Adda Coffee & Tea House brings together bluegrass and boba • The Duquesne Duke
by Emma Polen | feature editor
April 28, 2022
Adda Coffee and Tea House of North Side held their first monthly live music of the season on Saturday with an event they dubbed “Bluegrass and Boba”.
Since Covid-19, Adda has taken care to hold indoor events, which inspired them to start having more outdoor activities. The North Side location is ideal for outdoor gatherings due to its larger space, according to Kelly Shriane, the manager of Adda North Side.
Shriane has been a barista for six years and has a coffee plant tattoo to prove her passion. She plays a vital role in Adda’s social media, event planning and unique drink menu.
“Part of being a barista [is] trying new things,” she said.
It was Shriane’s idea to start Bluegrass and Boba after she and her friends couldn’t find a bluegrass party anywhere else in town. Shriane asked for help by posting a message on her Instagram saying Adda needed bluegrass players.
Lost Causes answered the call. The newly founded musical trio consists of Luke Crouse on guitar and vocals, Dan Miller on cello and double bass and Set DiBello on banjo, harmonica and vocals.
Crouse and DiBello have been friends since elementary school and have been playing music together for almost as long. They had never been in an official bluegrass band before, so they decided to try it out for the first time at Adda’s event.
For DiBello, folk music is a bit of a change, but he said, “It’s the most spiritual I’ve ever felt.”
Miller is a new addition to Crouse and DiBello’s rotating performance partners, but he credits their newfound friendship to funk music. The band met through “lots of mutual musician friends,” Miller said.
The trio will also perform on First Fridays at Adda’s Garfield, and they hope to expand their folk band with other musical acquaintances.
Another Bluegrass and Boba folk artist was Rachel Webb, otherwise known by her stage name Big Little. The guitarist and solo singer was joined by her work friend, Candra Jones, at the event.
“I knew her [for four years] and I never heard her sing,” Jones said.
The two met through their work as social workers in Pittsburgh.
“[It’s] fun to write silly music and songs,” Webb said, as his work often gets serious.