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Musicians plan Dylan show to benefit Art Nardini

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The Pittsburgh music community will rally for longtime Houserockers bassist Art Nardini on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Rex Theater on the South Side.

Nardini suffered serious injuries from an accident on April 26, a few days before he was to appear at the Pittsburgh Rock and Roll Legends Awards.

The concert will also salute Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, with musicians performing favorite Dylan songs. Joining in will be Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, Scott Blasey, Rob James and Greg Joseph of The Clarks, Randy Baumann, Rick Witkowski, Frank Czuri, Bill Deasy, Herman Granati, Marc Reisman, Matthew Ryan, Nathan Zoob, Nevin James, John Vento and more to be announced.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and available now at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1288731?utm_medium=bks.

Photographer Danny Clinch has donated a photo portrait of Bob Dylan to be raffled off at the concert. Donations can also be made to www.gofundme.com/artnardini or send a check made payable to Art Nardini to Art Nardini c/o Joe Grushecky Box 14762, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.

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Rostrum cuts deal with Caroline, signs 3 new artists

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miketaylorMike TaylorRostrum Records, the Pittsburgh label that broke Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, has signed a partnership deal with Capitol-owned indie distributor Caroline, according to Billboard.

The label, founded Squirrel Hill-native and Allderdice grad Benjy Grinberg, who splits his time between Pittsburgh and LA, also has added three new artists in Philadelphia singer Mike Taylor (“Electric Church”), electro-pop trio Bråves (twin Australian vocalists Jericho and Thorald of The Wood and producer Johnny What) and West Coast MC Juliann Alexander.

They join the Rostrum roster of The Bird and the Bee, Mod Sun, TeamMate and Vali. Khalifa, who is signed to Rostrum via Atlantic Records, sued Rostrum earlier this year for release from his 360-deal. Miller left Rostrum after two albums and signed to Warner Bros.

"They are continuing to build an amazing team and we're looking forward to launching our new artists and growing our label with them,” Grinberg said of Caroline in a statement.

 

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ESG, Rakim to headline 2016 VIA Festival

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The 7th annual VIA Festival, known for its cutting-edge blend of genres and merging of music, art and technology, will take place Oct. 6-9 at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty.


The marquee performers will be New York post-punk band ESG (making its Pittsburgh debut), rapper Rakim (of Eric B. and Rakim) performing the classic “Paid in Full” album and New York model/artist/DJ Juliana Huxtable.

 

The lineup will also feature Ben UFO, Empress Of, Midland, Chino Amobi, Aye Nako, Rabit, Lee Bannon, Negative Gemini, Fielded, Ghost Cop, Ladymonix, Eris Drew and Fee Lion.


For now, VIP and Festival Passes are available at http://www.via-festival.com/2016/. Individual show tickets will be available at a later date.

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Benjy Grinberg calls Wiz Khalifa suit 'fabricated' and 'deeply disappointing'

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Benjy-Grinberg-and-Wiz-KhalifaBenjy Grinberg and Wiz Khalifa in 2005. (Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette)

 

Benjy Grinberg, the former manager of Wiz Khalifa, has issued a statement to the Post-Gazette calling the rapper's lawsuit against him "fabricated" and "deeply disappointing."

 

In June, Khalifa filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Grinberg and the Pittsburgh-based Rostrum Records, challenging the “360” deal the rapper signed in 2005. Along with terminating the deal, the suit seeks more than $1 million in damages, as well as attorney fees and further punitive damages.


Khalifa, who signed with Rostrum as a teenager, contends that Grinberg, as manager and record exec, placed Rostrum’s financial interest over his own in sharing his songwriting, touring and merchandising income for a decade.


In his statement, Grinberg, a fellow Allderdice High School grad, said, "Thirteen years ago, we started Rostrum Records as a label that would support and nurture the artists we believe in. We are very grateful that Rostrum has been able to achieve that goal and provide a strong, family atmosphere where meaningful relationships with the artists is our top priority. To give everything you have to an artist and then to be on the receiving end of a fabricated lawsuit is deeply disappointing. What was alleged is, in fact, the complete opposite of our actions and the antitheses of what Rostrum Records and I stand for. Rostrum looks forward to quickly addressing these baseless claims so we can continue to focus our energies on our artists' success."

 

Rostrum was also home to fellow Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, who released two albums and multiple mixtapes on Rostrum between 2011 and 2013. The label's current roster includes Mod Sun, Donora and The Bird and the Bee.

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The 1975 will play Stage AE on Halloween

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The1975Stage AE will be haunted by The 1975 on Oct. 31, which falls on a Monday night.

 

The British alt-rock band is touring on second album “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It,” which topped the charts when it was released in February. The release was accompanied by an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" that lit up social media over the flamboyant, rock-star behavior of frontman Matt Healy.

 

Q magazine said of the album, “The UK’s most exciting young band mix hooks and atmosphere on their big statement. They could have played it safe but it’s an album that marks The 1975 out as a truly special band.”

Tickets are $40 ($45 day of show) and go on sale July 29 at ticketmaster.com. Pre-sale runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 28 with the password "north."

 

 

 

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