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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

Down Home Blues Night with Miss Freddye and Rodger Montgomery

Friday, February 15th, 2019

$10 Cover or Get Tickets here – Show 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 PM

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.

 I started singing with BMW (Blues music works) headed by Al “Big Al” Leavitt. In 2002, I formed my own band, “Blue Faze.” The next several years the name changed to “Miss Freddye’s Blues Band.”
In addition to my 5-piece electric band, I started Miss Freddye’s Homecookin Trio in 2010. An acoustic side of blues! I  perform with both bands around western and central PA, West Virginia &eastern Ohio.

In 2008, my band competed in the West Virginia blues competition, won for the state, and went to the 2009 International blues competition representing the WVBS!

In 2012, I competed in the Blues society of western PA as a duo act with my band mate and guitarist Greg “G-man” Casile, and won! In 2013, we went to Memphis for the IBCs representing BSWPA.


John Nemeth

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

$15 Cover – $15 Doors based on availability. Show: 8:30 PM – Doors 7 PM.  Get tickets Here.

john-nemeth“It’s a real tribute to his talent that he’s not just imitating a genre, but that he’s re-creating it, complete with its original style and feeling, but re-creating it in his own image.”
Jim White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2010

“Classic soul and R&B styles have been revitalized in recent years by a cadre of young and relatively young artists such as James Hunter, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and Sharon Jones. You can include John Németh on any list of the best of them.”
Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb 2009 


Jimmy and the Frogmen

Friday, February 22, 2019

$5 Cover –  7 PM Doors – Show: 8 PM

Consisting of Pittsburgh Guitarist Tim Hadley, Bass Player and Sax of JC Collins, the popular percussion and drum sound of Derrick Edwards and Pittsburgh Singer/Songwriter Jimmy Buckley. Putting together a combination of historic rock and roll tunes that have become part of our culture, the Frogmen combine the total rock and roll entertainment package. Great traditional ballads, absolutely rockin’ dance songs and memorable jams of the past, these guys are covering favorites to suit everyone on land and sea. They are amphibious!


Cosmic Wind and Elkhound

Saturday, February 23, 2019

$5 Cover – Doors 7 PM – Showtime 8:30 PM


Studebaker John and the Hawks

Friday, March 1, 2019

7 PM Doors – 8:30 PM Show $12 Tickets here $15 at the Door

As a songwriter and musician, Studebaker John has emerged as a major creative force in the world of the blues today. Ahead of the pack, with vision and foresight, creating a new standard and landscape for this music’s future… with John at the wheel, the future is now!




Saturday, March 2, 2019

Showtime 9 PM – Doors 7 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!


Tina Daniels Band

Friday, March 8, 2019

$6 Cover – Doors Open 7 PM – Show at 8:30 PM

Tina Daniels is a vocalist performer from the Pittsburgh area who takes to the stage with her high energy blues rock edge in and around the Pittsburgh music scene for 25 plus years.
Her powerful, raw, gritty, lead vocals and dynamic stage presence has played a major role in her success to entertaining any audience.
Tina is joined on stage with Ron Vis on lead guitar, along with Keith Gamble on bass and Eric Storer on drums.
Many, but not all of Tina’s influences include; Daniele Nicole, Beth Hart, Sass Jordan, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack.


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

Saturday, March 8, 2019

$8 Suggested Donation at Door – Showtime 7:00 PM – Doors Open 6 PM

Shot O’ Soul

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 heavy dose of them all. Come join us!


Selwyn Birchwood

Friday, March 15, 2019

Showtime: 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 PM

Tickets $15 Online. Order here

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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The Nicole Belli Band

Saturday, March 15, 2019

Doors 7 PM – Show 8:30 PM – $6 Cover

The Nicole Belli Band was formed in 2008 and consists of Pghs Premiere Players: Damian Buccigrossi on drums, Victor Garzotto on keys, Arnold Stagger on bass, Enzo Belli on guitar, Maria Castellon on Bass, Mike Finch on drums with Nicole behind the microphone. Belting out tunes such as Ruth Browns -5.10.15, Eric Clapton-Change the World.. etc. What sets us apart from other bands is our carefully selected song list. Each tune is artfully re-arranged and masterfully done in our very own blues,funk style. Our genre includes such artists as Dinah Washington to Maroon 5. What drives our band and keeps us together is simple… Passion


The S.P.U.D.S.

Friday, March 22, 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
Line-up coming soon!

Saturday, March 30th
Doors open at noon

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 RUSTY HAYWACKERS……………….Starlite Lounge
12:15am — 2:00am theCAUSE…………………………………….Moondog’s Pub

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. 

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Sunday April 13TH

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

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)

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.