What's up with this "Hot Picks"?
Who's behind the Hot Picks?
Doug, Barry and Alex are The Guys. They have wasted a good part of
their lives seeking out live dance music and contriving to
dance to it. The Guys also like to keep an eye out for what's happening
around town. And they want you to find out about what's worth
showing up for.
Why do we need Hot Picks?
In addition to some very good local bands, some great regional and
national acts show up regularly at Pittsburgh venues. Not all of these
bands are known as “dance bands”, but they can play some pretty danceable
music. If we're lucky, we get the combination of danceable music and a
decent dance floor.
Then there are times a great regional or national act will come through
Pittsburgh for the first time but not many people know who they are or why
they're special. So not many people show up, and it's difficult to get
them to come back. We highlight these acts in our Hot Picks with a brief
description so you can decide if you want to see them.
The Guys do not ignore our local bands and venues. It is difficult to
make it to every event in Pittsburgh and sometimes even more difficult to
find out about every event! Follow our picks and we guarantee you a good
Our picks focus on shows that combine good listening and good dancing.
Our tastes definitely tend towards dance options: we're The Guys,
and we're here to dance.
What can you do?
Keep and eye on this site or sign up for our email list!
If something comes up during the month our Picks could change.
Pittsburgh can be on the way between bigger gigs and performers arrange to
stop over in town and do a show, maybe on an off night. Frequently
promoters in town don't provide much advance notice. If you learn of a
potential good pick coming up let us know and we'll publicize it.
Ok, but who are The Guys?
Doug, Alex and Barry
Barry Adams Bj2adams@juno.com
wasting my youth trying to learn to play the guitar I realized I was
lacking one important ingredient, talent. Consequently, I learned just to
appreciate what I considered good music, though it was not quite
mainstream. In addition, my wrestling coach told me if I learned how to
dance I would be better at takedowns. I combined the two to become what I
am today. A no talented dancer who can no longer wrestle but likes
My main interests are Rockabilly, Swing-Lindy, and Roots music. Roots
music; that’s stuff like Cajun, Old-Time, Folk, Zydeco and other Eclectic
stuff. Trust me, I have wasted a good part of my adult life listening to
live music. Follow our picks and we guarantee you a good time.
Alex prefers that his background remain
anonymous for now. He seems to think that you've never heard of Google.
it that his musical interests are varied and include: Swing, jump blues,
honky-tonk, western swing, afro-pop, Latin, tango, old-time, Zydeco, Cajun and
points beyond. He is of the opinion that a good band necessarily includes
either a saxophone or an accordion, with a steel guitar or a fiddle being
an acceptable substitute. He tends to be more interested in genres that
allow for dancing, although he does allow that sit-down music could be
enjoyable. Once in a while. If taken in moderation.
Doug Wibel email@example.com
It all started
with a square dance with at a party. That led to many classes, many types
of dances, and much fun. That was about 10 short years ago. I like a
variety of music from Jazz to Blues to Dixieland and Swing and have danced
to anything in 4/4 time and on any surface, concrete, grass, asphalt. The
music I will go out of my way for is Rockabilly or Surf Rock that is now
classified as Roots Rock.
Wanna be a Guy?
Are you into breathing
second-hand smoke and drinking over-priced beer? Do you live to go listen
to live music and to dance? Drop us a note. Tell us what you're into. Clue
us into neat happenings. Become a Guy. Guy-ness can be for anybody. It can
be for you.
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