#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. //

Thanks to everyone who entered last week and we continue today with the giveaways 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 (8/16) 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:

Kevin Seconds:Kepi Ghoulie/Sunday, August 18/The Smiling Moose (Early Show)/All Ages
Survival/Sunday, August 18/The Smiling Moose (Late Show)/21+
Aaron Lewis/Thursday, August 22/Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead/All Ages
The Boogie Hustlers/Friday, August 23/Hard Rock Cafe/21+

So either file this under the category ‘it was inevitable’ or the one I prefer, ‘what took so long?’. The good folks at WYEP contacted me to help cover their annual music bash in Oakland. What’s funny is that I am usually photographing 90% of their events and was going anyway, so it was a no brainer. The weather was perfect and the line-up, although a little obscure, ended up surprising me. It seemed that almost everyone was there to see Sarah, which made sense since she arrived in the biggest bus. Nicole played as a stripped down trio, which she sounded great but didn’t bring enough of the rock to justify closing the night. The Boogie Hustlers were good but in the unenviable position of starting the night. Then there was Joshua James. I never heard of the guy and was on the 27th floor of the Catherdral when he started, but man was he good. Not only was he the best performer, he was the nicest to his fans. I say it over and over again, musicians should fall over going out of their way for fans. Loyalty goes on forever in the music biz. More of my photos here on WYEP’s Flickr page.

I also want to give a shout out to fellow photog John Altdorfer. He was also asked by YEP to supply photos of the event. He has been really helpful and informative to me over the last year or so and to me, supporting each other is what it’s all about.

The above image was obviously not taken by me since I am in it. I added it to comment on how many times I spot myself in other people’s pictures at events. When I shoot, I try to be as discreet as possible but sometimes (especially at outdoor events) it’s impossible.