SongSpace Gallery is a series of coffeehouse-style shows, presented mostly in our Undercroft Gallery, but sometimes in other spaces such as the Bradley Garden. Guests can enjoy music and coffee, and are invited to bring pot luck treats to share. A free-will donation is requested, with all proceeds going to our artists. See our Facebook page for the latest details!
Upcoming Gallery Shows:
Zambian Education Benefit with Mathew Tembo
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Each year, Mathew Tembo organizes concerts to support music education in Zambia. His SongSpace Gallery concert in April will help raise money for the music department at Chinika High School in Lusaka, Zambia, which has been struggling with a lack of musical equipment and books. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the purchase of guitars and a keyboard for Chinika High School’s music program . This is a great way help Zambia’s future musicians!
Mathew Tembo’s music fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds to create a truly unique form. His latest album, Dadi Mwana, resounds in upbeat, Afro-fusion, reggae-fueled tracks featuring lyrics in various languages skillfully performed on handmade instruments – the silimba (local marimba), kalumbu (one stringed instrument) and kalimba (thumb piano). At his shows, audiences simply cannot resist the urge to tap their toes, shake their hips and rise up out of their seats to dance!
Free will donation; $15 suggested.
Come listen to some great music and support an important cause!
Past Gallery Shows:
Friday, November 18, 7:30 PM
Jon Bañuelos opened for our January 2016 SongSpace concert, and he’ll be returning with his trio, Alma Mura, for a special SongSpace Gallery show on November 18.
Jon is an inspiring flamenco guitarist with a history stretching from Los Angeles to Tucson Arizona to New York City Spain, and beyond. Now based in Pittsburgh, you can see Jon performing with Alba Flamenca, Alma Mura or in special feature shows like this one.
With Mexican, Croatian and American blood flowing through their veins, it is only fitting that Alma Mura celebrates world music! Roger Day, Jon Bañuelos and Bergita Bugarija bring their diverse musical influences to create original tunes as well as interpret classic and obscure world music gems. Their range spans across fado, flamenco, Croatian ethno, Bosnian sevdah, Cuban folk and other traditional and contemporary genres, often combining a few of them within a single track.
The name Alma Mura (Spirit of Mura) was inspired by a Croatian folk song Mura, Mura about the namesake river running along the northern region of Croatia often covered in thick fog and cool breeze. Along with spanish alma, Alma Mura is a point of confluence merging some of the band’s main languages and musical heritages while creating a playfully mystical mood that permeates its original and interpretative repertoire.
Friday November 18, 7:30pm. Suggested donation $10 general, $7 students and limited income. Bring a snack to share at intermission if you like! For more information, email email@example.com.
Wednesday October 26, 7:30pm
SongSpace Gallery visits the Sanctuary at First Unitarian for a very special show by Pittsburgh native Kai Roberts.
Kai Roberts is an up and coming producer, recording artist, songwriter, and educator from Pittsburgh, PA. While attending Carnegie Mellon University as a full-time student, Kai has managed to gain local & national acclaim through his contributions to Pittsburgh based groups The H&T, Jasiri-X, Armstead Brown, the Arts Greenhouse Program, and many other music initiatives.
In November 2013, Kai released his Carnegie Cafe album with the support of Carnegie Mellon University, to local acclaim. With the intention of inspiring students through college tribulations, Carnegie Cafe quickly became a resource for students and inspiration for those dealing with mental health disorders and stresses of life. As a previous sufferer of anxiety, Kai Roberts is a motivated performer with a passion for uplifting his audience.
Come for an empowering, up-tempo Gallery show in the Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church!
Bring a snack to pass if you like!
Wednesday September 14th, 2016, 7:30pm
ANNA & ELIZABETH gather songs and stories from archives and
visits with elders and bring them to life in performance with sparse,
atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, visual art, and the
uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony.
Friday July 22. Mandolin player extraordinaire Ethan Setiawan, bassist Jacob V. Warren, and fiddler/vocalist Sadie Gustafson-Zook are coming to Pittsburgh to play outdoors in the Garden Courtyard at First Unitarian, along with a special appearance by Brad Yoder.
In 2014 Ethan Setiawan outplayed 22 other pickers to take top prize at the National Mandolin Championship, held annually at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He’s one of the youngest mando champs in the festival’s history. Originally from Goshen Indiana, he has studied with jazz mandolin player Don Stiernberg, and is now pursuing a performance degree at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
Jacob V Warren is a multi-style bassist based in Ann Arbor, MI. His background and interests lie in a wide ranging variety of acoustic styles, including, but not limited to classical, traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, bluegrass, newgrass, Cajun, gypsy jazz, and many others. Warren is a regular performing artist, as well as a sought after recording artist and collaborator.
When Sadie Gustafson-Zook was 9 months old and mid-diaper change, she surprised her mother by humming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and she hasn’t stopped singing since. Today as a singer, fiddle and guitar player and songwriter in Goshen, Indiana, Sadie continues the tradition of using her sweet voice to address less-than-sweet circumstances. In her writing, her calming voice balances with blunt lyrics to create cheerful yet honest music.
Saturday, March 19. Scott Prouty & Sally Anne Morgan, with Rebecca Wudarski, Scott Prouty and Sally Anne Morgan bring double fiddle, banjo, guitar and drone rooted in the Appalachians but reaching outward to the polyphony of the universe. Rebecca Wudarski is a one-woman-band, singing and playing guitar, bass drum, hi-hat, and sings — all at once! Scott is also hosting a fiddle workshop at 2 pm that same afternoon.
Saturday, February 13. Avers, Erina and Yoder in the Gallery. Three of Pittsburgh’s best-known singer/songwriters on Valentine’s Eve! Judith Avers, Morgan Erina and Brad Yoder in the round, backed up by the very capable rhythm section of Ryan Socrates & Anton DeFade.
Wednesday, October 12. Songwriters in the round with Amy Kucharik, Brad Yoder and Suzie Vinnick. Brad Yoder in the round with Amy Kucharick and Suzie Vinnick. Amy was a 2015 Kerrville New Folk winner, and Suzie is a tremendous Canadian singer, songwriter, and bad-a** blues guitar player (she also plays pretty much everything else.) With Jason Rafalak on upright bass and mandolin!