Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best of 2010 Part 4 (cont)


And the editors picks:

Albums:

I haven't listened to as many albums (as in past years) for various reasons. These are the albums I could listen to over and over again and never get tired.

3) Sleigh Bells - Treats
    I wonder if this female singer wasn't attractive would their live shows be considered so revered? She really doesn't add much to the lp with all the distortion/sampling that careens over her voice. Saw them live and thought they were fun, but a 'must see'? I am not sure.

2) Miles Kurosky - The Desert of Shallow Effects
    I love Beulah and I really loved this album. Not just because I am a fanboy, but because it was freaking good. It took me a couple of listens, but it never left my player.

1) MGMT - Congratulations
    While many didn't appreciate this like Oracular Spectacular I found it enchanting. I enjoyed this album even more than Oracular just because they created a sound soooo different. While one of the most boring live acts I saw this year, it still makes my #1 album.

Shows:

3) Tie: Miles Kurosky - Brillobox 3/29/10 /Tim Kasher - Thunderbird Cafe - 11/22/10 - This was a toss up for me so I included both. These guys provided the audience with so much showmanship and crowd interaction that it made it a disappointment if you missed out. From Kasher (Cursive fame) buying a shot of Jameson for everyone at Thunderbird (when is the last time you heard of that), to Kurosky inviting anyone and everyone on stage to play with the band. Pure satisfaction.

2) Apples in Stereo - 4/17/10 - 123 Pleasant Street - This was in Morgantown, WV but damn what a show. People openly smoking on the floor, old folks in E6 shirts and AIS in futuristic outfits. I had so much fun I forgot I was in Morgantown.

1) Paul McCartney - 8/19/10 - Consol Energy Center - Never seen him, probably never will again. But talk about a musician that has performing down to a science. That is PM. Best show I have seen in quite some time and one that will be in the memory banks until the day I die.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Best of 2010 Part 3 (continued)

Part 3: Laura Lee Burkhardt

Top Three Albums:

1.) Defiance, Ohio- "Midwestern Minutes"

Although a far step from the normal acoustic-punk sound, Defiance, Ohio still delivered heart-felt and thought-invoking lyrics and songs that stole my heart this year.

2.) Bad Books- "Bad Books"

When you hear the line-up, you'll know why this makes my number two: Kevin Devine and members from Manchester Orchestra. It is the most perfect ten song album this year.

3.) Girl Talk- "All Day"

If you have heard it, you know why.

Top Three Shows:

1.) MewithoutYou, Murder By Death, and Buried Beds August 10th at Mr. Smalls. (See Review)

2.) Fun., Jarrod Gorbel, and Instead of Sleeping October 2nd at Mr. Smalls. (See Review)

3.) Such Gold, Koji, Into It. Over It., and Wifebeater November 8th at The Smiling Moose.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best of 2010 - Part 2 (continued)

We continue with our 2010 top albums and shows:

Johnathon Puff

Albums

1. Interpol - Interpol

An unlikely best of album I'm sure and it took much time to grow on me, but it did a few weeks back. A major improvement over the previous OLTA.

2. Spoon - Transference

Spoon are kings of the studio album. Everything they put out is pure brilliance and this one is no exception.

3. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Clock Catcher pulls you in and it's hard to get out. Flying Lotus's best work to date.

Shows

1. Arcade Fire - 8/6/2010 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD

My second time seeing them, first at a major venue, and by far the best show I saw of 2010. "Power Out" into "Rebellion" is the best one-two punch I've ever heard.

2. My Morning Jacket - 8/27/2010 The Amphitheater at Station Square Pittsburgh, PA

The best Pittsburgh show. Two hours plus of pure rocking on a beautiful Friday evening at the end of summer. It just doesn't get much better than "Lay Low" next to the Mon and a Pittsburgh backdrop.

3. LCD Soundsystem - 4/16/2010 Empire Polo Fields Indio, CA Coachella

An unexpected dance crazy set at the first show of their 2010 American tour. "Losing My Edge" the clear highlight of the entire weekend with a tribute to GIL SCOTT HERON!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Top Albums of 2010 - PMR Writers


Editors Note: The past couple of years I have ranked my top 10 albums and shows. This year I decided to do things a little different. Instead of being bored with my questionable prose, I asked the contributors of the blog to provide their top 3 for each category. This will stretch out the rest of the week. The blog will take a vacation over the winter break. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Without further ado:

Favorites of 2010 - Daniel Hammer

In recent weeks, some blogs and critics have been tossing around the comment that 2010 has been a “good, but not great” year for music. Really?! My head is still spinning from all that great music that I’ve blasted through my speakers and headsets this year! The pretentious nerds who are unhappy with 2010 are upset that the year did not produce the kind of consensus favorites that years like 2009 gave us. Last year, it was a fairly simple task to identify the five or so albums that would appear at the top of nearly everyone’s lists. Merriweather Post Pavilion was the clear favorite for the top spot. ‘Big’ albums from the likes of Grizzly Bear and The Flaming Lips provided a sense of stability, and new acts like the XX and Dirty Projectors (has anyone even listened to them since last year?) were collectively agreed-upon top-ten prodigies. There doesn’t seem to the same indie consensus for 2010—which to some obviously means it was a weak year in music. Personally, I enjoy years like 2010. Music has been all over the map this year, and my favorites have not always been the same as my friends or favorite bloggers’ favorites. What’s more, I have the feeling that these types of musical years have already become the norm rather than the exception. Each year is delivering an ever greater volume of bands, albums, musical styles, and remixes, along with opportunities to discover them all through constantly growing channels of media, networking, and sharing on the Internets. My favorite albums of the year are just that—favorites. I have tried not to over-think the list. I just went with the albums that I had the most fun with and that I kept listening to again and again. Here are my favorite 8 ½ albums of 2010.

Top Three

Crime in Stereo—I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone

I listened to no album more in 2010 than this one. This collection of post-hardcore gems is creative, diverse, and a perfect balance of melody and aggression. A more complete album than their previous Is Dead, Crime in Stereo broke up less than two months after this was released. An excellent final release for a band too few people outside of hardcore took the time to discover.

The National—High Violet

The National have easily established themselves as one of the most intelligent and meaningful bands of the past several years. Their music and, especially, Matt Berninger’s voice and lyrics absolutely capture the place in which I find myself—grown up (mostly), done with angst, but thoughtfully struggling with what we love, don’t love, and just aren’t yet sure about in life and the cities we live in.

Twin Shadow—Forget

No better voice debuted this year than George Lewis Jr. His album looks to the sound of the 80s while hurling his moving voice into new musical territory. The songs on this album are so complete, finely crafted and cohesive while pursuing different dynamics of sound and emotion. I listened to nothing but this album for at least four days when I first got it.

Runners-up

Future Islands—In Evening Air

This album is so much fun to listen to. It’s haunting, moving, and danceable. I don’t give a shit if Pitchfork thinks others have done new wave before. Who’s doing it better than Future Islands? No one, that’s who.

Avey Tare—Down There

I am thoroughly surprised by how much I like this album, and it’s not only due to the swampy atmospherics and awesome alligator cover art. Unlike Panda Bear, Avey Tare doesn’t do childlike. He makes dark, murky and absolutely engaging tapestries of sound with enough melody to let you simply listen to the music, rather than study it like homework. That would be boring. This is not.

Indie Folk (because I love how good this genre has become)

The Tallest Man on Earth—Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird EP and The Wild Hunt
How quickly has Kristian Matsson risen in the ranks of the indie and folk world? His first full-length came out in 2008, and this year he has dropped a flawless full-length, followed by an even better EP just two months ago. His debt to Bob Dylan is evident—but this is part of what makes folk so great. Everyone is working with the same simple components of a guitar and voice, but musicians are able to create stirring songs, emotions and melodies that capture your heart. Matsson has done that with both of these releases.

Mumford & Sons—Sigh No More

Appalachian bluegrass folk from London? Yes, and amazingly good.

Sharon Van Etten—Epic

I first heard the single “A Crime” from Van Etten’s second full-length and was hooked on her voice. Absolutely unique and stirring. After hearing “Don’t Do It” I simply had to have the album. I still love those two songs the best, but the whole album is great and I’m very happy to have discovered her this year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Local Artist Wise Blood Signs to Dovecote Records - New Video for BIG EGO

The blogs favorite local act Wise Blood just signed to Dovecote Records and will soon be releasing a new ep in 2011. He has a new single out entitled "Loud Mouths" which you can stream below. He also has a new video for BIG EGO which features a naked female hopping out of bed.

LoudMouths by Wise Blood


"B.I.G. E.G.O." from david parker on Vimeo.


From his press release:

Following the release of his free "+" EP in the Summer of 2010, Pittsburgh’s Wise Blood (aka Christopher Laufman) splashed hard and quickly gained the attention of the online music community with stealth and ease. His weirdo party jams came out of nowhere introducing his warped, screwed collages full of finely detailed compositions backed by tremendous soul. The free EP made impact with Pitchfork who labeled him as a “Rising” artist and the music lovers in general ranging from Fader to Stereogum, Altered Zones, and so forth. Wise Blood has now signed to rising label Dovecote Records and plans to release a new EP in early 2011. By day, twenty-one year old Laufman works in a cemetery as an undertaker. When the sun goes down he is better known as Wise Blood, turning out heavy sample based pop bliss in his bedroom. The youngster, who is influenced by anyone from Prince to Madonna to Slim Thug, is very ambitious... At the age of sixteen, Laufman turned down a scholarship to the highly prestigious Julliard claiming that he "will attend the school only after he takes over pop-music". He’s jumping in head first with this.

I should mention some of his songs have been featured in a couple of commercials. Glad to see someone is making it from the burgh.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Show Review - Ghostland Observatory - 12/10/10 - Mr Smalls - Live Review - Concert Review - Pittsburgh

I'm going to be honest, I had never listened to or seen anything by Ghostland Observatory until earlier this week. My only exposure was seeing them as sub headliners on a Coachella or Bonnaroo poster some years back making me curious when they decided to roll through Pittsburgh following in the footsteps of Girl Talk and Wiz Khalifa by playing back-to-back shows. With a venture to youtube I then understood why they were those sub headliners of those popular festivals. Performance.

With an unusual 9:00 PM start time at Mr. Smalls I entered without the usual long wait and was met with warning signs cautioning of haze, lasers, and strobe lights. Oh My. I was late to the show, but you wouldn't of thought it based on the low number of people in the venue. It clearly wasn't sold out even with another hour until Ghostland were to grace the stage. Opener Mux Mool with a laptop and beatbox started while I was walking in mixing beats with cymbal crashes and you could tell something was very, very wrong. Half way into his set he mentioned that they were having technical difficulties, but based on the set remainder one would have to wonder if it even made a difference.

Thirty minutes later the lights went down, bass started to drop, and my ear plugs went in. Positioned at the back I waited to finish a drink before moving closer to the stage and was glad I did. Producer, drummer, and caped crusader Thomas Ross Turner came out first getting his equipment ready then a minute or so later a long haired pigtails-less Aaron Behrens strutted onto the stage. Then, all of a sudden, LASERS! I'm not talking a few laser pointers, I'm talking the most lasers I've ever seen. Seeing the youtube videos is one thing, but seeing them in person left me speechless. Being centered in the back of the venue made it even more remarkable as you could take in the entire show the way it was meant to be seen. After opener "Glitter" from their latest album Codename: Rondo they exploded into "Piano Man" while making their way through different songs from their four album catalog. The highlight of the show was the track tile "Codename: Rondo" as Behrens wondered the stage talking the song's lyrics with bass hits that could probably be heard across the Allegheny River. For different songs Behrens would play guitar with Turner only playing the drums for one song. Makes you wonder why even bring a drum set with you on tour if you're only going to use it once. It didn't matter though, fans and weekend warriors covered in glitter to wearing fairy wings danced the entire set.



For the encore Aaron gave shout outs to the Pittsburgh natives who were responsible for the amazing laser show we had witnessed for the past hour before starting into their hit "Sad Sad City".

Media releases mention Ghostland Observatory as not a band, but rather an agreement between two friends to create something that not only heals their beat-driven hearts, but pleases their rock ‘n roll souls and seeing their show this night proved this to be true. Whether you're into electronica, rock 'n roll, or just pretty lights and lasers having a band like Ghostland in Pittsburgh is something you don't want to miss as they more than likely won't be back anytime soon. You have one more chance tonight and I highly recommend you don't miss it.

--Jonathon Puff

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Show Review - The Chariot - Altar Bar - 12/1/10 - Pittsburgh - Live Review - Concert Review

Typing with a broken left thumb is not an easy task, especially when you could have a potential concussion, judging from the size of the bruise and lump on your forehead. (The dry blood under your nose may be a clue as well.) I am not really able to tell you exactly when any of these injuries occurred to my body, besides a general blanket statement that any hardcore music fan would understand, “I saw the Chariot last night.”

My friends and I were more than excited to go to this show, considering our very good friends’ band oldfears. were opening. As my friend Becca put it, “I get to see my favorite band, and my best friend’s band on the same bill!” The day before the show is where the mental preparation began, and up until the show, we were all getting ourselves psyched up to throw down, get hit, and face the pit.

The beginning of the show was relatively quiet crowdwise, with two Pittsburgh local openers playing, Dinotrax and Arcane Haven. It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen either of these bands, and though they both deserve respect for what they do, neither performance was anything special. After these two bands played, it was then time for oldfears., one piece of the night that we were all excited for.

It was, in total, oldfears’ fourth time on a stage, and I can proudly say I’ve been there for every single performance. They started off with the first track of their newly released EP, and for the first time that night, the crowd was able to get into the music, and a pit got started. Close to the end of their set, they played what most of the “oldfears. crew” decided was their favorite song, and the rest of the crowd looked a little jealous when all of our friends got the mic for “disloyal and divine.”

After oldfears. came a New York, Staten Island based band, Stray From The Path. I was nowhere near as excited for this band, because the kind of crowd they draw are the hardcore ‘bro’ type kids. I saw way too many flat-brim hats and basketball jerseys paired with cut-off shorts and snakebites for one day. Needless to say, while they were playing, I was happy to sit at the oldfears. merch table.

Beyond Stray From The Path is when the show really started to gain the intensity I was hoping for. The Cancer Bats played next, a hardcore/punk band hailing from Canada, and their set was fantastic, for lack of a better word. They had a fairly big pit going on, with plenty of people screaming the words, and their interaction with the crowd was awesome. They finished with a song called “Hail Destroyer” and even included a Beastie Boys cover in their set. When it was over, though, we all knew what time was, and a rumor had started to circulate throughout the venue that The Chariot would be setting up on the floor due to lack of a lead singer.

Josh Scogin, who screams for The Chariot wasn’t able to be there, because his wife had just had their second child, and I don’t think anybody held that against him. Without a vocalist, they were able to set up on the floor, and used guys from other bands and the audience as a fill-in for Josh. As soon as they started the first song and the microphone got handed into the audience, the raw emotion of that show began to pour out, and didn’t stop the entire time.

It was the kind of show where you just let everything go, you hit whoever you need to, you scream at the top of your lungs, you dance like it’s your last day. For every single one of their ten or so songs, I was in the middle of a crowd of people, being thrown around and throwing people around.

Most people might look at this performance and say, “How could the band let that happen?” The Chariot was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen because of this, anyone who wanted to scream could go ahead and do it. I got the mic for a portion of “The Audience” and “Daggers” and led the crowd with my friends and my voice. That wasn’t all though, my friend Adam essentially played drums for “Deaf Policeman,” and another friend of mine, Ben, acted as the entire Chariot that night, screaming and even playing guitar for them.

It was pure emotion, with no barriers or walls, every person did what they felt in that moment, and despite anything else that we had going on at that point in time, for those three hours we were free. As Chariot bassist Johnathan Kindler’s Twitter read that night, “I will never forget tonights show. Long Love Pittsburgh, Long Live floor shows, Long Live the King”

longlive to everyone - Sam Ritzer

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Show Preview - Ghostland Observatory - Mr Smalls - 12/10 & 12/11 - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

Ghostland Observatory, an electro duo of sonic and conceptual polarities, makes their first ever appearance in Pittsburgh for 2 days at Mr. Smalls Theatre, December 10 and 11, 2010. Ghostland Observatory is “not a band, but an agreement between two friends to create something that not only heals their beat-driven hearts, but pleases their rock ‘n roll souls.” With four albums and sold out performances at prominent venues and festivals coast to coast, the pair continues to produce sounds undefined by any preceding genres. Front man Aaron Behren, who possesses a stage presence likened to Freddie Mercury and Prince, collides with Producer/ Drummer Thomas Turner’s raw electro rhythms influenced by Daft Punk, The Clash and David Bowie.



Ghostland, presented by Opus One and Näkturnal, will perform Friday, December 10, 2010 with supporting acts Mux Mool and DJs Cutups and Keeb$ (Lazercrunk, Stakin Paper), with an encore show Saturday, December 11, 2010 supported by Expensive Shit, Keeb$ and DJ RA (Fuzz). As Mux Mool, Minneapolis native Brian Lindgren creates homespun electro-hip hop, recently joining Lotus on their U.S. fall tour. His 2010 full-length debut SKULLTASTE, released by Ghostly International, received a 7.5 rating on Pitchfork and four stars in URB. The local percussion/synth/machine duo Expensive Shit consists of Eric Yeschke and Modey Lemon’s drummer Paul Quattrone, who is currently touring Europe with !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Doors open at 8:00 pm both nights. Tickets for each performance are $25 and 2-day passes are available for $45. Both nights are open to all ages.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Show Preview - Linfinity - Brillobox - 12/9/10 - Pittsburgh - Concert Preview

Linfinity will be making another stop in Pittsburgh on Thursday, 12/9 at the Brillobox. The group was here this past May opening for Murder by Death at Mr Smalls. We conducted an interview the last time with lead man Dylan Von Wagner which you can find here. Dylan was developing this project over several years, him as the sole creator. He didn't begin performing until his late 20's and began recording soon after that. Most of his songs are fleshed out by his backing band which does a wonderful of job performing them live as well. These videos were taken from their performance here at Mr Smalls.



From our interview:

You didn’t start getting serious about music until your late 20’s. What was your career before this? What made you want to try this at such a late point in your life? Anything trigger it?


I had a desire for music since high school, but in my area in upstate ny, no one I knew played anything, then I went to Universtity of Vermont and music was more prominent. During school and after I graduated I went to london and soaked up a lot of music, but still didn't pick up an instrument. It wasn't till I moved back to ny when I was 23 24 where I decided i best give this a go. After that just years of learning and trying to write etc...

Your father passed away while recording your first ep. Did this experience influence that recording and lyrics?


It was horrible, norm's song, southern belles, martian's bloom kind of came out of that, he was the guy who ran 5 miles a day, thought he was going the long haul and it's even more bittersweet for he's not around for our record and shows. he saw us once at mercury lounge in nyc a month before he passed.



Southern Belles by pghmusicreport

The band, with Dylan, create a nice wall of sound for the audience. Some of the songs off the debut lp Martians Bloom can be a bit genre bending, but still stay within the same framework of the album. In a live setting they are fleshed and performed with precision. Really good band in concert. Check them out if you like the tunes.

Show Review - Javelin w/ Girl Talk - Stage AE - 12/3/10 - Concert Review - Live Review


Stage AE had its grand opening this past Friday with local mash up artist Girl Talk taking to the stage with Javelin (out of Brooklyn) opening. My first reaction to Stage AE was that it was a bit impersonal, reminding me of an abandoned three-tiered theater. It was extremely dark and a bit gloomy on the inside, not that a venue needs to be bright and cheery, but I felt I was in a refurbished factory. The floors were all industrial strength concrete with 2 large bars on different levels. On the bright side, the sound was incredible and what you would expect at a state of the art facility. There was no issue with maneuvering through the crowd even with the sellout.


Javelin was the second act up of the evening as we missed the first. The duo of Thomas Van Buskirk and George Langford play their live setting with a full drum kit and a table filled with electronics. They play in front of a wall of colorful boom boxes with wires sprawling everywhere. Buskirk raps over the samples that are produced with vocals often poking fun of pop culture. Langford backs him up playing the drums and keep a steady beat with the sampling. The crowd was reacting to the duo as they would later on with Girl Talk, dancing away to party-esque music. Buskirk was full of energy, jumping around and enjoying the audience's intensity. It turned into more of a dance club and was a perfect warm up to Girl Talk. The duo ended their set by knocking down the boom boxes which created a wave of excitement and heavy steps from the crowd. 

Girl Talk came out with a huge video screen behind him showing images and live video throughout the performance. There was a small delay before people poured from the sides of the stage creating the customary atmosphere. These must have been pre-arranged participants because several times I saw attendees trying to climb the fence to get onstage before being rebuffed by security. The new feature to GT show was a mini cam on his platform directed towards the screaming crowd and showing up on the big screen. I don't believe there was an individual in the theater that wasn't moving to the sample heavy show. Towards the end, GG said he was going to end on that note, but then proceeded to play another few tunes that he prepared for the next night's show because he was loving the audience.

Only real downside to the evening for me was the bar operations for AE. It was so crowded, and understaffed to get a drink that you literally almost had to push and fight your way to the bar. It would have helped if they had it roped off to create lines around that area, but instead you caught elbows and nasty glances from patrons just trying to grab a drink. One cute girl next to me continued to smile and look at me as her bf pushed her in my space. Unreal. I felt bad for her.

It will be interesting to see if the new venue will destroy the competition among local promoters. Opus One appears to have a tie in with PromoWest Productions, but other entities such as Joker, Drusky, etc. may have to take a hit as more money will be thrown the artists way from GW. The competition in the city was already tough enough, but now, it's going to be even more difficult to turn a buck. I could be wrong of course.

**My dumbass for got the camera battery, so special thanks to Hugh for the pics.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Show Review - Delta Spirit - Brillobox - 11/30/10 - Pittsburgh

Serious rock music. Delta Spirit played to a packed house (sold out, in fact) on Tuesday night at Brillobox. The band is touring their excellent summer release History from Below, along with a new EP, The Waits Room (see our interview with singer Matt Vasquez below for details). It was impressive to see how many fans Delta Spirit has in the Pittsburgh area; earned not just on the strength of their two full-length albums, but also through constant touring and building a reputation as must-see live act. They played their hearts out tonight, and the crowd loved it.

I first listened to Delta Spirit’s new album this summer. Oddly enough, I put it on during a run through the Allegheny Cemetery. Their music made the perfect companion to the ornate gravestones, passing trees, and cemetery soil. Delta Spirit’s sound comes from the roots. Somehow the association of the setting and the music has stuck with me, in a good way, and I was excited to see them live. Rock, soulful singing, and driving rhythms dominated the night. “Bushwick Blues” was every bit as good live. “Ransom Man,” “White Table” and others all demonstrated a band which has complete control over their craft and the audience. Delta Spirit, after all, pride themselves on a hard work ethic and commitment to a high energy show.

Playing against a giant banner backdrop of the History from Below album cover, it was great to see a band with such a ‘big’ sound in an intimate space like Brillobox. I was not the number one fan tonight, though—looking around the crowd I saw many who knew the words to each and every song and clearly have followed this band for years. After interviewing Matt earlier this month and coming away from the conversation with a great deal of respect for their musical ethic, the live show solidified for me Delta Spirit’s appeal with the people. Good luck on the rest of your tour, from Pittsburgh.

--Daniel Hammer

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Show Preview - Javelin - Stage AE w/ Girl Talk - 12/3/10 - Pittsburgh

As mentioned previously Girl Talk will be opening the new Stage AE on the North Shore this Friday and Saturday. On Friday night Javelin will have the pleasure of opening, being one of the first acts to grace the stage of the new venue.



Javelin are a electro base duo with R&B influences from the 80's and 90's, straight out of Brooklyn, NY. They are known for their live shows broadcasting a FM signal that allows the audience to participate with the sound via mobile boxes. The band is touring behind No Mas, their first lp coming out this past April.



They will definitely be a great addition to a night that should be more than memorable.

Hou Gives A Flute Concert Tour - Freelance Whales - 12/4/10 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh

Houlihan's and VH1 are teaming up to promote "Save the Music Foundation". This weekend they will be making a stop in Pittsburgh at Saturday's Freelance Whales show at the Brillobox along with Friday's Girl Talk conert. The purpose of the stop is to araise awarness of the educational programs The Music Foundation supports. From the press release:

VH1 and Houlihan’s brand ambassadors will arrive in Pittsburgh to go backstage at two local concerts to obtain music artist’s signatures on an acoustic guitar valued at $1,000. Multiple signatures have already been added to the guitar in support of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation which is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.

During Houlihan’s lunch hour or happy hour, the signed guitar will arrive at the Houlihan’s restaurants throughout the market to be showcased in a plexi-glass case for guests to view. Patrons will have the chance to register to win free concerts for a year through Live Nation and also the decked out guitar by partaking in an online auction on www.charitybuzz.com. The guitar will be given to the highest bidder and the proceeds will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Since 1997, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation has successfully restored and sustained instrumental music programs in 1,600 public schools in more than 100 cities across the country, including Memphis, Houston, Chicago, New York, Denver, Baltimore and Milwaukee.

Be sure to stop by and support this important initiative to keep music alive in for our next generation.