The Damaged Pies celebrate their 35th anniversary with a concert and documentary screening | Screen | Pittsburgh


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The damaged pies

As far as local institutions go, The Damaged Pies has to rank pretty high. Founded in 1987, the band have been a constant force in rock ‘n’ roll for 35 years, playing everywhere and with everyone.

On Sunday June 19, The Damaged Pies will host an all-in-one concert, documentary screening and benefit evening at the Tull Family Theatre. Proceeds from the event will go to a cause The Damaged Pies have supported throughout their career: WhyHunger’s Artists Against Hunger and Poverty.

Damaged Pies’ resume speaks for itself; they’ve played everywhere from CBGB in New York to Sun Studios in Nashville, and played with everyone from Pete Best to Alejandro Escovedo. Yet they always come back to Pittsburgh, and this event will aim to encapsulate that.

The day begins with a screening of Go get your daughter, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the band’s journey. The band, which is described in a press release as being known for their “brand rock and five-part harmonies”, is made up of guitarist and vocalist Steve Bodner, Marjie Michel Pintea on vocals and acoustic guitar, Mark Pintea Sr. on drums, Mark Pintea Jr. on guitar and vocals, Amy Withrow on vocals and percussion, and Jerri Collins on bass, with additional vocals by Elana Shahen.

Bodner explains that the film will commemorate the band’s 35th anniversary and serve as a sequel to their 2011 film Same circus, different city.

“The idea was to have a loose, intimate look at the band through songs and interactions,” says Bodner, adding, “As far as the title goes, Go get your daughter had that old Elvis or beach movie feel that made it appropriate. We had a great time on set, with our friend, Megan Paullet, sitting to a few songs.”

Captured by Tom Weber Films, this footage is described as sharing “backstage and live moments of the band’s artistry, backstory and drive that has led to such longevity”, and features Exclusive footage of The Damaged Pies in rehearsal and performance at Carnegie Music Hall and the Carnegie Free Library.

The band will follow the screening with a 40-minute concert at the Tull. All ticket proceeds will go to WhyHunger’s fight against poverty. Attendees are also encouraged to bring boxed cereal, peanut butter, jelly, crackers and granola bars, all non-perishable items being donated to the Coraopolis Food Bank.

Damaged pies. 2 p.m. Doors at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20. Tull Family Theatre. 418 Walnut St., Sewickley. $10. All ages.

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