Society for Contemporary Craft

June 20, July 18, August 15
5 – 8 p.m.

Music and making will converge at Pittsburgh’s latest live concert series. Dubbed Yellow Couch Live @ Society for Contemporary Craft, the new music series pairs touring artists with local and regional songwriters. Set against the backdrop of Society for Contemporary Craft‘s (SCC) distinctive Strip District-based space and engaging exhibitions, Yellow Couch Live kicks off on Friday, June 20th, with Terri Binion and Matt Conner.

Fans of Appalachian music won’t want to miss prolific singer-songwriter Terri Binion, who plays banjo and acoustic guitar. Binion’s 2002 album, Fool, which is distributed by Amy Ray’s (Indigo Girls) Daemon Records, features acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, while the Southern American singer and guitarist Jim White penned a prologue for her upcoming release. Blending elements of Americana, alt-country, bluegrass and folk, Binion’s music explores her deep mountain roots and universal themes concerning the human condition. Raised the daughter of a West Virginia military man, Binion has opened for folk icon Arlo Guthrie.

Regional songwriter Matt Conner, who was born and raised in Fayette County, PA, and is currently based in Richmond, VA, started playing the guitar at age 13. The punk-rocker-turned-folk-singer, who has been a member of numerous bands, creates stripped down intimate music featuring voice and guitar. He cites musicians and bands as diverse as Townes van Zandt, John Prine, Guided by Voices, Loudon Wainwright III, Swans, Led Zeppelin, and Bobby Charles as personal influences.

A unique partnership between contemporary music and contemporary visual arts, Yellow Couch Live is the brainchild of musician and producer Steven Foxbury, who runs Mount Lebanon-based Yellow Couch Studio, the series’ namesake. An inviting and cozy recording facility, 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 Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) & Skull Orchestra, Peter Mulvey, Stephen Kellogg, 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 also plays in a local trio called Giant vs. Giant. 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 and Adult Top 40 charts, was released along with a music video starring actor Selma Blair, and was featured as the theme song for the 1999 sitcom, Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane. Foxbury has worked with top producers, musicians and engineers such as Brian Paulson (Wilco, Son Volt, Beck), Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles, Fallout Boy, Danny Elfman) and Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty), and his music has been featured in film, television and commercials.

For its inaugural installment, Yellow Couch Live is launching as a summer concert series, yet it may look to expand in the future. Foxbury, who previously worked at and has even performed at SCC, is passionate about bringing a singer-songwriter-based aesthetic and live acoustic music to the venue’s unique interiors. 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 classes and community outreach programs and houses an acclaimed retail store.

Next up for Yellow Couch Live @ Society for Contemporary Craft on July 18th will be Nashville, TN-based (by way of Orlando, FL) singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler, who will be in town recording a live EP. In August, the series welcomes Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter, Brooke Annibale.

Concerts will be held on the third Fridays of June, July and August, from 5 to 8 p.m. A suggested donation of $7 is encouraged to support the musicians and SCC’s programming. Drinks and light refreshments will be available.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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...