Saturday, May 4th | 8 pm

SUPERMOON (featuring Mike Moscato)

The Schoolhouse Tavern in Claridge, PA (no cover charge)

Saturday, June 8th

SUPERMOON (featuring Mike Moscato)

Zander's Pub in Plum, PA! ($5.00 cover)

Maximum Voltage

Maximum Voltage

We are Pittsburgh's PREMIERE AC/DC tribute band. Check out our upcoming shows, news, pics and video!

Friday, May 17th

Debut show in Morgantown, WV at Smokin' Jacks!

Saturday, May 18th

Debut at The Cro Club in North Versailles, PA!

More TBA, and check our Facebook event pages for periodic updates and discussions!


All Past Events

Maximum Voltage (Pittsburgh's Tribute to AC/DC)

Maximum Voltage

Dec 1, 2018 | 9 pm

Forty Bar & Grill, Washington, PA

Nov 30, 2018 | 9 pm

Pepper's 'N" At, Braddock, PA

Nov 29, 2018 | 9 pm

Jergel's Bar and Grill, opening for JUDAS PRIESTESS (all female tribute to Judas Priest) Tickets $13.00

Nov 24, 2018 | 9 pm

Baltimore House, Baldwin, PA

Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 9pm

With Solo Acoustic music from:
Donnie Fite

and Comedy from:
Kelly McGarry
Isaac Crowe
Paige Polesnak

Turners-McKeesport 2701 Walnut Street

$5.00 at the door

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 7pm - 9pm

Club Cafe
56-58 S 12th St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203
Buy Tickets

Check out our new event called BAND OF THE WEEK, where we post pics, videos, audio, interviews and more for a different band each week!!! You can see regular updates on our Facebook page.

The Commonheart

Our BAND OF THE WEEK is The Commonheart!
You can check them out at and on their facebook page.

Previous bands of the Week:

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 7pm - 9pm

Wallace's Tap Room (inside Hotel Indigo)
123 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA (East Liberty/Shadyside area)

Distant Signals shows

Saturday September 26th, 2015 | 9:00pm

The Brothers Lounge / Cleveland, OH
"Rush R40 Experience" Event

Saturday October 24th, 2015 | 9:00pm

42Eighty Concert Club / Brunswick, OH

Saturday November 14th, 2015 | 9:00pm

The Hard Rock Cafe / Pittsburgh, PA
"Rush R40 Experience" Event

Chip DiMonick CD Release Party

Friday, April 10 | 10:00pm

Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, 230 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

We are giving PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT to this great local act, so COME SEE THIS SHOW!!!

Distant Signals shows

Saturday March 28, 2015 | 9:00pm

42Eighty Concert Club / Brunswick, OH

Saturday April 18, 2015 | 9:00pm

The Vault / Niagara Falls, NY

Saturday June 6, 2015

The Forvm "All Day Tribute Festival" / Buffalo, NY

Saturday June 20, 2015 | 6:30PM

Letchworth State Park
"Rock and Roll Summer Festival" / Castile, NY

Saturday July 12, Women of Metal Fest 2014

The Rex Theater | Doors open 2:00 pm

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We are now giving a portion of the proceeds to the BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION!

About Women of Metal Fest

The Women of Metal Fest is a weekend-long celebration of female-fronted metal, in all its glorious forms. In the first year alone you will hear prog metal from MindMaze, straight-up heavy metal from Writing Off Tomorrow, the modern symphonic metal sounds of Theatrum Mundi, the punk-infused metal of Lies, Inc., with more bands to be announced soon…Come with us and explore the boundaries of Femme-Metal within and without.


You love the music, the clothes, and the people of metal, and you will love Women of Metal Fest I. Immerse in the July weekend, kicking off with total access to the Women of Metal Fest bands on Friday night. Then bang your head to the live performances all day Saturday! And if your brain hasn’t melted by show's end, join the bands for an outdoor brunch on Sunday where you all can bathe together with fine food and drink in the afterglow of the weekend! Cost for the entire weekend, ten dollars US in advance from the bands! The backstage will truly come to the fans, all weekend long!

Venue for the July 11 Meet-and-Greet | 7pm

Get discounted hotel rooms here


WoMF began as an outgrowth of Female Voices of Metal Fest, which was a winter festival held in 2013 and 2014. Jayson Shell hosted FVMF II, with Mike Moscato promoting. At that festival, Michael Ray Gould from the band Theatrum Mundi met up with Leeja Stark's manager Rich Stark, and the two proposed the idea of organizing a summer festival with an emphasis toward building the Femme-Metal community.

Final Lineup for the show!

Lie's, Inc.
Writing Off Tomorrow
Theatrum Mundi
Leeja Stark
A Sound Of Thunder
Midnight Eternal
Beyond Eden

For tickets, either contact us at or, get them through Showclix here

Visit for all the latest updates!

Past events

Sunday, May 18th, High School Rock Challenge Finals Show

Thank you to all the bands and everyone involved in Sunday night's High School Rock Challenge!

The judges had to discuss this one quite a bit...they were looking for the closest thing to a "total package", and here are the results:



More on the High School Rock 2014 page.

Saturday, March 1 2014, Female Voices of Metal Festival II

Mr. Small's Theatre | Doors open 6:00 pm, Show starts 7:00 pm, All Ages


Second Empire - with Alex Lindsay Roth
Lies, Inc. - with Lily Taylor
LadyBeast - with Deborah Levine
STARK - with Leeja Stark

Saturday, January 25, 2014 Kick-Off Show!

The Smiling Moose | Doors 5:00 pm | Show 5:30 pm


Klaymore Second Empire The Annajames Band
Second Empire
The Annajames Band

Saturday, December 14

Smiling Moose | Doors 5:30 pm | Show 6:00 pm


Second Empire Restricted Highways
Second Empire
Restricted Highways

Talion Klaymore

$8 advance, $10 door

Saturday, October 19

Mr. Smalls Funhouse | Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:00 pm


Long Time Divided Stark Chip DiMonick
Second Empire
Long Time Divided
Chip DiMonick

$10 advance, $12 door

Saturday, July 6, Summer Slam

Diesel Club Lounge


The Morning After
Four Nights Gone (touring from NYC)
Jericho's Fallen
Face Box

$10 advance, $12 door, All Ages.

Saturday, July 20

Diesel Club Lounge | Doors 5:00 pm | Show 5:30 pm


Long Time Divided Xander Demos I Claim as Mine
Long Time Divided (debut at Diesel!)
Xander Demos Band
I Claim as Mine


86 to Nowhere (touring from Buffalo, NY)
more TBA

21 and up only, $10 advance, $12 door.

Saturday, June 15, CD Release Party for Second Empire

Mr. Smalls Theatre | Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:00 pm

Second Empire

With Special Guests:

Stark Klaymore Xander Demos Band Forever in Fear
Xander Demos Band
Forever in Fear

Saturday, June 29

Smiling Moose | Doors 5:30 pm | Show 6:00 pm

In partnership with N.E.A.R.


Ladies of Acoustic Grammar Buffalo Rodeo The Shakes
Ladies of Acoustic Grammar
Buffalo Rodeo (on tour from KY)
The Shakes

Sunday, May 19, the Chicks Rock Fest!

Diesel Club Lounge

The first CHICKS ROCK FEST in Pittsburgh, highlighting bands with at least one female member of the group!


Second Empire Burden My Surrender Charm and Chain Echoes Never Lie
Second Empire
Burden My Surrender
Charm and Chain
Echoes Never Lie

Stark Wings for Armor LauraB and the Off Labels Caitlin & Savannah
Wings for Armor
Laura B. and the Off Labels
Caitlin & Savannah


Special appearance by some of the All Shades of Beauty models!

Doors Open 3:30, show starts 4 pm, All Ages, $10 in advance ($0.50 convenience fee per ticket), $12 at door.

Saturday, May 11, Sardonyx Spring Slam

Second Empire debut performance at Basement Transmissions in Erie, PA

Good Weather for Ducks
Second Empire
From The Ashes
Stage Five
Good Weather for Ducks

Eyes to the Sky
Teatime for Three

Wednesday, May 1, Acoustic performance and live studio interview

90.5 WERG and the Fazed Cookies radio program in Erie, PA!

Show starts at 9 pm, you can stream it over the internet!

Saturday, April 27

Diesel Nightclub | Show 5:00 pm

Xstrophy CD release party, with special guests Yigga Digga, Kevlar, Talion and more!

$10.00 in advance, $12 door

Saturday, April 20, our first show in Uniontown!

Cabaret Nightclub | Doors 6:30, Show 7 pm | Visit and Join the Facebook Events page!

The Lucky Strikes
C. Holt

Tickets are $7 at the door

Sunday, April 21, Young Rockers in the Burgh

Diesel Nightclub | Doors 3:30, Show 4 pm | Visit and Join the Facebook Events page!

The Annajames Band The East Enders Noxide
The Annajames Band
The East Enders

Face Box
The Actions
Up All Night

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Saturday, March 23rd, Kevlar at the Moose!

The Smiling Moose, All Ages | Doors open 5:30pm | Show 6:00 pm


Kevlar Wendigo
Kevlar (#1 rock band in Erie on ReverbNation)
Wendigo (finalist at the 2012 Pgh High School Rock Challenge)

Offbeat Machinery

$8.00 in advance, $10 door

Friday, March 15th, Metal Mayhem at the Moose!

The Smiling Moose, All Ages | Doors open 6:00pm | Show 6:30 pm


I Claim as Mine From the Ashes The Actions
I Claim as Mine
From the Ashes
The Actions

$8.00 in advance, $10 door

Satuday, February 9th, Female Voices of Metal Fest

Altar Bar | Doors open 6:00pm | Show 7:00 pm


Second Empire Burden My Surrender Echoes Never Lie Stark
Second Empire - with vocalist Alex Lindsay Roth
Burden My Surrender - with vocalist Britney
Echoes Never Lie - with vocalist Zosia West, formerly of River Runs Scarlet
Stark - featuring Jamie Lee

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The Smiling Moose, All Ages | Doors open 6:00pm | Show 6:30 pm


I Claim as Mine I Claim as Mine A Lovely Crisis Strength in Numbers
Shrouded in Neglect
Restricted Highways
A Lovely Crisis
Strength in Numbers

$8.00 in advance, $10 door

Friday, December 28th

Shadow Lounge | Show 9pm


The Filthy Lowdown
No Exception
and more!

Christmas/New Year's show with our friends at SweetNote Entertainment!

Sunday, December 9: Violence won't Silence the Music (A Benefit for Dave Whaley)

Diesel Club Lounge | Starts 5pm


Restricted Highways, Second Empire, The New Mingle, Between 2 Rivers, Distant Signals, The Grifters & Mothers Little Helper

Diesel Club Lounge, 1601 Carson St, 412.431.8800
All Ages Event, $10 Suggested Donation, tickets available at door (all proceeds to benefit Dave Whaley of Dave's Music Mine)


High School Rock Challenge 2012


1st place: The Options
2nd: Restricted Highways
3rd: Split Resistance

We want to thank each and every band member that participated in this great event, and all the attendees who came out to support the bands. Not everyone can win, but we hope the bands use this event as a springboard to further success. EVERYONE did a great job, and we look forward to helping you all continue to reach your music goals.

The High School Rock Challenge 2012 page has more details.

Friday, September 7

Basement Transmissions | Starts 6pm

Instead of Sleeping
back for the 2nd time from Pittsburgh, PA!!!
The Hannigans
Mary Lessig
Falling Hollywood

Optimistic Apocalypse

Saturday, August 19

The Smiling Moose | Doors open 5:30, show starts 6 pm

Shift Change
Auggie Agostini and the Lucky Strikes
The Hannigans

Peyote Wildfire

Saturday, August 18

Corban's Temple Skating Rink, Kane, PA | Starts at 8:00 pm

The Hannigans

On a weekend tour!

Saturday, August 11

Shadow Lounge | Starts at 9 pm

Charm & Chain
AE Honick and the Soul Shakedown
Chasing Moira


$5.00, 21 and up only!

Saturday, July 28

Saga Club, Erie, PA | Doors open 5pm, show starts 6pm

Second Empire
Good Weather For Ducks
From the Ashes

The Hannigans
Mary Lessig

All Ages, alcohol served for 21 and up. $7 in advance or date of show

Friday, July 27

The Smiling Moose | Doors open 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm

Kevlar, winners of the Erie High School Rock Challenge, touring from Erie, PA
Paradox Please, 2nd place at the Erie High School Rock Challenge

The Awful Waffles
I Claim As Mine

$8.00 in advance, $10.00 door

Second Empire: Touring weekend!

Friday, July 13 & Saturday, July 14, 2012 | Detroit, MI & Kane, PA

Second Empire, winners of the Pittsburgh High School Rock Challenge goes on a Touring Weekend:
• Friday, July 13th at the Rack & Roll Nightclub in Detroit, MI!
• Saturday, July 14th at the Corban's Temple Rink and Music Venue in Kane, PA!

Friday, June 29th

The Smiling Moose | Doors open 6:00 pm, show starts 6:30 pm

Avion Roe
playing on the Warped Tour this summer!

Second Empire
A Lovely Crisis

$8.00 in advance, $10 door, All Ages

Sunday June 10th

Basement Transmissions in Erie, PA | Doors open 5:30 pm, show starts 6:00 pm

$7.00 cover

Chasing Moira
Radio Station Origin
Instead of Sleeping - on tour from Pittsburgh!

The Jukebox Romantics - playing on the WARPED TOUR this summer!

School's Out Tattoo Party

Presented by Sardonyx Productions in collaboration with SweetNote Entertainment and WOW! Entertainment

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Club Diesel, doors open 5:00 pm

$10 (plus $1 convenience fee) in advance, $12 at the door ($8 if you present your college ID)

Midknight Rose

Paradox Please
Stage Five
Until We Have Faces
Those Guys

more TBA

If you are 18 + with ID, you can get inked by some great tattoo artists on site!

Erie High School Rock Challenge 2012


1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

Kevlar Paradox Please Bail Easy
Maplewood High School and McDowell High School
Paradox Please
New Brighton and Central Valley High Schools
Bail Easy
Cathedral Prep, Mcdowell High Schools

Thank you to ALL the bands that competed, and we look forward to seeing you continue to work toward your musical goals. Erie has been very hospitable and supportive, and we look forward to doing this event again there soon!

See performers and more on the Erie High School Rock Challenge 2012 page!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Club Diesel | Doors open 5:30 pm, show starts 6:00 pm.

$8.00 in advance, $10.00 at door, ALL AGES.

Second EmpireA lovely crisisPerishGood weather for ducks
Second Empire
A Lovely Crisis
Good Weather for Ducks

Until We Have Faces
Until We Have Faces

New band night

Friday, November 4TH, 2011

New Band Night begins at The Smiling Moose (1306 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, 412-431-4668)

$5.00 cover, show starts at 10 pm

Arlekin Perish
Star Tale
Madeline and the Metropolis

High School Rock Challenge 2011

Begins November 5th

Sardonyx High School Rock Challenge
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See performers and more on the High School Rock Challenge 2011 page!

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Obscured By Pink

Show starts at 9pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh

Obscured By Pink

Opening Act:
Long Time Divided

WINNERS of the 2010 A FIGHT FOR FAME national music competition at Pittsburgh's famous Altar Bar!

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Show starts at 8:30pm at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio.

Obscured By PinkAfterglow

Sardonyx Music Conference 2010

This year's Sardonyx Music Conference made an even bigger impact than last year's!

The Undalrds rocked Altar Bar during the Friday Kickoff Party! Our friends at SLG Entertainment also supplied some food and a FREE limo service with City Lights Limousine! McKay Garner, Matt Crumpton and Rob Case conveying their experience and knowledge during the Licensing/Publishing/Contracts panel McKay Garner, Shukmei Wong, and Joe Scrocca having lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.
See all the details on the 2010 Sardonyx Music Conference page.

Sardonyx Productions Xmas Party

Friday, December 17, 2010

Sardonyx Xmas Party
(click above for full size)
21+ only, show starts at 9pm at Howler's Coyote Cafe, 4509 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh.
The following acts will perform:
The Long Knives Dante Romito There There
The Long Knives
Dante Romito Band
Sean O' Donnell

Friday, December 10th, 2010

We are helping local favorites CALL TO ATTRACTION go to NYC on Friday, Dec. 10th, to play at a CD Release Party for Justin Conway!

Sardonyx is also arranging for some industry professionals to be in attendance for the show!

Sleep Call to Attraction Call to Attraction

Halloween Metal Bash

Friday, October 22nd


Payl Xstrophy Beneath the Remains

Grand Opening


Grand Opening 16th October Flyer
ALL AGES, starts at 6:00 pm at THE RED THEATER, a brand new live music venue on 3028 Brereton Street, in the Polish Hill area of Pittsburgh. This event is a "GRAND OPENING" for this great new venue! WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING YOUNG ASPIRING BANDS who want to perform at this event, so contact us at fast!
Return the Ransom Circle 7 No Exception

Paul Jay
There, There

Thursday, August 5

Location: Altar Bar
The Leafs Check Your Status Check Your Status Beyond Daylight

Tucker Jameson and the Hot Mugs
Tucker Jameson and the Hot Mugs
Touring from Boston, MA!

Thursday, July 22

Location: Altar Bar
The HypnogermsGabba Gabba Hey
Gabba Gabba Hey

Friday, June 11

Time: Starts at 9:00 pm
Location: SHERLOCK'S (Erie, PA)
Sardonyx Productions is headin' up to Erie, PA and bringing Call to Attraction from Pittsburgh for a touring opportunity, to open up for one of Erie's best bands, REDLIGHT ROMANCE!!!

A Fight for Fame

Download the poster

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Location: Altar Bar

The top prize is a VIP Weekend in Las Vegas, with a show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino!

Go to

Congratulations to the winner: Long Time Divided!
Long Time Divided

For a list of all the contenders, go here.

2009 Sardonyx Music Conference

May 30, 2009
Congratulations to the Top 3 Acts of the night at the 2009 Sardonyx Music Conference!

1. Team Goldie                              2. The Composure                         3. Ben Hardt    

The conference featured panel discussions with music business professionals and showcased Pittsburgh's finest musicians and bands from several genres! Topics included Music Promotion, Licensing, Publishing and Copyrights, Songwriting and more.

See all the details on the 2009 Sardonyx Music Conference page.