Release Date: Tuesday, April 19th 2016
Two Pittsburgh Originals Unite for "Frankie Fridays," Featuring the Return of Pittsburgh Nightlife Icon Frankie Capri
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leigh White
April 19, 2016 (412) 325-0163 - office
TWO PITTSBURGH ORIGINALS UNITE FOR “FRANKIE FRIDAYS”, FEATURING THE RETURN OF PITTSBURGH NIGHTLIFE ICON FRANKIE CAPRI AND HIS ONE-MAN BAND EXTRAORDINAIRE
PITTSBURGH DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP PRESENTS FRANKIE CAPRI,
IN A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT THE ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE IN MARKET SQUARE
Downtown Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) brings together two true Pittsburgh originals to present “Frankie Fridays” at Pittsburgh’s oldest restaurant and bar, The Original Oyster House in Market Square. Legendary one-man band, Frankie Capri returns to the Pittsburgh nightlife scene with his uniquely colorful performance on four consecutive Fridays beginning Friday, April 29. Admission is free.
Beginning in the early 1980’s, before flannel grunge, before bearded hipsters, and before the skin tight dance clubs, the original punks and nighttime denizens of Pittsburgh’s South Side gathered weekly at the Liberty Belle Tavern, and later the soon-to-be-defunct Lava Lounge, to dance the night away to the music of Frankie Capri. His colorful, one-man-band homage to Elvis and other much loved musicians was delivered in the midst of an intricate apparatus that featured colorful props, animated toys and offered opportunities for audience interaction. Many a well-lubricated fan would don one of his full-headed rubber animal masks to participate in the chicken dance, or provide rhythmic accompaniment on pots and pans from the kitchen. His original set has gone the way of Forbes Field, but Capri recently performed last month to an enthusiastic crowd, including the Honorable Mayor Bill Peduto, during Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Pittsburgh Bicentennial Night Market. Capri’s showmanship and stamina remains undiminished as he delivered a still colorful musical blast from the past for his way-back fans and an opportunity for a younger audience to connect with this true Pittsburgh original.
The enthusiastic response prompted PDP to collaborate with the Original Oyster House for a series of evenings to offer Pittsburghers another opportunity to experience this one-of-a-kind entertainer. The performances will occur on Friday, April 29, May 6, 13, and 20 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Founded in 1870, The Original Oyster House is located at 20 Market Street in Downtown’s beautiful Market Square.
“What could be MORE Pittsburgh?” Said Lou Grippo, owner of the Original Oyster House, “Our fish sandwiches are a Pittsburgh institution and so is Frankie Capri. We are truly pumped to partner with the PDP to provide an entertaining evening that we can safely say is unlike no other you’ll find anywhere in the City.”
About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.
About the Original Oyster House
At 145 years old, the Original Oyster House is Pittsburgh's oldest bar and restaurant. Located in the heart of downtown Market Square, near the courts and just across the river from the new stadiums, the unique tavern has been designated a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Visit http://originaloysterhousepittsburgh.com/ for more information.