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Phat Man Dee, Amoeba Knievel release cds


Last updated 9/16/2014 at 5:36am

Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba will release cds at the same event on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209

Doors for all-ages at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m., Admission is free show for those 21 and over and $2 for those under 21.

Phat Man Dee is releasing her fourth studio album, Hey Phat Chick! (You had it Comin’ to Ya!). The title track Hey Phat Chick! is the musical story of one Phat girl’s journey from a punk rock circus sideshow

marvel to full blown jazz diva.

The song Hey Phat Chick! is all that survives from a torrid experimental film she produced, directed and starred in many years ago.

The chorus was to have been the theme song, but she has since added verses to describe her artistic journeys across the nation with various independent performance troupes. Why Wait? is a song which Mandee wrote after she felt she had spent too much time mourning those she loved in song, after they had already passed on.

Mandee wanted to have a song to let people know she loved them now, while they are still alive, so they could enjoy it before it is too late to say, “I love you.” She also chose to sing two French songs, one by Georges Brassens, La Mauvaise Reutation, because it’s story of celebrating one’s alienation from the expected norms rang true to her own experience in life.

She chose to sing Sur Deux Notes, a song made popular by Josephine Baker, as she has always admired Ms. Baker’s struggle and incredible triumph as an artistic beauty, dancer and singer, during a time when women of color were expected to clean and not run off to France and start dance companies.

This album features original tunes with arrangements by internationally traveled bassist Tony DePaolis, and features the Steel City Horns which includes: Reggie Watkins, former musical director of

Maynard Ferguson’s band and trombonist for Jason Mraz; Roby Edwards, Pittsburgh based saxophonist who is currently on the Parisian jazz label “Black and Blue”; and, Ron Horton, trumpet.

The rhythm section features jazz favorites Tony DePaolis, bassist; Cliff Barnes, pianist; Michael Murray, pianist; Carlos Peña, guitarist; and, JT “Smitty” Smith, percussionist. Guest vocalists include Cordell Gibson and Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and Mr. Smalls Theatre.

More information about Phat Man Dee can be found at

Amoeba Knievel is releasing their inaugural recording, This Is Only a Test, of all original songs penned by Tommy Amoeba. Most of the songs celebrate his love of pop culture and it’s impact on his life, even as they stand as metaphors for and commentary on his life.

Sci-fi themed rock ballad Scanners Live in Vain starts off the album. It’s based on the futuristic story by Cordwainer Smith, wherein a special pilot called a “Scanner” strips himself of all senses except sight, in order to fly a faster-than-light spacecraft. A new breed of pilot comes along who could do the job without removing any senses, however, leaving the Scanners somewhat in the dust.

“Growing up in a town with rusted-out steel mills,” states Mr. Amoeba, “it was easy to identify with the scanners plight.”

There’s also a guitar shredding poison pen letter to a former grade school friend who never returned a beloved issue of popular humor publication Mad Magazine. In this song, he lampoons his own tendency to hold trivial grudges long past their expiration date even as he celebrates the pop culture he so blatantly name-drops.

The band on the album features Bill Sperry on guitar, Ray Vasko on bass and Bob Jungkunz on drums. Mr. Amoeba formed Amoeba Knievel more than ten years ago and has worked with many local rock musicians on his artistic journey.

More information about Amoeba Knievel is available at

Both Phat Man Dee’s and Tommy Amoeba’s albums were recorded at Mr. Smalls Recording Studio in the North Side with the audio engineer Larry Luther.

Phat Man Dee and Tommy Amoeba’s first date was a trip to the Lava Lounge in South Side to see Frankie Capri. They were soon wed atop a pink elephant in the South Side Summer Street Spectacular parade attended by thousands, outside the South Side Beehive 12 years ago and have been making music ever since.

He’s got a rock and roll band, Amoeba Knievel, known for their songs about science fiction, replete with pop as well as literary references, and cartoonesque onstage shenanigans.

She’s got a cabaret jazz band, the Cultural District, known for its multi lingual and risqué harmonic celebrations, which feature some of Pittsburgh’s finest jazz musicians.

Voted as one of the top three jazz and blues acts in the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Readers Polls of 2010 – present, Phat Man Dee’s travels have taken her all over the country to festivals and nightclubs big and small.

This event is being held under the auspices of Mr. Smalls Theatre’s non-profit educational arm Creative.Life.Support. through its Revival series.


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