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Lots of AMAZING music!

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 Thursday or Friday (only) after 3pm Call Moondogs: 412-828-2040

The Borstal Boys with Special Guests: Brewers Row

Friday, March 22, 2019

7 PM Doors – 8:30 PM Show $10

Taking their name from the song by The Faces, The Borstal Boys are a rock and roll band with talent and experience to spare. Bassist Rocky Lamonde says the name describes “A bunch of guys that may have been overlooked. But not for much longer.”

Boasting former members of Torn and Frayed, The Dirty Charms, Bill Toms and Hard Rain and Rusted Root, The band has been busy recording and playing.

In every sense of the word, The Borstal Boys are a tenacious rock and roll band. Heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Faces, their songs are infectious, hypnotic and keep the masses coming back for more.

By J.E. Rosenfeld



The S.P.U.D.S.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

$5 Cover – Doors Open 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM

A rare group of very peculiar musicians born in, raised by, and playing for the wonderful people in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

pUNKapalooza 2019 Two Day Event!



Friday only: $10 advance, $12 day of show
Saturday only: $12 advance, $14 day of show
Weekend pass: $20 advance, $22 day of show
These include admission to both venues with
unlimited re-entry.

You can purchase tickets:

1) at Moondog’s Pub and the Starlite Lounge,
2) at theCAUSE’s website, (thanks David!),
3) from any of the band members,
4) by sending a check (return postage is free) to:
    Stephen Cunningham
    224 Alaqua Drive
    Sewickley, PA 15143

Bands Playing

Friday, March 29th
Doors open at 5pm

6:00pm — 7:15pm PATTI SPADARO BAND……….Moondog’s Pub

7:00pm — 11:00pm NORM NARDINI…………………Starlite Front

8:15pm — 9:30pm ONE GIG AT A TIME……………Moondog’s Pub

10:15pm – 11:45pm ELEANOR WALRUS…………….Moondog’s Pub

11:30pm – 12:45am RUSTY HAYWACKERS………..Starlite Lounge

12:30am — 2:00am STONE THROWERS…………..Moondog’s Pub

1:15am – 2:00am HAYWHACKER STRING BAND.Starlite Lounge

Saturday, March 30th
Doors open at noon

2:15pm — 3:15pm STUCCO PYRAMID………………….Starlite Lounge

3:00pm — 4:00pm JACK OF DIAMONDS…………….Moondog’s Pub

3:15pm — 4:15pm FIDDLETALES………………………..Starlite Lounge

4:00pm — 5:00pm GOODFOOTS………………………..Moondog’s Pub

4:45pm — 5:45pm MARK DIOMEDE SOLO…………Starlite Lounge

5:30pm — 6:45pm UNSUPERVIBED…………………..Moondog’s Pub

6:30pm — 7:30pm FAB & IN THE WAY………………Starlite Lounge

7:30pm — 8:45pm MARK DIOMEDE BAND………..Moondog’s Pub

8:30pm — 9:45pm GROOVESHIFTER………………..Starlite Lounge

9:30pm — 11:30pm FLETCHER’S GROVE……………Moondog’s Pub

11:15pm – 12:30am DIZZY WOOSH……………………..Starlite Lounge

12:15am — 2:00am theCAUSE……………………………Moondog’s Pub

The Turbosonics

with special guests: The Killifish and Maverick Hodads

Friday, April 5th

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm

$5.00 cover

Friday, April 12th

Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle

Doors Open at 7pm….show starts at 8:30

$8 Cover Charge

Tommy Castro

Sunday April 7TH

6 PM Doors – 7 PM Show – $23 in advance here or $25 at Door

Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf—his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes—the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop to Taj Mahal, toured through the area, and Castro was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. 

Italian Invasion2

Saturday April 13TH

Doors 6:30 PM – Show 7:30 PM – $7 Cover

The Arte Tedesco Band

Friday, April 19th

with Special Guest “The Matt Barranti Band”

Showtime: 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 PM

Tickets $12 Online  $15 at the door. Order here

Black Cat Moan w/guest appearance of Kip London

Saturday April 20TH

Doors 7:00 PM – Show 8:30 PM – $7 Cover

Announcing the inaugural appearance of THE NEW “Black Cat Moan” in Pittsburgh. Moondog’s has always been a place where music history keeps being made. The tradition isn’t over with the appearance of Black Cat Moan, winner of the Blues Society of Northern West Virginia’s Blues Challenge. They performed in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. and serve as the opening act for Buddy Guy at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg.

With inspiration from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and the recordings from Chess Records, Black Cat Moan does not mimic other musicians of that era, but rather brings a new vibe to a classic art form.

Don’t miss this appearance of something new, something different. The entertainment of Black Cat Moan is thrilling audiences everywhere they play. We are excited to welcome Black Cat Moan.

The band is the winner of the Blues Society of Northern West Virginia’s inaugural Blues Challenge that took place at the Heritage Music Blues Festival in Wheeling, West Virginia, and performed in the 2017 International Blues Challenge that was held in Memphis, Tennessee.

With inspiration from Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and the recordings from Chess Records, Black Cat Moan does not mimic other musicians of that era, but rather brings a new vibe to a classic art form.

They have played the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, Amer-Serv Flood City Music Festival and Brews & Blues in the Valley. In 2014, they opened for American blues/soul singer Billy Price.

In the summer of 2015, the band recorded their debut album, “the Saint, the Munk & the Moan,” which has received internet radio play around the world and was professionally aired as far as Croatia.

KIP LONDON will share the stage with Black Cat Moan.

Kip has shared the stage with such performers as John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Keb Mo, The Night Hawks, David Bromberg and Samantha Fish to name a few.  A Pittsburgh native Kip lived in Boston for several years before returning to the “Burgh” last January. He can be seen at many of the local folk and blues venues

The Walter Trout Band

Tuesday April 23rd

Doors 6:30 PM – Show 7:30 PM – Tickets $25 advance here – $30 at the Door.

Walter Trout’s backstory is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion. There are feted early stints as gunslinger in bands from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to Canned Heat, and the solo career that’s still blazing a quarter-century later.
The veteran bluesman has seen and done it all, with just one omission: he’s never made a covers album, until now.
“Luther Allison’s Blues is my first,” Trout notes. “I’ve thought about doing this album for years. It was just time.”

Jimmy Adler & The Soulville Horns

Friday April 26th

Doors 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM. Tickets online $10 here and at Door

“Guaranteed excitement for fans of straight-ahead blues guitar” – Blues Revue 

Jimmy Adler is a live-wire entertainer who packs passion and energy into every performance!  His music is a blend of Chicago Blues and West Coast Jazzy Jump.  His passionate, powerful vocals compliment his spirited playing.

8th Street Rox

Saturday April 27th

$6 Cover – Doors 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM

8th Street Rox has been rocking Pittsburgh since 1981. The group’s incredible staying power is a testament to the band’s great sound, energy, & enthusiasm. 8th Street Rox plays a great blend of originals & covers (Hiatt, Jukes, Stones, Springsteen)

The James Hunter Six

Tuesday, June 18th

Doors 7:30 PM – Show 8:30 PM – Tickets $25 advance here – $30 at the Door.


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!

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.”


Blawnox blues joint fulfills owner’s dream by: Rex Rutkoski Read More

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.

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