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“Music was always a part of Dan’s life growing up even before his passion was realized. His father was a lifelong working musician. As a kid, Dan and his brother spent their time goofing off and running around at their dad’s shows and used to tease him for singing off-key. It wasn’t until a teenage injury sidelined his athletics that Dan picked up one of his Dad’s guitars and taught himself to play. With that, came a new appreciation for music and a realization of what his Dad did. What was once thought to be off-key was actually in perfect harmony.”

Dan Bubien is a blues-soul-funk-country songwriter from Pittsburgh who is will be a featured performer for this year’s Dream On Festival playing the main stage in Market Square on Saturday July 4th. I want to thank Dan for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

Either Pearl Jam “Ten” or Jimi Hendrix “Are You Experienced”. Oh it might have been Stevie Ray Vaughn “In Step”… it was one of those three?

Your last album bought?

The Bros. Landreth. Great roots/rock band from Canada.

Favorite album of all time?

Tough one for sure but probably would have to go with Sublime “40 oz. to Freedom”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Uhhhhh… probably the last one from The Black Keys, “Turn Blue”.

First concert attended?

The Doobie Brothers.

Last concert?

Anders Osborne/North Mississippi All-Stars.

Favorite concert ever?

My Morning Jacket – two or three summers ago. A close second was the 30 year anniversary to Bob Marley’s last show – it was in 2010 at the Benedum Center – his wife and sons were all there they did the same exact set list Bob did thirty years ago.

Least favorite concert?

Ray Lamontagne same summer as My Morning Jacket. Not that he was bad more the crowd was obnoxious, you could barely hear him and he eventually told the crowd to shut the fu** or get out. It was just the wrong venue for him and his vibe.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

The people are generally good-hearted and real which comes from a strong culture that is like the people which seems to come from a pure and honest place. There are lots of places to play which is great! Would love for live music to be more infused into the peoples upbringing and culture.

Thanks, Dan. I heard so many bad things about that Ray Lamontagne show, I kinda wished I was there to witness that train wreck.