How SnowBall Snowballed

Published On February 20, 2015 | By Theo McCauley | Interviews

Michael Devine; Photo Credit Larry Ripel

Located in the heart of Lawrenceville, Cattivo‘s two-story bar and restaurant is opening its doors for their annual all-night music festival; the gathering is appropriately christened “SnowBall“, in honor of Pittsburgh’s winter tundra. Park Plan takes the stage first at 6PM on the second floor and the tunes won’t stop until Misaligned Mind closes it down with their after-midnight set.

Performances will be occurring simultaneously on both floors of Cattivo for the full, eight-hour stretch, with genres ranging from the string-based folk sounds of Union Rye, all the way to the fast paced hard rock of Chrome Moses. And there’s plenty more – shows will be spilling over to Arsenal Lanes at 9PM, and Hambones on Butler will host live stand up, sketch, and improv, as a further extension to the SnowBall festivities.

With much planning and preparation from its curators, as well as solid support from previous connections and local businesses, the third edition of SnowBall is officially underway. For its largest installment yet, event organizer Michael Devine will be partnering with Arsenal Lanes, of whom Devine has done promotional and artist relations work for (such as booking live performances), as well as Hambones, a local neighborhood establishment and fan favorite.

“Last year, SnowBall was just us, but this year, SnowBall kinda snowballed,” Devine stated, in reference to the community-oriented partnerships he’s formed with these establishments.snow ball

The evening has been laid out strategically, beginning with 18, forty-minute sets on the first and second floor of Cattivo. Eight additional live sets will take place at Arsenal Lanes simultaneously. Hambones will serve as the hub of several live comedy sketches, beginning at 8:30PM with an unplanned sketch and improv performance by award-winning comedians, The Justin and Jerome Experience. Prepare to end your night teary-eyed with laughter – Hambones’ stand up riot kicks off at 10:30PM, with several reputable local comedians taking the stage.

If you’re familiar with Devine’s history, you also know that the man can throw a great party. Summer 2014 marked the fourth anniversary of his brainchild event, R.A.N.T – a 16-hour music marathon with a staggering, genre-bending lineup of local artists and performers – where he hosted 110 bands last year.

“[R.A.N.T.] was pretty much the inspiration behind SnowBall, but SnowBall is different because it isn’t really a music crawl,” Devine stated, sharing shortly after that he enjoys working with members of the Pittsburgh music and arts community. “I work almost exclusively with Pittsburgh artists, and never once have I had to deal bad attitudes or drama. Everyone seems to be in it for all the right reasons.”

SnowBall goes off upstairs at Cattivo, starting at 5PM on February 21. You can check out a full list of set times by venue, comedians, and performers on the event’s Facebook page.

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