R.I.P. Erin “Ernie” Payne – 1984-2014

We regret to inform you that Erin “Ernie” Payne passed away earlier today.  Erin was our fearless leader, mastermind, puppet master, and friend.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 23rd at Rugger’s.  A message & summary  from his loving wife, Lynn:

No funeral. No fuss. No muss. He asked to be cremated. Please come say goodbye to the love of my life and best friend by having a drink and sharing a story.

Click here for the Facebook event with all the details.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, photos, videos, stories, etc. in the comments.

Here are a few you may enjoy:


Ernie and the Berts, The Botched, & Bunny Five Coat at the 31st Street Pub!

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Ernie and the Berts, Rob Kocher, & Heroin T at the Fallout Shelter! Sat. Jan. 26th!

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Westerburg, The Lady & The Monsters, Substitute for Quality, & Ernie and the Berts at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern!

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  • Friday – December 7th, 2012
  • 9:00pm Show
  • $5
  • 21+
  • Check out their menu!
  • Non-smoking in the main bar where the stage & food are, but there is smoking allowed on the attached heated/enclosed balcony.
  • Facebook Event



Wed. Oct. 10th – Brothers of Brazil, Ernie and the Berts, & more at the Smiling Moose!

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Here’s all about the brothers:

It’s probably safe to say that you’ve never heard anything like Brothers Of Brazil before. For the past three years the brotherly duo of Supla and Joäo have been making some of the most original songs around by combining elements of traditional Brazilian music such as Bossa nova and samba with rock and funk to create a unique sound that’s won over countless fans in the band’s home base of South America—and now they’re finally ready to expand worldwide with the release of their self-titled album.
The duo was started when the brothers got a job hosting their own national variety show in Brazil called Brothers on Rede TV. It was then they realized that when they collaborated the results were beyond what they had ever imagined.

After the TV show ran its course the duo decided to pursue their newly found realization and start Brothers Of Brazi l. Their debut album was produced by Mario Caldato, Jr. (Beastie Boys, Tone Loc). It may be the first that those of us outside South America have heard from the band, but judging by the reaction Brothers Of Brazil have gotten all over the world as a result of their raucous live shows it certainly won’t be the last.

From the instantly catchy samba sound of “Samba Around The Clock” to the rockabilly vibe of “Paparazzi” Brothers Of Brazil is an album that takes the band’s diverse group of influences and juxtaposes them into a very listenable brand of music that has as much emphasis on storytelling as it does songwriting. “We’re both into rock and Brazilian music so Brothers Of Brazil is very about that mix,” explains Joäo. The act has never relied on gimmicks: “The most important thing to us is to have a good song because if a song sucks it doesn’t matter how many styles you’re mixing together,” Supple clarifies.

Already The Brothers have played huge festivals such as Planet Earth and the SWU Music + Arts Festival as well as Rock In Rio in Portugal and now couldn’t be more excited about finally having a worldwide release for Brothers Of Brazil.

“I think we bring something different by having two brothers singing with great harmonies, crazy rockin jazz drumming, nylon string acoustic guitar playing with the bass notes played on his thumb and no bass guitar” Supla explains when asked what he thinks makes BOB stand out from other two-piece acts.

Supla continues, clarifying that while the band tackle every style from funk to rockabilly, Joäo’s traditional picking style and Supla’s distinctive drumming always ties these songs together. Ultimately no matter what language you speak or what type of genres you personally prefer, Brothers Of Brazil is a unique listening experience that will remind you that great songwriting is truly universal.

An update from Ernie, on that social media site…

From the Facebook:

Ernie and the Berts · 295 like this

21 hours ago near Pittsburgh ·

  • If you are reading this it is your personal responsibility to tell your friends about Ernie and the Berts. Should you choose not to do this, your favorite animal will lose a whisker, and that whisker will be found by some weirdo that will take that whisker and use it to paint warhammer minis. Do you want your animals whisker to be used to paint pewter toys? I didn’t think so. .. Ernie and the Berts are starting to record our debut record for the second time. If we get to 325 likes I will tell you what I intend to title this masterpiece. Tell your friends. Save the whiskers. Love each other. Don’t Do drugs. Bake a pie. Eat breakfast. Enjoy your life. Even if you paint warhammer figures with whiskers. Good night.
    -your pal Ernie

So click here to like/share it: https://www.facebook.com/ErnieAndTheBerts/posts/490396930988075

…and so do you.

We’re working on a new one.  Tell is what you think about it.  This was recorded thanks to Howler’s & their new awesome video setup.

So, comment… share, watch, watch again, leave it up on the screen when browsing the internet at a store or on someone else’s computer… all the fun stuff.

Fri. Aug. 3rd @ Howler’s: Empty Orchestra, Shores, & Ernie and the Berts!

Michigan invades Pittsburgh next Friday!  The showdown’s at one of our favorite spots in Bloomfield…

The Bands:

  • Empty Orchestra Facebook / Twitter / MySpace / ReverbNation
    We are Empty Orchestra, and we are an American musical group from Flint, Michigan. Our songs are fistfights of traditions and generations and genres and tempos and hope and doubt and death and punchlines. Our roots are in punk rock and our ambitions are for song creation without boundaries. We are a community. We love making songs, we love playing songs, we love you. Thanks. This is fun.
  • ShoresFacebook / Twitter / Tumblr / ReverbNation
    “Shores will pull you into a wintry, slowpaced haze and crescendos rising from the tinkling intros envelop you in a haunting, yet calming musical blanket. Shores make it all sound so effortless: subtle melodies twist their way around carved out guitar lines and prominent drums. It’s clean without being over-produced and offers dark and moody vibes, strung along by the constant promise of a climactic finale. Very much compelling, charming, subdued, delicate and mesmerising…” -Emily Kearns, rocksound.tv
  • Ernie and the Berts Facebook / Reverb Nation / MySpace / Twitter / Yahoo! Group / Google+
    Sleazy Muppet Rock.  Hey Bert? You wanna play some rock and roll for the children? Bert?

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Check out this interview with Ernie and the Berts from AZ Productions!

So, when Ernie and the Berts opened for the Real McKenzies at the Altar Bar, we were approached by Jamie & Blair of AZ Productions HD to do an interview.  Why wouldn’t we?  I mean we are rock stars, right?  I believe this is our first video interview.  We had a blast!  They also got some live footage, and put together some nice shots for our performance of “Toybox” during the set that night.  Check it out:

So take the link and spread it like Herpes: http://youtu.be/5g1lg0wot_U

We’d really appreciate it (& I’m sure they would too) if you watch it & like it on YouTube (Also add it to your Ernie and the Berts playlist if you’d like.  You have one …right?), share & like it on Facebook, share & +1 it on Google+, Tweet it & Re-Tweet it, pin it, share it on tumblr, blog it… show it to your mom on your cell phone.  You know, do what you do.

Check out AZ Productions HD all over the internet:

Of course, check out the Real McKenzies from that night at the Altar Bar too:

You’ll note that the video has a shout-out to Turner’s for our sweet free Tea-shirts (sported by Bert & Bert)!  We’d like to thank them for the hookup!  Check them out on Facebook & Twitter too!  Maybe someday we’ll get the Tea-Bird (or maybe the truck) to come to a show!

If you ever get photos or video at a show, please send it our way!  We’re narcissists & we feed on it.  Mmm…  Media.

Ernie and the Berts photos from the Altar Bar & Howler’s…

So, we have some photos to share from the Altar Bar & Howler’s.

The first set is from our friend Heather.  She got some great shots, and we’re glad to have her taking photos at shows!  They’re up on her Facebook page:

Check out some more of her work at Heather L. Miller Photography!

Ernie and the Berts - Rockin' the Altar Bar

We also have some awesome photos from Bert’s wife Bethany posted in our Facebook albums:

So, check ’em all out!  Also share any photos and videos if you got ’em, we saw lots of flashes going off at the Altar Bar.

Ernie and the Berts - Rockin' at Howler's!