Saturday 7/9 we will be putting on our sophomore performance at the 4th annual Deutschtown Music Festival. Last year we had the honor of playing a packed house at the James Street Ballroom, a space that became very familiar to us in the year following. This year we're teaming up with perennial band-buddies Wreck Loose and Chrome Moses, as well as The Commonheart and André Costello and the Cool Minors, to take over the stage at the Allegheny Elks Lodge. Known for its scads of banjo-wielding septuagenarians, this stage is a great anchor for the five hours of rock that will take place on top of it. We go on at 11, but stop by early to see Pittsburgh's rock scene distilled to lethal potency.
Back in 2012 I decided I was going to drink more whiskey. Beer is well and good, I reasoned, but does not capture the class and sophistication that I wish to exude, sweatlike, through my pores. My band at the time, a scruffy old time ensemble called the Sidewalk String Band, had been called upon to be the featured artist at an open mic night at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, and I took this as an opportunity to make good on my promise to myself.
I have never really enjoyed Christmas music. As such, the concept of Christmas in July is something I find morally offensive. It's bad enough that we have this shit pumped through mall speakers for the fiscal quarter leading up to the holidays, now you want me to relive that nightmare during the one point of the year when I might actually forget that it's a thing?
EDIT: bradcuster.com is a memorial page for a man who suffered from schizophrenia and died after being improperly restrained by the police. Maybe we should just change the name of our band.
The answer, where fantasy and reality intersect, is the moment when the blank Magnavox CD's have all been sharpied, the friends and family have been shaken down to pre-order their tickets, the 35-minute set has been polished to a sheen, the between-song stage banter has been carefully rehearsed to avoid dead air, and then you get up on that stage and just kill it. There are any number of mystical and spiritual ways to describe a set well done, but the older I get the more I see that a lot of it is just working really hard on something, and then showing it to people and feeling them appreciate it.