Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall

May 22 & 23
7:30 p.m.

More than 17,000 fans caught consummate rocker Bruce Springsteen at Consol Energy Center on April 22nd, and now the Boss is back in town this week for two special nights at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

Pittsburgh native Joe Grushecky and his son Johnny joined Bruce on stage in April for a rendition of the Boss’ signature 1987 song, “Light of Day,” a number they have performed together for years. Now the rocker duo and longtime friends are joining forces again to share the stage, and continuing their unique tradition of playing jointly at smaller venues and for select benefit shows since 1995.

Those lucky enough to score tickets—the two-night stint sold-out in less than one hour—will be treated to an intimate evening of live music in a venue that does not have one bad seat in the entire house.

For the special concerts, Springsteen and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers will trade off playing their own material, and are likely to also perform a few songs they wrote together, and possibly some favorite oldies. The pair, who seem to share a love for both the Burgh and the historic Oakland venue, last appeared together at Soldiers & Sailors in 2011.

A tireless performer, Springsteen recently wrapped up a US tour in support of High Hopes, his 18th studio album, so Pittsburgh fans are extra fortunate to be seeing more of the Boss than most cities. Released in January 2014 on Columbia Records, the album marks Springsteen’s eleventh #1 album in the US, and features the E Street Band, guitarist Tom Morello and contributions from deceased longtime band members, Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. Co-produced by Ron Aniello and Brendan O’Brien, the 12-track album also features several covers, including “Dream Baby Dream” by the seminal, NYC post-punk electronic duo, Suicide.

Also appearing on the bill is Milly, featuring Joe’s son Johnny Grushecky, along with Seth Milly, who are both members of the local power-pop band, The Composure. Grushecky is offering a special ticket giveaway contest on his website up until May 22nd.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...