Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wonderful World, Beautiful People the Shadow Lounge Will Be Hosting Upcoming Reggae Artist Oriel

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wonderful World, Beautiful People the Shadow Lounge Will Be Hosting Upcoming Reggae Artist Oriel

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OK, this is just between us. I'm telling you this because you're cool, and I know I can trust you.

Tonight in the Blue Room at the Shadow Lounge in East Liberty there is a private gathering for the premier of the video "My Love," a reggae song recorded by national artist Bugle, featuring emerging artist Oriel.

Here's the straight dope from the press release:

"This event is invitation-only and will be attended by press, music executives, producers, bloggers and promoters from all around the country. Guests will be the first to watch the video and get a first listen [to] unreleased music from Lamar Clan recording artists. The Video Launch and Listening party is a great opportunity to not only hear new music but to also discuss them with the artists in a Q&A session.

"Each guest will receive a CD with the single "My Love" and other exclusive tracks from various Lamar Clan recording artists. Complimentary food will also be provided by The Royal Caribbean Restaurant."

"Dan, you devil!" you are thinking. "Why would you tell us about a great party that we aren't invited to? Why do you tease and torment us?"

No woman, no cry. I'm here to stir it up.

Because, according to Duey Saxton, co-founder of Lamar Clan Productions, the REAL party follows the meet-and-greet.

"From 9 to 11, the event is geared to introduce Lamar Clan to Pittsburgh," said Mr. Saxton, a Penn Hills entrepreneur and artist who performs under the name Fudgie Springer. "We want to get the word out.

"A lot of people don't realize that we're making some really good music right here in Pittsburgh. Reggae followers hear the music on the radio and they think it was made in Jamaica, but it was made right here in Pittsburgh. We want to expose that to everybody.

"But that's the professional event. After that, it's a party, and anything goes."

Located at 5972 Baum Blvd., Ava is part of the Shadow Lounge, and Thursdays are reggae nights. So -- wink, wink -- all you have to do is show up around midnight and they be jammin'.

Mr. Saxton was born in Jamaica but came to Pittsburgh in 1996.

"My family owned a restaurant in East Liberty and, you know, living in Jamaica, it's a third-world country, it's kind of hard down there," he said, "so my family sent me up here to find a better life, I guess. …

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