Peter King and His Band of Fast Friends
Performer/guitar teacher Peter King leads five two-hour classes of lecture, discussion, and guided listening tracing the extraordinary, sometimes controversial career of Paul Simon. Classes are open to students enrolled in OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at University of Pittsburgh.
Peter performs with Marc Reisman on harmonica, Gary Pandolfo on bass and Vince Taglieri on drums. There is no admission fee.
Peter King and his Band of Fast Friends zoom into Tavern and the Wall for a return engagement. The band includes King, acoustic and electric guitars/vocals; Marc Reisman, harmonica; Gary Pandolfo, bass; and Vince Taglieri, drums. Catch 'em if you can!
The Fast Friends include Peter King on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars; Marc Reisman, harmonica; Mark Perna, bass; and Vince Taglieri, drums. Ask anyone who's seen 'em -- they're fast!
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh The Times They Are A-Changin’: Words and Music of Bob Dylan Arranged by Steve Hackman, Matthew Mehaffey Music Director Special guest: Peter King, guitar and vocal
Hear a few notes from his guitar, and you know it’s James Taylor. Now 70, the writer of “Fire and Rain,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight” and “Carolina in My Mind” has influenced pop, folk and country with his jazz-tinged chords and syncopated rhythms. The melodies and harmonies go down easy, but a closer listen reveals nuance, power and surprise. Taylor’s socially conscious, sometimes tormented soul reveals itself in songs about drug addiction, the First Gulf War and Martin Luther King. Other songs draw on his brother’s death, his difficult relationship with his father and his family's seafaring past. In a 5-session course, musician/guitar teacher Peter King will explore what makes Taylor’s music so original. Through guided listening to Taylor’s recordings as well as songs played live by the instructor on his guitar, the class will gain a deeper appreciation of the art of Sweet Baby James.
GIG POSTPONED DUE TO PENS GAME! WILL BE RESCHEDULED SOON! Peter returns to the Tavern in the Wall acoustic and electric guitar/vocals with his fast friends Mark Perna on bass, Marc Reisman on harmonica and Vince Taglieri on drums.
Peter King joins renowned conductor/arranger/composer Steve Hackman, the Mendelssohn Choir and a string quintet in an all-Bob Dylan program that re-imagines matchless songs including "Like a Rolling Stone," "Tangled Up in Blue" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." Tickets are available at ticketfly.com or at 844-4-FLY-TIX
House Concert, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
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Peter King (that’s me) will be performing his songs ("jazzy, easy-going acoustic folk-pop in the vein of vintage James Taylor and Paul Simon" – Post-Gazette) at Wallace's Whiskey Room + Kitchen Tuesday, Sept. 26 (that's tonight)! Expect a little less “easy-going acoustic,” as I’ll be playing plenty of electric guitar, backed by the dynamite Fast Friends Band: Mark Perna, bass; Marc Reisman, harmonica; Eric Kurtzrock, drums/vocals. Elegant, hip, happenin’ Wallace’s serves great dinners and drinks and offers an excellent viewing area for music. Check us out! Thanks, Peter www.peterkingmusic.com www.facebook.com/pkingmusic/
Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan, now 75, was 19 when he arrived in Greenwich Village in the bitter cold winter of 1961. Although Dylan creates fascinating music to this day, he made his boldest mark in the early to mid-sixties, when he transformed the pop soundscape with his matchless topical songs, signature symbolist imagery and leap from acoustic music to raw rock ‘n’ roll. In Dylan’s early career, a smart, confident, determined musician/myth-maker emerges. So does a charged era, from the Folk Revival to the Freedom Rides. Vivid characters – from Joan Baez to Allen Ginsberg to the brash, funny, enigmatic Dylan himself – parade by. And the great songs ring out: “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and more. Peter King, a well-known Pittsburgh guitar teacher, performer and journalist, will supplement lecture, recordings and videos with his own guitar playing to tell the story of this true American iconoclast.
Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Peter King is back at Tavern in the Wall, again backed by his Fast Friends: Mark Perna, bass; Marc Reisman, harmonica; and Eric Kurtzrock, drums.
Peter plays an evening of original songs both old and new with the help of fast friends Mark Perna on bass, Marc Reisman on harmonica and Mark Weakland on drums. Admission is free.
Peter performs old and new originals, as well as distinctive covers of blues, folk and jazz standards. Bassist Mark Perna, Peter's frequent colleague onstage and in the recording studio, will bring the bottom and then some. Come hear some cool sounds, and then check out "Pump Boys and Dinettes" next door in the CLO Cabaret Theater.
The Post-Gazette calls the music of Aspinwall's Peter King “jazzy, easy-going acoustic folk-pop in the vein of vintage James Taylor and Paul Simon.” The Beaver County Times says, "King has brought a fresh approach to the city’s singer-songwriter scene, with an accessible style that encompasses blues, jazz and Brazilian rhythms.” Joining Peter for his second set will be frequent colleague Mark Perna on bass (Richie Cole, Don Aliquo Sr., Christopher Mark Jones). King and Perna will mix originals -- including new tunes from Peter's upcoming third CD -- with standards from The Beatles to Dylan to B.B. King. The cozy, well-run and delicious Tavern in the Wall is a great place to dine, drink and hear music. Admission is free.
Singer-songwriter with jazz guitar chops. And why not?
It was 50 years ago today (well, almost) on Aug. 6, 1966, that The Beatles released Revolver – a recording on the short list of the group’s very best music. In fact, some critics and fans rank it even higher than “Sgt. Pepper.” Why do songs like “Taxman,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” still sound catchy, innovative and even profound a half-century after they were made? Gain some new insights through guided listening to the recordings, as well as examples played by the instructor on guitar.
Solo guitar and vocals.
"The male quartet in “Tangled up in Blue” and guitarist and singer Peter King’s rendition of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” were standouts."
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of The Times They Are A-Changin': The Music of Bob Dylan
“Jazzy, easy-going acoustic folk-pop in the vein of vintage James Taylor and Paul Simon.”
— Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (See complete article.)
"King has brought a fresh approach to the city’s singer-songwriter scene, with an accessible style that encompasses blues, jazz and Brazilian rhythms.”
— Scott Tady, Beaver County Times
“If guitar and songwriting are considered an art, than Peter King might be the Da Vinci of Pittsburgh’s coffeehouse scene. Don't miss your chance to hear this musical master at work!”
— Nikki Trader, In Pittsburgh
“Peter can pen a lyric with all the poignant whimsy of James Taylor and play with the dazzling dexterity of Django.”
— Jack Erdie, Three Penny Opry concert series
“His acoustic jazz, blues (and Latin!) infused original songs coupled with well chosen traditional and pop covers make for a great evening of live music.”
— Eve Goodman, Modern Formations concert series
“Peter King, his songs and his band delighted the crowd at the Resaca Series spring house concert. With Mark Perna on bass and Marc Reisman on harmonica, Peter was in top-notch form on guitar and vocals. He's also a gracious and engaging performer.”
— Diana Nelson Jones, presenter, Resaca Series, Mexican War Streets, Pittsburgh
"As the artist providing background music for our cocktail reception, Peter was the master! Our University of Pittsburgh alumni reception required an engaging yet subtle style, and Peter’s solo guitar performance delivered on all levels. He was professional, warm, genuine and so very talented with his six-string. Many of our guests complimented the music … personally, I look forward to hearing Peter play any chance I get!"
— Patty Kummick
Director of Development, University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
"Peter King is the consummate professional and I would recommend him for your event. He recently performed for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of our program ... The music was unobtrusive to those speaking but if you stopped and listened, it was lovely. He performed mainly instrumental songs but did sing a few tunes because our group wanted him to sing.
Almost as important as the beautiful music was the ease and trust working with Peter. I gave him the parameters, discussed what we were trying to achieve, and let him perform. For me as an event planner, there was no extra stress."
— Patricia J. Szczepanski
Program Assistant, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Pittsburgh
"Recently, my new husband and I were married and Peter King provided a wonderful musical backdrop for our wedding. Peter played instrumental background as our guests arrived and wowed the guests with a moving Keith Urban song in which he sang for a very special bridal march!
Our guests were highly impressed with Peter's musical talent.
If you're looking for guitarist/ singer to create a beautiful memory for your day, look no further. I would highly recommend Peter King."
— Sharon Letterle
“What a talented guitarist – and very professional! Peter was able to work with us on an extremely short time scale. His arrangements of the music we picked for our wedding were both appropriate and unique. We received many compliments. We are thrilled to have found Peter. It was such a pleasure to hear him play.”
— Bill and Heather Ryan
“Peter - Thank you so much for the wonderful music at our wedding reception. My wife was thoroughly pleased with not only the blend of music during the cocktail hour and dinner, but also noted that each and every couple attending the event went out of their way to remark on your music. I was particularly pleased with your rendition of my wife's wedding song!
Some of the guests commented on the food or wine, the floral arrangements and the ease with which so many strangers interacted so well together, but all of the attendees commented on your wonderful music and asked how I found you. I told them that I was lucky to have seen you play before and that Pink and I are hoping to have you at our Christmas Party later this year.”
— Pink and Jim Carroll
“King has gained a loyal following through his intricate guitar work, exciting singing and evocative, richly melodic songs, including the cult classic, ‘Capital of Idaho.’”
— (Philadelphia) City Line News
“He plays an eclectic array of material with dancing and delicate technique.”
— Derek Harper, (Philadelphia) Main Line Times
“… an eclectic set of arrangements. ‘Dig This Demo,’ his first self-released disc, reflects his penchant for retooling folky standards.”
— John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (See full preview.)
“… proof yet again that we don’t have to look any further than our own back yard for great talent.”
— Mark M. Weber, Shadyside Summer Arts Festival
“I love his style — bluesy, but he’s got his own thing. The guitar playing is particularly strong.”
— David Jay, Shadyside Summer Arts Festival
“The 2000 Three Rivers Arts Festival closed on Sunday, June 18 as one of the most successful Festivals in recent years. I would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to you for your role in that success. The professionalism, preparation and quality of your performance at this year’s Festival contributed immeasurably to the festival Performing Arts program. It was a pleasure to present your performance at the event.”
— Donna J. Garda, Assistant Director for Performing Arts, Three Rivers Arts Festival
“Peter King’s flashy guitar and soulful singing captured the Hampshire audience. From his opening song to his encore, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. ”
— Ford Myers, Hampshire College
“He writes, sings, and plays in a style that stands out — it is unique and memorable. He also has a good-natured, down-to-earth stage presence that warms a crowd. Peter King is an original talent. ”
— Andy Kimbel, Montgomery County Community College
“Peter King gave a top quality performance. He’s got his delivery down. He knows how to put a song across. He also has a knack for playing the right tune at the right time. The audience loved it, and shouted for more.”
— Jimmy Hunt, Around-the-Bend Tavern
“You could tell he dug what he was doing, and that enthusiasm was infectious. The crowd enjoyed.”
— Joey Elia, Red-Eye Tavern
“Peter's music is a little off the beaten track, with one foot in the singer-songwriter world and another in the world of jazz. It's gorgeous stuff.”
— Mark Perna, producer and bassist with Don Aliquo, Sr., Ken Karsh and (truth in advertising!) Peter King
“I like his style. His melodies are catchy and his lyrics hit home. He has command of his craft, a real pro.”
— Joel Dorn, Grammy award-winning recording director for Roberta Flack, Don McLean, Leon Redbone