Music http://wesa.fm en Summertime in Pittsburgh, Sweet Simplicity and Spectacle http://wesa.fm/post/summertime-pittsburgh-sweet-simplicity-and-spectacle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The July Fourth holiday weekend saw a number of activities in the city, from the Regatta to the annual visit of the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Furries</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Betsy Benson, publisher of </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Magazine</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says big summer events, such as the reopening of the Point State Park fountain and the arrival of the large rubber duck of last summer, have been big in Pittsburgh because of the attention they receive. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She says Pittsburghers really know how to enjoy the simplicity of these events, no matter how small.</span></p><p>“More people are swarming into the city, through tunnels and across rivers, for weekday and weekend activities. Yes, there are a couple of big events coming to town this summer, notably the USA gymnastics visit in August, but a lot of the activity is small stuff that just adds up. Like <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fittsburgh-brings-health-and-fitness-market-square">hundreds of people showing up to do yoga in Market Square</a>. And the Furries, their <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/updated-furries-converge-downtown-pittsburgh-anthrocon-2014?nopop=1">presence makes any routine trip downtown a potentially odd and remarkable experience</a>.”</p><p><strong>Exploring 80 Years of a Summertime Classic with 91.3 WYEP Host Brian Siewiorek</strong></p><p>Part of what makes any summer truly great is a catchy summer tune. <a href="http://www.wyep.org/">91.3 </a><a href="http://www.wyep.org/">WYEP</a> production director and host Brian Siewiorek guides us through the historic popularity of a classic summer song composed 80 years ago, <em>Summertime </em>by George and Ira Gershwin. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:20:31 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32250 at http://wesa.fm Summertime in Pittsburgh, Sweet Simplicity and Spectacle The Smithereens Rock the Arts Festival http://wesa.fm/post/smithereens-rock-arts-festival <p><a href="http://officialsmithereens.com/">The Smithereens</a> perform tonight as part of the <a href="http://www.3riversartsfest.org/">Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival</a>. In the 80s and 90s, the group was churning out hit songs like “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHYkYYikewU">Only a Memory</a>,” “Blood and Roses” and a “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LwjD8z2mOg">Girl Like You</a>.” Pat DiNizio is the lead singer of the rock group, and joined us in studio to talk about the history of the group, and what he’s been up to since the group’s heyday.</p><p>DiNizio&nbsp;describes fame as “anticlimactic.” He says he finally realized the band had “made it” when he heard “Girl Like You," broadcasted on a radio station in New York, after six years. DiNizio says it was emotionally for him, because the band never expected to sell more than 3,000 records. They sold millions. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:36:33 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30789 at http://wesa.fm The Smithereens Rock the Arts Festival Chaka Khan Headlines at Pittsburgh Pride in the Street http://wesa.fm/post/chaka-khan-headlines-pittsburgh-pride-street <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A force of nature is a term used to describe a lot of things and if it applies to any single entertainer, </span><a href="http://www.chakakhan.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Chaka Khan</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> certainly fits the description.</span></p><p>Khan is a singer, songwriter, author, producer, actor, philanthropist and entrepreneur and she is coming to Pittsburgh to perform as the headliner for <a href="http://www.pittsburghpride.org/events/pride-in-the-streets/">Pride in the Streets</a>.</p><p>Khan shared her thoughts on headlining the event in Pittsburgh, “In lieu of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-gay-marriage-ban-overturned-judge">what’s happened</a> in the past week or so, I’m honored. I’m very honored to be performing at this momentous occasion.”</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:54:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30471 at http://wesa.fm Chaka Khan Headlines at Pittsburgh Pride in the Street 'The Sweet Allegheny and Monongahela' Set To An A Cappella Love Song http://wesa.fm/post/sweet-allegheny-and-monongahela-set-cappella-love-song <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The A cappella group </span><a href="http://www.byuvocalpoint.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Vocal Point</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, out of Brigham Young University, has just released their tenth CD titled </span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spectrum/id850430600" style="line-height: 1.5;">Spectrum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. One of the tracks on the latest album is titled&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Allegheny/dp/B00JCNCKMM">Allegheny</a>,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with lyrics referencing "the sweet Allegheny, Monongahela.”</span></p><p>Carnegie Mellon Ph. D candidate <a href="http://www.tengelsenmusic.com/">Ben Tengelsen</a> wrote <em>Allegheny </em>and said he had put his songwriting on hold indefinitely. However, the birth of his son, and a little motivation from his wife, provided the songwriter with the inspiration to write <em>Allegheny</em>.</p><p>“The words came first. My wife and I were driving around Pittsburgh when we first moved here (trying to get to know the place) and crossed the bridges many, many times. And the thought came to me once, ‘What would it be like to write a song with the words Allegheny and Monongahela in them? And is that even possible? Because I can’t think of many words that rhyme with or sound good next to those words.’ And so that was the prompt that was sort of sitting in the back of my mind. And my wife gave me a kick in the butt and said, ‘Why don’t you write me a song?’ And so those two things together got the words together."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="85" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:2Ms91SQhonzJdyO5TV0qJf" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:41:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29200 at http://wesa.fm 'The Sweet Allegheny and Monongahela' Set To An A Cappella Love Song Looking Back at the Early Days of WYEP http://wesa.fm/post/looking-back-early-days-wyep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday, April 29, 2014 was proclaimed&nbsp;</span>“<a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary">WYEP</a><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary" style="line-height: 1.5;"> 40th Anniversary Day</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">” by the Pittsburgh city council. On April 30, 1974, <a href="http://www.wyep.org">91.3&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.wyep.org">WYEP</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> went on the air for the first time.</span></p><p>Jeff Smith one of the founding fathers of WYEP was recruited to participate in some of the <a href="http://www.wyep.org/anniversary">40th anniversary events</a> including a stint as a guest DJ. He said t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he idea to start&nbsp;</span>WYEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;came from a lack of diversity on the Pittsburgh airwaves at that time.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:44:53 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28451 at http://wesa.fm Looking Back at the Early Days of WYEP The Spirit of Pete Seeger Returns to Shadyside http://wesa.fm/post/spirit-pete-seeger-returns-shadyside <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Musician and activist Pete Seeger filled his audiences with enthusiasm and hope. He is best </span><a href="http://www.biography.com/people/pete-seeger-9542618#later-years-and-legacy&amp;awesm=~oCQHjzm9dG49nQ" style="line-height: 1.5;">remembered</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for his dedication to the American spirit with songs that continue to influence musicians today. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seeger passed away this past January, but the <a href="http://www.first-unitarian-pgh.org/">First Unitarian Church in </a></span><a href="http://www.first-unitarian-pgh.org/">Shadyside</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will hold a Pete Seeger <a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Free-Pete-Seeger-Tribute-Concert---Saturday--May-3---7-30-pm---First-Unitarian-Church.html?soid=1102568755757&amp;aid=0P1EV2U-j4E">Tribute concert</a> on Saturday to celebrate what would have been his </span>95th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> birthday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tribute coordinator Ginny </span>Hildebrand<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the church invited Seeger to perform in 1962, during&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the height of the "red&nbsp;scare,"</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;after being rejected from other Pittsburgh venues for being too “radical.” &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:46:57 +0000 Katherine Blackley 28400 at http://wesa.fm The Spirit of Pete Seeger Returns to Shadyside Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day http://wesa.fm/post/black-friday-vinyl-local-shops-gear-record-store-day <p>What started eight years ago as a gathering of store owners and employees celebrating the culture of independent record stores has evolved to include major music industry events, limited edition album releases and people camped out in front of record stores.</p><p>Saturday is <a href="http://www.recordstoreday.com/">National Record Store Day</a>, and it’s <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/features/recordstoredayyeareight041614.aspx">one of the biggest days of the year for record stores</a> and collectors alike.</p><p>“I like that it was started to bring back the whole record store experience,” said James “Selecta” Scoglietti, part owner of <a href="http://720records.com/">720 Records</a> in Lawrenceville. “People used to go every weekend to their local record store, and it was a social event. It was like a barbershop, where guys and gals would come in and discuss the latest hot tracks of the week. So I love that it’s bringing that back to the mainstream.” Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:42:21 +0000 Heather McClain 27755 at http://wesa.fm Like Black Friday For Vinyl, Local Shops Gear Up For Record Store Day Roger Humphries: Uplifting Pittsburgh Through the Generations http://wesa.fm/post/roger-humphries-uplifting-pittsburgh-through-generations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roger </span>Humphries<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is one of Pittsburgh’s most notable jazz musicians. He’s performed professionally since the age of 14 with artists such as Horace Silvers and Ray Charles. But his contributions to the Pittsburgh community go beyond music, he’s uplifted generations of young people.</span></p><p>Humphries is the focus of the award-winning documentary <a href="http://www.rhpassiton.com/">Roger Humphries: Pass it On</a> made by Billy Jackson.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:37:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27412 at http://wesa.fm Roger Humphries: Uplifting Pittsburgh Through the Generations The Beatles and Their Historic High Five Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/beatles-and-their-historic-high-five-anniversary <p></p><p>The Beatles have sold more than 2.3 billion albums through the years, a remarkable sales record by any measure. But the group's most historic chart-making moment was the first week of April, 1964 when the band held the top five positions on the Billboard charts.</p><p>Penn State Laureate <a href="http://kennethwomack.com/">Kenneth Womack</a> is an English professor at Penn State as well as an expert on the Beatles.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He explained how this record came about, “This great moment with these top five songs, in addition to drawing from these different periods in The Beatles' career, also are the culmination of what happened back in February when the&nbsp;Beatles came to America, had the wonderful series of appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. This first week of April is when it all came together and just&nbsp;exploded in this kind of frankly, commercial moment for the Beatles."</span></p><p></p><p><strong>The historic high-five refers to the top five positions on the Billboard charts all held by the Beatles in 1964:</strong></p><p>5. “Please Please Me”</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/he0B0VMxCsw?rel=0" width="420"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:36:13 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27413 at http://wesa.fm The Beatles and Their Historic High Five Anniversary Pittsburgh Made Porky, Porky Made Pittsburgh: Remembering Porky Chedwick http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-made-porky-porky-made-pittsburgh-remembering-porky-chedwick <p>Known as&nbsp;“Daddio of the Raddio,” “Your Platter-Pushin’ Poppa,” “Pork the Insane,” or “Pork the Tork,” DJ Porky Chedwick is a Pittsburgh legend.</p><p>Chedwick died Sunday at the age of 96, but his reputation and legacy set the standard for quality music on the airwaves for over 50 years.</p><p>Longtime Pittsburgh record producer and retailer Travis Klein remembers Chedwick for his honesty, integrity and pioneering radio work.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:11:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25336 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Made Porky, Porky Made Pittsburgh: Remembering Porky Chedwick The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' Big Night http://wesa.fm/post/50th-anniversary-beatles-big-night <p>Fifty years ago this Sunday, February 9, 1964, the Beatles first appeared on<a href="http://www.edsullivan.com/"> the Ed Sullivan Show</a>.</p><p>It was a live performance of several of their songs that had been hyped extensively and preceded by their hit song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" rising to the top of the American pop charts. WYEP Music Director Mike Sauter talks about the impact of the Beatles performance that night.</p><p>“It’s just an absolutely unique and remarkable phenomenon. The adulation that the Beatles instantaneously received, not just here in the US, but preceded by the UK and other countries subsequently around the world. It was just a very unique phenomenon to have happened and there’s no one reason why you can say why it happened in any one country or happened at that particular time or place.”</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:40:32 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24060 at http://wesa.fm The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' Big Night Stream It! Music to Make You Move in 2014 http://wesa.fm/post/stream-it-music-make-you-move-2014 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">The first month of 2014 is almost over, how's your fitness resolution going?</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">The New Years' season craziness at the gym should be thinning out, now's the time to really stick with that routine.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia,Times,serif; line-height: 22px;">Cindy Howes, host of the <a href="http://www.wyep.org/morning-mix"><em>Morning Mix</em></a> at 91.3 WYEP and program director Kyle Smith have helped compile a playlist with some of their favorite songs from 2013 to keep you moving as the year progresses. Follow it and stream it anywhere. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:58:09 +0000 Heather McClain & Marnie Schleicher 23122 at http://wesa.fm Stream It! Music to Make You Move in 2014 Punk Rock Humanitarian Billy Bragg Returns to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/punk-rock-humanitarian-billy-bragg-returns-pittsburgh <p>Punk rocker and humanitarian protest lyricist Billy Bragg returns to Pittsburgh after sixteen years.</p><p>His influences derive from 1960’s Motown music and the civil rights movement to the arrival of punk rock in Britain.</p><p>Following the 1984 United Kingdom <a href="http://libcom.org/library/notes-on-the-miners-strike-1984-1985">miner strike</a>, Bragg began writing and performing protest songs expressing the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/music/sites/rock/pages/miners_benefits.shtml">discord</a> in ideologies between working citizens and upper class public officials. He returned to Pittsburgh to play at Mr. Smalls theater on October 1.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:23:42 +0000 Katherine Blackley 17578 at http://wesa.fm Punk Rock Humanitarian Billy Bragg Returns to Pittsburgh Graham Nash Continues to Compose Music With A Cause http://wesa.fm/post/graham-nash-continues-compose-music-cause <p>Legendary singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.grahamnash.com">Graham Nash</a> is revered for his prolific musicality, his inviolable commitment to human rights and his ability to seamlessly intertwine his compositions with worthy causes.</p><p>Nash is touring the East coast with keyboardist James Raymond and guitar player Shane Fontaine, playing old favorites and new tunes. They will be visiting the <a href="http://www.carnegieconcerts.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=159">Carnegie Library Music Hall</a> on Sept. 14. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:06:05 +0000 Katie Blackley 16105 at http://wesa.fm Graham Nash Continues to Compose Music With A Cause Cool Kids: Rockin' Out With Your Child Can Be More Beneficial Than You Think http://wesa.fm/post/cool-kids-rockin-out-your-child-can-be-more-beneficial-you-think <p>As a father, WYEP <a href="http://www.wyep.org/morning-mix">Morning Mix</a> co-host Joey Spehar has a unique outlook on modern music. This led him to develop <em>Cool Kids</em>, a daily segment where listeners submit, “kid approved” songs and share stories about listening to quality music with their child.</p><p>“I’m a dad, my daughter’s almost two years old, and I found that she really enjoys music,” says Spehar. “I’m sure there are countless people out there who have had similar experiences.”</p><p><a href="http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/music/early-childhood-music-initiative">Dr. Rachel Whitcomb</a>, assistant professor of music education at Duquesne University, says Spehar’s program touches on some important ideas in early childhood development. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:08:29 +0000 Reid Carter 14872 at http://wesa.fm Cool Kids: Rockin' Out With Your Child Can Be More Beneficial Than You Think Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Accepts $1.2 Million Donation http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra-accepts-12-million-donation <p>The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has had financial troubles over the last few years.</p><p>With its endowments down millions of dollars and the deficit tripling, the musicians agreed to a 9.7 percent pay cut in 2011.</p><p>In addition to the salary cuts, the musicians themselves donated a combined $100,000 in 2011-12 to keep the symphony going.</p><p>That’s when Michele and Pat Atkins took notice.</p><p>The retired Point Breeze couple will give $1.2 million over the next three years to contribute to salary increases in the musicians’ new contracts.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:50:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 12810 at http://wesa.fm Free Outdoor Music and Movies Return to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/free-outdoor-music-and-movies-return-pittsburgh <p>Grab the blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs because the free outdoor music and movie season is back in Pittsburgh.</p><p>This weekend marks the beginning of both the 2013 <a href="http://www.alleghenycounty.us/summer/index.aspx">Allegheny County</a> and Pittsburgh Citiparks summer music and movies series.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:48:53 +0000 Michael Lynch 10480 at http://wesa.fm