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COLUMBUS, Ohio (December 8, 2014) – PromoWest Productions, a top-ranked independent concert promoter by Pollstar Magazine, announced today its purchase of Bunbury and Buckle Up music festivals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The purchase adds to PromoWest’s existing portfolio of concert venues including LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar in Columbus, Ohio and Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. “We are excited to expand into the Cincinnati market. We have strong relationships with the bands that play Bunbury as they play our venues throughout the year,” said Scott Stienecker, president and CEO of PromoWest Productions. PromoWest will handle all booking, marketing, sponsorship and production of the festivals and Bill Donabedian will continue to oversee operations.

In past years, Bunbury Music Festival, which takes place along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove, has hosted top alternative artists including The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Fall Out Boy, FUN. and more. PromoWest, known for its creative design of intimate concert venues in Columbus and Pittsburgh, has modified the festival layout to provide fans with a more intimate concert experience. The festival, previously having one main stage and five smaller stages, will now feature two main stages and two side stages for better viewing and easier logistical flow for festival goers. Bunbury Music Festival will take place June 5-7, 2015.

Buckle Up Music Festival, a country music festival that launched in 2014 hosting country stars such as The Band Perry, Willie Nelson and Alabama and brought in close to 60,000 attendees, will be relocated from Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove to the new Summit Park in Blue Ash, Ohio for 2016. “Country music is on fire right now and we are looking forward to booking the hottest performers,” said Stienecker.  Due to the timing of the purchase acquisition and construction of the new festival location, Buckle Up will return in August 2016. Refunds for 2015 are available at original point of purchase.

The lineup for Bunbury festival will be announced in February of 2015.

PromoWest will bring in its current ticketing partner, Ticketmaster, to handle both festivals. All previously purchased tickets through ShowClix for the 2015 Bunbury festival will be honored at the main festival gate. Refunds, if needed, are available at the original point of purchase. Bunbury early bird single-day tickets are $49, 3-day passes are $109 and VIP is $349. Ticket prices will increase January 2, 2015. Additional pricing details are available at

PromoWest Productions

PromoWest Productions, having just celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2014, currently offers Columbus, Ohio, over 450 events a year at its venues LC Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar. PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE, in downtown Pittsburgh in 2010. For more information on PromoWest, please visit

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Marilyn Manson brings the Hell not Hallelujah Tour to Stage AE – January 30th

PromoWest North Shore and Coors Light Presents
Marilyn Manson

January 30th, 2015 – 7 PM
Stage AE – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$45.00 Advance/Day of Show
Tickets go on sale November 21st

Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar,” became a mainstream antihero, much to the chagrin of conservative politicians and concerned parents. Such attention pushed many of his songs — including “The Dope Show,” “The Beautiful People,” and a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” — into the upper reaches of the modern rock charts during his heyday. Born Brian Warner, Manson was raised in Canton, Ohio. After relocating to Florida in 1989, he became friends with guitarist and fellow outsider Scott Mitchell; the two soon decided to form a band adopting the name Marilyn Manson. The band’s sound began taking on a harder edge, and by 1992 they were among the most popular acts in the South Florida area. In 1993, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor came calling, offering both a contract with his Nothing Records label as well as the chance to open for NIN the following spring; Manson accepted both offers, and the group’s debut LP, Portrait of an American Family, appeared during the summer of 1994.

In 2011, during preparation for the release of the band’s eighth studio album, drummer Ginger Fish announced he had left the group. Later that same year, Manson premiered a short film in support of the album titled Born Villain. The film, directed by actor Shia La Beouf, was not a music video for a specific track, but a stand-alone short. The album Born Villain, featuring the single “No Reflection,” was released in 2012 and debuted inside the Top Ten. Recording began one year later for The Pale Emperor, set for release early in 2015 on Cooking Vinyl. Don’t miss Marilyn Manson January 30 at Stage AE!

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Ticket Link:

Tickets available November 21 at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at For more information visit

An Evening with Gaelic Storm at Stage AE! – February 19th, 2015

PromoWest North Shore and Coors Light Presents
An Evening With Gaelic Storm!

February 19, 2015 – 7:30 PM
Stage AE – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$22.00 Advance/$25.00 Day of Show
Tickets go on sale 11/14!

Even before releasing an LP, the Santa Monica-based Celtic group Gaelic Storm — vocalist/accordionist Patrick Murphy, bodhran player Stephen Wehmeyer, guitarist/mandolinist Steve Twigger, fiddler Samantha Hunt, and djembe player Shep Lonsdale — left an impression on audiences worldwide through their appearance as the “steerage band” entertaining immigrant third-class passengers in James Cameron’s blockbuster film epic Titanic. The unprecedented success of the movie brought Gaelic Storm to the attention of the Higher Octave label, which in 1998 issued the group’s self-titled LP. Herding Cats followed a year later, with Tree appearing in spring 2001 and Special Reserve arriving in 2003. The group’s fifth album, 2004’s How Are We Getting Home?, debuted at number three on the world music charts, 2006’s Bring Yer Wellies landed at number two, and 2008’s What’s the Rumpus? managed to snag the number one spot. The full-length albums Cabbage and Chicken Boxer arrived in 2010 and 2012, respectively. After 10 albums, and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career from 2004-2014, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings. Don’t miss An Evening with Gaelic Storm February 19 at Stage AE!

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Tickets available November 14 at all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at For more information visit

Tickets on sale 11/14!

February 19th at Stage AE!

Umphrey’s McGee Returns to Rage

Attention all progressive rockers!!! They’re back in town for the third year in a row, because evidently they didn’t rock enough worlds when they last played Stage AE last October. Umphrey’s McGee has been gracious enough to give us another chance to witness their spectacular blend of prog-rock and not-so-heavy metal, along with shades of jazz and funk and almost every other genre in the spectrum; this band is the definition of versatile.
Formed in 1997, this six-man band is performing with all but one of the founding members, and their chemistry is more intense than ever before. Having just released their eighth and most recent studio album, Similar Skin, in June, UM is prepared to deliver one hell of a show to their loyal fan base.
All six members of the band deliver one-of-a-kind talent, but the highlight (in my opinion) is lead guitarist, Jake Cinninger. This guy’s guitar solos give Slash a run for his money. The whole band backs him up perfectly. Their tightness on-stage is second to none, with all members simultaneously making key changes and transitions with unmatchable precision.
Let’s not forget that Dopapod is going to warm up the crowd with their jam-band style charisma. Be ready to dance the night away!
On Friday, October 24, these bands will be firing on all cylinders to give you the show you paid to see, so be sure to get your tickets at:


STS9 returns to Stage AE on Friday, October 10th!

Do you like instrumental music? How about electronic jam bands? Are you a huge fan of live shows and drinking beer? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you need to free your schedules for Friday, October 10; Sound Tribe Sector 9 is coming to our very own Stage AE to blow minds!

Touring for their eleventh studio, When the Dust Settles, this band shows no signs of slowing down. Why would they? They stand at the forefront of a unique genre and they have an incredible track record of headlining huge music festivals, as well as opening for popular acts such as Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion?) and The Glitch Mob.

Although this band has been around since 1998, their popularity still continues to blossom across the country as if they were a new band; they are averaging 5,000 tickets sold per show for a good reason.
What may be even more impressive than their musical accolades is their philanthropy. They’ve raised a ton of money for various charities as well as working with different non-profit organizations to aid in a plethora of different causes. STS9 has even gone as far as to turn some of their own concerts into food drives where fans bring a canned food item to the show.

Whether you’ve listened to STS9 before or not, you have to respect these guys and what they stand for; give them a chance! There’s a good reason why they’re on Pollstar Magazine’s list of top grossing touring acts. It’s because they put on one hell of a show for their fans.

This show will be indoors, and tickets are still available at:

Grab your friends and come ready to dance!

by Shane Singer

STS9 at Stage AE!

Tantrum in Fitzburgh!

Fitz and the Tantrums graced us with their presence this Saturday at Stage AE in Pittsburgh’s North Shore, and they delivered one hell of a show. A very loyal following of ecstatic fans congregated outside the gates of Stage AE hours before the show with aspirations of making their way to the front of the pit; everybody wanted to be close to the action for this show.

HOLYCHILD! was the first opening act on the tour, helping to get the crowd warmed up in anticipation of the main event. They played for about forty minutes and then left the stage for Max Frost to come do his thing. I was pleasantly surprised with Max. Let me be completely honest, I had never heard of this kid before the show, and I did not take the time to research him prior to the concert. However, upon hearing him play live, I was very impressed with his dynamics as well as his chemistry on stage with his bandmates. He encored with “White Lies,” his most successful hit. This song sounded amazing and prompted me to go listen to more of his music. He had me questioning where I had gone wrong with my own musical endeavors, as we are the same age.

Frost bowed out as his band played him off and it was time for the headlining act: Fitz and the Tantrums. They came on stage to welcome a very enthusiastic audience, and they wasted no time with introductions. Fitz opened with “Get Away” and the crowd was immediately launched into dance mode. The demeanor of the crowd made it evident that everyone was having an awesome time. Fitz and the Tantrums played for about an hour and a half before leaving the stage, triggering the inevitable encore chant that echoed through the entire north shore. Fitz refused to leave their fans disappointed, and the band returned to the stage for their big finish as the crowd erupted with a blood-curdling uproar of applause. The band proceeded to play their two most popular songs, “Money Grabber” and “The Walker,” which proved to be very pleasing to the crowd.

This band was special in the way they conducted themselves on stage. They were very interactive with the crowd, always trying to evoke as much noise and excitement and dancing as humanly possible. I was very impressed with James King, the bands saxophone player who had several intricate solos throughout the set.

Overall, this show was excellent from beginning to end, and it couldn’t have happened on a nicer night. Hopefully you had the opportunity to witness, but in case you missed it, Fitz and the Tantrums reassured fans that they would return to Pittsburgh to rock some worlds once again.


By: Shane Singer

Photo by Instagram fan @ah_b_normal


  1. Get Away
  2. Don’t Gotta Work It Out
  3. Break the Walls
  4. Breakin’ the Chains of Love
  5. Keepin Our Eyes Out
  6. Spark
  7. MerryGoRound
  8. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
    (Eurythmics cover)
  9. Out of My League
  10. House on Fire
  11. Fools Gold
  12. Last Raindrop
  13. 6AM
  14. Tell Me What Ya Here For
  15. L.O.V.
  16. MoneyGrabber
  17. The Walker

He’s Back!

You heard me! I said that Jack White is back and he is ready to melt your faces with his undeniable musical genius.Exactly one month from today, Mr. White will be gracing us with his presence at Stage AE to promote his most recent studio album, Lazaretto.

            White decided to write another solo album after receiving widespread critical acclaim for his first, Blunderbuss, which he both wrote and produced. Jack White’s debut solo album peaked at number 1 on both US’s Billboard Top 200 and the UK Album Charts. This early success as a solo artist led White to further explore the vast realm of his own brilliance, and he has once again struck gold with Lazaretto.

            With a two-album repertoire, we are likely to hear most of the songs that Jack White wrote as a solo artist. However, one could speculate that he may break out a few classics from his other projects. Be it the White Stripes, The Raconteurs, or The Dead Weather, Jack White can do no wrong with his music, and that also holds true for his live performances.

            Jack White will waste no time with fancy light shows, fog machines, or other theatrical distractions; this man is here to bring you music in its purest form. How could anyone not appreciate that? This is raw art; no gimmicks.

            Don’t miss the show of a lifetime. Jack White will be playing outdoors at Stage AE in Pittsburgh’s North Shore on July 27th. The gates will open at 7:00 PM. This show has already sold out (in less than 48 hours, I might add), so hopefully you have already purchased your tickets. See you at the show!



by Shane Singer