WYEP’s Backstage Bash

Published On October 29, 2014 | By Nuria Marquez | Music

Jessica Bitsura Photo Credit: WYEP

Since their first broadcast on April 30th, 1974, WYEP has been Pittsburgh’s long-standing independent radio station. With their eclectic broadcasts and strong community ties, they’ve come a long way since their first South Oakland studio. This year marks their 40th anniversary and to celebrate, they’re putting together a Backstage Bash filled with food, drinks and of course, music.

The Bash takes place on November 7th at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh where there will be an abundance of food as well as craft beers and fine wines. The evening includes live acoustic performances by Pittsburgh artists who have been a part of WYEP’s growth. Jessica Bitsura, Bill Deasy, The Wreckids, and Scott Blasey have all collaborated with WYEP in the past and are joining them to celebrate the past four decades.

Blasey, a member of Pittsburgh-based rock band, The Clarks, has been a part of the WYEP musical community for over 20 years. “I do have fond recollections of WYEP events over the years,” he said in an interview with the station. “We played the opening of the Andy Warhol Museum, which I believe was sponsored by WYEP. It was a really fun night and webackstage bash pittsburgh events were honored to be there.”

Along with the live performances, the event features a silent auction with items like a travel package to Bedford Springs, original pieces of artwork by notable artists, other music related items, and one-of-a-kind experiences, like being a Guest DJ with Rosemary Welsch on the Afternoon Mix. There is even an opportunity to a house concert at your home with members of The Clarks.

The night culminates with a performance by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Byham Theater presented by both WYEP and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Tickets are $100 each, plus $50 to see the final concert. Buy them here and support Pittsburgh’s independent radio station.


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