First/Last: The artists of Secret Santapalooza

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Sierra Sellers (Current photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

By Hugh Twyman

I am thrilled to announce this year’s return of HughShows Secret Santapalooza!

These are like ‘office parties’ for the members of the Pittsburgh music community and you are invited as bands play quick 4-5 song sets incorporating cover songs of other Pittsburgh musicians into their own originals.

These shows have become legendary and after a few years off, I couldn’t be happier to have it return. The free show is presented by the Deutschtown Music Festival and Misra Records. 7 p.m. Saturday, December 7. Kollar Club, 3226 Jane Street, South Side. Find the schedule online at


I want to thank these performers for playing on what will be an amazing night and to also thank them for participating in this group edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

Jordan Hightower (Ladylike): American Idiot by Green Day.


Your last album bought?

Vic Morgan (Drauve): Sundries by Flower Crown. Supporting local music!


Favorite album of all time?

Sierra Sellers: Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, or The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.


Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Jeanean Naqvi (Honey Prism): Hmmm, I don’t think I can answer this one. Whenever I’m meh about an album, I just assume that there’s something I don’t get about it. Except I am pretty disappointed with Nicki Minaj. Remember how boss she was on “Monster?” She was the female emcee sent to deliver us from a world post-Missy Elliott, but I felt like she never came through for us. C’mon, Nicki.


First concert attended?

Chad Sipes: The Cure at Starlake. ‘Friday I’m in Love’ tour. 7th grade.


Last concert?

INEZ: Smino in Philadelphia (2019).


Favorite concert ever?

Lindsay Dragan: I’ll give you my top three: Feist, Carnegie Music Hall, on the ‘Reminder’ tour (I think that was 2006 or 2007?); The War on Drugs at Terminal 5 in New York, Sept 2017; Savages at the Mercury Lounge in NY, January 2015.


Least favorite concert?

Sharon Mok (The Real Sea): I really can’t say. Of course, we’ve all been through concerts that have been tough to watch, or maybe even boring, but knowing that the artist is putting forth an effort and sharing their songs with you makes it hard to criticize the music, wouldn’t you agree? I can’t say that I go to a lot of shows where the artist is less than earnest in their effort, or at least their desire to make music. OK, in that regard, I guess seeing an artist completely wasted on stage is the most painful kind of concert. But I’ve only seen that once.


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Patrick Maloney (The Pump Fakes): The camaraderie of local bands playing in an environment that hasn’t always been the best for cultivating live bands – but it’s getting better.



Hugh’s Take: Thanks, all. I am really looking forward to the show. We are going to have such a fun time. I am so excited to hear


Hugh Twyman (AKA HughShows) has been documenting the Pittsburgh music scene since 2004. His website ( features a comprehensive Pittsburgh Concert Calendar, episodes of HughShowsTV, a newly launched public Pittsburgh music database, exclusive audio streams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series. Support HughShows:

7:50-8 – Javerblöö (Slumber Core)

8-8:20 – Ladylike (Garage Rock)

8:25-8:45 – The Pump Fakes (Combat Rock)

8:50-9:10 – Drauve (Dream Pop)

9:15-9:35 – Lindsay Dragan Band (Rust Belt Garage Folk)

9:40-10:00 – INEZ (Singer-Songwriter / Musician / Producer}

10:05-10:25 – The Real Sea (Indie Rock / Shoegaze)

10:30-10:50 – The Chad Sipes Stereo (Rock)

10:55-11:15 – Honey Prism (Dream Pop)

11:20-11:40 – Sierra Sellers (Neo-Soul Singer-Songwriter)

11:45-12:05 – Livefromthecity (Hip-Hop / Rap)

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