Marah Sunday February 12, 2006 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

Formula Cola, Dollar Draft/In The City/It's Only Money, Tyrone/This Time/For The Price Of A Song/Barstool Boys/City Of Dreams/Round Eye Blues/The Apartment/Sooner Or Later/Phantom Eyes/Sure Thing/Point Breeze/Head On/The Closer/The Hustle/The Dishwasher's Dream
Encore 1: The Catfisherman/Walt Whitman Bridge
Encore 2: The Demon Of White Sadness

This was a special Sunday show at Club Cafe with an early start time and NO OPENER. Some regulars and the band themselves were fired up for a performance that was nothing less than spectacular. As I've said many times before this band is THE best live act in the country and proved it again tonight. Highlights were a subdued 'Formula...' opener with Dave on acoustic and Serge on harp with the band coming in at the end, a ferocious 'Tyrone', a near bar-clearing fight during 'Round Eye Blues' that had the band ignoring the whole incident and playing through it (Classic!), a long-ass 'City Of Dreams', and two encores. It was quite literally the perfect Marah show.

Serge later serenaded 'The Bruiser' and his crew with 'The Dishwasher's Dream'.

Dave Bielenko hand-written setlist

Dave Bielenko autographed hand-written lyrics to 'So What If We're Outta Tune (w/ The Rest Of The World)'

Marah and The Shalitas autographed A Christmas Kind Of Town CD cover

Dave and Serge Bielenko autographed picture

Dave and Serge Bielenko autographed print


 

Marah Saturday November 12, 2005 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

w/ The Patrick Maloney Band

Night Time/It's Only Money, Tyrone/For The Price Of A Song/Barstool Boys/City Of Dreams/Round Eye Blues/Float Away/Faraway You/Sooner Or Later/The Demon of White Sadness/Fever/Long Hot Summer/The Apartment/The Hustle/Head On/The Closer/On The Road Again

Encore: Reservation Girl/Can't Hardly Wait

Another late-ass show at Club Cafe. I don't want to wait till midnight to see the band. The band doesn't want to wait till midnight to play. But as always the genius' at Club Cafe stick the band in the late night slot AND throw in an opening band for good measure/annoyance. Nothing against Pat Maloney and his crew but Marah wants to play for 2.5 hours and are given only a 90 minute slot. Dave promised a 7 p.m. start time with no opener next time. Yeah, right.

As I said, I have nothing against Pat Maloney (he comped me a free ticket to see Rhett Miller on my birthday last year!) but doors were at ten and by 10:20 the line around the block was in, we had our drinks and were ready to go. We wait another half hour for the opener to start and it's just so...ah, fuck it, nevermind.

Marah, as usual, kicked major ass. Unlike the previous show in the summer, the witty stage banter (usually by Serge) was almost non-existant. The boys let the music speak for itself. Also, the new guys were definitely more comfortable and sa-sa-smoked on their parts. Serge left the stage once which was surprisingly reserved.

The tables at club cafe are like anchors weighing everybody down. Thankfully by 'Faraway You' the crowd was enticed to stand and dance and from there on in the packed crowd were on their feet showing the love (save for a few lames who stayed seated and "...were not Dave's friends").

 

So I enter and win the street team promotion contest sponsored by the band's label Yep Roc. I made this 5'x3' 3-D homage to the new discs' cover art originally designed by Dave. I had it in my car and grabbed it and set it up by the stage. Being crowded people were bumping into it and wings and gloves were hanging off it. No biggie. I was considering cutting the gloves off to give to the band. Serge was having none of it. He wanted the whole fuckin' thing. I didn't think it would fit in the van but Serge was taking it, period. Cool! He thought it would look great in Donnie's apartment.

One of the prizes for the contest was Dave's original hand-written lyrics to 'So What If We're Outta Tune (w/ The Rest Of The World)'. After mentioning to him and the rest of the guy's about me winning, he said to me that Yep Roc asked him to write up a copy of the lyrics for the winner. After finding out that I won, he said he's giving me the original first draft of the song he wrote with different lyrics and all! Woo-hoo! He's the man! I will post them when they arrive.

Dave Bielenko hand written setlist

Marah autographed If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry CD cover

Marah autographed print from a drawing of mine

Marah autographed print. The guys, especially Serge, dig the artwork I bring them at shows. BTW, it's not pink, shitty pic.

 

When is this band gonna break big? More than a few people were saying that on this night. Nobody can touch them live in America today. Bold statement I know but the truth fucking hurts, get over it.


 

Marah Wednesday June 8, 2005 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

w/ The Long Time Darlings

Family Meeting/Firecracker/Pigeon Heart/Float Away/Round Eye Blues/Long Hot Summer/Faraway You/Pizzeria/My Heart Is The Bums On The Street/It's Only Money, Tyrone/Head On/Barstool Boys/Boat/Point Breeze

Encore: Reservation Girl/Can't Hardly Wait

Let me just say this off the bat: This band single-handedly reinforced my faith in rock and roll with this show. After seeing a few shows previously that were average at best, Marah blew the fucking doors off the Club Cafe to prove that they are THE best live band in the world. Unbelievable.

Pittsburgh band The Long Time Darlings opened with a succinct, to the point set. They were a little rough around the edges breaking in a new member or two, but I am looking forward to seeing them develop over time.

Marah took the stage at 11:30 p.m. and delivered the best show I've seen all year. They were being filmed for the Club Cafe television show and maybe because of that they turned it up a notch, or two, or ten. This was my third time seeing the boys and nothing prepared me for what they brought tonight. I went to bed at 3 a.m. and had to work on three hours of sleep. Totally worth it.

After the show I gave Dave this colored pencil drawing I produced. Serge was thrilled and asked me if I would do some more in the future.

I showed him this rough sketch and told him when I am finished it's his.

They signed this print I made from the drawing.

 

Dave Bielenko autographed hand written setlist

Go see this band. Dave stated from the stage that they will return in the fall when the new disc comes out and start performing "marathon" shows! I don't know if I will be able to take it?


Serge and Dave Bielanko of Marah autographed 20,000 Streets Under The Sky CD inlay cover.

This little treat came from ordering the disc from one of the best online music retailers Miles Of Music.


 

Marah Thursday September 9, 2004 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

w/ The Patrick Maloney Band

Pigeon Heart/It's Only Money, Tyrone/Soul/Freedom Park/My Heart Is The Bums On The Street/Fly Me To The Moon/
Why Independent Record Stores Fail/Round Eye Blues/Cuidado/The Catfisherman/Barstool Boys/
Pizzeria/Feather Boa/Sure Thing/Point Breeze/Reservation Girl

Encore: The History Of Where Someone Has Been Killed

Dave Bielanko hand written setlist

Weeknight late show (getting VERY old) at Club Cafe. My buddy bailed so I go it alone. I get to the club to see the band's bassist Kirk Henderson guarding their gear outside waiting for the early show to end. He is talking to a fan and mentions Dave Bielanko is at the bar next door . See ya. I go to Jack's and Dave is hanging out drinking a beer. We talk for a half hour about music, art, and their songwriting process, among other things. Super cool dude. He explains the band has been in Pittsburgh for a couple days chilling from a grueling tour and they are relaxed and refreshed. Going into the show I meet another fan and we decide to grab a front row table together. During the opening band I realize that Pat Maloney is the guy who got me into The Clarks/Rhett Miller for free. His band is pretty good and they do a cover of 'Hotel Chelsea Nights' by Ryan Adams.

Marah is 45 minutes late to start but bring the fucking rock! This band cannot be topped live. They play in the crowd, on tables, spill whiskey. Rock and Roll!

Dave and Serge autographed Float Away With The Friday Night Gods CD booklet

Dave and Serge autographed Kids In Amsterdam CD

The group's lap steel guitar player, Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner, produced One Star Hotel's self titled debut CD and I had it in the car.

Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner autographed One Star Hotel CD.

All in all a fantastically fun time but I pay for it the next day working on four hours sleep. Go see this band!


Marah signed Kids In Philly CD insert

Marah Wednesday April 21, 2004 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA

w/ The Damnwells

Point Breeze/Soul/Its Only Money, Tyrone/Why Independent Record . .
Barstool Boys/Round Eye Blues/Rain Delay/The Catfisherman/Feather Boa
Pizzeria/My Heart is Like A Bum On The Street/Reservation Girl
Encore: Formula, Cola, Dollar Draft/Love Train

Marah autographed setlist courtesy Mike Z. (damn motherfucker is quick!)

One of the most exciting live bands I have ever seen. They put so much sweat and soul into their performances it will make your head spin. As I write this they are playing tonight in town (6-7-04) but I can't make due to administering finals this week. Tomorrow and Wednesday I am missing My Morning Jacket and Gomez. DAMN work!

UPDATE: My brother went to My Morning Jacket and rated it a 7 out of 10. According to him all the songs sounded the same. My buddy went to Gomez and said it was an oven in the venue and there weren't any beer sales. He loved the music though.

 

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