Friday, August 20, 2010

Broken Social Scene Performs at the Byham


Media Contact: Veronica Corpuz, (412) 471-6082 /

Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717 /

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents Broken Social Scene with Special Guest, The Wooden Birds

Friday, September 8, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.

Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street

Pittsburgh, PA: The Toronto indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene is known for the improvisational easiness of its live sets and a steady following on college radio. A Broken Social Scene concert is an effervescent rush of melody, invention and sonic magic. Broken Social Scene with special guest The Wooden Birds will perform at the Byham Theater on Friday, September 8, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. This concert is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Opus One Productions, as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.

Founded ten years ago by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, Broken Social Scene quickly established themselves as one of the vital voices in independent music. Made up of an assortment of musical friends, lovers, and strangers, the band emerged fully-formed from their hometown of Toronto in 2002. They were an instantly engaging energetic entity— a tightly-knit community bursting at the seams with talent and personality. Their albums— which were recently regaled on many “Best of the Decade” lists for the 00’s— are cinematic, critically-acclaimed splashes of concept and melody, marrying a dizzying onslaught of sounds with finely-crafted choruses. The band’s ability to weave a plethora of voices, specific genre elements, and varied instrumentation into a postmodern aural pastiche launched them onto the international stage. Between 2002 and 2009, Broken Social Scene toured everywhere — from Mexico City to Moscow— winning Juno Awards, scoring acclaimed films like Half Nelson, making multiple appearances on late-night television shows, and more. Live, their shows are notoriously epic, cathartic affairs. Broken Social Scene has cemented their status as one of Canada’s most important musical exports. In their newest release (May, 2010) Forgiveness Rock Record the band sings about acceptance and moving on and making amends for past mistakes, like “World Sick” (set amid “a minefield of wounded affection”) and the urgent rocker “Forced to Love” that describes interpersonal anxieties.

About Special Guest, The Wooden Birds

The Wooden Birds consist of singer and founder Andrew Kenny on vocals and bass, Matt Pond on guitar, Leslie Sisson playing lead guitar, and Sean Haskins on drums. Andrew Kenny is a native Texan who is best known as the singer, songwriter behind mellow indie favorites the American Analog Set. Kenny has also performed as guest artists with the Album Leaf, Her Space Holiday, Sytrofoam, Ola Podrida, Arthur & Yu and Broken Social Scene. Often compared to Fleetwood Mac, The Wooden Birds latest release is titled Magnolia (2009).

Tickets ($32.75, $37.75) for Broken Social Scene on Sunday, November 22, 2009, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue), online at, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, please call (412) 471-6930.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. In addition to the Trust Presents series, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh series, Pittsburgh Dance Council, Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater and Children’s Festival, CD Live, JazzLive, First Night Pittsburgh, Gallery Crawl, and Three Rivers Arts Festival, among other Cultural District and arts events. The Trust owns Theater Square and the Cabaret at Theater Square; James E. Rohr Building & Arts Education Center; the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts; Byham, O’Reilly, and Harris Theaters; visual arts galleries: Wood Street Galleries, at 601 Wood Street; SPACE, at 812 Liberty Avenue and 937 Liberty: a multipurpose performance and exhibit space, among other downtown arts facilities.


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