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Morning Sun
  • Something’s happening in Pittsburg. Something really is happening!

  • If “Bobby G’s” was a bar in  Brooklyn, or on the lower Eat Side of Manhattan, the line to get in would stretch around several blocks. The entertainment is that good! To paraphrase one famous “Ragin’ Cajun”....”It’s the music, stupid!”

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  • If “Bobby G’s” was a bar in  Brooklyn, or on the lower Eat Side of Manhattan, the line to get in would stretch around several blocks. The entertainment is that good! To paraphrase one famous “Ragin’ Cajun”....”It’s the music, stupid!”
    The arts...music, and culture, are the real glue that binds a community together. It sticks to your ribs and your soul.  Music can be transformational. If you can combine a thriving arts scene with a robust spectator sport scene, you have all the elements of urban vibrancy that makes a community get up on its hind legs and start to hum.  Pittsburg has that in the making.
    Five nights a week, Bobby Gardullo and his partners have managed to transform a formerly sleepy Sixth St. In downtown Pittsburg into a music and Social Mecca, where old meet young, and everyone in between.  There are people gathered there with gray hair, braided hair, lots of hair, and no hair, and they all seem to get along swimmingly. They all seem to groove to the music together.  (The libations probably don’t hurt either).
    This past Monday night it was a blind and brilliant piano man from Upstate NY, who recently moved to Kansas with his new wife ( an  Iola native).  His name is Todd East, and when he tickles the ivories, and belts out a tune, move over Stevie Wonder, and take a back seat Billy Joel! Goodness, gracious, great  balls of fire! And right in little old downtown Pittsburg!  Who woulda thunk?
    The Wayward Bettys are a local female guitar music duo who combine the throaty rhythms of Wynona Judd with the lilting lyricism of a Joni Mitchell, and they rock the house on Tuesdays. By Wednesday, I was too exhausted to go see another great girl group, “Deadeye”, and “Conway Jackson” on Thursday eluded me too, but they all drew happy singalong crowds to this downtown happy place. On Friday nights, it is standing room only when the Shane Duling band starts to move and shake the joint at eight o’clock. It just doesn’t get any better than this, and the bare brick walls and crusty ambience, and NY Lounge style couches in  the place are packed with happy revelers, and it doesn’t even have to be Mardi Gras. This could, and should, be the start of something big in the center stage of Pittsburg that downtown can again become. Something is indeed happening here.
    There are other promising signs of renewed vitality in Pittsburg, from the lively student and sports oriented crowds at Chatters, to the sirloin tips eating crowds at the Fifth St. Bar, to the country twang of another new honky Tonk on Broadway, to the sparking club like atmosphere of a 505, and it’s connected billiard hall, something is happening in downtown Pittsburg.
    Page 2 of 2 - It may not yet be a renaissance, but with the impending revival of the Colonial Fox theatre, and the new arts center opening soon, and the continued vitality of the Memorial Auditorium, it looks like its time to “Laissez les Bon temps roulet”! So, Let the Good times roll!

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