A soft opening of sorts…

Build the Scene is the dream come true of a few “Pittsburgh” Area fans and their new member sites. One of the things that you always hear from music fans around the ‘Burgh is that there needs to be one site to find out about the scene. The goal of BTS is to be that site. From an unsigned radio station, podcasts, scene news, concert calendar to a band list, venue list, music reviews, and more; We think we are well on our way to being the Pittsburgh Music’s Destination that is our goal. Build Scene is here to promote and grow ALL the genres located within our reach.

The Bail Jumpers – “Swamp Songs” Music Review

There ain’t nothin’ like the Blues… And the Bail Jumpers know a whole lot to make you want more of it!!

   For those of you not familiar with the blues, this is a genre you might even find the heaviest metal bands jamming out to when not on stage. It’s a classic cornerstone of the music genres and just about everyone I know of can get behind it. It’s one thing that goes beyond boundaries, reaching into the heart and soul of it’s listeners and pulling out the good and the bad of life. Deep resonating vocals, sad guitar, upbeat grooves, Three measures in and you’re along for the ride and never wanting to go home!

   If you know the Blues, but not The Bail Jumpers – you need to get to know them. This amazing group of musicians is made up of Dave Lenavitt (Drums), Joe Riskosky (Guitar), Jeff Claypool (Vocals, Harp), and Darin Hepler (Bass) out of Ford City, PA. Their EP, “Swamp Music”, is a perfect compilation of everything I love about the Blues, and I know you will, too.

    There’s something about the Blues, and these songs, that’s hard to put into words. You find your body puts it into movement, just like the songs on “Swamp Song” The old time blues infused with jazz of “Party Dress” with it’s emphasis on the drums, or with “Once Again” The soft and soulful groove brings a smile to your face. The open, slightly gritty vocals Of Jeff Claypool reach inside your mind and drag you out of yourself. As I listened I couldn’t help but think of an old bluesy tavern stage, surrounded by couples delighted by the sound of the harmonica. The men, taking their ladies by the hand and moving to the dance floor to sway to the music. I’m talking a different age, a different time and place where manners mattered and people joined together in music dens, where sharply dressed men tapped their polished black shoes to the time of the drummers beat.

    “Modern Problems” is… well.. more modern. Tracing Blues through the ages to an open area with a makeshift stage and groove flowing from the band, the vocals changing slightly to be a bit faster, more smooth. Upbeat, shoulder moving with sass. You can’t help but smile before that bass solo takes over and puts the funk into the song. Drum solos the way they should be for this type of music, interspersed between the song in it’s own special pocket of music. And can we get a standing ovation for that twang in the guitar solo? Not being a musician I will never know how that special sound happens but to me, that’s the magic of it.

    “I gotta know” Get’s those hips shaking and that special raise of the face towards the sky to go with the shoulders you already had moving. It’s slower and a bit more ‘hard’ than the others, really seeing where Rock got it’s roots. Lyrics of heartbreak handed over in the best way possible. A bit of a throwback feel to a not so bygone day.  

  That special spontaneity in the Blues is really present in the feeling of “Come Home”. Back to the grittier vocals, very well controlled, raising and lowering in a wild type of way that’s both soulful and practically sinful. This is where they have you completely. Body trying to tell you how to put it into words, chest pumping to some hidden beat as you shake your head and laugh out loud at how good it feels!!! This would be the destination where you will find them now, having rolled through the ages of Blues to find them here, in the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas, in places like Moondogs or Sidebar. In fact, you can find them in the modern world of Facebook right here – Visit them, find out where they’re at next, listen to the music and transport to another world where the Blues make it all better!!

Everybody Loves Lovebettie

“I’m standing here in the dark as over 100 lights sway to music, children dance and people with lit up hula hoops play in front of a stage of musical talent…. My God my heart is full right now…”

That was my impromptu Facebook post from the Show Lovebettie headlined at the Brian T. Rusnock Amphitheater, on August 12th, in their home turf town of Greensburg, PA. I can still feel that moment as the deep and soulful voice of lead singer Alexandra Naples resonated with the lyrics of their original “Stranger”. It’s one of the few times I have ever turned my back on a band but the view was worth it. Children and adults standing in front of the stage, faces lifted in delight as Alexandra’s smile shone down on them, a woman to the side of the stage with an LED hula hoop circling her hips in time to the music and helping her daughter to do the same, fans spread across the sloping hillside on that clear night, cell phones replacing what I remember once being lighters, swaying in time to the music, everyone smiling and so much shared happiness it made my heart full. This is the type of experience that made me love music as deeply as I do.

It wasn’t all just rainbows and butterflies, though. Lovebettie is known best as Swagger Rock. To me it seems a blend of Rock/Blues/and a Country twist thrown in to even things out every so often. They did a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” which blew me away as it’s usually only attempted by sopranos but they made it unique in sound, keeping the original intact, while adding the alto vocals they are known for. They had begun the night with “Red Roses”, a sweet rock tune that displayed their talents well. Alexandra at her piano in front of the stage, that special smile on her face and a playful look in her eyes, and guitarist/vocalist C.T. Fields took a leap of faith during that performance… physically I might add… when the notes hit a harder edge. Bass player, Nicholas Quinn, added his thumping jazz sound to the mix with a grin and drummer, Shawn King, had a devilish and confident light in his eyes as he hit those skins with skill. The result? A song that will stay with you even when it’s the first time you’ve heard it. I admit, I looked it up on YouTube on the drive home because I found it rather addicting. (You can watch the live WDVE performance by scrolling to the bottom of the article).

You’re gonna fall in love with Lovebettie, just like everyone else seems to have. Though I was delighted to catch them at a special hometown performance, this is a touring band with a ton of dates. I was told that by the end of this year they will have done almost 300 shows.They were named one of Rolling Stones listed “Band’s to Watch”, “Pittsburgh’s hottest band” by Microsoft, and they have received praise from many media outlets. They cross several genres with this special style allowing them to have shared bills with 311, Imagine Dragons, Hinder and even playing The Official Lady Gaga Afterparty. It’s no wonder their 2013 EP “RISE” was such a hit! Their video for “Sleep”, published 2016 on Youtube, shows they are still on top of their game beautiful display of what you’ll find from this band that brings every element you want in music and then some!! Their facebook bio showcases the fascinating trip they have taken so far, such as performances at the top venues across our great nation and Warp Tour 2013, but I know it doesn’t end there. This amazing band has had some of the normal lineup changes but the one thing that doesn’t change is the quality and feeling they bring in their music. The sky’s the limit for this band fronted by a beautiful pink haired rockabilly chick!! Make sure you give them some love right back at their Facebook page and the easiest way to keep up on dates to see them is at Check out some of their YouTube videos and photos from the recent show below. You might also want to listen to them at Any way you find them you’ll see why Everybody Loves Lovebettie!!







Music is a Universal language

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

Albert Einstein   


 This is one of my favorite quotes because I understand it so very well. While scientists see math as the universal communicator, I see it as music. I am not a musician, but my life is intertwined with them. I’m a self proclaimed ‘Music Addict’ and I hope I’m never cured. I’m a writer and photographer and I enjoy using these skills to create a way for people to see the music, a way to translate what I feel when I watch shows. I try to be an artist of this language that all can understand. I watch my friends work so hard on their skills, finding their place in the melodies they play. They harmonize in ways that make my soul take flight and when they close their eyes I know they feel it in their soul as well. Those are my favorite moments, as well as when they break out into smiles as they feel the energy of the crowd. These are things I remember well… and apparently for good reason.


    Music moves us emotionally but it wires us to the moment. A study from Stanford Medicine ( shows that while we drift in our emotions, caught up in the music surrounding us, during moments of quiet or changes in the movement we become very aware. Our minds push to grab onto the next moment and we remember the things happening much more clearly. That time you looked at your love during a concert and watched their eyes shine, when you saw your best friend smiling and throwing horns as they delighted in the sounds of their favorite band… perhaps the moment the lead guitarist seemed to lock eyes with you in the crowd. These are times that will burn into your memory so that you can recall the emotional state surrounding it.  


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”

Victor Hugo


    The emotions of music connect us to each other and to certain times in our lives. Think of it this way, when you meet a person at a concert and find that they are fans of the same band, you have just made a connection and an important discovery – this person is wired just like you in a way. This goes beyond age, race, lifestyle. Once, sitting outside of a venue, I met a man who had just retired. His wife was shopping and they were visiting Pittsburgh. We began to share music tastes, each looking up songs we loved and sharing them, finding elements in the songs that moved us. I’m metal, he’s country, but we shared something and when his wife came to collect him I heard him telling her, as they walked away, about the band I would be seeing that night, the venue and it’s history, the song he loved that I introduced him to that he wanted her to hear. The connection causes ripples. Shared experience. Even at your loneliest times, you know that you’re not really alone. Happiness, love, sadness, rage, music expresses when we can’t fully put into words things inside of us that we need to let out, even when we can’t find a way. It’s the reason our movies have a soundtrack. Our advertisements have songs written for them.  

    Your life has a soundtrack too. It changes as you do, the days are happier, angrier or more determined and so is the music you look to hear. Whether you are washing dishes, driving, sitting at work, music helps time go faster. You can find it all around you. You were born with music in you. Your heart beats in drum-like rhythm, breathing creates a supporting pulse like a bass, you began to coo as a baby and delighted at the sound the sounds you made. Music creates it’s own world, a place you can feel everything, live countless lives or remember moments in time. My life is backed by a soundtrack of varying artists, different genres. I may start my day with something classic, end it with something hard. As I write this, I’m listening to Starset – It Has Begun Do you feel the connection? What’s your soundtrack like?


Rock for Life 18 – Amber Alexis Full Set –

Rock for Life provides financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.

Amber Alexis was formed in 2002 and covers a variety of genres including Rock, Pop, and Country, along with a wide range of original music.

Video Production by GTX Media.

Assistance provided by Filmer For Hire.

Stage lighting provided by Strobe Lighting.

Rock for Life 18 – After the Fall’s full Set –

Rock for Life provides financial support to needy individuals residing in Western PA who are suffering from life threatening diseases. Rock for Life sponsors music festivals and other music-related and general fundraising events to raise the monies necessary to support its purpose.

After the Fall is a four piece, original hard rock band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, originally formed back in 2004.

Video Production by GTX Media.

Assistance provided by Filmer For Hire.

Stage lighting provided by Strobe Lighting.

Skell’s Discography –

You can now purchase skell’s discography on their website! You can purchase individual track as a 320kbps Mp3 files or you can purchase the full albums in 320kbps mp3 files.

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Silk9 Debuts New Single on the Pennsylvania Rock Show –

Anthony Leone (Silk9) recently chatting with Bill on the Pennsylvania Rock Show about their new EP, Retribution. He talked about the recording process of the EP, the differences in the band since the past EP (including who sang on what tracks), and more. Silk9’s label allowed us to debut their new single on the show. Take a few minutes to give the show a listen:

Who is Silk9?

Silk9 is a Pittsburgh PA based hard rock band that was founded in April of 2013 by Anthony Leone and Jamie Rohr. The” vision” of Silk9 was to “embrace” the essence of the 90’s and add an original spin on today’s hard rock genre. In May of 2014 the band released its first EP entitled “Exit the Pain.” Songs from the EP have been featured on 97.7 fm located in Butler PA, Adrenaline 101 internet radio, 105.9 fm the X, in Pittsburgh PA., 102.5 WDVE in Pittsburgh PA, The PAROCKSHOW.COM, The EAgle 107.5 and recently featured on Lou Lombardi’s, Rock n’ Roll Circus. We strive to keep our standards high by working with some of the top local bands in the area and national acts such as Lynch Mob, Adelitas Way, The Art of Dying, Hillbilly Herald, Drowning Pool, Crobot,Skid Row and on most recently Jake E Lee’s Red Dragon’s Cartel

Silk9 Awards

Silk9’s first Ep was voted,2014 Iron City Rocks Album of the year, with an additional 5 nominations.