SOLD OUT - Cibo Matto with Buffalo Daughter
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 8:00pm doors / 9:00pm show
Whoever thought when "Know Your Chicken" came out in the mid-90s it would make such a mark on the culture? We're talking about a surrealist pastiche about magenta chickens set to boom-bap breakbeats and muted trumpet, rapped by a pair of grinning Japanese girls so obsessed with eating that they nameâ€¦ read moreWhoever thought when "Know Your Chicken" came out in the mid-90s it would make such a mark on the culture? We're talking about a surrealist pastiche about magenta chickens set to boom-bap breakbeats and muted trumpet, rapped by a pair of grinning Japanese girls so obsessed with eating that they named every song on their first record after food. It doesn't exactly spell commercial success, especially for a then-unknown avant-pop act from New York City who's name is Italian for "Crazy Food."
But then, nothing about Cibo Matto follows any pattern or well-established blueprint. From their formation in 1994 through to their new record, Hotel Valentine, Cibo Matto has made any attempt at classification look very misguided.
Self-produced over a two-year period by Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda, Hotel Valentine is their most impressive release to date as it finds them constructing a rich concept album, a love story amid the ghosts traversing the hallways of a hotel. Underneath the lush sonic palate, they have created the soundtrack to an invisible film as they've continued to refine their sound and remain fully committed to an ethic of fun. Helping to create the kaleidoscopic, post-regional grooves and funky blasts of pure danceability on Hotel Valentine are GUESTS NAMES AND WHAT THEY DID ON THE ALBUM.
"Hotel Valentine was the first song we wrote together for this album," says Honda. "It thus represents the genesis of our concept or story, but in a way it seems that explaining too much would prevent listeners from coming to their own conclusions about each song as well as about the whole project. Yes, there is a ghost girl, a hotel, housekeeping ladies and things happen. But they are elusive in nature."
Unlike most pretenders, Cibo Matto's music is an entirely self-contained world, a look into the fantasy lives of Hatori and Honda. Both women were raised in Japan, but met in New York's vivid 90s Lower East Side art scene that included John Zorn, Sean Lennon, Ornette Coleman, the Beastie Boys, and Marc Ribot, a brief period of colorful experimentation at the outset of the Giuliani administration. Soon after they met, the pair formed a punk band called Leitoh Lychee (frozen lychee nut), which eventually morphed into the post-genre freakout that Cibo Matto would become. Within six months, David Byrne came to see them at a show and Warner Brothers picked them up off the strength of one self-released cassette tape.
This initiated one of the most colorful careers of the 90s. Cibo Matto exploded internationally, touring worldwide and releasing two classic records, 1996's Viva! La Woman and 1999's Stereo Type A. Their live shows and albums were marked by wild experimentation, incorporating hip-hop, Brazilian music, African and Latin jazz, and pop into their unclassifiable mix. They collaborated extensively with Yoko Ono, as well as the renowned French director Michel Gondry, who lent his visionary style to cement them in the budding consciousness of the MTV generation with his legendary video for "Sugar Water." They sold over 100,000 of both of albums and graced seven magazine covers. Then, in a bizarre twist of fate, many fans discovered Cibo Matto performing in an infamous scene on an early episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Spin magazine included the debut album in their "100 Best Albums of the '90s" list, and Time magazine picked it in their list of the "Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time." Their adoring fanbase grew until 2001, when the band announced an extended hiatus.
During that 10-year interval, both women worked on their solo careers. Honda released three solo albums on Tzadik Records, produced Martha Wainwright's album Come Home to Mama, and co-produced the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band's Take Me to the Land of Hell, along with Yoko and Sean Lennon. Hatori stayed busy, signing on the Gorillaz hit track '19-2000', released a solo record and started a collaborative project with Smokey Hormel called Smokey and Miho that yielded two albums. She appeared on the Gorillaz's self-titled record, Handsome Boy Modeling School's debut So... How's Your Girl?, and the Beastie Boys' Hello, Nasty.
Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, Cibo Matto announced a reunion at a benefit concert in New York City. From that point, they continued to perform and tour sporadically while working on new material.
Says Honda, "Having spent some time apart, we became more aware of our magical chemistry, our magnetic bond. We both realized we had unfinished business."
On February 14, 2011 a Cibo Matto light bulb flickered and they struck upon the idea of an invisible film, a score without motion, an album called Hotel Valentine.
Hotel Valentine is a metaphor, a question, an answer, an idea, a feeling; A strange and vivid scene.
"Hotel Valentine is the cinematic bricolage of Yuka and me," Says Hatori. "Our medium is music. For me, making an album is like raising a child. We don't know what kind of person (story) they will end up to be." show less
(Early Show) The Deceptions with Special Guest DuoGrove (featuring members of Fletcher’s Grove)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 6:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
With a distinct fusion of rock, folk, and Americana, the music of the Deceptions captivates the audience with mature lyrics and diverse musicality. Their songs illustrate the distinct lyrical styling of songwriters Jared Fretz and Dan Krofcheck. This tandem has produced a vast catalog of original tiâ€¦ read moreWith a distinct fusion of rock, folk, and Americana, the music of the Deceptions captivates the audience with mature lyrics and diverse musicality. Their songs illustrate the distinct lyrical styling of songwriters Jared Fretz and Dan Krofcheck. This tandem has produced a vast catalog of original titles, and has brought to life honest stories about transformation, uncertainty, new beginnings, and sometimes heartrending endings. Their sound is influenced by a multitude of artists including The Band, Wilco, the Grateful Dead, the Counting Crows, Johnny Cash, The Jayhawks, and Neil Young.
The band's first full-length album, Sinner's Soul, was independently released in November 2009. The 10 track LP was recorded under the direction of engineer Doug Kasper at Soundscape Studios (Anti-Flag, Vibro-Kings). Following a year-long hiatus, the band has released Tall Tales from Green Meadow. The 14-song LP was recorded at Walnut Studio in Greensburg, PA and mastered by Garrett Haines at Tree Lady Studios. The record is a depature from the introspective tone of Sinner's Soul. Tall Tales embraces the accessibility and humility of North American roots music; their stories capture the lighter elements of the characters without shying away from the harsh truths of the working class show less
(Late Show) The Hearth EP Release Show Featuring That Summer with Tigers Eyes, Chris Hannigan, Brian Allison and Poetry Readings By Leslie Mcilroy
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:00pm doors / 10:15pm show
Charles Rocha was born with music in his blood. The first song he learned to play was "Come As You Are" on his mother's guitar at age 10. At 16 and in a Pennsylvania Correctional Center, Charles made a promise to play music, form a band and be on the road within a year. His caseworker dropped him ofâ€¦ read moreCharles Rocha was born with music in his blood. The first song he learned to play was "Come As You Are" on his mother's guitar at age 10. At 16 and in a Pennsylvania Correctional Center, Charles made a promise to play music, form a band and be on the road within a year. His caseworker dropped him off at the Warped Tour in Pittsburgh in 2001. He then dropped out of high school and joined The Berlin Project, playing Warped Tour in 2002 and spending the next two years on the road.
After leaving The Berlin Project, Charles received a phone call from friend Ben Harper, president of Takeover Records and lead guitarist for Yellowcard. Charles drove to California to play electric guitar in Craig's Brother per Ben's request. In 2005, Charles moved back to Pittsburgh to pursue a higher education. In 2009 he lost his mother to cancer, formed Bear Cub with singer/songwriter Jesse Hall, and helped produce their first three albums with Jesse's father, Buddy Hall. Bear Cub moved to Nashville in 2010 where Charles spent his first month in music city sleeping on soundproof.
As his relationship with Jesse and Bear Cub began to strain in 2011, Charles moved to Florida to work for his grandfather. That year, friend and music mentor John Garrighan died, unleashing a flood of creativity. Most of 2012 was spent building a solid repertoire of songs with Brad Evanovich, co-founder of The Berlin Project, and best friend of John Garrighan, who happened to be living in West Palm Beach, FL. Together they built a working relationship that has evolved into "The Hearth EP".
"The Hearth EP" was mixed and completed by Roger Lima of Less Than Jake at Moathouse Recording Studio in Gainesville, FL. The album will be released on March 11, 2014.
Charles credits his mother Sally Naylor with his love of music, his persistence and his belief in a more beautifully played world.
Race To the Coffin Comedy Tour Presents Service Industry Sundays Hosted by John Dick Winters with John Evans, Jeff Konkle and Ryan Walker
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Join Club Cafe and the Race to the Coffin Comedy Tour for a special Service Industry Sundays event. Hosted by John Dick Winters with John Evans, Jeff Konkle and Ryan Walker. Tickets only $7.Join Club Cafe and the Race to the Coffin Comedy Tour for a special Service Industry Sundays event. Hosted by John Dick Winters with John Evans, Jeff Konkle and Ryan Walker. Tickets only $7. show less
AcoustiCafe Open Stage
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
No Cover! Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage returns to Club Cafe with host Jimbo Jackson. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville and New York City, AcoustiCafe's open stage intends to create a supportive environment for artists to network with their peersâ€¦ read moreNo Cover!
Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage returns to Club Cafe with host Jimbo Jackson. Fashioned after some of the high profile and wildly successful open stages in Nashville and New York City, AcoustiCafe's open stage intends to create a supportive environment for artists to network with their peers, test new music or haul out old favorites, and most importantly, extend their reach in the local scene.
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Ages 21+ Only. show less
Opus One and Promowest Northshore Presents Lamb of God: As The Palaces Burn movie screening
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
In 1995, five guys from Virginia with a love of heavy metal began jamming together. They played in basements and dingy clubs, recorded demos, worked hard, built a rabid underground fan base, and eventually called themselves Lamb of God. Now, more than fifteen years later, Lamb of God has achievedâ€¦ read moreIn 1995, five guys from Virginia with a love of heavy metal began jamming together. They played in basements and dingy clubs, recorded demos, worked hard, built a rabid underground fan base, and eventually called themselves Lamb of God.
Now, more than fifteen years later, Lamb of God has achieved the kind of success that kids with garage bands dream about - they have sold over two million albums, made two platinum-selling DVDs, been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and have continued growing their cult of heavy metal loyalists into a worldwide community.
AS THE PALACES BURN is a feature-length documentary that originally sought to follow the band and their fans throughout the world, to demonstrate how music ties us together when we can't find any other common bond. However, during the filming process in 2012, the story abruptly took a dramatic turn, bringing the band into a Kafkaesque nightmare, when lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter, blamed for the death of one of their young fans in the Czech Republic. What followed was a heart-wrenching courtroom drama that left fans, friends, and curious onlookers around the world on the edge of their seats.
Filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, India, Israel, and the United States.
The film will include a new/pre-recorded Q&A with the band members that will be available exclusively to audiences attending the theatrical screenings. show less
Wreck Loose, When Particles Collide, Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Join Club Cafe for an evening of live local and regional music. Tickets $10.Join Club Cafe for an evening of live local and regional music. Tickets $10. show less
The Calm Before The Storm - A Night of Irish Traditional Music and Song with Mark Dignam & Friends
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Enjoy A Quiet Night of the Best of Irish Music with Mark Dignam and Friends.Enjoy A Quiet Night of the Best of Irish Music with Mark Dignam and Friends. show less
(Early Show) Demos Papadimas and His Band / Boulevard of the Allies / Jason Kendall
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 6:00pm doors / 6:20pm show
Join Club Cafe for an evening of live local and regional music. Tickets only $5. Demos Papadimas and His Band Recently hailed by Cleveland's Scene Magazine as #2 on their "13 Bands to Watch in 2013," Demos Papadimas intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. Papadimas (resonâ€¦ read moreJoin Club Cafe for an evening of live local and regional music. Tickets only $5.
Demos Papadimas and His Band
Recently hailed by Cleveland's Scene Magazine as #2 on their "13 Bands to Watch in 2013," Demos Papadimas intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean influences. Papadimas (resonator guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) comes to Club Cafe with his three-piece live band consisting of Andre Ptichkin (upright bass), Sandi Quotson (violin), and Ralph Rich (drums) to promote his debut full length solo album, Wandering Through the Wilderness.
Often compared to Bob Dylan, Papadimas himself cites string bands such as Old Crow Medicine Show and The Hackensaw Boys as major inspirations for their rock and roll approach to traditional music. He also has been inspired by Leonard Cohen's marriage of American folk and Mediterranean-based World music evident in Cohen's most recent touring ensembles.
Papadimas considers American roots music to be aesthetically in line with Greek Rembetiko music--the "Greek Blues." Challenging prevailing attitudes that label such music as archaic or irrelevant, Papadimas argues that both are rebellious expressions of our search for meaning, relevant and vital today. He's found a kinship with modern twisters of American sounds like Old Crow Medicine Show, who blend foot-stompin' bluegrass with a rock 'n' roll attitude. "They're expressing what I'm feeling, the whole idea of being young and jumping back into the roots and making something new out of that."
Discussing his new album, Papadimas states that "[a]lthough the album explores varied musical territory, including back porch Americana, Bob Dylan-esque ballads, Gypsy Tango, and Greek Rembetiko, it is still very much a songwriter's album. The lyrics certainly take the spotlight, even though there are rich musical arrangements and diverse stylistic twists from track to track. I think this is the best I can summarize my style and the approach."
Lyrically, this self-described "cynical optimist" infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary 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. His meditative travelogues 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.
Boulevard of The Allies
In March 2007, Joel Lindsey left his hometown of London, England to explore the United States with nothing but a suitcase and an acoustic guitar. He performed everywhere from San Francisco to Washington DC, quickly making himself known among the public and local press. Joel was known for his British accent, flowing long hair, but most of all for the intensity of his songwriting and emotional singing style.
He found himself in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was wowed by the quality of the vocalists and instrumentalists in the Steel City. Alongside Pittsburgh natives Jim Kurasch (bass), Tim College (drums) and James Graff (electric guitar), Joel formed the soulful pop-rock band Boulevard of the Allies. They combined British rock with American soul to produce a sound somewhere between The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.
As they gigged across PA and NY, Boulevard of the Allies were soon recognized as a group who had the potential to make an international impact with their crossbred sound and invigorating live performances.
Joel was invited to meet with the illustrious promoter Pete Bennett named the World's #1 Promotion Man by Billboard Magazine and promoter of such bands as The Stones and The Beatles. This opened the door for him to perform at a special British Invasion concert. He shared center stage with British legend Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues) where he would play the role of legend Paul McCartney. Joel was given the opportunity to not only interpret songs by the great rock bands of the past, but also showcase his own songs with Boulevard of the Allies. This performance helped to further their increasing notoriety.
Joel's song 'Man in the Photograph' was picked up by Barack Obama's campaign marketing department in Pittsburgh and consequently the band were honored to perform the song at a special rally in Pittsburgh in 2008. Boulevard of the Allies were also invited to open for Elisa Toffoli, an Italian superstar who has performed with artists such as Pavarotti and is considered one of the best-known artists in Italy. The show was sold out and the band soon discovered they had an increasing following in Rome.
2010 saw Boulevard of the Allies release their debut album 'Man in the Photograph' which was presented at an electrifying sold out show at Club Cafe, Pittsburgh and later at New York's famous Bitter End in Greenwich Village. The album has received excellent reviews and has reached all corners of the world through impressive internet sales.
2011 was an exciting year for the band. They were invited to perform at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and traveled to Europe to promote their new album and continue to build their international following.
2012 saw the band begin recording new tracks for their 2013 album 'You're Out of the Band' and shot a music video for the song She Said No also out next year.
With Special Guest Jason Kendall show less
(Late Show) Charm & Chain with Alex Kaufman Trio
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:00pm doors / 10:30pm show
The Pittsburgh based rock band Charm & Chain began as singer/songwriter Laurie Kudis's (vocals/keys) solo project in 2011. Soon after the release of "Heliacal Rise" in 2012, she was joined by bassist Eric Koester, guitarist Ryan Roseborough, and drummer Ben Sukenik to form the band's current line-uâ€¦ read moreThe Pittsburgh based rock band Charm & Chain began as singer/songwriter Laurie Kudis's (vocals/keys) solo project in 2011. Soon after the release of "Heliacal Rise" in 2012, she was joined by bassist Eric Koester, guitarist Ryan Roseborough, and drummer Ben Sukenik to form the band's current line-up. Over living room and basement jam sessions, a tight chemistry between the four developed and they began turning out new songs rather quickly, building up a repertoire of original music. With over a year of writing and playing live shows under their belt, Charm & Chain headed into The Wilderness Recording Studio in late 2013 to record a new EP representative of the line-up. This 2nd release from Charm & Chain, "I Know What You Are", captures the diversity of the bands writing, the energy and atmosphere of a live show, and the range of influences playing a part in their unique style. Sometimes described as reminiscent of 70’s classic rock, their sound is in many ways indefinable. And they like it that way. The members have widely eclectic music tastes and influences. They are just as comfortable exploring a bluesy rock groove, as they are building a spacey expansive jam or closing in on a sweet and melodic moment. show less
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- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Lamb of God: As The Palaces Burn movie screening
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- The Calm Before The Storm - A Night of Irish Traditional Music and Song with Mark Dignam & Friends
- (Early Show) Demos Papadimas and His Band
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