LocaL: “The three of us together… pure joy.”
There are music venues popping up all over the place these days and countless bands performing any given night. But LocaL, a Pittsburgh-based band with a unique sound, performing several times per month throughout the area, should be at the top of anyone’s list of local bands to see.
LocaL, with two capital Ls, is an acoustic trio comprised of Leigh-Anne Yost, Kyle Ingram and Zack DeFelice. The trio calls their unique style “Hippibilly Blues,” and recorded and released their first EP over the summer.
“While we may not get a lot of airplay, due to not fitting into any niche, we are proud of the sound we were able to create,” says Yost, of their four-song EP, available on iTunes and at every show.
Though the radio may be an unlikely place to hear LocaL, the band has no shortage of gigs lined up. In fact, they have five shows scheduled between December 12 and 26.
“December events are always fun – with the holidays approaching, there’s always a special energy in the air. Plus, it means ugly Christmas sweater parties,” says Yost, adding that LocaL will celebrate ugly Christmas sweaters at the Handle Bar and Grille in Canonsburg on December 19.
And anyone who misses LocaL in December in all the holiday hustle and bustle, can catch them at a particularly exciting event in January.
“We’re especially looking forward to our show at Trax Farms on January 24. It’s their annual Beer Festival. LocaL loves beer!”
Yost admits it’s hard to pick a favorite venue. LocaL has several venues they play regularly, including The Handle Bar and Grille in Canonsburg, Kopper Kettle in Washington, Beer Market in the North Shore and Bee’z Bistro and Pub in Bridgeville.
“They’re all super accommodating with a fun, happy clientele” says Yost of LocaL’s regular venues.
Influenced by bands and artists like Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Debbie Gibson, the Beatles and Incubus, it’s easy to see why LocaL’s sound, also influenced by country, is so unique.
On their Facebook page, the band says they like “to take their favorite songs and make them into simple acoustic arrangements,” citing “fresh takes” on a wide array of songs from Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” to classics like “Stand By Me,” originally performed by Ben E. King.
The three band members are best friends, says Yost, who sings, writes and plays guitar. Ingram is also a singer, songwriter and guitar player, while DeFelice is on percussion and guitar and also does vocals and writes.
“It always amazes me how the right people come into your life just when you need them most,” says Yost.
Yost met DeFelice in January 2011 when a friend introduced them.
“I had gotten a divorce the year before and was in need of a night out. I met up with a friend from work, who introduced me to Zack. We were fast friends.”
Later, Yost met Ingram while serving at the former Jay’s Sports Bar in Southpointe. But it was former band member, Lisa Weiss, who Yost credits for bringing the band together. In fact, the two capital letters in LocaL were originally for Leigh-Ann and Lisa.
“We’re always told, ‘You guys look like you have so much fun together,'” says Yost, adding, “We’re all three pretty happy people in general, but put the three of us together in front of a fun crowd, playing the songs we love…that’s pure joy.”
Don’t miss LocaL Live on Stage
Sat., Dec. 13 – The Beer Market Pittsburgh – 9 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 19 – The Handle Bar & Grill, Canonsburg – 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 20 – Kopper Kettle Washington – 9 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 26 – The Beer Market Pittsburgh – 9 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 – Bee’z Bistro & Pub Bridgeville – 9 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 9 – Handle Bar & Grill Canonsburg – 8:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 9 – The Walnut Grill – Bridgeville – 9 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 10 – The Beer Market – Pittsburgh – 9 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 23 – The Walnut Grill – Bridgeville – 9 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 24 The Beer Market Pittsburgh – 9 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 31 – Bee’z – Bridgeville – 9 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 6 – Handle Bar & Grille Canonsburg – 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 7 – The Walnut Grill Bridgeville – 9 p.m.
For a full schedule: facebook.com/LocaLband/info OR reverbnation.com/localband
Story by Danette Levers for Pennsylvania Bridges