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This is a rescheduled show from August and I am offering up another pair of passes to the concert courtesy of the fine folks at Drusky Entertainment. Email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Kid Cudi’ and the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the show which will be good for two passes. Parking is not included. This contest will run until this coming Friday the 9th when the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted. Good luck.

Mike is a local singer-songwriter who is working on his debut full length to be released later this year. He just put out the lead single ‘All I See is You’ on iTunes and is celebrating this Sunday with a free full band show at the Hard Rock. He was nice enough to take some time to participate in this edition of First/Last Friday.

The first album you ever bought?

Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits:1974-1978 (the one with the fiery blue horse on the front).

Your last album bought?

Amos Lee- Mission Bell.

Favorite album of all time?

A no-brainer…I played The Temptations Greatest Hits until the silver stuff started wearing off of the CD when I was in Middle School.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

When Garth Brooks retired after his Double Live album tour in 1998 and made a return under the name of “Chris Gains” in 1999. That happened when I was in 8th grade and I don’t think anything could ever top the letdown I felt after listening to that album. He even called it “Greatest Hits” but it was his only record as his alter ego!

First concert attended?

It was Van Halen’s Best of Both Worlds tour when I was in 9th grade. Probably 2000 or 2001. Sammy Hagar was doing lead vocals for them at that point and watching Eddie Van Halen on guitar had me trying and failing many things on my electric guitar for the next year. I think that’s when I really started focusing on Acoustic; because I couldn’t get the same sound he did when I put a power drill next to my pickups lol.

Last concert?

GIVERS at Club Cafe in May. Gig…I saw Jim Relja and the Regular Joes at The Trailside in West Newton a few weeks ago. Jim is mesmerizing to watch play the guitar, and I don’t make statements like that lightly.

Favorite concert ever?

I hope I don’t catch too much grief for this but it was John Mayer on his Continuum tour in Pittsburgh a few summers ago. We were 10 rows from the front/center of stage and he played all of his greatest guitar songs. The concert didn’t have a cheesy pop feel people sometimes associate with him because of “Your Body Is a Wonderland” and “No Such Thing.” He played extended solos to all of his best songs, including a 6 minute solo on Covered in Rain, which has yet to be released on an album. He is a phenomenal musician and that show was incredible.

Least favorite concert?

I saw an 80s cover band at the Honi Honi Bar in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and although we were out drinking and having a good time, they almost killed my buzz.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

This is difficult to answer because I grew up just south of the city in Elizabeth Township so I could go on forever about all the great things I remember about Pittsburgh…my dad taking me to Pirate games and Pitt and Duquesne basketball games when I was a kid, family outings to Kennywood (of course I had to get my new Kennywood outfit every year ha ha), going to the Santas from around the world display and the gingerbread house display every Christmas with my family at PPG Place, going to the big train display in the Science Center and just the Science Center in general. My dad was a social studies teacher so he was always dragging us around to something historical on his father’s day outings. Sometimes we went to the Heinz History Museum, or the Warhol Museum, ect., ect.

It’s the people of Pittsburgh that I hold in the highest regard though. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world though studying abroad and playing basketball in Europe and the people who make up the city of Pittsburgh are second to none in their kindness, their hospitality, their work ethic, and pride in themselves and their city. I’ve been in London (and just about every other city in the UK) and Rome and Zurich, Switzerland and Luxembourg and all over Australia and everywhere I go people recognize the Steeler’s logo and if someone asks me where I’m from and I answer Pittsburgh, they almost always say ‘oh the steel city!’ and have something nice to say about it. I really wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else in the world.

Thanks Mike, I appreciate it. Funny thing is that your first album bought was also one of my first albums! You know what they say, great minds…oh, forget it. Drop a line when the album is ready.

Kid Cudi is stopping in Pittsburgh and courtesy of Drusky Entertainment I have a pair of tickets to the show to give away this week. To enter, email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Kid Cudi’. In the message, supply the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the all ages show which will be good for two passes. Unfortunately, parking is not included. This contest will run until Friday, July 29 when the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted. Next Saturday, July 30th starts a new contest and as always, good luck!

Frampton Comes Alive came out 35 years ago. To celebrate the milestone of the iconic live album, Frampton is playing the album in full on this tour which comes to Pittsburgh next week. Thanks to Drusky Entertainment, I have two tickets for the show to give away. To enter, email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line Peter Frampton. In the message, supply the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the show good for two passes. Unfortunately, parking is not included. This contest will run until Friday, July 8 when the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted. Next Saturday starts a new contest and as always, good luck!

I was very much surprised how good this show was. I am embarrassingly not at all familiar with his enormous catalogue but the songs were great and the vaudevillian format was unique and fun. Another review/setlist here. More photos here and here.




This week’s contest is a hat trick of sorts. The third annual Ribs on the River festival at Station Square features three nights of music and food that has quickly become a popular fan favorite in Pittsburgh. Along with the above mentioned headliners, there are scores of Pittsburgh bands playing as well.

Courtesy of Drusky Entertainment, I have a pair of passes for each night. To enter, just email me at hughshows@comcast.net. In the subject line, specify which artist and night you want to attend. Can’t decide? No problem. Enter for one, two, or all three nights. In the message, please include the name of the person who will bring I.D. to will call the night of the show which will be good for two passes. Unfortunately, parking and ribs are not included. This contest runs until Thursday, June 16 when the winners will be randomly chosen and contacted. Next Saturday a new ticket giveaway begins. As always, thanks for reading the blog and entering. Good luck!

Last week’s ticket giveaway kick-off was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who entered, I truly appreciate it. Congrats to Morgan B. who scored a pair of passes to The Summer Set and The Downtown Fiction show at The Altar Bar on July 29th.

This week you can win a pair of passes to the Elvis Costello show courtesy of Drusky Entertainment. As always, entering is really easy. Just email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Elvis Costello’ and the name of the person in the message body who will bring I.D. to the show which will be good for two passes.This is an all ages event and sorry, parking is not included. The contest runs until Thursday June 9 and the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted Friday. Next Saturday a new contest will be announced. Good luck!

I was really psyched to see this show because I have never seen them live before. The first time I had ever even heard of the band was when they were going to open for Guided By Voices at Rosebud in 2001. Unfortunately, the concert was cancelled and for some reason or another, I could never make any of their shows here since then. I have to say that they were incredible. What really struck me was that the sound was extremely loud and equally as clear. I cannot remember a more perfect ‘sounding’ show as this one. Add to the fact that they are all killer musicians backing Jim James voice and it easily turned out to be one of the best shows of the year for me. More photos here.






For a music lover here in Pittsburgh, it’s been one awesome summer. I have been thrilled to host these giveaways every week and the response was just phenomenal. I want to sincerely thank each and every person who entered, it really means so much to me that you visit this blog.

I also need to thank Drusky Entertainment for making it happen. They have always been so incredibly supportive of me and I could never adequately express my gratitude.

We close out the season with a chance to see Maroon 5 next Sunday. As always, entering is too easy. Just email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Maroon 5’. In the message, supply the full name you want for the folks at will call the night of the show which will be good for two tickets. One entry per person. Sorry, parking not included. This contest will run until Thursday August 26th, when the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted. Good luck.

I also have to mention that for those of who can’t live without their giveaway fix, fear not, there definitely will be more. They will not be weekly but this fall I will be holding contests on more of a monthly basis. Stay tuned!

This is a not miss show. Thanks to the great people at Drusky Entertainment, you might not have to miss it. Just like every week this summer, they are giving away two tickets to the show to one lucky reader of this blog.

All you need to do to enter is email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘My Morning Jacket’. In the message, supply the full name you want for the folks at will call the night of the show which will be good for two tickets. One entry per person.

This contest will run until Saturday August 21st, when the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted.

Also remember, next Sunday starts the final contest for the summer. Good luck!

Seriously, who doesn’t love ribs? The best vendors around will congregate in Pittsburgh to showcase their delicious goods. There will be a slew of bands each day to keep the crowd entertained.

Thanks to the awesome people at Drusky Entertainment, I have a pair of passes to a show of your choice for one lucky viewer of the blog. All you need to do to enter is email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Ribs’. In the message, indicate the night/concert you want to attend (Friday-Night Ranger, Saturday-Donnie Iris, or Sunday-Eddie Money). Also supply the full name you want for the folks at will call the night of the show which will be good for two tickets. One entry per person. Sorry, parking and ribs not included.

This contest will run until Saturday August 14th when the winner will be randomly chosen and contacted.

Also remember, next Sunday starts a new contest for a different show. Good luck!

I am what you would call a ‘casual’ fan of the band. I have heard all the glowing praise of their live show for years now and still wasn’t prepared for how great this concert was. The band casually ambled onstage to soundcheck. Some entrance? Frontman Wayne Coyne even addressed the audience and explained how he was going to come out into the crowd in the ‘space bubble’. Jeez, talk about spoiler alert, there goes the element of surprise. Well, it didn’t matter when he and the band did start the show a few minutes later, it was just unbelievable. I have never, and will never see a start of a concert like that again. It was amazing. The rest of the night was cool as well. Great music, great stage show, and those trains! A bunch more photos here and here.





Guess what? I love Heart. I dig their 70’s stuff, their 80’s output and almost everything they do live. I will definitely be at this show and you can too, courtesy of Drusky Entertainment. As I am doing every week this summer, two free passes will be randomly given away to a lucky viewer of this blog. Entering is so easy. Email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Heart’. In the message, supply the full name you want for the folks at will call the night of the show which will be good for two tickets. Sorry, parking not included. One entry per person.

This contest will run until Saturday July 31st when the winner will be contacted. Also remember, next Sunday starts a new contest for a different show. Good luck!

Gov’t Mule never disappoints. Warren Haynes has to be the hardest working guitarist in the business. I remember a show where he played with two bands onstage that night AND played a set in the parking lot. The guy’s a workhorse, and he has the chops to pull it off. What is really exciting is that Jackie Greene (who’s latest album is great!) is opening and don’t be surprised if Mr. Haynes shows up for support during his set.

As always, a huge thanks to Drusky Entertainment for the opportunity. Entering is so easy. Email me at hughshows@comcast.net with the subject line ‘Gov’t Mule’. In the message, supply the full name you want for the folks at will call the night of the show which will be good for two tickets. Sorry, parking not included. One entry per person.

This contest will run until Thursday July 22 when the winner will be randomly picked and contacted. Also remember, next Sunday starts a new contest for a different show. Good luck!

  • Bobby Bare Jr.
  • Thursday February 21, 2008
  • Buckhead Saloon
  • Southside
  • This was a strange show as I have already commented on in one of my year end posts. I saw Bobby play Pittsburgh three times and on each occasion he seems more pissed about being booked here. I guess I will never see him perform again but if I do I wish he would treat the fans that actually came to see him a little better than pieces of crap as he usually does.