Upcoming Shows:
  • Apr 24
    • Spectrum: RAW Showcase Pittsburgh
      When: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
      Where: Club Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
      What: Grab your tickets at http://www.rawartists.org/shelflifestringband

      RAW Artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights up and coming creatives in visual art, film/video, fashion, music, HMU artistry, photography, and performing art.

      Our second showcase of 2014 will be held at Club Zoo located at 1630 Smallman Street (formally Metropol). This will be a 21+ event. All attendees must show ID upon entry. RAW Pittsburgh will be completely transforming the venue. Fully stocked bars will be set up throughout the venue during the event. There is plenty of parking available surrounding the venue.

      Tickets: $15 Pre-sale
      $20 at the Door
      Ages: 21 and up
      Must present ID upon entry
      Food provided by BRGR Truck
  • May 21
    • Bluegrass on the Bricks with Grand Ole' Ditch
      When: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
      Where: Cumberland, MD, United States
      What: Official Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/613934938693272/

      If you're headed to DelFest, come down a little early and rage with us and our buds Grand Ole' Ditch in Downtown Cumberland!
  • May 30
    • Moonshadow Cafe and Bar
      When: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
      Where: Accident, MD, United States
      What: On the heels of DelFest, we'll be headed back down to the great state of Maryland for some more pickin'.

      Moonshadow cafe is a pretty sweat spot, nestled in a little town called Accident.

      It's no accident, however, that this place has an amazing menu - all farm fresh, craft beers and bluegrass. Now, that's a night out.

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

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Events on Apr 24
  • Spectrum: RAW Showcase Pittsburgh
    When: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
    Where: Club Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
    What: Grab your tickets at http://www.rawartists.org/shelflifestringband

    RAW Artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights up and coming creatives in visual art, film/video, fashion, music, HMU artistry, photography, and performing art.

    Our second showcase of 2014 will be held at Club Zoo located at 1630 Smallman Street (formally Metropol). This will be a 21+ event. All attendees must show ID upon entry. RAW Pittsburgh will be completely transforming the venue. Fully stocked bars will be set up throughout the venue during the event. There is plenty of parking available surrounding the venue.

    Tickets: $15 Pre-sale
    $20 at the Door
    Ages: 21 and up
    Must present ID upon entry
    Food provided by BRGR Truck
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  • Apr 24
    • Spectrum: RAW Showcase Pittsburgh
      When: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
      Where: Club Zoo, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
      What: Grab your tickets at http://www.rawartists.org/shelflifestringband

      RAW Artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights up and coming creatives in visual art, film/video, fashion, music, HMU artistry, photography, and performing art.

      Our second showcase of 2014 will be held at Club Zoo located at 1630 Smallman Street (formally Metropol). This will be a 21+ event. All attendees must show ID upon entry. RAW Pittsburgh will be completely transforming the venue. Fully stocked bars will be set up throughout the venue during the event. There is plenty of parking available surrounding the venue.

      Tickets: $15 Pre-sale
      $20 at the Door
      Ages: 21 and up
      Must present ID upon entry
      Food provided by BRGR Truck
  • May 21
    • Bluegrass on the Bricks with Grand Ole' Ditch
      When: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
      Where: Cumberland, MD, United States
      What: Official Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/613934938693272/

      If you're headed to DelFest, come down a little early and rage with us and our buds Grand Ole' Ditch in Downtown Cumberland!
  • May 30
    • Moonshadow Cafe and Bar
      When: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
      Where: Accident, MD, United States
      What: On the heels of DelFest, we'll be headed back down to the great state of Maryland for some more pickin'.

      Moonshadow cafe is a pretty sweat spot, nestled in a little town called Accident.

      It's no accident, however, that this place has an amazing menu - all farm fresh, craft beers and bluegrass. Now, that's a night out.
  • Jun 8
    • Three Hour Tour... WE'RE ON A BOAT!
      When: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
      Where: Gateway Clipper Fleet, West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
      What: The Three Hour Tour is an indie rock show that will take place on a boat -- the Gateway Clipper's "Princess" -- Sunday June 8th, 2014.

      Featuring some of the best Pittsburgh music: Wreck Loose, Costello and the Cool Minors, Round Black Ghosts and Chet Vincent and the Big Bend. Plus a bluegrass jam on the top deck with yours truly.

      The show starts at 1:30pm and is All Ages!

      See us to grab a ticket or purchase online... http://pittsburghthreehourtour.com/merch
  • Jun 27
    • Marty's Market: Dinner and Grass
      When: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      Where: Marty's Market, Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
      What: Once a month Marty's invites a local Pittsburgh artist to showcase their musical talents. Unlike other venues, they encourage you to really engage with us and ask questions! (oh, boy... )

      Paired with amazing cuisine influenced by our music (there will be more than whiskey and Ramen), this music series is a great way to spend the evening and support your community. Check out the market for some great mixers and enjoy a speciality cocktail during the performance, or find all-natural and organic ingredients in order to recreate your favorite dish from the evening at home!

      Come on down, enjoy drinks and dinner, and (gulp) ask us questions! Tickets available at http://martysmarket.com/events/musicatmartys-jun2014/

      Co-sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
  • Jul 9
    • Official unofficial YMSB after party!
      When: 9:30 pm - 1:00 am
      Where: The Park House
      What: Head to Stage AE for the Yonder Mountain String Band show, then come by The Park House and keep the party going! We'll start a little later than usual so we can play a bit longer than we usually do.

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