Music: Christopher Mark Jones & the Roots Ensemble
Christopher Mark Jones will bring his literate but rhythmic folk rock back to the Frick to kick off Summer Fridays 2023. Joining him will be Dave Gillespie on guitar and vocals, Eric George on drums and Mark Perna on bass. With this band Jones recreates the magic of his recordings, which grab listeners with “fascinating lyrics” (Melody Maker, UK) and “intricate guitar-playing” and “wide-ranging textures and exquisite instrumentation” (Larry Berger, Saturday Light Brigade). Some hear echoes of “Greg Brown's pacing and a Lyle Lovett attitude” (Ben Shannon), as well as of John Prine, Bruce Coburn and Darrell Scott. Looking for the Light (2021) is his sixth recording of original folk/roots songs, while Montréal Encore (2022) is a French-language recording created in collaboration with the poet Bernard Pozier.
Mr. Bulgogi, Brisketburg, PGH Hala, Steve & Benny’s, Bruster’s, Affordable Elegance, Kungfu Tea
Family-Friendly Fun: Instrument Petting Zoo
Courtesy of Brighton Music Center & Unisound
It’s a traveling collection of musical instruments. It’s a chance to pick up an instrument, learn how to hold it, find out what instrument family it belongs to, and learn the names of its different parts. They can even give a few pointers to help visitors get a better sound if they already play an instrument. Discover the joy that comes from making music!
Farina Foundation Musical Instrument Donation Drive
Drop off any type of instrument for donation at the Farina table. Farina Foundation founded as a non-profit in 2015, to continue the legacy of Frank J. Farina, Jr., former Chairman of the North Allegheny Music Department. Over Frank’s 38-year career, he believed EVERY child should have the opportunity to fulfill their musical aspirations by providing scholarship, donations of refurbished instruments and financial support for instrument rentals and lessons to children in need.