Active musicians working to build Pittsburgh’s culture


Shawn McGregor, drummer of Backstabbing Good People exudes a contagiously positive attitude in describing his role in Pittsburgh’s music scene. “The people are the best part of this city, we have a great network of musicians here, ” said McGregor.

Backstabbing Good People has a solid connection with the city, which McGregor says comes from singer Clinton Clegg. “We all draw inspiration from his soulful connection with Pittsburgh,”  McGregor and company are constantly playing shows in Pittsburgh and in neighboring states.  McGregor is an active session player and MC’s the open mic night at the Thunderbird Café in Lawrenceville.

Derek Zanetti, the sole member of The Homeless Gospel Choir injects new life into a crowded and monotonous industry. “The art scene is thriving in Pittsburgh, you just have to find what you like.” Zanetti has the ability to make his shows an experience for the entire audience. Zanetti has a long history with juggernauts in the alternative music scene and yet he remains humble.

The rarity of Zanetti’s music is not to be overlooked. Zanetti is no stranger to the Pittsburgh scene, “I play out as often as I can, from Festivals to basement shows”. The level of Zanetti’s passion will certainly influence your opinion on “DIY” music. Zanetti has also released his first book, “Existentialism: A Musical”, a philosophical journey into everyday life.

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