Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 9:30 PM!
Blues Bombers with Patrick Scanga
Patrick Scanga on vocals, Chris Patarini on Sax, Frank Giove on Guitar, Don Czaplicki on Bass, and Kurt “Junior Smoke” Steinle on drums.
The Blue Bombers are a Pittsburgh tradition. Since its cracking debut in 1986 at the legendary Gene’s, the band’s been laying down a unique blend of blues and R&B for almost a quarter century.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 9:30 PM!
Felix & the Hurricanes
Storming onto the local music scene 20 years ago, the three-member southern-style blues rock outfit has exemplified what it means to endure as a musical force – and what it means to be a working band.
“Work and play are one and the same in this band,” he said. “They maintain their busy schedule because they love what they do. It’s easy to be a workaholic in an endeavor if you are passionate about and enjoy doing that endeavor.”
And passionate they are. The band’s founding member and namesake, Felix Kos (guitar and vocals), Bobby Watters (drums and vocals) and Jeff Clapper (bass and vocals) – the band’s lineup since 1998 – have thrived not only on a fierce playing schedule, but also on expert musicianship, spontaneity and the fine art of showing audiences a good time.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 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, October 8, 2016 – 9:30 PM!
Shades of Blue
Shades Of Blue is a blues based band from Pittsburgh, PA.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – 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, October 29, 2016 – 9:30 PM!
In addition to being a tavern mogul, Gary is also the lead singer and guitar player in Pittsburgh’s most fun classic rock band called “Rock-It”.
His band mates are: Dan Wilt – Bass ~ Pat Rush – Drums and vocals Craig Stolar – Lead guitar, vocals and keyboard. The band appears at the R Bar from time to time so keep checking the R Bar’s band schedule page on this website, or visit the Rock-It website at rock-itband.com
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 – 6 PM – 9 PM!
Billy the Kid & The Regulators Sunday Service Jam with Special Guest Every Week
See schedule for dates
R Bar is pleased to announce a new addition to our weekly band lineup of talented blues and rock music performances!
Billy The Kid & The Regulators 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 & The Regulators 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!
Every First Friday of the Month – 9 PM!
See schedule for dates
Loads of fun! You too can be an R Bar Star!
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