Sunday, August 12, 2012

Show Preview - Slim Cessna's Auto Club - 8.29.12 - New Hazlett Theater - Concert Preview - Pittsburgh

As mentioned this past week, one of the best venues to catch a show in town is the New Hazlett Theater. Again, if you missed The Tallest Man On Earth at this venue, yeah, you made a mistake. This is the fourth show I have caught there and it never disappoints. Hence, Slim Seccna's Auto Club will be appearing there on Wednesday, August 29th. The band first formed in Denver, Colorado in 1992, now rests its head in Pittsburgh, although rarely performing here. The band has released 5 LP's, the most recent this past year called Unentitled. Mixing blues, southern gospel, rockabilly the group is often referred to as 'Country Gothic'. The band utilizes different instrumentation from your normal setup including the standup bass, steel guitar, some banjo and autoharp. The band brands itself as 'American' music and is known for their intense live sets. This will be their first show in quite some time.

From their bio:

Engaging, riveting, sad and humorous; demanding the audience to participate both live and while listening to their albums; Slim Cessna's Auto Club has been branded with every musical description possible. This seems fitting, as SCAC describes their music as American (Is that not what America is and has been, a mixture of every one and thing resulting in something new?); and after two decades of working and living as SCAC, they have created their own genre.

The instruments are drums, upright bass, pedal steel, banjos, piano, guitar, vocals and stories. They have recorded critically acclaimed albums (Village Voice, Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle) on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. Spin Magazine and No Depression have described them as the best live band in America. The songs are each thoughtfully crafted with unique arrangements, executed by superb musicianship, then fully realized through original, insightful and intelligent lyrics. With two of the most charismatic frontmen around (Westword) and four accomplished musicians, SCAC is the past, present and future of American music.

The show begins at 8p and tickets are only $12 and can be found here. More information about the venue and Slim Cessna Auto Club can be found at these locations: