Pete Spynda

Pete_HA_JoeyKennedyDJ, event producer, designer and dad Pete Spynda shares his packed itinerary for the week of April 28 in NEXT Up. In between doing a million things in preparation for this weekend’s Pittonkatonk Brass Festival, Pete finds time to … do a million other things. He adds that “at any given time I have at least four cups of coffee in my car from Voluto, Espresso a Mano, Coffee Tree or whatever is around,” and this week it looks like he’s going to need it. Catch him below, if you can.

Tuesday: Take my daughter Sophi to school, grab coffee at Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville, and then a meeting at Pittsburgh Filmmakers to discuss a partnership for Bayardstown Movie nights. Head to Shadyside Nursery to finish building the outdoor stage and prepping for my summer music series, Weather Permitting. Buy nonperishable items for the Pittonkatonk Brass Festival, grab some Thai Cuisine for dinner and head home to get back to computer work.

Wednesday: Visit my 90-year-old grandpa in Homestead, and then meet with Deep Local and VIA about the opening party and upcoming BYOB(eamer) events at Bayardstown Social Club. Make contact with bands about Pittonkatonk, buy a PA and microphones and push the Indiegogo campaign. Go for a bike ride around the city. Crash.

Thursday: Pick up Boogat (a DJ flying in from Montreal to appear at PANDEMIC) from the airport. Meet with Listening Spaces coordinator Rich Randall for beers at Nico’s or Gooski’s. Show Boogat around Pittsburgh (my daughter will demand the incline and ice cream), and then take him to Mind Cure Records in Polish Hill and Sound Cat in Bloomfield.

Friday: Clean the house for 30+ people staying with me during the Pittonkatonk Brass Festival. At 1:30 p.m., soundcheck for PANDEMIC at Brillobox. Take Sophi to Gymkhana, get coffee, back to Brillo at 5 p.m. for the May Day Music and Labor Discussion. At 7:30 p.m., head to Unblurred on Penn Avenue. Coffee and a quick dinner. PANDEMIC!

Saturday: Gather food, kids activities, PA, bands, and the rest of the troops, and load the car for Pittonkatonk at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park. Chaos ensues.

Sunday: Head over to the Pittsburgh Marathon, where the What Cheer? Brigade will play in front of Howlers in Bloomfield, in exchange for breakfast. Begin working on Bayardstown Social Club opening party details (Sega Genesis on a video projector and live entertainment) for May 9th, Weather Permitting opening on June 1st and a new monthly DJ night called “No Mames” at Round Corner Cantina beginning on June 7th.

Photo by Joey Kennedy




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Former arts & culture editor of Pop City; worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art. Co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania and co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. In a band called The Garment District; founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.

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