AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: September 24, 2014 from 6pm to 11pm
Location: Mr Smalls Theatre
Street: 400 Lincoln Ave.
City/Town: Millvale, PA
Website or Map: http://mrsmalls.com/
Event Type: cd, release, concert
Organized By: Phat Man Dee
Latest Activity: Aug 26, 2014
Creative.Life.Support and Mr. Smalls Theatre Present a Dual CD Release with Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba!
Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba to release cd’s at the same event!
Wednesday September 24th, 2014
Doors at 6 p.m, Show at 7 p.m., All Ages, Free show if 21 +, or $2 if under 21
Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209
Phat Man Dee is releasing her fourth studio album “Hey Phat Chick! (You had it Comin’ to Ya!”). The title track “Hey Phat Chick!” is the musical story of one Phat girl’s journey from a punk rock circus sideshow marvel to full
blown jazz diva. The song “Hey Phat Chick!” is an anthem which describes her artistic journeys across the nation with various independent performance troupes. “Why Wait?” is a song which Mandee wrote after she felt she had spent too much time mourning those she loved in song, after they had already passed on. Mandee wanted to have a song to let people know she loved them now, while they are still alive, so they could enjoy it before it is too late to say, “I love you”. Mandee also chose to sing two French songs, one by Georges Brassens “La Mauvaise Reutation” because it’s story of celebrating one’s alienation from the expected norms rang true to her own experience in life. She chose to sing “Sur Deux Notes” a song made popular by Josephine Baker, as she has always admired Ms. Baker’s struggle and incredible triumph as an artistic beauty, dancer and singer, during a time when women of color were expected to clean and not run off to France and start dance companies.
This album features original tunes with lush arrangements by internationally traveled bassist Tony DePaolis, and features the Steel City Horns which includes: Reggie Watkins, Roby Edwards,
and Ron Horton. The rhythm section features jazz favorites Tony DePaolis, Cliff Barnes, Michael Murray, Carlos Peña and JT “Smitty” Smith. Guest vocalists include Cordell Gibson and Liz Berlin.
Amoeba Knievel (fronted by Phat Man Dee's husband of 12 years, Tommy Amoeba) is proud to release their unprecedented and inaugural recording, “This Is Only a Test” of all original songs penned by Tommy Amoeba. Most of the songs celebrate his love of pop culture and it’s impact on his life, even as they stand as metaphors for, and commentary on, his life. Sci-fi themed rock ballad “Scanners Live in Vain” starts off the album. It’s based on the futuristic story by Cordwainer Smith, wherein a special pilot called a “Scanner” strips himself of all senses except sight, in order to fly a faster-than-light spacecraft. A new breed of pilot comes along who could do the job without removing any senses, however, leaving the Scanners somewhat in the dust.
“Growing up in a town with rusted-out steel mills,” states Tommy, “it was easy to identify with the scanners plight.”
Other local entertainers performing at this dynamic dual release of music and mayhem to include:
*Pittsburgh Complaints N’At Choir
This event is being held under the auspices of Mr. Smalls Theatre’s non-profit educational arm Creative.Life.Support. through it’s Revival series.