Together, Josh Verbanets and WQED's Rick Sebak will be introducing musical guests The Buckle Downs during this opening night of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and playing a live game show challenge together -- "Spin The Wheel of Pittsburgh Songs!" in which Rick will give some background on some famous Burgh-related music of different genres and backgrounds, and Josh will have to spin the wheel and perform impromptu versions wherever the arrow lands. No excuses and the stakes are high.
The Buckle Downs
Coming off a tremendous year in 2017, The Buckle Downs released their first full length record, Hard Truths. The breakout record, produced by Jake Hanner (Donora), was named #1 Local Album by 91.3 WYEP. Outside of the studio, the soul rock six piece kept up their momentum on the stage, performing at some of Pittsburghs premier music events including: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Allegheny County Music Festival, Comcast Light Up Night, and the WYEP Summer Music Festival where they co-headlined with national artists The Marcus King Band and Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.
The Buckle Downs are led by powerhouse vocalist, Kiki Brown, who was chosen by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of twelve Pittsburghers to meet in 2018: “A petite woman with a set of pipes that would be the envy of a plumbing supply company” wrote Dan Gigler (PG).
Josh Verbanets is a Pittsburgh-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the front-person for hometown indie rock band Meeting of Important People and as one-half of celebrated childrens performing duo Josh & Gab. Josh has recorded with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine), starred in a viral cardboard city music video, and received honors as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40" by Pittsburgh Magazine.
WQED's Rick Sebak
Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs. His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves. Rick is also a huge fan of music, from chart-topping hits to quirky deep-cuts.