Phat Man Dee & Amoeba Knievel Album Release Party
Jazz Queen Phat Man Dee and sci-fi rock band Amoeba Knievel are partnering up to celebrate the debut their new albums. Each was recorded at Mr. Smalls Recording and Mastering Studio in the North Shore. On September 24th, they’ll have come full circle to release them at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale. The party is presented by Creative.Life.Support through the Revival Series: a local music showcase where the concerts are (mostly) free, people pack the house, and local bands get a sense of the ‘big time’ while still getting paid.
Phat Man Dee’s new (and fourth) studio album, Hey Phat Chick! (You had it Comin’ to Ya!) takes you through her transformation from her days as a punk rock circus sideshow to her current jazz diva self. Through the album’s title track, “Hey Phat Chick!” she bids farewell to her former self and passions, as she moves on into the jazz world geared and ready to tackle life’s toughest questions and self expression. Phat Man Dee regularly appears in Pittsburgh with both her jazz group “The Cultural District,” and the burlesque group “Kabarett Vulgare”. She racks up approximately 100 performance dates a year, not only in Pittsburgh, but also throughout the Mid-Atlantic and West Coast.
Amoeba Knievel will be presenting their debut album, This is Only A Test, at this Rival Series showcase. Frontman Tommy Amoeba is Phat Man Dee’s husband of 12 years and is no stranger to playing shows with his wife along with his bandmates. Redbob Junkunz provides the percussion, while Bill Sperry is on ‘goodtar’ and Thomas J. Snodgrass slaps da bass for this far-out crew. Though Amoeba Knievel has been performing locally for about 15 years, this is their first album. After such anticipation, they are roaring and ready to go with a full set of costume changes, props, action figures, and shenanigans to amp up the party.
This is just one of many free concerts happening as a part of the Revival Series presented by Creative.Life.Support, a non-profit arts organization sponsored by Fractured Atlas, whose mission is to bring advanced technologies and opportunities in media arts to the hands of aspiring artists and creative professionals of all ages. At every showcase, each band that plays is given a set amount of tickets, and for each ticket that comes through door on the night of the show, the band gets $1. Donations will also be accepted for each band by Mr. Smalls staff after each performance. If your band is interested in getting involved, you can inquire via email here.
It’s all about creating buzz about local music. The show is all ages, and also features musical guests Middle Children, Lilith Deville, Pittsburgh Complaints Choir N’At, Liz Berlin, and Geña! The music starts at 7pm. Those 21+ will join the party for free and those under 21 can too for $2. You can get tickets online here. Have fun!