Special Ks: Pittsburgh Musicians

I’ve mentioned before how southeastern suburban Denver, where I grew up, is seemingly dominated by people of Northwestern European descent.  My last name is Williams and the last names of the members of my first teenage suburban punk band were Jacobs, Guthrie, and Swanson.

Then I moved to Pittsburgh, which has many more Eastern Europeans, and the last names of my new band mates were different.  For instance, there were lots of names that ended in the letter K.  I made music (and a fair amount of noise with screaming over top of it) with guys with last names like Jencik, Kasparek, Tlumack, and Potiseck.  And we shared the stage with musicians with last names such as Zentek, Jarabeck, Urchick, Dayak, and Garbark.

Early 1990s Western PA bandmates (Photographer unknown)

None of these punk and indie rock musicians make any music that sounds remotely Eastern European or with any instruments from their forebearers’ countries.  Fortunately, others carry on those traditions.  Nonetheless, these fellow noisemakers of mine are the Special Ks that help give Pittsburgh its distinctive flavor.

– Tim

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

One response to “Special Ks: Pittsburgh Musicians

  1. Amy Korman

    If you want to hear some Eastern European music this Sunday, the Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet will be at Bach Beethoven and Brunch at Mellon Park.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s