Music

Bands!

Miss Freddye’s Band — All Night Friday!!

Miss Freddye’s Band has that traditional Chicago style blues that gets a hold of a crowd and leaves them wanting more! Founded by their sassy and belting vocalist, Miss Freddye, the band was formed in the fall of 2002.

Miss Freddye is a 2018 two time Blues Music Award nominee for the Koko Taylor best traditional blues female artist and Best emerging artist CD. The band has won Pittsburgh’s best blues band for 2016 and 2017.

Her latest CD, “Lady Of The Blues, which was released in August of 2017, was recorded in San Jose, CA at Greaseland and co-produced by Kid Anderson, who is lead guitarist for Rick Estrin and the nightcats and Andy Santana.

They have opened for Kelly Richie, Eden Brent, Gina Scillia, Janiva Magness and Bettye LaVette. They perform in regional blues festivals and dances, as well as playing benefit concerts for cancer awareness and homeless veterans.

Miss Freddye has a new single out Jan 12, “Let It burn”. #1 on the UK iTunes chart Jan 13 and she is working on 2 others singles and a Roots/blues album same time.


Soulful Femme – All Saturday Night!!

Stevee Wellons and Cheryl Rinovato, the two principals in the dynamic duo known as Soulful Femme, are more than simply a dynamic singing duo. They are seasoned performers in their own right, each possessing vast experience in the music business who happened to join forces and find an ideal chemistry.

Wellons has been performing since the late 1970’s in a variety of bands, among them any number of accomplished outfits, including the Rhythm Machine, Jumpstreet, Shaker, the Cruisers, the Elmonics, The Real Deal Band, and The Stevee Wellons Band. Over the course of her career, she shared stages with the Dazz Band, Cameo, Peaches and Herb, and Howard Hewett, among many others. She’s released two solo albums — Stevee Wellons -All Natural Ingredients and one simply titled Stevee. In addition, she recently co-wrote and performed background vocals for the artist known as Sun King Rising, A.K.A John Blangero. She previously taught at the Afro-American Music Institute and is currently an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Cheryl brings an equally impressive resume to the table. She’s been a student of guitar since the age of nine and later became a graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music. A three-time recipient of the prestigious Jim Weber Award accorded to the blues guitarist of the year, she claims extensive studio experience while citing such early influences as Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Tower of Power, and Burt Bacharach. In addition, she’s a Delaney Guitars-endorsed artist who has two signature models that were designed with her in mind. .

The two met at a Blues Society event in 2014 and clicked immediately. A year later, they competed at the International Blues Competition in Memphis. Their first album, It Is Well With My Soul, was released in 2021. They then found themselves touring consistently, sharing stages with Tommy Castro and opening for such acts as Robert Cray, Mavis Staples, Ana Popovic, Samantha Fish, Shemekia Copeland, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Bernard Allison, Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, and Jeremiah Johnson.

The two women are indeed passionate about performing and that comes across every time they take the stage. “All of this synergy is reflected in our live performances,” Stevee insists. “We are both powerful performers in our own right, but together, it becomes more than powerful. It becomes magical. We hear that comment at almost every performance.”


DJs!

Om Choudhary

Om Choudhary is a blues DJ from Pittsburgh who has been spinning tunes since 2012. 

He has a deep passion from blue music and its history, and loves to share the essence and emotions of the genre in his tunes. As a DJ, he draws his inspiration from local blues artists, live musicians, and the dancers on the floor.

Om has Dj’ed various events and workshops specifically geared towards Slow Drag, slow Jazz, Delta blues, Chicago style blues and more.

In addition to Blues, Om’s musical passion encompasses the rich and diverse folk music of Rajasthan, the desert state he calls homes.


Cortnie Cook

Cortnie hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan and throughly loves getting dancers out on the floor with a library full of tunes that’ll inspire the comfiest close embrace, get your feet movin’, and fill your soul.

The only other thing loved as much as playing those sweet tunes for you is getting to dance with y’all, so please ask!


Omar Meyers

Omar has been collecting music for Blues, Swing, and Soul since he was a lil dude. It wasn’t until after he started Lindy Hop did he decide to start getting people to dance. He began DJing in 2010.

Since then, he has left-clicked tunes all over the world, in such locations as, Barcelona, Stockholm, and Seoul.

Currently, he is a regular DJ in the Atlanta area.