Steel City recording studio benefit

PHOENIXVILLE — Steel City Coffeehouse is planning to build a recording studio. Local bands Qwirk and Mostly Maybe are donating their time for a fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.

“We believe that there always needs to be a place where local artists can record and develop their skills,” said Steel City owner Eli Wenger. “(Steel City has) consistently been one of the first venues to give younger, less established artists their very first chance to shine.”

From the popular Thursday night open mic nights to ticketed shows, Steel City has long supported emerging artists. “My goal is to integrate (a) studio into Steel City and give younger bands… the chance to develop and record their music,” said Wenger.

Qwirk and Mostly Maybehave benefited from Wenger’s philosophy of giving young local artists opportunities and both bands have performed at Steel City a number of times.

The trio Qwirk describes their music as “something similar to the genre of post math experimental indie noise rock.” Mostly Maybe is a “harmony-heavy, folk-rock band” led by Pelle Gunther, Elliot Wilson and Emily Neblock.

Another event that gives opportunities to lesser-known performers is the Second Annual Phoenixville’s Got Talent event which will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. This variety show and talent competition is open to people of all ages and all types of performance. Winners will be determined by audience vote and prizes will be awarded to the top three vote-getters. Applications with the entry fee must be received by Steel City on Sept. 18. More information and application forms are available on the Steel City website.

For more information, visit www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com/talent.php

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