Gateway Clipper Indie Rock Cruise
Pittsburgh’s beloved Gateway Clipper is known for hosting a variety of events. From Rusted Root’s annual shindig to Donnie Iris, Pittsburgh-based bands are no stranger to performing oh the water. And so, it was only a matter of time before some of our city’s best indie rockers got together to host a jam sesh on the Clipper. Now that Pittsburgh has an assortment of events to choose from for your summer’s Sunday Fundays, why not do something unique and leave the weekly haps for another time?
Things kick off this Sunday, June 30th at 2PM when The Princess departs for a 3-hour voyage across all of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. $20 tickets can be purchased here and will be held at will call if you purchase them after today. Your $20 ticket also includes an immediate download of a compilation album featuring tracks from all the participating bands. Who’s playing, you ask?
Round Black Ghosts has been a band since 2007, but each of its five members have been playing in local bands for the past decade. They tout their sound as “a meld of Alternative, Indie, and Rock influences that manages a unique quality” and have a high-energy live show.
Chet Vincent and the Big Bend combine “blues-tinged folk and alt-country with haunting and (sometimes) heartwarming songwriting in the spirit of the American folk tradition”. This five-piece is in the unofficial Pittsburgh indie rock club with bands like The Harlan Twins, Nik and the Central Plains and Meeting of Important People. Pittsburgh is lucky to have such a large pool of talent to choose from! Listen to their latest album here.
Grand Piano proves that a dedicated horn section can go a long way in a band. The six-piece ensemble makes guitar-heavy, jazzy prog rock and in fact does not utilize a piano at all. They released a split LP earlier this year with friends The Red Western and are currently tracking their first full-length release.
Josh Verbanets, front man from Meeting of Important People and one half of the buzz worthy Josh and Gab anti-bullying duo is one busy guy. He’ll be playing a solo acoustic set and simultaneously looking hot while doing so.
The top deck outside will host a special performance from bluegrass collective The Shelf Life String Band. This high-energy group of folks makes non-traditional bluegrass music. You can often find them at The Park House on Wednesdays for bluegrass night.
Whatever you end up doing for your Sunday Funday, be safe and GO BIG!