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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, February 23, 2018

Nick Schnebelen Band

Show 8 PM – Doors 7 PM

The Nick Schnebelen Band is an amazing American Roots Experience that’s based in Kansas City, MO. The band welds together huge frame pieces of Blues, Rock and even some fast and funky swing, just to show off their mechanical skills. Playing with Nick are Cliff Moore on Bass, and Adam Hagerman on Drums. Whether it’s an electric guitar, lap-steel, dobro, Nick plays them all. You can catch the Nick Schnebelen Band hitting the road all across the US with their new album ‘Live at Knucklehead’s Vol. 1’.
Awards 2008 Albert King Award for “Best Guitarist”

Satuday, February 24, 2018

Chillent Band

$5 Cover – Doors 7 PM – Show 8 PM
Join Chillent and our good friend Tim Vitullo as we play Pittsburgh’s legendary Moondogs Pub for the first time! Tim’s playing from 8:00pm to 9:30pm, then Chillent will be warming up some funky stuff from 10pm to 12am!

Sunday, February 25, 2018 

Miss Freddye’s Blues Band – Other Bands Playing: Robin & Bob (Duo) and Risen To Save and Gary Prisby (Solo act)

Tickets $10 and at door. (Benefit Awareness for raising money for the American Heart Association).

Show: 4 – 8 PM – Doors 3 PM

Buy Tickets Here

Singing the Chicago style blues since 1996, I have become known as “Pittsburgh’s Lady of the Blues!” My influences are Delta and Chicago style blues, from artists of yester-year like Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Denise Lasalle, and Memphis Minnie.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Commander Cody Band

Show: 8:30 PM
Tickets $15 Advance Click here
$17 at Door – Doors open 7 PM

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Stevee Wellons Band CD Release Party!

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

Vocalist Stephanie Wellons, aka Stevee Wellons, has been performing in the tri-state area for the last 25 years and is known for her high-energy stage presence and performance. In her early twenties she began her musical career. Since then, Stevee has performed with numerous area bands and currently teaches and coaches voice at the prestigious Afro-American Institute in the Homewood Area of Pittsburgh. An experienced recording artist as well, Stevee has recorded in Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago and Baltimore. Stevee Wellons Band won the 2015 Blues Society of Western PA’s Blues Challenge and will represent Western PA at the 2016 International Blues Challenge.

Each of the musicians in this group have spent years playing blues, soul, jazz and rock music around the country. The band members have known each other forever and talked off-and-on about how much fun it would be working together – some day. Finally, the time was right and The Stevee Wellons Band (SWB) came to life. Working together has led the group in some unexpected directions. The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania gave SWB the honor of representing the region for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. That experience provided encouragement and inspiration for the group to work on creating their own mix of blues and soul music. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Moat Rats with Six Demon Bag Opening

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

The Moat Rats are a group of old friends, who decided to do something productive with their time. The group is made up of James Held (Drums), Haley Held (Bass), Colton Sankey (Bass/Aux percussion), Tanner Davis (Saxophone), Brad Lang (Rhythm guitar), Christian Griffith (Lead guitar/vocals), Liam “Chip” Kress (Keys/backup vocals), and Karli Blotzer (Vocals).

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nick Moss Band 

Show is at 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 pm

Tickets $13 online – $15 at door. Buy tickets online here

Chicago guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nick Moss is a bona fide bluesman down to his soul. He is a 30-year veteran of the city’s take-no-prisoners blues scene. He paid his dues gigging in Chicago’s rough and tumble West and South side blues clubs under the tutelage of some of the city’s greatest blues luminaries.
Blues Revue says, “Nick Moss is at the top of the blues world….ambitious and intense…He can play traditional blues with the best.”
New Jersey’s Dennis Gruenling is considered among today’s best blues harmonica players. His high-energy, full-throttle playing has earned him comparisons to the late James Cotton.
Living Blues says, “Dennis Gruenling is a contemporary harmonica master…impressive, genuine and fresh-sounding.”Now, recording together for the first time, The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling makes their Alligator Records debut with The High Cost Of Low Living, a dream come true for both musicians. 

The High Cost Of Low Living is a tour de force of the classic Chicago blues ensemble sound Moss and Gruenling know, live and love. But it’s no recycling of old songs. Moss wrote nine memorable new originals and Gruenling wrote two, all deeply rooted in the blues tradition with a touch of old school rock ‘n’ roll. Produced by guitarist Kid Andersen and Moss and recorded at Rancho de Rhythm in Elgin, Illinois, the album is a joyous sonic blast of pure blues power.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Shot O Soul – Annual Meow Prowl Homeless Cat Management Team Benefit

$8 Donation – Showtime: 8 PM – Doors Open 6:30 PM

A dynamic and entertaining six person band that performs a diverse mix of the best blues, soul, and classic rock n roll in the Pittsburgh area!

Shot O’ Soul performs onstage at the legendary Moondog’s Pub in Blawnox on Saturday Dec 9, 2017 at 8:00pm. Moondog’s is Pittsburgh’s home of the best blues, soul, and rock n roll and Shot O’ Soul will be bringing a heavey dose of them all. Come join us!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Selwyn Birchwood

Showtime: 8 PM – Doors Open 7 PM

Tickets $15 Online. Order here – $17 at Door

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. Birchwood’s high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute—are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” young man with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease, his soulful, rocks-and-gravel vocals firing up the crowd. 

Birchwood, who attacks his guitar and lap steel with searing intensity, wrote and produced all 13 songs on PICK YOUR POISON. His richly detailed, hard-hitting originals run the emotional gamut from the humorously personal My Whiskey Loves My Ex to the gospel-inflected Even The Saved Need Saving to the hard truths of the topical Corporate Drone and Police State to the existential choice of the title track. The cutting-edge songs are made all the more impactful by Birchwood’s gruff vocals, his untamed musicianship and his band’s seemingly telepathic accompaniment. “I write and sing what I know,” says Birchwood, whose innovations are as expansive as his influences. “This album has a broad reach. It’s for young, old and everyone in between.”

Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the BLUES MUSIC AWARD and LIVING BLUES CRITICS’ AWARD for BEST DEBUT ALBUM Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Selwyn and his band have crisscrossed the U.S. and Europe repeatedly, delivering unforgettable live performances. Rave reviews ran in publications from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal, from The Chicago Tribune to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Selwyn Birchwood is forging new directions for the blues. The Washington Post calls him a “tough, indelibly modern next generation bluesman.” The Wall Street Journal says he is “fiery and original.” The hard-hitting, cutting-edge songs on Pick Your Poison, along with his incendiary live performances, prove without a doubt his status as the blues’ most sensational young talent.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Toronzo Cannon

Tickets $15 Click here – Showtime: 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 PM


“Deep, contemporary Chicago blues…razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing” — The Chicago Tribune

“Toronzo Cannon is one of the hottest blues performers on the Chicago scene” —The Daily Beast

“Toronzo Cannon is a modern blues master. Cutting-edge and razor-sharp guitar work…tremendous and powerful performances…original material, excellent lyrics” -—Blues & Rhythm

Since the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, contemporary blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter (and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver) Toronzo Cannon has burst onto the international stage as one of Chicago’s – and the world’s – most acclaimed next-generation bluesmen. He’s earned his fame through the overwhelming response to his album, the sheer force of his music, his original songs, and his live charisma. Since the CD’s release, he’s played major cities all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivering one hard-rocking performance after another. Read more here


Saturday, March 24, 2018

$7 Donation – Doors 6 PM – Show Starts 7 PM.

LSD Band opening with an acoustic performance by John Vento and the Spectrum Band.


Friday, March 30, 2018

The Compadres

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

The Compadres’ rich vocal harmonies complement their unique, diverse blend of instruments. Acoustic guitar accompanies dynamic 4 and 5 part harmonies, hearkening to the band’s influence by groups such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash. A necessary component of The Compadres’ acoustic sound comes from a baritone ukulele, strumming rhythm or plucking solos as needed. The creative soul of an electric guitar flares during what can only be described as Grateful Dead-fueled jam band grooves; melodic blues riffs and long jam verses come to life through the electric’s pedals. Funky bass drives the sound of the music, the harmonic anchor in a wild storm of sound. Finally, a percussion set, replete with bongos, congos, cajon, and beatboxing, pounds out the beat to get the crowd moving, grooving, and begging for more.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Billy Price Band

$13 Advance Tickets available at Showclix
$15 at Door – Doors Open 7:30 PM – Show at 8:30 PM

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, April 13, 2018

Show: 8:30 PM – Tickets $10 in advance on Showclix – $14 at Door – Doors open 7 PM


At 27 years of age, master musician and multi-talented blues performer Vanessa Collier has become an in-demand artist, bringing her charismatic charm, passionate and fiery performances, soulful voice, searing saxophone solos, and witty songwriting to the stage. Over the past year, Vanessa toured through 11 countries, alternating between tour legs in Europe as a featured artist with Ruf’s Blues Caravan and back in the U.S. and Canada with her talented 5-piece band.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as Best of 2014 Blues Breaker. More…

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Showtime: 8:30 PM – $7 Cover – Doors open 7 PM

Sourrmash with Kat

$7 Cover – Doors Open 7 PM

SOURMASH is an accomplished group of seasoned musicians hailing from Pennsylvania. Initially assembled to pay tribute to the guitar-driven songs of southern rock; the band has evolved into a true, original rock and roll act. Sourmash has become a very popular act in the northeastern US over the last few years with a continually growing fan base. Comprised of avid motorcyclists that ride to many of their show; Sourmash is a favorite for festivals and regional motorcycle rallies and is touted as the Baddest Biker Band on the Planet. Some recent accomplishments of the band are More…

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.