Society for Contemporary Craft

July 18
5 – 8 p.m.

One of Pittsburgh’s newest concert series, Yellow Couch Live @ Society for Contemporary Craft, hosts its second 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 continues on Friday, July 18th, with two rising singer-songwriters, Matthew Fowler and Reggie Williams.

Just 20 years old, Orlando-based singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler has been keeping extremely busy since the March 2014 release of his debut album, Beginning, which garnered critical praise from high-profile music press such as American Songwriter and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Fowler reached a wider audience after performing on May 9th for the acclaimed web series, Daytrotter, which hosts recording sessions with both up-and-coming indie music acts.

Currently based in Nashville, Fowler is gearing up for a fall tour of the US with Reggie Williams, who joins him on the bill at Yellow Couch Live.

Since releasing his EP, The All Of Us, in early 2014, Williams has been drawing accolades locally and nationally, performing at festivals such as Florida Music Festival, One Spark Festival, CMJ Music Marathon and Driven Music Conference, and has most recently appeared at the House of Blues in Orlando.

Fowler and Williams will hit the road together this fall for their 40-date “Bring a Friend” tour of the Midwest and East Coast. On July 14th, the pair launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to support the tour, which raised more than $1,400 in the first day alone. In addition to their show at Society for Contemporary Craft, Fowler and Williams are recording together at Pittsburgh-based Yellow Couch Studio. The resulting EP will be offered as an incentive to Kickstarter supporters and as a tour promotional release.

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.

Next up for Yellow Couch Live @ Society for Contemporary Craft on August 15th is Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter, Brooke Annibale, with an additional artist TBA.

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...