Upcoming Shows:
  • Aug 2
    • Falls City Pub (Ohiopyle)
      When: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
      Where: Falls City Pub, Garrett Street, Ohiopyle, PA, United States
      What: Summer is winding down and we're headed to Ohiopyle, PA, for a little fun in the sun... Surrounded by an amazing array of outdoor adventures, come down early and fill your day with white water rafting, mountain biking, or hiking. Then, head out to the Pub for some dinner and music. Great micros on tap - http://www.fallscitypub.com/on-tap.htm and a menu that has something for everyone - http://www.fallscitypub.com/Menu.htm

      Bring your tent and plan to camp... you know it's going to be a rager.
  • Aug 9
  • Aug 10
    • SLSB at J&D Wine Cellars
      When: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
      Where: 290 Roupe Road, Eighty Four, PA, United States
      What: J&D Cellars Winery and Vineyard is a small winery that specializes in making small batch wines of the highest quality. Join us for an afternoon of music and juice!

      Check them out - http://www.jndcellars.com/index.html

Vinegar Creek Constituency with SLSB

April 6th at Howlers Coyote Cafe

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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.

Heading to the Park House

Butler Ice JamAre you guys as excited for the Park House Bluegrass Jam today as I am? Being off for a week has me missing my frosty mug, free peanuts, and awesome atmosphere of the Park House. We’ll see you there in a few hours!

If you haven’t already, head over to our updated music page and have a listen to our set from this years Ice Jam in Butler, PA.

End of the year update

Well the new year is upon us.  As we look back on the past year and to the year ahead we wanted to give everyone a few updates.  Our forthcoming studio album is in the mixing and mastering stage. We plan to have a digital copy ready for you by the end of January.  If you’re looking for a hard copy that should be done near April.

Be sure to check us out on December 27th at the Thunderbird Cafe for the Ugly Sweater Jam!  Ugly sweaters are encouraged but not required.

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Another Evening

971392_10151754671570851_1869035557_nWe’ll, it’s been over a year since we updated the news section of our website.

We’re excited to announce that our debut (and long overdue) album is in the works. We recently spent time recording at Mr. Small’s studio here in the north side of Pittsburgh.  Entitled Another Evening, the 10 track album will include all original songs.  We’re hoping to have the album completed and ready for your listening pleasure by the end of the year. Stay tuned for updates on an official release date.

About the Shelf Life String Band

IMG_9001The 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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Photos available upon request. | Phone: 412.657.0635 | email: shelflifestringband@gmail.com

Upcoming Shows

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  • Aug 2
    • Falls City Pub (Ohiopyle)
      When: 10:00 pm - 1:00 am
      Where: Falls City Pub, Garrett Street, Ohiopyle, PA, United States
      What: Summer is winding down and we're headed to Ohiopyle, PA, for a little fun in the sun... Surrounded by an amazing array of outdoor adventures, come down early and fill your day with white water rafting, mountain biking, or hiking. Then, head out to the Pub for some dinner and music. Great micros on tap - http://www.fallscitypub.com/on-tap.htm and a menu that has something for everyone - http://www.fallscitypub.com/Menu.htm

      Bring your tent and plan to camp... you know it's going to be a rager.
  • Aug 9
  • Aug 10
    • SLSB at J&D Wine Cellars
      When: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
      Where: 290 Roupe Road, Eighty Four, PA, United States
      What: J&D Cellars Winery and Vineyard is a small winery that specializes in making small batch wines of the highest quality. Join us for an afternoon of music and juice!

      Check them out - http://www.jndcellars.com/index.html
  • Aug 16
    • Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival (set 1)
      When: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
      Where: Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset, PA, United States
      What: Come on out on a road trip with us this summer as we head east for the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival. Two sets by yours truly on Saturday, then we head to Bullfrog Brewery on Sunday.
    • Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival (set 2)
      When: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
      Where: Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset, PA, United States
      What: Come on out on a road trip with us this summer as we head east for the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival. Two sets by yours truly on Saturday, then we head to Bullfrog Brewery on Sunday.
  • Aug 17
    • Bullfrog Brewery
      When: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
      Where: Bullfrog Brewery, West 4th Street, Williamsport, PA, United States
      What: FREE SHOW! Come check it out... the beer is totally awesome and we hear the food is, as well.
  • Aug 30
    • Ohiolina Music Festival
      When: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
      Where: Mount Vernon, OH, United States
      What: Hackensaw Boys, The Spikedrivers, Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle Headline Central Ohio Bluegrass Folk Fest

      COLUMBUS, May 28, 2014—Ohiolina Music Festival, a celebration of the music and culture rooted in the I-77 corridor from Ohio to North Carolina, today announced its 2014 line-up, featuring some of the region’s most beloved musicians and culinary talent. The festival will include 11 performances held on an 85-acre Mount Vernon family farm on August 30.

      More info and tickets at http://www.ohiolina.com

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