Every first and third Sunday of the month, at around 5 p.m., the front door of Hambone’s, a bar and restaurant in Lawrenceville, becomes a portal to an alternate universe. Standing on Butler Street you will see men and women disappear through that door carrying banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and the occasional contrabass.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading It’s alive and well in the Steel City. After all, Pittsburgh is Appalachia.
Steve Hackman, 35, is an emerging phenomenon in the world of music, fusing classical and popular pieces. Hackman is creating and conducting his hybrid concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Jan. 27 and March 9. A native of suburban Chicago, he has an undergraduate degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2016
  • Sub Heading Steve Hackman’s musical mash-​ups come to Pittsburgh
Five years ago, Brazilian conductor and composer Flavio Chamis set out to create an album with musicians from five nations at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Chamis and producer Jay Ashby decided to take things slowly, something unusual in the commercial music world. Three years later, in 2006, Especiaria was released. The album was…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Global City
Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, are twin cities, with nightclubs and great musicians in both places. The only thing that separates the two cities is a bridge.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
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