The Insider’s Guide to RAW: Pittsburgh
RAW: Pittsburgh is back for its second installment of 2014, and we have the inside scoop on how to prepare for maximum enjoyment of the local artist showcase. For all the RAW virgins out there, RAW is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights up and coming local creatives in visual art, film/video, fashion, music, HMU artistry, photography, and performing art. RAW: Pittsburgh goes down every other month February through December. April brings us the Spectrum Showcase, featuring 23 visual artists and photogs, three different dance performances, four musical acts, four fashion designers, two accessories artists, one makeup artist, and one hair stylist. It’s a night chock full of creative energy, so here’s how we suggest you prepare.
Arrive Early. February’s RAW had over 900 attendees, so get there early to reserve your place in the potentially long lines! Doors open at 7pm, and be sure to have your ID ready, guests must be 21 or older to enter.
Bring Cash. We suggest you snag pre-sale tickets online from your favorite artists to show your support and save $5. But if you plan on purchasing your tickets at the door, be sure to bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted. Pre-sale tickets are $15, tickets are $20 at the door.
Consider Buying Art. RAW is all about supporting emerging artists, and purchasing their art or merchandise is the best way to do that! Art ranges from $5-$10 for a print, $20 for a t-shirt, or $100 and up for paintings and larger works. Don’t despair, credit cards ARE accepted for any art purchases.
Food & Drink. RAW: Spectrum is taking place at Club Zoo in the Strip District. While the venue is typically an under 21 club, as we mentioned before, RAW is 21+ only. Expect an entirely transformed venue, including the addition of several fully stocked bars with all your fav adult beverages. This month make sure you come hungry, because the BRGR truck will be onsite dishing out their tasty burgers.
This month Ricky Pirozzi will be doing a live painting during the event, plus Spectrum will feature an eclectic array of dance and music performances!
Alexandra Bodnarchuk: Alexandra will be sharing a modern dance performance. She’s inspired by “intimate interactions, the color red, and searching for the honesty in dance.”
Infra Dance Company : This CMU student-led dance company offers engaging contemporary dance performances. You may have caught their energetic performance at this year’s Lunar Gala.
Janim of the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy: Janim has dedicated herself to the study of Middle Eastern Dance, its traditions, nuances and deeper meaning and expression through performance, instruction, and continuing education.
Velvet Heat: A fusion band fronted by singer Jessica Zamiska and guitarist Arianna Powell, influenced by jazz, funk, and pop music. Their original music is filled with personal stories, intricate harmonies, and lots of soul.
Solarburn: A three piece instra-metal band, expect tight musicality and deep bass solos.
Shelf Life String Band: A nontraditional bluegrass five-piece with a solid repertoire of musical delight. These boys and gal will keep the energy high with their full bodied, feelgood sound, captivating crowds old and young alike.
The Wave: A rap duo consisting of members Hozay Wavy and WavinLane.
And just for our loyal readers, we have the full schedule listed below. Be sure you arrive on time to enjoy all the amazing talent participating in RAW this month! Remember: RAW Spectrum is Thursday, April 24th from 7pm-12am at Club Zoo in the Strip District. You must be 21 to enter and have a proper ID. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 cash only at the door.
7:00PM DOORS/SHOW BEGINS
7:30-8:00 Musicians: VELVET HEAT
8:15-8:45 Musicians: SHELF LIFE STRING BAND
9:00-9:15 Performance Artists: ALEXANDRA BODNARCHUK
9:15-9:35 Musicians: THE WAVE
9:35-9:50 Performance Artists: JANIM OF THE PGH BELLYDANCE ACADEMY
10:05-10:35 Musicians: SOLARBURN
10:50-11:00 Fashion Designer: HYENA
11:00-11:10 Fashion Designer: MUREAUX
11:10-11:25 Performance Artists: INFRA DANCE COMPANY
11:25-11:35 Fashion Designer: UNIQUE IMPRESSION
11:35-close DJ Jarrett Tebbets