CP photos by Jake Mysliwczyk
Face the Music winning band Chase and the Barons
Six amazing bands came to Jergel's Rhythm Grille on Nov. 2 looking to be crowned champion of the inaugural Pittsburgh City Paper
and Drusky Entertainment's Face the Music Battle of the Bands contest.
But when the amps stopped shaking, Chase and the Barons were selected by the judges as the Critics' Choice award-winner. The band won a prize package consisting of $2,000 cash, a CP
cover story, an opening set for a Drusky Entertainment show, 75 band shirts printed with the band logo, a Pittsburgh City Paper
advertising package valued at $1,500 and 24 hours of recording time at Tonic. The band opened the show, and its set was good enough and memorable enough to fight off the competition.
The judging panel was led by legendary Pittsburgh rocker Donnie Iris and included City Paper
editor Charlie Deitch; Lisa Langhorst, of CBS Radio; concert promoter Brian Drusky, of Drusky Entertainment; Ed Traversari, of Point Park University and long-time promoter for the former DiCesare Engler Productions; and Paul Martino, KDKA-TV weekend anchor.
Biker band Sourmash closed the show and received the audience-choice award. The prize consists of a Saturday time slot at the 2018 Deustchtown Music Festival, an equipment package valued at more than $750, and 8 hours of recording time and three songs mix/mastered from Library Collaborative.
"Face the Music was an amazing celebration of the Pittsburgh region's outstanding musical talent," said CP
Associate Publisher Justin Matase. "We wanted to provide a showcase that created a non-pay-to-play environment that rewards musicians’ hard work and determination.
"We are excited to continue in this direction with future City Paper
The other bands on the bill were Honey, the Jeff Fetterman Band, Dash City Skyline and Kaelber.
Additional sponsors were Tito’s Vodka, Pittsburgh Brewing Company, Jergel's Rhythm Grille, 100.7 Star, Y108, Tonic Recording Studios, Library Collaborative, Sunburst School of Music and Hollowood Music & Sound.
Catch City Paper'
cover story on Chase and the Barons in the Nov. 22 issue. Check out photographer Jake Mysliwczyk's event photos below.
Chase and the Barons on stage at Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Face the Music celebrity judges. Clockwise from top left: Brian Drusky, Ed Traversari, Paul Martino, Charlie Deitch, Donnie Iris and Lisa Langhorst.