It’s hard to believe that Black Coffee has been cranking for only a year. To celebrate, we played our anniversary show last night at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh. I like hanging with the band and friends after the show, but an occasional late night drive home is always nice to reflect.
It was a pleasure to share the evening with Aabaraki, a band that’s been in my funk/soul rotation for a few months now, who dubs their style as reduction-stutterfunk. Earlier in the year, a few of us went to see the Tedeschi Trucks Band in New York and winded up catching these fellas at Rockwood Music Hall. Definitely check them out.
We also had the opportunity to talk with the sound engineer, Denny, who – as it turns out – used to run sound regularly for Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band. He has been running sound for years, and it was great to have him behind the knobs last night.
Pittsburgh shows are always special to us. There are some nice venues down there, great people, and folks just seem to genuinely enjoy seeing live music. As usual, there were a ton of familiar faces, but it was especially good catch up with the Touch Faster crew and our friends Joe and Monica. Joe was always among the performers at the Phryst open mic nights we’d hit when we were starting out as a trio. (Great times, but I don’t miss carrying my Barker through the crowd on our way out. Though, my Ampeg would fare well in that environment…)
So we shall see what the year brings. We’ve played over 65 shows in the last year including a pile of festivals, shared the stage with Lubriphonic and Bettye LaVette in Pittsburgh (not to mention a pile of touring acts at Johnstown’s Flood City Music Festival), met some really great folks along the way, and to say the least: we are chomping at the bit to hit it hard again this time around. We have a pile of new tunes in the works, and are truly branching out regionally with shows on the calendar in WV, PA, and NY and others in the works in MD and VA.
That’s all for now. Be on the lookout for our friend Jay’s recording of last night’s show. And if you’d like, sign up for our email list in the meantime.