I’ve been wanting to go to Pittsburgh for awhile now, I didn’t know why.

When I first saw a picture for the artist Shakey Graves, I thought, that sounds like someone I might really enjoy to see.

Then came the trifector, Mr.Smalls Theatre. A former 18th century Catholic church that had been repurposed into an intimate venue for music lovers?

It was a perfect storm of awesomeness. First up though was David Ramirez, the artist you most likely haven’t heard of but should.

Mellow and deliberate, this Austin based singer-songwriter held all 650 of us under a spell from first note to last. Give him a listen….

After a great set from David, Shakey comes on to the stage, solo with just a guitar. He says hello and then dives right in with one of my favorite songs, “Hard wired”.

After a few songs, he brings out his drummer and bass player, and they do everything from simple melodies to down right loud jam out, rattle your cage and toe tap like crazy songs. For us churchgoers, it brought us to our knees.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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