Friday, April 29, 2016

HughShows Weekend Independent Music Guide April 29 - May 1, 2016

There are always shows happening in Pittsburgh over the weekend that are worthy of your attention and may not be widely advertised in our traditional media outlets. Please go out to #SupportPGHMusic!

Friday April 29, 2016
Saturday April 30, 2016

Sunday May 1, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Deutschtown Music Festival Friday July 8th Full Lineup

Here is the Friday night portion of the 2016 Deutschtown Music Festival.

Pleased note that Park Stage and James St. Restaurant are all ages. James St. Ballroom, Scratch and The Recovery Room are 21+.

Park Stage (Allegheny Commons) ALL-AGES
4 PM - Rox Academy
5 PM - The Annajames Band
6 PM - Chase the Monkey
7 PM - The Great Great Ants
8 PM - Pet Clinic

James Street Acoustic Restaurant - 422 Foreland Street ALL-AGES
7 PM - The Chiodi Trio
8 PM - Dennis Malley
8:30 PM - Douglas Lowell Blevins
9 PM - Vit DeBacco
9:30PM - Samantha Sears
10 PM - Seth Pfannenschmidt

James St. Speakeasy 21+
9 PM - PL>Y
James St. Ballroom - Upstairs 21+6 PM - Melinda
7 PM - Avi Diamond
8 PM - MVT
9 PM - The Telephone Line
10 PM - Diego
11 PM - Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts

Scratch Food & Beverage - 1720 Lowrie Street ALL-AGES
6 PM - Cranberry Sanders
7 PM - The Rents
8 PM - Ben Valasek & The Growlers
9 PM - Slim Forsythe Band
10 PM - Sun Hound
11 PM - The Dovewires

The Recovery  Room (Huszar) - 627 E North Avenue ALL-AGES
6 PM - Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band
7 PM - Swiss Army
8 PM - Young Fox
9 PM - Blue Clutch
10 PM - Charlie Hustle & The Grifters
11 PM - Patton

The Park House - 403 East Ohio St. 21+
9:30 PM - Nameless in August

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pittsburgh Marathon 2016 Band List

The Pittsburgh Marathon takes place this Sunday morning, May 1st and along with all those people running, there are a ton of bands performing all along the entire course.
For the full list, check it out here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Block Party #1

This Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 4-7pm, head on over to Spring Hill (2000 Rutledge St.) on the Northside for the debut of The Block Party featuring live music from Delicious Pastries, Brewer's Row and The Get Down Gang. It's all ages, all free and sure to be a banger!

The Block Party, a project of One Northside Pgh in partnership with The Buhl Foundation, is excited to announce it’s first of five events in 2016 taking place in Spring Hill on Saturday May 1st. The Block Party is series of mini arts festivals that will call attention to and celebrate the valuable resources and local identities of Northside neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.

Located north of Downtown and neighboring Spring Garden and Troy Hill, Spring Hill is a picturesque neighborhood named for its hilly topography and natural underground springs. This “bedroom community nestled on the hilltop” sprang from German ethnic roots many decades ago and today houses neighbors of diverse races, economics, and social status that gives the community a melting-pot flavor.

This event is taking place in the new Asylgärten Park, a large lot owned for many years by the Spring Hill Civic League that is currently undergoing a renovation as a welcoming community space.

This free festival will feature:

• A mobile stage from Flyspace Productions featuring the local bands delicious pastries, Brewer's Row and The Get Down Gang - all bands with at least one resident of Spring Hill!

• Food trucks will be onsite.

• Stories about the neighborhood are being collected onsite by The Saturday Light Brigade.

• Hands-on activities with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Little House Big Art.

• Public art with AIR: Artists Image Resource

• Refreshments featuring the local, in-progress brewery, Spring Hill Brewing.

• Activities with Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art.

• Historical photos courtesy of Allegheny City Historic Gallery.

Brought to you by your friends at New Hazlett Theater, Deutschtown Music Festival and The Sprout Fund

Monday, April 25, 2016

Deutschtown Music Festival 2016 Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 30 from 6-9:30pm head on over to Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse for a fundraiser hosted and MC-ed by yours truly featuring a sweet local music lineup to help offset the costs of putting on the Deutschtown Music Festival this year. Donations will be accepted on site and at this link. This is a 21+ event.

 From the organizers:
Wigle Whiskey has offered us an opportunity to host a fundraiser at their awesome Barrelhouse on Spring Garden Ave. We will have live performances from Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, Devin Moses & The Saved, and Wreck Loose. La Palapa, Mexican Gourmet Kitchen will be serving up some great food. Admission is free, but we are asking for donations. All proceeds go to help pay this year's bands. Last year we were able to pay around $100 to each of our 130 bands, this year's list is already up to 178, which means we are already about $5000 behind. Please come help us out and enjoy a very fun evening.

Please go out and help #SupportPGHMusic

Friday, April 22, 2016

HughShows Weekend Independent Music Guide April 22 - 24, 2016

There are always shows happening in Pittsburgh over the weekend that are worthy of your attention and may not be widely advertised in our traditional media outlets. Please go out to #SupportPGHMusic!

Friday April 22, 2016


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Layer Cake Festival 2016 Round Three Band Announcement

I am thrilled to reveal the next round of bands added to the already bangin' lineup for the 2016 Layer Cake Festival. Taking place across multiple venues in Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4, 2016, the festival, which like it's previous inaugural version last October, features musical performances along with visual artists producing on-site and is once again being set up by Ziggy Sawdust Productions.

Here's the venue locations and times:

Friday, June 3
James St. Gastropub and Speakeasy (422 Foreland St. - Northside): 5pm-1am
Spirit (242 51st St. - Lawrenceville): 5pm-1am

Saturday, June 4
James St. Gastropub and Speakeasy: 1pm-1am
Spirit: 1pm-1am
Cattivo (
146 44th St. - Lawrenceville) 1pm-1am
Mr. Smalls (
400 Lincoln Ave. - Millvale) 5pm-1am

All bands are excited to be a part of this festival, which reenforces tha amazing and growing diverse music and arts scene in Pittsburgh.

Matt Bean (Drums) from alt-grungsters There You Are, "We have always chose & supported the DIY route for everything we have done. It only makes sense to support the DIY scene and Layer Cake's commitment for shining light on all things great about Pittsburgh's music & art."

Druva Krishna (Guitar/Drums) for the bluegrass folk-pop outfit Dhruva Krishna and The Family Band, "I'm incredibly excited to be performing at the festival. Layer Cake showcases the best local music and is an awesome time all around - I feel honored to be playing this year. You can catch me performing with. I'll see you there!"

Marcin Jaroszewicz (Drums) for indie jangle punksters Mud Guppies, "We are really excited to music-make and body-shake with all of you! Layered Cake Fest is going to be a great time, we are really happy to be a part of it! Catch yinz there!"
Michael Berger (Bass) for space-jam funksters The Clock Reads, "We are very excited to return to Layer Cake. We had a fantastic experience in October and can't wait to do it again in June. We hope to continue our relationship with the Layer Cake (and the Pittsburgh) community, and everyone who is involved in putting events like these together.

Below you will find the two previous band announcements. Tickets for the fun go on sale May 1st. Snag them here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Art All Night 2016 Music Schedule

Art All Night 2016 takes place this weekend (4/23-24) in Lawrenceville at Arsenal Terminal and the 19th annual edition promises to be bigger and better. Billed as 'no fees, no censorship, no juries' this DIY exhibit is just that. Amongst the visual art, interactive art and family-friendly activities is the musical performances that run continuously from 4 pm Saturday to Noon Sunday.

This is a free event.
Check out the musical schedule below.
Music: “Coffee House” Stage (From 4pm – 11:30pm on Saturday)
We’ll have 15 performers representing Pittsburgh‘s open mics, coffeehouses, clubs, and award-winning singer/songwriters
Time Performer(s)
Sat 4:00pm Brent Malin
Sat 4:30pm Dennis Malley
Sat 5:00pm Gerard Rohlf
Sat 5:30pm Meeting House Harmonizers
Sat 6:00pm Northern Vibe
Sat 6:30pm Chris Hannigan
Sat 7:00pm Brad Yoder
Sat 7:30pm Tracy Drach / Eve Goodman
Sat 8:00pm Ronni Weiss
Sat 8:30pm Jessica Saenz
Sat 9:00pm Emily Jo
Sat 9:30pm Donna O
Sat 10:00pm Marty Zundel
Sat 10:30pm Ben Valasek
Sat 11:00pm Jack McLaughlin


Music: “Folk” Stage (From 4pm Saturday – noon Sunday)

A colorful collection of dance bands and folk music ensembles from the Pittsburgh area
Time Group
Sat 4:00pm Balkan Babes
Sat 4:30pm Steel City Ukulele Club
Sat 5:00pm Devlish Merry
Sat 5:30pm Smokestack Lightning
Sat 6:00pm Dinosoul
Sat 6:30pm Rachel Whitcomb
Sat 7:00pm Alex Meleshenko
Sat 7:30pm Lackawanna Longnecks
Sat 8:00pm Alba Flamenca
Sat 8:30pm Amarillis
Sat 9:00pm Cajun Aces
Sat 9:30pm Haygood Paisleys
Sat 10:00pm Slagtones
Sat 10:30pm Lone Pine Boys
Sat 11:00pm Art All Night Old-Time Orchestra
Sat 11:30pm Parade!
>11:30pm – Col. Eagleburger’s High Stepping Good Time Band
>12:00am – Timbeleza
Sun 1:00am King Fez
Sun 1:30am Matt Jordan
Sun 2:00am – 9:00am -Open-
Sun 9:30am Lachlan Cobayo
Sun 10:00am Witch Baby
Sun 10:30am Pardon my French
Sun 11:00am Cindy Harris
Sun 11:30am Squeezhammer & Bow
Sun 12:00pm -Stage will be used for Art Auction-


Music: “Rock” Stage (From 4pm Saturday – 4am Sunday)

Time Group
Sat 4:00pm Ephen Ager
Sat 4:30pm Hungry Ghosts
Sat 5:00pm Superstar
Sat 5:30pm Jovh Shin Williams
Sat 6:00pm The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Dance Troupe
Sat 6:30pm Steel Clover
Sat 7:00pm Portrait People
Sat 7:30pm Glo Phase
Sat 8:00pm Punch Drunk Tagalongs
Sat 8:30pm 1hood
Sat 9:00pm John Trumaine Show
Sat 9:30pm NBND
Sat 10:00pm Sea Rights
Sat 10:30pm Bridget DeJohn
Sat 11:00pm unfinished symphonies
Sat 11:30pm Parade!
>11:30pm – Col. Eagleburger’s High Stepping Good Time Band
>12:00am – Timbeleza
Sun 1:00am Journalism
Sun 1:30am Louie Petrone
Sun 2:00am Define Irony
Sun 2:30am Decaffinated Grapefruit
Sun 3:00am Block & Tackle
Sun 3:30am DENZELL

Monday, April 18, 2016

Deutschtown Music Festival 2016 Band Lineup

The 4th Annual Deutschtown Music Festival takes place on Friday and Saturday, July 8 & 9, 2016 on the Northside of Pittsburgh across multiple venues and stages.
Daylight events will be family friendly and all of the festival is absolutely free. Among balloon artists, face painters, food trucks, various vendors and a plethora of other activities, the main focus is the live musical performances and with 180+ bands confirmed and even more to come, this will be the biggest year yet for this amazing community event.
Today I am thrilled to reveal the band lineup for this year. As new stages are procured, I will be adding more information such as specific venue lineups and times so watch this blog in the weeks heading up to the fest.

13 Saints / 28 North / Aaron Jaye / Action Camp / Agnes Wired For Sound
André Costello and the Cool Minors / Andy Van Lewis / Angel Blue & The Prophets
Angela Cash / As Ladders / ATLAS / Avi Diamond / Bad Custer / Balloon Ride Fantasy
Bastard Bearded Irishmen / Bat Zuppel / Ben Valasek and The Growlers / Big Gypsy
Bill Jasper Acoustics / Bindley Hardware Co. / BlitheHound / Blue Clutch / BOBBY V
Brash Teeth / Brett Staggs / Brewer's Row / Brooke Annibale / Bryan McQuaid / Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo
Byron Nash & Plan B / Charlie Hustle and The Grifters / Charm & Chain / Chase the Monkey
Chillent / Chris Owl / Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band / Chrome Moses / Circles & Squares
Corey James / Cranberry Sanders / Dan Bubien / Dan Getkin / David Dickinson
Decaffeinated Grapefruit / Delicious Pastries / Dennis Malley / Denzell / Devin Moses & The Saved
Dhruva Krishna and The Family Band / Diego / Different Places in SPACE / Dirty Charms
Douglas Lowell Blevins / Egomyth / Elkhound / Emerson Jay
Essential Machine / Father Flamethrower / Ferdinand the Bull / FLOT BOI
For Dizzier Heights / Fourth River Revival / Funky Miracle / Gabriel Colombo
Gene The Werewolf / Good Ship Gibraltar / Grand Piano / Grupo Pau Brazil / Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts
Heather Kropf / Hedonism Bots / Hepcat Dilemma / Highway 4 / Ishtar Vintage Bellydance Band
J. Trafford / Jason Wagner / Jeremy Caywood / Jesse Prentiss / Jimbo and the Spoubones
KatieHate / Lee Robinson and Iska / LoFi Delphi / Machete Kisumontao / Meeting of Important People
Melinda Colaizzi / Memphis Hill / Metacara / Mickey & the Snake Oil Boys / Mike Cali
Misaligned Mind / Morgan Erina / Murder For Girls / Music From Another Room
MVT / Naked Spirit / Nameless in August / Native Alloys / Nick M. / Nightly Standard
Old Soles and Seedy Players / Orange Mammoth / Paddy the Wanderer / Patton
Paul Tabachneck / PL>Y / Pro Wrestler / Rat Tits / Ray Lanich Band / Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey
Red Room Effect / Samantha Sears / Scott and Rosanna / Sea Rights
Seth Pfannenschmidt / Shannon and the Merger / Slim Forsythe / Solarburn
Some Kind of Animal / Spacefish / St. Dude / Strange Monsters / Street Pigeons
SuiSideburns / Sun Hound / Super Fun Time Awesome Party Band / SuperMonkey / Swampwalk
Swiss Army / TeraChain Sky / The Annajames Band / The Black Six
The Bloody Sea Men / The Buckle Downs / The Chad Sipes Stereo / The Chiodi Trio
The Clock Reads / The Commonheart / The Danzas / The Dark Lines
The Delaneys / The Dovewires / The Fed / The Filthy Lowdown / The Freshes
The Full Counts / The Garment District / The Hawkeyes / The Hi-Frequencies / The Hipsters
The Lo-Fi Project / The Love Letters / The Me Toos / The Mike Medved Band
The Mutiny / The Nox Boys / The Red Western / The Redlines / The Rents
The Semi-Supervillains / The Shiners / THE SHOW / The Telephone Line / The Turbosonics
The Weird Paul Rock Band / The Wire Riots / Them Labs / There You Are
Thirty Years Later / Those Gorgeous Bastards / Three-River Revival / Transcontinental Boozehounds
Turnpike Gardens / Ugly Blondes / Victory At The Crossroads / Vit DeBacco
Vox Imago / Walker and the Rebellion / we speak in colors / Whiskey River Panhandlers
William Forrest / William Parham / Willis Tree / Wolves in Sheep's Clothing / Working Breed
Wreck Loose / Ye Olde Royal Shithouse Players / Young Fox

...and more to be announced.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

First/Last - Driftwood

"Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring one of the most unique, raw sounds to the Americana/roots music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, the ghost of traditional American folk music lives in their palette. But the melodies, the harmonies and the lyrics are something else entirely. Drawing on aspects of everything from 0ld-time recordings to 1960’s R&B, the music is crafted to serve the songs. With fast-growing audiences singing along at live shows, it’s easy to tell the primary focus is on song."

Driftwood is an Americana folk rock band from Binghamton, NY who are touring behind their latest effort, Live at Grassroots 2014. They return to Pittsburgh this Saturday (4/16) with River Whyless at the New Hazlett Theater on the Northside. This will be a fantastic show in an equally fantastic venue. I want to thank Dan Forsyth (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Bob Marley Soul Rebel.

Your last album bought?
Laura Marling A Creature I Don't Know.

Favorite album of all time?
Impossible. Music is a living thing, constantly moving us in different ways in different periods of our lives. One album I like to come back to now and again - Van Morrison's Moondance.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
I really don't like anything Sugar Ray has ever put out.

First concert attended?
Garth Brooks.

Last concert?
The Felice Brothers/Drive By Truckers.

Favorite concert ever?
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

Least favorite concert?
Drive By Truckers.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is one of those places that we never had a bum show. (This is kind of unusual considering the nature of the tour circuit) No memories of money lost, bad sound, bad bars or mean people. Every experience has been great. We love Pittsburgh!

Thanks, Dan. Pittsburgh loves you back, man. Should be a wonderful night on Saturday.