Vine Rewind Festival
Pittsburgh, PA, Strip District
June 26, 2016
Sunday June 26th was a bit of a historic night for Pittsburgh music, with the return of the Buzz Poets to original form, the first in 12 years. If you were a fan of local music in the late 90’s you were most definitely aware of these guys, who crossed a number of musical genres.
Buzz Poets bassist, Tim Gaber, and owner of Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip organized the first ever Vine Rewind blockparty, with 2 stages, food vendors and live painting outside of his establishment.
When compiling the lineup, Gaber chose some of his favorite local bands from the 90’s and today to play. Gaber has afirst hand look at Pittsburgh’s talented music scene, booking a number of local and national acts at the 100 person capacity music venue, throughout the year, including the popular”songwriters in the cellar,” concerts.
With the likes of popular acts such as Paul Luc, Wreck Loose, The Hawkeyes and Nevada Color, the Buzz Poets with their hardcore fans filled Penn Avenue for a raucous set. In fact the guys played a sold out show at the winery the day prior, where tickets were snatched up in 40 seconds.
What made this particular Buzz Poets reunion that much more special was the addition of Ron “Tripper” Garrison and Ronnie Lavella who were in town for the gigs. The shows were such a big hit, that a third show at the winery went on sale Monday morning for that night.
The Commonheart closed out the day long extravaganza with a little help from their friends! Tim Gaber, Max Somerville, Kyle Lawson and Jimbo Jackson joined the already 10 piece band for a rendition of Joe Cocker’s version of The Beatles classic “With a Little Help From My Friends.” The perfect way to send off a perfect night.
The Commonheart, Buzz Poets and Jimbo and the Soupbones photos by Randy Jarosz
All others by Whitney Lerch