Saturday was good. I got to spend time with family, drink a few (well maybe more than a few) beers, see one of my favorite bands (who happened to play a couple of songs by a favorite musician of all time), sell a few records, buy a couple of records, and bullshit with a great local MC. Yeah, it was all happening and it was pretty great.
The third annual Pittonkatonk Fest was taking place in Schenley Park here in Pittsburgh. I had a blast at last year’s edition and I was really looking forward to this one. The forecast was calling for early-evening storms, so I was super glad to find out that Opek was going on fairly early at 3:30. There’s not much more that I need to say about Ben Opie and his various projects that I haven’t said on the blog already other than that Opek doesn’t play nearly enough these days and that it was really nice to see this stripped down guitar-less version. The jazz/funk/big band vibe was much different than most of the other bands playing that day. But, it was refreshing and the crowd really dug it. Of the 6 or 7 (?) songs in their set, two were Miles Davis pieces and favorites of mine, “It’s About That Time” and “Jean-Pierre”. Here’s a short video of their funky take on “Jean-Pierre”. I would have recorded the whole song if I didn’t get the infamous “storage full” warning on my phone. Apologies to George Jones for cutting off his conga solo!
The next stop for me was home to grab a few crates of records to sell at Spirit in Lawrenceville. The Pittsburgh Record Fest has been happening biannually for years now, and this was probably the 6th or 7th that I’ve sold at. As usual, the room was filled with a bunch of great records and I had to use great restraint to avoid spending most or all of the money I made. But for the money, I did come away with two good ones that I’ve never seen before. I also got to chat with local rapper/producer Moemaw Naedon who happened to be my neighbor for the night. If if don’t know about him, you need to check him out ASAP. I’m a fan of his work and it was nice talking with him about music, digging, concerts, stolen shoes, whatever.
After the sale, I made my way downstairs to finally try the pizza from Slice Island and meet up with some more friends. DJ Tom Cox, who I know from the period of time that 720 Records was located inside of Jerry’s, was in the booth rocking a 720 t-shirt printed by yours truly. Overall, this was a really fun and diverse Saturday well spent with family and friends new and old. Now that summer is approaching, I’m looking forward to many more like it.