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musicSPACE – SPRING 2016
Pittsburgh, PA— Do you love the sound of delicate vocal harmonies soaring over various instruments and soulful beats? Do the rhythms of thumping indie, folk, punk and pop get your toes tapping or your body moving?  If you answered “yes” to the previous questions, plan to attend two upcoming musical events. The Cultural District of downtown Pittsburgh plays host to its ever-popular musicSPACE concert series on Friday, February 26, 2016 and Friday, March 25, 2016. This exciting two-night program will encompass a fusion of indie folk, rock, pop, western, new-bluegrass and alternative country. The Hills and The Rivers’ lead vocalist, Isaac Hill, describes their set as “A spiritually edifying, emotionally fulfilling and physically invigorating good time!” If you’re tired of winter’s frigid wrath, cure some of those winter blues with innovative music and showcased art – sure to warm you right up!
The show takes place at SPACE, one of the city’s most unique visual arts galleries. Tickets are $5 at the door, and doors open at 8 p.m., with music beginning at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the artists. Free, limited refreshments are available.
MusicSPACE is organized by Wood Street Galleries Curatorial Assistant Amy Staggs.
February 26 | The Armadillos and The Hills and The Rivers
March 25 | The Emily Rodgers Band and Chet Vincent & The Big Bend

Artist Biographies
All hailing from Butler, Pennsylvania, The Armadillos began with three guys: Austin Vanasdale, Matt Rychorcewicz, and Eric Rodgers. The group started experimenting with acoustic instruments and songs they’d heard on old-time records in 2007. After relocating to Pittsburgh, The Armadillos worked to develop an original, upbeat sound built on Appalachian and old-time roots. Upright bass was added to the mix, with the help of bassist Chuck Shreve, and Sheila Liming lent accordion and female vocals. The group released their first, self-titled album in 2010. Since then, they have opened shows with touring acts: The Two Man Gentleman Band, O’Death, and Shotgun Party. The Armadillos added bassist Josh Dukes to their lineup in 2011, and in December of that year, were voted “Best Alt-Country/Alt-Folk Band” by Pittsburgh City Paper readers, and featured in the City Paper’s annual “Best of Pittsburgh” issue.

The Hills and The Rivers is a Pittsburgh-based folk band centered around the Hill siblings and a fluid yet stable collective of musicians. They blend the gritty sounds of the street with sophisticated lyrics and delicate harmonies while finding a balance between indie, folk, punk and pop. Their releases include: Split with Cousin Boneless & Black Bear Mute (June 2014) and The World (September 2014).
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A native of northern Indiana, Emily Rodgers began writing music in 2003 amidst a move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she now resides. In 2008, Rodgers signed to Misra Records; that same year, she performed at the SXSW Music Festival. Rodgers has shared stages with artists including: Magnolia Electric Company, Great Lake Swimmers, Nina Nastasia, Thalia Zedek Band, Hayden, Horse Feathers and Jolie Holland.

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Pittsburgh rock band, Chet Vincent & the Big Bend combines the raw electric energy of heavy blues and modern indie/alt. rock with haunting and sometimes heartwarming songwriting in the spirit of the American folk tradition. The band has self-produced, recorded and mixed their debut album “Unconventional Dog”.

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SPACE is located at 812 Liberty Avenue. Gallery Hours: Wed & Thurs: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. SPACE is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit
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