Monday, May 2, 2016

First/Last - Emerson Jay

"The Pittsburgh native, Emerson Jay, produces synth-ridden compositions over top of a driving kick and snare and often complimented with catchy guitar and bass. This is music that will make you want to dance like a kid again."

Emerson Jay is an indie synth pop band from Pittsburgh led by songwriter Jared Gulden (Keyboards/Vocals) who is starting to make some real noise in the local music scene following their latest single Feel Like Gold. The band is one of the organizers (along with those other young upstarts Nevada Color) in the first Framework Music and Art Festival which occurs this Saturday (5/7) starting at 5pm (Doors 4pm) at RE360 Warehouse in Allentown. Tickets are only $10 and can be snagged here. Produced to bring together DJ's, photographers, videographers and musicians to showcase up and coming talent Pittsburgh has to offer. A portion of the proceeds will benefit early education and entrepreneurial organizations in the area.
The highlight is the great lineup for the night with André Costello and the Cool Minors, Donora, Wreck Loose and the aforementioned Nevada Color and Emerson Jay. I want to thank Jared for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
NOW 3. The first one from an actual band was Fallen by Evanescence.

Your last album bought?
Thrill of the Arts by Vulfpeck.

Favorite album of all time?
Under the Microscope by Ripplegroove.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
I'm not sure if I have a least favorite album or one that I was necessarily disappointed in. There have been quite a few that I've really only enjoyed a song or two and there are plenty of albums that I can listen to all the way through and love it all.

First concert attended?
The first concert I can remember attending was The Clarks at the Chevy Amphitheater.

Last concert?
William Forest and Oh Malo last week.

Favorite concert ever?
Definitely, hands down, Empire of the Sun at Mamby on the Beach last year. Fireworks, great sound, and crazy live dancers definitely added to the excitement of a great group.

Least favorite concert?
I've performed at a lot of my least favorite concerts, otherwise, I wouldn't buy a ticket for a concert I didn't want to go to.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has always been home to me, I love it here. The music scene is diverse and super welcoming. There are a bunch of people, including yourself, that help to push the local scene which is a beautiful thing. Personally, I love to find a good spot to sit and have a drink as the sun starts to go down and find a good concert to attend, no matter the size of the artist performing. Right now, my favorite place to catch a show in the burgh is the Pittsburgh Winery.

Thanks, Jared. Congrats on helping to put this fest together. I can't wait, it should be a blast!

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

If the Friday night portion of the 2016 Deutschtown Music Festival wasn't enticing enough, we just made it a tad more sweeter with the addition of a brand new venue and lineup to the festival proceedings as Chateau Cafe and Cakery joining the fun. The street will be closed off in front of the establishment and surrounding businesses (hello,  Bicycle Heaven!!) are promising a block party you won't soon forget.
Check out the full nighttime Friday lineup below and stay tuned as I reveal the Saturday schedule within the next few weeks.
Pleased note that Chateau and James St. Restaurant are all ages. James St. Ballroom, Scratch and The Recovery Room are 21+.

Chateau Cafe and Cakery - 1501 Preble Avenue
  6PM - The Annajames Band
7 PM - The Buckle Downs
8 PM - Chase The Monkey
9 PM -The Nox Boys

James Street Acoustic Restaurant - 422 Foreland Street
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. Ballroom - Upstairs
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
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
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

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