Maple House Music Fest w/Black Pumas, Lake Street Dive, Ghost Hounds; Joe Grushecky Plays Club Cafe (Sat., 5/21/22)

1) Billionaire businessman Thomas Tull is a Sewickley renaissance man. He sold his ownership in Legendary Entertainment and bought an ownership stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers. He owns a dairy farm in Washington County and is an investor in The Milkshake Factory. He also co-founded and plays guitar in a rock band called the Ghost Hounds, who happened to open for the Stones here during their concert last October. Now he’s producing a Pittsburgh rock festival with his music label Maple House. Top billing at the Maple House Music + Arts Festival goes to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. The three middle acts of the festival are very popular and talented too—Black Pumas, Lake Street Dive, and Elle King. And the Ghost Hounds are a top rock outfit with their southern rock tinged music. Beyond the five acts mentioned their are seven more. Hartwood Acres. 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton and Indiana Townships.

2) This month one of Pittsburgh’s rock royalty, Joe Grushecky, and The Houserockers are playing Club Cafe right off East Carson Street. That’s always a fun show for Grushecky as he has been playing the South Side and East Carson Street since early in his career. He even has an album and a song called East Carson Street. Grushecky and the band are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary edition of their Bruce Springsteen produced album, American Babylon. Grushecky and The Houserocker’s music is the wonderfully written, true-to-life, guitar and drum driven rock that Pittsburgh has enjoyed and run on for many years. This is a great opportunity to see Grushecky and The Houserockers near one of his favorite streets. 8 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St.

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