Now that Christmas is over, I must admit that my spirits are a bit low. New Year’s Eve is good, but not great. Then three months of cold, gray and wet stretch out before us. Frankly, it’s depressing. In the interest of staying positive, I’ve been looking for something to get excited about.
Enter Pete Spynda, the local DJ/events producer who brought us the Weather Permitting family-friendly concert series at the Shadyside Nursery. Some of you may remember my first and second blog posts about Weather Permitting and how much my family enjoyed it. We listened to great music, ate from food trucks, drank beer from plentiful kegs and ran around in our bare feet. And it was OK. Parents were encouraged to let loose and have a fun time. No judgment at Weather Permitting. Just laid-back, relaxed fun.
Well, I’m happy to report that my prayers have been answered. Pete Spynda has done what I always hoped he would–created a wintertime version of Weather Permitting debuting in January. I recently had the chance to interview Pete and here’s what he had to say about his new concert series.
What are the details for the new Weather Permitting Winter Edition?
The concert series will kick off on Sunday, January 25 from 3-8 p.m. at the New Bohemian on the North Side. The first show will feature three bands–The Working Poor, The Pressure and Charlie Hustle and the Grifters. We will also have the Steer and Wheel food truck selling burgers and beer from Rock Bottom Brewery. We are lining up children’s activities–probably arts & crafts stations and a few other options to keep the kids entertained. The cost is $10 for adults and free for kids. We plan on having one concert per month in January, February, March and maybe April.
Why the New Bohemian?
The New Bohemian is located on the North Side. It’s a former church used for a variety of community events now. I’ve been to the venue a few times before and really liked the laid-back vibe of the place. There’s a lot of open space for running around, carpets, tables and ample parking. Also, the owner is a super nice guy who also happens to have a daughter. I think that families will enjoy it and the kids will have enough space.
How do you choose the bands?
My goal with the bands during Weather Permitting is really to present a diversity of musical genres. Although the full lineup has not been determined for all the shows, we plan on having reggae, acoustic , blues-rockish type groups and probably more.
Is the beer included in the price of the ticket?
The space is BYOB, so attendees are welcome to bring their own alcohol. Rock Bottom Brewery will also have beer there available for a donation.
Why did you decide to create this concert series?
If you would have asked me five years ago, I would have never guessed that I would be producing concert series specifically geared toward families. But, then I had my daughter. After that, I found it very hard to do what I love–go to live shows. Either they started too late in the evening or they were too packed or there was smoking. I wanted to change that for myself and for other parents who also enjoyed concerts before they had kids. So I created both the summer and winter versions of Weather Permitting. Also, I think we’re all looking for ways to keep our kids busy in the cold months. I think this concert series will be equally as fun for parents and for kids.
I’m definitely not ready to face the hard truth that we have MONTHS until sandals, sundresses and suntans. Luckily, I can relive some of my summertime glory at Weather Permitting Winter Edition. Will I see you there?
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