* Bluegrass Music News,
With Emphasis on Southwestern PA. *
Monday, June 7, 2010
Calliope Center Stage Concerts presents Mon River Ramblers
Friday, June 25 Mon River Ramblers
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (6300 Fifth Avenue, Shadyside)
7:30pm, $12 ($10 Calliope & PCA members)
This event is held in conjunction with the PCA’s opening of its new exhibit Interplay.*
The Mon River Ramblers first began playing their unique blend of bluegrass throughout the streets of Pittsburgh in 2006. From their humble beginnings of pickin’ on street corners and avenues around the city, the Ramblers began to get noticed and started pickin’ in venues around the Pittsburgh area. Since that time, the band has competed in two of the most prestigious festivals in bluegrass—The Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Delfest.
The Ramblers have polished their sound with a mix of different genres of music to create their own take on bluegrass music. Their mix of traditional bluegrass, rag-time, jazz, blues, folk, punk, and rock infused with tight pickin’ keeps their brand of fiery bluegrass music innovative and fresh. The band's music is a mixture of original compositions, soaring harmonies, and an innovative approach to improvisation.
The Ramblers are city boys trying to bring fast-pickin’, high energy bluegrass music back to Pittsburgh. In the short time the Ramblers have played together they have shared the stage with the Greencards, the Infamous Stringdusters, the Hot Seats, bluegrass hall of famer Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers, Hoots & Hellmouth, Crooked Still, and the Grammy award winning Cajun band the Pine Leaf Boys.
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and longtime friend of the organization, Calliope has renovated a new space at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The space, which occupies most of the lower level of the historic yellow mansion that houses the PCA galleries, features quality acoustic treatments, seating for 75-150, and a club-like atmosphere.
Upcoming Calliope Center Stage Concerts include:
Thursday, September 16—Red Molly http://redmolly.com/
Stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship and a warm, engaging stage presence on mandolin, guitar and banjo.
Thursday, November 11—The Wiyos http://.thewiyos.com/
Vaudevillian ragtime and blues from a vibrant young group. The Wiyos spent last summer touring with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
* Interplay runs from June 25-August 22, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. There will be an opening reception at PCA, open to the public, the evening of June 25th from 5:30pm-8:00pm. A suggested donation of $5.00 is requested at the door.