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Also this same weekend is Gettysburg Rocks Gettysburg Rocks is 30 hours of live music including 150+ bands across 12 venues in Gettysburg, PA over February 6th, 7th and 8th, 2015. Bald Rob Experience presents Gettysburg Rocks, 150+ bands across 12 venues in Gettysburg, PA over February 6th, 7th and 8th, 2015. Gettysburg Rocks is a fundraiser and all money It has been a busy January and February is looking to raised will be donated to The Four Diamonds Fund via be even busier. Starting out this first weekend is the Penn State Mont Alto’s THON group, supporting Roots & Blues Festival in Lancaster over the 6th and children battling cancer. So the first week of February 7th. Rich Ruoff has a music filled weekend with the you have a multitude of live music choices to make. Roots and Blues music of the world gathering together in Let’s hope the weather cooperates so everyone can enjoy Lancaster to please live music appetites to the full. You the sights and sounds. Both events support live music. can check out their website for the details or see the ad in Not to mention all your favorite clubs that provide live last month’s issue. entertainment every week. There is absolutely no reason to stay home unless we would get snowed in. After this past weekend many of you will be anxious to get out there and get the dust off of those dancing shoes. It is finally here, the event that I personally look forward to every year...the MILLENNIUM MUSIC CONFERENCE & SHOWCASE!! The 19th Annual Millennium Music Conference & Showcase will be held February 19th thru the 22nd at the Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel and Conference Center (located of the Union Deposit exit) and 30 showcase venues in and around Harrisburg, PA. The conference features two afternoons of music business panels, clinics, workshops, networking, day stages, one-on-one mentoring and demo listening sessions, and industry trade show. At the industry trade show Pennsylvania Musician Magazine will be hosting an Open Mic Stage where muscians can come and perform a few songs and announce where their showcases are going to be. Performing on the PA Musician stage during the conference helps many of those who hear them decide to attend that performers showcase later on in the evening.

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In the evenings the event celebrates new music with three nights of showcase performances featuring over 300 original acts at 30 live music venues in and around Harrisburg, PA. Since 1997, this conference & showcase has become one of the premier music events on the East Coast. MMC has educated and showcased thousands of independent acts and artists. Music industry professionals attend as panelists, speakers, mentors, exhibitors and talent scouts to network, do business and share their experience with musicians, registrants and conference attendees. There are also many marketing opportunities available for musicians, exhibitors, sponsors and industry. The local community is invited to join in the celebration of new music, emerging talent, independent artists as all showcase performances are open to the public, the majority are free and several stages are all ages. Showcases will generally start after 6pm on Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st. I do love music but unfortunately I don’t take the time to go out and enjoy it. This is the weekend where I can meet and hear all kinds of wonderful music and actually meet the people I deal with all year long. Please stop by our table and sign up for the Open Mic stage. We don’t have set times; you just stop by and see Rachel Rocks and she’ll get you on stage as soon as she can. I think the one year we were blessed to hear over 48 performers in the two days on the stage and many more in the evening, as we all split up to hear as many bands as we can. Thank you to the John Harris Group and all the wonderful sound crews and musicians who make it all happen and THANK YOU TO THE FANS who support such great events. To attend the actual conference there is a fee but to attend the showcases at night a majority of them are free, so come out and treat your ears to new and original music. You never know who you’re going to discover. On page 14 in this issue you can see the entire list of the conference times and panels and then following is the list of venues and times of their performances. Please check it out and come and join us. The Central PA Friends of Jazz have been continued on page 10...

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presenting and creating great Jazz events since 1980. They are regular supporters of the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine and work with the music community to support up and coming musicians. They are supported in large part by their members and are currently hosting a membership drive. In an effort to increase their membership in their 35th year as Central PA’s jazz service organization, they are offering a chance for a grand prize of $1000 to anyone who becomes a new member or any former member who renews their membership in the Central PA Friends of Jazz. Names will be entered in a drawing to be held at the third Spring Series Concert at H.A.C.C. on May 31st - new or renewing Student, Regular and Patron member names will be entered once - new or renewing Sponsor, Donor

and Corporate members names will be entered twice. There will be several runner-up prizes as well. Already a member of CPFJ? Current members who help us sign up new members will have their names entered in the drawing once for every new member that they refer. Becoming a member of CPFJ is easy. It can be done online or by calling the CPFJ office at 717-540-1010 or, better yet, sign up at the Membership Table at their next concert. All new or renewing member(s) of CPFJ get ticket discounts when they join, even on the day of a concert. The Central PA Friends of Jazz has been the jazz service organization in our area since 1980. CPFJ has produced concerts and jazz festivals featuring world renowned jazz musicians, helped to promote our own talented area artists, and provided educational opportunities for our aspiring young jazz artists and listeners of all ages. You have probably had many memorable experiences at their concerts and festivals throughout the years. In just the past year alone, they have brought you pianist Cyrus Chestnut and his tribute to Dave Brubeck, rising star vocalist Cecile

McLorin Salvant, and organist Joey DeFrancesco...as well as many other world-class jazz musicians. Membership is the life blood of CPFJ organization and has been growing steadily during the past few years. They need to sustain their efforts to promote jazz in Central PA in the years to come and attract new folks to CPFJ! They believe the surest resource they have to accomplish this is their loyal enthusiastic membership and the avid jazz fans in Central PA. They are confident that there are many jazz aficionados who just need a nudge to re-join or become a brand new member. So don’t delay, the Spring Concert Series is rapidly approaching - March 1st we will feature bassist Christian McBride and his Trio and we will have many great artists in our Series this year. Please support this great American Music and Good Luck! Call 717-5401010 or join on line at: www.friendsofjazz.org. There is so much music happening in PA that it is mind boggling. Please go through the paper and check out all the ads and support your favorite musicians and clubs. Happy Birthday to Missy Noll February 7th and Kate Green who turns 15 on February 23rd! Enjoy your month! I love you Whitey!

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OUT & ABOUT by RACHEL ROCKS! February! It’s my biggest “Out and About” month of the year! This month will be packed with craziness because the Millennium Music Conference is back in town for the 19th year in a row! Mom and I will be back at the trade show in full force, and I heard that we will be sponsored by Dr. McGillicuddy again!! We will also once again be hosting our Open Mic stage. This year our sound will be provided by Antique Digital Pianos. If you want to see a unique sound board, stop by our booth and check out Dave Russell’s latest technological trick! This guy is always up to something. Our Acoustic Stage is going to be first come, first served this year, so if you have time to sing us a song or two, please come see me at our booth to sign up at the MMC. Remember you do have to have credentials and be registered to attend the conference to come to the trade show. If you’re not registered just because you can’t afford it, let me know and I’ll see what I can do at RachelRocks@pamusician.net. I can’t wait to see what amazing talent shows up this year!! Before I get too excited talking about what’s happening this month, let me tell you about all of the great talent I saw this past month. It all started out with a trip down to the Field House in Etters with my good friends Patty and Sabrina to see Fierce. Fierce is an all female party band based out of Lancaster. When we arrived the party was definitely already started at The Field House; the dance floor was packed and the tables were full of people having a great time. Marti Miller has an amazing voice. She just continues with her amazing range all night long impressing you more and more with every song. They had a special guest tonight, their friend Teri, was visiting from Texas and took over lead vocals for a song. Fierce does a great job at sharing the spotlight with their talented friends and fans that come out to their shows. Fierce has quite a following everywhere I’ve seen them. If you want to have a good night out on the town, check out their schedule in this issue and get out there and party with them soon! I finished off the night by stopping out at Double K for Banished for Life’s last set. Doug, Steve, and Sam are the only three members of Banished for Life now, but it’s amazing what songs they can cover with only the three of them. Banished for Life had the whole room up and dancing and having a great time til the very end. These guys have been friends for life and it really shows with their amazing connections and energy on the stage. On Christmas Day Santa brought me a Smart Phone!! It’s my very first Smart Phone and I’m still learning how to use it, but I have to say I’m loving it more than I thought I would. When I deliver the magazines it’s usually an 8-10 hour day and it gets very boring driving the same route. This year with my phone I was able to take pictures and communicate with people on Facebook between stops. It was very entertaining. Right before I headed to Lancaster, Darrell posted on his page that Deezle Church was playing at Riverside Camping Assoc. in Lancaster. I’ve been wanting to check that place out, so with the guys there it was a perfect opportunity. I googled the directions and found it. Thank goodness for Google, I would’ve never expected it to be where it was, but I found it. The Riverside is huge inside. It was the Friday right after New Year’s so the crowd was a little thin, but the people that were there were loving the music. Deezle Church’s shows are few and far between, but I love catching these guys whenever and wherever I can. They mainly play southern rock, but throw in some good ole’ country too, especially at a venue like Riverside. I’m glad their show started at 8 and I was able to catch them as I was passing through. I couldn’t stay too long because it was already a really long day and I still wasn’t home, but I’m glad I stopped in to check it out. The following weekend I went to the Abbey Bar at ABC with my friend Kristin for a special Singer/Songwriter night of music. When I arrived Dean Blackstock was playing. He’s just a solo guy, but he has one heck of a voice. His set was a great start to the night. The next group of the night was Scott Peoples. Scott was playing tonight with Jeff on drums, and Keath on bass ukulele. It was my first time seeing a bass ukulele as part of a show. It does definitely help add in a whole different dynamic to the band. Scott’s songs have great stories Continued on page 12...

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Out and About Continued.... behind them. I think my favorite tonight was “Is it Too Late” a song written about his son. Scott Peoples is getting out there and playing at a lot of new venues. Check out his schedule in this issue and see where you can check them out next, you won’t be disappointed! After Scott’s set we zoomed to Colonial Lounge to hear the Nate Myers Trio. When we arrived the bar was packed with people bopping along and enjoying the music. There isn’t much room to dance at the Colonial Lounge, but there were definitely some people literally dancing in their seats! It was one of their last shows before they headed down to Memphis Tennessee for the big blues competition. They unfortunately didn’t make it to the finals at the competition, but they had a lot of fun and made some new fans in the process! At the Colonial Lounge the guys were celebrating Chad’s birthday and having a great time! Nate even set down the harmonica and switched to the kazoo for a song! To end the night Nate played one of my personal faves, “Just Be There” with just him and an acoustic guitar, that’s always a special treat! Nate Myers is playing all around the area all different nights of the week. Check out their schedule at www.natemyers.com and see where they are playing near you! The next night I headed out to Double K for Nacho Daddy. Nacho Daddy is a newer advertiser, and I’m glad I had the chance to get out there and support them. The Double K was rockin’ when I arrived, and they were even playing their “calmer” acoustic set. There was a large group of people there celebrating the safe homecoming of their soldier Curt, who just arrived home from the Navy, and who was celebrating his 21st birthday! It was quite the party! I’m so grateful to all of our troops and their families for the sacrifices they make for our safety and freedoms! Nacho Daddy did a great job including Curt who liked to get up there and help sing. I know that’s not easy for bands to do, but they went with the flow, and everyone had a great time in the process! Check out Nacho Daddy’s ad in this issue and see where they will be rockin’ next! It was definitely a month of staying local. It’s hard when I get such a late start to make it anywhere before the music is over, so again I headed down to Double K where Single Barrel was on the stage. Single Barrel has some familiar faces, Chris DellaPorta and Bob Morris from Smokin Gunnz, and they also have Ron Emmanuel on bass, and Ginger Lyons on guitar. Single Barrel is out there playing the songs you don’t get to hear on the radio. The “outlaw” songs of southern rock, country, and even some good ole rock ‘n’ roll! Great artists that you’ve rarely even heard about like Blackberry Smoke, Dwight Yoakam, Shooter Jennings, etc. It’s awesome to see Chris taking the lead of this band, singing most of the vocals, and Bob is there backing him up. Chris has a great voice and it’s great to see it being used! If you want to hear a band of great musicians that aren’t out there playing the same set list everyone else is playing, Single Barrel is definitely the band to see. A fun family event we went to this past month was The Winter Fling on Main Street in Hummelstown. They closed down Main Street and had a big street festival. It was tons of fun for the whole family with free games for the kids, hot chocolate, wine and beer tastings for the adults, and live music for everyone! The band was The Heavy Push. I only recognized the drummer, Ffej, who used to play with Herbie. The band did a great job playing through the cold and keeping the people entertained. Lucky for them it was actually a pretty mild night. It’s always cool to have live music at these kinds of family friendly events. The last band of the month was Steel at Double K. I’ll tell ya, my children have seriously been tuckering me out! I was zonked out, sound asleep, and before I knew it my husband was shaking me, and says, “This is the 6th and final time I’m trying to wake you up, Steel is at Double K and you’re going to be mad at me if you don’t wake up and go see them…” The sad part is, he’s probably right. Not that I’d be mad at him, just bummed and mad at myself. I love rockin’ out at Steel shows and seeing all of the members of the Steel Nation rockin’ out and having a good night on the town. It doesn’t matter where or when these guys are playing, they have a great following of some of the nicest people ever created! So I arrived shortly after midnight and had a great time as usual, headbanging, singing, and dancing along! Steel is a band that is always having a great time on the stage, involving their fans every step of the way! It was also Kathi and Jeannie’s birthdays, so we had even more reasons to celebrate! It was a good time as usual, and I am glad my husband persevered and woke me up! Speaking of my husband. I feel awful that I never wished him a Happy Birthday last month!! He turned the big 4-0.. maybe I’m just in denial that I’m married to someone so old!!! Hahaha!!!! He’s always been by my side with this whole The Steel Nation at Double K “Rachel Rocks’ craziness and has encouraged me to keep going even tho my heart-strings get pulled quite frequently to stay home with my kiddos. He knows how much I love going out, and he supports me 100%. You never see him ‘Out and About’ unless he’s forced. I think the last time he was out was my 30th birthday! Ha! Well that’s all for this month. I will be hanging out at the MMC February 19th, 20th, and 21st. Please stop by our booth all day Friday or Saturday. I’d love to meet you. You know me, I’ll be giving out free hugs and hopefully some other yummy goodies from Dr. McGillicuddy. If you’re in town, I highly encourage you to come help Stuff the Buzz Bags on Thursday night at 6pm. It’s a great way to get started socializing and finding out the ins and outs of the conference. There is also a great Kick-Off Party at O’Reilly’s Pub, the restaurant right inside the hotel at 8pm! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!! Get the party started right!!! Hope to see ya there! That’s all for this month. If you see me Out and About please stop me and say Hi. It’s always fun meeting new people, but warning, I’m a hugger!! I hope you all have a great and safe month. Don’t forget to check out our website, www.pamusician.net to see even more Hot Shots in color! And please… SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC and BUSINESSES!!! 12

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more than 38 million albums worldwide and has several Grammys to his credit. Guitarist Slash has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years. Court documents filed cite irreconcilable differences for Slash and Perla Hudson’s split. Slash’s real name is Saul Hudson. The couple have two sons, 10-year-old Cash and 12-year-old London. The 49-year-old musician has had success as a solo Greetings Rockers N Rollers! 2015 began with Funny Money’s star and in the bands Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses, with final performance on New Years Eve in Hagerstown, MD. whom he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Funny Money was founded in 1996 as a band who play a mix 2012. Bono says he now has a titanium elbow and may never play of KIX covers as well as original material. Through the years the band’s line up changed with a total of 10 members. The guitar again due to injuries suffered in a New York City cycling finale consisted of three present KIX members; Steve accident. The 54-year-old U2 frontman said the “recovery has Whiteman, Jimmy Chalfant and Mark Schenker and also been more difficult than I thought.” He then added that his included guitarist Dean Cramer. With the popularity and bandmates – The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen – resurgence of KIX this past year, Whiteman said their schedule “have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization is too full in 2015 to devote time to Funny Money. The show are depending on this.” Bono is hoping to be ready for a U2 was unbelievable, almost like a private concert in the small tour due to start in May. Motley Crue have announced the last leg of their ‘Final intimate Delmar Inn. Funny Money spent time enjoying time with their fans after the show, something they say isn’t as easy Tour.’ The band has chosen to play 34 additional North with a KIX event. KIX return to Lancaster’s Chameleon on American dates in 2015, in honor of the 34 years they’ve been a band. Alice Cooper will be the band’s very special guest on all Feb 27th. Itwasoff to Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on Feb 11th for one of indie’s hottest bands, Future Islands. Recently voted best live band by online publication Consequence of Sound. A small tour jaunt consisting of 6 sold-out in shows in 3 cities: Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Future Islands are an American synth-rock band based in Baltimore, by way of North Carolina, with a hugely passionate singer, Samuel T. Herring. The band is currently playing a string of festival dates in Australia and return to the States in April. For a true orientation of Future Islands check out their David Letterman performance from March 4, 2014. York’s Dirt Cheap annihilated Fat Daddy’s on Feb 16. The AC/DC influenced band has made a slight band change with Kip Forbes of Leadfoot filling in for Larry “Bugs” Garland on bass. The replacement seems a very smooth transition with Forbes fitting perfect with Dirt Cheap. The band is gaining quick recognition and will open for National artists KIX on Feb 27th at Lancaster’s Chameleon. It was also nice to catch Pocket Rockit at Big Woody’s in Harrisburg on Feb 9th. The two-piece cover band of singer/guitarist Joey Dalto and drummer Jason Parks, give some real credit to popular songs. Phil Cannizzaro of American Posse and Greg Folsom joined Pocket Rockit for a few songs and formed a somewhat Echoburn reunion of which all four musicians were apart of. NATIONALS NEWS ! Original Grateful Dead members: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will come together in Chicago for three glorious nights this summer. Being called “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead” will take place July 3-5 at Soldiers Field. Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie Garcia announced the good news on Dead50.net. Joining the Dead veterans will be Phish-man Trey Anastasio on guitar, Ratdog/The Dead/Further keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby, who played more than 100 shows with the Grateful Dead, on piano. This event also marks the 20th anniversary of the final Grateful Dead concert in 1995 at the very same Chicago venue. Rich Robinson has released a statement saying The Black Crowes are no more. “It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying the band has broken up.” It appears he has a few issues regarding how his brother wanted to do business, “I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band, is not something that I could agree to.” The band has been on hiatus since completing its 2013 tour, but fans always hoped that Rich and his brother Chris would reunite the Crowes. The Dave Matthews Band have set a May-September Summer tour. Matthews and his bandmates will continue with the two sets per night, a format praised as “even when it’s Dave Matthews opening for Dave Matthews, there can’t be enough Dave Matthews in a night.” Playing outdoor venues, the Dave Matthews Band visit Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on June 26-27. Katy Perry will team with Lenny Kravitz at the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, Feb. 1 game in Glendale, Arizona. Perry has dominated the charts since releasing her debut in 2008, including 10 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She’s currently on her Prismatic World Tour. Kravitz has sold

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dates. The tour visits Hershey Giant Center on Aug 11, Philadelphia Wells Fargo on Aug 14 and Baltimore Royal Farms Arena on Aug 26. One Direction proved it was the biggest band on the planet with its $282.2 million in gross ticket sales, dwarfing the competition, according to Pollstar’s exclusive Top 20 Worldwide Tours report for 2014. One Direction sold more than 3.4 million tickets – more than double that of runner-up Justin Timberlake. JT brought in $184.7 million in gross ticket sales. The Rolling Stones’ ranked No. 3 on the Top 20 chart, thanks to generating $165.1 million in gross ticket sales and selling a total of 862,361 tickets. Katy Perry is the most successful female artist on tour, ranking No. 4 with $153.3 million in gross ticket sales. The husband and wife co-bill of Beyoncé and Jay Z brought in $109.7 gross million, ranking at No. 5. UPCOMING SHOWS The Give Take Lancaster Fulton St Co-Op Feb 7. Millennium Music Conference Harrisburg Feb 19-22. Brett Scallions Pittsburgh Alter Bar Feb 21, Glenside Keswick Theatre Feb 26, and Hagerstown Hard Times Café Feb 27. Kix Lancaster Chameleon Feb 27. Jackyl Duncannon Tubby’s Feb 28. Elton John Reading Santander Arena Feb 28.

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50 North Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 717-221-1080 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 9:00pm Observe the 93rd Mechanicsburg, PA 10:00pm Grown Up Avenger Stuff Charlotte, NC 11:00pm Winds & Walls New York, NY 12:00am Gas Station Disco Cressona, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 9:00pm Castle Creek Syracuse, NY 10:00pm Runaway Train Bear, DE 11:00pm The Herd of Main Street Baltimore, MD 12:00pm The Quixote Project Mount Laurel, NJ

9:45pm special guest 10:30pm Cory Welch Atlanta, GA 11:15pm Ryan Maceri Chesterfield, MI 12:00am Mark Santanna Harrisburg, PA BLUE MOOSE BAR & GRILLE 6791 Linglestown Rd. Harrisburg, PA 17112 717-651-9493 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 9:00pm Ed Roman Shelburne, ON Canada 9:45pm Jiggley Jones Coatsville, PA 10:30pm Chuck Schaeffer Fairless Hills, PA

ANTHONY’S MICRO PUB 225 North 2nd St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 717-238-2009 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Jason O State College, PA 9:45pm Wojo Mars, PA 10:30pm Josh Krevsky Harrisburg, PA 11:15pm Giorgio Fareira Clinton, MS 12:00am Matt Tarka Washington, DC SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 9:00pm Chris Whitmer Middleburg, PA

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Millennium Music Conference Showcase Schedule Continued... CORNERSTONE COFFEHOUSE CONT... SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 7:00pm Madison Charnigo Doylestown, PA 8:15pm Cosette Gobat Hershey, PA 9:00pm Little Heartbreakers Enola, PA DOUBLE “K” TAVERN 7495 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17112 717-652-1091 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Running Late Madison, NJ 10:00pm Supertonix Harrisburg, PA 11:00pm 1 Echo 1 Harrisburg, PA 12:00pm Revolution, I Love You, Philadelphia SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 9:00pm Kosmic Daydream Englewood, NJ 10:00pm Jackknife Stiletto Massapequa, NY 11:00pm J and the 9s Brooklyn, NY 12:00am Soraia Philadelphia, PA THE FIELDHOUSE 895 Old Trail Road Etters, PA 17319 717-932-6009 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Hopscotch Jefferson Glenside, PA 10:00pm Stuck On Blue Winchester, VA 11:00pm Shift Seven Lebanon, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 9:00pm Good Ship Gibraltar , PA 10:00pm ADO Band York, PA 11:00pm DIJ0N Sea Cliff, NY 12:00am Running Late Madison, NJ FLINCHY’S 1833 Hummel Ave. Camp Hill, PA 17011 717-761-9000 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm The Gage Brothers Akron, OH 9:45pm Danielle and Jennifer Harleysville, PA 10:30pm Ryan Dunlap Perrysburg, OH 11:15pm The Coteries South Orange, NJ 12am The Sole Pursuit Toronto, ON Canada SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 9:00pm Cole Washburn Arrington, TN 9:45pm Rivers Carlisle, PA 10:30pm Vulcans Mechanicsburg, PA FRATELLI’S TOWNE TAVERN 209-211 3rd St. New Cumberland, PA 717-774-4781 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Steely Jam Lancaster, PA 10:00pm Hambone Relay Philadelphia, PA 11:00pm The Interlopers Boston, MA 12:00am Linda Gambino Rome, Italy SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 9:00pm Marla Mase New York, NY

10:00pm Tom Flash Boston, MA 11:00pm The Terribles Philadelphia, PA 12:00pm Dirt Cheap York, PA THE GARLIC POET 148 Sheraton Drive New Cumberland, PA 717-774-5435 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 7:00pm Megan LuRose Cherry Hill, NJ 7:45pm Jenna Marotta Weehawken, NJ 8:30pm Maddison Binkley Whitehouse, OH 9:15pm Margo Macero Albany, NY 10:00pm Maggie Anderson Sterling, VA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 7:00pm Mike Banks Harrisburg, PA 7:45pm Em McKeever Newark, DE 8:30pm Mesa Jane Piladelphia, PA 9:15pm Erin McAndrew New York, NY GULLIFTY’S UNDERGROUND 1104 Carlisle Rd. Camp Hill, PA 17011 717-761-6692 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 FlexiTone Showcase 8:00pm Aubreylyn New Hope, PA 8:30pm Ces with special guest Rob 9:00pm Stolen Rhodes Philadelphia, PA 9:40pm BlackRue Perkiomenville, PA 10:20pm Paralandra Springfield, MO 11:00pm Silvertung Baltimore, MD 11:40pm Beyond Eden Easton, PA 12:20am Rausch Philadelphia, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 8:00pm Solus Rex Haddonfield, NJ 9:00pm Pages & Poets Baltimore, MD 10:00pm Only Living Boy Hackettstown, NJ 11:00pm Slim Wray Brooklyn, NY 12:00am Jesse Smith & The Holy Ghost, WV MIDTOWN SCHOLAR ALL AGES 1302 North 3rd St. Harrisburg PA 17102 717-236-1680 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 3rd In The Burg 6:30pm Frank Viele Hamden, CT 7:15pm Little Ugly Hartford, CT 8:00pm Rivers Carlisle, PA 8:45pm Vulcans Mechanicsburg, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 6:30pm The Gage Brothers Akron, OH 7:15pm Tom Rhodes Emeryville, CA 8:00pm The Bumperyachts Harrisburg, PA 8:45pm Shelf Life String Band Pittsburgh, PA

All dates are subject to change...For the most up to date schedule please check out the Millennium Music Conference Facebook Page.

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Millennium Music Conference Showcase Schedule Continued... MIDTOWN TAVERN 1101 N. 2nd st.Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-236-5783 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00 Casey Buckley South Orange, NJ 10:00 Myron James Albany, NY 11:00 Michi Jersey City, NJ 12:00 Eric and Aaron New York, NY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 10:00pm Flower Garden Harrisburg, PA 11:00pm Blujay Lititz, PA Rock 12:00am The Dogs Of Lust Harrisburg, PA MOMO’S BBQ AND GRILL 307 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 717-230-1030 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 7:00pm Ellyot H. Ray Paris, France 8:00pm Acoustic Stew Harrisburg, PA 9:00pm Jukehouse Bombers Indiana, PA 10:00pm The Wildcat O’Halloran Band Sunderland, MA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 7:00pm East Bay Blue Traverse City, MI 8:00pm The Wildcat O’Halloran Band Sunderland, MA 9:00pm Jukehouse Bombers Indiana, PA 10:00pm Sterling Koch Band Pottville, PA O’REILLY’S TAPROOM @ Best Western Premier - Central Hotel & Conference Center 800 East Park Dr. Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-564-2700 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Kick Off w/ Pabst Blue Ribbon 8:00pm The Gage Brothers Akron, OH 9:00pm The Sole Pursuit Toronto, ON Canada 10:00pm JT and The Mild Heat Harrrisburg, PA FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 ReverbNation Stage 6:15pm Kris Angelis Los Angeles, CA 7:00pm Emma Lane Rochester, NY 7:45pm Moriah Domby Nashville, TN 8:30pm Bourbon & Bliss Astoria, NY 9:15pm Kayla Stockert Sayville, NY 10:00pm Chutes & Ladders Cockeysville, MD 10:45pm Melody Rose Huntington Station, NY 11:30pm Venice Sunlight Philadelphia, PA Whiskey Rock 12:15am Lucky Lad Green Windber, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 6:15pm Just B. Polo Seaford, NY 7:00pm Austin DiBernard Hackettstown, NJ 7:45pm Hunter Lyons Mechanicsburg, PA 8:30pm Skyler Boston, MA 9:15pm Ian Mellencamp Brooklyn, NY PETE’S OLDE TOWNE 401 Market Street, New Cumberland, PA 17070 717-525-8847 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Ian Gershman Linwood, NJ 9:45pm Eli the Hawk Morrisville, PA 10:30pm Paul Saint John Philadelphia, PA 11:15pm I am Curbie Toms River, NJ 12:00am Tom Wentz Middleburg, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 9:00pm R J Conrad Carlisle, PA 9:45pm Mycenea Worley Camp Hill, PA 10:30pm Justin Angelo & The Experience Marietta, PA 11:15pm Ryan Dunlap Perrysburg, OH 12:00am Music Mike Rocks Harrisburg, PA THE POUR HOUSE 6200 Derry Street Harrisburg, PA 17111 717-558-0818 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Crabmeat Thompson Wilmington, DE 10:00pm Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart Lancaster, PA 11:00pm Scott Peoples Harrisburg, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 10:00pm The Delaneys Pittsburgh, PA Alternative/Rock 11:00pm Observe the 93rd Mechanicsburg, PA 12:00am Moxie & Rebel Williamsport, PA February, 2015

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Millennium Music Conference Showcase Schedule Continued... RIVER CITY BLUES CLUB 819 S. Cameron St. Harrisburg, PA 17104 717-525-8926 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm The Late Saints Philadelphia, PA 10:15pm Shawan and the Wonton, Harrisburg 11:30pm Castle Creek Syracuse, NY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 9:00pm Swampcandy Arnold, MD 10:15pm The Whiskey Shambles,OH 11:30pm Balkun Brothers Hartfrd, CT SAVANNAH’S ON HANNA 1000 Hanna S., Harrisburg, PA 17104 717-233-1100 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 10:00pm VYD Brooklyn, NY 11:00pm One.man.And Hershey, PA 12:00am Funkbot & The Love Explosion, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 10:00pm Funkbot Harrisburg, PA 11:00pm Sky Society Lancaster, PA 12:00am MastrGlass, Harrisburg, PA STAGE ON HERR @ HMAC Herr & Susquehanna Sts. Harrisburg, PA 717-412-4342 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20 ReverbNation Stage 7:00pm Josh Krevsky Harrisburg, PA 7:45pm Skyler Boston, MA 8:30pm The Summarily Dismissed Astoria, NY 9:15pm Epoch Failure Trenton, NJ 10:00pm Northwest Division Vancover, BC 10:45pm D-Bo Harrisburg, PA 11:45pm The Whiskey Shambles, OH 12:45am Soraia Philadelphia, PA

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 8:00pm Milkshake Jones Harrisburg, PA 9:00pm Montgomery Streets Brooklyn, NY 10:00pm The Como Brothers Band, NY 11:00pm The Middle Ground Milwaukee, WI 12:00am Attila and the Huns Richmond, VA SUBA @ MANGA QUI 272 North St. Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-233-7358 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Seiichi Daimo New York, NY 9:45pm Aly Tadros Laredo, Texas SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 9:00pm Jasmine Tate Columbus, OH 9:45pm Brian Mackey New York, NY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 8:00pm Embers of Igneous Harrisburg, PA 9:00pm NeverWake Steubenville, OH 10:00pm REVEL 9 Long Beach, NY 11:00pm Gun Metal Gray Harrisburg, PA 12:00am Small Town Titans York, PA WHISKEY RIDGE SALOON 5401 Carlisle PikeMechanicsburg, PA. 717-697-0321 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 10:00pm Alyssa Trahan East Rochester, NY 11:00pm Rocky Allen Band Williamsport, PA 12:00am Alex Hilton Band Front Royal, VA

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 10:00pm The Rusty Guns New York, NY 11:00pm The Ryan Alan Band, PA 12:00am Mountain Road Harrisburg, PA

All Showcase Times and Dates are Subject to Change... Please check the Millennium Music Conference Facebook Page for the most up to date schedule.

SUSQUEHANNA ALEHOUSE 22 4920 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109 717-545-0749 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm the Smoked Meats Marietta, PA 10:00pm Close to Consideration, PA 11:00pm Warden College Park, MD 12:00am JR WOLF Hershey, PA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 ReverbNation Stage 9:00pm Never Knows Best Hanover, PA 10:00pm The Getaway Pittsburgh, PA 11:00pm Against The Clocks Rockville, IN 12:00am The Sole Pursuit TORONTO, ON TUBBY’S NIGHT CLUB 6 Inn Box 182 Duncannon, PA 17202 717-834-4700 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 9:00pm Take 147 Harrisburg, PA 10:00pm Cell 15 Mechanicsburg, PA 11:00pm Broken Fayth Wiconisco, PA 12:00am Badd Seed New Cumberland, PA

Remember... you MUST BE REGISTERED to attend the 2 Days of Music Business Panels Workshhops, Mentoring, and the Trade Show. Go to www.musicconference.net for all the details.

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“LIVE REVIEWS” By Jim Price While the stretch of winter after New Year’s Day can tend to be a bit of a drag, this month’s 19th annual Millennium Music Conference will provide welcome relief. I again look forward to this year’s Millennium, taking place at the Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg. I eagerly anticipate the two-day business conference, trade show, acoustic stage, the showcases, the opportunity to discover new musical talent, and camaraderie as I hang out with my fellow PA Musician cohorts and touch base with friends old and new. The recent holiday season provided some special and unique live music highlights. Preceding Christmas, Pellegrine’s in Altoona hosted a special Christmas edition of their weekly Wednesday Jam Night. Participating bands and musicians received T-shirts and other gifts if they performed at least one Christmas song. Some of the results included Phil Baskin’s solo acoustic version of Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “I Believe in Father Christmas,” Phil backing a female patron’s spin on “Santa Baby,” renditions of “Blue Christmas” by Joe Novak and the Backyard Rockers, and several jam session Christmas numbers as well. The evening also saw performances from Jampact and Ambush; plus participants including Don Osborn, Eric Chuff, Bill Hocherl, Rich Piccerillo, Rich Edmundson, Bill Nusom, Scott Imler, Rick Wagner, Mo Yon, Larry Brest, Adam D and more. Some Altoona area residents may have noted hearing live Christmas music performed outside their homes during the Saturday evening before Christmas. The source of that music likely was the annual performance tour of Jack Frost and the Frostbites, a gathering of area musicians reprising tradition for the 34th year in a row as they traveled around the city in a decorated pick-up truck and played yuletide favorites. I caught up with the traveling troupe at the corner of Coleridge and Milton Avenues in Altoona, and heard them play instrumental renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The group’s participants this year included drummer Rick Guyer, sax players Scott Lovell and Drew Dancha, trombonists Drew Yingling and Bill Wolf, trumpeters Larry Detwiler and Steve Saive, and Scott Durbin on bells and percussion. Driving Jack Frost and the Frostbites from neighborhood to neighborhood were Brian Somers and Dave Westley. Via social media, Jack Frost and the Frostbites answered several requests to take their traveling road show past select homes and neighborhoods as their annual journey progressed. State College provided the sites for my transition from 2014 into 2015. For my first time ever, I attended downtown State College’s annual First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities, ice sculpture displays, arts and crafts, food and refreshments, and live music staged at various downtown churches and public buildings. For the music, I first headed to University Baptist & Brethren Church to see Archie Blue. Originally together from 1979 to 1987, Archie Blue reunited and reformed in 2012, and has since re-issued their Van Dyke Parks-produced 1982 album New Day Comin.’ This night’s roster of singer, keyboardist and founder Arthur Goldstein, keyboardist Barbara Neumuller, guitarist Chris Younken, bassist Bob Hart and drummer Kevin Lowe (filling in for John Raiser) performed a mixture of original song material and select covers. Their original sound mixed elements of progressive-geared rock, jazz and funk, exhibited on numbers such as “Looking for the Sun” and “(Zubadu) Badendao”; the group also did inventive takes on Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale,” plus numbers from the Talking Heads and others. I then headed to the State College Presbyterian Church to hear some blues, courtesy of Philadelphia’s Deb Callahan Band. A large audience witnessed as Deb and her band mixed blues and R&B numbers, including several from her latest CD Tell It Like It Is. Deb quickly won the crowd with her dynamic, expressive and soulful delivery as she sang tunes from the new CD such as “Sun Is Rising,” “Old Ways” and “Gonna Get There,” along with older numbers like “Credit Card Blues,” “If Your Man Messes Up” and “Food on the Table.” Her band displayed stellar musicianship, with Allen James showing some excellent lead guitar work while bassist Garry Lee and drummer Tom continued on page 2 3 ...

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The Professor continued.... Walling executed sharp, grooving rhythms. From First Night, I proceeded to The Arena in State College to close out 2014 and enter 2015 with Hybrid Ice. Kicking off with their early ‘80s original “On We Go,” Hybrid Ice filled the dance floor within three songs; keyboardist Bob Richardson, guitarists Chris Alburger and Shane Jones (filling in for Rusty Foulke), bassist Jason Shaffer and drummer Rick Klinger did what they do best, mixing ‘70s and ‘80s arena rock classics with select original songs. Chris quickly showed he still has the voice and range on first set renditions of Styx’s “Come Sail Away” and Journey’s “Separate Ways,” and Bob emceed the rocking party as he led the group on Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages,” Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and Van Halen’s “Running with the Devil.” Bob took up position behind the drum kit, freeing Rick to step out front to sing and dance his way through AC’DC’s “Sin City.” During the second set, songs from Led Zeppelin, Trooper, Van Halen, Styx and John Cafferty led up to midnight and the champagne toast into the New Year, before Hybrid Ice wrapped up the set with their original “Scars on My Heart.” The third set took the party down the homestretch, and included Bob and Shane dueling licks with their respective instruments on Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” Bob and Rick engaging in a percussion jam during a late-set classic rocking medley, and Chris leading the show to its close with his recital of Hybrid Ice’s best-known song, “Magdelene.” Hybrid Ice is already looking ahead to early 2016 and their next Legends Of Rock Caribbean Cruise, as they perform aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas cruise ship, and back up performers such as John Cafferty, Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, Bobby Kimball of Toto and more. Two nights later, I returned to The Arena to take in the highoctane dance party fueled by Gas Station Disco. A good-sized crowd populated the dance floor as Gas Station Disco performed rock, pop, hip-hop and dance hits. Singer Jason Dumm, guitarist/singer Mike Danger, bassist/singer Jonathan “Bug” Price and drummer/singer Rob Hampton fired off favorites from Montell Jordan, Modern English, Lit, Green Day, Sir Mix a Lot, Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, Billy Idol,

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Snoop Dogg, Blur and more; swapping singing/rapping duties and providing constant movement, sound bytes and more to keep things exciting and fresh. The group welcomed guest singer Lisa Bock to belt out the voice on 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” to close the night. Gas Station Disco took their party south in late January with shows in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana; they return to The Arena February 6th. Former Marauders frontman/guitarist Ben Dumm has been rocking and rolling with his newest project, the East Side Band, which I witnessed in late December at Ebensburg’s Castle Pub. Flanking Ben in this latest endeavor are rhythm guitarist Simon Lieb, bassist Darren Jones and drummer Tony Maiocco. Consistent with his work in The Marauders and his more recent project, the Deviants, Ben and the East Side Band continue to merge roots rock with a punk-infused wallop. They did a number of original songs, including new ones plus tunes from the Deviants and even Marauders eras such as “She Put a Curse on Me,” “Gasoline,” “Devil’s Debt” and more. They also gave furious makeovers to select covers from The Cramps, CCR, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and more; highlighted by their fiery surf-rocking slant on the Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” and a feral version of “Long Tall Sally.” Ben Dumm & the East Side Band have completed work on a new CD, which should be available shortly. McGarvey’s in Altoona hosted the double-bill of Post Traumatik and Railroad City Murder Machines last month. This was my first extended look at Homer City-based Post Traumatik, who opened the night with a set that blended punk-infused original songs and power ballads, plus select covers. Singer Chelsea Stiles displayed a strong and versatile voice that handled the group’s more aggressive, punk-driven covers like the Runaways’ “Where the Boys Are” and the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” as well as power ballad-geared originals like “Running Away” and “Rock and Roll Suicide,” which recall ‘80s era Heart. Backing Chelsea were guitarists Joe Pribesh and Sean Murphy, bassist Tony Malandro and drummer Joe Lassick. Railroad City Murder Machines then drilled their set of high-octane, punk-fueled original songs. Singers/guitarists Cheeze and Tim Mort, bassist Dan Mort and drummer Billy Mort put pedal to the metal on highvelocity originals like “Old Ghost,” “Dirt Nap,” “Deadliest

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Foe” and more, and also offered a slamming take on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Railroad City Murder Machines plan to record and issue their debut CD later this year. R2B2 recently revamped their roster, and I caught the group’s updated lineup last month at Altoona’s Family Pizza & Pub. The group’s ‘R2’ half - guitarists Ric Criste and Rick Wertz and one of the original ‘B2’ half - drummer Beau Saller - are now joined by new bassist Fritz Wyland and keyboardist/singer Mary Villani. Mary’s addition enables R2B2 to expand their repertoire to include hits from female artists. The group’s new configuration laid down lots of dancing grooves with their mixture of rock and dance hits from the 1970s to now. All band members except Fritz shared in the singing duties and kept the upper level dance floor busy throughout the night with tunes from Pink, INXS, The Fixx, Jennifer Lopez, Sly & the Family Stone, B-52’s, Cameo, Commodores, No Doubt, Wild Cherry, Blondie and more. Their set list this night included a few numbers I had not heard in a while, such as Morris Day & the Time’s “Jungle Love” and T. Rex’s “Get It On.” The new R2B2 is spreading their party throughout the region; they return to Family Pizza March 28th. Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band expect to issue their third CD later this year. They previewed numbers from the new disc during their December pre-Christmas visit to Altoona’s Belmar Hotel. Namesake Chris on lead vocals, keys and even acoustic guitar this night, along with bassist (and conamesake) Mike Stanley, lead guitarist C’Jay Castello and drummer Randy Servello debuted a number of new tunes from that forthcoming disc, revealing some interesting variations on their funk-based sound along with some edgy, current eventbased lyrics. The group broke out their familiar jams and grooves as well, and rode their freewheeling musicianship to the stratosphere. All four musicians did amazing stuff on their instruments, from C’Jay’s smoking precision leads to Chris’ chaotic bursts of intense organ fills to Mike’s wicked bass grooves to Randy’s improvisational and complex rhythms. The group kept building steam as the night progressed, leaving this observer and other Belmar witnesses awestruck. Chris Vipond continued on pg 2 4 ...

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The Professor continued.... and the Stanley Street Band will be one of many area performers taking part in Bright Side Of The Road: The Legacy of Van Morrison, a celebration of Van Morrison’s music, at the State Theatre in State College on February 7th. Another group participating in that upcoming Van Morrison tribute will be Ted McCloskey and the Hi-Fi’s, who I caught up with last month during one of their weekly Friday appearances at State College’s Phyrst. This band never disappoints; namesake, singer and guitarist Ted, bassist Rene Witzke and drummer Daryl Branford mixed up original songs with classic rock, blues and soul favorites; continually adding inventive twists and riding many of the songs to peak intensity. The trio did a number of songs from Ted’s latest Sea Foam Green CD such as “Cameras and Microphones,” “Running on a Loop in My Brain” and “A Wreck Around You,” plus tackled chestnuts from Lou Reed, the Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Prince and more. Ted and the Hi-Fis’ grooves clicked and their musicianship shined, and their uptempo vibe kept folks dancing in front of the stage throughout the night. Late in the show, guest Molly Countermine jumped up to sing lead on a feisty read of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.”

Some nights are just not ideal nights for live music. The first weekend following New Year’s Eve is often slow for live music, as many fans are still partied out from their New Year’s Eve festivus. For the first Saturday of 2015 in the Altoona vicinity, add in freezing rainfall through most of the day leading up until evening, and then the regional NFL favorite Pittsburgh Steelers bowing out of the playoffs with an early evening wild card game loss to Baltimore; with these factors, it was going to be a difficult night to draw and entertain a musicloving crowd. But “the show must go on,” and Bodacious B faced the situation and delivered the music at Hollidaysburg’s Old Canal Inn. At least a few folks ventured into the venue’s downstairs area to give the bodacious tandem of guitarist/singer Matt Burns and drummer Steve Brulia an audience to perform for. Matt and Steve did good work on their mixture of rock, pop and country hits. Always a big strength with this duo is their knack for firing off successions of songs in rapid fire fashion; Bodacious B kept the music coming with nonstop favorites from Blake Shelton, Rick Springfield, Jimmy Eat World, Smashmouth, Black Keys, Weezer, Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Loverboy, Bon Jovi and more. Their unique style and vast catalog of tunes keeps Bodacious B busy; they return to the Old Canal Inn in April.

I caught Randy “Jackson” Rutherford’s one-man show in late December at Family Pizza & Pub. Breaking in a new guitar, Randy showed off its nice tone as he dazzled on a diverse range of tunes, and welcomed a few guests. He tapped into material from Jeff Beck, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Steely Dan, the Beatles, the Eagles, Dr. John, Cream, Bill Withers, Tears for Fears, Gary Moore and others. Along the way, Randy welcomed local tambourine-tapping personality Priscilla “the Tambourine Lady” Gati up during several numbers. Guest Mark Montrella played harmonica on Cream’s “Strange Brew” and sang on Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “From the Beginning.” And thanks to Randy for inviting me up to hit on my djembe during Santana’s “Oye Como Va” and the night-ending Tower Of Power funk workout “What Is Hip!” Randy Jackson will be one of several performers donating their talents at Family Pizza on February 22nd during the Benefit for Brian Cupples (see “News and Notes” later in this article). And The Hope Fallacy’s Eric McCrum offered up acoustic fun at McGarvey’s during one Friday night last month. Eric displayed his expressive singing style as he fired off an acoustic mixture of favorites from Tonic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Son, Ben Folds Five, Counting Crows and more. As he performed, a crowd steadily grew in front of the stage and sang along with many of the songs; including several from his mothership band The Hope Fallacy such as “Up All Night” and more, helping to turn this night into a party. Other performers I saw in recent weeks included the last two songs by The Nightcrawlers during one of their weekly Thursday night shows last month at Café 210 in State College, and performances by Denny Labriola, Amy Yatta, Phil Baskin, Ron Balestino, Nate Dibert of Spacefish, Mo Yon, Chelsea and Stevie Moses, and Casey Smith during the weekly Tuesday night Backyard Rockers-hosted Open Mic Night at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso in Hollidaysburg. News and notes…A second benefit concert is coming together to help out area musician Brian Cupples, as he continues to battle health complications stemming from mercury poisoning; The Benefit for Brian Cupples will take place on Sunday, February 22nd from 2 to 8 p.m. at Family Pizza in Altoona. Those attending can donate what they can into a donation jar, and enjoy performances from Dreadnot, Randy Jackson, Pat McGinnis, Stormy, the Backyard Rockers and Triple Threat…Both singer Matt Watson and guitarist Todd Dale are departing Naildriver to devote more time to families; the group is currently seeking replacements…Jampact welcomes aboard Jamie Shumac as their new drummer, replacing Wade Flick…Monster Track Supergroup has added a new guitarist, as Dustin Drevitch takes over the second guitar position full-time, joining guitarist Bret Alexander and replacing Tony Harlan… Bazooka Joe have a new bass player, as Scott Barkhimer takes over to replace Richard Vargoii…Matt Pletcher is seeking a new bass player for his band The PDX to replace Rogan Allen, continued on next page ...

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with Chorus $200; Alesis quadraverb Exellent condition - $75; Behringer Eurorack Pro RX1602 Rackmount - $100; Marshall MG250 DFX $250; Epiphone Wilshire guitar $250; Snarling Dogs fire Bawl Wah Peddle $55; Martin Stinger SPX Black Les Paul $300; Marshall 1974x reissue mint. $1400; 1970’s Acoustic control Corp 125 Guitar amp $200; Digitech 2101 Artist with floor board $375. Call Tom 814-386-2239.

MUSICIANS WANTED WANTED: Catholic Choir Director who can perform Catholic music services for a local chapel in Carlisle area. We are hoping that through your resources you might be able to recommend someone who might be interested. Hours of Operations: TBA, Compensation: TBA

Required: A bachelor’s degree in applied voice or choral conducting or special education in a recognized institution with a concentration in vocal music preferred. Proficiency in applied piano or guitar. A minimum of three years’ experience directing a choir in a church setting and/or equivalent experience, using the full range of liturgical music joy@sawyercontracting.com. 407-602-7780 Ext 104 WANTED:Drummer wanted for all original band. We play rock/hard rock. Must have equipment, transportation, and experience. 717-712-2008 Matt or 717-418-0020 Craig. WANTED: MUSICIANS. LYRICIST -imaginative diverse, for original compositions -fiery, dark, melodic, hard-edged, acoustic/ electric that rock. Have project studio in Reading. Can send songs. guitarmandan@comcast.net WANTED: Looking for Guitar Player, Bass Player, and Drummer for cover & original band in Norristown, PA. Call Danny: 610-2903492 or email: reditude2005@yahoo.com WANTED: Lancaster-based rock band seeking frontman/vocalist. proficiency with rhythm guitar and / or harp a plus. Larry after 5pm 717- 252-2616.

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WANTED: Metal group, mostly originals. Influences, Type O, Pantera, Lacuna Coil 717-770-9621 serious only. WANTED: Gun Metal Gray is looking for their next bass player! Send your submission, including a bio and pictures or video to GMGband@hotmail.com. NO drugs and NO excessive drinking.Loud, dancible, 80s cover band with mgt, Lebanon area, must be willing to do at least one show a week. Serious only. realrockisback77@yahoo.com WANTED: Musicians. Beginner guitarist looking to form black metal band. Age 26. Over one year experience. Looking for dedicated musicians. Send pictures of yourself if interested. Email realterry24@gmail.com”

MUSICIANS AVAILABLE: AVAILABLE: Guitar player available, State college area, experienced , looking for people to jam with. Heavy influenced. Call Justice -410 353 3425 or email: justicewelsh@msn.com AVAILABLE: Rock Vocalist. Kevin Dubrow, Robert Plant, Bon Scott, Layne Staley type voice. Rhythm guitar skills also. Prefer established original or cover. HBG area. Reply: planithe@comcast.net

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PA MUSICIAN MAGAZINE CD REVIEWS Reviews by Jim Price CHRIS BELL - “BELL COUNTY LINE” (Silverbridge Records) A New England native now calling State College his home base, Chris Bell has built a strong resume as an electric bluesman in more than a decade of recording and touring the country. On his latest CD, “Bell County Line”, Bell expands his roots-based frontier to embrace Americana, country and southern rock flavors. Through the disc’s dozen tracks, Bell applies his hearty singing style to odes about country living and upbringing, bars, booze and blues; while wielding electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, banjo and bass. Several renowned guests assist along the way, including steel guitar master Buzz Evans, fiddler Johnny Potash, Celine Dion keyboard player Yves Frulla and more. The album never stays in one place for long; Bell displays a Lynyrd Skynyrd southern rock flavor on the rowdy disc-opener “No Big Deal,” and dabbles with a milder Allman Brothers tone later with “Pearly Gates.” Evans’ steel guitar drives the tear-in-beer ballad “Too Much to Drink,” as well as the traditional honky-tonk exercise “Daddy Plays Steel Guitar.” Bell tackles hard-edged new country as well on the dance floor anthem “(That’s How) Country Girls Do It,” the backwoodsy “Down in the Holler,” the ambition-themed “Get Back Home” and the bar-brawling “Take It Outside.” Swamp blues informs the title track “Bell Countyline,” and Bell closes the disc with the rural folk touch of “Carrie Mae.” Bell sinks passion and intensity into his performances throughout the disc, and his gritty growl is front and center; it’s clear from the listening that he is having fun exploring these new musical frontiers. The musicianship is strong throughout, and the guest musicians and singers successfully fill, accent and bring out the moods of each piece. The production is full and balanced, allowing Bell and his players to carry the show with minimal studio polish, bells or whistles. After the initial shock of Chris Bell’s seismic stylistic expansion wears off, “Bell County Line” is ultimately a fun listen, as listeners will hear an artist

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having fun, with Americana music as his newly-discovered playground. (The CD can be obtained at CD Baby or through Bell’s R e v e r b n a t i o n page,www.reverbnation.com/chrisbellband.) NEW DAY DAWN - “RISE ABOVE THIS” EP (Botti Parts Music) Northern New Jersey’s New Day Dawn introduced their melody-laden, emotion-packed brand of hard modern rock with their 2008 full-length CD, “The Company We Keep”, and has since expanded their scope nationwide to open for national acts and perform at prestigious events such as the South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). On their latest five-song EP, “Rise Above This”, New Day Dawn continues to hone their melody-based sound, while enabling the group’s focal point - singer, guitarist and songwriter Dawn Botti - to reaffirm her drive to move forward following changes in her career path. Botti still knows how to craft a catchy song hook and anthemic chorus; and along with drummer/husband Gary Szczecina and guitarist Patrick Angeloni, knows how to pack power and authority behind her song creations. The disc launches with the upbeat tone of the appreciative “You Are My Everything,” and offers comfort and hope after the fall with the escalating arrangement of “Lay Your Head.” The hard-driving “Life Impossible” addresses forward movement after a difficult life decision, while the darker-toned “Whatever It Takes” pledges devotion and determination to the path ahead. The stern disc-closer “Runaway” touts confronting situations rather than fleeing them. Botti again establishes her powerful presence with her impassioned, soaring delivery, and the group’s backing vocals drive the anthemic chorus hooks home. Several notable guests assist along the way, including 3 Doors Down drummer Greg Upchurch, .38 Special keyboardist Bobby Capps, and Disturbed’s John Moyer on additional guitar and keys. The musicianship is rock solid and tight, packing authoritative thunder behind the melodies to seal the deal.

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“Rise Above This” demonstrates New Day Dawn’s musical focus moving forward, and offers the sound of a determined, hard-working band. (The EP can be obtained through CD Baby or through the group’s website, www.newdaydawn.info.) LUCKY LAD GREEN - “LUCKY LAD GREEN” EP (no label) Lucky Lad Green came together two years ago, as five Johnstown area musicians merged punk, metal and hardcore backgrounds into a new Celtic punk rock endeavor. The group’s self-titled four-song EP introduces listeners to their boisterous brand of Irish-infused punk rock. Bassist Jim Berkin, and drummer Bret Berk power the group’s sound with a variety of high-velocity rhythms, while guitarist Steve Boyle and multiinstrumentalist Ryan McDonald generate hard-driving walls of sound; all setting the backdrop for singer Eric Smay to howl and bark out relatable, easyto-digest words of Irish heritage, solidarity and drinking. Lucky Lad Green o p e n s the sampler with a hardhitting seafaring ode, “Tale of a Sailor,” spinning a tale of temptation, a woman and revenge. “Lead Sled” salutes a favorite form of transportation, “Irish Pride” celebrates blue-collar, hard-working, harddrinking Irish tradition and solidarity, and the disc closes with the alcohol-laden, brawling anthem “Bar Fight.” Lucky Lad Green’s presentation is rowdy and no-holds-barred, as they deliver their songs with groove and swagger. Smay belts out his words with purpose and enthusiasm, and his bandmates respond with raucous gang shots and count-offs. The mix is basic and to the point, capturing the group’s jagged edge and spontaneous approach, warts and all. This is a fun sampler that quickly informs listeners on what Lucky Lad Green is about, and should successfully entice new fans to experience the group’s live show and hoist some grog. (The EP can be obtained through Lucky Lad Green’s Reverbnation page, www.reverbnation.com/luckyladgreen.)

Send your Cds to be reviewed to: JIM PRICE, 1104 S. Catherine St. Altoona, PA 16602

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