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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

Allegheny Showcase #2 w/ The Redlines, Brian Genovesi, & TBA

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Doors 7 PM – Show 8 PM. Get tickets here $10 or at door.

The Allegheny Showcase sponsored by Yuengling is a original music showcase featuring the best up and coming talent in the Pittsburgh region! Tickets are only $10 in advance.

 

Gibsonia, PA: Autism Friendly Drumming Workshop w/ Jim Donovan

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Show: 8:30 PM – Doors 7 PM – Tickets $20 here or $20 at Door

Note: This event is not at Moondogs. It is at: Steamworks Creative
4967 Route 8, Suite 6, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

Band Together Pittsburgh Presents:
“The Ron Beitle Memorial” Autism Friendly World Drumming Workshop with Jim Donovan M.Ed.
World Rhythms & Songs. Music Creation. Energizing Fun.
Ages 12 and up. Drums Provided.
Beginners Warmly Welcomed.
Advance Reservations Only, Space is limited to 25 people.

$15 (This reduced cost is made possible by funding provided by Band Together Pittsburgh)

This event gets loud sometimes. Please plan accordingly.

What is the World Drumming Workshop?
-an invigorating workshop experience that shows you how to:

(1) play the African djembe drum, 
(2) play exciting traditional world rhythms, 
(3) use strategies for tapping and expanding your own musical creativity and 
(4) lift your mood through social drumming.

Learn and play exciting and beautiful traditional rhythms and songs from all over the world- from places such as Africa and South America. Yes, beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided. All that is required is a willingness to try. Learn how to express yourself using your drum through “in-the-moment” original music creation.

Experience creating your own rhythms and finding out how to connect them with others. Even if you consider yourself “unmusical”, group drumming is an accessible entry point into the rewarding world of music creation.

Drumming with others is scientifically proven to improve your mood, relieve stress, increase mental focus and to support social connections. Discover why people from all over the globe have been drumming together for thousands of years.

About the instructor:
Jim Donovan M.Ed., Leader of the band Sun King Warriors, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the US and Europe. As a performer, Donovan writes and records with his rootsy groove-rock band Sun King Warriors. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy to every event he leads- whether they be a conference keynote, corporate team building, educational training or wellness retreat.

Donovan got his start as a founding member of the 3-time platinum 90’s band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. During his touring work with Rusted Root, he shared arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.

Donovan is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers training to organizations that teach people how to lead group music-making as a way to support wellness and social connection. These events include evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in who work in recovery.

 

Blues Caravan with Mike Zito and Bernard Allison

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

6:30 PM Doors – Show 7:30 PM $20 online here and $20 at Door 

RUF Blues Caravan
Featuring Mike Zito, Bernard Allision, & Ally Venable

This is no ordinary club tour. This is the Blues Caravan 2018. If you’ve followed Ruf’s rolling revue since it started life in 2005, you’ll already know that these shows are must-see events, throwing together three stellar artists on one bill – then letting the chemistry do the rest.Traditionally, the Blues Caravan lineup has showcased the label’s breaking talent – from Aynsley Lister to Samantha Fish – and given fans a chance to catch the blues titans of tomorrow before they go ‘boom’. But in 2018, it’s time to mix things up. On this year’s Blues Caravan, you’ll not only find one young gun with a dazzling career ahead of her, but also two heavyweights with a sky-high reputation.

 

 

The Billy Price Band

Friday, October 19, 2018

Showtime 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7PM
$13 in Advance – $15 at the Door – Get Tickets here

Billy Price has been entertaining audiences since first performing in Pittsburgh, Pa. with the Rhythm Kings in the early 1970s. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center of Pittsburgh.

 

The Nick Moss Band

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Show is at 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 pm

Tickets $15 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.

 

Jumpin’ Jack Flash Annual Moondog’s Halloween Costume Party 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Show is at 8:30 PM – Doors Open 7 pm

$6 with Costume $7 Without  Doors Open 7 PM

 

BLaCK CaT MOAN

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7 PM – Doors – 8:30 PM Show $10 at door or get tickets online here

BLACK CAT MOAN has coined the phrase “New Vintage Blues” to describe their music — a modern blues sound that looks to the source of early recorded blues, like Robert Johnson, for inspiration. “BLACK CAT MOAN pays homage to the era of blues that birthed its honored child, jazz, and its bastard son, rock and roll,” says one Pennsylvania music critic. The band encompasses the best of several eras through its three members talented musicianship and varied backgrounds.

George Byich’s style harkens back to what is referred to as country blues, most representational of the early 1900’s to the 1930’s. The recognizable slide guitar of Delta Blues and the finger picking of Mississippi John Hurt can be heard in St.George’s performances.

Zach Bodolosky’s talents evoke the first child of the blues, with jazz being his biggest influence. A second generation jazz drummer, his style harkens back to the 1920’s through the 1950’s — so you’ll be sure to hear some rockabilly licks as well.

 

 

Love, Lust & Other Wreckage by John Vento CD Release

Saturday, November 3, 2018

$10 at Door or Tickets here – Show 7:30 PM – 6 PM Doors

 

 

The Tina Daniels Band

Friday, November 9, 2018

$5 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.

 

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 Bill Deasy Band with Dave “Throck” Throckmorton, Scooter Tamulinas, and Clark Slater

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Door 7 PM Show 8:30 PM $10 at door or Get Tickets here

Bill Deasy is the former lead singer/songwriter of the Gathering Field, who were signed to Atlantic Records. Bill now records and tours as a solo artist, and continues to write songs for other artists as well. His songs can be heard on albums by artists such as Martina McBride, Kim Richey, Howard Jones, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Clarks and One Flew South. Bill appeared on camera in a very successful television campaign for “Good Morning America”, singing his own song, “Good Things Are Happening”. His voice and song, “Your Home”, was also heard in KDKA/CBS’ 2008 campaign. Bill’s songs have made other television appearances, in shows for Discovery Health, Lifetime, MTV and recently, as the theme song for CMT’s first sitcom, “Working Class”. In the last few years, Bill Deasy added “published author” to his credentials. He has had three books released; “Ransom Seaborn”, “Traveling Clothes” and most recently, “Ghost Tree”. Bill is in the midst of adapting “Ransom Seaborn” for the big screen. All of Bill’s CDs can be found online at www.cdbaby.com and his novels are available at http:www.amazon.com.
 
Awards
“Ransom Seaborn” – Winner of the 2006 Golden Needle, which is awarded for excellence in literary print on demand.
 

 

The Nighthawks

Saturday, November 17, 2018

$20 Cover – 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.

 
 
 
 

 

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Saturday, November 30, 2018

7 PM Doors – 8:30 PM Show Ticket Price TBA

 

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 Showtime,  Ticket price TBA

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.

 
 
 
 

 

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.