Joe Grushecky (Photo courtesy Randex PR)
Joe Grushecky is “the first one on either side of the family out of the coal mines,” he told his audience recently at Jammin’ Java. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, his career has had its ups and downs, but he’s stayed faithful to the place he comes from.
“Grushecky,” he explained is a Ukrainian name. And while that might not be unusual in his hometown, record executives wanted him to change it. “They will never get that name in Alabama,” they said — and, as Joe conceded, “They didn’t.”
Joe never did change his name, nor did he ever leave his hometown, which appears in songs like “East Carson Street.”
Anti-Flag perform in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 1, 2017. (Photo by Clark Terrell for Do512)
I anticipated the concert by Anti-Flag at U Street Music Hall on Saturday would be a nostalgia trip. Boy, was I wrong.
Anti-Flag (Photo by Jake Stark)
Pittsburgh punks Anti-Flag released American Fall, their 10th studio album, last year via Spinefarm. They have launched a co-headlining tour with Stray from the Path, and the two bands perform at U Street Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 10, for their Silence=Violence Tour.
Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs in Baltimore, Md., on June 12, 2016.
Much of Pittsburgh has been embracing a new economy that encompasses industries outside of its traditional steel-town past. Thrill Mill Inc., a nonprofit that provides local entrepreneurs with free resources to grow business, supports the growth of Pittsburgh companies in new frontiers.
To call attention to its mission and raise some money to fund these resources, Thrill Mill this week presents the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival. Starting on Tuesday, Thrival Innovation + Music Festival presents programming around the city to position Pittsburgh as the world leader in post-industrial economic development, and the festival caps the week with a two-day music festival. (Check out all of the programming online.)
Thrival executive producer Dan Law said in a statement, “Recently, Pittsburgh finds itself on a number of ‘top’ lists, but so much of our city remains undiscovered to a broader audience. The festival offers that unique opportunity to witness why Pittsburgh is a modern comeback story.”