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Personality Test: Dave August

| Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:00 p.m.
NoMAD lead singer Dave August

As the lead singer for the country band North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD), Dave August doesn’t get the exposure that many of his peers do. That’s unfortunate. August is one of the most talented and charismatic vocalists in Western Pennsylvania. As a singer, August has a tone and presence that echoes Jon Bon Jovi. That’s fitting in a band that rocks as hard as any country group anywhere.

NOMaD is currently working on a new album, slated to be released in late 2016.

August also appeared in the “The Road,” the 2009 movie starring Viggo Mortenson that was filmed in Pittsburgh. A native of West Newton — he went to Yough High School with drummer Ray Luzier of Korn — August now lives in Monroeville.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

Matt Damon. He’s the closest resemblance that I can come up with … I think we have similar sensibilities, but just a guess.

Childhood hero:

Chuck Norris, pure, legit dude and always fought the good fight

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

My entire collection of Kiss memorabilia

The superpower I wish I had in real life:


Favorite app:

Phone app? Over the long term, Angry Birds. Appetizer? Chili’s Chips & Salsa

Favorite season:

I am a boy of summer.

Favorite ethnic food:

Gourmet Chinese

The song I want played at my funeral:

“Come Sail Away,” Styx

Pick one: “Veep,” “House of Cards” or “Scandal:”

I’m all about “Scandal”! Big Kerry Washington fan, as well.

Show I have or want to binge watch:

I’m being told I need to watch “Vinyl.”

My favorite cable channel:

NFL Network

The dessert that matches my personality:

Pineapple upside-down cake

The Disney character most like me:


My favorite TV or movie villain:

Heath Ledger’s version of The Joker

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:


If I were auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:

Since I just saw them, I’m going with “Open Letter To A Landlord” by Living Colour.

The first band I saw in concert:

Kiss, baby! Dynasty tour, Civic Arena, 1979

The best concert I’ve ever seen:

Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over Tour — RIP Glenn.

Celebrity crush:

Miranda Kerr, Miranda Lambert, Debbie Gibson (yes, even today)

Favorite guilty pleasure:

Binge-watching football

Something I would do over if I could:

College, for the pure joy that it was

Pick one: Pirates, Penguins, Steelers or other:


My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:

John Stallworth

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

A Rachel, already comes with the fixings!

My most embarrassing junk food:

Doritos addict

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

Papa Rocks in Monroeville

Pick one: Cheetos, Cheez-It or Cheerios:


The most dangerous thing I’ve ever done:

Used to climb and rappel houses as a youth for fun with no safety equipment.

Top thing on my bucket list:

To see every artist that I love perform live.

Best vacation ever:


Place I’d most like to visit:


In five years, I’d like to:

Not have a financial care in the world

I wish I had more time to:

Focus on songwriting

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh:

The people, and I’m not much of a people lover these days, so that’s saying something.

My quirkiest inherited trait:

I tend to spill everything, as do my brothers and sister.

One word my mother would use to describe me:

“Angel,” just keepin’ it real.

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A ninja/Navy S.E.A.L. combo

In high school, I was:

Slowly on my way out of my shell and becoming a more confident person

If I could go back, I’d tell my teenage self:

To chill and not give one ounce of thought/care to what people think or say about you

My childhood nickname:


My first job:

My own grass-cutting business

My worst job:

Probably working in a pizza shop, although it really wasn’t that bad

I’m deathly afraid of:


Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

Past: Syria Mosque. Present: Heinz Field

The person I’m most often mistaken for:

Depending on the state of my ‘do, it could be Keith Urban (more so, these days), Jon Bon Jovi (not so long ago), Rod Stewart (mostly) or worst case … Andy Gibb.

My most treasured fashion accessory:

My ’80s-era leopard-print slap bracelet

My most memorable fashion mistake:

Anklets on my prosthesis

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be:

Much more boring than I already am

My favorite website: or

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:

Jon Bon Jovi

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:

“My Prerogative,” Bobby Brown

Happiness is:

Simplicity and music

My personal motto:

Onward and upward!

Overused phrase I hate most:

Six in one hand, half dozen in the other.

People would be surprised to know that I:

Am an amputee and damn proud of it!

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