FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Pittsburgh, PA – Wallace’s TapRoom in Hotel Indigo is continuing its popular “Live Music Thursdays” with a very diverse schedule of musical offerings during July according to Jordan Bartels, Hotel General Manager. Wallace’s TapRoom is located in Hotel Indigo® East Liberty, 123 North Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15206. 412-665-0555. Valet ($6) and street parking is available. “Live Music Thursdays” are from 6 to 8PM and there is NO cover charge.
Melinda will kick off the series on Thursday, July 7 from 6-8PM. Melinda Colaizzi is a Pittsburgh-born artist and could well be described as the belle of blues-infused rock. She’s been raising roofs for years, from Boston to Los Angeles, with her four alarm voice and earthy stage presence. While attending Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, she was awarded the World Tour Scholarship, as well as the Aerosmith Endowment Award for outstanding achievement in music. Her debut album Witness was released in 2014 and has received favorableinternational press and airplay, and Melinda recently appeared on the cover of Blues Matters Magazine in the UK. Her latest single “Keeper of the Flame” won first place in the 2015 91.3FM WYEP/Dos Equis songwriting competition. She will be joined by Kristian Habenicht who has been a guitarist, songwriter and producer for almost 20 years. Kristian has internalized a wide array of influences that range from his childhood heroes like Eddie Van Halen and Prince, across genres to countless artists including everything from Howlin’ Wolf and Eric Clapton to Deltron and Daft Punk to Aerosmith and Igor Stravinsky. Also performing with Melinda will be Marc Reisman, harmonica. He was a member of Pittsburgh’s hometown favorites, the Iron City Houserockers. The Houserockers went on to cut several records for MCA, produced by Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band, Steve Cropper, and British rockers Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson. The Houserockers shared stages with Patti Smith, Meatloaf, the J. Geils Band and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, among others. Currently, Marc performs and records with a variety of musicians and groups in the U.S. and Europe, including Bill Toms, Ernie Hawkins, Dan Bern, Melinda Colaizzi and Italian singer-songwriter Lorenzo Bertocchini. He is working on a solo CD, with a projected release date of fall 2016.
July 14 (6-8PM) Just Us, The instrumental duo Just Us is Gemma Stemley on flute and Michael Parniak on guitar. Gemma and Mike met in Pittsburgh and found that they shared a mutual interest and enjoyment in similar musical genres. Their repertoire includes selections from jazz standards, classical and Celtic music, as well as selected modern popular songs. Flautist Gemma Stemley is originally from Trinidad, and she is the melodic core of Just Us. Guitarist Michael Parniak is originally from Canada and has a diverse musical background including stints in a touring rock band and Celtic bands. Their diverse backgrounds contribute to their unique and pleasing sound. Since forming in 2012, Just Us has played at numerous venues in Pittsburgh, including clubs, expositions, fashion shows, receptions, and charitable events. They are currently recording their first CD, expected for release in fall 2016.
July 21 (6-8PM) Roger Barbour Trio. Composed of Roger Barbour , trumpet, has played in venues throughout the world including Paris, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Detroit and Pittsburgh. He was a member of the band that frequently shared the stage with the Pittsburgh legend, Stanley Turrentine. Roger was inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz hall of fame in 2012. Roger is supported by Kenan Foley, a jazz drummer and educator. Foley has performed with many of the local jazz greats including Jerry Betters, Sandy Dowe, J. Spencer Bey, John Hughes, Marcus Kelly, Gerry Elliott, Gerald “Shotgun” Heymon, Horace Turner, Duke Spaulding, Nelson Harrison, Howie Alexander, Mark Strickland, As a member of the Mike Taylor Trio, Foley was the house drummer at the legendary Crawford Grill. He teaches at Carlow University and The Afro-American Music Institute. Keyboardist, Andy Yalch is a former public school music educator with a Masters in Music Composition from Duquesne University. He serves as the music director for the Trinity Jazz Orchestra, Tuesday Night Big Band and pianist for The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater.
July 28 (6-8PM) Tony Campbell, saxophone. Tony is a musician and educator with deep roots in the Pittsburgh jazz tradition. He appears regularly on the most popular jazz stages and plays frequently with well-known bands throughout Pittsburgh and beyond. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Described as a “young lion,” Tony Campbell plays saxophone like the classic jazz masters; Coltrane, Parker, and Turrentine. He toured with the production of “Sophisticated Lady” for sixteen weeks on a U.S. Tour in 1992. He recorded with the Roger Humphries Big Band, and recorded his own CD, “TCB II”.
Wallace’s Tap Room features a bar and restaurant with a menu that focuses on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, from coffee and inspired cocktails, to fresh-made breads and artisan cheeses. All served in a stylish space that guests and neighbors can enjoy together.
Enjoy an extended selection of whiskey, bourbon and rum or one of our 16 beers on tap featuring several local craft beers. Try one of our signature cocktails like the S’liberty Swizzle or the Figgly Wiggle (an award-winning cocktail by lead bartender, Kimber Weissert).
Wallace’s TapRoom also features the freshest ingredients from local purveyors. We invite all to sample timeless recipes prepared by Executive Chef Jose Rodriguez and his team! Cu
“We’re excited about continuing ‘Live Music Thursdays’ and the opportunity to present professional musicians from Pittsburgh”, said Jordan Bartels, hotel General Manager.
“Showcasing Pittsburgh artists in Wallace’s TapRoom will continue our commitment to provide hotel guests and our neighbors with a first class ‘no cover charge’ entertainment experience. We want Wallace’s TapRoom at Hotel Indigo® Pittsburgh East Liberty to be THE place to hear live music in the East End of Pittsburgh,” Bartels continued.
“Live Music Thursdays” continues at Wallace’s TapRoom, July 7-28, 2016.