Grab friends, co-workers and the entire family, pack a picnic and a blanket, and treat yourself to an early Autumn concert under the stars in one of the city’s favorite urban oases, for the September edition of WYEP’s 2014 Final Fridays Series in Schenley Plaza. Presenting concerts that pair local opening acts with national and international talent featured on the South Side-based station, WYEP‘s “final” Final Friday concert for 2014 also marks the independent station’s 40th anniversary.
Headlining the culminating installment of the popular music series is the American folk-pop group Saintseneca, who will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.
Formed in nearby Columbus, OH in 2007 by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little, Saintseneca’s indie-folk sound blends a wide range of acoustic-based instrumentation that includes balalaika, mandolin, dulcimer, Turkish Baglama, synthesizers and electric guitar. Rounding out the band’s lineup with Little are Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador, Maryn Jones and Matt O’Conke. In April 2014, the group released its newest album, Dark Arc, on ANTI- Records. Recorded with producer Mike Mogis at ARC Studios in Omaha, NE, the 14-song album features the haunting and driving single “Uppercutter.”
Getting the music started under the stars will be Pittsburgh’s own Nox Boys performing at 7 p.m.
Blending the rowdy frontman presence and screeching guitar of lead vocalist Zack Keim with Bob Powers’ slide guitar and a driving rhythm section, The Nox Boys evoke the reckless essence and youthful abandon of the iconic 1960s garage rock era. Their self-titled LP, out now via local label Get Hip Recordings!, was recorded with famed Motor City producer Jim Diamond, known for his work with the White Stripes and Dirtbombs. A breath of fresh air within the local music scene, these new kids on the (garage rock) block will appeal to all fans of legends like the Sonics, Swamp Rats and The Standells.
Free and open to all ages, WYEP’s Final Friday concerts have been known to draw up to 4,000 people. Past performers have included Bobby Long, Diego Garcia, David Wax Museum, Brett Dennen, JD McPherson, Sean Rowe and many more.
When you are out and about at local eateries and bars, keep your eyes peeled for WYEP’s new Dancer Man Pilsner. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the station teamed up with local brewing company Rivertowne to create the limited-edition beer, which is available through September 2014 at local beer distributors, and on tap at select locations. Commemorating WYEP’s 40 years in operation, the brew features the station’s iconic red, white and black logo. A portion of the proceeds from beer sales will support WYEP’s programming.