World Cafe Sense of Place visit to Pittsburgh is the first fully collaborative virtual journey in our series. We turned to the staff of our affiliate WYEP to help us get a musician's view of what makes the city so unique.
"Pittsburgh is America's most livable city," says Cindy Howes, morning show host and local music conduit at WYEP. "Moving to Pittsburgh, it's so beautiful here and I've been meeting great bands."
Check out her top six local band favorites, which are available to download.
As a city of "bridges and tunnels" dividing the various neighborhoods, there are different camps. Our visit concentrates on the city's East End where blocks full of clubs allow fans to see a number of local bands on any given night. Pittsburgh's hip-hop scene is thriving with Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller as mainstays on the hometown Rostrum Records. But that label is also home to the completely different indie-pop of Donora, who describes the city as very "supportive of local music."
And there have been many bands breaking out of Pittsburgh throughout the years, like Rusted Root in the 90's and the Jaggerz in the 70's, but Billy Price of the Keystone Rhythm Band will join us to play the real Pittsburgh stuff. "They say the convert is more zealous than the native, I got here in the early 70's … and I love it." Rusted Root
Do you know Porky Chedwick? If not, then you don't live in Pittsburgh!
Soulful, friendly, a little rough, but above all welcoming. Join us and get a Sense of Pittsburgh on the World Cafe.
Our World Cafe Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh is in collaboration with our affiliate there, WYEP. Morning Mix host and local music champion Cindy Howes gave us her 5 favorite Pittsburgh...Read More