#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. //

Two local bands setting up and soundchecking as they open for No Age. Triggers is a fav of mine but The Lopez I never heard of before and loved what I did hear. Hopefully, I will be catching them again soon.

were kind enough to grant me access (thanks Gabriela, you rule!) to shoot the show last night. Arriving early, Randy and Dean were boss and allowed me to photograph them as they sound checked. Totally cool and down to earth dudes. Thanks fellas. As it was a school night, this here self described wussy photog didn’t hang out for the show proper (and missed the mosh pit!) but you can get a taste of what went down from my man Scott here.

I really love going to these college shows. Even though I may turn out to be the oldest fogey in the room, the energy generating from the band to the crowd and vice versa is always great. It was getting crazy during Man Man with the kids going nuts up front for these guys. Cool thing was the band was eating it all up.

Paul Quattrone and Eric Yeschke make up this local duo who specialize in funky electronic instrumentals that was the perfect warm up for the other two bands on the bill. It was cool being in such ornate surroundings as the ballroom grooving to an unusually ‘underground’ sound. Do yourself a favor and seek out and support local music.

She opened for The Silver Jews and was pretty good. She looked like Janis Joplin but wailed like Bjork.

It’s funny when you go into a show with zero expectations and come out a convert. That’s sorta how this show went down with me. I am not gonna be rifling through Berman’s trash anytime soon (as he seemed to be taking care of that himself on stage) but damn this concert was great. Easily in the Top 5 of the year (so far).

This turned out to be one hell of an enjoyable show. I was familiar with the Jews a tiny bit, but boy are they good live. David Berman’s stage presence is quite…schizophrenic?, at least on this night. The band, who was spot on though, more than compensated for his overall aloofness. More pics to come later.