Roger Harvey and Paul Luc
February 27, 2015
Article by Randy Jarosz
SPACE gallery, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is kicking off their winter/spring concert series this Friday with some of Pittsburgh’s blue chip song writers, featuring Paul Luc and Roger Harvey. The music SPACE series highlights local artists the final Friday of each month through May. Doors open the 27th at 8pm and the show starts at 8:30, tickets are only $5.
Roger Harvey has spent much of the year on tour including all of February where his band with Erik Pitluga and Josh Hovanec went from Brooklyn down to Florida and eventually wrapping up in Michigan on the 21st. Brooklyn is a special place to Harvey where he had lived in the past. “I always love to be in Brooklyn. In a way, it will always be home to me,” admits Harvey. In fact Harvey moves back to Brooklyn in March. “I leave Pittsburgh for keeps in a couple weeks and I go straight back out on tour for 6 weeks,” he says.
Harvey spent much of 2014 playing gigs with his other band, Roger Harvey and the Wild Life. Band member, J Vega and owner of The Wilderness Recording Studio helped Harvey put the finishing touches on an album, yet to be released. “This record and these songs are the centerpiece to all of my forward movement. I’m feeling optimistic about finding the right home for that record this year, though there has been a lot of struggle thus far navigating that search. Putting those songs out will be a huge victory for me,” explains Harvey. The album is set to release this year. “A lot of unexpected opportunities have opened up to keep me busy in the meantime and have reinforced to me that I’m on the right path,” he continues.
“Paul Luc is an absolutely amazing songwriter and I’m excited to be able to play with him again,” says Harvey. He and Luc played a show at Carnegie Mellon University a few years ago. “To me the show this Friday at SPACE feels like a celebration. Erik Pitluga, Josh Hovanec, and I just played a lot of shows together on the East Coast/Midwest and had a very important experience together as a unit, for the first time. Even though we’ve had a few days off, this show feels like a homecoming for us and we’re excited to celebrate that with all our friends,” says Harvey.
“At this moment I don’t really see an end, which is exciting and of course kinda scary. I started this year accepting a lot of change into my life. In that I feel like I accepted this responsibility to stop making excuses and to take necessary risks to get me back where I’m supposed to be,” explains Harvey.