Chalk Dinosaur & Shaq Nicholson

Saturday, December 11
Doors: | 7pm // Show: | 8pm

Chalk Dinosaur & Shaq Nicholson

With Special Guest TBD

At Thunderbird Music Hall

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 | Doors @ 7PM, Music @ 8PM

4053 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

This show is 18+

Chalk Dinosaur is a musical entity from Pittsburgh, PA. The live show features a unique fusion of dance music, funk and psychedelic rock. It has distinctive melodic themes coupled with a heavy rhythm section, augmented with synthesizers and electronic textures. It’s high energy and emotionally diverse. 

Chalk Dinosaur was founded in 2008 by John O’Hallaron and since then the recorded works and performances have been constantly evolving and mutating. Chalk Dinosaur exists today as a four piece band featuring John O’Hallaron (guitar, synths, sampler, vocals), Nick O’Hallaron (drums), Michael Berger (bass), and Jon Henderson (guitar). Fresh off the release of the 24th album, Spectrum, there’s no shortage of tunes to explore. If you’re looking for something that features the sound of the full band as it exists today, check out the albums Spectrum and Sprout. 

Chalk Dinosaur has had the opportunity to play at some of their favorite festivals including Electric Forest, Domefest, The Werk Out, and Summerdance, serenading the unsuspecting crowd with their signature “’beetis rock” sound. Known for filling their bass drum up with Filet’o’Fish sandwiches in order to blast hot fish sandwich air out into the crowd with every beat of the drum, the band has created an appetite amongst music (and fish) lovers who have come to crave fried fish sandwiches every time they hear a Chalk Dinosaur song. The opposite is also true, whenever they smell fried fish, they are compelled to listen to Chalk Dinosaur. The band has pioneered a concert experience unlike any other, linking the senses of hearing and smell, blasting hot fish air out into the crowd and making them hungry for more. The ultimate goal of the band is to become a successful fried fish sandwich enterprise. Honestly the music is just a means to an end.

Shaq Nicholson is a musical group featuring the talents of lead guitarist Steven Lipe, Anthony Gima on rhythm guitar, John Neckerman on bass, Sam Lapp on keys, Brian Taylor on drums, and SJ Kirkland on vocals. When asked to describe their sound, it’s not a simple answer, because it carries across multiple genres. Not to be put into a box, their sound is a psychedelic groove with soul and funk influences, a sprinkle of blues, and a dash of “we don’t take ourselves too seriously”. Influenced by acts such as Pink Floyd, Bill Withers, Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu and many more, their sound is all encompassing and ready to get you out of your head and onto the floor.