#GottaSee: Pittsburgh-Area College Students' Trick-Shot Video
Could you do this with a ping pong ball?
Among the classes not taught, but yet a skill often attained by college students, is the ability to toss a ping-pong ball in a cup.
Students at St. Vincent College in Latrobe took it to the next level in this entertaining video that features the school’s president and mascot.
photo courtesy of meeting of important people
#RecordStoreDay: Local garage-pop favorites release new single
The vinyl collections of many Pittsburghers may be thriving, but we’re willing to bet that few readers have many flexi discs in their collections. Nearly paper-thin flexi disc records have been distributed in books and magazines, as well as via mail; a rare series of Beatles flexi disc 45s are coveted among collectors, and Jack White last year released 1,000 flexi disc singles by attaching them to balloons and unleashing them over Nashville.
To mark Record Store Day (tomorrow), local garage-pop favorites Meeting of Important People will present a new single, “All Rode Off Together” — their first new recorded material in more than two years — in the form of a flexi disc and digital download. The track, originally written for a Bricolage Production Company performance, features other notable ’Burgh musicians, including Andre Costello and Chet Vincent.
Take a listen here.
The best way to score a copy: Get yourself a ticket for the single’s release concert, scheduled for tomorrow night at The Andy Warhol Museum. Meeting of Important People (in their first local appearance since January) will be joined by the Van Allen Belt and Morgan Erina for an all-ages show; every attendee will get a free copy of the single, courtesy of Wild Kindness Records.
Tickets are just $10 ($8 for students and Warhol members) and are available here.
For more than twenty years, the territory just past Station Square hosted live music, with acts from Green Day to Stevie Ray Vaughn appearing at the covered outdoor amphitheatre (which changed names with impressive frequency). When Highmark Stadium was built for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, though, Station Square was without a big concert venue for the first time since the late ’80s.
Frankly: It just didn’t feel right. So the folks at Highmark Stadium decided to correct the problem. Starting this summer, the soccer pitch will play host to live music produced by legendary local concert promoter Rich Engler.
The inaugural concert is set for June 14, as classic rock hitmakers the Steve Miller Band will kick off this year’s shows. The band, known for radio staples such as “The Joker,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” will be joined by longtime Eagles guitarist Don Felder, who co-wrote “Hotel California,” among other Eagles hits.
Later in the summer, classic rock will continue to reign on the South Shore, as REO Speedwagon takes the field on a date to be announced. A festival to celebrate Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead is also on tap.
Tickets for the Steve Miller Band and Don Felder are on sale Monday via Ticketmaster.
#Ka-Blam! Pittsburgh celebs to gather for ToonSeum event
Pittsburgh’s finest and funniest are inviting the city out to host the “party of the year.” This year’s annual ToonSeum fundraiser, Ka-Blam!, aims to celebrate all Pittsburgh characters — whether from cartoons, YouTube or "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
Join Charlie the Tuna, Pittsburgh Dad, Mr. McFeely and many other local icons for a night of caricatures, food and drinks, music and celebrity sightings. The party begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $40 for regular admission or $75 if you’d prefer VIP benefits.
— Cristina Holtzer