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hard-rock-cafe-logoA Concert to Benefit the PVGP Charities Featuring the Gathering Field and Maddie Georgi at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square

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Tickets are now available $20 per person, A limited amount of reserved tables of 6 are available for only $150

The Grand Prix is excited to hold the second annual “Cars & Guitars” charity benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square. This new event in 2013 was an awesome success. It was a night of fun and great music from Pittsburgh’s Tres Lads and friends, featuring: Nick & Nina, Friends of Elvis and Blake, Dean & Company! On the outside of the Hard Rock Café, you can expect to find, in true Grand Prix fashion, a small car display to promote the upcoming race weekend. Inside will be great music with a Grand Prix theme.

Gathering Field

Gathering FieldWe’re really excited and appreciative that Gathering Field will headline our event this year. The music of the Gathering Field is pure American roots rock. The thoughtful and literate lyrics of Bill Deasy perfectly complement the melodic guitar work of Dave Brown.

The Gathering Field began in a burned-out third floor in Grove City, PA when Bill Deasy, Dave Brown and Jim DiSpirito (Rusted Root Percussionist) hunkered down for a weekend recording session. The resulting Glory Bound Sessions provided more than enough evidence as to the magical creative chemistry between Dave and Bill. This chemistry led to the formation of a band and the production of their self-titled debut disc in 1994.

The band’s popularity skyrocketed when one of the regions most powerful rock stations, WDVE, began playing a song called, “Lost in America.” With the release of the record which bore the same name The Gathering Field garnered a deal with Atlantic Records in 1996 and continued to develop it’s ever-widening base of supporters. The band remains one of the biggest draws in Pittsburgh and continues to tour extensively throughout this great nation. Like them on facebook

Maddie Georgi

Maddie Georgi

For 2014 the opening act will be Maddie Georgi. Named one of Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s “Young Pittsburghers To Watch”, Maddie Georgi is exactly that. Her latest EP Glory Bound was released on January 11, 2013 and as the title alludes, she has a very bright future ahead of her. No matter where her music carries her, Maddie is always deeply rooted in her family and hometown and is a regular on the Pittsburgh stages. Local performances include the Three Rivers Arts Festival; the Three Rivers Regatta; and concerts at venues like Hartwood Acres, Stage AE, Club Café, Market Square, and the New Hazlett Theater. Maddie has also received rave reviews for her rendition of The National Anthem, which she has performed for Pittsburgh Panthers, Pirates, and Steelers games.

Paul MacIntyre has been instrumental in creating this new event. One the night the idea was first discussed in 2013 Paul contacted Kevin McDonald of Tres Lads and asked if he would be interested in helping to form a charity concert with a budget of zero. Kevin agreed to help and within 24 hours he had 100% commitments from four popular Pittsburgh acts.

2013 Wrap-Up

The line up included Nick Marzock and Nina Sainato (Nick and Nina), Brandon Blake and Evan Dean (Blake and Dean), Ed Kowalski and Bobby Kellar (Friends of Elvis), and Kevin McDonald, Jean-Marc Azoury, and Freddie Nelson (Tres Lads). In a true sense of charity, the bands intertwined their talents and played a continuous set of music the entire evening.

WXDXA special thank you goes out to the bands and their crews, Roy Martin-Smith/Hard Rock and Russ “The Whipping Boy” Rose from the X for serving as our emcee.

Pittsburghmusic1Learn more about the local Pittsburgh Music scene from the Grand Prix’s own Paul MacIntyre’s blog or visit his facebook page.

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