Pittsburgh Service Staff Aid Benefit Concert

Joe Grushecky, who leads his band The Houserockers, also has a quieter, softer side as a solo singer/songwriter. (photo courtesy of Joe Grushecky)

Joe Grushecky, who leads his band The Houserockers, also has a quieter, softer side as a solo singer/songwriter. (photo courtesy of Joe Grushecky)

The concert scene has been decimated by Covid-19. Some local musicians have been giving periodic mini-concerts from their homes. Now 62 local, and some national performers with Pittsburgh ties, have come together to play a virtual concert, Pittsburgh Service Staff Aid Benefit Concert, Saturday, April 18, with each musician playing from their own safe space. The concert is produced by Clyde Callicott of the acoustic rock trio Right TurnClyde for the benefit of Pittsburgh Service Staff AID. Their goal is to raise at least $20,000 for the Pittsburgh area service staff workers.

Among those slated to perform are: Joe Grushecky, Donnie Iris, Norman Nardini, Bill Deasy, John Vento with David Granatti, Jimbo Jackson, The Flow Band, Chris Higbee, The Borstal Boys, Chris Jamison, Lyndsey Smith, Frank Vieira, Matt Barranti, November Blue, and Dave Iglar. See the living room concert on Facebook and other social media outlets.

To make a contribution please go to https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/EBNHOSPITALITY or mail it to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania/1250 Penn Avenue/Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Please note it to the Emergency Basic Needs-Hospitality Workers on the memo to ensure it goes to this specific fund.

This schedule was posted on the Pittsburgh Service Staff Aid Facebook page:

The broadcast will be seen all across Facebook launching from this site and Facebook groups throughout the City including WDVE and WQED TV as well as the “over the air” TV Channel WPTG TV / Channel 69.3 from noon to midnight.

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Noon to 1 p.m. 

1 – Welcoming Messages
2 – Matt Barranti
3 – The Rust Project
4 – Steve Vance
5 – Self Preservation
6 – Brian Belonzi

1 – 2 p.m.

1 – David Mnemo
2 – Donna O
3 – Rocket Loves Blue
4 – Michael Taco Evans
5 – Jason Joseph
6 – Jordon Barone of Kingfish

2 – 3 p.m.

1 – Gary and Libby and of the Jacob’s Ferry Stragglers
2 – The Flow Band
3 – Todd Jones
4 – String Theory
5 – Cathy Stewart
6 – Freddye Stover

3 – 4 p.m.

1 – Gone South
2 – Leaping The Bull
3 – Acoustic Fingers
4- Justin Wade Kalcevic
5 – Anger The Ant
6 – Slamband and Sam
7- The Royce Band

4 – 5 p.m.

1- Gene Walker
2 – Evan Dean
3 – Magic of Michael Misko
4 – The Jay Hill Band
5 – Alex Talbot
6 – Meredith Holiday
7 – Erik Rhodes

5 – 6 p.m.

1 – Lydia Bain
2 – Eclectic Acoustics
3 – Grand Ole Radio
4 – Joseph Dedon / Crawdad Joe
5 – Bethany James

6 – 7 p.m.

1 – Smoke & Mirrors
2 – Melina Bowser
3 – The Three Sides
4 – Justin Sellars / Vagrants
5 – Pierce Dipner
6 – Flip Orley / Nations Top Comic Hypnotist
7 – Lost In the Mutiny

7 – 8 p.m.

1- Jeff Fetterman
2 – Finis Henderson
3 – Vanessa Campagna
4 – Devon Johnson / Rough Creek
5 – Blended Reality
6 – Jimbo Jackson

8 – 9 p.m.

1 – Chris Higbee
2 – Lyndsey Morgan / Smith
3 – Jr. Guthrie / Hillbilly Way
4 – Chris Jamison
5 – November Blue
6 – Norman Nardini
7 – Bill Deasey

9 – 10 p.m.

1 – Billy Evanochko
2 – Aubrey Burchell
3 – The Borstal Boys
4 – Frank Vieria
5 – Gallo Locknez
6 – Black Ridge
7- Tina Daniel’s / Tom Lagi

10 – 11 p.m.

1 – Katie Simone
2 – Royal Honey
3 – Joe Grushecky
4 – Cherlyann Hawk
5 – John Vento and David Granatti
6 – Melina Colaizzi
7 – Frzy

11 p.m. – midnight

1 – Dave Iglar
2 – Totally 80s
3. The Borstal Boys
4 – Donnie Iris
5 – Closing Messages / Michael Vasey (closing number)

Guest MC’s

Leah Klocko – 5 to  6 p.m.
Chad Tyson – 6 to 7 p.m.
Danger Frog – 8 to 9 p.m.
Frank Cindrich – 9 to 10 p.m.
Brian Carothers / Ed Troup – 10 to 11 p.m.

Rick Handler is the executive producer of Entertainment Central.