I am not the owner of 222 Ormsby. The owner is Dave Issod, who is a really great dude and a champion of the punk rock scene in Pittsburgh. I just help Dave manage shows. I moved to Pittsburgh from the Chicago area and contacted Dave to see about helping out at the venue. We met up, hit it off and took it from there. Once I started working with Dave, I thought that the "live from 222 Ormsby" concept could work really well there as we could profile the venue, the label and some great Pittsburgh bands. I love the Pittsburgh music scene and this is a way to contribute to growing that scene.
The space is a classic DIY space. It is not a bar or a club. Similar to my involvement, Mark Bacjz is the sound guy who simply wanted to help out Dave and the venue. So Mark brought in all of his gear and runs sound for every show. Because of Mark being awesome, the venue has sound, lights and a guy to handle it all.
The biggest challenge is getting the right band who can actually do it. There is a significant challenge in recording a live show for a band since there is no do-over, like you might have in a studio environment. The band must be tight, well rehearsed and good. There is an abundance of choice for shows in Pittsburgh, but how often do you get the chance to witness incredible bands and have a chance to be on a recording of a live show released on vinyl? 222 Ormsby is a great venue with cool people who care about the Pittsburgh music scene. Music is fun.