Poster by Michael Artman
Wow! What a year for Pittsburgh music with so many great releases. We are already excited for what 2017 has in store and from the rumors going around we are in store for another great one. SSE is gearing up for another “Best of” awards show, featuring some of the best bands in Pittsburgh. Deciding on the final line-up was extremely difficult and even harder narrowing down top albums of the year. It is like splitting hairs at what makes the final cut.
SSE staff came up with their top 6 albums in categories like Best Rock/Pop album, best alternative album, best EP and top singles. Fans on the other hand are still able to vote in categories for breakout band, best music festival, best music event/series and best music video. We encourage you to watch all of the music videos because they are all truly amazing and well produced. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JWQ6BVB
The “Best of” 2016 Rock Awards will be held February 11 at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy in the ballroom. The show starts at 8pm with the doors at 7 for this all ages show. Awards will be given in each of 9 categories. Tickets can be purchased for $10 day of show or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the event page HERE
This year the legendary Weird Paul Petroskey will be hosting the show. Paul is known as the original vlogger with original videos he recorded as far back as 1984. Paul also has an enormous music catalogue and has his own cable tv show called the Weird Paul Variety Show.
Meeting of Important People will be our headliner. With 10 years of experience this trio has been making a huge impact on the music scene with their infectious tunes.
Daily Grind is also on the bill. Just lasy year they signed to Misra Records and released their debut full length earlier this year called “I Did Those Things.” They followed that up with a tour across the country.
Emerson Jay took Pittsburgh by storm in 2015 with their first headlining gig in the city. Though Jared Gulden spent time on the festival circuit prior to that building a national audience. In 2016 Emerson Jay fed off of that success with the EP “LOUIE.”
Spacefish is a relatively new Pittsburgh band but has built up a bit of a cult following here in the steel city. They describe their sound as american gothic. The three piece released their 2nd full length album back in October and released a video for their lead single “Creature.”
Dan Koshute will be kicking things off with a solo set. He is the voice of Dazzletine who just released a stellar full length album called “Organomy.” Koshute’s voice has been compared to Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. You can expect some solo material, Dazzletine music and some choice covers from Koshute.
(In alphabetical order)
Best Rock/Pop album
•Chet Vincent & the Big Bend “Celebrate”
•The Commonheart “Grown”
•Daily Grind “I Did Those Things”
•Meeting of Important People “Troika”
•Paddy the Wanderer “The Neighbors Are Listening”
Best Alternative Album
•Arlo Aldo “House and Home”
•Emily Rodgers “2 Years”
•EastEnd Mile “I Had A Wonderful Time”
•Old Game “Flower Moon”
•Pet Clinic “No Face”
•Sleep Experiments “Passages”
•Buffalo Rose “Red Wagon”
•Emerson Jay “LOUIE”
•LoFi Delphi “Always the Quiet Ones”
•Morgan Erina “Lady”
•The Red Western “Sirens” & “Arrows”
•Bastard Bearded Irishmen “Pirates of Three Rivers”
•The Black Six “God Save the Queen”
•Delicious Pastries “Pygmalion Cantations”
•Grand Piano “Spend the Night in Jail”
•Lone Wolf Club “Love Lies”
•Wreck Loose “Long Time Listener, First Time Caller”
You can catch the fan vote portion of the awards at the link!