#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. //

In honor of the band returning tonight to play on a bill with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (Kurt is a member of both bands), I am digging in the vaults to display these ‘lost’ images. Having soooo many bands play at rapid succession was kind of mind-numbing by hour two but I would gladly welcome the opportunity again. Hopefully, the tanking economy and American Eagles sour earnings report doesn’t affect a sophomore outing for this fantastic fest. We’ll see.

The band has a couple local dates coming up in November. These guys would be a blast to hang out and listen to while pounding many beers.

This band has a solid pop sense inherent in it’s music but what I was surprised to discover and quickly love is the ability by the band to totally ‘freak out’ at times. Not many groups can pull off ‘feedback/white noise’ mid-song without getting annoying. They certainly can and do. Fun stuff.

I barely caught this band (half a song?) due to my tardiness at The YEP Summer Fest opening for Old 97’s. I have been hearing some buzz about them and was meaning to catch them sooner rather than later. Keys babe Megan dropped me a line after viewing this very blog and graciously sent some music my way. After listening to their great debut full length, I knew I had to see them. This Third Thursday gig was the perfect opportunity. They played a fantastic set to an enthusiastic crowd. I have to go to these more often. More tomorrow.

Enjoyable (albeit sparsely attended) set from Brooklynite O’Connor. I was able to talk to her about a few friends of hers, namely Margaret White and Timothy Bracy, two of my favorite indie musicians.

Hailing from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Math he Band were a spastic, energetic shot of fun that left the crowd fired up. I would describe their sound as ‘angular’ and ‘geeky’, which fit their moniker to a “T”. They were a tad over the top in their stage presence but I think that added to their charm. More from them in the next couple days.

Second band to play in the competition and to tell you the truth, they weren’t bad…they were kinda forgettable, especially after the onslaught from Gospel Gossip minutes before. My man Greg from Lohio was pimping them before they came on so I if I do get the chance I’ll definately listen again.

Southside Works I really wasn’t all that interested in the main stage line-up to this remarkably well put on fest. Seriously, Bob Dylan? Everybody and their mother was going all crazy that he was playing and after seeing him over a dozen times in the past, I’ll refrain from standing in the sun all day to catch him. I was more interested in the unknown bands that were showcased early in the day for a chance to win studio-time. I was not disappointed at all. They started at 11:00 a.m. on two alternating stages and had 25 minutes to show their stuff. It was remarkable how they stayed on schedule throughout the day. When I got there there was me, the judges, security, festival staff, and ONE other person. At the peak of the day (during Robert Morris’ own Nothing Expected) there might have been a couple hundred people. What a shame, these bands deserved more attention IMO. I will be showcasing them throughout the week.