The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. strengthens the region's cultural workforce and economy by ensuring a vibrant contemporary music scene. To further our mission, we underwrite local professional musicians’ live performances in area health facilities, sponsor showcases to spotlight original music and creative interpretation, and pursue opportunities that encourage a sense of community among local musicians.
In support of our mission, we:
Educate the region on the importance of contemporary music in building a sense of community, in strengthening the social fabric, and in growing the economy.
Encourage musicians in their professional growth and in their connections and contributions to the general community.
We believe that a strong contemporary music community helps expand a region's population, economy and cultural diversity. The Memorial encourages the entire Pittsburgh community to recognize the musicians who affect their community in ways no other artists can, yet have been truly "unsung." Culture doesn't always wear silk and pearls--sometimes it sports denim and metal.
We identify contemporary music as current grassroots: rock, blues, r&b, jazz, country, soul, pop, and all those genres both related and derivative. Our vision of contemporary music is the song that both defines the current population and speaks to their memories. Ever changing, it is the voice of the present day and a reminder of days not so long ago.
(7.1.23) SAVE THE DATE!! Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at the Linden Grove Nightclub and Restaurant! OUR 20TH ANNUAL—that’s right, 20th-- Rhythms of Life Concert!
This year, the theme is DANCE!
With lots of great tunes covered by our HouseBand (Bob Banerjee, Matt Barranti, David Granati, Jason Kendall (Jason Kendall Productions), Drew Pinchotti, Ron Soltis, Ben Tryc). Featured performers: Kenny Blake, Evan Dean, Etta Cox, Hermie Granati, Frank Hodge, Dallas Marks, Katie Simone, Stevee Wellons. Also starring Johnny Angel & the Halos, The Skyliners, and Bastard Bearded Irishmen! Lots of great music to move fast and sway slowly!
Advance tickets will go on sale August 1.
From our official Sonny Pugar Memorial YouTube channel playlists--Here’s a selection from the 2012 concert—Dallas Marks!
See you this October!!