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Pioneer records artist to host album release party

Written By Carley Bonk, Copy Editor

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Pioneer Records is holding its annual CD release party Tuesday, April 11 to debut Chase and The Barons’ new EP, “Propose a Toaster” and music video, “Rule the World.”

This is the first event by Pioneer Records to be held at The Club in Stage AE, a venue able to hold five hundred people.

Acoustic act Trinity Wiseman and folk/americana act Ferdinand the Bull will accompany Chase and The Barons on stage.

Chase and The Barons includes Chase Barron on vocals, Jake Stretch on drums, Mike Saunders on guitar, Jacob Rieger on bass and Tyler Handyside on saxophone.

Ed Traversari, an associate sports, arts and entertainment (SAEM) professor, said this collaboration with Stage AE is a great opportunity for the bands and students.

“This is a big deal for us,” Traversari said. “Our mission as a university is to get as many kids involved in the operation as possible. Stage AE is really just an extension of what we do here.”

Samantha Bowes, public relations and marketing apprentice for Pioneer Records and senior SAEM major, said this is really a major collaboration across campus including cinema classes, concert classes and student organizations.

“The ‘Rule the World’ music video was a project the cinema class has been working on for a while – raising money, production, set work and editing,” Bowes said.  “The Campus Activity Board (CAB) is even sponsoring shuttles with a ‘Cash Cab’ theme where students can play trivia and win prizes on their way to the show.”

Students will also have a chance to win giveaways between sets at the show.

The music video class, in its first semester at Point Park, is co-taught by Greg Joseph, bass player for The Clarks and Andrew Halasz, a Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) associate professor.  Chase Barron said he really was proud of the work everyone has put in so far.

“I’ve learned so much about what it takes to get an artistic vision into a material medium that people can listen or watch,” Barron said. “These past few months in the studio and behind the camera have solidified just how much determination, teamwork, vision and passion it takes to make something meaningful.”

Trinity Wiseman, a winner of the Reimagination Project through WYEP, will kick off the show with her acoustic set and self-written lyrics.  She describes her music as a “folk/pop/indie mix.”

“I usually write about what’s happening in my life,” Wiseman said. “Sometimes I’ll sit down to play and something just pops into my head.”

Wiseman has been playing gigs since she was 11 years old.  Now a junior at Elizabeth Forward High School, she also visits Nashville once a month for a publishing deal as an opportunity to advance her music and work with other established artists.

“This will be my first time playing at Stage AE; it’s great to see more stuff to do in my hometown than just playing in a bar,” Wiseman said.

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