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All Weekday begin at 7:30 (Open Stages as Scheduled)!
All Weekend shows (including Friday nights), start time is 8:30 unless otherwise stated, so please double check the schedule.

For details call Moondogs Wed. after 7pm or Thurs., Fri. (only) after 3pm Call Moondogs: 412-828-2040

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival Pre-Party with The Billy Price Band

$15 at Door – Doors Open 7 PM – Show at 8:30 PM

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2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 15 albums, CDs, and DVDs. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony.

Price’s album This Time for Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. A live recording of the Billy Price Band, Alive and Strange, was released by Nola Blue/Vizztone Label Group in April 2017.

 

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Mahajibee

$5 Cover – Doors 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM

Audiences have described Mahajibee as a “quintet playing rough and tough, sweaty blues of their own,” and have been attracted to their music in part because of its unique ability to remain a living, breathing thing.
That’s the beauty in it…its live!
Our blue collar, nitty gritty style appeals to a diverse audience, perhaps due to the band’s varied influences from both traditional and contemporary musicians. Guitar-based blues with a strong harmonica and a smooth, soulful groove pulls from influences ranging from jazz to rock and everything in between. Simply put, Mahajibee plays the kind of music that makes audiences realize they love the blues.

 

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Shot O’ Soul/Somethin’s Cookin- The Lovin’ Cousins Concert

$7 Cover Charge – Doors Open 7 PM – Show 8 PM

 
It’s a blues/rock n roll extravaganza in The Dog House as cousins Curtis Franciscus and Jim Franciscus’ bands combine for a great night of music for all. Curtis and Somethin’s Cookin bring their powerful brand of Progressive Blues to the party, followed by the good time blues, soul, and rock n roll of Jim Franciscus, Jeanie Girl and Shot O’ Soul! This will be one party at Moondog’s you won’t want to miss. Only a $7.00 cover at the door gets you a great night of music featuring both of these outstanding bands!us!

 

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Lance Lopez – Tell The Truth CD Tour

Tickets $10 on Showclix or $10 at door space permitting – Doors 6 PM – Show 7 PM

Texas six string legend Lance Lopez is set to unleash his long-awaited new solo album, ‘Tell The Truth,’ March 2nd, 2018 on Mascot Label Group.

Tell The Truth is an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time honored path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the blues rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival.

“Nothin’ worth having, ever came easy to me, the sweetest victories came within an inch of defeat” ~ “Never Came Easy”

“A very exciting and intense blues guitarist.” ~ Jeff Beck

 

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Samantha Fish

Ticket Price $25 Show 7:30 PM – Doors Open 6 PM Get tickets here on Showclix

Blues guitarist Samantha fish returns to Moondogs once again!

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha Fish quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world.  Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.”  Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”

 

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

The Jeff Jensen Band – CD Release “Wisdom & Decay”

$10 Cover – Doors 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM

Tickets Available Here at Showclix

JEFF JENSEN – PRODUCER, COMPOSER, BLUES GUITARIST

Growing up listening to 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Rock –N-Roll, the Blues was always just a step away. So when Jeff started playing guitar at age 11 the significance of blues was overwhelming. Flirting with different styles of music like Rock and Roll, Funk, Punk Rock and Jazz through high school, Jeff landed his first blues gigs at age 19 as a guitarist. Soon after he was hired to front a southern California blues band that gigged a few times a month from San Diego to Ventura.

In 2003 Jeff Jensen and Chris Sabie founded the Santa Clarita Blues Society. Jeff and Chris traveled to Memphis for the 2004 IBC. Jeff came home from that a member of the Blues Foundation and fully charged and inspired to form his own band.

 

Friday, August 11th, 2018

Spiral Rhythms + Matt Otis & the Sound

$7 Cover – Doors open 7 PM – Show 8 PM 

Spiral Rhythms Ensemble 8pm – 9:30pm
Matt Otis & the Sound 10pm – midnight

Spiral Rhythms Ensemble and Matt Otis & the Sound will be playing at Moondogs in Blawnox, PA on Saturday August 11. Join us!

 

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Bill Toms and Hard Rain (featuring The Soulville Horns) – Phil Brontz Birthday Celebration!

Tickets $12 in Advance here at Showclix or at Door – Showtime 8:30 PM – Doors open 7 PM

“Bill Toms is a poet, a soul-shouter and guitar slinger with one foot in the gutter and an eye on the heavens above. And man, does he front a great rock n’ soul band!” – Will Kimbrough/

 While it’s hard to put a finger on any one sound that defines “American music,” the compositions of Bill Toms are as close a template as any. The Pittsburgh native, along with his band Hard Rain, delivers a sound that takes the greatest of America’s most beloved genres and melds them into a poetic representation of the best the country has to offer.

With his ninth full-length studio release, Good For My Soul (street date October 27), Toms channels a foot-stomping, wall-shaking blend of soul, blues, gospel, and rock vibes, all brought together with his lyrical specialty — stories of everyday men and women doing their best to stay ahead while still managing to keep a dream or two in their heads.

Soaring horns, gritty licks, toe-tapping rhythms, and Toms’ own rough-hewn vocals will draw listeners in, as well as well-deserved comparisons to the greats such as Dr. John, Little Feat, Springsteen, Joe Tex, The Blasters, Otis Redding, and Rufus Thomas.

“The idea of a horn section behind my songs has been something I’ve thought about for a while,” explains Toms.  “Albert King, and all the Stax artists come to mind when I think of what true rhythm and blues can do. I wanted a piece of that; creating dynamics, and drama within the song; and fostering the deep emotion that a great horn section can give. The words also needed this place– in order to be fully interpreted as the representation of ‘my America,’ and the people who make up my small part of this world.”

Good For My Soul was recorded in February 2017 by Oscar-winning composer Rick Witkowski, who also co-produced the set with Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider). Both artists have collaborated with Toms frequently on parts of his earlier catalog.

Toms launched his musical career in 1987 as lead guitarist of Pittsburgh’s legendary band Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers, During that period, he opened for and played with such legendary names as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. While playing guitar, co-writing, and adding backup vocals for the Houserockers, Toms and the band recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, The Houserockers released American Babylon, which was recorded and produced by Springsteen himself.

As a solo artist, Toms has opened for the likes of Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Marshall Crenshaw, The Kennedys, Steve Forbert, and Ellis Paul. He’s plotting a string of regional east coast dates to support Good For My Soul, as well as a full European tour in 2018.
For more information and tour dates, please visit www.billtoms.com

 

Acoustic Open Stage Every Wednesday!!

Rotating Guest Host 8:00-11 NO COVER!
Come on down and show us what you can do!
Songwriters Welcome!!

Electric Open Stage Every Thursday!!

Open Stage 8-? No Cover!!
Pick a time slot, bring your band and jam!

No Band? It’s all about the music!

All Styles Welcome!
DRUMS and AMPS PROVIDED!

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Bluegrass Open Jam 8-? Every Tuesday – Starlite Lounge (Two Doors Away)!!
Norman Nardini – Happy Hour 6 PM – 9ish Every Friday – Starlite Lounge (2 Doors Away – No Cover)!!

Pittsburgh Rock Legend Norman Nardini has been performing virtually every week since 1965, not only rocks on, but continues, in his words, “in search of the highest level of music.”

Bon Jovi said that, even with all of his (Bon’s Jovi’s) success, he could have been happy being Norm Nardini. “The motivating factor when you’re a kid is not to sell 100 million records, but just to learn how to write songs and perform them,” He continued.. “I wouldn’t have known what success of this extent was. I could have been very content to be Norman, play music at his level and Southside Johnny’s level. That’s all we knew existed. I didn’t want to be Zeppelin.”

Bon Jovi refers to his friend as “the epitome of rock ‘n’ roll. Norman lives it and breathes it. The greatest compliment anybody can pay a player is that he lives it. God bless him for it.”

 

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Ron Esser, the name is a statement in itself. Being an ardent supporter of the blues, Ron Esser’s club, Moondog’s, was bestowed with the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.