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Drowning Clowns

Rank #6 US Pittsburgh, PA Indie / Americana / Psychedelic Rock Orch...


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Sounds Like: Pink Floyd, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Wilco, Broken Social Scene

Label: Creative.Life.Support Records

Bio: A self-described psychedelic rock orchestra, Drowning Clowns’ music is a cataclysmic mix of rock, indie, americana and electro-pop for fan’s of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, Bright Eyes, Janes Addiction, Fleet Foxes, Genesis, and Postal Service . From haunting ballads such as “One Request” t... See Full Bio

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Twitter_icon_for_status: Drowning Clowns has a show on 07/20/2014 at 06:00 PM @ Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA http://t.co/9dwUUs40hA #concert


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    Jul 20

    Pittsburgh, PA, US | 6:30pm

    Pittsburgh, PA, US
    Sun Jul 20 6:30pm


    Mr. Smalls Theatre will be hosting a Revival Showcase on Sunday, July 20th, 2014 featuring Keystone, Drowning Clowns, Instead of Sleeping, Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts, Josie McQueen, Brando Martini & Bobby Garver of Wicked Chief. The Creative.Life.Support Revival Series is a revolutionary model of local showcases where admission is free for over 21 ($2 for under 21). Each band will be distributing free tickets and are paid according to how many of their tickets are redeemed at the door. · Keystone makes their debut with front-man Cody Ciesielski -- Since the end of Model Class Citizens, Cody had been working towards writing and recording something new and different. Through the aid of producer Brando Martini in early 2013 he started to record what eventually turned into Keystone's debut album, "Red All Over". With guest guitar work from Diego Byrnes (Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts, ex-Spontaneo) and Fred Mascherino (Terrible Things, ex-Taking Back Sunday), it was just a matter of finding the right outfit of seasoned musicians to bring life and future spirit to the project known as Keystone. Fitting to the name, soon enough the right musicians fell into place from all over Pennsylvania: Drew Steele (Bass Guitar/Vocals) from Derry (towards Ligonier), Connor Minjock (Lead Guitar/Vocals; ex-Arcane Haven) originally from Monongahela, and Dylan Savko (Percussion) hailing from a little town up near Erie. Truly a fitting named band with diverse musical backgrounds to shape together what Cody had envisioned from MCC's farewell show at Mr. Smalls last year to Keystone's album release here now...Rock and roll with a twist. To listen go to: www.facebook.com/keystoneofficialmusic · Drowning Clowns’ diverse collection of songs ranges from slow dark Americana to upbeat indie electro-pop to epic rock landscapes that make for an incredibly riveting live experience. A self-proclaimed “psychedelic rock orchestra”, Drowning Clowns creates a powerful musical presence on stage and is fast becoming a regional draw. They have gained international attention having had their music featured in numerous skateboard videos by Evan Smith, Drowning Clowns member and pro-skateboarder (DC/Element/Independent). Drowning Clowns is a stunning collaboration among some of Pittsburgh’s finest musicians and is a labor of love for Mr. Smalls owners Mike Speranzo (Crisis Car, Out Of The Blue) and Liz Berlin (of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root). Frank Spadafora on lead vocals, guitar & organ (Crisis Car, Out Of The Blue), pro-skater Evan Smith on vocals & guitar (DC/Element/Independent), Glenn Strother on lead guitar (Jazzam, Backstabbing Good People), Levi Graft on keys, Jesse Prentis on bass (Ritual Space Travel Agency), and Shaggy Marcello on drums (The Distractions, Isabella, Love's Gun Shop) solidify this all-star line-up to create an incredibly riveting live experience. To listen go to: www.reverbnation.com/drowningclowns · Singer/songwriter Bobby Garver, formerly of The Morning Light, has developed a refreshing taste of rock and roll with new rising group, Wicked Chief. Think Tom Petty spirited melodies meets Modest Mouse angst progressions, a blend of sounds that accents the lyrical content in more than a pop manner. With an eclectic lineup of Pittsburgh musicians from bands past, Garver's new group brings a new light to the face of rock music that's been brewing in the Pittsburgh scene. To listen go to: https://soundcloud.com/bobbygarver · Instead of Sleeping is an indie-rock band hailing from the industrial-hub of Pittsburgh, PA. Comprised of Shaun Sweeney (guitar/lead vocals), Jeff Binando (bass/backup vocals), Woody Wright (guitar/keys/auxiliary percussion) Corey McClaine (drums); this four-piece has been demanding attention of the Steel City and beyond with their signature blend of contemporary indie rock since their 2008 inception. During their years together, Instead of Sleeping has evolved from a hookah-bar jam band into a multi-instrumental outfit. Now showcasing two drum kits, keys, and a myriad of other sound that transformed the band from a traditional indie-rock quartet into a swelling stage presence. The fellas built up a strong reputation as an independent rock band touring regionally on their third studio effort, The Reds, The Blacks, The Grays, which dropped in the Spring of 2012. The band has been privileged to share the stage with notable national acts fun., The Dear Hunter, O’Brother, and Good Old War. To listen go to: http://insteadofsleeping.bandcamp.com/ AND http://www.insteadofsleeping.com/ · Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts is lead by Capolupo (Gypsy), a musician with old school appeal; he’s a vagabond, endlessly curious and virtually incapable of muting his musical ambition. Capolupo spent the 2000s as a drummer for two prominent metal bands (Haste The Day and Once Nothing) and it was on those long grueling tours that he began penning his own songs. Once those outfits dissolved, he was left with a collection of beautifully uncluttered folk gems and nobody to play them with. A few years later, Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts has filled out with three worldly non-ghost musicians named Diego Byrnes (guitar, vocals), Tony Tortella (bass, vocals) and Scott Maniglia (percussion, vocals). Though Capolupo had known each member previously through other musical endeavors, it wasn’t until the bunch played in a room together that it all clicked. Now fully formed, Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts have ascended new heights with their debut EP, ‘Shortcuts, Backup Plans & Detours’, and already have a new album in the works. To all involved, it feels like Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts has been here all along. Before they even entered a studio, before they even had a full band, before they even had a name. To listen go to: http://gypsyandhisbandofghosts.bandcamp.com/ AND http://gypsyandhisbandofghosts.com/ · Josie McQueen is a rock group from Pittsburgh, PA, formed in April 2012. The group includes Jon Willard (drums, percussion), Jesse Weygandt (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Aaron Duda (lead vocals, bass guitar). Now with two albums under their belts, "An Introduction" and "Shed Some Light", Josie McQueen are ready to bring their sound to the masses. Best described as a melodic alternative rock machine with a punk rock engine. To listen go to: https://www.facebook.com/josiemcqueenband/app_204974879526524 · Brando Martini is an Acoustic/Reggae/Folk artist from Pittsburgh, PA. He started performing hard rock music at the age of 15 until he started playing in a punk/reggae band named Royal, 3 years later. This dramatic shift in genre influenced his solo work a great deal. Pulling influences from Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley, Jason Mraz, and Brett Dennen, Brando strives to blend a folk sensibility with a reggae core. He has been playing music for over 15 years and in the second half of his career began to produce several bands in his home studio. In 2008, he went to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida where he earned degrees in Recording Arts, Music Business, and Entertainment Business. When he returned to Pittsburgh from school in 2011, he joined Touchfaster, LLC (a local Entertainment and Media Services company) as Part Owner and Lead Audio and Video Director. Though his music has taken a back seat to his work for Touchfaster, he still loves to perform periodically. His upcoming performance at Mr. Smalls Theater is in support of Keystone's CD Release, a project that he produced and recorded. To listen go to: http://youtube.com/brandomartinimusic

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    Jun 6

    Pittsburgh, PA, US | 7:30pm

    Pittsburgh, PA, US
    Fri Jun 06 7:30pm


    Creative.Life.Support Revival Series presents: Crisis Car, Drowning Clowns, The Wreckids, Morgan Erina, Korel Tunador, Phat Man Dee! The 2014 Revival Series Because in a perfect world: shows are free, people show up, bands get paid and local music reigns supreme! The Revival Series, now in its third year is a new model of local music showcase run through Creative.Life.Support. Every Revival show held at Mr. Smalls Theatre is a full-scale concert with full staff, lighting, and sound crew to provide local and regional artists experience playing a larger venue than they might be used to. So how does THIS work? Well, each band receives a predetermined number of tickets which they distribute FREE to fans/friends/family/etc. Then each patron bringing a pre-printed ticket to the show will earn their band $1. Tickets will have the band's name printed first for easy identification & tallying, but each ticket will reflect the evening's full lineup. So if a band asks for 100 tickets and brings in 100 people they'll get $100, plain and simple. Also at the end of each band's set the Mr. Smalls staff will "Pass the Hat" around the venue so patrons can donate extra money to the band. Attendees are free to donate to any/all of the other acts or not donate anything at all, it's totally up to you. So please come enjoy the free music and help us with this ground breaking experiment in local music culture!

  • 2014

    May 25

    East Pittsburgh, PA, US | 3:00pm
    East Pittsburgh, PA, US
    Sun May 25 3:00pm


    Tugboat's 3rd Annual Outdoor Concert Series presents National Recording Artist Drowning Clowns. Opening Act: The Five Six (featuring Jay Constable) Sunday May 25, 2014 Festival @ 3pm Music @ 6pm 50/50 Raffle Drink Specials Outdoor BBQ

  • 2014

    May 9

    Pittsburgh, PA, US | 7:00pm

    Pittsburgh, PA, US
    Fri May 09 7:00pm


    Creative.Life.Support is proud to be hosting a special edition Revival Showcase: Action Camp CD Release featuring Drowning Clowns, Atlas, and Pet Clinic at Mr. Smalls Theatre on May 9th. Click here to get your tickets for FREE: http://actioncamprevival.eventsbot.com/ Action Camp is a duo based in Pittsburgh, PA whose sound blends elements of doom pop, electro, surf, and art rock. Members Maura Jacob and Bengt Alexsander combine found sound, drum loops, synths, low-tuned guitars, and Jacob’s classically-trained vocals to create music that can alternate between eerily gentle to sweeping and ferocious. This layering of the organic with the synthetic “creates a distinct sound that takes the best of all these worlds and boils it down into one cohesive unit… goodness that’s silent, murky, and ready to explode” (Dayton City Paper). They draw inspiration from folklore, religion, and historical events with their next release, a full-length album titled ‘PA’, giving special attention to disasters in Pennsylvania’s history. The album is available now to purchase through most major online distributors. http://www.action-camp.com/ Drowning Clowns is a Pittsburgh-based psychedelic rock band whose music has been best described as a cataclysmic mix of rock, indie, americana and electro-pop. Over ten years, Mike Speranzo has slowly groomed the Drowning Clowns debut album “All That’s Covered Over” into an elaborately orchestrated musical catharsis with his wife, Liz Berlin (of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root). What began as his own musical haven has turned into an impressive & diverse collaboration of several prominent Pittsburgh musicians – including: Frank Spadafora on lead vocals, guitar & organ, DC/Element/Independent pro skater Evan Smith on vocals & guitar, Glenn Strother on lead guitar, Levi Graft on keys, Jesse Prentis on bass, and Shaggy Marcello on drums. http://www.reverbnation.com/drowningclowns Last year, Atlas released their sophomore record "Shapes" to a sold out crowd in Pittsburgh and have been on the Clear Channel Stations 102.5 WDVE and 105.9 The X as well being featured on iHeartRadio. 2013 was spent touring throughout the East Coast and the Mid West, with successful stops in New York City, Chicago and Washington DC, to name a few. Our music has been compared to mainstream acts such as: Interpol, The Artic Monkeys, Radiohead and MUSE. http://www.atlassounds.com/ Pet Clinic, a five-piece band from Pittsburgh, describe themselves as "Belt-Rust Rock Born on the Rust-Belt". Their laid-back musical presentation combines psychedelic elements, electronic effects, hypnotizing guitar and bass lines, and a very present drum sound to set the stage for haunting vocals backed by hard-hitting, gritty, rock grooves. All of these things come together to create a unique and exciting "rusty" rock sound. http://www.petclinicmusic.com/ The “2014 Revival Series” is a revolutionary model of local showcases where admission is free for over 21 ($2 for under 21). Each band will be distributing free tickets and are paid according to how many of their tickets are redeemed at the door. Because in our perfect world: Shows are free, people show up, bands get paid, & local music reigns supreme!

  • 2014

    Apr 25

    Pittsburgh, PA, US | 8:00pm

    Pittsburgh, PA, US
    Fri Apr 25 8:00pm


    It may seem shallow to compare Ron Pope to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon or Jackson Browne, with their decades’ worth of platinum albums, but it feels honest to describe his potential that way. As a quiet teenager, Ron was listening to The Band, Stevie Wonder and endless hours of Bob Dylan, artists who would influence his writing depth, vocal style and marriage of pop melodies with bluesy guitar riffs and folksy grit. Ron outgrew his quiet personality about the time he left his childhood home in suburban Atlanta to pursue his first love, baseball, at Rutgers University. He played for two seasons, but the road to collegiate athletics is paved with sprains and fractures. After a career-ending injury, he transferred to NYU and chased a new dream in New York — inspiring people through his music with soulful songs about love, loss and redemption, as well as heartfelt tunes about growing up and finding your way back home. Ron was rapidly become the vibrant front man of The District, a band he started with classmates Zach Berkman, Paul Hammer, Chris Kienel, Will Frish and Mike Clifford, who he met in a songwriting circle. This wasn’t just any college band — not the kind you’d find in a garage, vibrating the shingles off your neighbor’s roof. The District became a New York household name in its own right, selling out popular venues, as well as playing a vital role in defining Ron’s style as lyricist. Ron’s solo career evolved out of his individual sense of exploration. He was compelled to try new sounds, use various instruments and write more songs to produce something original yet lasting, something resonant for his listeners. He hit one out of the park in 2008 when he was asked to perform on MTV’s TRL in a review of unsigned, up-and-coming artists. His 2006 song, “A Drop in the Ocean” was already an online darling. When the song was featured on hit shows such as The Vampire Diaries, 90210 and So You Think You Can Dance earlier this year, Ron’s fans took to Facebook and Twitter to spread the word, and it showed when the song became a top 100 download on iTunes. “A Drop in the Ocean” received so much positive feedback that Javier Colon, season 1 winner of NBC’s The Voice, recorded it as the first single off his premier album, Come Through for You. With more fan-made videos on YouTube than most Top 20 radio hits, you’re just as likely to pull up a video of a fan’s version of one of Ron’s songs than his original — one user’s video of “A Drop in the Ocean” has more than 20 million views. And Ron loves it; he’s just as likely tweet the link to a fan’s video as he is one of his new singles. Ron is much more than the labels and stereotypes he’s acquired during his budding career: Recording artist. Musician. Rock star. Guitar player. Songwriter. Vocalist. Performer. Ron is a musical Renaissance Man, writing, composing, recording, producing, managing, and igniting his own career. He’s stood at a crossroads where so many musicians find themselves — at the intersection of record label and independence. In an ever-evolving industry filled with rejection and compromise, Ron has plotted a new course for his music to reach loyal listeners, taking the industry-road-less-traveled in exchange for the ultimate payback, a league of devoted fans the world over. Four independent albums and 145 singles on iTunes later, Ron is still showing us — all of us — another layer to his talent. With his latest album, Calling Off The Dogs (released worldwide January 6, 2014), he is exploring new territory and pushing boundaries even further. The first single, Lick My Wounds (released worldwide on August 6th), is the first taste of this new exploration. As one critic so kindly stated: "'Lick My Wounds' is catchier than a mousetrap and a billion times more pleasant to get all wrapped up in." When you’re pleasantly surprised to find yourself humming one of his tunes on the subway, you can’t stop yourself from sharing his music with a friend, a coworker or even a stranger. That’s the story to be told about Ron Pope — music that moves its listeners, stories that touch their lives, songs that see them through. The show will also feature self-described psychedelic rock orchestra, Drowning Clowns from Pittsburgh, PA. Their music is a cataclysmic mix of rock, indie, americana and electro-pop for fan’s of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, Bright Eyes, Janes Addiction, Fleet Foxes, Genesis, and Postal Service . From haunting ballads such as “One Request” to the thunderous anthem “Deep Blue Sea,” “All That’s Covered Over” delivers a sense of controlled chaos that can only stem from the collaboration of musicians with such diverse styles and long standing experience. Drowning Clowns have produced an album that delivers a universal message of adaptation and evolution through this one of a kind musical convergence. The album is an artistic representation of the struggle, growth, challenges and success of developing a business, starting a family and creating a life while being entrenched in the fast-paced music industry. Drowning Clowns' debut album “All That’s Covered Over” is a labor of love from a collective of Pittsburgh’s most gifted musicians. Drowning Clowns is fast becoming a regional draw and gaining international attention, having had their music featured in numers skateboard videos by Evan Smith and others. To date, cumulative hits total over 5,500,000 on Youtube alone. Also opening will be Good Thing from Pittsburgh, PA.

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