Coming along in 2005, Lohio was Pittsburgh's best answer to Wilco at the time, led by the moody, rootsy songwriting of Greg Dutton. And like Wilco, Lohio gradually added pieces and found more of an indie-rock, power-pop groove on 2008's "History, The Destroyer."
Obviously, Lohio didn't become Wilco size, but the band did gain a steady following locally and toured regionally before going separate ways.
On Saturday, Lohio will play a reunion/farewell show at the Thunderbird Cafe. Dutton, who has an architecture firm with branches in Columbus and Pittsburgh, moved to Columbus earlier this month with his wife and Lohio bass player Liz Adams after she was offered a job in the city.
“It’s going to be incredibly tough leaving [Pittsburgh],” he said. “We’re so attached to everything there — our friends, the music community, all that stuff.”
As for the band playing its first reunion in four years, he says, “We did a handful of rehearsals through December. It’s been really incredible. It’s funny what happens with muscle memory. I was worried that it was going to take a lot of time for us to get back on the same page, but it came back together really quickly.
Josh Verbanets, who fronts Meeting of Important of People, was a member of Lohio from 2006- to 2009. He said of Dutton, “He was (and is) hands-down the most important person to me and many local music folks that came up around that group, the guy who first got everyone organized and developed relationships with press and radio around here, not to mention an incredible songwriter. It’s definitely the end of them playing regular music in Pittsburgh though, and we’re pretty sad to see them go.”
Meeting of Important People is also on the bill at 10 9 p.m. Tickets are $10; www.thunderbirdcafe.net.
Happy New Year! I'm excited to introduce a new web-first (and web-friendly) series: Quick Hits will allow me to harness the grand powers of the internet to provide more concert previews and reviews — and to explore the digital possibilities of classical-music criticism. More on that notion, as well as the first Quick Hit, at this link: http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2015/01/09/Quick-Hits-New-look-on-Pittsburgh-s-classical-music-scene/stories/201501090220