Personality Test: 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.
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:
Phone app? Over the long term, Angry Birds. Appetizer? Chili’s Chips & Salsa
I am a boy of summer.
Favorite ethnic food:
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:
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.
Miranda Kerr, Miranda Lambert, Debbie Gibson (yes, even today)
Favorite guilty pleasure:
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:
My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
A Rachel, already comes with the fixings!
My most embarrassing junk food:
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:
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
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!