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Dos Equis/WYEP singer songwriter finals. one song for each person.....should be a cool night to hear some of the best singer-songwriters in pittsburgh.
the Growlers will be supporting this benefit show, The Valley Jam, raising money for United Cerebral Palsy. We hit the stage at 9 pm.
R.A.N.T festival in Lawrenceville. over 150 bands/musicians in one day.
Ben Valasek and the Growlers will be playing one more time at the allegheny mariner before summer closes out.
playing the songwriter acoustic series at this awesome outdoor venue on the lake.
Sounds Like: Martin Sexton, Ben Harper, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens)
“Ben Valasek’s musical journey is not one that could have been scripted. How many musicians start out singing a cappella music, switch to indie rock, take a hiatus to start a family, then emerge as a singer-songwriter?” Rege Behe (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review).
Following Ben's debut solo album, "...See Full Bio
"The Growlers provide a retro ‘70s feel to the recording which is incredibly appealing. Of course, Valasek’s songs provide the album’s core, and words and music mesh perfectly on “Time Waits For No One”, insofar that Valasek understands the value of a sticky chorus and a hook or two. The nine songs collected here lack neither. They begin with “Walk On the Water”, its stripped intro soon giving way to a chugging rhythm section and a gently picked electric guitar. A midpoint guitar solo shifts the song up a gear and the result is a cracking introduction. It’s followed by the title track, a rumination on the passing of time and “Drinking for One” is an old fashioned country tearjerker given a classic rock makeover – and is that a cello in the background? Towards the end “Three Sides” provides a pristine blues-rock standout that is both languid and vital, and final cut “Count Your Blessings” ends the album on a folk-rock high.