R Bar Dormont – “On the Corner of Blues & Rock n’ Roll!”
(No Cover Charge Ever!)
Thanks for visiting R Bar Dormont! Pittsburgh’s “coolest and friendliest live rock and blues music bar”. As music lovers, we’re thrilled we get to share Pittsburgh best live rock and blues bands the area has to offer!
We have weekly blues and rock bands on Saturdays, an Open Stage on Wednesdays with Craig King hosting and a Sunday Service Jam with Billy the Kid’s Steel Town All-Stars. All are welcome to stop on by and join in on the fun! We’re open 365 days a year and hoping to see you soon!
Gary, Debi & Rachel Hodill
R Bar Dormont, Pittsburgh’s Friendliest Rock & Blues Bar
Saturday Band Schedule
Saturday, June 30, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
Miss Freddye’s Blues Band
Singing the Chicago style blues since 1996, I have become known as “Pittsburgh’s Lady of the Blues!” My influences are Delta and Chicago style blues, from artists of yester-year like Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Denise Lasalle, and Memphis Minnie.
I started singing with BMW (Blues music works) headed by Al “Big Al” Leavitt. In 2002, I formed my own band, “Blue Faze.” The next several years the name changed to “Miss Freddye’s Blues Band.”
In addition to my 5-piece electric band, I started Miss Freddye’s Homecookin Trio in 2010. An acoustic side of blues! I perform with both bands around western and central PA, West Virginia &eastern Ohio.
In 2008, my band competed in the West Virginia blues competition, won for the state, and went to the 2009 International blues competition representing the WVBS!
In 2012, I competed in the Blues society of western PA as a duo act with my band mate and guitarist Greg “G-man” Casile, and won! In 2013, we went to Memphis for the IBCs representing BSWPA.
Saturday, July 7, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
The Bo’ Hog Brothers
Pittsburgh’s very own power trio! The Bo’Hog Brothers were formed by three veteran musicians from the Pittsburgh music scene. Our music ranges from Blues and ‘Roots and Rhythm’ to Rockabilly and Texas Swing. We have also incorporated strong improvisational aspects into our music; blending rock, country, blues, and jazz to create our own unique style. Winners of the 2014 Pittsburgh Blues Challenge, the Bo’Hog Brothers have won a local blues challenge and competed in Memphis a total of 5 times, with two different bands. They were members of the 2007 third place winners in Memphis.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
The Bill Ali Band
Pittsburgh’s Premier Classic Rock Cover band. Longevity might be an understatement to explain the life of one of Pittsburgh’s oldest performing rock legends. For over a period of Forty Four years Mr. Bill Ali (pronounced Bill AL-EYE) has been capturing the hearts and souls of many unsuspecting nightclub owners and fans! Former front man of the ever popular Toast Band one of Pittsburgh’s longest running great rock bands for over 36 years. Bill teamed up with Matt Barranti vocals/ electric guitar one of only ten guitarists in the entire U.S.A to be invited to perform at The Sliders Ball in Macon Georgia, Matt’s work on the bottle neck is a sight to be seen and heard!
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
The Dave Iglar Band
Dave Iglar has built a notable regional reputation as a powerhouse talent of rock n roll over the years with thousands of exciting performances at clubs, festivals, colleges, special events, on radio & TV. His daughter Andrea on sax is a force of nature with Mark on rhytm guitar and bass.
Dave has appeared with a variety of artists, including Roy Buchanan, Dickey Betts (of the Allman Bros), Susan Tedeschi, Johnny and Edgar Winter, Robin Trower, Leon Russell, Jefferson Starship, Taj Mahal, Lyle Lovett, Buddy Guy & others …
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
Pittsburgh Rock Legend Norman Nardini has been performing virtually every week since 1965, not only rocks on, but continues, in his words, “in search of the highest level of music.”
Bon Jovi said that, even with all of his (Bon’s Jovi’s) success, he could have been happy being Norm Nardini. “The motivating factor when you’re a kid is not to sell 100 million records, but just to learn how to write songs and perform them,” Bon Jovi said. “I wouldn’t have known what success of this extent was. I could have been very content to be Norman, play music at his level and Southside Johnny’s level. That’s all we knew existed. I didn’t want to be Zeppelin.”
Bon Jovi refers to his friend as “the epitome of rock ‘n’ roll.”
“Norman lives it and breathes it. The greatest compliment anybody can pay a player is that he lives it. God bless him for it,” he said.
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
Wil E Tri & the Bluescasters Blues
What’s Up My Man?
Wil E. Tri has been steadily laying down the blues as a leader and sideman since the 1970s. When he wasn’t doing that, he ran (and still runs) the stage crew for the majority of shows that passed through Pittsburgh, and these days, through the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. He has also been credited in several Hollywood movies, most notably, The Mothman Prophecies (2002). All that aside, my man just loves to play the blues!
Bluesman Wil E. Tri is the premiere blues player in the Pittsburgh Area.
Heavily steeped in the tradition of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Big Golden Wheeler, Wil delivers razor sharp blues harmonica over one of the hardest driving bands in the industry.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
John Pia & Friends
Saturday,September 8, 2018 – 9:30 PM!
Gillie Brothers Band with the the 6 String Preacher Rick Clew return to the RBar in Dormont for a large slice of mayhem Saturday June 2nd!!!
Wednesday Open Jam & Sunday Service Jam
Every Wednesday – 8 PM!
Open Stage Night with Craig King’s Hump Day Band
Featuring Pittsburgh’s talented masters of pop, rock, blues, funk and jazz ready to jam with one and all! Bring your instruments or your voice to get down with us, or just listen and have an incredibly good time with old friends and new.
Our jam sessions keep music lovers, aspiring and accomplished musicians from all around coming back week after week to join in on the fun and we hope to see you too!
You never know what other Pittsburgh blues bar legend may show up to add their talents to the mix to make each Open Stage a unique experience to remember on Hump Day!
Every Sunday – 7 – 10:30 PM!
Billy the Kid’s Steel Town All-Stars Sunday Service Jam with Special Guest Every Week!!!
R Bar is pleased to announce a new addition to our weekly band lineup of talented blues and rock music performances!
Billy The Kid’s Steel Town All-Stars will be appearing every Sunday evening with a Special Guest Artist of the week. Spread the word and bring some friends, or make some new ones ready to face the week with a smile on your face!!!
Bio: Billy the Kid won over the Blues Society of Western Pa taking first place honors among the acts at the Blues Challenge in Pittsburgh in 2013 earning them a spot at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Band competed with acts from all over the world in Memphis January 22-25, 2014, earning them the 3rd Place Win among the best blues bands in the world!