PHOTO ESSAY: Pittsburgh’s Very Own

We sent Justin Boyd to capture the vibe at this past weekend’s Mr Smalls show featuring FOUR local artists. Peep his gems.

by Aadam Soorma
February 11, 2019

Kindly excuse us if this photo roundup causes a (slight) case of FOMO. But for real – this past Saturday was a memorable one.

Our friends in Millvale (Mr. Smalls) hosted Pittsburgh’s Very Own, a collaborative performance showcasing the talents of four Pittsburgh-based artists whom we think everyone should get to know.

The lineup included:

  • Mars Jackson
  • Benji.
  • Isaiah Small
  • Clara Kent


Clara Kent
Clara Kent


The palpably electric crowd packed the house for this special night.


Clara Kent


We worked with Justin Boyd to bring Very Local a set of still frames that captured the raw emotion and beauty found in a collaborative Pittsburgh show.


Clara Kent


Continue scrolling below for more snippets from the show.


Isaiah Small


For folks unfamiliar, Isaiah Small brings a hybrid of talents into his catchy melodies.


Isaiah Small


He pulls inspiration from several disciplines including piano, cello, percussion, bass and a selection of woodwind instruments.




Benji’s first performance of 2019.




Benji getting a strong response from the Mr Smalls crowd.





Benji’s full-length album ‘Smile You’re Alive’ is available now on all streaming platforms.



Mars Jackson


Mars Jackson’s ‘Good Days Never Last Forever‘ is also available to be streamed wherever you consume your jams.



Mars Jackson


Fun Fact: Mars Jackson and Benji are both signed to the same record label. And…surprise! It’s Pittsburgh’s own Misra Records.


Mars Jackson and Benji.



Oh, and if that wasn’t enough. Here’s a few of our faves from the gram.

  • One from Mars himself:


  • Some love from Chance (Keep Pittsburgh Dope):


  • And Cody Baker, too:


Much love to Justin Boyd for his work behind the lens. And shoutout to everyone who attended on Saturday.

We’re feeling the Pittsburgh love.


Mr. Smalls Theatre
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400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA 15209, USA
Mon-Sun 6pm–12am
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In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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