The center bluesmen play the reopening of Moondog; Billy The Kid has a live album
Billy The Kid & The Regulators didn’t realize their August 22 performance in Philadelphia was being taped.
A member of that night’s headlining team, award-winning blueswoman Samantha Fish, took the liberty of tapping directly into the soundboard to capture the live performance of the Beaver County blues band.
“He said you have to hear what we took out of the picture,” Evanoshko said. “I said sure, because I wanted to hear how we sounded and make sure it wasn’t hacked. They captured us.”
So Evanoshko made it a live album that will be released on November 6 during the band’s hometown show at Kendrew’s Lounge in Aliquippa.
“Billy The Kid & The Regulators Live” features live takes of the band’s most recent album tracks that mix guitar and organ originals with choice covers, like the Rolling Stones’ funkified “Slave” and an enhanced take of The Monkees “A Springboard.”
With a subtle and expert polish at Joe Munroe’s studio of Ghost Hounds in Center Township, the live album comes across as a time capsule capturing a spontaneous and seasoned band at their peak.
Things are booming for Evanoshko and his regulators – bassist John Bartholomay, drummer Ben Davis and keyboardist Ublai Bey – who play four gigs this extended weekend in Florida, winning the Blues Album winner’s second bill. Rock of the Year 2020 Blues Music Award Albert Castiglia at Forgotten Music Festival in Port St. Joe.
â€œWe also play at The Alley in Sanford. A lot of big blues cats have been through this joint,â€ said Evanochko of Hopewell.
Billy The Kid & The Regulators were the first group from Beaver County to qualify for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, finishing third in the world competition.
The band’s four-concert tour of Florida “allows us to re-establish our fan base in the south,” Evanochko said.
Evanochko returns to his Ambridge perch on October 19 to host Tuesday night jam sessions at Fred’s Divot on Merchant Street. A few concert promoters from beyond western Pennsylvania have shown up at recent shows to spot talent, Evanoshko said.
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Beaver County musical artists will take center stage on October 22 at Harptoberfest, the grand reopening of the near-legendary blues bar Moondog in Blawnox.
Harmonica ace Charlie Barath, a resident of Central Township, hosts the show which also stars Ron Yarosz, a Central native and now the mainstay of Erie.
Yarosz and his band The Vehicle performed the last show at Moondog’s, ahead of the 2020 coronavirus crackdown. Like the aforementioned Barath and Evanochko, Yarosz & The Vehicle have already won a spot in the prestigious International Blues Challenge.
Harptoberfest, in the now remodeled Moondog’s, also features national harmonica player Clint Hoover, who moved from Minnesota to Pittsburgh, and headliner John Long of St. Louis, whose 2017 “Stand Your Ground” was nominated by the Blues Foundation for the acoustic album. of the year.
Women must rock
Women Who Rock continues its crusade to stand up for women in music and raise awareness of women’s health.
The Pittsburgh-based foundation has a pretty eclectic lineup with its October 16 Stage AE concert featuring Rita Wilson, rock guitar virtuoso Orianthi, Lauren Monroe with Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, the booming Youngstown band. The Vindys, DJ Femi and host Michele Michaels of 102.5-WDVE. The special guest will be the queen of the drums Sheila E. who will not be behind her kit, but will take the stage to receive the Women Who Rock Impact Award.
Tickets start at $ 50 and benefit the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation in Pittsburgh, the nation’s largest medical research institute devoted exclusively to women’s health.
â€œAs I like to tell people, it’s more than just a gig,â€ said Melinda Colaizzi, Founder of Women Who Rock. “Viewers have free access to the Women Who Rock Beauty Bar,” featuring mini-services, freebies, a silent rock star auction, a photo booth and a pink carpet entry.
Featured in Rolling Stone, Guitar World and Relix music magazines, and on the TV show “Entertainment Tonight”, Women Who Rock features a pop-up store at the Mall at Robinson with weekend performances by local musicians. Pittsburg.
â€œOne of the items we sell over there is a shirt that just says ‘Survivor’, and so many women have seen it and stopped to tell us their stories,â€ Colaizzi said. “I hope the research in Pittsburgh will one day cure cancer around the world.”
Concert headliner Wilson is a breast cancer survivor, fueling her interest in performing at the benefit show.
If you’re like me, you hear Rita Wilson’s name and immediately think of her as an actress of Hollywood hits like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Runaway Brides”, and producing films like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and “Mum Mia!” (Besides being Tom Hanks’ wife.)
â€œI know, but she’s absolutely crushing her music career right now,â€ Colaizzi said. “His new EP has a rock and country vibe.”
In addition to its fundraising aspect, the now annual Women Who Rock concerts hope to promote and inspire female musicians.
“As a woman who has had a career in both business, with Live Nation and Universal Music, and as a graduate of Berklee who is a musician, I know there is still a lot of under-representation,” Colaizzi said.
A recent study of music festivals showed that only 19% of acts are led by women.
â€œSo that’s a big deal,â€ Colaizzi said.
Scott Tady is the local entertainment reporter for The Beaver County Times and Ellwood City Ledger. He is easy to reach at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @scottady