BurghSong: A concert series held in the heart of Pittsburgh pairing national and local songwriters in a listening room context.
BurghSong is proud to announce its third season of songwriter concerts. Burghsong celebrates the rich tradition and contemporary vitality of Pittsburgh songwriters by pairing local luminaries with nationally touring writers in a listening room context. The concert series idea evolved from a successful BurghSong mini-festival featuring exclusively local artists that songwriters Ben Shannon and Christopher Mark Jones organized in September of 2014 at James Simon’s sculpture studio in Uptown. Joining forces in 2015 with songwriter Alexander Stanton, owner of Sunburst School of Music in Squirrel Hill, added a creative organizational thinker and a 50-seat space to the equation.
BurghSong 2017-2018 promises to again be a rich menu of song , Chicagoan Heather Styka, a soulful pairing of the Pittsburgh diaspora in Jasmine Tate (Philadelphia) and E.May (West Virginia), Rocky Mountain Folks Fest winner Korber Lenker, Kipyn Martin from Washington D.C., Tim Grimm from rural Indiana and Nashvillians Mare Wakefield and Nomad. Local artists include Ben Shannon, Christopher Mark Jones, Brad Yoder, and Kayla Schureman.
Concerts are scheduled for the third Saturday of September, October, November, March, April and May. Each concert will feature a 50-minute set by the local artist, a short break, then a similar set by the touring artist. Doors open at 7:00, with music beginning at 7:30. Sunburst School of Music is located on the second floor at 5843 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://burghsong.com, where music from all series artists and additional information can also be found.