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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

Ron “Moondog” Esser with Special Guests Norm Nardini & Kip London

NOTE: This is at Penn Hebron Garden Club – The Barn” – 237 Jefferson Road, Penn Hills, PA 15235

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

 

 

The Bail Jumpers

Friday, November 16, 2018

Show 8:30 PM – Doors 7 PM – $5 Cover

The Bail Jumpers began as 4 people tired of the same old pop, and rock music scene. We all have a deep respect for blues music, and the musicians that lived the life. We tried to express these feelings the best way we could, through our hearts, and soul.

 

The Nighthawks

Saturday, November 17, 2018

$13 in advance, $15  at Door. Get Tickets here Doors Open 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM

The Nighthawks are an American blues and roots music band, based in Washington, D.C. The Nighthawks currently are Mark Wenner (vocals and harmonica), Paul Bell (lead guitar), Johnny Castle (bass guitar), and Mark Stutso (drums). 

When Mark Stutso, master of the deep groove, joined The Nighthawks at the beginning of 2010, the 21st-century version of the legendary American roots band was complete. With Paul Bell and Johnny Castle in the band for nearly a decade, and founding father Mark Wenner the remaining original, this team outshines all previous incarnations. 

 

Annual Thanksgiving Eve. Counting Our Blessings with The S.P.U.D.S

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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

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

 
 

 

Giving Thanks with Norm Nardini & Friends

Friday, November 23, 2018

Show 8:30 PM – Doors 7 PM – $7 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,” Bon Jovi said. “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.”

 

Women Band Together With Special guest Soulful Femme

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Doors 7pm, showtime 8 PM Get Tickets Here or $10 Cover

 

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Saturday, November 30, 2018

7 PM Doors – 8:30 PM Show Tickets $12 here or $14 at Door.

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and he cooks a big pot of gumbo, while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he’s added some new flavors to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo, and feeds everybody… he also plays a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”

 

Rock N Roll Christmas with Norm Nardini & Bill Toms and Hard Rain

Saturday, December 1, 2018

7pm Doors – 8:30 Showtime,  Tickets $12 by clicking here $15 at the Door.

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,” Bon Jovi said. “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,” he said.

 

“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.

 

Albert Castiglia – Blues Society of Western PA Annual Christmas Party 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Doors 7 PM – Showtime 8 PM

Tickets are available or $12 in advance by clicking here, or $14 at the door. $10 Blues Society members (at the door)

 

Albert Castiglia will be storming into town, bringing his furious, sizzling brand of Blues to Moondog’s. Fun, we will have plenty of it! Music, bundles of it wrapped up for you to celebrate the season. Opening the evening, Jack of Diamonds with Rick Proudfoot.

Donations will be collected on behalf of Project Bundle Up for the Salvation Army. New winter items, (coats, hats, gloves) will be collected to help those in our community.

 

theCAUSE 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Showtime 9:30 PM – Doors 8:30 PM – $7 in advance. Get Tickets here. $10 at the Door.

theCAUSE is a band consisting of 4 Pittsburgh musicians who have all been around the proverbial block.  Playing tunes from Grateful DeadPhishThe BeatlesBob Dylan and MORE, including some very tasty originals, theCAUSE packs a punch while still paying close attention to the delicate touch. The players are Eric “Pappy” Weingrad on guitar and vocals (Double Dose, Pappy’s Blues Junction), David Tauberg on bass and vocals (Powers Run Band, Hard to Handle, Cherylann Hawk),  Mike South on drums (Left for Dead, Sticky, Russ Lauf Band) and, joining us in 2008, Pittsburgh blues veteran Jill Paone Simmons brings a whole new dimension to theCAUSE on vocals and continues to rock with us today. 

 theCAUSE also has had the pleasure in 2012 and 2014 of having  guitarist Steve Kimock join us on stage and in 2013, 2015 ,2016  and 2017 Jeff Mattson of Dark Star Orchestra spent an evening jamming with theCAUSE! 

 

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.”

 

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.