Tonight's a family night for Ed Horey and Corinne Bohjanen. They'll grab their guitars and their six children and head to Millvale Days 2013, a festival celebrating the community businesses and residents.
"This year, we're celebrating our 20th annual Millvale Days," said Patricia Hachick of the Millvale Days committee. "There will be food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival rides, live music throughout the day and night. And we'll also have the Keystone State Wrestling Association presenting professional wrestling matches."
Mr. Horey, 35, and Ms. Bohjanen, 38, make up Jupiter Vinyl, an acoustic duo that has been playing local clubs, parties, river cruises and festivals for the past couple of years. This evening, while their kids -- ranging in ages from 3 to 14 -- are scarfing cotton candy and enjoying the rides and booths, Jupiter Vinyl will be playing on the Sedgewick Street stage.
"They're doing a classic car cruise at 7 p.m., and that's right when we're playing," Mr. Horey said.
The sound will be a pleasant mix of familiar covers and retro-folk songs from the couple's own album, produced by Mr. Horey's Paint Can Records. They're hoping it's the start of something big.
Mr. Horey is from Upper St. Clair. Ms. Bohjanen is from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
"Ed is a classically trained pianist and has been playing the guitar since he was young," Ms. Bohjanen said. "And I was a vocalist with the University of Michigan glee club, and I play a little bit of guitar."
They met while playing in Mars Plastic, a four-piece band that focused on covering songs by other artists. One day in August 2010, they ventured out as a twosome.
"We got an opportunity to play an acoustic gig at Wright's Seafood in Carnegie, and it went really well," Mr. Horey said. "It was the first time we were actually able to hear our voices, because when we played in the cover band, the music was always louder. We really got a sense of how well our vocals blended, harmony-wise.
"Plus, it's easier to get gigs with just two people. You don't have to lug a drum set around, and a whole lot of other opportunities around the city opened up. We started doing just cover songs, playing songs we liked -- but in our own way, rather than in the way of the original artist. That enabled us to learn our craft."
They married in May and live in Mt. Lebanon. They have day jobs with a medical device manufacturer in Bethel Park.
They also have distinct roles in the music-making. Ms. Bohjanen writes the lyrics while Mr. Horey works up a melody. They then bring their songs together and smooth out the harmonies.
Tonight's show is their sixth gig in eight days, in venues ranging from an arts festival in Kennerdell to a record store in Lawrenceville.
"Pretty much anywhere where they'd like live music," Mr. Horey said.
Right now, they're setting up their own shows, bringing in a free-lance drummer when the occasion calls for it.
"It's not like we're inundated to the point we have to hire someone [to manage the act]," Mr. Horey said. "Booking agents and managers, you have to get on them just like you have to get on the people running the venues. So we've just cut out the middle man -- at least until it starts to get too crazy."
With the six kids they've brought to the marriage, time management is crucial.
"When the kids aren't here, we're rock stars," Ms. Bohjanen said. "And when the kids are here, we're parents."
Millvale Days are open to the public from 6 to 11 p.m. tonight and Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. For a complete list of events and vendors, visit the Facebook page for millvaledays2013.
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