Dreaming of a Black and Gold Christmas
A new, yinzer-rific holiday tune by Chip and the Charge Ups rocks for a good cause.
Just in time for Christmas in the ’Burgh, the Steel City has a new holiday anthem.
Chip and the Charge Ups is a four-piece band fronted by father-daughter duo Chip and Maleena Dominick. The band is known for a 2018 recording, “The Ol’ Two-Niner,” that serves as a theme song for Pittsburgh Penguins veteran and current broadcaster Phil Bourque; it’s played every Wednesday during the NHL season during Bourque’s appearance on the WDVE Morning Show.
“Black and Gold Christmas,” released Nov. 1, features guest vocal appearances from local performers including: Rusted Root’s Liz Berlin; Doug Carnahan of After The Fall, a five-time winner of Best Rock Band in the Iron City Rocks Pittsburgh Music Awards; Jen Craven of A Common Crown, an emerging metal band; and powerhouse gospel singer Char Fields.
The song is an animated holiday rock anthem with allusions to aspects of Pittsburgh life that yinzers may find familiar: chairs in parking spots, Primanti’s, Mister Rogers and Pittsburghese.
“[A Christmas song] is something that, year after year, can become the fabric of our city and be an enduring gift to Pittsburgh,” says Chip Dominick. “We felt it was a good way to give something timeless to the city.”
The band has a charitable motivation driving the efforts as well. All profits from “Black and Gold Christmas” T-shirts will be donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Shirts can be purchased on the band’s website for $25.
According to Dominick, the primary goal is to spread a message of unity.
“Everyone can have different political opinions. Everyone can have different musical tastes,” he says. “But when it comes to Pittsburgh, one thing that we all share is a love for our city, and that helps us love one another.”