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I saw this meme a while back, and while funny, there is also a lot of truth to this for a musician starting out, and even musicians with decades of experience performing gigs still operate like this. We know hundreds of local musicians, and I don’t know a single musician in Pittsburgh that can pay their bills with music alone; that’s what they all want (to pay the bills with music), but it simply isn’t happening. The old expression “starving artist” is used so frequently, because the situation is so common. It’s fun and exciting to play music, and tons of people want to do it, and they dream about being rich and famous, but huge success is usually impossible without huge sacrifice, and every small business must suffer through the “starving season” before the harvest comes. When I worked at Google, my coworker told me he thought about opening a pizza shop, and he got advice from a friend that owned a restaurant. The friend said, “Do not start a business unless you are comfortable making no money for at least 3 years and you have $300,000 to invest.” Every situation is different, and there are always exceptions to the norm, but as far as I can tell, every kind of startup business (and a new, working musician is a startup business) is going to struggle and sacrifice simply to survive and then struggle and sacrifice so much more if it wants any chance at being successful.

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2022-07-25 News

We had a great meeting with MOPCON leadership and Chris at Tube City regarding MOPCON.

We’re excited for this week’s events including
Tremendous Thursday and THE FORGE GOT TALENT!

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Jessica Bella Band at Tube City

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May 7, 2022 at Tube City Brew Works 

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!

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Jessica Bella Band at The Forge Urban Winery

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Friday May 6th 2022

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     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. 

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The Forge Got Talent April 2022

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The Forge Got Talent April 2022

May 2, 2022

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

      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

     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.  

   Pop Baby 

     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.

      B Man

     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.

      Too Hearted

     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.

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5/6 and 5/7 Weekend Shows

Hello, everyone!

We think you’re gonna love this! 💖

  • amazing events, new music
  • fun experiences
  • and a few surprises! 

5/6 and 5/7 Weekend Events!

– Friday, 5/6, Jessica Bella Band at The Forge Urban Winery

Use promo code “friends” for 50% discount

Hang out with us after the show, and let’s discuss collaborations!

– Saturday, 5/7, Jessica Bella Band At Venue 48

Come, check out the new venue!

We want to talk to you this weekend!

  • adding band members
  • seeking musicians for video interviews 
  • planning new events in 2022 and 2023
    • at least 7 concerts
    • recruiting at least 14 bands
  • enhancing existing events
    • Pleasant Fest
    • Forge Got Talent
    • Ladies Got Talent

Thanks for reading!

Team Jessica Bella ❤️