Byron Nash is one of Pittsburgh's most-established musicians. He's well-known for his fiery and exciting guitar wizardry which blends genres ranging from funk, hard rock, and soul. He's shared the stage opening for some of the music industry's biggest stars like Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D., Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Living Colour and more. He spent years on the jam-band circuit honing his improvisational skills, which fine-tuned his ability to play many styles while maintaining his own sonic identity. Nash is best known for his bluesy and expressive guitar solos and is frequently requested to collaborate with artists' songs from all over the world. His wide-ranging musical sensibility has created more unique opportunities as he has expanded into writing and producing music for TV, commercials and film. 2020 marks his step away from bands and into the spotlight as a solo artist. Nash's first single "Tug Of War" from his upcoming solo debut is a brooding, moody track, dealing with feelings of solitude, loneliness and betrayal (available on all digital platforms.) His debut EP produced by Badboxes shows Nash's constant creative evolution as it mixes his signature guitar tone with more Hip Hop and contemporary sounds and textures. Think Gary Clark Jr. meets the production style of Frank Ocean. Stay tuned for this exciting artist on the rise.
Brittney Chantele will be performing a song from her recent album, The Golden Opportunity released on February 17th, 2020 (President’s Day). “The Golden Opportunity” is a blend of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, and Cali-soul vibes. It’s an album about Brittney's military experience. Her artistic vision for this album was to inform the youth, parents, caretakers, teachers, social workers, and even the healers on what kind of trauma the military can put on you - especially as a person of color, especially as a woman, especially as a LGBTQ+ person, especially as a person with an immigrant in your family. Passing this information along felt like her duty. Her process included compiling fragments of memories, feelings, poems, journal entries, and letters from basic training to develop 13 real, vulnerable songs about her military experiences. What she enjoys most about “The Golden Opportunity” is how easy it is for people to relate to it without having been in the military, and its potential to build within as well as beyond her own communities. The album was produced by Remy Vega and co-written by Treble NLS. This album was supported by the partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments with the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grant.