PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
2015 CONCERT SERIES beginning February 27
SPACE | 812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces its 2015 Music SPACE concert series lineup through May 2015. These monthly all-ages performances take place the last Friday of each month and showcase downtown Pittsburgh and its Cultural District through inviting community members to experience music after hours in a visual art gallery. Tickets are $5 at the door, and doors open at 8 p.m., with music beginning at 8:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All concerts feature Pittsburgh-based artists and take place at SPACE gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue. Music SPACE is organized by Wood Street Galleries Curatorial Assistant Amy Staggs and Andy Mulkerin, best known for his years of work as Pittsburgh City Paper’s Music Editor.
Live performances by Roger Harvey and Paul Luc kick-off the 2015 Music SPACE series Friday, February 27.
“Any opportunity to merge visual arts and music is exciting to me,” says musician Roger Harvey. “Being a part of the Music SPACE series just makes sense. It’s so cool to see people in our community coming together to curate events that are more dynamic than your standard rock show or art opening. Sometimes it just takes a little bit to make something that’s really special.”
February 27: Roger Harvey and Paul Luc
March 27: Majeure and RIVKA
April 24: The Early Mays and Ben Shannon
May 29: The Garment District and Butterbirds
Friday, February 27
Born in Pennsylvania, Roger Harvey began songwriting in his early 20s as Dandelion Snow, while laying down new roots in Kings County, Brooklyn. Returning to his home state in 2010 to form the punk act White Wives, he quickly began collecting new material. After befriending producer/multi-instrumentalist J. Vega in 2012, the two holed up for more than a year in Vega’s The Wilderness Recording Studio to piece together their album Twelve Houses, with the help of nearly a dozen friends and local music makers. The album is a case study on nostalgia, perspective, and transformation, and it veers effortlessly from guitar rock to psychedelia.
Paul Luc is a Pittsburgh-based folk/Americana songwriter who is currently supporting his new release Tried & True. He began to pursue music fulltime in 2012 and has toured the East Coast and supported national acts like Rhett Miller (Old 97s), Jenny Owen Youngs, and Ivan & Alyosha. His respect for the history of the American troubadour and belief in the grassroots do-it-yourself approach to music are evident in his work.
Friday, March 27
Majeure is the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, one-half of the progressive krautrock duo Zombi. More dance-oriented than Zombi, Majeure combines the dark Moog-driven film scores of composer Vangelis with the relentless drive of the band Can and the transcendent minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The mix of live and electronic rhythms is the heart and soul of Majeure’s music, which has a way of making time seem to either speed up or stop entirely.
Pittsburgh-based electronic band RIVKA features Reggie Wilkins and Rebecca Dulberg, who met while attending the University of Pittsburgh. The duo released two digital albums, in 2011 and 2013.
Friday, April 24
Folk music group The Early Mays is comprised of Judith Avers, Emily Pinkerton, and Ellen Gozion. The group’s love of American folk tradition is conveyed through three-part singing with fiddle, banjo, and guitar, bringing the audience Appalachian-inspired folk songs built on deep country sensibilities, ballad singing, and old-time sound. Avers was among the winners of the national Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, Pinkerton took third place in fiddle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival, and Gozion was an American Music Abroad finalist with the U.S. State Department.
Ben Shannon is a writer who scours the current singer/songwriter repertoire and illuminates the cracks and crevices that have not yet been sung. His dynamic guitar work in various open tunings and his strong vocals provide a fine setting for his polished and layered lyrical content. Shannon was a showcasing finalist in New York’s 2010 SongCircle competition. He released a self-titled EP that year and followed up with a studio album, Move On, in May of 2011. In 2012 and 2013 he was a finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Colorado and a main stage performer at Pittsburgh’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. In 2014 he completed an ASCAP Los Angeles Songwriting Invitational and is now finishing a studio album for release in 2015.
Friday, May 29
Pittsburgh-based The Garment District is multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, a founding member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug Transistor (Merge Records), with contributions from family and friends. Her debut tape, Melody Elder, was released on Night-People Records in 2011. In summer 2014, The Garment District’s debut full-length LP, IF YOU TAKE YOUR MAGIC SLOW, was released on Night-People. The band’s 2012 7” (La Station Radar) features a remix by legendary English musician/producer Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3, Spectrum, E.A.R.). The Garment District has performed at the VIA Music & New Media Festival, been filmed for The Andy Warhol Museum’s Silver Studio Sessions, and participated in acclaimed artist Doug Aitken’s Station-to-Station project. In 2015, The Garment District releases a new album via the Texas-based experimental label, Kendra Steiner Editions.
Butterbirds has been playing in different incarnations since 2009 when its four members met up with each other at the University of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh-based alt country group’s first album Sweet Little Honey-Nothin’ was released in 2013, and the band continues to record in Wilkinsburg, PA.
During each performance, guests experience the visual art exhibition currently on view.
UNLOADED, on view February 13 to April 26, 2015, is organized by Susanne Slavik and explores historical and social issues surrounding the availability, use, and impact of guns in our culture.
Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern, on view May 15 to June 28, 2015,is organized by Lindsey Landfried and explores artists’ use of rhythm, repetition, and pattern as elements to investigate the possibilities of abstractions.
SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest landmasses curated by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.
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