(Late Show) An Evening of Comedy Featuring Davon Magwood and Hosted by Jordan Weeks with Guests Alex Stypula, Shannon Norman, Tim Ross, Christopher Szafran, Solomon, Olivia Grace Traini
Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00pm doors / 10:30pm show
Join Club Cafe for an evening of comedy featuring Davon Magwood and Hosted by Jordan Weeks with Guests Alex Stypula, Shannon Norman, Tim Ross, Christopher Szafran, Solomon, Olivia Grace TrainiJoin Club Cafe for an evening of comedy featuring
Davon Magwood and Hosted by Jordan Weeks with Guests Alex Stypula, Shannon Norman, Tim Ross, Christopher Szafran, Solomon, Olivia Grace Traini show less
An Evening With Jimmy LaFave
Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
mmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It wasn't long before his mother traded a drawer full of green stamps for his first guitar and tâ€¦ read moremmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It wasn't long before his mother traded a drawer full of green stamps for his first guitar and the switch to singer-songwriter was in progress. His family later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. Although he has lived in Austin for over 20 years, many people think of him as being from Oklahoma, because of his strong musical ties to the state and what he often refers to as its "red dirt music." It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie. Before leaving Oklahoma for Austin, Jimmy did some independent recording and toured the southwest with the first version of his band Night Tribe.
He moved to Austin in 1986, where he continued to write songs and to develop his musical ideas. Shortly after arriving he was asked to help launch the songwriter nights at the new performance venue Chicago House. In 1988 he recorded his self-produced tape, Highway Angels...Full Moon Rain, which won the Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll Tape of the Year Award. This led to a recording contract with a small independent label and allowed LaFave the opportunity to work with Bob Johnston, producer of several of LaFave's favorite albums including Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline. Although these recordings were never released, by 1990 LaFave had put together an Austin version of Night Tribe and had become, according to the Austin American-Statesman, "a perennial presence upon the Austin music scene." In 1992 Jimmy released a self-produced CD, Austin Skyline, which drew international attention to his songwriting and vocal talents, and led to a publishing agreement with Polygram Music. Due to his growing popularity and radio play on more than 200 stations, Austin Skyline and its label, Bohemia Beat, received national distribution through the Rounder Record Group. His second album, Highway Trance was released in 1994 followed by his third CD, Buffalo Return to the Plains, in 1995.
The grass roots demand and critical acclaim for Jimmy's music, which led to extensive touring in the United States and Europe, was recognized in 1996 when he was asked to tape a performance for the PBS musical series Austin City Limits, and was invited by Nora Guthrie to appear in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie. That same year LaFave won his second consecutive Austin Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter. His fourth CD, Road Novel, which was released in early 1997, received many glowing reviews. That year he was asked by Nora Guthrie to speak and perform at the induction of Woody Guthrie into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. He traveled to Europe twice that year and also toured the USA and Canada.
LaFave kicked off 1999 with the release of the CD entitled Trail, a 15 year retrospective of bootleg tapes, live performances, radio shows and studio out takes. The double CD contains 31 tracks recorded in Texas and around the world. Including 12 Dylan songs, it answered the demand of fans for a 'LaFave does Dylan' CD. In the liner notes Dave Marsh noted: "Jimmy LaFave has one of America's greatest voices, and this album is the story of what he has learned to do with it. It's a unique instrument, with startling range and its own peculiar sense of gravity, liable to swoop in and wreck your expectations at any instant."
In 2001 Jimmy released Texoma. The CD received some of the best press of his career. including reviews by the Associated Press,VH-1, Billboard and Playboy. The ballad "Never Is A Moment" from the album, a radio favorite, became his most requested song ever. That year when not playing his own musical dates, Jimmy toured with a Woody Guthrie tribute project he conceived entitled Ribbon Of Highway-Endless Skyway. The show features a rotating cast of notable musicians performing Woody’s songs interspersed with narrations from his many writings. He also appeared that year at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Jimmy serves on the Advisory Board for the festival, and has played it twelve straight years. He is always quick to acknowledge it as his favorite musical event.
In 2005 Jimmy signed with the indie label Red House Records, and released Blue Nightfall. This stunningly soulful album was LaFave's first in 4 years, and once again received many favorable reviews. In April, Jimmy was then honored when one of his musical heroes Bruce Springsteen invited him on stage for a duet at his show at the Nokia Arena in Dallas. Also that month Jimmy was very grateful when Nora Guthrie allowed him to look through the unseen lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives. She helped Jimmy choose 19 songs for a future "Woody" CD project, where he will co-write music for the lyrics using his own style and interpretations.
In early 2007 Cimarron Manifesto was Jimmy's second release on Red House Records where it spent several weeks as number one on the Americana music chart. Later that year, Jimmy along with recording engineer Fred Remmert and Dallas businessman Kelcy Warren established Music Road Records. The label's first CD release was Ribbon Of Highway-Endless Skyway, a two disc set from the Woody Guthrie tribute tour. Music Road also owns and operates two Texas based recording facilities - Cedar Creek Recording in Austin and Cherokee Creek Recording in the Texas hill country.
In 2010 Music Road released "Favorite's" a CD compilation of sixteen of Jimmy’s most requested songs, and he is currently putting the finishing touches on a new release for Music Road due out Spring of 2011. show less
CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:30am doors / 10:30am show
Club Cafe, a landmark of Pittsburgh's South Side, is now hosting Sunday Brunch with an international twist. With the curtains drawn up, soft daylight pours into the recently remodeled music venue, bringing a new feel to the room so familiar to its concert patrons. The concept of the European Cafe coâ€¦ read moreClub Cafe, a landmark of Pittsburgh's South Side, is now hosting Sunday Brunch with an international twist. With the curtains drawn up, soft daylight pours into the recently remodeled music venue, bringing a new feel to the room so familiar to its concert patrons. The concept of the European Cafe comes to Pittsburgh here, combining imported ingredients with fresh, locally sourced items to keep prices reasonable for comfortable dining with subtle refinement. Head Chef Monique Achaia Ruvolo created a menu that fills the soul and excites the palate, pairing well with a craft cocktail list exclusive to Sunday Brunch. Open every Sunday from 10:30am with last seating at 2:00pm. show less
AcoustiCafe Open Stage
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
No Cover! Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage returns to Club Cafe with host Gene Stovall. 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 Gene Stovall. 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. Like AcoustiCafe on Facebook for more info on upcoming open mic nights and events.
Ages 21+ Only. show less
The Eastern Sea with Grandchildren and Special Guest Billy the Kid
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
At times, it's easy for The Eastern Sea to forget that Austin, Texas is home. While the band's roots are firmly planted in the Texas Hill Country, their dynamic prose-pop travels from location to location, effortlessly moving between distant settings and their own, still somehow foreign, neighborhooâ€¦ read moreAt times, it's easy for The Eastern Sea to forget that Austin, Texas is home. While the band's roots are firmly planted in the Texas Hill Country, their dynamic prose-pop travels from location to location, effortlessly moving between distant settings and their own, still somehow foreign, neighborhoods.
Created in 2005 as the bedroom project of songwriter/vocalist Matthew Hines, The Eastern Sea quickly released a self-produced anthology Further Up, Further In, which showcased Hines' folk and electronic roots. From '07-'09, the band added several new members and recorded what would eventually become The Eastern Sea, a self-released collection of two eponymous EPs. Songs such as "The Snow" and "The Name" attracted the band's first national press and led to several festival appearances (SXSW, CMJ, FPH Summerfest) and a pair of national tours.
Starting in 2010, The Eastern Sea began work on their first official LP, Plague, a project that marked a major shift in methods for band. Instead of piecing tracks together with home production, the vast majority of Plague would be recorded live to tape by Matt Smith (Ola Podrida, Golden Bear) at HOTTRACKS!!! in Austin. Ultimately, these principle recordings were a swan song for the long-running East Austin studio, as the complex that housed HOTTRACKS!!! was condemned by the city only a month into production. The Eastern Sea was then forced to finish Plague in between temporary studios and homes across Central Texas.
Despite the numerous setbacks, the completed Plague (WhiteLabBlackLab), mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird), represents The Eastern Sea's most cohesive collection of songs to date. Musically, it combines the hypnotic rhythm of post-rock, the playful melodies of traditional American folk, and the dynamics of contemporary progressive indie-rock, a distinct evolution of the sound that appeared on The Eastern Sea's self-titled release. While ornate percussion lies at the heart of Plague, the signature slow builds of poly-rhythm in songs such as "Wasn't for Love" and "The Match" serve as a launch pad for melodic bass, shimmering keys, finger-picked electric guitar, and expressive trumpet. Lyrically, Hines' boldly present vocals weave a revealing autobiographical narrative, developing themes of change, transition, and powerlessness over the course of twelve songs. show less
Heather Kropf with Special Guest Broken Fences
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
"Heather's music speaks intimately, like a note passed in secret across a crowded room. What she does is at once open-hearted and indirect, with plenty of spaces for the listener to slip inside." - Barry Alfonso With a warm and inviting vocal tone, Heather Kropf has become a fixture on the Pittâ€¦ read more"Heather's music speaks intimately, like a note passed in secret across a crowded room. What she does is at once open-hearted and indirect, with plenty of spaces for the listener to slip inside."
- Barry Alfonso
With a warm and inviting vocal tone, Heather Kropf has become a fixture on the Pittsburgh live music circuit, honing her craft along the way. She has quietly charmed audiences with her lush, literate blend of jazz-influenced pop, and has turned the heads of music critics, fellow songwriters, and Pittsburgh's AAA radio station, 91.3 FM WYEP, with her three self-produced albums. WYEP celebrated her second album "What Else is Love" as one of the top Pittsburgh releases of 2006.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, and trained in classical piano and fine art, Heather has been named a "true artist" by Pittsburgh Magazine. Her piano-based songs are miniature mysteries, hidden within vignettes of everyday experience. The contours of her melodies are cleanly wrought; her lyrics are at once plain-spoken and elegantly poetic. From bittersweet songs about love and identity to protest songs about clean water, there is a sense of possibility in what she does, of longings to be embraced and risks to be taken.
"One thing's certain...I am certain to change, " Heather sings in her song "Shine." That sense of fluidity and transformation lies at the heart of her work. Where her music comes from is a mysterious thing. But as her fans can tell you, it's the places her music takes you that really matter in the end.
Tonight's concert is with the full band, including Keith Hershberger (guitar, vocals), Chris Parker (guitar), Matt Booth (bass), and Ray DeFade (drums), and will feature songs from her up-coming album "Chrysalis" due out in the fall of 2013.
(Early Show) Artistree with Special Guest Gina Yohe
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 6:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
Artistree is primarily an R & B Group who loves to sing both "Old School" and new. They incorporate Gospel music in their performances when appropriate and take songs from solo artists adding their own unique harmony and arrangements. All of the members of our group are solo artists with the abiâ€¦ read moreArtistree is primarily an R & B Group who loves to sing both "Old School" and new. They
incorporate Gospel music in their performances when appropriate and take songs from solo artists adding their own unique harmony and arrangements.
All of the members of our group are solo artists with the ability to harmonize. Unlike other
groups that use only one or two lead singers, Artistree are constantly switching back and forth
between lead and background vocals.
During long performances Artistree often enjoy showcasing the talents of each individual group
member which provides added interest and appeal for the audience.
On a personal note Artistree has made a commitment to join other artists and the general
public in raising funds for Cancer Research. They support St. Judes and give a portion of what
they earn to fund Cancer Research.
Artistree has had the privilege and honor of opening for numerous national artists such as R & B
great Jeffrey Osborne; Charlie Wilson & Con Funk Shun; Roy Ayers & Tom Brown; David
Hollister & SWV; and The Whispers & Angela Winbush to name a few. show less
CANCELED - (Late Show) The Beauregards / Strong Young Teeth / In The Wake of Giants
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 10:00pm doors / 10:15pm show
This show has unfortunately been canceled. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.This show has unfortunately been canceled. Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase. show less
(Early Show) Brad Wagner (CD Release Show)
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 6:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
At first glance,one might cast Brad Wagner in with the lot of singer/songwriters that rushed onto the musical scene in the 90's.One listen though and you will reconsider.There is an edge-alternately tipped with humor and times cut with fire that sets him apart. He sings and writes passionately-aboutâ€¦ read moreAt first glance,one might cast Brad Wagner in with the lot of singer/songwriters that rushed onto the musical scene in the 90's.One listen though and you will reconsider.There is an edge-alternately tipped with humor and times cut with fire that sets him apart. He sings and writes passionately-about personal hardship, private triumph and the larger public consequence.
Calling on a world musical influences-ranging from Americana roots rock and country(Elvis,Buddy Holly), to working class icons (Dylan,Springsteen,Melloncamp) to fist generation punk (The Clash and the other Elvis) Wagner offers a sound that is brash and humble, joyful and romantic.
On stage. Wagner deftly mixes words and music,a knowing glance with an ebullient hook to move the audience through the range of human emotion:from righteous anger to infectious laughter with countless stops in between reminding the listener that a song can go pop without losing its punch and a writer can listen to his heart and still manage to rock the boat.
Wagner Has gone through lots of Musical incarnations. Since he first hit the Pittsburgh scene in the mid 80's with the Party Band "Critical" then on to front the Shot n Beer Rock n Roll of the "Boilermakers" whose Cassette only release "Bootleg" led to a Recording Contract offer that was foiled when the Company closed their doors.
For a short time Wagner toured with Pittsburgh's "The Flashcats" as a Rhythm guitarist while the band backed up R&B legend Bull Moose Jackson during his comeback tour. In the 90's Wagner picked up his acoustic guitar and began performing solo as an opening act at the Legendary Graffiti Showcase Club for such diverse talents as Collective Soul -Johnny Paycheck-Great White-the Proclaimers -Leon Russell-Dave Alvin-Wet Willie. The topical and heartfelt songs from those shows were part of the self released critically acclaimed CD "Karaoke Must Die" touring to support the CD Wagner did Showcases in Chicago and New York City. He then recruited some of Best Pittsburgh Musicians to record 2 Rockin songs for the compilation CD "Greetings from Liberty Ave" after a stint as a commercial songwriter for several local and national accounts and penning a soundtrack for a children's song book,Wagner then resurfaced on Stage as a Whiskey laced vocal Harp wielding Charismatic Blues Singer for The Blues Junkies whose CD release "Blues is our Business"contained several Wagner penned songs which were used In a Motion Picture soundtrack.
Wagner now has recorded 15 original songs with his band celebrating the trials and tribulations of The BARFLY a semi-fictional character who times spent in local taverns performing raucous rock n roll mixed with liquor libations, leaving a pint of blood on stage then being immersed in the bar culture learning the truths that can only be learned minutes before last call. show less
(Late Show) Simply Chillin' with Morbid Sikosis and Under Indictment
Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 10:00pm doors / 10:30pm show
Four piece band from Pgh, PA. Do.nu.tz on the guitar and vocals. T-Bone beats the skins. Pac-Man on guitar and Jess on bass. With the addition last year of our bass player Jess and Pac-Man on guitar we're complete. A band that tries to dabble a little into different music genre's to keep things inâ€¦ read moreFour piece band from Pgh, PA. Do.nu.tz on the guitar and vocals. T-Bone beats the skins. Pac-Man on guitar and Jess on bass. With the addition last year of our bass player Jess and Pac-Man on guitar we're complete. A band that tries to dabble a little into different music genre's to keep things interesting. We like to keep things light because theres no reason to be pissed off and angry when your out there doing what you love.
& Ticket Giveaways
- Thu 04/10 Open Air Stereo / Miggs
- Wed 04/16 River Bottom Quartet
- Tue 04/22 Jessica Lea Mayfield
- Wed 04/30 Jay Farrar
- Thu 05/08 Dan Bern
- Tue 05/13 Little Hurricane
- Wed 05/14 Matt Pryor
- Thu 05/15 Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line
- Sun 05/18 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
- Thu 08/21 Eric Sommer
- Joe Firstman (Performing His Classic LP 'War of Women' in its Entirety to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of its Release)
- (Early Show) ElectroBelly Dance Troupe with DJs Mr. Stitch and Adam Oliveri
- (Late Show) Cry Fire
- (Early Show) Club Cafe Pop-Up Dinner with Bill Deasy (Annual Live By Request Show)
- (Late Show) Cellfish
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- CLOSED - ACOUSTICAFE WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK, AUGUST 12
- The Spring Standards
- (Early Show) An Evening of Comedy Featuring Davon Magwood
- (Late Show) An Evening of Comedy Featuring Davon Magwood
- An Evening With Jimmy LaFave
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- The Eastern Sea
- Heather Kropf
- (Early Show) Artistree
- CANCELED - (Late Show) The Beauregards
- (Early Show) Brad Wagner and the Barflys (CD Release Show)
- (Late Show) Simply Chillin'
- (Early Show) Tony Lucca
- (Late Show) Tony Lucca
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Freedy Johnston
- Frank Fairfield
- The Steel City Comedy Tour featuring Chuck Krieger
- (Early Show) Rising Regina
- (Late Show) The Wham Bam Thank You Jam Featuring Day Bracey
- (Early Show) Nick Marzock
- (Late Show) Balloon Ride Fantasy
- An Evening With Chris Pureka
- CLUB CAFE SUNDAY BRUNCH
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- (Early Show) Ruby Beh
- (Late Show) Eric Himan and the Soultre' Singers
- (Early Show) Adam Zwig
- (Late Show) Driftwood