FM Cultural Calendar | Starting today
ake Hanner met the future lead singer of his band a few hours after she was born. He was disappointed she was a girl and cried. Eighteen years later, Jake got over it, and he and sister Casey decided to start a band. “We didn’t grow up listening to a lot of the same music,” explains Casey, “but when we started writing together, we realized that we approached creating music in the same way.” The brother-sister duo also quickly realized that their shared upbringing could translate to solid pop tunes. Casey sings and plays an old black and white Silvertone guitar while Jake H plays drums, triggers samples from his octapad, and sings backup. Bassist Jake Churton, the studied musician of the group, entered the picture when brother and sister decided to complete their live band. “One day the guy we hired to play keyboard couldn’t make it to practice,” remembers Jake H, “So Jake C started playing the lead keyboard lick with his bass. Casey and I just looked at each other and both knew we had found our third member.” After shooting down Casey’s idea to name the band “Casey and the Jakes,” they became Donora. Donora’s third full-length release on Rostrum Records is titled Ha Ha Heart. As the band puts it, this album is about letting go of everything that is holding you back; it’s about celebrating who you are. Casey explains, “We wanted to be as honest as we could be with this album. From the creative process to the music itself, to the artwork… This is us.” www.donoramusic.com
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: 6035 Ridge Rd Gibsonia, PA 15044
Pittsburgh Folk Festival
The Pittsburgh Folk Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary September 3rd and 4th, 2016 with free performances, ethnic food, crafts, and a global marketplace filled with unique handmade and imported goods. Diverse international cuisine from more than 20 countries will be available, and kid-friendly hands-on crafts and cooking demonstrations for all are planned throughout the two-day event. This is Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest celebration of ethnic diversity showcasing close to 40 cultures, and the second oldest festival of this kind in the United States.For six decades, the Pittsburgh Folk Festival has united the community by celebrating western Pennsylvania’s rich cultural diversity. In recognition of this long-standing tradition, this year’s Festival is featured as part of the City of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial celebration, and will be free to the public in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.
09/03/2016 - 09/04/2016
Location: Schenley Plaza in Oakland
The Comedy of Errors
Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks fully celebrates the playful possibilities of live theatre with this fast-paced, vaudeville-inspired production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Clowning and silly high jinks take center stage in one of Shakespeare’s earliest (first performed on December 28, 1594), shortest and most accessible plays that is sure to bring a smile to audience members of all ages. The production’s creative team includes Charles Beikert, director; Jennifer Tober, founding artistic director for Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks; and Lisa Leibering, production designer.
09/03/2016 - 09/25/2016
Location: Frick Park, Squirrel Hill