Digital live performance in help of the troublesome music venue in Pittsburgh

BLAWNOX, PA – A virtual concert is being organized for the benefit of Moondog’s Pub, a legendary bar in southwest Pennsylvania known for booking well-known local and national blues acts. Moondog’s has been closed since the coronavirus outbreak began last year.

Details on when the concert will take place and which actors will play in it are expected to be announced shortly.

In addition, donations to support the bar are accepted via PayPal.

Moondog’s was founded in 1990 by Ron Esser, who previously ran the long-defunct Graffiti in Oakland. Received the National Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award in 2005, Esser has also supported blues artists as the founder and booker of the annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival, which benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Esser has also funded blues recordings on his Moondog Records label.

According to the bar’s website, Susan are among the national acts to have played at Moondog’s

Tedeschi, Keb ‘Mo’, Derek Trucks, Koko Taylor, Luther Allison, Junior Wells, Jimmy Vaughn, Tommy Castro, the Nighthawks, Jimmy Thackery, Maria Muldaur, Pat Travers, Candy Kane, Ana Popovic, the former Beatle Pete Best, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Walter Trout, Tinsley Ellis, Shemekia Copela, Lil Ed and the Imperialsnd and Long John Hunter.

Local artists who have performed at the bar include Norman Nardini, Bill Toms, Guitar Zack, Glen Pavone, Billy Price, Gary Belloma and the Blue Bombers, Jill West and the Blues Attack, the Jimmy

Alder Band, Patty Spadero, the SPUDS, the Nieds Hotel Band, good brother Earl and Bill Deasy.

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