Local Scene: Shelf Life String Band, D-Jam, Dragging the Stone

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Shelf Life Tales

■ The debut album from modern bluegrass jammers The Shelf Life String Band, "Another Evening and Other Tales," is a bawdy narrative with a timeline.

As the band describes it, the 10-song album, written by Joe DePasquale and Derek Dysart, "adheres to a timeline that is reminiscent of an evening of drinking, storytelling and debauchery with friends, with each track representing an hour of the night that stretches from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m."

Subject matter includes: "guns, prostitutes, writer's block, venomous reptiles, outlaws and binge drinking."

To celebrate the release, Brandon McCarthy of Rock Bottom Brewery in Homestead has announced that a new beer named after the band -- Shelf Life India Pale Lager -- will debut at the CD release show tonight at Howlers Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield.

The show is at 9 p.m. with Eli Perry. $5; www.shelflifestringband.com.


■ Pittsburgh jam band theCAUSE, known for its Grateful Dead/Phish/Dylan/Beatles repertoire, will be joined once again by Steve Kimock (of Ratdog fame) for the annual D-Jam to benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The show is Saturday at the Rex Theatre, South Side, and will include raffles, door prizes and an auction.

In its 14-year history, D-Jam has brought in a total of more than $45,000 for the Food Bank and last year raised nearly $10,000.

The show is at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; www.pittsburghfoodbank.org.

Dragging the Stone

■ Pittsburgh accordion player and avant-garde performance artist Steve Pellegrino presents Dragging the Stone ("the accordion band for the new millennium") CD release show at 8 p.m, Saturday at Modern Formations Gallery, 4919 Penn Ave., Garfield.

With opener Jason Baldinger and the Ministry of Beer, they promise to "welcome the vernal equinox and serve modular hypno music by the pound." www.modernformations.com.

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