Joy is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who is steadily gaining a following along the East Coast by constantly touring and developing unique methods of marketing her music. She is the author of a blog entitled Grassrootsy that’s a must read for any indie musician and a pleasure for us non-musical types. As of this writing, she is in Europe and was cool enough to participate in this edition of First/Last.

What a fantastic idea. Throw a family friendly party in probably the most scenic park in the city. Organized by Colonizing The Cosmos, it included some of my favorite bands we are lucky enough to have here. There are plans to make this an annual event, and I can’t imagine not going every year. A sweet short video here.

I had two chances to catch Joy play in one week. I never heard her before and thought that she was surprisingly good considering that I usually don’t listen to her style of music. She has a jazzy, laid back vibe and I really appreciated her original songs. She was also super nice in person and I wish her nothing but success in the crazy music business game.