Winter Solstice

Published On January 13, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | Music

We’d like to tell you about a sweet hap poppin’ off Saturday at Shadow Lounge. It’s called Winter Solstice, and the fine folks over at Touchfaster have been putting together these parties to celebrate each solstice. For $10 in advance and $14 at the door, you can enjoy an evening of art and music. Best of all, the proceeds are being donated to Animal Friends and WYEP. The night features art from Pierce Marratto, Matt Hunter, Morgan Mikula, Billy Pilgrim, Brad Habbestad, Dave Watt, Sikes, Matty Freebles, Jamie Zbrzezny and live painting by PARIS. We’re going to break down each of the performers below so you know what to expect.

Philly-based Nicos Gun didn’t start out as a band at all. According to their Facebook, “Harry Zelnick (drummer), Barney Cortez (singer/guitar player), and Nick Bockrath (guitarist/keyboardist) initially met to produce “a track that Lil Wayne would want to use”. Having won a Grammy for work that he did with Ludacris when he was just 17 (“War With God”), Zelnick has worked with everyone from Kelly Clarkson to 50 Cent.”

“Nicos Gun mine the musical territory of electronic dance rock. Though the sound of the band recalls elements of the past, they are a band of the moment. The full-force funk of songs like “Dirty Girl,” and “Soldier” bring to mind the R&B music of Prince, with its funky rhythmic bottom and slinky, chicken-scratch guitar riffs. On songs like “Control,” the sinewy synthesizer lines drive the beat bring to mind the lock-step electronic grooves of LCD Soundsystem.” – WXPN

No stranger to the PGH, Sweet Earth is always writing new material and pushing their musical boundaries, learning and incorporating new instruments and technology in every new song. They’re quite popular on the jam band circuit and are currently holding it down as #1 on the Jam Charts on Reverb Nation for Pittsburgh for over 3 Months in a row. According to them, “The band seems to transform on stage throughout the course of a show, and it will likely look completely different at the end than it did in the beginning, making every performance a completely unique musical experiment unto itself.”

Court Four is an indie/blues powerhouse from Burgettstown. Don’t let their suburban front fool you, these cats can rock. They have opened for the likes of Amos Lee, Harmon Creek, Jimbo and the Soupbones, Roundhand Rowan, The Semi-Supervillains, The Show, Wearing the Inside Out and many others. Their self-titled album dropped back in December. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby if you’re curious.

The Glenn Strother Project is fronted by Glenn (duh), who describes his influences as groove jazz, breakbeats, funk, hard bop and hip hop. Expect this one to be interesting! Peep some of his performances here. One of my friends who plays keys for the Backstabbing Good People will be joining in on this performance. SHOUT OUT, Max!

To round it out we have Twin Syndrome, who played a gig at The Rex with our pals Keebs & Cutups a while back. If you’re in to dubstep, this duo is for you. Check out some of their sounds here. They consider themselves fans of Skrillex, Borgore and Flux Pavilion, to name a few.

Get out them snow boots and support two great causes while listening to an eclectic mix of different musical genres all coming together on one night. Sounds like a great Saturday night to me!

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