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Pop Filter Hot Pick: Lawrenceville's SnowBall brings winter music fest to Club Cattivo


Who needs hibernation when there's Zombo's World?

Local king of kitsch, Michael “Zombo” Devine, known nationally for his DJ prowess, novelty product designs and live entertainment, is kicking off the New Year with his latest concept for a local music festival: The SnowBall.

He's the quirky brain behind Lawrenceville's Zombo Gallery--which hosted countless art exhibitions, musical performances, retro-kitsch flea markets, and burlesque life-drawing classes--is a go-to DJ at many cultural events around town, and works nationally as an event promoter. Now, Zombo is set to debut his latest Lawrencevillian happening at Club Cattivo on Saturday, January 19th.

Following up on the roaring success of his Rock All Night Tour (RANT)--which drew 5,000 people to various Lawrenceville bars and venues in August 2012 for a roaming live music showcase--The SnowBall will feature 10 full bands, acoustic acts, DJs, arts experiences, stylists, cocktails, and food and drink--all set up throughout Cattivo's spacious two floors from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Riffing on the theme of a local music festival, The SnowBall was conceived by Zombo to be a multi-genre "something for everyone style show with multiple stages and many different styles of bands all under one roof." Housed in one central Lawrenceville location (after all, who wants trek from place to place in these frigid temps!) at 144 44th Street, SnowBallers will fight the winter blues with eight hours of live music by 10 bands, retro cocktails, ice sculpture, and even the chance to get a makeover.

To curate the night's entertainment, Zombo joined forces with Mary Jo Coll, who books bands at Hambone's and Howler's, and together, the pair created a "wish list" of local bands to invite.

Co-sponsored by Backstage Guitar and Yeungling, SnowBall will ease into the rock with acoustic acts from 6 to 8 p.m., creating an informal welcoming atmosphere, as attendees take advantage of what Zombo calls "some of the best pizza in town" at Cattivo, which is equal parts neighborhood pub, dance club and casual eatery.

Beginning at 8 p.m., band performances will be staggered on multiple floors throughout the night, with Zombo himself occupying the DJ booth in between sets--so there will be never be a dull moment on this winter night.

Featured main stage bands are: Lumber 29th; Ryan Taylor; Zack Schmitt; Faithfull Sinners; The Hawkeyes; Grand Piano; Chet Vincent and The Big Bend; Harlan Twins; Outside Inside; Vertigo-go; Allegheny Rhythm Rangers; Stone Cold Killer; Carney Stomp; and Thunder Vest.

New year, new you

Zombo's SnowBall is also about welcoming 2013 and enjoying the more artful side of winter.

Looking for a new do to kick of the New Year? Take a seat in the chair of Lawrenceville-based Salon Christine to get a free "Ice Princess makeover" downstairs from 6 to 8 p.m.

Check out the art of freezing with DNA Gallery, who will be on site to conduct ice sculpting activities--including a carved snow throne--on Cattivo's top floor from 6 to 8 p.m.

For your next Zombo fix, be sure to check out his monthly, thematic film series at Dormont's Hollywood Theater, which features pre-shows in the lobby. After winter thaws on Easter Sunday, head to Lawrenceville's retro Arsenal Lanes. Enjoy bands playing right on the lanes while you go for a strike, don a set of bunny ears, enter the "cute bunny pinup contest," and test your skills during a scavenger hunt throughout the event.

The SnowBall is open to ages 21+. Cost: $10.

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