Show of the Week

Life and Mayhem…

You: “Hey Bill, I noticed your podcast and article output what gives?”

Me: “Well, life does. I have 3 active children (basketball, clubs, competitions, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc) who I’ve been watching become great people; however, that doesn’t mean I don’t see what is going on out there in our scene and that I don’t have plans of my own…”

As far as the Pennsylvania Rock Show goes, I have interviews scheduled with GONTO & Leprosy. GONTO will be discussing his recent releases and his upcoming video. Leprosy will be chatting with me about 30 years in the scene!

As far as Build the Scene goes, we’re still working on adding the best unsigned music from South Western PA to our rotation. This week we added new music from the Justin Wade Band and Storm Dragon.

…and now for some shows you should go to!

November 10th @ 7pm at the Rockin’ Red Barn, Peter B’s, you’ll find Mayhem for the Minis featuring Among Thorns, Zone 8, ROKBOT, Mojo Filter, & Skell for only $10. This show benefits Zoe’s New Beginnings. They provide a complimentary gift bag to parents of preemies as they leave the NICU. The gift bags include; diapers, clothing, hand sanitizer, a blanket, a novelty item and information on how to keep the baby and mom healthy.

November 17th @ 6pm at the Sub Alpine club, Leprosy’s 30th Anniversary show! Also performing & bringing the pain will be none other than the Almighty SATHANASThe Human Tragedy , Riparian, & Shattered Soul will also be gracing & destroying the stage! Much more gore & horror that eve! ALL AGES!

Find more shows on our concerts page.

Amber Alexis – Rock for Life 19

Here is a video from Rock for Life 19’s Friday night line up. This video was taken by their bassist, Garry Simmons. For those of you who are not familiar with the band’s history between us and Amber Alexis,  They used to come to every Pennsylvania Rock Show broadcast and hang out and support the band. We love every opportunity that we get to support them. With that being said, check out the video below featuring their original songs Pushed Me and A Good Laugh.

skell – Rock for Life 19

Just over 23 hours ago, Xfactor1 was finishing their set on the Iselin Community Ball field and skell was back stage getting themselves ready to headline the show. As usual, skell came out and provided the people in the field with exactly what they wanted, METAL! This band never ceases to amaze us. We got to witness solos from Mikey Palone on guitar, Mike Ekis on bass, and Cam on the drums. We were provided with everything that we were expecting and then some things that we never imagined. At the end of their set, skell debuted 4 brand new songs. One was a tribute to Wally Wrights daughter called Stone. They followed that up with A track dedicated to their beloved former drummer Keith Kweder, and then finally a song that is dedicated to all those that have lost someone. This last track included the debut of Wally on keyboards with the band. Wait, you said 4 songs… the encore was a track called Sinister. Instead of trying to explain all of this to you, I’ve borrowed the video below that was shot by Reina Peli Art & Photography. Speaking of Reina, you can see her amazing photos of the event on her Facebook page.

Devil Inside Promotions’ 1st Anniversary Show: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7pm

Our friends at Devil Inside Promotions are celebrating 1 year of bringing you the best unsigned music that can be found. So them how much you appreciate the support they are providing the scene by doing exactly that, support the scene and the bands at the Stage at Karma. The show will feature Headliners, Reign of Z with special guests, Echoheart, OverMyDeadBody,  & Haven State. Purchase your tickets at:


Hear Dakota talk about his company and the scene:

Check out the bands that are being featured here, and then head out to the Stage at Karma to see them live!

Nightly – Tour Stop!! April 18, 2017

If you don’t know much about this band, now is the time to find out! You may be asking yourself why I would be bringing your attention to a national band when I generally promote the local music scene but the answer is simple – these guys are exactly what I hope to see happen with all of our local musicians! Jonathan Capeci and Joey Beretta are from our beautiful state of Pennsylvania but have reached national acclaim and have one date with Kesha and they’re currently on tour with Saint Mesa. They also have dates with The Struts in early May and Urban Cone in late May.

They have decided to make Spirit, one of the best known venues in Pittsburgh, an off date stop from the tour. They are currently based in Nashville and signed with Interscope Records, which came about from their amazing single “XO”, and continues with the EP “honest” as well as working on a full length release.

Nightly is a play on the words, “Night, Love You”, in our modern world of text and the play on modern themes continues into their music. These guys started into the music scene early in life but were determined to carve their own niche from the very beginning. Once they moved to Nashville they brought in the talents of Stevie Cunsolo (Synth/Keys) and Nicholas Sainato (Drums), forming Nightly and quickly amassing massive attention online as well as becoming part of the regular rotation on Nashville’s ALT 98.3 radio station. Considered an alternative Indie-pop band they refuse to fall into the category of average and instead excel in making their music stand out by refusing to dress up casual lyrics with typical radio play instrumentals. They have gone so far because their lyrics are based on a deeper emotional feeling than you would expect and their songs reach through ranges of vocal and instrumental usage that aren’t typical with other bands in their category. While “XO” is a sample of their work, it is only one aspect of their music. Their “honest” EP features several songs and on review the phrases “soaring vocals”, “sprawling guitar work” and “hard hitting rhythms” are certainly not what you would expect from any band considered part of the ‘pop’ culture but certainly something you experience with their special brand of music.

These cousins took their dedication to music to a new level at every chance, and took chances at every turn. Starting with matching Fender Squier Strats as kids (the oldest of them being only 13 at the time), they began playing in bands and experimenting with song writing at the ages of 15 and 17, respectively. While they did try the ‘normal’ approach to life by heading to college, they quickly realized music was their true passion and left the college experience behind them for one so many only dream of. Their hard work, dedication and refusal to compromise their music has not only led to making a name for themselves in an industry so many find it hard to break into, it has brought them to a place where they belong. This place is a musicians dream, writing their songs with passion and energy while being able to share those musical creations with their audience in a way that connects their emotions about real world situations to fans both new and current.

Music has the ability to transcend age and genre and with the talent displayed by these musicians you will quickly be drawn into their world. Check out their video for “XO”, a song written about the strange situation we often find ourselves in of being only half heartedly in a relationship that could cause more harm than good despite the love we have for the other person, on YouTube here but remember, there’s more than just this melodic piece up their sleeves for a night in Pittsburgh at the beautiful and relaxed Spirit Lodge. It’s always great to have the opportunity to see a touring band and even more so when you’re welcoming musicians from your home state. We are blessed to be a city where talent like this can be brought to us live and even more so in a setting where you are up close but in comfort and style. Let’s show them that Pittsburgh love of music and support of those who have come from our home state by welcoming them to the stage in our amazing town. The doors open at 8 p.m. so be sure to get there early and let them prove themselves to be the band you heard about here by catching this show from the very beginning. Find out more about them through their website or Facebook page, as well as finding other tour dates you may want to follow or tell your friends about!

Rock Charities Spotlight –

In recent weeks/months/days we’ve been putting an emphasis on local rock charity concerts at the Pennsylvania Rock Show If you’re interested in finding out a bit about how gracious the local rock community scene is in Western Pennsylvania, please take a few moments to listen to the following podcasts.