Tonight: Evolver Tattoo Arts will be host to live music


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Here's a chance to leave a South Side tattoo and piercing parlor with something that you won't regret.

It's a night of live music at Evolver Tattoo Arts on Carson Street.

(Just kidding about that "regret" stuff. These artists pride themselves on giving customers exactly what they envision and you can see the results at the shop's Facebook page.)

The headline act is Andrew Winter & the Reckless Dodgers, featuring Mr. Winter -- the former drummer for Blitzkid -- playing guitar and singing his own songs.

"I've known him for a long time," said Brett Shumaker, who books local artists. "He's from Bluefield, W.Va., just like I am. I knew him when he played with Blitzkid and we kept in touch.

"He started this new band and asked if I could hook him up with a gig in Pittsburgh."

Fortunately, Mr. Shumaker knew a guy who would host shows in his house. But when he reached out to him, he learned that the house parties had been halted.

It was that friend who suggested having the show at the tattoo parlor. This isn't the first time that piercing sounds have been heard there.

"We have a booth up in the front window on this little stage thing," said David Frentzel, one of the artists at Evolver, which has been open for about a year and a half. "So whenever we have shows, we clear off all the tattoo stuff and clean it up real well. And they play right up there.

"People outside walking by on Carson can look in the window and see the back of them and hear the music real well. And then everyone's inside watching them."

It can get crowded, but what's wrong with that? If it's crowded, that probably means you've found something fun.

"We have bands in about every couple weeks," said Mr. Frentzel. "We also do art shows. It's an artsy environment. And a lot of the bands are tattoo-oriented.

"We do it to make more people aware that the shop's here, and that we don't just do tattoos. We also do fine art and other shows, too."

And just because there's music playing up front doesn't mean you can't get a tattoo in back. Or anywhere else you want it.

"We have four other booths away from the front so, yeah, absolutely," Mr. Frentzel said. "One show I ended up doing two tattoos on the opening band members after they were done playing, while the other bands played."

Tonight's lineup isn't what you might expect to hear in a tattoo parlor. Mr. Shumaker described Mr. Winter's music as being quite different from the "horror punk" he played for the better part of a decade with Blitzkid.

"He plays mountain punk. It's punk with a little bit of country to it," he explained, as if anyone wouldn't be clear on that. "He's playing with his new band [the Reckless Dodgers], a drummer and a bass."

If you go on the Internet, you learn that Mr. Winter mixes "various genres and themes." Music journalist AD Amorosi writes, "The whole shebang sounds like a sweet blend of the Avett Bros and Green Day. If you haven't heard of them yet, you will."

Here's a quick summary of the three local acts Mr. Frentzel lined up to fill out tonight's bill.

"Fun Home is two sisters, Liz and Sara," he said. "They're twins and they play soft indy-folk.

"Next is Average Joey. He's actually the guy who was running the house venue. He plays solo folk-punk. And then there's Whoovez. He is a solo guy. He calls it 'emo-folk,' but it's acoustic guitar. I like to mix it up a little bit."

It's an all-ages show at 1009 E. Carson St. at 7 p.m. There's a $5 cover and you have to pay for any tattoos you get.

Check it out!

Get a preview of tonight's event!

"Silver Lining" -- Andrew Winter & the Reckless Dodgers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=remi12pG6rA

If you have a suggestion for something to do some evening, let us know about it and we'll see if we can get some of our friends to join you. Contact Dan Majors at dmajors@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1456.

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