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Emerging Legends Concert Series

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) and Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society have joined together to present The Emerging Legends Concert Series at The Cup & Chaucer, the Hillman Library’s café on the ground floor of the library.

All concerts are free and open to the public!

Black and White Photo of Rachel B sitting informally
Photo: provided by Rachel B.

Rachel B

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

Rachel B's sound has been described as Jazz infused "Indie-Soul." Ms. Borovik exudes a smoky undertone and sassy delivery with her unique blend of contemporary styles and her modern take on Vintage R&B. Rachel completed her inaugural cross-country tour this past summer and fell in love with Pittsburgh while in town performing.

From LA to Pittsburgh
She is now a Pittsburgh resident and sings every Saturday Night at the Cloakroom behind the Livermore in East Liberty.

Eve Goodman playing the guitar (on left) and Tracy Drach singing (on right)
Photo: Eve Goodman and Tracy Drach

Eve Goodman and Tracy Drach

Friday, October 24, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

After learning how much they both enjoyed the jazz and blues standards of the 1930s, 40s and beyond, Singer/Songwriters Tracy Drach and Eve Goodman joined forces. Mixing their own songs with the timeless compositions of yesteryear, Tracy’s smoky vocals and Eve’s intricate guitar picking along with their witty repartee have been entertaining audiences for the past few years.

4 members of The Geese in the Bog
Photo: provided by Dan Possumato

The Geese in the Bog

Friday, October 31, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

The Geese in the Bog are four musicians who collectively have decades of experience playing in the true Irish tradition. Their music is full of life and solid rhythms that often cause audiences to stamp their feet. Their eclectic mix of talent, instruments (button accordion, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar) and authentic Irish arrangements make for quite an enjoyable midday concert!

Jay Hitt with his guitar
Photo: Kathy Rooney

Jay Hitt

Friday, November 7, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

As a songwriter / arranger / performer Jay’s musical versatility and down to earth folk style speaks to the listener of the simple joys found in everyday life. A talent for vivid storytelling combined with crisp and delicate acoustic melodies makes it easy to understand why Jay’s songs so effortlessly touch the hearts of his fans.

Currently, Jay is performing, recording for other artists and his newest CD, "Greetings From The Wilderness"!

Photo of 13 current members of the African Music and Dance Club (Pitt Student Organization) in their performance outfits kneeling around a drum
Photo: provided by Antonio Valenzuela

African Music and Dance Club

Friday, November 14, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

The African Music and Dance Club is a Pitt student organization aiming to expose the community to the musical culture of Africa and to teach aspects of traditional African music and dance. The club was created over three years ago and has since been spreading African music and dance through different performances and workshops all around campus. 

To learn more information about this organization, contact Antonio Valenzuela:

Ben Hartlage is singing and playing his guitar. However, Ben is mostly out of and the focus has been put more onto the guitar's headstock where the word "Blueridge" is written in a script type font.
Photo: Joe Appel Photography

Ben Hartlage

Friday, November 21, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

Ben has been performing roots-based acoustic music in Pittsburgh for over 15 years. He is currently the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for five-piece acoustic ensemble, The Turpentiners. This is a rare solo performance!

the Squirrel Hillbillies at the Living Room in New York City
Photo: provided by the Squirrel Hillbillies

Squirrel Hillbillies

Friday, January 9, 2015

Noon – 1 pm

From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues.

Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They have performed more than 150 shows, including recent appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh and the Leigh Folk Festival in England.

Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their second full-length CD of original music, Goody Shoes, rose to #19 in the national Folk Music Radio Airplay Charts for May 2014, the month after it was released.