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Pro Bono Rocks! – Battle of the Attorney Bands

About the Bands

The Blues Devils

The Blue DevilsIn 2010, six musicians came together to raise money for a local cause and The Blues Devils were born. They are musicians from various backgrounds and careers who have decided to donate their talents and love of music in exchange for the joy of playing.

In the past three years, they have participated in activities that have raised over $500,000 for local and national charities. In 2012, Senator Robert Casey honored their service by awarding each member a flag flown in their name over the U.S. Capitol. After their participation in the 2013 International Blues Challenge, The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania selected their original song “Redemption” to be included on the CD “Blues from the Burgh 4” due out later this year.

The Blues Devils are:

Doug Blair—Drums
Marc Brodie--Keyboards
Rob Doncourt--Bass and Vocals
Bob Lee--Vocals
Bob Sebastian--Guitars and Vocals (Attorney, Sole Practitioner)
Toby Venar-- Guitars and Vocals

Check out for samples of music, a list of upcoming gigs, and contact information.

The Blues Devils are on Facebook at

Grasping at Straws

Grasping At Straws -- so named because "Five Guys With Day Jobs Who Need An Outlet" wouldn't fit on posters -- have been bringing up-tempo melodic rock to audiences around Pittsburgh since 2009.  The typical Straws gig finds an assortment of covers leaning towards 90s rock but ranging as far forward as today and as far back as the 70s, featuring everything from the Foo Fighters and Radiohead to U2 and The Police, and more. Their expanding repertoire of originals blends the diverse influences, tastes and musical personalities of the band, yielding an energetic rock sound with hints of everything from power pop to roots music. 

Grasping at Straws

Grasping at Straws are:

Matt Jarrell (Attorney, Sherrard, German and Kelly)
Kevin Dolan (Attorney, PNC Bank)
Ben Ferron (Attorney, FedEx Ground)
Jamie Spataro (Attorney, FedEx Ground)
RJ Gallo

The Inconsiderate Few

The Inconsiderate Few was recently described by a prominent local singer/songwriter as follows- "When it comes to fun, high-octane Pittsburgh rock music, there's very little worth doing that The Inconsiderate Few haven't done. Former Graffiti Rock Challenge Finalists with major local radio appearances and airplay to their name, the Few have progressed from a cool catchy garage band to a seasoned act that mixes well-placed standout original tunes with many fine-tuned covers, ranging from classic rock standards to twisted takes on everything from traditional country to Motown gems to controlled burns of current hits." 

The inconsiderate Few
The band has had numerous appearances on the DVE Morning Show and played clubs and charity events all over Pittsburgh to great response.

Their cover playlist includes Tom Petty, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Cars, The Clash, Johnny Cash, Warren Zevon, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Foster the People among many more.

Check out the Inconsiderate Few at:

The Inconsiderate Few are:

Erin Walker - Bass and Lead Vocal
John McElroy - Guitars and Vocals (Attorney, Grenen & Birsic)
Ryan McElroy - Guitar and Lead Vocals
Shane McGraw – Drums and Lead Vocals
Michael Mecca - Keyboards and Vocals

Johnny B & the Accelerators

Johnny B & the AcceleratorsJohnny B & the Accelerators are a classic "Rock 'n Blues 'n 'at" Band with a distinctive driving flair. The band has played in many local clubs and for numerous charity events in the Pittsburgh area over the past few years including the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Blues for Food, Health Hope Network, Pittsburgh Zoo, Women's Shelter and the American Lung Association. So as they say, "Caveat Audientem" or "Let the Listener Beware"……………………..

Johnny B & the Accelerators are:

John Bechtol, Guitar and Vocals (Attorney, Metz Lewis)
Alan Baum, Saxophone (Attorney, Matis Baum O'Connor)
Mel Vatz, Keyboards and Vocals (Attorney, Grossinger Gordon Vatz)
Dan Hunt, Guitar and Vocals
Paul Furiga, Bass
Joe Mendel, Drums and Vocals
Beth Zappa, Vocals

Reilly Reisman Band

Reilly Reisman BandOver the years, in the dark late night Bench Bar hospitality suites, Tom Reilly, (Thomas E. Reilly PC.) Marc Reisman (Gelman & Reisman) and others jammed the night away for the conference attendees.  For the Pro Bono Battle of the Bands, they have assembled the Reilly Reisman Band. 

Marc Reisman is a veteran musician. Marc joined a rock and roll band called Brick Alley, which soon was re-named the Iron City Houserockers. The Houserockers became Pittsburgh’s hometown favorites and went on to cut several records for MCA Records. Marc left the Houserockers in 1982.

For several years he acted as manager and producer for several local bands including The Core, a rockin’ reggae group that enjoyed regional success. He also taught blues harmonica for Calliope, the Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, Pitt’s Informal Program and CCAC’s Adult Education classes.

Finished with performing, or so he thought, he entered the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1984, but a Law School talent show dragged him back onto the stage.  In 1985, he formed The Pep Boys, a high-energy rhythm and blues unit that lasted until 1990. 

Afterwards, he continued to teach and to play and record with a number of Pittsburgh-based artists, including acoustic blues guitar virtuoso Ernie Hawkins, Jill West and Blues Attack, and guitarist/singer-songwriter Peter King.

In 1999, he rejoined the Houserockers, by then known as Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers. He gigged with the Houserockers throughout the United States and Europe through 2006, sharing the stage on numerous occasions with Bruce Springsteen - including the Flood Aid Benefit concert at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh in December, 2005.

Currently, Marc continues to teach harmonica and performs with a variety of musicians, including Bill Toms (former Houserocker lead guitar player and a fine singer-songwriter in his own right), Hawkins, Dan Bern, Peter King, and the Monongahela Sheiks, an acoustic blues and ragtime outfit. Marc has also recorded with Italian singer- songwriter Lorenzo Bertocchini and with Los Madison, a band from Madrid, Spain. 

Tom Reilly is also an experienced guitarist, singer and song writer.  In the early '90's his Band Saints & Sinners was a two year finalist in Rock Challenge hosted by Grafitti. His bands have opened for Bachman Turner, Robin Trower, Hot Tuna, Rusted Root, and most recently his band "Reilly" for rock n roll hall of fame inductee, Dave Mason. He also performs with Jazz Saxophonist Lee Robinson.

Mel Vatz. (Gossinger Gordon Vatz LP) finally realized his dream in late middle age of playing in a rock band after frittering away his childhood on classical piano lessons.  Before losing all of his hair he appeared in numerous college, law school and local musical stage productions, including the late and lamented Bench Bar Show, and then settled into the practice of law and helping to raise a family. He plays keyboard and sings background vocals and is another veteran of the Bench Bar Jam Band.  In the spirit of good lawyering, he is hedging his bet in this contest appearing in two of the bands. 

Cris Hoel, beer lawyer and bass guitarist, (Hoel Law Office after working at Buchanan Ingersoll, Schnader Harrison, Symons Capital Management, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Press, and the Austin American-Statesman. ) He also plays guitar and drums for The Born Bluesers.

Drummer, John Sieminski (East Management Services, LP) became general counsel for an oil & gas company after spending twenty years in private practice in two firms in Pittsburgh.  His eighties band (remembered by no one now) played in venues such as the Decade, Fat City, and Mancini's.

Reilly Reisman Band are:

Tom Reilly, Guitar and Vocals (Attorney, Thomas E. Reilly, P.C.)
Marc Reisman, Harmonica and Vocals (Attorney, Gelman Reisman)
Mel Vatz, Keyboards and Vocals (Attorney, Grossinger Gordon Vatz)
Chris Hoel, Bass (Attorney)
John Sieminski Drums (Attorney, East Resources)