Our Colombian music group Bésame is revving up,
working to complete our CD, & getting back in the public eye.

Next Tuesday November 3 8:00-9:30 PM with an evening "unplugged" show
at AJ's Burgers and Peruvian Rotisserie, 3608 Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

Ernie Hawkins, Mark Reisman and Professor Beautiful
will be on Larry Berger's radio show on WRCT,
the Saturday Light Brigade, on Saturday October 24,
I think we start about 11am.


Ernie Hawkins Band
Friday, October 23
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
(6300 Fifth Ave., Shadyside)

Join Calliope for the GRAND OPENING of the new performance space on the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts campus.

For more information...

Register online
Register by phone: (412) 361-1915
$75 ($35 of the admission cost is tax deductible)

6:00pm--Cocktails & Reception

All proceeds from this event will benefit Calliope programs, including our Educational Outreach Program through which we offer free music lessons to youth in the Pittsburgh area.

"Ernie Hawkins is an important link in the unbroken chain of blues and gospel artists. His guitaristry and love of the style is incomparable. From the Rev. Gary Davis into the future with his own style Ernie is one of the special ones!"--Jorma Kaukonen

"Roger Day plays in tune once in a while." -- Anonymous

"Hubba hubba tuba." --Ed Blackwell

"It's condensation,not split." -- Professor Beautiful


ISS and Shuttle will be visible close together
over Pittsburgh TONIGHT (Wednesday)
for 5 minutes, at 8:06PM,
maximum elevation 70 degrees,
approach is 10 degrees above SW
departure is 11 degrees above ENE

Sept 19, 20, 26, 27, in the afternoons,
Molly in the Crowd, our Scot-Irish-folkish acoustic band,
will perform at the Penn's Colony Festival, http://www.pennscolony.com/
at Penn's Colony Village, 365 Saxonburg Blvd, Saxonburg, PA.
I and my tuba will be dressed up in period costume,
as if that would fool anybody.
Rob Metil, Johnny Meikle, Molly Feuer, Robin Herne, Roger Day,
with guest Les Getchell subbing for Kip Ruefle on bodhran.

(Forwarded on behalf of a friend -- but I'll probably be there pretending to be an accordion.)
saturday, september 12, 2009
accordion pool party in the leslie park pool!
at butler and 46th street, 15201
the fun goes from 3-7pm, http://accordionpoolparty.org

savor the spectacle pool-side or jump in and dance!
(no water)

Sunday Sept 20.
Visit me at the Friendship Neighborhood House Tour. http://friendshiphousetour.org/Houstour/Home.html
I'll be posted 12:30-2pm at the tour starting point, Glass Lofts on the corner of Penn and N. Fairmount.
It'll blow mostly classical this time, with a little Michael Jackson for flavor.


Dear Occupant,

You look so buff, I'll bet you're in this weekend's 10K race,
the "Run around the Square".

Me too. I'll be continuing the tradition, six years old now,
as one of the musicians stationed along the route, in my case deep in Frick Park.
This year, I'm adding a bit of Michael Jackson repertoire.
(However, my moonwalk's not - quite - ready.)

Even if you're not running, you're welcome to visit me, 9:10am-10:40 Saturday morning,
along the trail back from the Environmental Center entrance along Beechwood near Forbes, past the water fountain.
Then you get to run the human tuba jukebox.


July 16, a BENEFIT for Your Inner Vagabond, a wonderful café promoting international music/dance in Lawrenceville. Devilish Merry, Molly in the Crowd, & others, starting at 8. Suggested $10

Friday night July 17, 6:30-8:30, various gleanings from the bands Molly in the Crowd, Devilish Merry, and Callán doing Irish, Scots, Appalachian, Punk Rock (not), and whatever, at Borders, in East Liberty, at Highland and Centre. Free.

June 7, Bryant Street Community Festival Sunday 4:30pm

On Bryant near Highland (streets will be blocked off), ALL AFTERNOON, with CHILDREN's ACTIVITIES.From 4:30 to 5,
I will be playing with "Charles Wallace",
a jazz quartet, filling in for the excellent bass player,
my buddy Justin Brown.
Other musicians are my avante garde friends Ethan Winograd and Jay Matula,
and fluegelhornist Kyle Simpson imported from Washington & Jefferson.


At the Feria Al Servicio de la Comunidad (Serving the Community) this Sunday,
My Tango Café friends ((Melissa, Socrates, Paco, Felipe and Antonio)
and I will be playing at 3 PM for about a hour.
Music will be mostly Andean & Mexican I think.
Come for the music and the food and visit the great information booths.
Free admission.
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Hunt Armory, 324 Emerson Street, Shadyside
"Al Servicio de la Comunidad is
Latino day for all to share and to learn a lot!
Health, social service, financial, cultural and employment information!
Latino food, children's activities, and much more!
Announced by: Center for Latin American Studies
For more information, contact 412 578 0402 Option 3
ferialatina-pitt@hotmail.com "

The Penn Brewery on the North Side,
home of Dick Paul and the All Stars for years,
changed hands and terminated its music last fall.

BUT, there's a spark in the ashes.

Thursday (tomorrow night), 6pm to 9pm,
Dick Paul, Ken Karsh, Denny Kurzowsky
(cornet, guitar, clarinet)
will be playing.

I'll join them (tuba) around 7:30.

Two shows:
Melissa Alliston, Claudio Soloaga & Roger Day play brazilian and andean and other latinamerican music.

Saturday May 9:
Ten Thousand Villages, Squirrel Hill, Forbes Avenue between Murray and Shady.

Friday May 8:
Yoga studio in Squirrel Hill/Point Breeze holds live music concert with door prizes and refreshments May 8 from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm
NEW studio location: 6520 Wilkins Avenue, Squirrel Hill (zip 15217), just each of Beechwood,
directly next door to Wheel Deliver and across the street from the Linden School play yard.

Yoga Matrika [http://www.yogamatrika.com] celebrates its second anniversary with a live music event in its new studio space at 6520 Wilkins Avenue in Squirrel Hill on Friday, May 8, 2009 from 7:30 to 11:00 pm. Featured musicians and bands include:
Emily Pinkerton,
Brad Yoder,
Doug Blevins,
Chris Fennimore
and Onda Brasil with Claudio Soloaga on guitar, voice, quena and charango/Melissa Alliston on voice and percussion and Roger Day on tuba.
This unique Karmic Salon also offers attendees the opportunity to preview Yoga Matrika's beautiful second studio space, set to open in mid-May. The concert is by donation and there will be a raffle (drawing on May 19th), door prizes and refreshments served.

Yoga Matrika hosts Karmic Salons regularly and they all feature local musicians, poets and writers. The Karmic Salon concept provides local artists with an opportunity to experiment with new work in a supportive environment that allows for intimate exchange between the artist and audience. Yoga Matrika was opened with the intention to strengthen the creative energies of the community and Karmic Salons are just one way that we have developed to support this goal. Each artist performs a 30-minute set and is available for questions and audience feedback. All Karmic Salon events are by donation and do not require reservations or tickets. Events are co-hosted and recorded by Chris "Lurch" Rudyk, owner of Broadcast Lane Studios.


This weekend, Molly in the Crowd and several other music groups
will be doing a concert to benefit organizations devoted to helping
homeless people. The three beneficiary organizations are:
Homeless Children's Education Fund, 2100 Smallman Street 2nd Floor (412) 562-0154
Interfaith Hospitality Network, 728-809-5951, Tracy Finn, www.homelessfamilies.org
East End Cooperative Ministry: Homeless Drop-In, 5450 Friendship Ave, (412) 661-6149
Deep thanks to Jack Knight aka Jim Lyons-Weiler for making this happen.
Saturday, May 2, at Your Inner Vagabond, 4130 Butler St at 42nd Street in Lawrenceville. http://www.yourinnervagabond.com/
Poster at http://professorbeautiful.org/music/concertforthehomeless-poster.jpg . You're invited to print & post.
Molly in the Crowd plays mostly Scots and Irish music-- in an unusual blend.
Johnny Meikle, all things Scots ( = Irish in drag) including magnificent voice, whistles and saxophone,
Rob Metil, many things with strings, Molly Feuer, a fit fiddle, Robin Horne, guitar & song,
Kip Ruefle, bodhran (did I spell that right?), Roger Day, traditional Celtic tuba.

ne of the best entertainers I've ever seen--
and it's all about stuff that matters!
Her songs, released on nine albums,
are genuine muck-raking rabble-rousing activist anthems.
Funny, smart lyrics, with strong guitar & stirring voice.

I'm proud to have contributed some tuba notes on
last year's great CD "Dump the Bosses Off Your Back".
Which you should buy. http://cdbaby.com/cd/annefeeney7

The event:

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 8:30 PM
Anne Feeney in Concert
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (North Side)
416 W North Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Price: $15 suggested

Professor Beautiful will toss in assorted tuba fun.
Even better: you'll be enchanted by Celtic multi-instrumentalist/vocalist,
Sheila Liming.

Anne makes it back home to Pittsburgh very seldom,
so jump at the chance.



May 8, 2009, a tuba salon at Yoga Matrika, with friends TBA.

May 3, Pittsbugh Marathon,
with Elie Kihonia, George Heid III, Hill Jordan.


May 2, 2009, Concert for the homeless, at Your Inner Vagabond, 1pm to midnight
Including Professor Beautiful & the Monkey Thumbs, at 7:00 .
Full schedule.

April 7, 2009, Ernie Hawkins, Marc Reisman, and Professor Beautiful at Defiance College

April 1, 2009, Bésame at Carlow University, 7:30pm.


May 12 Saturday - BÉSAME (Colombian, Brazilian, assorted other Hispanic: vocals, guitar, sax, percussion, tuba)

World Fair Trade Day Celebration at 10,000 Villages .A non-profit store promoting fair trade for artisans around the world. 5824 Forbes Avenue (Sq. Hill, between Murray & Shady Ave.) (412) 421-2160.

Free. We'll be playing outside under the canopy as part of an all-day event that runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

There will be a story teller, African drumming, belly dancers!

Complimentary desserts and drinks provided by Food for Your Inner Vagabond.

There will also be games to earn extra discounts for the day.


January 17, Saturday night at 8pm, Besame at the wonderful Downunder Coffeehouse, at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, 416. West North Ave, North Side. Baked goods, desserts and beverages will be for sale during the concert and the coffee is always free. Suggested donation is $5. Call 412-322-4261 or see
http://www.alleghenyuu.org for more details or directions.

Jan 9 2009 (Saturday night).
The WMD trio, Ethan Winograd , Jay Matula, Roger Day (cute, huh?),
will be doing the Avante Garde outré jazz-a-riffraff hustle Jan 9 , 7:30, at Affogato Cafe, in Bellevue .
Cool place! www.bigreda.com. I think it's BYOB on Saturday nights.
Hear the mongrels, er, medleys, "A Night in To Mischa" and "Crepuscule with Jimi". With the flavor (& even some compositions) of the likes of Eric Dolphy, Clusone Trio, Nathan Resnick-Day.Here's our first time playing together - Monk's Misterioso .

December 31, First Night with Bésame, 937 Liberty Avenue - Second Floor Gallery, DownTown, intersection of Liberty and Smithfield. .
3 forty-minute sets at 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30PM.
An annual New Year's Eve festival which celebrates the arts, cultural and entertainment vitality of Pittsburgh., 412-281-8723."In 1976, a group of Boston artists banded together to create a unique family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration focused on the arts. The concept not only caught on, but thrived. First Night celebrations are now held in more than 200 cities worldwide - including Pittsburgh! Children's activities, art, food, music (of course!) and a fireworks finale to top it off, all held in an alcohol-free atmosphere. It's a great way to ring in the new year! First Night admisson buttons are usually $8-$10, and they get you into all of the events with no additional charges."
While you're there, check out Bricolage, http://www.webbricolage.org/ and Art Upstairs http://www.artup.org/about.htm.
More information is available at http://www.firstnightpgh.org/index.aspx .


November 9, 1pm to 4pm, at Mallorca Restaurant, South Side, Carson Street at the Birmingham Bridge. Be sure to click above for tickets. http://www.colombiaenpittsburgh.org/mallorca2008/

Amigos, sorry for the late notice, but here is a wonderful event, on behalf of Hogar Angeles,
a haven for orphaned girls in Cartago, Colombia. Bésame www.besamepittsburgh.com is proud to provide Colombian music for this great cause again.

"Colombia en Pittsburgh and Colombia Vision are very pleased to invite you to the Sixth Annual Mallorca Fundraiser Luncheon at Mallorca Restaurant, at 2228 East Carson Street in the South Side area of Pittsburgh (tel: 412-488-1818). Thanks to the many generous individuals who have participated in previous years, we have been able to cover the expenses of establishing and operating a children's library as well as supporting Hogar Angeles, a safe haven in Cartago, Colombia. With the last two luncheons at Mallorca, the Hogar was able to get a microbus to safely transport the girls. Hogar Angeles has changed the lives of 30 girls and today provides a home, education, medical assistance and loving care to 20 little ones who for many reasons cannot be with their families.

"As in previous years, the luncheon will feature a delicious Mallorca feast (with appetizers, entrees, sangria and an assortment of desserts). We will have a silent auction of fine jewelry and bottles of wines. "

October 25 - Saturday 6:00-9:00 PM, with Bésame on at 6:30. [It turned out that, in addition, Melissa Claudio and Roger - "Onda Brazil" - played an hour later in the evening!]

Art Exhibit at the Tango Café, 5806 Forward Avenue at Murray Avenue, Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill), PA The exhibit will feature the works of Argentinean mother and daughter artists Dina Ruta and Karina Steren Ruta. Dina is bringing in part of her painting and ceramics display from the Knoxville Museum of Art, while
Karina will be exhibiting her photographic collection "Pittsburgh in the Fog".

With "Charles Wallace" (Ethan Winograd, Kyle Simpson, Jay Matula, Justin Brown)
jazz at the Backstage Bar Sept 13, 5-7:30.

With Melissa Alliston and Claudio Soloaga,
Latin American music at the Elisco Advertising Latino Heritage Celebration ,
Sept 18, 6pm , Lawrenceville, Creative Cafe.

With Besame, music of Colombia, Latin American and Caribbean Festival, Pitt Union,
Sept 27, 5pm (but lots of great activities all day & night!)

With Besame, music of Colombia, benefiting Genesis of Pittsburgh,
Sept 27, 9pm, Greentree.



Besame at Ten Thousand Villages, Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill.
Saturday August 9, 1:30-2:30.

Saturday morning August 25, solo Tuba on the Trail, the annual "Run Around the
", in Regent Square, to benefit the Regent Square Civic Association,
Frick Park Environmental Center and Wilkins Community Center.

Pioneer Day 5K Race Friday August 1 at Mingo Creek County Park.
Race begins at 6:30pm, walk at 7pm.
Music by Bésame, 8 to 9pm. Music of Latin America, with focus on Colombia.
The cause is the Program for Health Care to the Underserved (PHCUP) Physician Volunteers which provides care to the underserved at the Birmingham Free Primary Care Clinic, with the good cheer and guiding hand of Doctor Diego Chaves-Gnecco.

July 19 - Saturday 2:30 - 3:30 pm
American Cancer Society Benefit, Norwin Relay for Life 2008
Norwin Senior High School
This annual event supports the fight against cancer, from raising funds to supporting people with cancer to celebrating those who have survived.
We'll be on the main stage, and there will be various forms entertainment among the many happenings of the event,
which runs from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday

July 20 - Sunday 1:30 PM (Bésame around 3:30)
Colombian Independence Day Celebration
Carnegie Mellon University, Merson Courtyard (outside the student union)
A fun day with great food, music, dancing, children's activities and the sale of Colombian artesan work
to celebrate the Independence of Colombia.
This event is put together each year by Colombia en Pittsburgh, http://www.colombiaenpittsburgh.org/ .
More information at http://www.colombiaenpittsburgh.org/20dejulio/

July 12 - Green (a.k.a. "Smoky") City Folk Festival at MellonPark, with legendary fingerpicker bluesman and singer Ernie Hawkins,
with some heavy hitters: George Heid on drums, Tony DePaolis on bass, Mark Reisman on blues harps.

June 28, with Ethan Winograd, Jay Matula, Justin Brown, Riverview Park, 7 to 8:30. CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER.

Saturday, June 14         With Dixie Doc and the All Stars, at the Penn Brewery (North Side), 7:30p-11:30pm.

Saturday, June 14         With Bésame & at the Irwin Folk Festival, Main Street in Irwin, 11-3.

Sunday, June 8         With Wes Ward & Dixie Doc's All Stars, Sewickley Heights (private), 6:30-10:30.

Friday, May 30        With Ethan Winograd and friends, at the Backstage Bar (downtown on Liberty Ave), 6-7:30 and 9-11.

Saturday, May 10,

10pm at the Brillobox, 4101 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 412-621-4900
Daryl Leroi Fleming (guitar, vocal), Justin Brown (bass), Megan Williams (violin, vocal), Dave Bernabo (piano), Roger Day (tuba)
Music from Daryl's new CD
"The Blockhouse and Bloodhound Sessions":
Wonderful songs -- try "Ron Paul" or "I Like Being Here" for starters.
From KlickTrack: "Daryl LeRoi Fleming has created a gorgeous chamber-folk record, with themes philosophical and historical... His growl lands somewhere between the gruff blues of Tom Waits and the weathered heartbreak of Tim Harden. Beautifully arranged for acoustic guitar, piano, double bass, violin and voice."

This performance is part of the Sort of Records Two Year Anniversary Bash.
See this week's cover story in City Paper for the story of Sort of Records:
Performing after us are David Bernabo & Assembly and Paper Thin Stages.

Tuesday, May 20, 6-9pm.

With Anne Feeney in Braddock, to benefit the prodction of the steelworkers'play, Out of this Furnace, also with Smokestack Lightning!
Braddock Elks Lodge #883, Library St, Braddock, PA
Price: $ lots-it's a fundraiser!!!
lauracsmiley(@)yahoo.com is the contact

Saturday, May 3,
         - 4-10pm, Pre-Cinco de Mayo extravaganza at the Church of the Redeemer next to St Edmonds, Forbes Ave Squirrel Hill.
Music is 5-7: Lilly Abreu, Luis Flores, Claudio Melissa and Roger, Patricia and Graciela. Followed by dancing! Details

Saturday, April 26, 7-9pm, Anne Feeney's CD release party for "Dump The Bosses Off Your Back!" at the Club Cafe.

Saturday, April 26, 10-12pm, sitting in with the legendary Don Aliquo, with awesome(!!) Ken Karsh and Mark Perna, at the Gypsy Cafe South Side.

Sunday, April 27, 4-7pm, Claddagh Irish Pub, SouthSide Works,
          - Miscellaneous characters jamming on appalachian, irish,
             world beat & whatever

Saturday, April 4, Fiesta in honor of our departed friend Harold Gallardo, at The Altar, 5pm-9pm. With Bésame, and other performers:

Friday, April 18, 7pm, at Your Inner Vagabond, with Bésame, (followed by the awesome Devilish Merry, and Callan with David Shelow).

... but then it's off to...

Friday, April 18, 8:30pm, to release Daryl Fleming's lovely quirky new CD, "The Blockhouse and Bloodhound Sessions", -- don't call it History Rock! -- at the Calvary Episcopal Shadyside, 315 Shady Ave. Daryl's Public Domain includes Megan Williams - violin, Dave Bernabo - piano, Justin Brown - bass.

And now for something completely different.
Saturday, April 19, 6:30pm. Professor Beautiful plays the National Anthem for the Steel City Derby Demon League contest between the Bitch Doctors and the Slumber Party Slashers. Wow! If you're man enough (e.g. if you're a chick), watch them now.

Saturday, April 19, 9pm at the BackStage Bar: "Charles Wallace", including Ethan Winograd (guitar), Jay Matula (drums), me (tuba), and Kyle Simpson (fluegelhorn) visiting from Washington, an outstanding young talent.

Sunday, March 30, 7:30 with Molly in the Crowd opening for Jack Erdie and Danny Quinn, at Club Cafe (South Side). ($7, non-smoking).
Molly in the Crowd plays Irish, Scots, & other folk tunes with a tuba touch, starring Johnny Meikle, Rob Metil, Kip Ruefle, and Alan Booth.
Jack Erdie is a Pittsburgh songwriter. Check out his recent album Pumpkin (including the very satisfying "Let Their Heads Roll").
Danny Quinn is a renowned Irish singer-songwriter extraordinaire,

(Also that night, Emily Pinkerton's CD Release Party at Your Inner Vagabond, with my very very dear friends Melissa Alliston and Claudio Soloaga.)



Friday October 26, 10:30pm.
With Ben Opie's OPEK 15 at Club Cafe on the South Side.
Focus on Mingus, Monk, and Miles. Take that, Eminem!

Thursday October 4 lunch time 12-1:30.
With Dick Paul and Dick Bertini.
Schenley Plaza (outdoors under the big canopy) in Oakland.

Friday October 5 lunch time 12-1:30.
With Besame.
The CMU Hispanic Culture Day celebration, the Connan Room, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University.
Crafts! Free food!

Tuesday October 9, 5-7pm.
With Besame.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Robert Morris University (Main Campus)
Marketplace Cafe
Nicholson Student Center (3rd floor)
6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, PA 15108-1189
Directions & Maps are at

September 29 Saturday, 1:00 pm - 12:00 am
W ith Besame' (time slot to be determined probably around 6pm).
The 28th Latin and Caribbean Festival
Pitt University - William Pitt Student Union
Corner of Forbes and Bigelow
Pittsburgh (Oakland), PA 15260
This is a fun day of crafts, food and entertainment from all over Latin America brought to you each year by Pitt's Center for Latin American Studies.

Sep 23 Sunday, afternoon.
With Besame at CMU "Al Servicio De La Comunidad" .
No charge! You don't have to speak Spanish! Come any time.
The time of our 30 minute slot is TBD. Musuhallpa will also play!

Sep 19 Wednesday 12-1:30, with Dick Paul, leader of the Dixie Doc All Stars, and the stride virtuoso Tom Roberts. At the Schenley Plaza big tent.

Sep 16 Sunday, 11:15-12:40.
With Dixie Doc at the Steelers Game
Watch for us at the West Main Concourse, inside, before the game.

Sep 9 Sunday, 12:30-3.
With Dixie Doc at the Schenley Park Visitor's Center (Restaurant) Gettin' back to my Dixie roots. It's been great! Thanks, Doc.

Sep 8 Saturday- Slide WorldWide at the Flow Fest
Now this'll be a B-L-A-S-T!
SlideWorldWide is a "neo-contemporary, funk, soul, Brass Band",
with 2 outstanding percussionistas (Elie Kihonia, Jim DeSpirito),
plus Hill Jordan on trombones, Rick Nolan on sax (bari, alto), & Professor Beautiful on tuba.
We start playing around noon. (or, return at 4:15 for the world-wide jam!)
If nothing else, come by near the end (4:30-5:30) for a music free-for-all.

Flow Fest is an art/music eco/festival to benefit the Tireless Project,
a collaborative effort of nonprofits to remove trash and debris along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Take the dragon-boat from the North Side!4 bands, 6 artists, interesting food vendors, exhibitors.

You also don't want to miss "Devilish Merry", trust me! And Life in Balance, and Karl Mullen of Ploughman's Lunch.

Friday August 17, 6-7:30pm, Besame at the DiverCity Festival, Westin Conference Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Monday August 20, 12-1:30pm, Dixie Doc at Schenley Plaza in Oakland.

Saturday August 25, solo Tuba on the Trail, the annual "Run Around the Square", in Regent Square, to benefit the Regent Square Civic Association, Frick Park Environmental Center and Wilkins Community Center. http://www.regentsquare.com/RATS/index.htm

Sunday August 26, 2-3pm, Besame at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

August 31, . Returning with Gail and Jeremy at the Backstage Bar - with mystery guests! - next to WQED and O'Reilly Theatre dahntahn, Liberty Ave. 6-7:30, 9-11pm. No cover!

Sunday July 22, Besame at the Colombian Independence Day celebration, at CMU. Information

June 16, 11-1, Besame at the Irwin Ethnic Festival, Main Street, Irwin

May 24 Friday 9-10pm - Latin Dance Night at the Pittsburgh Folk Festival
BÉSAME, Main Stage, David Lawrence Convention Center. 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.Pittsburgh. Bésame will be the featured band at the first ever Latin Dance Night. The festival promises great ethnic diversity, excellent food, music and dance galore. Tickets to the festival are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

May 19 Saturday
Returning with Gail and Jeremy at the Backstage Bar - with mystery guests! - next to WQED and O'Reilly Theatre dahntahn, Liberty Ave.
6-7:30, 9-11pm

May 12 Saturday - BÉSAME (Colombian, Brazilian, assorted other Hispanic: vocals, guitar, sax, percussion, tuba)
3-4pm World Fair Trade Day Celebration at 10,000 Villages . A non-profit store promoting fair trade for artisans around the world. 5824 Forbes Avenue (Sq. Hill, between Murray & Shady Ave.) (412) 421-2160
Free. We'll be playing outside under the canopy as part of an all-day event that runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. There will be a story teller, African drumming, belly dancers!Complimentary desserts and drinks provided by Food for Your Inner Vagabond. There will also be games to earn extra discounts for the day.

BESAME (Colombian, Brazilian, assorted other Latin: vocals, guitar, sax, percussion, tuba)
April 21 Saturday night, 7:30-9:30
Downunder Coffeehouse
(A wonderful venue especially for families)
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church,
416 West North Ave, North Side. Suggested donation is $5. Desserts and coffee will be available. Call 412-322-4261 or see www.alleghenyuu.org/downunder <http://www.alleghenyuu.org/downunder> for details. Samples of Besame (and the latest in crass self-indulgence) www.professorbeautiful.org/music/Besame/ModernFormations .
May 4 Friday - the "unblurred art and music festival http://www.pennavenuearts.org/unblurred/unblurred.php
An informal reunion of the mostly improvisational/experimental Unspunt Orkestra with Lee Robinson, Roger Day, Joe DeFazio, possibly Gordon Kirkwood on cello.
At SCULPTURE ON PENN, 5020 Penn Avenue near the National City Bank.
Starting roughly 8pm. There are lots of other interesting events as part of this festival, including Tom Roberts.

May 5 Saturday - Cinco de Mayo Celebration!!
BESAME (Colombian, Brazilian, assorted other Latin: vocals, guitar, sax, percussion, tuba)
3-5pm Amani International Coffee House, 507 Foreland St 322-0647 (North Side), $5 cover.
I'm told a very beautiful special place http://www.amaniinternational.com/about.html

May 18 Friday - at Modern Formations Gallery
"Globalista Jam", http://yourinnervagabond.com/blog/?p=344
Looks interesting! I'll probably be popping in around 9pm.
See Ishtar Pittsburgh's Turkish ensemble and friends from Molly in the Crowd.

May 19 Saturday Returning with Gail and Jeremy at the Backstage Bar - with mystery guests! -
next to WQED and O'Reilly Theatre dahntahn, Liberty Ave.
6-7:30, 9-11pm. No cover!

May 25 Friday - Pittsburgh Folk Festival http://www.pghfolkfest.org
BESAME is the keystone of Latin Dance Night at the festival.
9-10pm Main Stage, David Lawrence Convention Center


MOLLY IN THE CROWD (Scots, Irish, music-hall; vocals, whistles, banjos, guitars, fiddle, tuba, bodhran)
March 31 Saturday 1:30-2:30 Main Stage
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church Scottish Festival
Pittsburgh Tartan Day Festival
(Music from 11:30 through 4)
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church <http://www.postgazette.com/events/default.asp?mode=3&id=1150>
"Come help us celebrate all thing Scottish in a day with something for everyone --- and guests can even learn to speak a little Gaelic. This year's festival features pipe band, the Pittsburgh Curling Club, lawn bowling, poetry and music workshops, Celtic musicians, food, vendors and McBlare the robot with a thing for bagpipes. Proceeds go to the St Andrew's society of Pittsburgh scholarship fund."

March 17 Saturday night << insert leprechaun here >>
Molly in the Crowd at Murphy's Tap Room in Regent Square
This year, St. Patrick's Day = Saturday. Uh-oh.
Murphy's is the OFFICIAL Pittsburgh way to get green with Guinness.
1106 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1238
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