Hot Pick: Gogol Bordello; Chelsea Baratz; Cello Fury
Stomping. Yelling. Music. For life
Pittsburgh welcomes Gypsy punk/indie band Gogol Bordello to Stage AE at 7 p.m. July 28.
Founded in 1999 by lead vocalist Eugene Hutz, The Band has been making internationally eclectic music for more than a decade. Band members hail from the Ukraine, Russia, Ethiopia and Ecuador, each bringing a signature sound to contribute to the group's global style.
Their music has been featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and the band has performed at several festivals, like Bonnaroo and Coachella.
Their latest studio album, “Pura Vida Conspiracy” was released July 23.
“True human spirit is beyond culture, that's why my main interest is in human potential,” Hutz says. “ ‘Pura vida' is pure life, ‘conspiracy' is world play on the fact that most of the people in the world are so focused on everything going wrong that they fail to see the 50 percent that's going right.”
Admission is $30; $27.50 in advance. Details: 800-745-3000; www.stageae.com
— Emma Deihle
Chelsea Baratz will be returning home this weekend with the tenor saxophone style she has been refining in the New York City area.
Baratz will perform July 26 at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy on the North Side and July 27 at Riverview Park in the nearby Observatory Hill area.
She gives her music a strong contemporary flavor, but also can return to a traditional sound she heard growing up in Upper St. Clair.
“Because it is Pittsburgh, I want to play some straight-ahead stuff that connects to my roots,” she says. “But I want to do some of my original music, too.”
Baratz, who went to New York in 2006 with a scholarship to the New School, put out an album, “In Faith,” of her material in 2009. She is working on singles she hopes to release later this year.
“Just as the music is changing with jazz getting a blend of hip-hop, the market is changing, too,” she says. “With people buying singles more, it seems like a good way to reach them.”
After the concert at Riverview, the Cinema in the Parks screening that evening will be “The Tuskegee Airmen,” about the black bomber crews from World War II.
Music at James Street starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Details: 412-904-3335 or www.jamesstreetgastropub.com.
The Riverview concert starts at 7 p.m. and the film at dusk. Details: 412-255-2493 or www.citiparks.net.
— Bob Karlovits
Always room for cello
When it comes to the search for music for a Sunday brunch program, there's always room for cello.
It seems perfectly understandable, then, that Cello Fury, the string-rock band, will perform July 28 at theBach, Beethoven and Brunch concert at Mellon Park in the Squirrel Hill-Point Breeze area.
Cello Fury features the string play of Simon Cummings, Ben Munoz and Nicole Myers, who unleash great power and rhythmic drive to an instrument that has a tone that defines mellow.
Besides playing at concerts and festivals all over the United States, Cello Fury has become a steady music force in its hometown, playing at First Night concerts, Downtown, at Pittsburgh Steelers games, and with Bricolage Productions.
That sort of eclectic musical range will provide an energetic and varied sound for the Mellon Park concerts, which are designed as a way to bring a little live music to your brunch. Offered with the pack-your-own crowd in mind, the concerts also feature food vendors.
Music runs 10:30 a.m. to noon at the park at Fifth and Shady avenues. Admission is free. Details: 412-255-2493 or www.citiparks.net.
— Bob Karlovits
The battle for history
Westmoreland County Historical Society will host a Civil War Encampment July 27 at Historic Hanna's Town, 809 Forbes Trail Road, Hempfield. Visit the encampment by members of the 40th Pennsylvania Volunteers, who will discuss the history of their unit. There will be demonstrations of drilling, marching and use of firearms.
— Sis Reola