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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

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ticket Online $19.50 here or $22 at Door – Showtime: 7:30 PM-10:30 PM – Doors open 6:30 PM

On his new album, STOMPIN’ GROUND, Tommy Castro opens windows into both his past and his always-evolving musical future. Produced by Castro and guitar wunderkind Kid Andersen and recorded at Andersen’s soon-to-be legendary Greaseland Studio in San Jose, STOMPIN’ GROUND finds Castro letting loose on a set of 12 tracks featuring six originals and new versions of songs he learned and played as a young up-and-comer. He is simultaneously looking back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, while forging a forward trail with modern lyrics atop blistering blues-rock. With The Painkillers firing on all cylinders behind him, Castro lays it all on the line from the opening notes of Nonchalant to the final, introspective Live Every Day. From the autobiographical My Old Neighborhood to the socially aware Enough Is Enough and Fear is The Enemy to versions of Elvin Bishop’s Rock Bottom and Taj Majal’s Further On Down The Road (two of his favorite songs from his earliest heroes), STOMPIN’ GROUND is pure musical pleasure. “As soon as we started cutting,” Castro says, “we knew we were onto something.”

Friday, April 20, 2018

Squeezin the Shaman

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

Tina Daniels & Company

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

Tina Daniels & Company is a 5 piece band from the Pittsburgh area who take to the stage with their high energy blues rock edge.

Tina Daniels, with her powerful, raw, gritty, lead vocals and dynamic stage presence have played a major role in her success to entertain any audience. Tina is joined on stage with top notch musicians Randall Troy on lead guitar, along with Keith Gamble, a bassist who knows how to communicate the musical moment and when to fill the musical space, while at the same time Eric Storer is holding down the rhythm on drums. Many, but not all of the bands influences include; Danielle Nicole, Beth Hart, Sass Jordan, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tommy Castro, Arc-Angles, and Keb Mo

Miller and the Other Sinners

Tickets $10 here$10 at Door

Doors Open 7 PM. Showtime 8:30 PM

Delivering groove and grit, David Michael Miller leads a talented group of musicians known as Miller and the Other Sinners. This band explodes with a full spectrum of southern soul that reaches diverse indy rock, blues, soul and southern rock fans alike. The release of 3 albums, “Poisons Sipped” (2014) featuring the Darick and Carlton Campbell of the Campbell Brothers (now honored in the Smithsonian) and “Same Soil” (2015), and “3 Nights at the Strand” (2017) David’s music has received international attention and radio play. 

Rising through the roots music scene, Miller’s Sinners are packed with talent including Jay Moynihan (9 year veteran saxman for Buddy Guy) and Carlton Campbell, of the sacred steel masters, the Campbell Brothers, who has also recently rejoined the Sinners and will be occasionally touring with the band in 2017. Miller and the Other Sinners are no strangers to festivals and large concert venues boasting a strong resume including Telluride and various Roots and Blues festivals in the US and Canada. David also does solo acoustic and duo performances with Jay.

Vintage Guitar Magazine January 2016 says:

“This makes it two in a row for David Michael Miller. His Poisons Sipped was one of last year’s surprise albums, introducing us to a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who is the whole package. Same Soil builds on that with its clear understanding of the blues, soul, and everything in between. Throughout it all, Miller’s guitar play-ing is more than solid, supplying the mojo for most of the songs. His deep growl is fiercely soulful and he soars into upper registers, calling to mind the late Chris Whitley at his finest. While working in what could loosely be called the blues, Miller covers a lot of ground. “All The Blues To You” is swampy funk. “Just Ride” shows off his patience in letting the groove control things. He and his band’s willingness to let the song grow, along with the incredible use of dynam-ics, is one of many aspects that make his music some of the best out there today. Miller handles all the guitar parts perfectly. Whether swinging slide work or on-the-money rhythm, it all fits. – John Heidt”

Accolades:

• Two Top 50 albums on the Roots Music Report Blues Charts in the last 2 years for band leader David Michael Miller
• 2015’s album release, Same Soil, reached #3 on the RMR Report with two Top 50 Singles
• Vintage Guitar Magazine featured Same Soil January 2016 issue (attached below)
• 2015 – 2017 Miller and The Other Sinner touring year saw over 450 shows, 100,000 miles and 19 states/2 countries
• David Michael Miller was given the prestigious 2015 “Artist of The Year” by the Arts Services Institute of Western New York
• Best Blues Male Vocalist by Night Life Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)
• Shared the stage with artists such as Gary Clark, Jr., Jonny Lang, The Steve Miller Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, the late Bobby Blue Bland, Devon Allman, Selwyn Birchwood, Jarekus Singleton, Lowest of the Low, Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro and many more.
• 2016 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival backing band on the Blues stage
• 2016/2017 Musikfest Artist in Bethleham, PA, the largest free music festival in the US
• 2018 Pittsburgh Blues Festival, 2017/2018 Fairport Music Festival, 2016/2017 Corn Hill Arts Festival
• Actively booking in 2018 festivals and events including Canalbank Shuffle in Canada and numerous US Blues, Roots and Jazz festivals

Cinco de Mayo with theCAUSE at Moondogs

Saturday, May 5th 

Showtime 9 PM – Doors 7 PM. Tickets $7 in advance or $10 at door. Click here to buy tickets online (no extra charges). 

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! Lisa Ann Mackey from Dark Star Orchestra sang with us in 2017.

Brewer’s Row

Friday, May 11th

Showtime 8:30 OM – Doors 7 PM – Cover/Ticket Price TBA

Brewer’s Row takes its name from an attic practice space close by a neighboring Pittsburgh brewery. Formed in the Summer of 2005, the group then sought to showcase a collection of Nicholas Hohman’s music and to build and grow their original works. Nicholas shares the spotlight with his sister Leah for a stirring mix of raw and sultry vocals, occasionally trading lines as in the stirring duet, Stone Wall. Lending harmonies to the sibs’ soulful verses and leading on guitar, their father Mark brings a tenured skill to the group, with beaucoup years of music making. Bassist Corry Drake and drummer Nick Conti come together to form a world-class rhythm section, turning the operation into a full-fledged rock band.

Influences:Bruce Springsteen, Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brooke, The Beatles

 

Stevee Wellons Band

Saturday, May 12th

$5 Cover – Show time: 8 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. 

 

Mike Zito Band 

Friday, May 18th

Showtime 8:30 PM – Doors 7 PM 

(National Act – Ticket Price TBA)

There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. “Second chance at a first class life,” he sings, recalling the hard times. The Texas-based musician smiles and continues, “I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I’m travelling the world to sing my songs.”

Zito’s star has been on the rise of late both solo and as a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, with bandmates Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

As is fitting for a man with the word “Blues” tattooed across his picking hand, ‘First Class Life’ focuses squarely on blues with heart and chops to spare, not to mention wit and openness. The punchy “Time For A Change” conjures the tension in the world today while the exquisite Memphis-style song, “The World We Live In,” which recalls BB King in its world-weariness. The electrified blues bounce of “Dying Day” finds Zito swearing lifelong allegiance to his wife. “Old Black Graveyard” sets the scene of a bluesman’s final resting place and its disrepair, along with some possible supernatural influences, with Zito’s masterful slide guitar flourishes driving it home.

Yet the record’s darker moments are offset by cuts like “Mama Don’t Like No Wah Wah,” the funky crash-bang-wallop gem written with Ruf labelmate Bernard Allison about the late legend Koko Taylor. “Bernard told me about his first gig as guitarist for Taylor,” laughs Mike. “Koko didn’t like any effects on the guitar, she wanted it to sound natural. When Bernard made an attempt to use an effect on his guitar after playing with her for months, he got caught. ‘Mama don’t like no wah wah’ is what he was told. That’s a song to me!” The two guitar slingers trade off, trying to one up each other atop a funky blues groove, including Allison pulling out his forbidden wah wah pedal. The tongue-in-cheek “Back Problems” is a showcase for Zito’s wit as a songwriter.

In addition to the press and Blues Music Award love, Zito has earned from fellow artists. Anders Osborne says, “I love Mike Zito! He’s got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his hardship, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note his sings. His guitar playing dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace shine through every record he makes. ”

 

Indigenous

Thursday, June 14th

Showtime 7:30 PM – Doors Open 6:30 PM (Ticket Price TBA)

In addition to his Indigenous ‘day job’, Mato Nanji has been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002.  Playing alongside original Jimi Hendrix band members Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, the tour roster includes some of today’s blues greats including Buddy Guy, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and Robert Randolph. 

 

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.”

 

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