Best Music Venues to Watch Local Bands in Pittsburgh


There are so many great music venues of all sizes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to catch local and national bands. The music scene in Pittsburgh continues to get better year after year and so do the venues that host the shows. There are the monster rock venues in Pittsburgh like Heinz Field that hosted Guns N' Roses and Kenny Chesney this past summer and of course arena rock at the Consol that was recently swarmed by high energy "Beliebers" attending a Justin Bieber concert. But some of the best shows in Pittsburgh can be seen at more localized smaller bars, concert halls and unique venues. If you are looking for an intimate music experience then try and catch a show at one of these smaller Pittsburgh concert venues.

Mr. Smalls Theatre & Funhouse
Mr. Smalls is not only one of the most unique concert venues in Pittsburgh but one of the most extraordinary places to visit in the city. The concert hall is housed in an old church located in Millvale, PA about 5 minutes from downtown. Mr. Smalls hosts all sorts of bands and shows from local favorites Rusted Root to punk rock royalty - The Misfits. The theater offers a wide spectrum of music and events to satisfy local music and art connoisseurs and truly provides an awesome experience with rocking sound, magical lighting and intimate stage show.

Stage AE
Stage AE resides on the North Shore of Pittsburgh in the shadow of stadium rock Valhalla - Heinz field but certainly holds its own as a major concert venue in Pittsburgh. Stage AE is uniquely constructed as a hybrid indoor and outdoor concert venue so shows can go on year round. The venue is divided into three separate concert spaces: indoor music hall, indoor club and the outdoor amphitheater. Stage AE hosts a myriad of bands and festivals throughout the year - from metal to rap; Pittsburgh concert goers are never disappointed at one of the loudest places in town.

Here are some top bands, entertainers and festivals that played Stage AE:

Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa
Dropkick Murphys
Counting Crows
Bret Michaels (Poison)
Social Distortion
Gaslight Anthem
Hall and Oates
Local XFEST starring Weezer


Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Jergel's is a bar, grill and foremost a great place to see a show. Jergel's is located about 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh in Warrandale, PA and has a more local flavor and a laid back and enjoyable atmosphere. From country western to classic rock, Jergel's Rhythm Grille is a rock and roll paradise with a craft beer in Pittsburgh's North Hills.

While at the show be sure to check out these Jergel's features:

A full collection of "Wines That Rock" wines
Dave Matthews "The Dreaming Tree" wines
18 ice-cold beers on tap

Here are some top entertainers that played Jergel's Rhythm Grille:

Local Pittsburgh Favorite - Donny Iris
Kevin Bacon and The Bacon Brothers
Southside Johnny
Soul Asylum
The Yardbirds
Molly Hachet

So if you are in Pittsburgh and looking for a smaller venue to catch a rock show or festival be sure to check out Mr. Smalls Theatre & Funhouse, Stage AE and Jergel's Rhythm Grille.

See you at the show!

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Scott Kozelnik has called the North Hills of Pittsburgh home since 2003. As an historian and writer, he's been published by Arcadia Publishing - Images of America, the West Virginia Encyclopedia and can be found floating out in the blogoshpere. He manages the Pittsburgh.net events blog and social media assets.