#SupportPGHMusic // Exclusively on HughShows Radio streaming at the bottom of the page, enjoy the entire December 13, 2014 concert of HughShows Live at Eide’s Finale featuring mini sets from acoustic and solo versions of my favorite Pittsburgh bands during the marathon 6 hour concert. //

The last time I saw Josh play by himself there were about eight people in attendance. This night there were several dozen times that many. What struck me during his set is that the vast outdoor audience were actually listening to him! I was expecting a lot of talking and the usual park noise but I was surprised how quiet the place was during the entire acoustic set. Certainly not pin drop silence but maybe brick drop. Really nice.

This was such a fantastic concert. The weather was beautiful, the price was right and most importantly, the band was smoking! Joe isn’t a flashy guitarist by any means but he and his band are so tight, they make it look effortless. With a three piece horn section to add muscle, this is one of the best shows I’ve seen all year. More photos here and here.

Blue Oyster Cult Allegheny Summer Concert Series Friday July 18, 2008

South Park Amphitheater Since Dr. Dog cancelled their show for tonight, why not hit BOC for a free show in the park? I guess that’s what SEVERAL thousand other people were thinking as well. I never saw the place this crowded before. It was pretty crazy. Every other show there before, Mr. Policeman would shoo away anyone trying to hug the stage until way into the set. When we arrived about ten minutes before the band came on, there were several rows deep of fist pumping headbangers that Joe Fuzz didn’t dare bother with. As for the show, I did enjoy it. Believe it or not the weakest songs in the set were the ones I actually recognized (‘Godzilla’, ‘…Reaper’). I also thought they would play a bit longer as other acts have in the past but that was a blessing since it took forever to get outta Dodge.

Here’s Scott Mervis’ take on the night.