Pittsburgh Calendar Comp Release Show
On Jan. 10, the third and final release party for Pittsburgh Calendar Comp will take place at Ink Division in Braddock, PA. For those of you who aren’t in the know about Calendar Comp, you should definitely get familiar!
Pittsburgh Calendar Comp is a full color wall calender and 12″ vinyl record compilation which features a year’s worth of songs and photos from 12 locally based musicians (one band for each month). The organization focuses on gaining support for Pittsburgh artists and musicians by spreading the word about the calendars, holding release parties, and providing calendar purchasers with a download code for easy access to the artists’ music.
With such a unique and interesting promotional concept, we had to wonder how the idea for Calendar Comp came about. Project Coordinator Ryan Warmbrodt said he thought of the idea when he spotted a calendar kiosk at the mall.
“From a distance, it looked like somebody had set up a small record shop,” stated Warmbrodt. “When I got closer, I realized it was just another calendar kiosk, but a lightbulb went off in my head, and I thought, ‘Why don’t we make calendars with records inside?'”
Warmbrodt mentioned that his initial plan was to create the record and calendar compilation for his band, Dead Batteries, but soon discovered that custom calendars typically cost just as much as vinyl pressing:
“We needed to split up the cost of the project, and that’s when my friend Aaron Zeman [drummer of Bottle Rat and Crooked Cobras] suggested it be a compilation with advertising from cool local businesses. So we rounded up the bands, money, photographs, songs, and ads, and made it happen!”
This month’s release party features a killer lineup of well known and up-and-coming artists from the ‘Burgh, including headliners, DEL RIOS, who describe their sound as “Horseplay River Metal” and “Grabass n’ Roll”, hardcore punk group, Weapons of Choice, punk rock band, Grumpy PGH, and female-dominant rock group, Murder for Girls.
If you’re someone who appreciates musical diversity and enjoys multiple genres like punk rock, bluegrass, metal, and country, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Not to mention, you’ll be supporting a great local cause!
The party kicks off at 7PM this Saturday. Feel free to BYOB!