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Ten In search of the best tribute acts in the world, AXS-TV found Ten, a local tribute to Pearl Jam, and quickly learned they can’t find a better band! Touring nationally since 2003, the group perfectly captures Pearl Jam’s emotionally fueled live performances. See for yourself on November 11 at 10 p.m., when AXS-TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” airs live from the Whiskey A Go Go stage in Los Angeles. “We’re completely grateful and psyched to represent our hometown of Pittsburgh and all of the Pearl Jam fans we’ve met over the years on this nationwide stage,” says Todd Kaczorowski, Ten’s founder. “After over 10 years of touring, it’s a really nice honor!” Ten, AXS-TV,

Hometown Highlights Check out local acts who are sharing their talents with audiences across the country and the world!

Backstage Pass Celebrating 40 years on the airwaves, WYEP’s Backstage Bash will be like having an all-access pass to the music party of the year. Local favorites Bill Deasy, Scott Blasey of The Clarks, and Jessica Bitsura will play acoustic sets at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on November 6 , as guests enjoy appetizers, carving stations, and select wines and beer. “This is the first event of its kind for WYEP,” says WYEP Marketing Director Elizabeth Baisley. “Because we are coming to the end of our 40th anniversary year, we thought a big party to benefit our independent music station would be a great way to cap off the year.” Guests can look forward to a silent auction, and top-ticket access to a private concert by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at the Byham Theater following the Bash. “We’ll be offering experiences, music memorabilia, and more,” says Baisley. “Who wouldn’t want to bid on a house concert by The Clarks?” We’re in! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit — Colleen Ferguson 34

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FRZy Known as the freestyle “King of the City,” local rapper Frzy is turning heads at a national level. His witty rhymes and determination have caught the eyes of Nelly, MGK, Wiz Khalifa, and others, earning him spots on their tours. Frzy is even featured in an episode of 50 Cent’s series, “16 or Better,” with Jack Thriller. When he’s not sharing his talents on stage or in the studio, he’s spreading a positive message in the community. His works include teaching children the importance of music education and supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation — which made him the ideal candidate for Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest Class of 2014. Pittsburgh is returning the support by listening to his newest song, “Witness,” on repeat! Frzy,

Photographs from WYEP, rich fronollini/coda photography, samantha allen

WHIRL Magazine: November 2014  
WHIRL Magazine: November 2014  

In this issue: Troy & Theodora Polamalu, Chef's Best Dish, nonprofit guide, winter skincare.