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YINZFEST 2019

Mark your calendars if you’re in the Pittsburgh area! Saturday, July 27, 2019 from noon until midnight, YINZFEST is happening at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale.

YINZFEST prides itself on showcasing the underground Pittsburgh scene and counter-culture. All three stages AND the courtyard will be used to feature over 30 bands performing their original music, including 3 from Wake Up On Fire’s own brand new developmental roster: Mellowphobia (think Catfish & the Bottlemen), Murderboat (think Art of Drowning era AFI meets Dookie-era Green Day), and Soul Alliance (shoegaze grunge inspired by Alice in Chains, Zeppelin, Cage the Elephant, and Slowdive).

Also announced with Round One (of three) were Dopamine, Larga Veda, Mellowscape (indie rock), Before You Leave (Deftones meets Middle Class Rut), Rebel Revolver, Wild Blue Yonder, and Not Your Average Losers! Twenty other bands along with poets, magicians, comedy and more, will be announced in two more musical rounds (May 20 and June 10), and a non-musical round on June 17.

A fundraiser will also be held to benefit Creative Life Support.

AND —- they’re doing a 90s sub-theme! Many bands will be playing one 90s cover in their set. Flannel, JNCOs, hacky sacks, disposable cameras — they are all super encouraged — and turn those cell phones off, too.

 

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Lucha VaVOOM

Mexican Masked Wrestling + Burlesque + Comedy = Lucha VaVOOM

Click the image to watch the preview for the 2010 Halloween shows in L.A.

In the spirit of my return from an awesome vacation in Mexico, I’m going to pass along some information today about Lucha VaVOOM, which is where Mexican Masked wrestlers flip and fly, performing breathtaking acrobatic feats as lovably absurd characters with names like Dirty Sanchez, Chupacabra, and Shamu Jr.  In between matches, the finest handpicked burlesque acts from around the world delight the crowds because the folks at Lucha VaVOOM like a little sexo with their violencia!  Lucha VaVOOM has upcoming Halloween shows at LA’s Mayan Theater, October 27th and 28th.

Even more, there’s comedians added to the mix! In the past, comedians like Jeffrey Ross, Patton Oswalt and Jack Black have taken part. Lucha VaVOOM has also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, CBS National News, Carson Daily and several other local news programs.  Recently, dancers and wrestlers from Lucha VaVOOM shared the stage with Ozomatli and Cheech Marin at the Hollywood Bowl, and were one of the top-billed acts at the Chicago Just For Laughs Festival (right under Ellen DeGeneres).
 
Rooted in history, Lucha VaVOOM draws its inspiration from the bizarre world of 60’s Mexican Lucha Cinema, where brave, masked wrestling crime fighters save the world from evil brains, vampires, the Bermuda Triangle etc; always with an obligatory stop at the local go-go club. 
 
You simply have to see it to believe it!  If Lucha VaVOOM isn’t coming to a city near you this time, be sure to catch an appearance on America’s Top Model on October 6th. 

Lucha VaVoom Fall 2010 Dates
(w/Jonathan Toubin DJing East Coast Shows):
 
10/21:  Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/24:  Portland, OR @ Roseland
10/27:  Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
10/28:  Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater
10/31:  San Francisco, CA @ Filmore
11/04:  Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
11/06:  Asbury Park, NJ @ Convention Hall
11/08:  Boston, MA @ Royal Boston
11/09:  New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/11:  Chicago, IL @ Park West

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