Archive for July, 2008

The “Begining”

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

For me, the Greensburg/Latrobe scene began on Sunday August 23, 1987 at Harry’s Danceland in Latrobe, PA. Until then, the only experience I had with any live music that was remotely “underground” (or in this case, “New Wave”) was an Affordable Floors show that was at the Greensburg Civic center. I think that was in 1986. Anyway, The Affordable Floors show was fun and it was something different to do in the area (besides hanging out at Westmoreland Mall on a Saturday night). But The Floors where in no way “punk” or “hardcore,” which was the music I was seriously getting into at the time.

So when I discovered this very punk looking gig flyer with a very punk sounding band called “New Federation,” playing a place that was not in Pittsburgh (the closest place to find anything even close to punk or hardcore) I knew I had to go and check it out for myself. I can’t remember where I got this flyer.

newfed-flyer

I believe Rob (the singer of  New Federation) gave it to me at….gee, let me see….could it have been… Westmoreland Mall? Probably.

Anyway, I went to the gig at Harry’s Danceland in Latrobe and it was a blast (Danceland has its own rich musical history that I may explore in a future post).

Here is were I hope this blog can become a sort of “collective memory,” because I really wish I had video or pictures from that show. So if anyone else has anything that documents this particular show PLEASE send it to me so I can post it!

* More on the “transformation” of New Federation in a future post.

Introduction!

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Welcome to WestPa-Underground.

This blog is dedicate to documenting the underground music scene of Greensburg and Latrobe Pennsylvania (and surrounding areas) from 1986 to 2000 (give or take).

As an aging individual (I am in my late thirties) who grew up in this region and participated in the scene during this time period, I thought it would be a good idea to finally collect all my personal artifacts, that related to this fun little music scene, in some sort of cohesive presentation (instead of in random boxes and folders sitting in my basement). By collecting and presenting my collection of photos, gig flyers, recordings, videos, etc. in a very public way on this blog, I hope to create some kind of “document” that will provide a window into this scene (both for myself and anyone interested). I really hope others who were hanging out at the Greensburg Denny’s after the shows during that period will share their thoughts or maybe their own collection of artifacts that document the Greensburg and Latrobe scene. So please, leave a comment, provide a link to your defunct band’s online discography (that you finally digitized from cassette), or send me your old songs, photos, gig flyers, or whatever, so they can be posted on this blog for all the world to finally see and hear!