Byron Nash, a Pittsburgh based musician, has been doing this music thing for a long time. While playing lead guitar of the band Formula412, he worked on writing and recording some ideas and keeping them on the “back-burner” you could say. This “back-burner” was called ‘Plan B’.
After collecting over 10 years of songs and ideas, Nash took some music production courses and eventually started his own music company, BNDEEPendent Music. He and his friend Evan Thorsen had been jamming and hanging out together for years; when they finally decided to play some of their songs live in 2014. After great reception, they were asked the following year to play at Kayafest, a restaurant that was having it’s 20th Year Anniversary block party. They put together a makeshift band of talented musicians and again were met with great praise…enough that they finally decided to go forth full throttle as a band.
All they had to do was come up with their name. It was suggested that their name simply be ‘Nash’, but Byron felt weird about it being just his name. So — ta-da!!! Byron Nash & Plan B it is!
And they’ve got a little bit of something for everyone, too! The band is “a well-balanced fusion of rocking dual-guitars, funk-and-soul, straight-forward and emotional vocals, simple songwriting, and a little bit of jam-band and fusion mixed in there.”
The band is having a very special release party for their very first EP, The Late Bloomer, this Friday at The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls.
Check out the Facebook event HERE
I came really super close to not being able to make it to this sold out show here in Pittsburgh this past Monday. And oh, let me just say, I would have thrown some MAJOR fits and tantrums if I had missed this!
But, my friends over at BB Gun Press totally saved the day and helped this girl out. And I couldn’t have been any happier. If you keep up with my ramblings, you’d know that I couldn’t WAIT to see Fitz and the Tantrums perform “The Walker” live. At one point, I really thought they weren’t going to play it, either! They waited until the very end, and performed it for one of their encores! Which, surprised me because I thought I’d hear “The Walker” earlier and they would save “Out Of My League” for an encore. BUT, they played it earlier, and “Moneygrabber” was the second song in their set. Oh, and they did a pretty awesome cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams,” too.
I really wanted to upload the video of “The Walker”…BUT:
- It sort of got screwed up and ended up being split into two videos.
- My phone isn’t letting me upload it.
- Anddddd you can hear me screaming like a maniac that just got let out of a mental institution.
So, here’s a few pics instead.
Also, I don’t wanna forget to shout out to the opening bands of the evening, too. Ivy Levan was beautiful and wonderful!
Here’s a pic from her Twitter:
And here’s a video incase you need introduced:
And also a shout to Saints of Valory, who were also quite awesome…and nice guys. I’m not finding any official videos to post, but if you want to check out their new EP Possibilities that just came out yesterday, you can check it out here. I like “Long Time Coming.”
Listen: Saints of Valory – Possibilities EP
Check out this pic from their Facebook page where they’re representin’ the Burgh and our beautiful bridges!
Earlier this month, Mimosa came out with another album, Silver Lining. If you are a fan of The Glitch Mob or electronic dub and breaks, you’ll love Mimosa.
Personally, I’m a big fan of last years, Flux For Life.
Anyways, Wednesday, November 3rd Mimosa is playing in Pittsburgh at Mr. Smalls Theatre with The New Deal and Two Fresh.
I’m more of a new fan when it comes to The New Deal and Two Fresh. And I enjoy The New Deal more than Two Fresh. But, that’s just me. And I haven’t even listened to THAT much of either, so maybe that’s not even accurate…who knows?
Check out this live video of The New Deal performing “Home” in Brooklyn. If you refrain from dancing, (I mean, c’mon, even if it’s just a little bit in your seat) you must not have a soul.
Click here to listen to Two Fresh’s “Where She Go”
Tuesday, October 19th
The New Pornographers and Tokyo Police Club – 8:00 @ Diesel
Friday, October 22nd
An Evening with Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) with special guest Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think) – 9:30 @ Brillobox
Tuesday, October 26th
Phantogram w/ special guest Josiah Wolf – 8:00 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Bear In Heaven w/ special guests Lower Dens and Sun Airway – 9:00 @ Brillobox
Wednesday, October 27th
Bettie Serveert w/ Atlas and Aaron Jentzen – 9:00 @ Brillobox
Tuesday, November 2nd
Frightened Rabbit w/ Plants and Animals and The Phantom Band – 8:00 @ Diesel
Thursday, November 11th
Brendan Benson and The Posies with special guests Aqueduct – 8:00 @ Mr. Smalls
Saturday, November 13th
Wakey! Wakey! w/ Jenny Owen Youngs – 9:30 @ Brillobox
Saturday, November 27th
Donavon Frankenreiter w/ special guest Ximena Sarinana – 9:00 @ Mr. Smalls
Singer/songwriter/pro surfer Donavon Frankenreiter is set to release his fourth album, Glow, today on his own label, Liquid Tambourine Records (through Warner Music Group‘s Independent Label Group). Frankenreiter’s Glow capitalizes on his playful rhythmic foundations and surfer-acoustic style. The eleven-track album showcases Donavon’s growth as a songwriter with upbeat, soothing songs and contagious hooks.
Watch the video for “Glow” HERE and set your DVR for Frankenreiter’s performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live October 26th. Frankenreiter’s headlining tour will find him here in Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 27th at Mr. Smalls Theatre. Also, there’s a new Donavon application for Android that pulls together his twitter feed, tour dates, photos and lyrics and song clips from Glow. Search “Donavon Frankenreiter” in the application marketplace to find it.
Minus the Bear is coming to Pittsburgh!
When: Saturday, July 10th
Doors: 7pm, Music: 8pm | All Ages
Where: Mr. Smalls Theatre
Tix: $17.50 adv, $19 dos
Tickets – On Sale 5/22 at 10am
Am I dreaming?! Or is Interpol really, REALLY going to be here next month?!?!
Yes, YES they are! June 23rd, 2010 at Mr. Smalls.
Interpol at Last.fm
Here’s some stuff that’s coming up around the Burgh:
Wednesday, May 12 – Big D and the Kids Table at Diesel
Tuesday, May 18 – Josh Ritter & Joe Pug at Diesel
Tuesday, May 25 – Mono & The Twilight Sad at Brillobox
Saturday, June 12 – Neon Indian at Brillobox
Wednesday, June 16 – Beach House at Diesel
Friday, June 18 – Mates of State & Free Energy at Mr. Smalls
Saturday, June 19 – Blitzen Trapper at Diesel
Tuesday, June 22 – 311 & Pepper at Station Square Amphitheatre
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