Lady Gaga Bassist Jonny Goood Performs Concert at Stage AE Led by SAEM Class and Pioneer Records Friday, November 30, 2018
“As students, we are not only given these opportunities to advance our professional network, but to observe how someone like Jonny Goood successfully conducts business."
Point Park University’s Business of Live Entertainment class and student-run record label Pioneer Records secured Jonny Goood — official bassist for Lady Gaga — for a Nov. 26 concert at The Club at Stage AE.
“As students, we are not only given these opportunities to advance our professional network, but to observe how someone like Jonny Goood successfully conducts business,” said Tom Churchill, a senior sports, arts and entertainment management major from Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Morgan Sealy, a junior SAEM major from Waynesburg Central High School in Waynesburg, Pa., believes Goood will elevate Pittsburgh’s reputation as a music city.
“He’s a new source of inspiration,” added senior SAEM major Matt Whitaker from Buckhorn High School in Buckhorn, Ky.
Goood currently lives in Los Angeles, but plans to move back to Pittsburgh to help cultivate a more vibrant music scene in his hometown.
“I never really left Pittsburgh,” said Goood, whose performance set list at Stage AE featured songs from his independent album Bass Hop, including crowd favorites “Logan,” “Bass Talk,” “Bass Hop” and “California Dreamin’.”
According to Megan Clista, a sophomore SAEM major from Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and director of marketing for Pioneer Records, Goood’s high-energy performance was well received by the audience.
“He has distinguished himself from other artists with his unique mixture of funk, hip-hop, rock and rap influences. Goood’s combined childhood and law enforcement experiences provide a unique perspective reflected in his lyrics. His music conveys an overwhelming feeling of inclusivity, transparency and generated conversation around social acceptance,” she explained.
Clista added: “We are elated to have the opportunity to work with Goood in the near future and watch him develop as an artist.”
"Having Jonny Goood perform for our students at The Club at Stage AE was such a blast. He's such an enthusiastic and positive person and wants to give back to Pittsburgh in any way he can. We were also lucky to get him immediately before he headed back to LA for Lady Gaga rehearsals,” said SAEM Associate Professor Ed Traversari, MBA, who teaches the Business of Live Entertainment class and helps the students manage Pioneer Records.
Goood said at the concert: “I do feel like this is a family reunion.”
Text contributed by Megan Clista, sophomore SAEM major