Society for Contemporary Craft

August 15
5 – 8 p.m.

One of Pittsburgh’s newest concert series, Yellow Couch Live @ Society for Contemporary Craft, hosts its third installment blending music, making and local collaboration.

The new monthly live music program pairs touring artists with local and regional songwriters. Set against the backdrop of Society for Contemporary Craft‘s unique Strip District-based space and engaging art exhibitions, Yellow Couch Live wraps up its first summer season on Friday, August 15th, with the prolific Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter, Brooke Annibale.

A Pittsburgh native, Annibale’s 2011 full-length release, Silence Worth Breaking, received critical acclaim for its acoustic folk pop aesthetic and singer-songwriter approach. Annibale’s latest EP, Words in Your Eyes, showcases the addition of electric sounds, ambient sensibilities and diverse orchestration into her signature repertoire.

A unique partnership between contemporary music and contemporary visual arts, Yellow Couch Live is the brainchild of musician and producer Steven Foxbury, who runs the Mount Lebanon-based Yellow Couch Studio, the series’ namesake. An inviting and cozy recording facility located in the Pittsburgh suburb, Yellow Couch is also home to a live performance video series produced in partnership with Commonwealth Press. To date, the Yellow Couch Sessions have featured artists including Terri Binion, Matt Conner, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) & Skull Orchestra, The St. Johns and The End of America.

A musician with the band The Battle Sigh, which has roots in Pittsburgh, Florida and New York, Foxbury has worked with established producers, musicians and engineers such as Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles, Fallout Boy, Danny Elfman), Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty), and Brian Paulson (Wilco, Son Volt, Beck), and his music has been featured in film, television and commercials. As singer and guitarist for the Orlando, FL-based band, My Friend Steve, Foxbury released the 1998 album, Hope & Wait, on Mammoth Records. The album’s single, “Charmed,” which made waves on Billboard‘s 1999 Modern Rock Chart and the Adult Top 40 charts, was released along with a music video starring actor Selma Blair, and was the theme song for the 1999 sitcom, Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane.

After hosting its inaugural summer series, Yellow Couch Live may look to expand in the future. Foxbury, who previously worked at and has performed at Society for Contemporary Craft, is passionate about bringing a singer-songwriter-based aesthetic and live acoustic music to the distinctive venue.

Since its inception in 1971, Society for Contemporary Craft has been presenting new art and craft media by international, national and regional artists. Along with hosting cutting-edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art, SCC also offers a variety of classes and community outreach programs and houses an acclaimed retail store. Currently on view through November 1st is Transformation 9, which showcases contemporary ceramic arts.

Suggested donation is $7, with proceeds supporting the musicians and SCC’s programming. Beer and light refreshments will be available.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...