2017 Entertainment

 

Pete Hewlett is a world-class singer who happens to make Pittsburgh his home.  He has toured and recorded with Billy Joel, Elton John, Carly Simon, Joe Jackson, Julian Lennon, Amy Grant, and Eric Carmen to name a few. Pete got his first recording contract at the age of 16.  His band, "Peter's Pipers," won a local Battle of the Bands contest which sent them on to the National finals.  They came in 6th place and that got them a deal with Phillips Mercury Records. In the early seventies, Pete joined "Sweet Lightning," a local Pittsburgh group and signed a contract with RCA Records.  The band recorded an LP and a few singles that had some regional success.  In the mid seventies, Pete moved to Cleveland where he recorded with Eric Carmen of The Raspberries, then joined the "Euclid Beach Band." But the real turning point came a few years later when Hewlett's former "Sweet Lightning" band mate, Sid McGinnis (David Letterman's guitarist), recommended Pete to Carly Simon who was looking for a new back-up singer/guitarist.  Pete got the job, moved to New York, recorded "Come Upstairs" and headed out on tour with Simon.  It was during this time in New York that Hewlett hooked up with drummer Michael Shrieve (Santana)and formed "Novo Combo."  They were signed to Polygram and released two albums.  Music reviewer George Thatcher said, "The songs which stand out for me are the ones in which Pete Hewlett sings."  Novo Combo toured with The Who, Cheap Trick, Greg Lake and performed at the 1981 Montreux Jazz Festival. Hewlett joined Billy Joel for the "Innocent Man" (1984) and "The Bridge" world tours.  And then came the tour that made international news: Billy Joel would bring a fully-staged rock production to the Soviet Union as part of the Reagan-Gorbachev 1987 Geneva summit.  Hewlett performed with Joel in Moscow and Leningrad and made history as part of the first live rock radio broadcast in Soviet history, which was also simulcast in the United states.  The live double-album, Kohuept (translation: 'In Concert'), chronicled the trip. Back in the States, Hewlett recorded the "Starlight Express" Broadway soundtrack with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Joe Jackson's "Big World" recording and U.S. Concert Tour, Julian Lennon's "Secret Value of Day Dreaming" album, and Amy Grant's 1997 World Leader Summit performance. Pete won an Emmy Award in 2007 as host/performer of WQED's (PBS affiliate station) "Live FromStudio A". In July 2008, Pete reconnected with Billy Joel for the The Last Play at Shea Concerts performing with Tony Bennett, John Mayer, Roger Daltrey, Garth Brooks, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Steven Tyler and Sir Paul McCartney.

Pete Hewlett is a world-class singer who happens to make Pittsburgh his home.  He has toured and recorded with Billy Joel, Elton John, Carly Simon, Joe Jackson, Julian Lennon, Amy Grant, and Eric Carmen to name a few.

Pete got his first recording contract at the age of 16.  His band, "Peter's Pipers," won a local Battle of the Bands contest which sent them on to the National finals.  They came in 6th place and that got them a deal with Phillips Mercury Records.

In the early seventies, Pete joined "Sweet Lightning," a local Pittsburgh group and signed a contract with RCA Records.  The band recorded an LP and a few singles that had some regional success.  In the mid seventies, Pete moved to Cleveland where he recorded with Eric Carmen of The Raspberries, then joined the "Euclid Beach Band."

But the real turning point came a few years later when Hewlett's former "Sweet Lightning" band mate, Sid McGinnis (David Letterman's guitarist), recommended Pete to Carly Simon who was looking for a new back-up singer/guitarist.  Pete got the job, moved to New York, recorded "Come Upstairs" and headed out on tour with Simon.  It was during this time in New York that Hewlett hooked up with drummer Michael Shrieve (Santana)and formed "Novo Combo."  They were signed to Polygram and released two albums.  Music reviewer George Thatcher said, "The songs which stand out for me are the ones in which Pete Hewlett sings."  Novo Combo toured with The Who, Cheap Trick, Greg Lake and performed at the 1981 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Hewlett joined Billy Joel for the "Innocent Man" (1984) and "The Bridge" world tours.  And then came the tour that made international news: Billy Joel would bring a fully-staged rock production to the Soviet Union as part of the Reagan-Gorbachev 1987 Geneva summit.  Hewlett performed with Joel in Moscow and Leningrad and made history as part of the first live rock radio broadcast in Soviet history, which was also simulcast in the United states.  The live double-album, Kohuept (translation: 'In Concert'), chronicled the trip.

Back in the States, Hewlett recorded the "Starlight Express" Broadway soundtrack with Andrew Lloyd Weber, Joe Jackson's "Big World" recording and U.S. Concert Tour, Julian Lennon's "Secret Value of Day Dreaming" album, and Amy Grant's 1997 World Leader Summit performance.

Pete won an Emmy Award in 2007 as host/performer of WQED's (PBS affiliate station) "Live FromStudio A".

In July 2008, Pete reconnected with Billy Joel for the The Last Play at Shea Concerts performing with Tony Bennett, John Mayer, Roger Daltrey, Garth Brooks, Don Henley, John Mellencamp, Steven Tyler and Sir Paul McCartney.

Scott Anderson is an Emmy Award-winning composer, music director, producer, and one of the Pittsburgh region's most sought-after keyboard players. Scott received an Emmy award in 2006 for his work composing the score for the award-winning documentary "From Pittsburgh to Poland: Lessons from The Holocaust." In 2007 he won BOTH an Emmy and a Telly award for his work as music director and co-producer of "Live From Studio A: American Standards". Scott was also nominated for Emmy awards in 2003 and 2004 for his work as Music Director of WQED’s “Live From Studio A” television show and again in 2010 for music contributed to the film "In Service", a joint production of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Bricolage.  He was the organist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the Penguin’s house band, The Blue Line Band, for three years. Scott’s musical diversity is what propelled him to preferred status as a keyboard player for the region’s top performers, including Joe Negri, Maureen Budway, HB Bennett, Eric DeFade, Lisa Bleil, Pete Hewlett, Chizmo Charles, Billy Price, Kenny Blake, Benny Benack and on and on. He can go from Jazz to Big Band to straight-ahead Rock & Roll without missing a beat. His own current projects include playing keyboards, singing and writing songs for the Hewlett-Anderson band. He is also the Keyboardist and Music director for Cityscape. And here’s an interesting bit of pop culture trivia: Scott was the Keyboardist & Musical Director of The Voguesfrom 1989-1995! He’s played with a number of National artists including The Temptations, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Jackie Evancho, Kristen Chenoweth, The Coasters, Ronnie Specter, Lou Christie, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, Little Anthony, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Peter Noone, Barbara Lewis, Frankie Ford, Len Barry, Bryan Hyland, Tommy Roe, The Crystals & Jay and the Americans. He’s also played with some top National Jazz artists including Claudio Roditi, Jerry Niewood and Marvin Stamm. As far as regional bands – Scott has played or recorded with Modern Times, The Late Edition, The Sleaze, Up Front, Grapevine, Vibro Kings, Ice Cream Headache, The Balcony Big Band, Jazz for Juniors & The Benny Benack Band. Scott is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music.

Scott Anderson is an Emmy Award-winning composer, music director, producer, and one of the Pittsburgh region's most sought-after keyboard players.

Scott received an Emmy award in 2006 for his work composing the score for the award-winning documentary "From Pittsburgh to Poland: Lessons from The Holocaust." In 2007 he won BOTH an Emmy and a Telly award for his work as music director and co-producer of "Live From Studio A: American Standards". Scott was also nominated for Emmy awards in 2003 and 2004 for his work as Music Director of WQED’s “Live From Studio A” television show and again in 2010 for music contributed to the film "In Service", a joint production of Pittsburgh Filmmakers and Bricolage.  He was the organist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a member of the Penguin’s house band, The Blue Line Band, for three years.

Scott’s musical diversity is what propelled him to preferred status as a keyboard player for the region’s top performers, including Joe Negri, Maureen Budway, HB Bennett, Eric DeFade, Lisa Bleil, Pete Hewlett, Chizmo Charles, Billy Price, Kenny Blake, Benny Benack and on and on. He can go from Jazz to Big Band to straight-ahead Rock & Roll without missing a beat.

His own current projects include playing keyboards, singing and writing songs for the Hewlett-Anderson band. He is also the Keyboardist and Music director for Cityscape.

And here’s an interesting bit of pop culture trivia: Scott was the Keyboardist & Musical Director of The Voguesfrom 1989-1995!

He’s played with a number of National artists including The Temptations, The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Jackie Evancho, Kristen Chenoweth, The Coasters, Ronnie Specter, Lou Christie, Leslie Gore, The Shirelles, Little Anthony, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Peter Noone, Barbara Lewis, Frankie Ford, Len Barry, Bryan Hyland, Tommy Roe, The Crystals & Jay and the Americans.

He’s also played with some top National Jazz artists including Claudio Roditi, Jerry Niewood and Marvin Stamm.

As far as regional bands – Scott has played or recorded with Modern Times, The Late Edition, The Sleaze, Up Front, Grapevine, Vibro Kings, Ice Cream Headache, The Balcony Big Band, Jazz for Juniors & The Benny Benack Band.

Scott is a graduate of the Duquesne University School of Music.

SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT

Celebrate the Mt. Lebanon Art Market with the sounds of New Orleans 6p-9p @ Clearview Common!

Celebrate the Mt. Lebanon Art Market with the sounds of New Orleans 6p-9p @ Clearview Common!

Red Beans & Rice Combo

Why are they called The Red Beans and Rice Combo, you might ask…

because you can get fries or a biscuit with the combo but you’ll always choose the biscuit because that’s the way they roll— as they play a very cool mix of classic New Orleans R&B, 50’s rock ala Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, Mose Allison, Tom Waits, Slim Galliard and Louis Jordan—SUPER FUN TUNES!

The Musicians

The Combo features the world celebrated early jazz stride pianist, Tom Roberts (a Foxburg regular) on piano, whistling, & vocals, along with Dave Klug on drums and his custom-built “Kluger Soundboard,” and Wayno on vocals, harmonica, & ukulele.

The fun-loving , sharp-dressed band has been gigging around Pittsburgh for a little over a year, and quickly developed a reputation for delivering a danceable mix of New Orleans R&B, early rock & roll nuggets, and barroom ballads, with a jazzy dash of Tin Pan Alley, and a generous side of wit & humor.

About Dave Klug

Dave Klug has translated his quirky brand of humor into a successful illustration career for the past 350 dog years. His drawings have captured the eye and imagination of clients such as The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times and Scholastic. He is a regular contributor to Highlights Magazine and has been commissioned for larger than life murals for The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and the world famous Primanti Brothers Restaurants.

Dave is also a household name when it comes to music, drumming for some of the Pittsburgh area’s best bands since the 1980s. It’s always a treat to see and hear Dave performing with one of the vintage drum kits he has rescued and restored.

Dave never strays very far from his passion for animals, and is committed to many Animal Charities, including Animal Friends, in Western Pennsylvania. His Veterinary Supply Store, Klugworld, creates a full line of client communications materials for animal care professionals across the country.

About Wayno®

Wayno® is a Pittsburgh-based cartoonist, illustrator, pop artist, writer, and musician, whose name is in fact a registered trademark (hence the “circle R” symbol).

He shares a special musical chemistry with Tom and Dave, and has a taste for obscure old tunes about food and drink.

He was gag writer and colorist for Dan Piraro’s Bizarro daily comic panel for more than five years, and is also a frequent writer for Hilary Price’s Rhymes With Orange comic strip. His own cartoon panel, WaynoVision, launched in 2014.

Wayno’s humorous illustrations have appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesEntertainment WeeklyNickelodeon Magazine, and Pittsburgh Magazine. He has also designed many beer labels for East End Brewing Company.

He’s mounted several one-man art exhibits, and was a Visiting Artist at the Manchester Craftsmens Guild in 2013. In 2010, Animal Friends selected him as the Honorary Artist for their Black Tie & Tails gala, which raised over $400,000 for the pet adoption & resource center.

Wayno is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators, and serves as the chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of National Cartoonists Society.  

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