AcoustiCafe Open Stage
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 7:00pm show
Pittsburgh's #1 Open Stage returns to Club Cafe with host Amber Bamber. 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.
Jessica Lea Mayfield with Special Guest Gambles
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
"Oblivious," the first single from Jessica Lea Mayfield's highly anticipated new album, Make My Head Sing..., premiered today at Rolling Stone. Of the track, Rolling Stone praises, "Mayfield's echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results..." and goes on to assert, "...[an] innovative, genre-bending number..."
Out April 15 on ATO Records, the new album was co-produced by Mayfield and her collaborator, bassist and husband Jesse Newport and was recorded at Nashville's Club Roar studio. Of the new music Mayfield comments, "The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin. I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass and drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy."
Make My Head Sing... follows Mayfield's 2011 release, Tell Me, which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and was described by Rolling Stone, which named her an Artist to Watch, as "a disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop." Additionally, the Associated Press asserted, "Tell Me is the portrait of a precocious girl growing into self-assured womanhood and a producer reaching the peak of his powers. It is a dark and moody album, full of delights throughout, and if it doesn't make Mayfield a star, that too will be heartbreaking," while Spin Magazine included Mayfield in their "The Next Big Things: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011" feature, calling her a "smart-ass country-rock ingenue." She also made her network television debut on the "Late Show with David Letterman," performing the album's first single, "Our Hearts Are Wrong," which NPR Music praised as "...genuinely moving".
Toubab Krewe with Special Guest ChopShop
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 8:00pm doors / 9:00pm show
Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance - free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.
Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their latest release, TK2, (September 7, 2010 on Nat Geo Music). What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Terrence Houston (drums), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, Congas, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio debut.
This is a band that actively draws inspiration from whatever source floats into their purview, something they've exhibited in their half decade of heavy gigging, including regular appearances at major U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Rothbury and Wakarusa, and abroad at such legendary gatherings as Festival In The Desert in Mali. Their globe-hopping propensity has made them an emerging headliner at their hometown's famous Orange Peel and a familiar face as similar venues throughout the country. Whether on their own or collaborating with luminaries like the Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan or Uncle Earl's Rayna Gellert, Toubab Krewe has already earned the attention and respect of a broad musical community.
Toubab carries echoes of African greats like Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita, no doubt picked up during the group's travels to study and live in Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali. But what truly differentiates Toubab Krewe from other Statesiders inspired by African music is how they innovate on what they’ve learned instead of simply recreating tradition. Toubab Krewe carves out a new trail honoring the African originators they admire by making something alive and contemporary.
An Evening With Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm doors / 8:00pm show
Following up on last year's critically hailed Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola return with PUCKER, a lean and sinewy session marked by fierce grooves, caressing melodies, and startlingly intuitive interplay. While Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead focuses on Hunter's compositions, PUCKER focuses on Amendola's compositions!
"After 20 years of constant writing I figured it was time to take a break and explore the guitar again," Hunter says. "I told Scott, if you've got enough music together we could make a record of your tunes. What I like is that it really fits right into what we've been doing all along, simple music with a lot of space. Scott's not burdened by trying to be jazzy. He’s a drummer who's really listening to everything with big ears. He was already driving the bus."
"I think the duo setting works so well because we meet in the middle, and there's such a wide range of things we can call on. What I love about Scott is that I know he’s not going to play the obvious things when I call on something, and I know it's going to groove.
& Ticket Giveaways
- Tue 06/03 JD McPherson (and His Band)
- Wed 06/04 Matt Munhall
- Sat 06/07 Whitney Ann Jenkins and Her Platonic Guy Friends (CD Release Show)
- Thu 06/12 Mother Falcon
- Sat 06/14 Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express
- Tue 06/17 Reuben and the Dark
- Tue 07/08 The Cordovas ft. Joe Firstman
- Thu 07/10 Caravan Of Thieves
- Tue 07/22 Matthew Sweet Rock Show
- Wed 07/23 Gas House Gorillas
- Thu 07/31 Briar Rabbit
- Fri 08/01 Girlz In Black Hatz
- Nathan Zoob
- Opus One and Shadow Lounge Presents Kwesi K
- (Early Show) Crystal Bowersox
- (Late Show) Elsinore
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- An Evening With Chris Pureka
- Patrick Sweany
- Open Air Stereo
- (Early Show) SOLD OUT - Gramsci Melodic
- (Late Show) The David Mayfield Parade
- (Early Show) Household Stories EP Release Show
- (Late Show) SOLD OUT - Formula412 Record Release Party
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Dan Croll
- An Evening With River Bottom Quartet
- Cadaver Dogs
- No Bad Ju Ju (CD Release Party)
- (Early Show) Nathan Angelo
- (Late Show) Light Waves
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Jessica Lea Mayfield
- Toubab Krewe
- An Evening With Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola
- (Early Show) The Wreckids
- (Late Show) Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
- (Early Show) Christopher Mark Jones and the Roots Ensemble
- (Late Show) The Routines
- Bronze Radio Return
- AcoustiCafe Open Stage
- Lily & Madeleine
- Patrick Park