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Rock for Life 2018 – AKMusicScene.com

In case you missed it, the Rock for Life Concert Series has begun.

It is the mission of Rock for Life to provide financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.

Recipient(s) of support will be determined annually, utilizing selection criteria guidelines as adopted by the Directors. Financial support may be provided to a needy individual or a non-profit organization that supports the mission of Rock for Life.

Find this year’s shows.

April 2018’s Concert Calendar Sweeper

This is John “American Hilljack” Lane bringing you the Build The Scene Concert Calendar for April of 2018 brought to you by Aproradio.com
04/06/18 Veiled w/ Psalms of Silence, Nythis and Anabasis Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
04/06/18 Glitz Kittanning, Pa Sidebar.
04/07/18 Rock Done Right Tour O’hara Township, PA RIDC Park
04/07/18 Here and Now Spring Church, PA Edgewood Winery
04/07/18 Three Vultures w/ Burn the Living, One Step From Falling, Big Ugly and Dilligaf Akron, OH The Empire Concert Club & Bar
04/07/18 The Rob Balducci Band Landsdowne, Pa Jamey’s House of Music
04/07/18 After the Fall Cheswick, PA Blue Haven Lounge
04/07/18 Thieves Avonmore, PA Avonmore Polish Club.
04/08/18 Dragline w/ Behind The Bullet, Maul and Redson Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
04/10/18 Richie Kotzen w/ Big Atlantic and Highland Rose Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Cafe
04/13/18 Chad Toland Spring Church, PA Edgewood Winery
04/14/18 Sourmash Blawnox, PA Moondog’s
04/14/18 The Hellfire Club along with Zone 8 Kittanning, Pa Sidebar
04/21/18 Spring Fling Leechburg, PA Leechburg Moose
04/21/18 Doppler Affect New Alexandria, PA Speal’s Tavern
04/21/18 Thieves Kittanning, Pennsylvania Deertrak Golf club and Event Venue. 04/21/18 Twisted Fate Greensburg Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
04/21/18 Thieves Parks Township, PA Slovak Club of Parks Township
04/27/18 The Breathing Process w/ Gator Shakes, Psalms of Silence, Warn the Others Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
04/28/18 Pat Bono Spring Church, PA Edgewood Winery.
04/28/18 A Common Crown along with Fist Fight in the Parking Lot Kittanning, Pa

For more info on these concerts and others www.buildthescene.com/concerts that’s Build the Scene . com Pittsburgh’s Music Destination.
Find more on our calendar!

Rock for Life 18 – Amber Alexis Full Set – AKMusicScene.com

Rock for Life provides financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.
https://www.facebook.com/rockforlifeconcert/
https://www.rockforlifeconcert.com

Amber Alexis was formed in 2002 and covers a variety of genres including Rock, Pop, and Country, along with a wide range of original music.
https://www.facebook.com/amberalexisband/

Video Production by GTX Media.
https://www.facebook.com/GTXMedia/

Assistance provided by Filmer For Hire.
https://www.instagram.com/filmerforhire/

Stage lighting provided by Strobe Lighting.
https://www.facebook.com/Strobe-Lighting-206145476423772/

Rock for Life 18 – After the Fall’s full Set – AKMusicScene.com

Rock for Life provides financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.
https://www.facebook.com/rockforlifeconcert/
https://www.rockforlifeconcert.com

After the Fall is a four piece, original hard rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, originally formed back in 2004.
https://www.facebook.com/afterthefallbandpa/
https://www.reverbnation.com/afterthefallband

Video Production by GTX Media.
https://www.facebook.com/GTXMedia/

Assistance provided by Filmer For Hire.
https://www.instagram.com/filmerforhire/

Stage lighting provided by Strobe Lighting.
https://www.facebook.com/Strobe-Lighting-206145476423772/

Fist Fight in the Parking Lot ~ 714

As I sit here typing, I’m listening to the forth coming release “714” from Black Seed Records recording Artists, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. This 7 track album is heavy, melodic, stoner metal…

I tried to write a review because it is worthy of being written about; however, I’m just not very good at writing reviews. Instead, please listen to the interview that I did with Jason, Johnny, and Chris about the new cd and more, below. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the cd at your favorite download stores or at  one of their shows while your at it!

Tracks

  1. Miss Emma
  2. Milk of Amnesia
  3. Downward Sampson
  4. Open Slopes
  5. 714
  6. Big Chief
  7. What About Drugs

In our first segment, Bill is visited by Moe, Larry, and Curly… errr Jason, Johnny Metal, and RuDawg of Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. We start out talking about the writing process and how circumstances allowed them to sit on the songs and go back to them later, we smoothly transitioned into the history of the band (yeah smoothly haha) and talking about about festivals and competitions… throughout the whole interview you get bits and pieces about their writing  & recording processes. I asked about the title of the album, and got a lot of different answers (haha). They were much more forthcoming about where the band name came from.

Segment 2 starts out with a conversation about social media and websites and then we move on to learning a bit more about the pieces that make up FFITPL. Sammy or Dave? It was around this time that we learned that Chris embarrasses Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. We move on to name every band we could think of and even talk about Overlord Brom (Dethlehem) and his helmet. Somehow we even included Orko… we then move onto having them create their own super group from local musicians.

and well… ya… listen to the episode:

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First Angel Media Interview w/ Big Atlantic

Something brand new at First Angel Media & AK Music Scene – a video interview with one of Pittsburgh’s biggest name bands! Big Atlantic took some time to sit down with Lady Jaye during a recent photo shoot to talk about their music. If you’d like to see a little behind the scenes action, look up First Angel Media’s photography page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FirstAngelMediaPhotos/.

Spotlight on Endeavor After, LLC – AKMusicScene.com

It has been a while since we have put out a “Spotlight” article. This one is for Endeavor After, LLC. They are a Direct-to-garment Custom Apparel Printing Company. Something to note about this company is that they are owned by local musician, Robbie Perrone, and his family. Robbie is the front man and bassist for East End. You can use our coupon code “PAROCKSHOW” to get yourself 10% off of everything in your first order!

Most band members already know this, but part of being in a band is marketing yourselves. Let Endeavor After, LLC help you do just that!

From the Endeavor After, LLC Website

We are a family owned and operated, direct to garment apparel printer, specializing in t-shirt, sweatshirt & hoodie printing, located in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA.

There are many differences between DTG printing and screen printing. The main ones being the extensive color options we offer in order to deliver the maximum detail in your designs. Also….although you will receive our best pricing if you order by the dozen, we offer NO MINIMUM QUANTITY!

Adult and Youth Sizes
– Single or Double Sided
– Any color combo from Single to Full

File requirements for customer supplied artwork:
Between 300-500dpi at size desired
PNG or TIF preferred with transparent background

Other items we offer: Full Color Business Cards, Brochures, Vehicle Magnets, Bumper Stickers and more….

Listen to the Radio to help Support the Local Scene!

In my last article I talked about the music scene, the movements to help it grow, the positive change……now here’s something you can do to help. Listen to stations that play local music! Bands don’t want air time so they can hear themselves on the radio, the station doesn’t call them up and tell them their song is about to play so they can drop everything they are doing and run to the radio to brag about “This is me!!”. What’s important about getting played is getting more people to hear them and decided that the song (or songs) are good enough that they want to hear them live. When you listen to a national station, hey, that’s great. But you’ll hear a lot of the same stuff on all the stations that everyone else in the world is listening to. Listening to a radio station that plays your local music is something no one outside your area is going to hear – along with the bonus of being able to tell everyone how you’ve been listening to them for years before anyone else when they do go national. The Pennsylvania Rock Show is an example of a station getting these artists out there to you. Am I the only one who likes to hear interviews with my favorite bands? You learn about the people behind the music, do you like them? Hate them? Who knows if you never heard them talk. Then you get to head out to their show and let them know you heard their podcast, or their song on the radio. That shows them you really are being supportive! Are you aware that many of the local DJ’s for Adrenaline 101 are in local bands? They know how important it is to play local music so you hear the big national bands, the big local bands, and some of the lesser known locals, too. These DJ’s are often doing this for the love of music and to support local musicians, there is not that much money in local or internet radio, if any. So you’re not hearing what they are being paid to say, you are getting a DJ who honestly loves to do their job. That’s not fake enthusiasm, that’s for real!

Is it really this simple? You can support your local music scene by just listening to the radio while you drive to work, do dishes, pay your bills online? YES!! In fact, a new addition to AK Music Scene is a constant stream of unsigned tracks from local artists that you can tune into any time you want! Let them know you appreciate it by getting those listening hours in! Any time you tune in to the music scene you are helping to support it. Maybe you like a song, so you request it, and now that band is getting recognition for their hard work and the radio wants to play more of their stuff, in turn getting them more exposure…..yeah, you’ve heard that word. It’s almost a dirt word in the music industry but THIS is the right kind of exposure that you don’t have to pay for. Well, unless you like the band enough to check them out and buy their CD’s! Here’s a list of some of the stations I know of, feel free to add to it and get it out there! Let’s tune in and turn on to the local scene you didn’t know you needed so bad!

https://www.buildthescene.com/radio/
(Constant live stream of unsigned local tracks)

http://www.adrenaline101radio.com/
(Written reviews, Interviews, Dj’s, national and local music. Check out the local DJ’s to get your local music fix)

http://indiemusicbus.com/
(All kinds of stuff related to local music)

http://podcastyourscene.com/
(Interviews, unsigned music, and more with local musicians and those in the music scene)

http://megarockradio.net/
(Accepts unsigned music for their station’s rotation)

http://www.977rocks.com/grass-roots-2/
(97.7FM The Rock Station’s show about the local music scene! These guys even broadcast other people who do radio shows to help them get more attention and strengthen the scene)

http://dve.iheart.com/
http://1059thex.iheart.com/
(Can’t forget our local station – DVE’s Coffee House &  The X’s local listen)

REMEMBER THAT SUPPORTING MUSIC IS AS EASY AS 1,2,3 – LISTEN, REQUEST, ATTEND THE LIVE STUFF TOO!!

 

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Spotlight on Strobe Lighting – AKMusicScene.com

If you’ve been to a Rock for Life concert recently (and other shows in the area), you’ve probably noticed that the light show game has been stepped up.  Enter Jonathan Fleischman and his company Strobe Lighting. Strobe lighting provides affordable Lighting Services for weddings, bands, concerts, or special events.

AKMS: What inspired you to get into the Lighting Services business?
JF: Well, long story but I was doing a Tolkien based series of library displays to promote reading. A friend of mine, John Talent, and I painted miniatures and recreated scenes from the Lord Of The Rings books to display in libraries. That eventually turned into a percussion based theatrical performance. I didn’t play an instrument, so offered to do the lights instead…the rest is history I guess…lol. Always had an interest in theater production…

AKMS: What does it take to set up your gear for a multiple day concert on a large stage like Rock for Life’s Concert Series as compared to a show at a smaller indoor venue? And which do you prefer?
JF: It’s nice to set up for a multiple day show, like RFL, and be able to really enjoy it without having to hurry up, set up, do the show for a few hours, then hurry up and tear down…like in a bar. I’m always the first one there, last one to leave. Just ask Matt Ferrante. Lol I’ve really streamlined my setup over the years. I like to say I’ve become ruthlessly efficient at it. A RFL outdoor show takes about 5-6 hours to setup, whereas I have the small indoor shows down to an hour, or less.

AKMS: As you know, I pretend to be a photographer every once in a while, and I love to take photos at events that you’re providing the lights at. I find myself taking more photos during the heavier band sets for some reason. Do you have different tricks for varying genres of music?
JF: Thanks. Yes, I love doing all different types of music. I think that’s the essence of why I do it…the love of music. And I have the utmost respect for musicians – ask the time and energy spent in rehearsal. We are blessed with such super talented bands in the local scene, too. It makes my job such a joy. But, yes, I definitely vary the looks on stage depending on the style of music. Basically I see my lights as another instrument and try to play along with the band. I enjoy the heavy stuff all the way down to acoustic and everything in between. I see it as an art, I guess.

* photos provided by Reina Peli Art and Photography
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AKMS: Strobe Lighting provides services for weddings, bands, concerts, and other special events. Is there a specific geographic area that you are limited to, or are you willing to go anywhere. Also along those lines, are there any other limiting factors in your line of work?
JF: I try to stay local…tri state area, I guess…I have kids and a full time job, too. So it’s quite a chore sometimes to coordinate schedules. I like to provide professional lighting services to bands, people getting married etc. in the local scene that might not otherwise be able to afford a bigger lighting company from Pittsburgh, let’s say.

AKMS: How can potential clients get in contact with you, and what is the process that they should expect from you. Also can you give our readers a price range to expect if they contact you?
JF: Most of my customers come from talking to me at shows and word of mouth, but of course there’s email (strobe2@verizon.net) and Facebook, too. I pride myself on my process leading up to the event. I’m very detailed oriented, so I like to meet with potential clients before the event at the venue in order to eliminate any surprises come the day of the show. When that day comes I like to be able to show up and do what’s needed without having to inconvenience the client with a lot of questions, especially weddings, for instance, where there’s enough pressure on the bride and groom already. As far as price, that’s very open ended, depending on the type of event and what’s needed. In general, let’s just say my prices are very fair and affordable.

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