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The Stars Came Out @ Riley’s:
Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations

July 3rd, 2015

Reni and Marty (2)Welcome back!

This is the second in a series of blogs and podcasts centering on June’s Storytelling Night at Riley’s. If you missed the first round, you can check it out here.

Our theme for the event was “Starry Nights, Cosmic Conversations,” and as our story events often do, this one started off with music by Reni Monteverde and Marty Rosenberg. There performances are just one more reason why it pays to come early for story night.

Yesterday’s post highlighted spoken-word performances by Dale Miller and Anna Voelker, two terrific performance artists who wowed the SRO crowed. Today, we turn the spotlight on Madeleine Reineberg and Joe Coluccio. It was Madeleine’s first appearance at Riley’s, and we hope it’s the first of many.

Both podcast are below. Give a listen, and be sure to spread the word if you like what you hear. Most importantly, if you live in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to stop by for out next session on July 28 when the theme will be “Life’s Adventures.”

Until next time, scop on!


Images:
– Reni Monteverde and Marty Rosenberg set the story-night mood.
– Joe Coluccio presents “I Am an Astronomer.”
– Madeleine Reineberg presents “Finding My White Whale in the Sky.”
Photos copyright © 2015 The 21-st Century Scop.

Rocking the Pour House:
A Great Way to Spend a Friday Night

January 17th, 2015

Duane and Larry at Riley compressed (340x247)Riley’s Pour House just keeps getting better. Since Jim  and Cheryl Riley took over a few years back, the pub has become a mecca for people who love fun times and good music . . . and last night was no exception.

My good friend Duane Davis joined me on bass and backing vocals. We’ve been playing together for years, first teaming up in a band fronted by my brother John Connolly and then in the Laughrey Connolly Band.

All four of us (340x301)We opened with “Wagon Wheel” then moved on through a set of contemporary tunes before breaking into the chest of Irish and Celtic music. Along the way we were joined by vocalist Lauren Connolly Moore, who sang harmonies on “Bye Bye Love,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” and “Leaving Liverpool”; and pianist Tommy B., who helped rock the house on such crowd favorites as “That’s All Right,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “House of the Rising Sun.” The packed house also joined in, raising the roof on the chorus of “Sweet Caroline.”

Tommy & Wild Geese (340x334)Since Riley’s has become a gathering place for music lovers and musicians alike, you never know who is going to drop by.

Last night we had a surprise visit from members of The Wild Geese Band, who took the spotlight for a late-night guest performance. Tommy B. joined them for a ringing rendition of “The Fields of Athenry.” Great stuff!

The Wild Geese will be returning to Riley’s for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Show on the city’s Parade Day, where they’ll be headlining along side The Laughrey Connolly Band. Not to be missed!

Rileys Public House Lauren piano (220x340)Lauren Connolly Moore helped close the night. Her performances are among the many reasons regulars at Riley’s always make a point of sticking around. Whether accompanying herself on the piano or singing a cappella, she always manages to bring down the house. Last night, her performance of “Long Time Travelling” was one of the highlights of the evening.

All of this goes to show why people who love good music and good times are finding Riley’s Pour House the place to be. And it’s not only a great place on weekends. Riley’s features a storytelling night on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s session will feature tales about resolutions. I’ll be there. Until then . . . scop on!

Photos:
Duane Davis and Lawrence Connolly.
Lauren Connolly Moore, Tommy B., Duane Davis, and Lawrence Connolly.
Tommy B. and The Wild Geese.
Lauren Connolly Moore.
All photos © 2015 by Lawrence C. Connolly.