Club Cafe by Mary M.
On Thursday, April 28, 2022, Sommelier played at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were the opener for Anand Wilder. J. Trafford, lead singer of Sommelier, reached out to offer me a ticket to the show. I happily accepted. Last month, Sommelier’s new EP Alt Weakly was released.
Club Cafe is an intimate, relaxed venue. I would definitely recommend seeing any band you’re interested in if they play this space. Sommelier performed many songs from their new EP including the title track “Alt Weakly”, “Apollo 18”, and “Balustrading”. They also played songs from previous albums including “Live A Little” from 2021’s Don’t Express Yourself. Sommelier’s set lasted for about a half-hour.
Sommelier’s music spans genres. They classify it as post-punk, chamber pop, indie, or rock. I also find a 90’s alternative influence in some of their songs. Before the show, I had only listened to the new EP Alt Weakly, which has a lot of this feel. Seeing them live, I also got a big 50’s influence, which was very cool. Sommelier’s music is both unique and retro, which I really enjoy. I recommend checking out their albums and seeing them live.
Upcoming Sommelier Shows
Saturday, May 7th-Sommelier, Anti-Corn League, I Swallow Ghosts at the Halftime Lounge in Pittsburgh, PA, Doors 6:30PM, Show 7PM, $5 Cover
Friday, May 20th-Sommelier and many other acts at the Millvale Music Festival. Sommelier will be playing the Double L Stage. There is no cover for this festival.
Saturday, June 4th-Samurae, Sommelier, Bikini Island, Dr. Clock & the Phantom Tones at The Government Center in Pittsburgh, PA, Doors 7PM, Show 8PM, $5 Cover
Friday, June 24th-Sommelier, Bastard, Bath Time at 222 Ormsby in Pittsburgh, PA, 7PM, $5 Cover