The weekend is here once again and, as usual, there are scores of events for Pittsburgh rockers to choose from! One Punksburgher ambitiously attempts to narrow it down and create her ideal to-do list.
Friday, August 11
Punk Rock Karaoke at Black Forge Coffee House
Tonight at Black Forge do your worst to classic punk songs for a rad cause! The awesome folks of Trash to Thrash, who “upcycle” crappy skateboards for the kiddos, will be raffling off some decks custom-painted by local artists to raise funds. It’s all associated with The Punk Rock Karaoke Collective who organize fundraisers across the country for grassroots political and community organizations. These dudes offer a catalog of over 800 songs and have raised $64,000 benefiting 71 organizations to date! The festivities begin at 8 pm and although they’ll provide some FREE libations, BYOB-ing is recommended since yinz are a bunch of lushes.
Saturday, August 12
LIVE MUSIC at Rather Ripped Records!
Get your Folk on early with FREE music provided by Isaac Merz, Jupiter Vinyl, & those rascally Get Hip Recordings artists Zack Keim (also of NOX BOYS) and Slim Forsythe! In case you hadn’t heard, Rather Ripped Records was founded over 40 years ago in San Francisco’s famous Height district. A favorite stop for fans and legendary punk bands passing through the area alike, they’ve now found a happy home right here in Brookline! Saturday’s party takes place from noon until 4 pm, but you can stop by any day (except Mondays) to do your digging until 7 pm.
The Renfields /Only Flesh /Mindless Chaos/ Appalachia Underground
After you’ve scored some amazing steals at “Ripped,” why not get outta tahn? It’s only a short trip, & well worth the 35-40 minute drive, to Aliquippa’s premier venue, The Fallout Shelter. Saturday night at this cozy & welcoming space boasts a “killer” line-up featuring headliners hailing from Transylvania by way of West Virginia, The Renfields, the freakish forces of nature known as Only Flesh, back home after a hot night at Howlers, the prolific punkers of Mindless Chaos, and our noisy neighbors, Appalachia Underground! It all starts at 9 pm and can be yours for the low, low price of just $5.
Sunday, August 13
Finally, and if you’ve got any energy or wits left after all of that fun, the one-and-only Dick Dale is performing Sunday night at The Rex Theater! If the guitar legend and “King of The Surf Guitar” himself doesn’t sell you on this, consider attending for some prime “Dickhead” (Dick Dale fan) viewing! Support is provided by instrumental surf-rockers from D.C, the Atomic Mosquitos. 8 pm, 21+, $35-$40.
EVEN MORE STUFF!
11th Annual Millvale Brew Fest
Music For MS 2017
Feast on the Fallen / The End of the Ocean at Black Forge
2017 Camp Showcase (Girls Rock! Pittsburgh)
Jakethehawk / God Hates Unicorns / Skye Light 8/12 at Club Cafe
Sketchy / The Bloody Lips (Ex-The Lippies) / Atomic Peasant at Gooski’s
See you at a show!