Not your pappy’s bluegrass
Check out our latest write-up. This time in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Come out to Bullfrog Brewery on Sunday for a free show and great beer!
SHELF LIFE STRING BAND ANNOUNCES SUMMER TOUR
IN SUPPORT OF THEIR RECENT RELEASE “ANOTHER EVENING AND OTHER TALES” WITH STOPS IN JOHNSTOWN, SOMERSET AND WILLIAMSPORT THIS AUGUST
PITTSBURGH, PA — Steel City-based Shelf Life String Band brings their untraditional, high-energy
bluegrass sound east in support of their new LP, Another Evening and Other Tales. Since its release
this spring, the album has been earning praise from the press and receiving regular airplay on both
commercial and listener-supported radio in the Pittsburgh region.
The Five-piece is confirmed to play in Johnstown, PA, at the Art Works Ethnic Arts Center on August 15;
in Somerset, PA, at the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival on August 16; and in Williamsport, PA, at Bullfrog
Brewery on August 17. A current itinerary is below.
Another Evening and Other Tales was written by Joe Dep and Derek Dysart and engineered/mastered
by Nate Campisi (Harlan Twins). The title track, “Another Evening,” kicks off the debut full-length with a
high-energy spirit and lyrics that depict an eager entertainer with an “anything goes” attitude that drives
through the entire album. In tandem with the release, Brandon McCarthy of Rock Bottom Brewery in
Homestead debuted a beer named after the band — Shelf Life India Pale Lager.
Since forming in 2011, the quintet has shared the stage with Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, Pokey
LaFarge, Mac Martin, Gangstagrass, Cabinet, The Felice Brothers, and more. They also had the honor
of performing for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto?s campaign events throughout his election run and were
featured during his inauguration party at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The group hosts a
weekly bluegrass jam, performing for capacity crowds, in Pittsburgh?s historic Deutschtown
neighborhood each Wednesday.
The Shelf Life String Band is Derek Dysart, guitar/vocals; Joe Dep, banjo/vocals; Andy Boehm,
mandolin/vocals; Rocky Youhon, Fiddle/vocals; and Trish Imbrogno, double bass.
Shelf Life String Band summer tour dates:
AUGUST 2 – OHIOPYLE, PA FALLS CITY PUB
AUGUST 10 – WASHINGTON, PA J&D WINE CELLARS
AUGUST 15 – JOHNSTOWN, PA ART WORKS ETHNIC ARTS CENTER
AUGUST 16 – SOMERSET, PA LAUREL HILL BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL (2 SETS)
AUGUST 17 – WILLIAMSPORT, PA BULLFROG BREWERY
AUGUST 29 – GRANVILLE, OH MOE?S ORIGINAL BBQ
AUGUST 30 – MT. VERNON, OH OHIOLINA MUSIC FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 6 – INDIANA, PA NORTHERN APPALACHIAN FOLK FESTIVAL
More information about the band can be found at
Vinegar Creek Constituency with SLSB
April 6th at Howlers Coyote Cafe
Join us and our friends The Vinegar Creek Constituency from Lancaster, PA, to round out the first weekend on April.
We had the opportunity to play with these guys at Weather Permitting (Shadyside Nursery) last summer, and they’re great!
And, Howler’s secured another keg of that divine Shelf Life India Pale Lager. If you are yearning for a pint, you can get it at this show!
$5 at the door.
Opening the night will be Filthy Dirty.
About the Shelf Life String Band
The Shelf Life String Band had a humble beginning in 2007 as a singer/songwriter guitar duo featuring Derek Dysart and Joe Dep. “The Pittsburgh music scene was lacking in local acoustic string music,” remembers Joe, “and Derek and I started performing as the Shelf Life to revive string music in the city.”
The duo quickly became a trio, adding mandolinist Andy Boehm, and the project evolved to incorporate more of a bluegrass flavor. To accomplish this change, Joe modified his playing, making the switch from six-stringer to the five-string banjo. The trio worked for several years to refine a heady blend of original and traditional material, watching a handful of other musicians join and divorce the project. Unfazed as these musicians came and went, the core Shelf Life continued to pursue gigs at festivals, open mics and parties to get their music out to the masses. It was a successful endeavor.
By 2011 the core Shelf Life had landed themselves a weekly gig at The Park House, a bar/restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown neighborhood. Now, in addition to one-off gigs, they had a consistent opportunity to fuel the initial conquest… Bringing more attention to string music in Pittsburgh. To keep the crowd interested, they began to incorporate covers of artists one would never hear in the bluegrass style – The Coasters, Pink Floyd, The Meters, Ben E. King, and more.
The Shelf Life had another success on their hands. Bluegrass Night was packed on a weekly basis, and the core strove to build on their successes by moving the trio to a permanent full five-piece ensemble. In 2012, the trio joined forces with violinist Rocky Youhon and bassist Trish Imbrogno, completing the bluegrass outfit now known as the Shelf Life String Band.
“Joe had approached me a few times at shows where we were patrons about coming to play with the Shelf Life at The Park House. But, I hadn’t been to the North Side in years and was a little uneasy to go it alone as a chick with a bass,” says Imbrogno. “When I finally got someone to accompany me one Wednesday, I was hooked. The guys were great players, the songs were challenging, the crowd was awesome, and the bar was a hidden gem in the North Side. I still can’t believe I waited so long! Every week since has been equally as great, and I look forward to the next when the night ends.”
The newly formed five-piece Shelf Life String band immediately began developing their sound, taking on every show possible. Weekly rehearsals lead to additionally weekly engagements and opened the doors to a myriad of high-profile performances. They have shared the stage with Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, Pokey LaFarge, Mac Martin, Gangstagrass and more. The quintet also had the honor of performing for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s campaign at events throughout his election run and was featured during his inauguration party at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
The Shelf Life String Band recently recorded their long-awaited debut LP, “Another Evening and Other Tales,” which will release on March 20, 2014, at Howler’s Coyote Café in Bloomfield. Releasing in tandem with the album will be a new beer brewed by Rock Bottom Brewery and head brewer Brandon McCarthy called “Shelf Life India Pale Lager.”
The Shelf Life String Band is Derek Dysart, guitar/vocals; Joe Dep, banjo/vocals; Andy Boehm, mandolin/vocals; Rocky Youhon, fiddle/vocals; and Trish Imbrogno, double bass.
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