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Smokin' Betties Burlesque Presents: Love Letters in the Snow

Come join Club Cafe & Smokin' Betties for a very special Valentine's Day spectacular. Happy hour 6:30pm - 7:30pm.

Smokin' Betties Burlesque Presents: Love Letters in the Snow

With special guests:
Bearcat Betty
Amoxie Villain
Sass La Fraise
Venus Doom
Hosted by: Lilith DeVille

Come join Club Cafe & Smokin' Betties for a very special Valentine's Day spectacular. Happy hour 6:30pm - 7:30pm.

Smokin' Betties Burlesque Presents: Love Letters in the Snow

With special guests:
Bearcat Betty
Amoxie Villain
Sass La Fraise
Venus Doom
Hosted by: Lilith DeVille

Brave Birr with Special Guests Lor Stories & Julianna Warner

Brave Birr is an acoustic soul/folk rock band based in Pittsburgh Pa.

Brave Birr is an acoustic soul/folk rock band based in Pittsburgh Pa.

Joe Pug with Special Guest Matthew Wright

Joe Pug’s new record “The Flood In Color” is nearly four years in the making. But that betrays the fact that the making of the album was one of the most natural and rewarding processes of his career. Produced by Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang the album started with the goal of focusing on the simplicity of musicians playing together, live, in the same room. Recently relocating back to his childhood home in Prince Georges County, Maryland after many years spent in Chicago and Austin, Pug wanted take a new approach. The partnership with Pattengale proved to be an irresistible opportunity to do just that.

“The past couple of albums haven’t always been the most enjoyable to record. The process can really bring on all sorts of pressures about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it, both internally and externally. Lots of ‘Songs need to be 3 and half minutes long’ and ‘You need something that will work on AAA radio’. And the end result is this strange gravity that just weighs you down.” Pattengale, a fan of Pug’s music since the days so of his 2010 EP “Nation of Heat”, was eager to try a back-to-basics approach.

“So Kenneth and I sort of had the idea to strip all that away. I was just going to write songs. And I was going to do it in a way that came naturally to me, and that I enjoyed. Get rid of all the external bullshit. Look….music isn’t my entire life. Sometimes I want to write songs. But other times I want to read books. I want to play with my kid. I want to cook. A couple years ago I started a podcast. So that’s sort of how I approached this one. I’ll write songs the way I write songs. And when Kenneth and I had a few that we felt good about, we got together and dialed them in a bit further and worked on arrangements. Almost as friends as much as anything. And when we got them to a place we were happy with, we went to Nashville and recorded them. But through the whole affair there was really no timetable I imposed on it.”

In the studio, the relaxed mood continued. “In the past I’ve been guilty of being a bit too intoxicated with the process of recording, and it sometimes took away from the pure joy of making music. This time we didn’t spend weeks hold up in the studio obsessing over minute details. Kenneth put together an A+ group of musicians. And then we sat around a table, talked about the song for a bit, ran through it, and then pressed record. It was a revelation, and all the credit in the world to Kenneth for recognizing how important that would be. As a musician there are so many things that can get in the way of actually making music. What Kenneth did was to methodically strip those things away. “

In 2015 Pug also launched the aforementioned podcast, which has gone on to enjoy tremendous success. “The Working Songwriter” is a monthly hour-long conversation with some of today’s best songwriters. Recent guests have included Josh Ritter, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle, Brandon Flowers, Craig Finn, Ian MacKaye, Shakey Graves, Anais Mitchell and John Paul White. While its audience has grown, it’s always been more of a labor of love for Pug. “I didn’t hear the podcast I wanted to listen to, so I went ahead and just created it. From the very beginning I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted it to be. From there it was just a matter of convincing anyone to be on it! This was 2015, so it was still pretty early days for podcasting, so you’d get a lot of confused replies. ‘Wait, you want to interview me for an HOUR???’

“It’s made me reach out to the small community of people that do this for a living and given me a real sense of community. It started out with lots of friends and colleagues that I already knew, but since then I’ve gotten the opportunity to talk to lots of artists I hadn’t met prior. And it has been this absolutely incredible avenue to learning more about artists across genres. And in the process also learning about these very subtle but undeniable common threads that we all share because of our line of work.”

Joe Pug’s new record “The Flood In Color” is nearly four years in the making. But that betrays the fact that the making of the album was one of the most natural and rewarding processes of his career. Produced by Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang the album started with the goal of focusing on the simplicity of musicians playing together, live, in the same room. Recently relocating back to his childhood home in Prince Georges County, Maryland after many years spent in Chicago and Austin, Pug wanted take a new approach. The partnership with Pattengale proved to be an irresistible opportunity to do just that.

“The past couple of albums haven’t always been the most enjoyable to record. The process can really bring on all sorts of pressures about what you should be doing and how you should be doing it, both internally and externally. Lots of ‘Songs need to be 3 and half minutes long’ and ‘You need something that will work on AAA radio’. And the end result is this strange gravity that just weighs you down.” Pattengale, a fan of Pug’s music since the days so of his 2010 EP “Nation of Heat”, was eager to try a back-to-basics approach.

“So Kenneth and I sort of had the idea to strip all that away. I was just going to write songs. And I was going to do it in a way that came naturally to me, and that I enjoyed. Get rid of all the external bullshit. Look….music isn’t my entire life. Sometimes I want to write songs. But other times I want to read books. I want to play with my kid. I want to cook. A couple years ago I started a podcast. So that’s sort of how I approached this one. I’ll write songs the way I write songs. And when Kenneth and I had a few that we felt good about, we got together and dialed them in a bit further and worked on arrangements. Almost as friends as much as anything. And when we got them to a place we were happy with, we went to Nashville and recorded them. But through the whole affair there was really no timetable I imposed on it.”

In the studio, the relaxed mood continued. “In the past I’ve been guilty of being a bit too intoxicated with the process of recording, and it sometimes took away from the pure joy of making music. This time we didn’t spend weeks hold up in the studio obsessing over minute details. Kenneth put together an A+ group of musicians. And then we sat around a table, talked about the song for a bit, ran through it, and then pressed record. It was a revelation, and all the credit in the world to Kenneth for recognizing how important that would be. As a musician there are so many things that can get in the way of actually making music. What Kenneth did was to methodically strip those things away. “

In 2015 Pug also launched the aforementioned podcast, which has gone on to enjoy tremendous success. “The Working Songwriter” is a monthly hour-long conversation with some of today’s best songwriters. Recent guests have included Josh Ritter, Amanda Palmer, Steve Earle, Brandon Flowers, Craig Finn, Ian MacKaye, Shakey Graves, Anais Mitchell and John Paul White. While its audience has grown, it’s always been more of a labor of love for Pug. “I didn’t hear the podcast I wanted to listen to, so I went ahead and just created it. From the very beginning I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted it to be. From there it was just a matter of convincing anyone to be on it! This was 2015, so it was still pretty early days for podcasting, so you’d get a lot of confused replies. ‘Wait, you want to interview me for an HOUR???’

“It’s made me reach out to the small community of people that do this for a living and given me a real sense of community. It started out with lots of friends and colleagues that I already knew, but since then I’ve gotten the opportunity to talk to lots of artists I hadn’t met prior. And it has been this absolutely incredible avenue to learning more about artists across genres. And in the process also learning about these very subtle but undeniable common threads that we all share because of our line of work.”

We Are The Weirdos - Live Stories, Told By Women

Join us for a special Happy Hour from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

We Are The Weirdos is a live, open-mic style, storytelling series focused on giving woman identifying humans a platform to speak about their experiences.


FAQs

Q: Can I tell a story?
A: Anyone of our guests are welcome to sign up to tell a story. When signups open, you fill out a slip with your name and it's placed into a hat to be pulled at random.

Q: Do I need to be a professional storyteller?
A: Nope! We encourage our friends to try new things! We just ask that you keep it under five minutes. If you have any questions on how to develop your story, feel free to e-mail at info@wearetheweirdospgh.com

Q: What kind of women share?
A: We encourage women from all walks of life. Storytelling isn't limited to one group of people and we intend to keep this an open platform.

Q: What kind of stories do people share?
A: Anything! Stories range from hilarious to beautiful to heartbreaking. There is no theme.

Q: Can I use notes?
A: We do allow the use of notes on stage, however we ask that you limit the use. Live storytelling is exciting because it's.. well.. LIVE! Please refrain from reading essays or directly off of your phone.
​(TIP:) Try and practice your story from memory before the show, it really helps. Perhaps try recording a practice run on your phone. The more you tell it from memory, the better you will get. You can do it, we believe in you!

Q: Can only women attend?
A: We welcome an audience of any gender! We would love your support!

Join us for a special Happy Hour from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

We Are The Weirdos is a live, open-mic style, storytelling series focused on giving woman identifying humans a platform to speak about their experiences.


FAQs

Q: Can I tell a story?
A: Anyone of our guests are welcome to sign up to tell a story. When signups open, you fill out a slip with your name and it's placed into a hat to be pulled at random.

Q: Do I need to be a professional storyteller?
A: Nope! We encourage our friends to try new things! We just ask that you keep it under five minutes. If you have any questions on how to develop your story, feel free to e-mail at info@wearetheweirdospgh.com

Q: What kind of women share?
A: We encourage women from all walks of life. Storytelling isn't limited to one group of people and we intend to keep this an open platform.

Q: What kind of stories do people share?
A: Anything! Stories range from hilarious to beautiful to heartbreaking. There is no theme.

Q: Can I use notes?
A: We do allow the use of notes on stage, however we ask that you limit the use. Live storytelling is exciting because it's.. well.. LIVE! Please refrain from reading essays or directly off of your phone.
​(TIP:) Try and practice your story from memory before the show, it really helps. Perhaps try recording a practice run on your phone. The more you tell it from memory, the better you will get. You can do it, we believe in you!

Q: Can only women attend?
A: We welcome an audience of any gender! We would love your support!

The Toasters - 4 Decades In Ska World Tour with Special Guests iNCO FidO and Fubar

THE TOASTERS: 4 DECADES IN SKA WORLD TOUR


“In my opinion, The Toasters are to ska in America the 1980s and beyond what The Specials were to ska in the U.K. in the late '70s and early '80s, and what the Skatalites were to ska in Jamaica in the 1960s. The Toasters were innovators, creators, shapers of the music, evolving it in a fresh direction, blending it with the cultural influences in a very American manner, and I mean that in a completely complimentary way. Just as Byron Lee & the Dragonaires brought professionalism and polish to ska, allowing others to benefit from the fruits of their labor, so too did the Toasters' music allow numerous other bands to share in the spotlight of skill and success, many of whom have gone on to great heights. Upon the shoulders of giants.

Oh, yeah, and they kick ass!”

-Heather Augustyn,
Author of SKA , An Oral History

After nearly 4 decades, The Toasters are hitting the gas, not the brakes. With an international all-star line-up their whirlwind global tour continues unabated across the continents. Performances are scheduled in South America, Asia and Russia on top of regular touring in the USA, Europe and Canada.

Formed on the Lower East Side of NYC the band is the longest running US SKA formation. They bridge the gap between England's 2-Tone movement and the American Ska explosion of the 90's which they are rightfully credited with starting. During the 3rd Wave Ska revival The Toasters formed the famous Moon Records label and kick-started the careers of dozens of bands.

The Toasters will release a new single in 2020 titled “Turn Back Time”. Ska Brewing (Durango) will brew a special beer to celebrate the band’s anniversary.

THE TOASTERS: 4 DECADES IN SKA WORLD TOUR


“In my opinion, The Toasters are to ska in America the 1980s and beyond what The Specials were to ska in the U.K. in the late '70s and early '80s, and what the Skatalites were to ska in Jamaica in the 1960s. The Toasters were innovators, creators, shapers of the music, evolving it in a fresh direction, blending it with the cultural influences in a very American manner, and I mean that in a completely complimentary way. Just as Byron Lee & the Dragonaires brought professionalism and polish to ska, allowing others to benefit from the fruits of their labor, so too did the Toasters' music allow numerous other bands to share in the spotlight of skill and success, many of whom have gone on to great heights. Upon the shoulders of giants.

Oh, yeah, and they kick ass!”

-Heather Augustyn,
Author of SKA , An Oral History

After nearly 4 decades, The Toasters are hitting the gas, not the brakes. With an international all-star line-up their whirlwind global tour continues unabated across the continents. Performances are scheduled in South America, Asia and Russia on top of regular touring in the USA, Europe and Canada.

Formed on the Lower East Side of NYC the band is the longest running US SKA formation. They bridge the gap between England's 2-Tone movement and the American Ska explosion of the 90's which they are rightfully credited with starting. During the 3rd Wave Ska revival The Toasters formed the famous Moon Records label and kick-started the careers of dozens of bands.

The Toasters will release a new single in 2020 titled “Turn Back Time”. Ska Brewing (Durango) will brew a special beer to celebrate the band’s anniversary.

Whitney Fenimore with Special Guests Evan Isaac and 99 Harts

Singer and songwriter Whitney Fenimore is originally from Tulsa and currently based in Nashville. She began writing and recording songs in Los Angeles after graduating from college and was a semi-finalist on Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice.” She collaborated with composer John Coggins on her debut EP Battle Within in 2018, which featured the singles “Find Your Love” and “Stones.” Described as a “rootsy alt-country rocker” by The Boot, Whitney appeared at SXSW in 2018 and supported Grammy-award winner Lori McKenna on a run of east coast tour dates. She has has performed throughout the country opening for Julia Michaels, Molly Stevens, Jake Scott and others. Her own struggles with depression and anxiety have led her to becoming an advocate for mental heath awareness, and she stands with the LGBTQ music community in fighting for equal rights. Whitney’s new EP Highs + Lows was released on September 27th, 2019.

Singer and songwriter Whitney Fenimore is originally from Tulsa and currently based in Nashville. She began writing and recording songs in Los Angeles after graduating from college and was a semi-finalist on Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice.” She collaborated with composer John Coggins on her debut EP Battle Within in 2018, which featured the singles “Find Your Love” and “Stones.” Described as a “rootsy alt-country rocker” by The Boot, Whitney appeared at SXSW in 2018 and supported Grammy-award winner Lori McKenna on a run of east coast tour dates. She has has performed throughout the country opening for Julia Michaels, Molly Stevens, Jake Scott and others. Her own struggles with depression and anxiety have led her to becoming an advocate for mental heath awareness, and she stands with the LGBTQ music community in fighting for equal rights. Whitney’s new EP Highs + Lows was released on September 27th, 2019.

Joseph Arthur

COME BACK WORLD

July 29, 2019 – It’s been three years since Joseph Arthur has released a brand-new solo album, and with the release of Come Back World, he’s crafted his most personal and powerful album to date.
“The interesting parts of our stories aren’t the famous people we meet,” Arthur remarked. Or the times when everything is basically working. Or when we get to lay in comfort with a partner watching Netflix and the world go by. The interesting parts are when all those things break down and you’re left in isolation to finally deal with the roots of whatever had been thwarting your existence all along. The interesting parts are when the world has turned its back on you and you have turned your back on it or them. When darkness could seemingly swallow you whole if it hasn’t already. When there is no such thing as hope and so you manufacture it from a dream which only angle is to survive. Come Back World is an album about rebirth and survival.”
The title track “Come Back World” is now available on all major streaming services.
Produced by Joseph Arthur and Chris Seefried, the upcoming release features several other amazing artists including: Ben Harper, Patrick Carney, Jesse Malin and Greg Dulli.
Over the course of his career to date, Joseph has released fourteen albums under his own name, eleven official EP’s and has been involved with several high-profile side projects including last year’s collaboration with Peter Buck under the name Arthur Buck, Fistful Of Mercy (with Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison), and RDNM with Jeff Ament and Richard Stuverud.
Recently Joseph Arthur also launched a new Podcast called “Come To Where I’m From” which to date has featured celebrities, comedians and musician from across the board. Recent guests include, Rosanna Arquette, Mark Lanegan, Todd Barry, Keith Morris and Joan Osborne to name a few. The podcast is available in both audio form everywhere Podcasts are found (iTunes, Spotify and Google podcasts) as well as multi-camera Video format on YouTube, with new episodes launching twice a week.

COME BACK WORLD

July 29, 2019 – It’s been three years since Joseph Arthur has released a brand-new solo album, and with the release of Come Back World, he’s crafted his most personal and powerful album to date.
“The interesting parts of our stories aren’t the famous people we meet,” Arthur remarked. Or the times when everything is basically working. Or when we get to lay in comfort with a partner watching Netflix and the world go by. The interesting parts are when all those things break down and you’re left in isolation to finally deal with the roots of whatever had been thwarting your existence all along. The interesting parts are when the world has turned its back on you and you have turned your back on it or them. When darkness could seemingly swallow you whole if it hasn’t already. When there is no such thing as hope and so you manufacture it from a dream which only angle is to survive. Come Back World is an album about rebirth and survival.”
The title track “Come Back World” is now available on all major streaming services.
Produced by Joseph Arthur and Chris Seefried, the upcoming release features several other amazing artists including: Ben Harper, Patrick Carney, Jesse Malin and Greg Dulli.
Over the course of his career to date, Joseph has released fourteen albums under his own name, eleven official EP’s and has been involved with several high-profile side projects including last year’s collaboration with Peter Buck under the name Arthur Buck, Fistful Of Mercy (with Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison), and RDNM with Jeff Ament and Richard Stuverud.
Recently Joseph Arthur also launched a new Podcast called “Come To Where I’m From” which to date has featured celebrities, comedians and musician from across the board. Recent guests include, Rosanna Arquette, Mark Lanegan, Todd Barry, Keith Morris and Joan Osborne to name a few. The podcast is available in both audio form everywhere Podcasts are found (iTunes, Spotify and Google podcasts) as well as multi-camera Video format on YouTube, with new episodes launching twice a week.

(Rescheduled from December 12) Craig Cardiff with Special Guest Spencer Dann

Craig Cardiff is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Known throughout Canada, Craig is developing a following throughout North America and into Europe. With guitar in hand, Craig can turn any setting into an intimate affair. Infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism rarely seen in today’s production-heavy climate.

Songwriter, troubadour, Craig Cardiff builds landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart, and the next one puts it back together.

Craig makes it a point to keep the relationship with his fans personal, inviting and accepting any opportunity to make his audience as much a part of the performance as he is. Don’t be surprised if one day you find yourself enjoying one of Craig’s renowned performances from the comfort of your own living room.

Craig Cardiff is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Known throughout Canada, Craig is developing a following throughout North America and into Europe. With guitar in hand, Craig can turn any setting into an intimate affair. Infusing his music and lyrics with an uncompromising humanism rarely seen in today’s production-heavy climate.

Songwriter, troubadour, Craig Cardiff builds landscapes of sound using live digital loops, bringing the room to a hush. Edged, folk, beautiful, melancholy and left leaning, one song breaks your heart, and the next one puts it back together.

Craig makes it a point to keep the relationship with his fans personal, inviting and accepting any opportunity to make his audience as much a part of the performance as he is. Don’t be surprised if one day you find yourself enjoying one of Craig’s renowned performances from the comfort of your own living room.

Emily Scott Robinson with Special Guest Douglas Lowell Blevins

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019,” Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album and performed on the main stage of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as winner of the Telluride Troubadour Contest.

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War Two veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch in 2019,” Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album and performed on the main stage of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as winner of the Telluride Troubadour Contest.

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War Two veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

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