Penn Hills native Bill Deasy to perform at SouthSide Works ‘Music on the Mon’
Bill Deasy prefer not to have a predetermined set list.
“I love to play live music and feed myself off the crowd to figure out which song is next,” said Deasy, who will be performing at 7pm on July 2 with three friends at “Music on the Mon” in the Work on the south side. “I read the crowd. With live music, you can never know what’s going to happen. I like the spontaneous aspect of live music.
This sentiment of the moment is one that Deasy said he missed during the pandemic. Deasy, a Penn Hills native who lives in Oakmont, gave his first show in over a year on June 5 with his band The Gathering Field at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Harmar.
“It was amazing,” he said. “It was a perfect night, and I felt like time hadn’t passed. It was so nice to see smiling faces live. Live music is one of those things that can never really be automated.
Also on stage on July 2 will be Ferdinand the Taurus, in an indie-folk group. The location is a new outdoor site called The North Lot. It is a green space that overlooks the Monongahela River and is located next to the Hyatt House on South Water Street.
Customers are encouraged to bring their own blankets.
Courtesy of SouthSide Works
The band Ferdinand the Bull will perform at “Music on the Mon” at SouthSide Works on July 2nd.
The evening will serve as the launch of SouthSide Work’s Vintage Airstream “Bar Car”, a mobile bar. Pennsylvania-made beers, wines, liquors and cocktails will be available. Revolving vendors and food trucks will be on site from Yovi’s, known for its hot dogs and Italian sausages.
The location will be used for “Movies on Mondays” from July 7 through September.
Deasy has been playing music since the 1980s. He spent time during the pandemic writing songs that he expects to play at the event. He says he often gets ideas for songs based on his life experiences.
“I love playing SouthSide Works because it’s like a street rally,” said Deasy, who is also the special events manager for Allegheny County. “There is always a good mix of people.
The performance will be the first with drummer Dave Trock Morton, guitarist Chris Parker and bassist Jerry McDonald in over 10 years.
“We might need to have a roster made since we’ve not been on stage together for a long time,” Deasy said. “We’re going to rehearse a bit. These guys are so talented, we’ll pick the songs really well as we go. “
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