Venue48 located at 623 Long Run Road in McKeesport
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When you’re at Tube City Brew Works the food is awesome and the customer service is top notch with Server Nikki and the Bar Manager Chris. You can’t miss the Kaiju Monsters mural that goes the whole length of the wall.
Jessica Bella Band
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The band set up to rock with Jessica Bella on vocals, Chris Volpini on Bass, Alex Wisniewski, and Ben Osmund on percussion. First banger was the sweet hit “River” featuring her mother tongue of Indonesian Bahasa. The crowd really appreciated Alex Wisniewski’s sweet guitar solos.
Moonshine Jasmine singing at Tube City Brew Works
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The night continued and soon it was time for the guest band Moonshine Jasmine. Megan Pennington and Tyler Cannon graced us with their hits like “Nowhere Ohio” and “Millvale Blues.” You can find Moonshine Jasmine on the Music of Pittsburgh Playlist on Spotify and as Moonshine Jasmine on Facebook. It’s a little country and a little rock and a lot of awesome.
It was a great time in the last hour of the Jessica Bella Band performance. A great reprise of her great hits like “I like it” and a funky version of “Time to Be Alive” had the crowd singing along. You can see some of the action on HERE
A huge thank you to Tube City Brew Works for having Jessica Bella Band. They are returning June 11th at 8pm for another rocking performance!
The night started at the Forge Urban Winery with a bang with Jessica Bella Asian Pop Princess with the song “All New” from her first album Time To Be Alive. Find her first album on Spotify. Alex Wisniewski on guitar, Chris Volpini on bass, and Ben Osmund on drums making the room shake.
It was all rock and roll until her friends Sara Masters and Brad Yoder on flute and saxophone. The beautiful soulful ballad “Only You” floated straight to the hearts in the audience. Jessica Bella taught us the song “Dream” and had everyone believing in following your dreams.
The night wrapped up with a final set of the Jessica Bella Band getting down with a blues rock version of more of her amazing hits including the title track “Time to Be Alive”. Plus, a huge surprise that can be fully experienced at only a Jessica Bella Band Show.
It was whole vibe at The Forge Urban Winery.
Jillian McNally enjoys the night of music 📷: Ruby Craft
Jillian McNally came to the show and his favorite part was the atmosphere.
Many thanks to the Forge Urban Winery and the wonderful people who came out for a great night of music, wine, and friends.
From left to right; Colin A, Two Hearted, Pop Baby, Jake Didion, The Ordinary Boy, B-Man, and We Saw Thousands.
For the past several weeks on Saturdays starting at 4 pm, original artists have been showcasing their music at the Forge Urban Winery.
210 E 7th Avenue Homestead featuring Wines of America
The Forge Urban Winery is a Veteran owned establishment that has a nonprofit Veterans Helping Veterans. They have amazing wine, music, and it’s a great place.
The amazing winners of SongWriters Stage from these past several weeks competed Saturday April 30 at The Forge Urban Winery near the Waterfront for a grand prize of $500. Guests arrived, wine was poured, and the stage soon was rocking.
The performers choose numbers from the hat.
By picking out a number from a hat, we had a lineup for the night.
Jessica Bella Band
The opening act was the night’s charismatic MCee Jessica Bella and her Band showing off her energetic personality, soulful sounds, and her good friends Ben and Alex on drums and guitar respectively. Jumping around the dance floor, belting out her upbeat song “I am amazed” ushered in our artists as they took the stage. All of these artists are original musicians with passion and power behind their performances.
Jake Didion blew the crowd away with his song “23”. His voice was perfect for his alternative rock style that will remind you of great artists like Kurt Cobain. You can find Jake Didion on Facebook.
Colin A was next and his set was the type of music one could fall in love to. His voice calms and pulls at your heartstrings. He’s definitely one to listen to if you’re a fan of music like the Goo Goo Dolls. You can find him on Facebook at Colin A Hill.
We Saw Thousands
After a calm set we watched our next band take the stage and flip on a pile of amps centered between the two men. We Saw Thousands took everyone on what can be described as a religious experience with their loud rock and invoking lyrics. The dance floor had quite a few headbangers and they certainly made an impression for their total rock experience. You can find them on Facebook at We Saw Thousands.
After hearing the guitars and rock, we had a change of pace with the next act. Pop Baby. If Lady Gaga and Elton John ever had a son, it’d be Pop Baby. He started with the piano and heartfelt lyrics and then showed us how much emotion his music has with a performance art piece that portrayed himself being marked with red paint that could only represent the blood, sweat, and tears that he pours into his art. Soon the dancefloor was filled while he sang out his latest hit “Unstoppable”. You can find Pop Baby on SoundCloud and Facebook.
The Ordinary Boy
The night continued with the eclectic music that is Forge Got Talent. The Ordinary Boy executed his unique and rebellious performance that recognized that music is raw and beautiful at the same time.
With only two acts left, B Man with his colorful bandana strummed out music that had a crowd swinging their partners and laughing with joy. He surprised us by playing his version of “Dashboard Jesus” and you can find B Man on Spotify.
Lastly, Too Hearted strummed and drummed the kind of music that has the best vibes. The perfectly timed pauses and beats get you feeling good and up and dancing. You can find Too Hearted on Facebook.
Everyone wants to win, and you can tell by each artist’s performances that they all brought it. This is where our audience would choose. Utilizing sophisticated scientific tools that measure decibels, Jessica Bella led our judges in cheers for each contestant. The screams and shouts reached very high levels each time. In a twist, it came down to a tie. A final round of shouts and screams had our winner chosen.
Colin A’s reaction to his win
Colin A took home the grand prize and the rest of the contestants were honored for their work with trophies as well.
The amazing audience and artists
Throughout the night, we saw smiling faces in the audience there to appreciate these creative and talented original artists. “It was fantastic and amazing and I can’t wait to hear more of these amazing people” – Leah Whitford, Forge Got Talent Audience Guest.
What’s amazing about Songwriters Stage and Forge Got Talent is the original artists can win multiple times. The next Forge Got Talent will take place at The Forge Urban Winery in July. Who wins depends on our amazing audience and fans! Thank you to all the participants and to The Forge Urban Winery near the Waterfront.