Local Show Weekend Extravaganza

Another Joe Mruk masterpiece

There are so many great local shows happening this weekend that it makes my head spin. Let’s try to make sense of it all:

At SPACE Gallery, 8:30pm (8pm doors; $5) is The Garment District and Butterbirds. Garment District is the project of multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, a founding member of Brooklyn’s
The Ladybug Transistor (Merge Records), with contributions from family
and friends. Highly recommended for fans of 60s-style psych-pop and psychedelia. There’s also a chance we’ll hear new songs from The Garment District’s new album, which will be released later this year on Texas-based experimental label, Kendra Steiner Editions.
Later, swing by Brillobox (10pm music, $8) for a pair of Pittsburgh indie stalwarts, The Red Western and Andre Costello and the Cool Minors. They’ll be joined by Cleveland band Seafair. No albums or EPs being released at this one — just a night of good tunes from three bands that are a little alt-country, but mostly rock and roll. 
Also happening: Bash on the Boulevard, a free concert event in Brookline. Sorry kids, 21+. The full lineup:  
9:30PM Bad Custer @ Brookline Pub
10:00PM City Steps @ Gordon’s Lounge
10:30PM Chrome Moses @ Brookline Pub
11:00PM LoFi Delphi @ Gordon’s Lounge
The Bash also has its very own Joe Mruk poster: 
FINALLY, there’s an excellent triple-bill happening at Thunderbird (9pm; $5), when fan favorites Donora are joined by all-gal supergroup Dream Phone, and the bad boys of Blawnox, The Nox Boys

Bloomfield’s Proper People release their debut EP at Howler’s, with support from Big Gypsy and Nik Sea & The Blue Tops.  Everyone I’ve spoken with has raved about Big Gypsy, so I’m excited to see them in person for the first time. 
Meanwhile, in Lawrenceville, at Cattivo (9:30, $7), Grand Piano headlines a trio of heavy hitters when they release their new EP, Sea. Wreck Loose and Working Breed open. Catch a sneak preview of one of the new Grand Piano tunes over at their Bandcamp.
Finally, at Brillobox, it’s a triple bill of Pittsburgh pop with Delicious Pastries, Balloon Ride Fantasy, and City Steps. Balloon Ride Fantasy is filming the performance to help with their candidacy for a spot to play in Summerfest in Milwaukee. So show up and dance your ass off. And as a special added bonus, the show will transition right into the Strangeways after party, where they’ll be spinning britpop, postpunk, indie, and psych. 
And did we mention that this is happening Saturday too: 
Weather Permitting kicks off at 5pm Sunday. $10 for adults, free for kids. Here’s what we had to say about it in NEXTpittsburgh

The first installment kicks off with family-style folk music by The
Hills and The Rivers
, which features Isaac Hill (guitar, vocals), Heidi
Hill (vocals, percussion), Faith Hersey (djembe), James Bristol
(stand-up bass), Noel Mullen (flute, vocals), Chris Fazio (fiddle,
trumpet and Ian Hill (mandolin). Also performing will be local country
music staple Slim Forsythe along with special guests.

Local food trucks and breweries, as well as a farmer’s marketplace,
BBQ section and space for children’s activities, help to create a
picnic-like setting as well as a creative use of the nursery’s grounds,
which sells a wide selection of plants, mulch, landscaping supplies,
pavers, treated lumber and garden art. On Sunday, attendees can fuel up
with grub from the Mac and Gold, Steer and Wheel and Oh My Grill food
trucks, and wash it all down with libations from Rock Bottom Brewery.

Did we miss anything? Probably. Leave any glaring omissions in the comments. 
— B. Conway

5 Comments on “Local Show Weekend Extravaganza”

  1. Just realized I missed not one but two CD release shows tonight (Friday) at Club Cafe! Billy Price at 7pm, and Real Daily Grind release show at 10:

  2. And another one! The Hawkeyes, Chrome Moses, Chet Vincent, and more at Edgewater Music Festival in Oakmont Saturday starting at noon.

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