Big Blitz of Pittsburgh Blasts Into Basement Transmissions
Horns will fill the air with visiting and local brass-centric music
FRIDAY, NOV. 17
Saxophone and drum trio Big Blitz are bringing their Steel City sound to Basement Transmissions. Brothers Lucas and Mason Ciesielski have been playing saxophone since they started taking music classes in the fourth grade in their hometown of Pittsburgh. They have been playing together with drummer Nick Grabigel since the formation of their band in 2016, when the three were still in high school. Saxophonist Lucas talks about what inspired them to play as a trio: "All three of us listen to a lot of jazz, and the sound of the saxophone is a key part of that music. Since we are only a trio, Nick (our drummer) has an equal role in creating our music and shaping our sound." Lucas continues, "Our performances are high-energy and include elements of EDM, rock, and jazz improvisation".
Supporting Big Blitz's Erie debut will be Land of Panda, the reggae-infused jam band from Akron, Ohio, who have been performing and touring since 2017. Additionally, two of Erie's own will round out this show. Higher Vibration is a reggae-rock band with heavy metal roots, and will bring their unique combination of reggae, heavy guitar riffs, and heady solos to the gig, while eight-piece indie band This American Song will open the show with their pop harmonies and sweet melodies.
This will be a kinetic show, with positive vibes that are sure to make you groove. Lucas told us why it's so important to have an engaged audience, "We love interacting with the audience at our shows, and we really try to make every show unique in terms of songs performed, solos, and spontaneous improvisation." Even though they are a short drive from Erie, this will be their first performance in the Gem City.
6 p.m. // Basement Transmissions, 145 W. 11th St. // $15 in advance, $20 at the door // All ages // For tickets visit: eventbrite.com