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Here we go again. Starting today and continuing every week throughout Summer, I will be giving away a pair of tickets to a show courtesy of the always awesome folks at Drusky Entertainment.

All you have to do is email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the name of the performer you are interested in seeing in the subject line and the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the show, good for two tickets. This contest runs until Friday (6/14) afternoon when the winners will be randomly drawn and contacted. As always, thanks for participating and good luck!

Enter for any or all of these shows this week: Sonny & The Sunsets/Sunday, June 16/Smiling Moose/All Ages Low & Mike Doughty/Tuesday, June 18/Altar Bar/All Ages JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound/Wednesday, June 19/Smiling Moose/All Ages Sara Bareilles /Thursday, June 20/Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead/All Ages

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound Mr. Smalls Funhouse
Saturday, January 21, 2012 Millvale

This was the second stop of the night and I would have caught first opener Daryl Hance but as I was in line to get into the sold out gig, I realized I left my phone in my car so I had to sludge back through the snow to get it. Yet another hassle to shoot in the pit was resolved in time to catch JC, who I featured on the blog the last time he was here. He had an Otis Redding vibe with whiffs of ’80’s synth, weed and Wilco as influences. This was the last stop on their tour and they pretty much tried to tear up the joint. I was nestled in the back kind of getting too tired to notice if they accomplished it. From my vantage point they sure came close. Very fun band.

This soul/pop punk band from Chicago is ending a quick East Coast swing in Pittsburgh before heading home to play summer dates. JC was kind enough to participate in this latest installment of First/Last.

Thanks JC. Hope to see you May 9th.