which went on to win the Golden Needle Award and is currently being adapted for film. Traveling Clothes followed in 2009 and Ghost Tree in 2010, both delivering generously on the promise of Ransom Seaborn.

Bill was recently included in the book "Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred" as one of 500 of the most memorable Pittsburghers from the past 250 years.

43 minutes. That is all Bill Deasy is asking of you.

43 minutes.

Turn off your phone. Shut the door. Block out the world.

Then...just...listen.


Wheels on road
Roads in moonlight
Moonlight falling on a midnight train

So begins "Timeless Things," the lead-off title track for Bill Deasy's eighth full-length studio record. Anton DeFade's driving bass pumps along beside Jake Hanner's steady kick drum. Rob James' (on loan from The Clarks) signature confectionary guitar work assisted by electric rhythm from newcomer Noah Minarik, laces through, tying the musical tapestry together. All are in support of Bill's voice, his acoustic guitar, and, of course, his words.

Timeless things.

"Every now and then you strike a vein," Deasy says, reflecting on this latest batch of songs. "I didn't even know I was wanting to do a new project, but the songs kept coming, each one seeming to lead to the next."

Nowhere is his intuitive approach to songwriting more prominently displayed than on the record's closing track, "End of the Record Song," which recalls vintage Jackson Browne.

"That one was a real labor of love," Bill notes. "I wrote it over a long weekend and just kept singing it and singing it as the lines slowly appeared."

The song shifts at the midway point from third to first person, a choice Deasy explains holds personal significance.

"The first half of that song is about the character I used to be, wallowing in the sad heartache music of my melancholy youth. Then after the solo section, I find the guts to step out from behind the mask of all the story songs and just be myself. I am wallowing in happiness now. A nice change, for sure."

Though at first the songsmith envisioned recording this new material with his long-time band mates in the Gathering Field, scheduling issues made a solo project the best option. Deasy teamed with local producer Jake Hanner (Donora, Meeting of Important People) and the two set to work.

"We built each song from the ground up," Bill explains. "Jake referenced a rehearsal recording to create simple loops to which I then laid down solo acoustic performances. Once we felt great about those we started layering."

In addition to the studio band mentioned above, guests include singers Maia Sharp, Scott Blasey and Clark Slater. Gathering Field member Dave Brown contributes electric guitar on two tracks as well.

The result is a remarkably natural sounding recording of, perhaps, the strongest songs of Deasy's career.

"We realized as we got deeper into it that something really good was happening," he recalls. "Our job from that point on was just to let it."

********

Bill Deasy has recorded and toured nationally both as a solo artist and with the Gathering Field. Bill has also written for other artists including Martina McBride and Billy Ray Cyrus in addition to collaborating on songs with the likes of Howard Jones, the Clarks, Maia Sharp, Bijou Phillips, One Flew South, Kim Carnes, Odie Blackmon and many others. Bill's recording of "Good Things are Happening," a song he co-wrote on a trip to Nashville, became the long-running theme for Good Morning America on ABC and he appeared in the promo spots, strumming his guitar and singing.

In 2006, Bill added "published author" to his list of accomplishments with the release of Ransom Seaborn which went on to win the Golden Needle Award and is currently being adapted for film. Traveling Clothes followed in 2009 and Ghost Tree in 2010, both delivering generously on the promise of Ransom Seaborn.

Bill was recently included in the book "Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred" as one of 500 of the most memorable Pittsburghers from the past 250 years.

Demos Papadimas And His Band / The Local

Demos Papadimas And His Band

Singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas (guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. Based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas and his band consisting of Ralph Rich (drums), Dave Lynn (electric guitar), Corey Gray (Upright Bass), and Caitlin Hedge (violin) have received considerable attention and created a dedicated following largely through live performances at many of the region's best venues.

Lyrically, this self-described "cynical optimist" infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary and wistful lyrics. When Papadimas sings, "Somehow I've dodged so many evil eyes, that I ain't got religion is really just a surprise" he shares his sense of bemused wonder. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Papadimas writes meditative travelogues that are often Guthrie-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his rootsy musical approach.

Discussing his influences, Papadimas cites Dylan-esque balladry, Leonard Cohen's most recent touring ensembles, and string-band revivalists such as Old Crow Medicine Show as well as Greek Rembetiko-the "Greek blues."

Papadimas’ latest album, Waiting, was recorded by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio and features frequent collaborators Al Moss on pedal steel guitar and Chris Leonardi on Hammond B3. The album was released on Record Store Day 2016 and is available on CD, Vinyl, and digital download.

The Local

What do you get when you cross a punk rocker from Belfast, Northern Ireland with a indie-folkster from Pittsburgh? The powerful indie rock ensemble The Local, whose combination of punk rock influences, infused with sweeping operatic arrangements resemble something producer Brian McTear (War on Drugs, Strand of Oaks, Matt Pond PA, Local Natives) lovingly describes as My Bloody Valentine meets Ennio Morricone.

Their story begins near Belfast where Dean Henry formed the short-lived punk band Slate with his younger brother Lee. Proudly wearing their influences on their sleeve, the band drew a large and loyal local following with its stage presence and catchy, driving tunes. It was during this time that he met Jenny, an American living in Northern Ireland, also playing in small town pubs and clubs around the country. She became a supporter of The band, and later, Slate’s unofficial tour manager. “We would load our gear into my Peugeot hatchback and trek all over Northern Ireland playing shows”. The couple married and headed to Pittsburgh, where Jenny was born and raised.

A lifelong music appreciator, Ben Sweet determined to teach himself guitar after a diabetes diagnosis. With an assist from a music theory text, he quickly gained his chops and began writing the lyrically-driven folk songs which formed the basis of his solo act Southside American. His first solo record In Our Keystone State was released in 2013 to critical acclaim and significant local buzz. As Sweet looked to round out Southside’s sound, he added a backing band. A tip from the band’s keyboardist, who worked alongside Jenny Henry, led him to Dean, a skilled percussionist, in the spring of 2014.

It was while playing together in Southside American that Henry and Sweet discovered their mutual affection for bands such as The Jam, The Clash, The Replacements and The Pixies. Sweet encouraged Henry to begin writing his own songs and, in no time, he was churning out one compelling composition after another, all the while his guitar chops increasing dramatically. The two begin writing together and, in no time at all, had put together the songs which form the nucleus of their debut EP Reverie which was recorded with McTear at Miner Street Studio in Philadelphia, and features Jenny Henry on bass and Pat Berkery (The War on Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!) on drums.

Since returning from the studio, the band has recently added percussionist Stephen Flory and keyboardist Eric Matlock.

A self-described band for adults The Local brings a powerful yet understated sensibility to the stage on diverse tracks such as Reverie, Racing and Fair Play. The Reverie EP is due to be released in the spring of 2018 on Wednesday Records. It was mastered by Paul Hammond.

Demos Papadimas And His Band

Singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas (guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. Based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas and his band consisting of Ralph Rich (drums), Dave Lynn (electric guitar), Corey Gray (Upright Bass), and Caitlin Hedge (violin) have received considerable attention and created a dedicated following largely through live performances at many of the region's best venues.

Lyrically, this self-described "cynical optimist" infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary and wistful lyrics. When Papadimas sings, "Somehow I've dodged so many evil eyes, that I ain't got religion is really just a surprise" he shares his sense of bemused wonder. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Papadimas writes meditative travelogues that are often Guthrie-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his rootsy musical approach.

Discussing his influences, Papadimas cites Dylan-esque balladry, Leonard Cohen's most recent touring ensembles, and string-band revivalists such as Old Crow Medicine Show as well as Greek Rembetiko-the "Greek blues."

Papadimas’ latest album, Waiting, was recorded by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio and features frequent collaborators Al Moss on pedal steel guitar and Chris Leonardi on Hammond B3. The album was released on Record Store Day 2016 and is available on CD, Vinyl, and digital download.

The Local

What do you get when you cross a punk rocker from Belfast, Northern Ireland with a indie-folkster from Pittsburgh? The powerful indie rock ensemble The Local, whose combination of punk rock influences, infused with sweeping operatic arrangements resemble something producer Brian McTear (War on Drugs, Strand of Oaks, Matt Pond PA, Local Natives) lovingly describes as My Bloody Valentine meets Ennio Morricone.

Their story begins near Belfast where Dean Henry formed the short-lived punk band Slate with his younger brother Lee. Proudly wearing their influences on their sleeve, the band drew a large and loyal local following with its stage presence and catchy, driving tunes. It was during this time that he met Jenny, an American living in Northern Ireland, also playing in small town pubs and clubs around the country. She became a supporter of The band, and later, Slate’s unofficial tour manager. “We would load our gear into my Peugeot hatchback and trek all over Northern Ireland playing shows”. The couple married and headed to Pittsburgh, where Jenny was born and raised.

A lifelong music appreciator, Ben Sweet determined to teach himself guitar after a diabetes diagnosis. With an assist from a music theory text, he quickly gained his chops and began writing the lyrically-driven folk songs which formed the basis of his solo act Southside American. His first solo record In Our Keystone State was released in 2013 to critical acclaim and significant local buzz. As Sweet looked to round out Southside’s sound, he added a backing band. A tip from the band’s keyboardist, who worked alongside Jenny Henry, led him to Dean, a skilled percussionist, in the spring of 2014.

It was while playing together in Southside American that Henry and Sweet discovered their mutual affection for bands such as The Jam, The Clash, The Replacements and The Pixies. Sweet encouraged Henry to begin writing his own songs and, in no time, he was churning out one compelling composition after another, all the while his guitar chops increasing dramatically. The two begin writing together and, in no time at all, had put together the songs which form the nucleus of their debut EP Reverie which was recorded with McTear at Miner Street Studio in Philadelphia, and features Jenny Henry on bass and Pat Berkery (The War on Drugs, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!) on drums.

Since returning from the studio, the band has recently added percussionist Stephen Flory and keyboardist Eric Matlock.

A self-described band for adults The Local brings a powerful yet understated sensibility to the stage on diverse tracks such as Reverie, Racing and Fair Play. The Reverie EP is due to be released in the spring of 2018 on Wednesday Records. It was mastered by Paul Hammond.

The Music of R.E.M. with The Reckoning (Including The Entire First Album 'Murmur')

The premier REM tribute band, dedicated to presenting faithful recreations of the band's entire musical catalog.

The premier REM tribute band, dedicated to presenting faithful recreations of the band's entire musical catalog.

(Early Show) UPMC Children's Hospital Benefit Featuring Johnny Walylko with special guests Nameless in August and Merrow

(Late Show) Da Funny Team and Opus One Comedy Presents One Eye with Boo Jones, Will Quivers, A Loc and Hosted by Tony Brown

Join Club Cafe for an evening of local comedy presented by Da Funny Team and Opus One Comedy.

Join Club Cafe for an evening of local comedy presented by Da Funny Team and Opus One Comedy.

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