Saturday, February 15, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! SPECIAL EDITION 02-15-14 Preview of Loudini R&R Circus Pittsburgh Passion Fundraiser

Positively Pittsburgh Live! SPECIAL EDITION 02-15-14
Preview of Loudini R&R Circus Pittsburgh Passion Fundraiser
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It's not Monday but there is still good news in Pittsburgh. Today we will previewing Loudini's Rock n' Roll Circus, benefiting the Pittsburgh Passion.  Listen to a round table interview of organizers and sponsors to hear all about Loudini's Rock n' Roll Circus featuring Lou Lombardi's Strangelove and The Jeff Fetterman Band and their fundraiser for Pittsburgh Passion Women's Football Team playoff fund.  This is not just a band playing, but a multi-media rock n' roll experience.  Hear all the grand details of this rock n' roll extravaganza, and how you can win season tickets to the Pittsburgh Passion home games and meet some of the Pittsburgh Passion players.

Tammy Spencer Bey, Pittsburgh Passion Community Initiatives Director
Jeff Fetterman, musician in the Jeff Fetterman Band
Lou Lombardi, the Loudini himself, musician in Lou Lombardi's Stranglove, Multimedia Event Specialist and Promoter, Loudini's Rock n' Roll Circus
Ron Esser, owner of Moondog's

Loudini's Rock N Roll Circus featuring Lou Lombardi's Strangelove
Friday Feb 28, 2014 | 9 PM | Moondog's in Blawnox

The Loudini Rock & Roll Circus is changing the way that the business of entertainment is conducted. Going beyond multi-media entertainment create a seamless integration of artistry, entertainment and marketing The Loudini Rock & Roll Circus creates an experience unlike any other. This is a high voltage, in your face rock and roll show that smashes the conventions of the traditional rock concert.The Loudini Rock & Roll Circus is an interactive experience featuring Lou Lombardi’s Strangelove, The Strangelove Starlets, Interactive Video and other non-traditional performances. The Loudini Rock & Roll Circus also partners with charities and other business to create unprecedented “win wins” for all involved.

Partners include:
The Pittsburgh Food Bank, Operation Troop Appreciation, Clique Vodka, Positively Pittsburgh Live, Screaming Brain Studios, Lou’s Guitar Lounge, Lombardi Autobody, and many others!

This Year's Benefactor of Loudini's Rock n' Roll Circus:

Teaching Life Lessons Through Sport
Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football
Organizational Philosophy
It is our belief that the participation in a sport provides the opportunity to cultivate core character values and share the wonderful lessons taught when people learn their meanings first hand.

Teamwork. Commitment. Responsibility. Leadership. Integrity. Sacrifice. Hard Work. Loyalty. Dedication. Faith. Courage.

The qualities for building a successful sports team are very much the same ingredients necessary for building any successful community, corporation, family, or friendship. It is our mission and hope to inspire others to build such great foundations and become a great member of any team they are blessed to
find in life.


Lou Lombardi is a guitarist well versed in most popular styles with over 20 years of live and studio experience. Lou Lombardi started performing on stage at the age of 10, playing drums with his father’s gospel quartet. After years of piano and drum lessons he found his true calling, playing the guitar. Within a year of picking up his first six string, he started playing live shows with garage bands, gospel quartets and acoustic duos. Desiring to hone his chops beyond basic rock and pop music he sought out the teaching talents of Pittsburgh guitar greats Tony Janflone Sr. and Eric Sousoff. Later, while majoring in English Literature in college, he studied classical guitar with Pittsburgh Symphony guitarist and cellist Irving Kauffman, at the same time working numerous big band and jazz combo sessions and shows.

In recent years Lou has worked with several well received bands including Wanton Records recording artists “Love in Ruins,” with which he composed, arranged, and produced three CD’s worth of music. He also has production, songwriting, and guitar credits to his name with quite a few other groups and artists such as, Billy Sunday, Pete Hewlett, Supermonkey, Julie Parker, Petey Gets Around, & Blue Food.

His latest studio endeavors consist of creating the sounds for “The Hug” and the ”Snack-bot” , two robots being developed by the InteractionDesign Team at Carnegie Mellon University, and composing and recording the musical score for the short film “The Heidelberg Project.” He is currently the owner of, which produces music for songwriters, and film makers.

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Jeff Fetterman is a self-taught blues/rock guitarist, growing up listening to players such as Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page.  Playing guitar since the age of 13, Jeff has played with numerous bands throughout his career.  He has extensive touring history starting on the road as early as 16 years old, traveling the twin tiers of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and even into the New Jersey area with his first serious group the Gunners.

Jeff has released two independent CD’s, the first, Ordinary Man, which won Jeff an award from Ohio radio station WREO as Best Up and Coming Blues/Rock Guitarist.  His second CD, The Long Hard Road, landed him a 3 song publishing deal with Transition Music in California, which placed 3 of his song in film and television.  Jeff’s music has appeared in NBC’s The Passions, TNT’s The Closer and in the Spanish released film The Tough Guy.
His songs have also been featured as background music in Ford auto commercials. Jeff has also shared the stage and done shows with Ana Popovic on two occasions, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tony Coleman (the drummer for BB King, Aretha Franklin, and Buddy Guy) Molly Hatchet, .38 Special and more.

The Jeff Fetterman Band appeared on The Dirty Dog Live TV show, which is hosted by Armstrong cable and airs in over 5 states with over 500,000 subscribers.  Jeff continues to lead the Jeff Fetterman Band and write their original music and has plans for a new album release in 2014, with the hope of attracting the attention of music labels and bringing his band out from the underground into more national attention.  As the journey continues, the Jeff Fetterman Band moves forward to what it hopes is a future in rock and roll, led by a man whose soul is controlled by the music that he plays.

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Tammy Spencer Bey is a Financial Manager (Finance Business Analyst) at PNC Bank.  She recently left Highmark after 18 years of service. In here new role she acts as a high-level individual contributor on complex projects,

Bey is in her 5th year playing for the Pittsburgh Passion. She has also joined the Pittsburgh Passion's Business team as the Community Initiatives Director and assisting with the Passion for Life Foundation.  In this role, she connects non profit and community agencies with the Passion. Through theses partnerships, players are able to attend many organization events and connect with families, children, and mothers.
They help other organizations through the Pittsburgh Passion mission of Teaching Life Lessons through Sports.  They want Pittsburgh to know that they are not just women playing football but are women who care and love their communities.

Bey also previously sat on the Board of Directors for FamilyLinks, Inc, Macedonia FACE (Family and Community Enrichment Center), The City of Pittsburgh Youth Commission Council and the Chair for the Wellness Committee for Highmark's Black Network Group.

Ron Esser, is the founder and owner of Moondog's.  He has presented national and local blues and rock artists for over 20 years in its small intimate club setting. The National Blues Foundation honored Ron Esser with the “Keeping the Blues Alive” award in 2005. In addition to Moondog’s Ron has promoted and supported blues artists as a founder and booker of the annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival and by financing blues recordings on his Moondog Records label.

Owner Ron Esser, the ” Big Dog”, got his start in the music business managing the Graffiti Showcase Lounge in Pittsburgh for five years during the 1980s. Esser opened Moondog’s in 1990 next door to his family’s Starlite Lounge restaurant It is located at 378 Freeport Road on the main drag of the tiny 1,400 person mill town of Blawnox. Three miles North of Pittsburgh on the banks of the Allegheny River Blawnox was named after the town’s one time employer the Blaw-Knox Steel Company.
Ron does everything at Moondog’s from booking the bands, cooking the food, stocking the beer coolers, bar tending, sound mixing, and sometimes singing. Esser also appeared on the Food Channel show “Diner, Drive -ins, and Dives” cooking perogies at the Starlight Lounge.

The giant giant dog bone sign above the sidewalk calls attention to Moondog’s. Inside there is a large oval shaped bar on the left, tables on the right and a deep floor level stage in the back. The room holds about 150 people. The right side stage wall has a mural of musicians painted as dog caricatures including Koko Taylor, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Grushecky, Norman Nardini, Phil Harris, Ron the Moondog himself and his cat Puddin’ . It was created by former bartender Leah Silverman.  The first national blues act that Ron booked in 1990 was the Nighthawks.

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