First/Last-Bridge City Hustle

June 10, 2015

“Bridge City Hustle is the collaboration of four talented and innovative musicians, songwriters, and producers that are redefining soul in Brooklyn, NY. They’re quickly gaining a large following in the Northeast with their high-energy, virtuosic live performances built upon Johnny Burgos’s soaring vocals and the rhythm section’s heavy-yet funky groove.”

Bridge City Hustle is a soul pop band from Brooklyn who are intermittently releasing singles from their upcoming sophomore release. The band returns to Pittsburgh this Sunday (6/14) at the Pittsburgh Winery and I want to thank Johnny Burgos (Percussion/Lead Vocals), Pete O’Neill (Bass/Background Vocals), Dave Zerio (Drums/Keys) and Dave D’Amico (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Johnny Burgos: Fugees “The Score”.
  • Pete O’Neill: ABC “Another Bad Creation”.
  • Dave Zerio: “Best of Richie Valens” from Strawberries.
  • Dave D’Amico: Some Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa split album.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Johnny: Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color”.
  • Pete: “Black Messiah”.
  • Dave Z.: ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ soundtrack on Vinyl.
  • Dave D.: Flume “Flume”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Johnny: Toss-up between D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” and Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”.
  • Pete: “Multiply” Jamie Lidell.
  • Dave Z.: “Innervisions” Stevie Wonder.
  • Dave D.: Miike Snow “Miike Snow”. Favorite from the past few years…
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Johnny: Anything that lacks groove and emotion.
  • Pete: Why you gotta go bring that up? Ha-ha.
  • Dave Z.: Generally any pop record that come out in the early 80’s by bands that formed in the 60’s or 70’s.
  • Dave D.: I don’t remember…
  • First concert attended?
  • Johnny: Damn… Boyz II Men at Radio City.
  • Pete: MC Hammer, En Vogue.
  • Dave Z.: Billy Joel ‘River of Dreams’ tour at Hartford Civic Center, 1993.
  • Dave D.: Not really sure.
  • Last concert?
  • Johnny: Lake Street Dive/Sharon Jones at NYC Blues Fest in 2014.
  • Pete: Lake Street Dive/Sharon Jones at NYC Blues Fest in 2014.
  • Dave Z.: Stevie Wonder ‘Songs In The Key of Life Performance’ at MSG in 2014.
  • Dave D.: Madeon at Webster Hall.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Johnny: Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings in Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn in 2012.
  • Pete: Gathering of the Vibes 2004 with James Brown and others.
  • Dave Z.: Yes at Radio City Music Hall in 2002 (When all the guys who played on the records were still in the band!)
  • Dave D.: Muse.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Johnny: Jay Z at Yankees Stadium.
  • Pete: Mumford and Sons.
  • Dave Z.: Sigur Ros when I was in my “Radiohead. etc.” phase. So boring. The ONLY concert I’ve ever walked out of.
  • Dave D.: Wilco.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Johnny: I’ve only been there once, for our debut show at Pittsburgh Winery, which was amazing! The city showed us so much love and all thought we were a Pittsburgh band because of the Bridge City in our name.
  • Pete: Band trip in college – we stayed at the same hotel as the Dalai Lama and a Crossdresser’s Convention.
  • Dave Z.: My only experience of Pittsburgh was this past winter when we played the Winery, which was awesome! But I gotta say – anytime Pittsburgh comes up, I am immediately reminded of my mom, who was quite possibly THE biggest Steelers fan you could ever meet!
  • Dave D.: Never been and very excited to check it out!

Thanks, fellas. Yeah, your name. You do realize Pittsburgh is the City of Bridges. I can see how people think you might be from here and all.