Pittsburgh loves twang. Honky-Tonk Jukebox is a monthly dance party with live country and honky-tonk style music performed by an all-star house band.
Before honky-tonk was a style of music, it was a place. Honky-tons, which peaked in the 1950s, were barebones nightclubs in places such as Nashville and Texas, that were flush with cold beer and live music. Country musicians, packing steel guitars and fiddles, could try out new songs of heartache and loss for a crowd looking to dance, and so honky-tonk music, as we know it today, was born.
Honky Tonk @ The Elks Lodge
The Elks Lodge 339 in Deutschtown, with its welcoming vibe, cheap drinks, and no-frills decor, embodies all the best parts of a good honky-tonk. All the more reason it should host Pittsburgh’s one-and-only country music dance party, Honky-Tonk Jukebox.
Classic country and roots music fans, rejoice: Every month, you have a chance to celebrate at the Honky-Tonk Jukebox.
They couldn’t have found a better home for this country dance party. The Elks is already home to a beloved weekly banjo night, proving that nontraditional -for Pittsburgh- music nights have a home in the Northside. Who knows, you might even see the Mayor.
— bill peduto (@billpeduto) March 20, 2018
And your drink served by George Martin, who, at 91 years young, is one of the oldest bartenders in Pittsburgh.
History of Pittsburgh’s Honky Tonk Juke Box
Founded by Pittsburgh musicians, Molly Alphabet, Chet Vincent, of Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, and Jon Bindley, of Bindley Hardware Co., the Jukebox is powered by the #339 House Band, which includes a rotating cast of some of Pittsburgh’s best roots musicians: Angela Autumn and members of the Beagle Brothers and The Armadillos. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear original songs from Pittsburgh’s King of Honky Tonk, Slim Forsythe.
Expect to hear classics from the likes of Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, and some early Rolling Stones. The event is open to the public and occurs on a different Saturday each month. Tickets are available online or at the door.
Know before you go: Honky-Tonk Jukebox
- Location: Allegheny Elks #339
- Dates: Check the Honky-Tonk Jukebox Facebook page for upcoming dates
- Tickets: $10 per person