Thursday, March 24, 2011

Phat Man Dee singing Three Times this weekend!

You heard it here first folks, if you are in the Pittsburgh area this weekend, 
I would love to see your shiny pretty face! If you aren't, well, I love ya anyways!

Tonight, Friday night I am singing in 2 places, but on the same street, so you could actually attend both were you so driven. At about 8:30 or so I will sing as an opener act for the lovely Miss Tess, the Twilight Brigade and Elliot Sussman at Hambone's in Lawrenceville, at 4207 Butler Street. $7, 21 and over.

Same night, just a little later, and 2 blocks closer to town at 10 pm, I am emceeing another phenomenal night of lovely ladies at Belvedere's, 4016 Butler St. in Lawrenceville, a night of live jazz by Pittsburgh's number one and number two best jazz artists (according to the City Paper readers poll 2010) namely me and Olga Watkins, and we're doing a duet together as we accompany the incredible dancers of the Bridge City Bombshells! Doors open at 9:00pm and show at 10 pm! 21 and over, $8 before 10 pm and $10 after 10 pm. Drink specials: $2 Yuenglings $3 Wells

And then tomorrow on Saturday, March 26  from 7:00pm - 9:00pm, at the Christine Frechard Gallery at 5871 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, if you would like me to sing to you with 2 of my favorite musicians (and not to backing tracks in smoky loud clubs) live and in person in a great art gallery check out the Facebook event page! Only $10 and ALL AGES!
And if you cannot attend I understand, for now, but please save the date of April 15!  We are planning a big Tsunami benefit for Japan at the Shadow Lounge, confirmed performers so far include myself, Geña of Machete, Miguel Sague III and Carlos Peña of Guaracha, Christina Springer, Daryl Fleming, Ben Shannon, Alba Flamenca (formerly Flamenco Pittsburgh) and more! Also a video game competition and raffle, so save the date and we'll send out more info soon!

Love and light,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring, Song, Phat Man Dee and you!

Hello friends! just a quick shout out to remind you that tonight, on St Patrick's Day 2011 I am singing at the Smiling Moose on Pittsburgh's glorious and historic South Side, as an opener for the everyone's favorite circus sideshow cum hip hopper from Cleveland, Bushwalla!
Also playing is Caleb Lovely!
I would love to see you, it shall be a phabulous evening of musical righteouscity...
I saw Bushwalla when he emceed the Jason Mraz tour last year and he was hilarious, I cannot wait to hear his music in person!
Here's the specifics of it all:
Thursday March 17, 2011 Bushwalla, Phat Man Dee and Caleb Lovely
Showtime is 7 pm at the Smiling Moose - upstairs and it is an ALL AGES
Only $10 at the door.
1306 E. Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

For more info about the evening:

Also next week:
Friday, March 25, 2011
I have 2 shows! I am emceeing the Bridge City Bombshells burlesque
extravaganza with Olga Watkins Band!
Bang Bang Burlesque with ALL LIVE MUSIC!
Live and in person at Belvedere's!
21 and over.
$8 before 10pm $10 after
Doors @ 9pm Showtime 10pm
 $2 Yuenglings $3 Wells
Facebok event page:

That same night I am running over to Hambone's to open up for Miss
Tess w/ The Twilight Broadcasters, with Elliott Sussman during Olga's
first set, more details online:

Next day on Saturday March 26

I am singing at the Christine Frechard Art Gallery with my good
friends and musical co conspirators, Miguel Sague III and Carlos Peña
of Guaraha.
5871 Forbes Avenue (between Murray and Shady), Pittsburgh, Pa. 15217
ALL AGES, 7 pm - 9 pm , $10 at the door

Come one, come all, it's Spring now so don't forget to call..... your
friends and make a date to come out and have some fun with us!
Love and spicy vegan buttercakes,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Phat Man Dee w/ Rusted Root and Bushwalla!

Friends, last week I suggested Spring was about to be sprung, and for our wonderful show with Coyote Run and it seemed that I was right, of course once they took their magical gaelic goodness away, the green and warm weather seemed to follow them, but they were not the only trick up my phat little sleeve! If you came to that show, I thank you for your attendance, and we had a wonderful night didn't we??? When they broke out into "Whalesong" in 4 part harmony with the didgeridoo I thought I'd lose it.... and if you'd told me 5 years ago I'd be singing Stevie Nicks and Tears for Fears songs as well as Irish rebel songs with Terry Griffith on a stage in front of people I'd have called you slightly tetched..... But miracles do happen and wishes do come true. Last week's gigs and this coming week of gigs is proof of that.

Friday March 11, 2011
I am singing as guests load onto the Gateway Clipper for a cruise with Rusted Root! It will be lovely, I'm singing with Colter Harper and Miguel Sague III, just a short set, but I've been listening to Root for so many years and this is something I have always wanted to be part of.

I am *ONLY* singing as people are loading on, from 7:30 - 7:55 p.m., and though I am making a brief cameo appearance with Rusted Root during their set, if you wish to see me with guitarist Colter Harper and percussionist Miguel Sague III then you must be early and on the boat by 7 p.m.. Once the boat departs there is another opening band "Bear Cub" and though I have heard good things about them, I've never heard them personally.

This Friday Mar 11, 2011 at 7 p.m., 21 and over
Begin boarding the Gateway Clipper at the dock at Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-355-7980
Buy Tickets online for $25, show is 21 and over:
More info:

And this impending St Patrick's Day
Thursday Mar 17, 2011
Last year I had the good fortune to see my friend and a previous companion in music, Mr Reggie Watkins, play his trombone with Jason Mraz here in Pittsburgh. I love and miss Reggie, he played on my debut album "Life Just Goes On".

Anyhoo, the emcee for this event was a hilarious performer named Bushwalla. and he's an entertainer after my own heart. We both have Reggie in common, we're both circus sideshow freaks and geeks from the old school, and we both love to make people happy with our music. His medium is hip hop, and his rhymes are edgy and somehow poignant, I cannot wait to hear his music live and in person on Carson Street and at the Smiling Moose! I hope you come the other opening act will be the Caleb Lovely Band.
Thursday Mar 17, 2011 at the Smiling Moose
1306 E Carson St, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
7 p.m., all ages, $10
For info on this show CLICK HERE 

I hope to see you at one or both of these shows, gigs like this don't come around every day. Until then, for your viewing pleasure, in late 2009 I worked with a pretty interesting photographer, Matt Hoyle, while he was shooting images of circus people. He's from Australia and lives in NYC. Last year he did a talk in Dubai at a TED X event, his talk was called "Perfect Imperfection" and he interviewed me and showed my picture and let me speak about beauty to all these people. It's pretty cool.

TEDxDubai 2010| Matt Hoyle from Giorgio Ungania on Vimeo.
The video is online at:

Safe travels, please come out to the gig!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This Sat! Coyote Run w/ Terry Griffith & Phat Man Dee

Spring is desperately attempting to get sprung and I for one hope you  will join us on Sat night and help it along!  I know I have mentioned this show in past email/blog blasts, but the weekend is nigh and I am  really excited about it.

This Saturday night I am bringing together under one roof and on one  stage my favorite Irish and Celtic musicians to ever walk the planet.  From Virginia the incredible talents of Coyote Run and in addition to their fiddle and their bagpipe they use didgeridoo and djembe and their mastery of their instruments and the stories behind their songs just shine right through. Their ultra tight vocal harmonies just bowl me over and I know you'll love them. I met them out at Starwood last summer and I am thrilled they're coming here, I really hope you will come out to see it.
.Flier made by Mr Arm of the SSOA

Their latest music video for "Oak and Ash and Thorn" :
My favorite song that they do so very well "Whalesong" :

Some great press quotes:
"Imagine Jethro Tull on Broadway and you start to get the picture." --
Sam McDonald, Music Editor, Daily Press, Norfolk, VA

"If the Red Hot Chili Peppers wore kilts...they might sound like this
band." -- Mike Farragher, The Irish Voice, Boston, MA
Their website:
Also joining us for a set this night is Terry Griffith , locally celebrated Irish Balladeer and an organizer for the St Patrick's Day Parade.

Accompanying me are my trusty companions Miguel Sague III on conga and Carlos Peña on guitar of Guaracha Latin Dance Band.

Specific details:
This Saturday Mar 5, 2011 at Howler's Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield at 4509 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Doors open at 8:00 pm / Show begins at 9:00 pm
Admittance is for ages 21 and over

Cost: $15 at the door or $12 in advance
For advance tickets please pay pal directly to
The tickets will be held at will call at the door the evening of the event, or rather, the name used to purchase the tix will be at the door on a list and you will be granted entry.

I really hope to see you there! If for some reason you are in Kent on Mrach 4, this Friday I will also be singing at my friend Halim El-Dabh's birthday party at Standing Rock Art Center.  He is a wonderful composer who has given so much to world in terms of music and ethnomusicology.

One last note, this month I lost my father Jay Leslie Kivowitz. He was a wonderful photographer who stoked my love of music with his adoration of Peter Paul and Mary as I was growing up. He is missed.

Love light and music,

Sample band press kits