Written by Alex Beach
Even as this year’s festival season is coming to an end once more, the jam scene is still full steam ahead, with a multitude of fall tour dates from a, sometimes, overwhelming amount of bands. Among those bands, are The Werks. Having formed in 2006, the Dayton/Columbus-based jam quartet has been a nationally touring act for years, and has solidified their place in the Midwest jam scene with their annual event, The Werkout Music and Arts Festival. Comprised of Rob Chafin on drums, Jake Goldberg on bass, Chris Houser on guitar, and Dan Shaw on the keys, the band is a constant in an ever-evolving jam scene. That being said, with the bands’ studio release, Magic, in 2017, The Werks truly took a massive step in their own creative evolution, taking leaps and bounds musically, and crossing genres seamlessly. The Werks are set to embark on a thirteen-date tour, spanning the Northeast, as well as their stomping grounds in the Midwest. Situated just two hours east of the bands’ annual Werkout Festival, is one of their major stops on this tour, Pittsburgh, PA. Being only a few hours away from their hometown, Pittsburgh has long been a regular stop for The Werks, and is even where they recorded their 2014 studio release, Mr. Smalls Sessions.
In recent years, Pittsburgh has become the crossroads of touring acts traveling between the Midwest and Northeast, and is home to a steadily growing incubator of local and regional talent. Local production company, Grey Area Productions, has been one of the driving forces for nearly a decade to bring bands like The Werks to the Pittsburgh area. This fall, especially, Grey Area is bringing a wide array of acts to Pittsburgh, from jam, to electronic, to funk, and bluegrass. Among the major shows of the fall season, are The Werks. Set to perform at Grey Areas’ home base at The Rex Theater in Pittsburgh’s South Side, the show is bound to be one of the heaviest hitting of the season. The Werks will be bringing their signature style of heavy jam rock that elevated the band to a nationally touring act. With them, is support from Flux Capacitor, a psychedelic rock trio from Reading, PA. The central Pennsylvania-based group is comprised of three brothers, and has been regulars at Pittsburgh clubs and venues for some time as well.
Although the weather is turning, and we can’t wear shorts and a t-shirt to shows for a while, there are a ton of shows to get excited for, and The Werks are guaranteed to get us warmed up for another long winter (and trust me, we could use it here in Pittsburgh). Buy tickets in advance at the link below!