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WOW! It has been a very hectic month. They changed my final surgeries from April to the end of March, thus why you are getting this a few days later than I wanted it out. Andrea told me not to put an issue out for April but Rachel said we HAD to put an issue out. I’m glad we did. It’s been crazy and I had my doubts but I actually feel pretty good. I do wonder what they did to my body when I was out cold with all the bruises and skin abrasions that have cropped up. I do feel better, it is like a fog has been lifted from my brain. It’s been a struggle for me personally to keep on keeping on. I have to give God the credit for keeping me going as I do take time to meet with Him every morning. He’s the CEO of the LN Publishing Company. I did get The Shopper’s Remedy done before surgery but my energy level just wasn’t quite there to push to get the PA Musician done. I’ll
be back out on the delivery trail as well. I love my job and all the many aspects of it. I enjoy designing the ads and putting the puzzle together but then it’s nice to drive all over PA delivering the magazines. Tubby’s burned down last month. I think it was the 2nd weekend of March. Jim owner of Racehorse Tavern offered his club to do a benefit and Steve Junkins offered to help him line up the bands. So many wanted to give of their time and talent that there are several benefits happening. Tubby owners were insured but the money raised is for the Employees who all lost their jobs. We only have a few of them listed and there will be a few more but hopefully you can get to some of them and join in supporting this great club who hosted some amazing entertainment over the years. Rachel Rocks and Jim Price made a plea for advertisers for the PA Musician Magazine as well. It cost money to print the paper. Many have said why don’t you just go digital and forget about the hard copy but I’m going to hang on to the hard copy for awhile yet. We do post the entire paper on our website at www.pamusician.net and you can read it on line, we also have facebook and Rachel posts all the hotshots shot hot on facebook. So when one does advertise with us you get the hard copy (9,000 copies) plus the digital issue (averaging 6,000 views per month) and we share your events on facebook if you advertise with us. Our rates will be going up starting in May. A business card is just $40 per month, a 1/4 page is $140 and a 1/2 page will be $200. Thank you to all who joined our pages this month. Daisie Ghost Flower is one of our new advertisers and she has an interesting career in the music world. Daisie has opened for Rusted Root and Toad the Wet Sprocket for their East Coast tour last summer featured her original songs accompanied by the members of Rusted Root. Since then, She is currently working with Michael Glabicki, lead singer of Rusted Root who is producing her upcoming album. They have been writing together as well as working on a couple of exciting side projects as well. Daisie Ghost Flower is a trained vocalist and is looking to perform with other musicians in the studio as well as in venues who feature live entertainment. Check out her ad in this issue. I do want to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to my precious Rachel (a.k.a Rachel Rocks) who has worked hard to keep the PA Musician out there. Doing my deliveries and also going with me to 6 or 7 doctors appointments just in March plus working her 2 jobs plus taking care of her family. She is truly amazing. Josh and Andrea have helped out as well and some have sent money and alot of you have been praying and sending me good vibes. THANK YOU to ALL NURSES who take such good care of you in the hospitals, just wow! God Bless & Keep each one of you. I LOVE YOU WHITEY!
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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks
I know every month it’s the same thing… my life is CRAZY! Well let me tell ya, this month is no different. I think things have to calm down, but in reality I know that will never happen. The old phrase, “You can sleep when you’re dead” is a very common phrase in my life. I know it’s not just my life, it seems that craziness is happening all around me. I’m writing this after waking up and seeing images of Tubby’s up in flames. My heart absolutely breaks for Linda, Tom, Randy, Noel, Alena, Ritt, and all of the Staff of Tubby’s. They all have always supported the PA Musician Magazine and treated me like one of the family. Tubby’s fans, bands, staff, etc.. we are all just one big family. This is a huge impact on the entire Central PA music scene. As a magazine we lost an advertiser and long time supporter, but all of our advertising bands also lost another room to play in and get paid to play! Which means, how can they justify advertising? The PA Musician Magazine is definitely struggling, for our long time readers and supporters you know you used to open it up and flip through pages of bands, bands
that would have their whole ad filled with dates Tues-Sat and beyond! It’s a whole domino effect, and unfortunately the big metal ball knocking us all down is money. I would honestly love to go live in a perfect utopia where we can just trade goods and survive off the land. Unfortunately, that’s not in the cards right now, so I will hopefully continue to plug on, and the PA Musician Magazine will continue to survive. Thank you so much to all of the people that heard my cry for advertisers on Facebook and came to the rescue!! Please take a moment to check out all of our advertisers and get out there and support them. Also, kudos to all of the bands that stepped up to play benefits for Tubby’s and their employees. The numbers just keep growing of how many benefits there are going to be and where. Hopefully by press time we will have an ad that displays all of this information, so again, check it out… They might have unemployment or insurance, but it’s a long process til everything gets sorted out and you get the money from the insurance or whoever. This will hopefully take some of the burden off of everyone. There was an article on Penn Live that said Tubby’s might not be able to rebuild simply because of the new flood plain laws, let’s hope that’s not the case and Tubby’s can rebuild… bigger and better than EVER! So this month starts out a long time ago on February 23rd for the Millennium Music Conference! It seems like a zillion years ago, and it’s not even been a whole month! Because of Mom’s medical issues and deadlines she was unable to come to the MMC this year, but I was able to hold down our booth and Acoustic stage thanks to the assistance of Chris and Dave from DP Russell Piano Conversions, also known as O.M.G. (Open Mic Guy). They always do an amazing job at providing sound, stage, instruments, including guitars, bass, drums, and even a Grand Piano! I also had Jim Price and Meredith Kaminek there to help me in a pinch, and my friends Lisa Lilly, and Monica Bollinger for all of their assistance. Of course my lunch delivered to me Friday by Six Bar Break was pretty darn sweet! Thanks again guys!!!! Also huge thanks to Meredith for bringing delicious Maple Donuts for our booth. With over 10 years of hosting an Open Mic at the MMC we’ve made quite a bit of friends along the way. Some of those amazing friends are CK, Heather, and Ivan. They travel to Harrisburg every year and help Harris with Registration, Mentoring, and everything else he might need. They are amazing and some of the nicest people ever! I look forward to hanging with them every year. We saw 48 different acts on our acoustic stage in just 2 days of the trade show, which is only 6 hours each day. So.. that’s 48 changovers in 12 hours, which is about 4 minutes per act! Needless to say we were boppin and moving and grooving,
I’m so grateful to all of the professionalism from all of the musicians in being prepared and respectful and playing their two allotted songs. Some played a little less, some a little more, but all in all it was an amazing day. We truly heard some super talented musicians all day long. Then after 6 hours of constant music, it was off to go support the band’s showcases at the venues throughout Harrisburg. Then you would think that would be enough, but then of course The Best Western was again amazing and let us go into the Ballroom so we could all hang out and the musicians could continue to jam. It really is honestly one of my favorite parts about the MMC is that it’s all about music… people are living, breathing, talking, playing, and learning about music all weekend long. People travel from near and super far, like Canada and beyond to come share their music. Obviously I can’t possibly write about all 55 Acts that I saw at the MMC, but I will do my best, and my only advice is don’t miss it next year! Thursday night of the Millennium Music Conference always starts with bag stuffing. Once again we had a fabulous turn out and already met quite a few amazing groups and people. Two of those people are Joann and Vincent from Keep Music Alive. Google them and check them out. They are from Philadelphia and they are working with music teachers, musicians, etc. all over the United States and beyond to Keep Music Alive! It’s so important.. can you imagine a world without music?!? The party continued right there in O’Reilly’s with music starting at 8 with Cubbage, Highway 4, Autopilot, and Melt Like Clouds. All the bands did a great job at kicking off the weekend full of music and shenanigans. Autopilot came all the way from Saskatoon, Canada. The three guys from Autopilot quickly became our good friends, and stayed with us pretty much all weekend. By Saturday night we were even squishing 7 people in one Uber so we could all go downtown to support more music! After just almost 2 hours of sleep it was time to wake up to put the kids on the bus, walk the dogs, and get to the conference. Thursday night we met The Foxfires from West Nyack, NY. They were cool cats from the very beginning. I told them about the acoustic stage and they were there pawing at it the next day, ready to play as soon as we were all hooked up and ready to go. The first one to sit down and drool over Dave’s amazing piano conversion, was Foxy from The Indigos. The Indigos are a 10 piece band from Muncie, Indiana. If you attended the conference, chances are you definitely met one if not all of them, or maybe you were fooled by one of their merch guy’s magic tricks. They were the band that was always wearing “indigo” colored clothes and talking about their band. continued on next page...
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Out & About continued... Audrey Morgan, a pianist, also sat down at the piano and sang us a couple of very soft and soulful songs. Mike Lawson from Norfolk, VA also made heads turn as soon as he took the stage. His voice was just captivating! The next band to stop by and say Hi were my local buddies, Six Bar Break. They were appreciating being on the cover of the magazine. Since there was a magazine in all of the buzz bags a lot of people definitely recognized them just from their cover pic. Ben’s wife Mo hung out at the booth with me while the boys went and learned “music stuff” at all of the amazing panels. Unfortunately RT had to work, but Ben and Dave got up and played us a couple songs. They also brought me back some delicious lunch from O’Reilly’s that definitely helped me get thru my day! Six Bar Break has a few dates this month, make sure and check out their ad for all of the details. Mayfest was a young, pop band from Knoxville, TN that had me tempted to head to The Champ for their show if their set wasn’t so early. I was just too exhausted to get there in time. Chelsea Locklear was a frequent flyer on our stage. She not only plays the guitar, she plays the piano too, depending on her song. Her voice was mesmerizing so any chance I saw her standing around I’d get her to play some more! Ha! She was a good sport. Jason Spiewak stopped by to jump on the piano a couple times. When he’s not too busy in panels or mentoring he would stretch his legs and play us a song or two, or just jam with whoever was on the stage at the time. Dave’s Piano Conversions are no joke! He rescues old beat up pianos from junkyards and completely redoes the woodwork and converts it into a Digital piano. He does grand pianos and uprights. They are perfect for small clubs, churches, houses, etc. because it has it’s own little PA system built right into it so it’s easy to adjust the volume and even have a couple friends plug in and play with you. The one he had at the trade show even had Bluetooth so we could play the music from our phones through the piano. Pretty crazy! Everyone that played it couldn’t believe it was a digital piano because it still feels and looks so much like the old classic piano. Julia McDonald sat up on the stool to play us a beautiful song all the way up from sunny Florida. She was going to head to SXSW next. I would love to check that out someday. Vincent James had a booth at the trade show for Keep Music Alive, but he had to tickle the ivories and play some songs on the piano. One of SondorBlue’s band members stopped by to also play the piano. SondorBlue set up a tour from their hometown in South Carolina to help make their visit to Pennsylvania a worthwhile one. The familiar faces of Sterling Koch and Jack Kulp from Crossroads Duo stopped by next. These two are always tons of fun, and amazing blues/rock musicians. They just recently got back from a trip to Memphis to play with some of the Nation’s top blues musicians. It was cool watching their experience unfold on Facebook. Crossroads Duo have quite a few shows lined up for April. You can check out their ad in this issue to get all of the details and get out there rockin’ and a rollin’ with these guys! Another familiar, local face, Mycenea Worley showed up next. She at first jumped up on stage and jammed with Crossroads Duo. Then after she played her own song she invited up her 15 year old student, Cami Emerick to sing a song with her. Out of all the songs in the world, Cami chose “Chandelier” by Sia and she nailed it! Her voice was truly amazing!!! I guess if you’re looking for a good vocal coach, I’d contact Mycenea Worley. Next on the stage was our first ukulele with the band Sofeya and the Puffins. I knew just from their outfits they were going to be fun and they really were. According to Facebook they label themselves as “gypsy rock”. They sounded like a pretty good mix of rock, folk, and bluegrass, but one thing for sure is they definitely had their own sound. Jimmy Clark was playing with Sofeya and he also sang and played his own song that was more of an Irish Folktale. These guys are very interesting to listen to. They play quite often here in the Harrisburg area, so I will definitely keep my eye out for them. Nightmares of Eve returned to our stage next. They played our stage the previous year and I was glad to see them back again. They are a METAL band out of Harrisburg, but they play a very special acoustic version of their songs just for our stage. Dominic has an amazing voice, I’ve yet to see them out in their full metal glory, but hopefully our paths will cross soon. One continued on next page...
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Out & About continued... person that did show up to see their MMC showcase at The Fieldhouse were the guys from iAi Records. They enjoyed their set so much that they signed a demo deal with the indie record label company. Hopefully all things go well, and they
can talk more about their future! I’m excited to see they put an ad in this issue. You can check it out and get all the info you need to get out there and see these guys for yourself. I have to admit, one of my favorite bands from the conference showed up on our stage next, The Vine Brothers. They are a 3 piece band, that aren’t actually brothers, but their harmonies and energy on the stage all gelled so well together, the name makes sense. These guys technically live in 3 different states, but they’ve been touring and criss-crossing the country for over 4 years! Every time they get together it just clicks. Their songwriting is so unique and different with a crazy mixture of bluegrass, folk, and blues, but also with plenty of wild energy just like a rock band! Seeing them perform on our acoustic stage twice and I even caught one of their Showcases at O’Reilly’s and every time I was equally impressed. The final special treat of Friday’s tradeshow was a visit from Jack Pyers. You might recognize his name from his days in Dirty Looks or Harpo. Now he is performing as a solo artist and is working on a new CD. His voice is very captivating, and he’s one heck of a guitar player. Next up it was time to head out to the Showcases, but first we needed some dinner. We decided to just eat at O’Reilly’s. While we were there we saw the Eugene Tyler Band. Their harmonies were so amazing, after they were done I invited them to play on our acoustic stage the next day, I was thrilled when they actually came, and they did not disappoint. The next band at O’Reilly’s were The Vine Brothers. You already know how much I love these guys. It was cool to hear them play longer and play some different songs. After we ate dinner it was time to zoom over to The Pour House for The Foxfires. Wow. Their harmonies and their songs were just crazy. They
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rocked The Pour House so much that they blew a fuse! Next we zoomed downtown to catch our good buds from Canada, Autopilot. Seeing them rock on the big stage in The Capitol Room was pretty cool. It was my first time seeing The Capitol Room at HMAC, it is an amazing room. The sound isn’t the best since the room is so huge, but it is a great size stage with great lights. Hopefully I will get the chance to see many more bands there soon. After seeing them and hearing Autopilot I could understand why they wouldn’t play on our acoustic stage. Their energy and sound is one of a kind and definitely needed a big stage! I’m glad we made it in to their Showcase. We were pretty excited to be heading back to the hotel, but then we found out that there was still quite a party happening at Joe K’s. We decided to jump back in the Uber and head over there. When we arrived Gina Cutillo was just finishing up her set. She was singing with a wired mic and riding on a mechanical bull! It was a little crazy and cool all at the same time. The last band of the night was Epoch Failure. I had a blast seeing these guys last year and this year was no different. One of my favorite things about these guys is the positive message in all of their songs! Their song “Champion” was even featured during the Superbowl when they were passing out The Lombardi trophy and doing their post game interview with Tom Brady. Pretty awesome! Well believe it or not, this was finally the end of the 1st full day of MMC 21. Now on to Day 2… John Harris was a little nuts this year and started Saturday’s Trade Show at 10am. I thought for sure nothing would be going on, but before I even got to my booth the Baked Potatoes were on the stage and ready to play. Yes, the Baked Potatoes.. the best part is they had their Showcase Friday night with YamYam.. Yeah I know, I thought I was still sleeping too. Anyhow it was an early start to another very crazy day. Lou
DeLise, another vendor at the trade show could no longer resist, he came over to try out Dave’s cool piano too. The Wildcat O’Halloran Band has their own special twist on their blues songs with very unique lyrics. One that definitely caught my attention. Experiment 34 had an amazing rock groove to their songs. They are from New Jersey, I will have to keep an eye out for these guys while I hang out at the beach this Summer. Grapefruit Cannonball.. I know, some of these band names… but anywho.. these guys played two songs that were so entirely
different it was like you got slapped twice. Both songs were awesome and unique in their own special way. We then had a few repeat performers from Friday, and then Joey Welz came into the room. Joey Welz is best known for his amazing piano skills in the legendary song “Rock Around the Clock” with Bill Haley & The Comets, but he also manages Canadian American Records where he has helped quite a few indie musicians find their way in this very complicated world of music. While helping other artists, Joey is still a very active artist himself. During the MMC Joey received a Lifetime Achievement Award for being the only artist in Rock and Roll Music who has written, recorded and released new music consecutively from 1955 until now, 2017. He has created 75-45s, 60-33.3 albums and 105 CD Albums! That is 62 years of never missing a year of new music. No other artist can make that claim. Congrats Joey on this amazing achievement. You can check out his ad in this issue for more information about Canadian American Records. The Wild Planes flew down from New York and stopped by our stage.They were all wearing Fireball shirts, so I already knew we were going to be friends. They had amazing energy and charisma even on an acoustic stage, I can’t imagine how much fun they are when they our rockin’ all night in a venue. Next up was Danni Christian. I met her the night before at the “After Jam” in the ballroom. Danni and her friend Phil were very quiet and laid back, they barely even talked, well I guess she was saving it all for the stage. Her lyrics were shocking! She sings more of a Hip/Hop style of music with amazing and super fast lyrics and so much emotion! Definitely another one of those lessons of don’t judge a book by its cover! Phil Firetog took the stage next. Another great solo singer songwriter, I was told he also plays with some other guys too, and they call it The Phil Firetog Trio. The Eugene Tyler Band that I saw the night before took my advice and stopped by our booth. It was awesome hearing their amazing harmonies more up close and personal. A full rocking band, the Nick Ryan Band stepped up next. I recognized Nick as part of the Taylor Tote Band from last year. He was back and ready to rock with a whole band of his own and Jake Tavill on keys. Joe Trojcak and Byron Linder both from Progressive Sound Studios came up next to tickle the ivories of the piano. It was time for the ladies to take over the stage for a bit. Alex Fry sat down at the piano and played and sang some absolutely beautiful songs. Then, Meloday Stolpp sat down on the stool and played her guitar for us all to hear. Generations took the stage next. I tried hunting them down on Facebook but it’s amazing how many bands there are with the name Generations. Needless to say I couldn’t find this duo, but it seemed to me that they must be Father and Son. They really sang and played great together. Ashley Heath stopped by the stage next with a very smooth and sultry voice. Feyer stepped up and played his guitar and sang for us too, and at this point I heard that there was a Tornado Warning in our area and I started to freak out because my kids, 11 and 14 were home alone. I’m an over protective Mom, so needless to say I was freaking out. Luckily there were no tornadoes close to our house, but one did touch down in Lancaster. Crazy! Unfortunately, as I was calling my kiddos and making sure continued on next page...
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everything was still standing, I missed 3AM. 3AM is Eli the Hawk and Chris Whitmer. I’ve seen them both at the last few MMCs. It’s cool to see how they’ve gotten together and created their own band. I was looking forward to hearing them. Andy Dimacale had some amazing lyrics it was cool just to listen to what he was singing. Pistol Shot Gypsy took the stage next. There were only 3 guys on stage, I was told they were missing some members, but either way they still captivated me with their music. They are actually a full rock band, and just by their style and their stage presence on our little acoustic stage, I’m sure their full show is rockin! They came down from Rhode Island, and I’m glad they stopped by our stage. Matt Pless and Valerie were working on finding the time between panels all day to get the chance to play on our stage and they finally did. I guess they never really performed together before, but they were excited to try playing together on our stage. Hopefully our stage helped them move on with their musical journey because it was hard to believe they never played together before. Ten Cent Days are from right here in PA. It was crazy to see that the majority of the bands weren’t. It’s so sad for me to see that the local musicians hardly support such an amazing conference. I know a lot of people get upset because they have to play for free at venues they get paid to play at, but going to a music conference is also all about networking, trading shows, and going new places! I’m glad Ten Cent Days took advantage of everything the conference had to offer. Some locals that were there and squeezed in a visit to the MMC into their very busy day were Nate Myers and Pete Netznik. They hung out for a while, visited with some different people and even found some time to step up on our stage. I could listen to Nate sing and play the harmonica for hours, and I just love watching these two together on stage. Pete and Nate are definitely not only two amazing musicians, but awesome people too! They had a gig later that afternoon at The Chameleon as part of the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival but still made time to come hang out with us. These guys play with Nate Myers & the Aces and the Nate Myers Trio. You can check out their full schedule at natemyers.com. You can also see their ad in this issue. Spencer & Sequoia have quite the story of how they met sharing songs through e-mail. Spencer lived in New York and Sequoia lived in New Zealand. She finally took the plunge and moved to New York where they got married and now have this
amazing little band. I would’ve loved to have more time to hear these two and get to know them more. Suzi Brown stopped by next with her impressive guitar percussion unique style. She’s been to so many MMCs now, I can’t even keep track of what year we first met. Roger Hammer took the stage next. He usually has JD on the stage with him, but unfortunately, he couldn’t make it. Instead of standing up there alone he invited up Nate and Pete to jam with him. The music community in this area is such a tight knit one, it was very normal to see these guys rockin together. Thanks to Roger Hammer for placing an ad in this issue! Every little bit counts and we need all the advertisers we can get! The last band on our acoustic stage was a repeat visit from Sofeya and the Puffins. I have to admit it was pretty cool to see and hear them again and finish our acoustic stage with a ukulele. Thanks again to Chris and Dave Russell from DP Russell Piano Conversions for bringing all the equipment and running the stage for me. You guys were absolutely amazing! It was definitely a record year with over 55 performers!! Again, the night still wasn’t over!! We were all too exhausted to drive anywhere so we called Uber and had them take us down to HMAC. They had technically three different stages right there in one venue, so we had plenty of options. When we arrived the Chis Paterno Band was on the Capitol Room Stage. It was cool to catch their Showcase because I was impressed with how they promoted their Showcase. They actually wrote personal notes and put them under people’s hotel room doors, inviting them to come check them out. Quite a few people I talked to made the comment, “These guys put a note under my hotel room door!” So obviously, their idea worked! My sister, Andrea Greene was out on a hot date with her friends and her hubby and they all stopped in to hang out with me. It is very rare to get my sister out enjoying live music, so it was a lot of fun! I personally was intrigued with The Indigos and looked forward to hearing their full show. With 10 people on the stage it was definitely a show! They were all over the place. I personally loved their energy, but with so many people playing at the same time, I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed at times. It was a great stage for such a big band. I’m glad they were able to spread out and give us all a great show! My brother-in-law Dave who is an amazing musician really liked the band SondorBlue playing down on the Stage on Herr. With only four members this band was extremely tight. It was cool to see Dave so excited. I wish I could get Dave and Andrea out more, it’s awesome to hear Dave’s musician stand point on a band’s performance. My friend CK is a huge Observe the 93rd fan. They are the main reason we wound up at HMAC, but I’m glad we did
because we really got to see a lot of great bands. Observe the 93rd has really come a long way since I originally started seeing them. I am so happy to see how natural Derek looks behind the microphone now. He has really come a long way in his performance. Observe the 93rd recently released a new album and new merch, so if you haven’t been out to a show, get out there and support them soon! Next I went back upstairs to the Capitol Room to check out Yam Yam. I’ve heard a lot about this local favorite, and I’m glad our paths finally crossed. They are definitely a jam band, but they know how to rock too. Now I finally know what all the hype is about. The very last band of the night and of the MMC was The Trap Music Orchestra from Boston, MA. I forget how many band members they had on stage but it was somewhere around 20 with tons of different instruments. It was crazy! If you thought The Indigos had a lot of music going on with only 10 people, this was extremely overwhelming. They definitely had a lot of hype about them throughout the whole conference. There were plenty of people there to check them out! It’s hard to believe MMC 21 has come to an end.. It’s always an absolute blast. I love visiting with my friends that I only get to see once a year. They are all like family. We’ve been to over 8 MMCs together. We’ve seen a lot of absolutely amazing bands. Congrats to John Harris on organizing yet another amazing MMC! Here’s to 21 more! Besides for the MMC I didn’t really get out this month. I’ve been busy taking care of Mom. She has one more big surgery on Monday, March 27th, to remove her Kidney stones and then hopefully they can remove the tube in her back, and we can get things back to normal. We are getting very tired of the whole process. Hershey Medical Center has been continued on next page...
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Out & About continued... amazing compared to Pinnacle. All of their doctors have an amazing bed side manner. We are so glad we made the switch to Hershey. While I was out delivering magazines I did see J & D (Jeff Seyfried and Darrell Adams) at the Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel. It’s always a great place to stop, get some dinner, and enjoy the music! They’ve been having acoustic music on Friday nights from 6-9, followed by a DJ after the dinner rush. It really works out perfect for my delivery route! It was crazy to see Darrell stepped up to the technological world and is now using an iPad to get his song lyrics and ideas, although his big old school binder still travels with him. I’ll have to wait and see who is going to be next. You can also check out the Eagle Hotel’s full schedule in this issue and plan your next big night out on the town. Please check out this issue. We have quite a few new advertisers and plenty of old ones! All of our advertisers need as much help as you can possibly give them. It is not easy to be self-employed in today’s world, or any world for this matter. Before you order something on the internet, please remember your local merchants. Make sure and check out the ad about all of the numerous benefits for Tubby’s happening throughout April and beyond. It is awesome to see the outpouring of the music community helping Tubby’s clean up from the ashes. We are still holding on to hope that they will rebuild, but as I’m typing this, that is still up in the air. So, we shall see… There are fewer and fewer places to play. Please get out there and support live music, support the venues, the music stores, the bands, etc. We are family, we have to watch out for each other. If you have any questions or comments you can reach me at RachelRocks@pamusician.net. Get out there and Support Local Music!
NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman
Greetings Rockers’N’ Rollers! The 21st Millennium Music Conference was greatly successful once again for its annual event bringing over 300 acts to the mid-state. Notable bands included the return of The April Skies at O’Reilly’s Pub and Jack Pyers at Pete’s in New Cumberland. It was great to catch up with Jack Pyers after his set and reminisce stories from his days with heavy metal band Dirty Looks while being signed to Atlantic Records. Pyers, brings his solo work again to Camp Hill’s Cornerstone Coffeehouse April 2nd. The keynote address given by Live’s Chad Taylor was a huge highlight of the Conference. Live, the band who originated in York, PA has sold over 20 million records including the 8x platinum album “Throwing Copper”. An incredibly informative speech in which Taylor spoke of his ambitious goals as a teenager, to the rise of a successful artist and how he continues his career today. Congratulations and thank you to MMC founder John Harris Jr. on his achievements and contributions to Central PA. Noise pop band Crocodiles visited Baltimore’s Metro Gallery. The band formed in 2008 in San Diego and their sound has typically been likened to The Jesus & Mary Chain. Core members Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell blared through a great set of their distortion songs from the band’s six album catalog. Crocodiles just finished at 20-date US/Mexico tour that finished at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Rowell is truly one of the best guitarist I’ve ever witnessed, with a style and passion unprecedented. Two local bands who are currently making an impressive impact on the current scene include: Timmy & The Creeping Thyme and The Twindows. Both bands have only been around a couple years and both recently played free shows at Blue Moose in Linglestown. Timmy & The Creeping Thyme current band line-up includes founder Tim Lengel, with Tony Garber (The 91s) on bass and Brian Cartwright (Lebowskis) on drums. The Twindows released a really impressive ‘Super Demo’ cd in February and performed in 7 cities in 7 days last month, from Buffalo, NY to Trenton, NJ. NATIONAL NEWS: Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined music in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ‘’Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died March 18th at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90. Emergency responders summoned to Berry’s residence continued on next page...
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by his caretaker, found him unresponsive. Attempts to revive Berry failed. Chuck Berry was the first artist in the inaugural 1986 class to go into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards said Berry was the one who started it all and acknowledged he had “lifted every lick” from his hero. In 1996, Berry began performing monthly at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room in St. Louis, where his final concert took place in October 2014. On his 90th birthday last year, Berry disclosed that he would release his first new album in 38 years in 2017, titled simply: “Chuck.” The announcement said it would be comprised primarily of new, original songs written, recorded and produced by him. No release date has been set. Chuck Berry once said, “Everything I wrote about wasn’t about me, but about the people listening.” The Who have announced the “first six” performances as part of their Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace. The dates run between July 29th and August 11th. The English rock band also booked a short run of headline dates in July, with three nights on the East Coast and one in the Midwest. Performances include: July 18th, Oxon Hill, MD at MGM National Harbor and July 22nd in Atlantic City, N.J. at Boardwalk Hall. The Who promise to span the rockers’ expansive catalog, from the days when the band called itself The High Numbers to hits off “Who’s Next”, “Tommy”, “Quadrophenia”, “My Generation” and “Live At Leeds”. Finnish metal band, HIM, is embarking on one final farewell tour
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before the musicians go their separate ways. “After a quarter of a century of Love and Metal intertwined we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored. We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you,” frontman Ville Valo said in a statement. The band released eight studio albums, starting with its 1997 debut, “Greatest Lovesongs Vol. 666”. Its final album is 2013’s “Tears On Tape”. Tour dates in the U.S. are yet to be announced. Daryl Hall & John Oates are headlining and curating Philadelphia’s inaugural Hoagie Nation Festival, described as a “celebration of everything Philly.” Taking place May 27th at
Crocodiles with Eric the City of Brotherly Love’s Festival Pier. Hall & Oates will be joined by Tears For Fears, G. Love & Special Sauce, Vivian Green, Marah, Son Little, Allen Stone, Kandace Springs and more. The event promises to feature numerous local food favorites and craft beer and spirits, as well as “Philly personalities and other surprises.” Hall & Oates have teamed up with Tears For Fears for a North American co-bill tour that will run for almost two months. After nearly 50 years as one of the most influential musical acts, Black Sabbath put the proverbial tombstone on its grave this past month with a post on social media sites officially signaling the band is dead. It simply showed the band’s logo and the dates 1968-2017. The band had a mammoth farewell tour to say goodbye throughout 2016 and early 2017, which
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was titled, “The End.” That tour wrapped up with a pair of shows in the band’s native town of Birmingham, England, the last night being February 4th. The final lineup for Black Sabbath was Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne. Tommy Clufetos joined the band as the touring drummer on the road. Original drummer Bill Ward was in poor health and did not take part. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is back on the market with an asking price of $67 million. The 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. The listed price represents a significant cut from the $100 million it was on the market for last year. In addition to a 12,000 square foot main residence and a 3,700 square foot pool house, the listing boasts a separate building with a 50-seat movie theater and a dance studio. Other features on the ranch are a “Disney-style” train station, a fire house and a barn. Back in October Depeche Mode unveiled its 2017 European routing and have now announced 28 North American dates. The tour goes along with the band’s 14th studio album, “Spirit”, which released March 17th via Columbia Records. Their itinerary includes: Sept. 7th at Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center and Sept. 9th & 11th in New York, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden Arena. Punk mainstays Rancid and Dropkick Murphys are joining forces for a co-headline trek across North America, titled the “From Boston To Berkeley” tour. The Bouncing Souls are coming along as support. Rancid has a new album arriving in 2017, the band’s ninth full length effort. “This is a dream come true for Dropkick Murphys,” DKM’s Ken Casey said. “Rancid gave us our break – Tim (Armstrong) signing us to his label, Lars (Frederiksen) producing our early albums … so much history and great memories. Now, literally sharing the stage together every night. This tour is going to destroy all others this summer.” The routing includes: Aug. 3rd in Philadelphia, at Festival Pier and Aug. 4th in Asbury Park, N.J. at Stone Pony Summer Stage. For what could be the metal tour of the year. The thrash kings of Slayer are hitting the road with Lamb Of God and Behemoth for six weeks of mobile mayhem. “The potential for greatness at these events is mind blowing,” Kerry continued on page 24...
WINGS THAT GENERATE A SOOTHING BUZZ
Article By Jim Price Photos by Rachel Rocks Photography Whenever a new musical endeavor begins, the situation can often compare to a painter with a blank canvas. As any painter has the opportunity to create something unique and original, so too does that musical endeavor. The Mercersburg-based group Wings That Buzz began to paint on their sonic canvas after forming six years ago; created from the ashes of a previous alternative rock band, Josa Step, by guitarist Klaus Funk and bassist Sean Grove. Joining the pair initially was Sean’s friend, acoustic guitarist and lead singer Jason Kipe. That trio would record and issue the group’s 2011 debut album, “Aloft”, and its follow-up, 2013’s “My Beaten Heart”. Sean then departed the group, with bassist Dave Holzwarth, keyboardist and singer Caitlin Allen and violinist Scott Matlock coming aboard; that line-up last year recorded and released the group’s third album, “Every Pretty Thing”. Scott has since left the group but still contributes to their live shows, and drummer Michael O’Keefe recently joined to add his beats to the group’s sound.
Wings That Buzz has evolved an acoustic-driven buzz that sounds familiar yet unique. Their music is upbeat, fueled by Jason’s energetic, percussive style of strumming, accented by Klaus’ soaring electric guitar layers and Caitlin’s gentle keyboard fills. Their songs embrace warm textures, and contain frequent vocal harmonies riding along major-key melodies. According to Caitlin, “Some people say it sounds sort of like Crosby, Stills & Nash meets an indie-rock band… an indie soundtrack to a movie.” Klaus adds, “There’s a little of a mystical quality to it…natural, organic.” The musicians cite a myriad of influences. Coming from a classical background, Caitlin brings a sense of del-
icacy and nuance to Wings That Buzz’s distinctive mixture. Klaus credits U2’s The Edge and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante for informing his atmospheric guitar playing style. Dave taps the classic rock influences of the Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin; while Mike’s drumming influences come from the jazz world and the legendary Gene Krupa. Wings That Buzz doesn’t follow a set formula for creating music, and anything goes with their songwriting process. Dave explains that the group usually doesn’t use predictable structures for their songs, and will sometimes reverse melody lines and choruses to take their songs on a different path. The songwriting journey usually starts with Jason, who comes up with the initial guitar melody and the vocals. After recording those parts, he sends them to Klaus, who adds in electric guitar, before the other band members contribute and layer their parts into the music.
Klaus further explains: “Jason will send me a song, and as soon as I see an email from Jason I get excited, because I think there is a song attached to it. If there is, then that very night, I’m listening to it over and over again. And I’ll spend anywhere between an hour to four or five hours working on one song. And I’ll come up with multiple parts. At that point, I’ll either give it a few days and then come back to it…or, sometimes I’m writing something, and as soon as I do write the part, I immediately know it, and don’t even waste my time even going back to listen to what else I did.” As the group’s chief lyricist, Jason likes to contemplate life, its struggles and meanings with his words. However, he prefers to leave some ambiguity in his lyrics and keep them open to interpretation by the listener. “A lot of music I like is like that,” says Jason. “I listen to a lot of Pavement, and I can’t really tell you what he’s singing about, but I know the way it makes me feel when I listen to it, and I enjoy the experience of putting my headphones on and going into that music for a while. So I try to tie the ideas together, but I don’t want it to be so spelled out that someone can look at it and be like, ‘That doesn’t apply to me.’ I want to leave it open so that someone can put themselves into that story and relate it to their own personal experience…” In creating the “Every Pretty Thing” set, Wings That Buzz wanted to develop a fuller sound from the previous two recordings. They subsequently fleshed out their sound, adding more bass and violin, and gearing their arrangements to give the instruments more breathing room. Joining the group after the release of the new recording, Michael’s impact was immediately felt in the live setting. “Mike behind the drums really makes the music come more alive,” says Klaus. Caitlin adds, “Also having Mike, we’re able to get those harmonies off the album; we’re able to do those live now…Jason loves to harmonize and layer, and one of the signature sounds of Wings That Buzz I think are those harmonies.” On the live stage, Wings That Buzz’s music is free to soar even higher. The group often builds momentum through each song, elevating the intensity and lifting the audience higher toward crescendos where the full connection has been achieved, and audience members dance and celebrate. Their music is joyous, and smiles ensue as the band members generate their soothing yet vibrant buzz. The group’s mixture of classic and alternative acoustic textures, melodies and vocal harmonies has been received well so far, and appeals to a wide range of listener tastes. “Whether it’s a 7-year-old daughter or someone in their 70s, it seems like the music is accessible to a lot of different people,” observes Klaus. Excited to have already produced three albums of music, Wings That Buzz keeps writing new music, and continuing to create is at the forefront of their long range goals. Having performed mostly within a 100-mile radius of their Mercersburg home base thus far, the group hopes to expand outward and continue to bring their music to new faces and audiences. As a band that flies without a net and does their own original music, the reward is making the connection with those new faces. According to Jason, “That’s really all I need, just somebody that was listening, loves music and says that they appreciated it, what (we) are trying to do.” Wings That Buzz thanks the people who have supported their journey so far; including Jason’s wife, Trish, who helps with show bookings, assistance and feedback for the group. They also thank Sean Grove for his contributions and for helping to establish the initial blueprint for their sound, and all their fans and supporters. Wings That Buzz will maintain a light performance schedule during the upcoming summer months, and plan to book more shows for the fall. Keep checking their website, www.wingsthatbuzz.com, for show updates. And their recordings can be obtained through the website, or digitally through online sources such as Spotify, CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes.
[Jim Price thanks Alexis Schumacher from his COMM 260 Newswriting class at Penn State Altoona for her contribution toward the creation of this story.]
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THE PROFESSOR By Jim Price
Being at the right place at the right time can often determine the difference between success and failure. And sometimes, pure luck plays into the equation. Every so often, we hear stories in the music business about the roles of timing and luck in determining careers and fates. One of those stories was told during this year’s Millennium Music Conference (MMC) in late February at the Best Western Premier: the Central Hotel in Harrisburg. During Friday’s keynote presentation, Reverbnation Co-Founder and Vice President of Artist Development Lou Plaia interviewed Crobot’s lead singer, Brandon Yeagley. Five years ago, during the 2012 MMC, timing and luck led to Crobot’s big break in the music business. Lou and Brandon both shared the story; from Pottsville, Crobot was originally slated to showcase at Gullifty’s in Camp Hill that year, but when discovered that the venue was double-booked, their showcase bill was moved to the conference’s host Radisson hotel, in a smaller room down the hall from the primary showcase room. While walking to that larger room, Lou heard something reminiscent of a Led Zeppelin riff as he passed the smaller room, and entered to investigate. It was Crobot – playing before an estimated three people – and Lou was so moved by their performance that by set’s end he had messaged TKO Booking Agency, setting the wheels in motion for the group’s big break. They have since played festival events like SXSW and Rock on the Range, and toured with such names as Motorhead, Volbeat, Chevelle and more, and became another PA music success story. For Brandon, returning to this year’s MMC provided a “full circle moment.” He added, “I’m certainly a testament to the fact that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can come from small beginnings…and if you’re willing to get out of bed and put the work in, you can make it happen…and with a little luck.” Live’s guitarist, Chad Taylor, was the focus of Saturday’s MMC keynote interview, conducted by area musician John Micek. Chad explained the circumstances that led to Live’s split in 2009, and what brought them back together. Growing distant from one another – amplified by the red tape and legalese of the major music business – was what drove them apart. Tragedy – the 2015 passing of their friend, Stone Temple Pilots/ Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland – was what prompted Chad to call bandmate Ed Kowalczyk to patch up the feud and begin anew. The band members came back together older, more experienced and wiser, and Chad explained that he learned to reshuffle his priorities. “In the priority scale, it was probably always that my band was number one…Number two was probably my family (he has a wife and three daughters), and number three were my businesses,” said Chad. “I have managed to get the priority scale changed, that my family would be my first priority, my businesses would be my second priority, and my band would be my third priority, even now as it has reformed. And it has been very healthy…” Chad recommended to the audience of musicians to put their families and friends in that first position, and figure out where band and career should be positioned relative to that. Besides the keynotes, the business conference portion of this year’s Millennium provided lots of activity, from music business panels and sessions to mentoring to the trade show and the acoustic stage. I took in two of the sessions, including Joe Trojcak’s “Strategies for the Freelancing Musician or Audio Professional.” Here, Joe – the owner of Progressive Enterprises Sound Studios in Elizabethtown – advised attendees on the principles of getting ahead in business and life, from planning to networking to focusing and hard work; principles outlined in his book, “Focus on Your Light”. And as a college educator myself, I attended and participated in “Creating a Central PA Association for Music Entertainment Industry Academic Programs.” Here, faculty and student representatives from area colleges with music industry programs networked and took initial steps toward establishing a music industry network among colleges. Attendees discussed ideas and initiatives for this network to explore; including establishing databases for educators, music industry lecturers, internship programs and more, plus coordinating college tours continued on next page...
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The Professor continued... by musicians, and a possible one-day music conference to rotate between different campuses annually. The PA Musician-sponsored Day Stage was busy during the Millennium trade show. I saw numerous acts perform during both days, along with a few surprise highlights. Among the performers I witnessed were The Foxfires, Audrey Morgan, Mike Lawson, Six Bar Break, Mayfest, Chelsea Locklear, Julia McDonald, Sofeya and the Puffins, Nightmares Of Eve, the Vine Brothers, Jack Pyers, the Eugene Tyler Band, Nick Ryan Band, Jake Tavill, Joe Trocjak (who can play a mean piano!), Byron Linder, Alex Fry, Melody Stolpp, New York-based father and son duo Generations, Ashley Heath, 3 AM (the duo of Chris Whitmer and Eli the Hawk), Feyer, Andy Dimacale, Pistol Shot Gypsy, Matt Pless, Ten Cent Days, Spencer & Sequoia and Suzi Brown. My favorite Friday highlight was when Mycenea Worley joined Sterling Koch and Jack Kulp – the Crossroads Duo – on stage for an impromptu acoustic blues jam, before performing her own set with young guest singer Cami Emerick. My favorite Saturday highlight was a similar jam situation, when harmonica ace Nate Myers and bassist Pete Netznik (of Nate’s band) joined Roger
Hammer on stage for another sudden acoustic blues jam! And at the close of the business conference, Mike Lawson’s CD was the one randomly selected from my radio dropbox, and Mike won a guest appearance on the March 12th edition of Qwik-Rock’s “Homegrown Rocker” program! Speaking of jam sessions, late night, after-hours jam sessions again took place in the hotel conference rooms, with a multitude of Millennium musicians participating both nights. A variety of instruments showed up at these jams, too; including guitars, basses, mandolins, horns, assorted percussion instruments, and even an accordion! And of course, there were the MMC showcases…My first was the Thursday conference kickoff party at O’Reilly’s Taproom at the host hotel. I caught the latter half of this showcase, witnessing Saskatchewan, Canada’s Autopilot as they performed melody-geared original alternative/indie rock, followed by inventive solo electronica rock/pop/dance music artist Melt Like Clouds (the stage alias of Big Apple-based musician Ryan Cantz). Joined by sweet PA Musician cohort Meredith Kaminek, my Friday night MMC showcase tour started at Bridges Social Club in downtown Harrisburg, to catch a few songs from Mycenea Worley (because I can’t get enough of her voice!); joining her this night was Tony Pichler on percussion. We then headed to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, where Washington, D.C.-based cellist Wytold was finishing his set. Although I did not get to hear much, what I did hear from Wytold was impressive and innovative; definitely a performer who thinks outside the box! Next was Johnstown’s Striped Maple Hollow, who shared their brand of folksy, acoustic Americana sounds. Immediately taking the spotlight were the sweet vocal harmonies of singers Jayna Mood and Sonya Giuffre, backed by guitarist/singer Micah Mood, banjo/ mandolin player Adam Milkovich and bassist Leo Drager. Following them was one of my favorite new discoveries at this year’s MMC, Harrisburg’s Sofeya and the Puffins. This group’s sound can’t be pigeonholed; they blend elements of 1960s psychedelia (with a steampunk look), acoustic folk, gypsy, blues and more into an eclectic and captivating mixture.
Each song was unique, as was the group’s blend of instruments, including guitar, ukulele, cajon and assorted percussion. We then headed to the night’s final destination, The Fieldhouse in Etters; arriving in time to see Harrisburg’s Six Bar Break. This group – lead singer/guitarist Ben Bollinger, bassist Robert Trowbridge and drummer David Long – performed a strong mix of hard, roots-driven rock original songs, along with a furious cover of CCR’s “Fortunate Son.” Next was Philadelphia’s Palaceburn, who delivered an enthusiastic, high-powered brand of rock. They had to get past an unexpected issue early in their set, though, when their initial volume was too loud and a venue staffer hastily ordered the soundman to shut them down. But the group showed professionalism and poise, playing on as they corrected the volume, and singer Meredith Bell then apologized and made peace with the staffer before they continued. Meredith showed an excellent voice and stage presence, and won the audience’s approval in spite of the earlier issue. Pittsburgh foursome NeverWake followed with full-force, metal-driven original rock that blended melody with aggression in a style comparable to Bullet for My Valentine. And York quartet GMO closed the night with their straight-up-the-gut, classic-driven hard rock, tapping an AC/ DC/Buckcherry raunch rock vein. I split my Saturday night MMC showcase tour between two venues, starting at Momo’s BBQ in downtown Harrisburg. Blues was the prominent flavor here, and Philadelphia’s Bosom Band was in the homestretch of their set of sultry electric blues and funk. Lead singer Monica Lynne Chase can belt, and guitarist Shawn Touhill dealt some stinging lead solo work. One of my favorite discoveries from last year’s MMC, New York City’s Jake Tavill and his Indigo Child Blues Band, was continued on next page...
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The Professor continued... next. They mixed up a tasty blend of horn-edged blues, funk and pop sounds. The group did feisty, melody-geared original tunes, and stunned the house with a killer version of Sly & the Family Stone’s hit “If You Want Me to Stay!” Philadelphia’s JJGunn Band then closed this showcase with their brand of traditional-flavored electric blues and southern-edged rock. This group’s singer and guitarist, JohnyB, previously fronted nationally-signed and MTV-played late ‘80s metal band Seduce. JJGunn mixed original songs, including one recently written about the Standing Rock situation, “Standing on the Rock.” I then closed out my MMC 2017 experience at the Pour House on Derry in Harrisburg. I arrived in time to see Connecticut continued on next page...
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The Professor continued... quintet Remember September. I thoroughly enjoyed this group, who performed a pleasant, upbeat rock/funk/pop sound. Their melodies were catchy and their presentation tight and inspired. Finishing the night were Butler/Pittsburgh-based rockers Highway 4. Led by feisty frontwoman Kelly Brown, Highway 4 blended arena rock firepower with a modern rock edge, and drew calls for an encore at night’s end. I returned to Harrisburg the following weekend to take in a benefit concert at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC). Part of my mission this day was to record an interview with this month’s cover story group, Wings That Buzz. After completing that interview, I grabbed a bite to eat at HMAC’s downstairs Stage on Herr, and ended up seeing a dinner hour performance by Shine Delphi. Singing, playing acoustic guitar and harmonica, Shine performed tasty blues, jazz, roots music and originals, even tapping into Tin Pan Alley-era sounds. He ended his first set with the “Shine Delphi Childhood Memory” medley, where he mixed together “When You Wish Upon a Star,” plus “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You” from Disney’s “The Jungle Book”! I then headed upstairs to HMAC’s Capitol Room to check out the Playing For Purpose benefit, which raised some money and awareness for Purpose Farm Rescue & Recovery Center, a facility which pairs people recovering from addiction with rescue farm animals. Harrisburg-based indie rockers Black Black Beast took the stage as I first arrived, but their set ended after three songs due to unexpected technical issues. Wings That Buzz then performed, demonstrating their distinctive flavor of acoustic rock original songs that tap classic, ‘90s and indie-rock flavors. This group generated good momentum as their set progressed, and even prompted dancers during the homestretch. Chambersburg’s Cameron Molloy Band then took the music in a country direction, firing off a hearty set of classic-flavored country original songs plus select covers from Chuck Berry and others. A native of British Columbia, Canada, namesake Cameron Malloy led the group with a bold voice and stage presence. Guest harmonica player Glenn Bowie joined the group on several early songs. This group built steam through their set, culminating in a stormy rendition of “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky.” Harrisburg country rockers Mountain Road then finished the night. This was my first time seeing this group live (they were guests on my radio show a few years ago), and I came away impressed! Singer Kevin Cole demonstrated great vocal power and range, flanked by lead guitarist John Lee Rossey, bassist James Clisham and drummer Brandon Valentine. Mountain Road mixed up original songs, country and classic rock favorites; performing favorites from Johnny Cash, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Stapleton, Georgia Satellites, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Band and more. Their harmonies were strong, especially on a version of the Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road!” This band also gave all to their audience – voluntarily playing for an additional hour when the encore was requested, and playing their hearts out until the end, despite only a dozen folks remaining by the time they finished. Other performers at this benefit before my arrival included Watergate, ADO, CASA Kids for the Cause, Nick Andrew Staver and Jon Ingels. With Queensryche being one of my all-time favorite bands, I eagerly anticipated seeing the group’s former singer, Geoff Tate, when he brought the “Whole Story Acoustic Tour” to State College’s State Theatre in late February. New York City’s Voices Of Extreme opened the night. Normally a hard rock/metal group, this trio kept with the acoustic theme of the evening and stripped their presentation down to acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and hand percussion (bongos and congas). Lead singer Don Chaffin displayed a strong voice on the group’s array of original songs, and he showed a good Robert Plant tone on two Led Zeppelin numbers. After the intermission, Geoff Tate’s band – lead guitarist Scott Moughton, rhythm guitarist Kieran Robertson, violinist Evan Cleve and Ollie Jordan-Kelly on cajon – took up their positions on stage and started performing, before Geoff arrived to join them. They opened with Queensryche’s “Walk in the Shadows,” instantly followed by “Another Rainy Night,” two of many numbers from throughout the Queensryche catalog performed this night. Geoff’s voice was in top form, delivering the same power and clarity that defined his tenure with Queensryche. He then did “Some People Fly” from Queensryche’s “Hear in the Now Frontier” album, and cheers erupted when the group launched into “Jet City Woman.” Geoff periodically shared stories continued on next page...
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“Bon Temps Rouler,” Professor Longhair’s “Go to the MardiGras” and more. The group also paid homage to the late Buckwheat Zydeco with Buckwheat’s version of Lee Dorsey’s “Ya Ya.” Later in the set, Zydeco-a-Go-Go welcomed Penn State Altoona student guest Ikechi Onyenaka to help out on saxophone for a few numbers, including a rowdy set-closing edition of “Iko Iko.” St. Patrick’s season brought some musical fun last month, including the St. Patrick’s night “ShamRock Shakedown” at Ebensburg’s Castle Pub. Ben Dumm performed before my arrival, and The Overtones were under way when I walked in. Singer/upright bassist Rik Golden, singer/guitarist Jeff Reid and drummer/singer Mikey Wax celebrated early rock’n’roll with numbers from Buddy Holly, CCR, the Rolling Stones and others; plus closed their set in polka fashion with “In Heaven There Is No Beer.” Introducing new drummer Matt “Matty Flo” Floravit this night, Nobody’s Heroes finished the night with their rowdy brand of punk-fueled folk and Americana. They mixed plentiful original songs with select covers such as The Coasters’ “Yakety Yak” Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl,” Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road,” Dion’s “Runaround Sue” and more. When the crowd demanded the encore at night’s end, Nobody’s Heroes responded with their
The Professor continued... with the audience, including an interesting Nashville sojourn highlighted by seeing the late Johnny Cash eat pancakes at an eatery, and he explained how encountering a refugee camp in Germany inspired Queensryche’s song “Blood,” highlighted by a Evan’s fiery homestretch violin solo. Geoff did a number from his current band project Operation Mindcrime, called “The Fight.” The performers showcased other Queensryche numbers, including “Chasing Blue Skies,” “Out of Mind,” “Take Hold of the Flame” and the first song Queensryche created for their debut EP, “The Lady Wore Black.” Geoff introduced a song written for his wife, “Until There Was You,” as well as one inspired by his father, Queensryche’s “Hundred Mile Stare.” After the musicians closed the main set with two numbers from Queensryche’s classic “Operation: Mindcrime” album – “I Don’t Believe in Love” and “Eyes of a Stranger,” the audience quickly called for an encore. Upon returning, Geoff introduced his band members, and with several hailing from Ireland, launched into a rendition of Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up to Boston,” before Queensryche’s “Around the World” finished the night. This was a fun and insightful show, which enabled fans to experience Queensryche’s creations in stripped-down, acoustic form. Penn State Altoona celebrated Mardi-Gras in late February by presenting a Fat Tuesday performance by Philadelphiabased zydeco group Zydeco-a-Go-Go at the campus’ Port Sky Cafe. This group – bandleader, accordionist and singer Pete Gumbo, guitarist Billy Baltera, sax and washboard player Carl “CC” Crabtree, bassist Jimmy Pritchard and drummer Bob Holden – fired up a nice blend of zydeco, New Orleansstyled rhythm and blues and a touch of rock’n’roll. The group quickly had some ladies and children up and dancing early as they did numbers like “Zydeco Cha Cha,” “Cajun Waltz,”
punkgrass take on The Misfits’ “Skulls.” The new Chewy’s Pizza location in Altoona presented a St. Patrick’s ‘hangover’ party the next night, with live rock’n’roll from Bone Jacked. Now the roster of singer/harmonica player Mat Wirtner, guitarist/singer Chris Guella, singer/bassist Mike Gherrity and drummer Terry Wilt, Bone Jacked kept the crowd happy and dancing with a variety of rocking favorites from the 1970s through 1990s. They delivered a few surprises, such as versions of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ “If You Want to Get to Heaven,” Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Let Her Cry” and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” as well as numbers from Georgia Satellites, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Matchbox 20, Collective Soul, ZZ Top, Everclear, Cheap Trick and more. For a more unusual live music event, I attended Spangler Subaru’s Subaru Impreza More 2 Love launch event last month at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown. The new Impreza models were displayed and celebrated with free food and refreshments, plus live acoustic music from Tim Kargo and The Crew Of The Half Moon. Under way as I arrived, Tim performed classic hits with his own flavor, doing versions of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Paul Simon’s “Mother and Child Reunion,” and a fusion of Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” with Men At Work’s “Down Under.” The Crew Of The Half Moon – currently the duo of multi-instrumentalists and singers Dan Oatman and Katie Rhodes – mixed original tunes, including several from their new “Blanket Fort Radio” album, with select numbers from the Beatles, REM, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and more. Katie did much of the singing and showed a clear, powerful voice, and both she and Dan displayed talent and versatility on a variety of instruments, demonstrating captivating arrangements and well-structured vocal harmonies. Other shows and performers I saw recently included The Flannels, Railroad City Murder Machines and X’s For Eyes during the latter portion of last month’s “Who Said It’s Dead” Punk Fest at McGarvey’s…Last month’s Midwestern state triple-bill of Nebraska’s Saint Christopher Webster, plus Michigan bands The Devil’s Cut and Jason Alarm at McGarvey’s…Born & the Beanstalk with special guests Jae Smith (Root and the Fifths) and Chuck Cox on mandolin at McGarvey’s…And Felix & the Hurricanes plus singing guest Phil McCaulley torching the rafters with an intense
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version of “Free Bird” during one of the group’s weekly Sunday shows at Altoona’s Black & Gold Tavern. News and notes…Last month’s passing of former Boston drummer Sib Hashian at age 67 had some area impact; Hashian died unexpectedly on March 22 while performing during the annual Legends Of Rock Cruise, which journeys between Miami, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas and also features regional rockers and cruise co-sponsors Hybrid Ice… Sib was also slated to perform with former Boston bandmate Barry Goudreau and former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm at the Legends Of Rock Concert at Altoona’s Blair County Convention Center on May 27…One of central PA’s most popular live music venues, Tubby’s in Duncannon, was destroyed by fire early on March 19; several benefits take place this month throughout the region to help out staff who lost employment due to the fire…The inaugural Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival will happen at Penn’s Cave near Centre Hall from July 21-23; more than 80 bands and artists will perform at the festival; early names announced to perform include John Legend, The Roots and the X Ambassadors, with more names to be announced soon…The Spin Doctors will be one of the headliners for the upcoming Happy Valley Music Fest, happening June 2-3 in downtown State College… The Hemlock Groove VI festival happens April 22-23 at Port Royale Farm south of Bedford…The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective presents their fourth annual Ukulele Soiree on the weekend of April 21-23 at Laurel Lodge retreat outside of Altoona; the Soiree will feature ukulele skill workshops, jam sessions and open mics, a ukulele petting zoo, plus guest performers including Lil’ Rev, Stuart Fuchs, Rachel Manke, Ben Carr, Gracie Terzian, Mim of Mim’s Ukes and more – for information, visit the website soiree.alleghenyukes.com… Longtime Johnstown party-rock favorites Yum have parted continued on next page...
The Professor continued... ways after an 18-year run on area stages…After a 17-year run, popular Irish-themed duo the Michael O’Brian Band have decided to go their separate ways…Johnstown’s Inside Out and drummer Jim Bagrosky have parted ways, with the
parting a friendly one; former drummer Mark Gindlesperger steps back behind the group’s drum kit…Mixing Numbers With Sounds have parted ways with longtime guitarist Tanner Means…Ember’s Fall played their final Pennsylvania show last month at McGarvey’s in Altoona before going their separate ways due to happenings in their personal lives; singer Dennis Ray Gee plans to restart the group with new members later this year when he relocates to Arizona…The ‘Beer Kegs’ portion of former area country group Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs are continuing on as The Ten High Five, and will debut June 2 when they open for The Clarks at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum…Down to the Wire has a new guitar player, as Scott Sensebaugh replaces Kirk Robison… Windber-based alternative rock band Drive-By Magic Show has issued their debut CD, called “Pulling Strings”. Please send correspondence and recordings to: Jim Price, 1104 S. Catherine St., Altoona, PA 16602. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’re into social networking, look me up on Facebook or Google+. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!
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Nationals continued... King of Slayer said. “I look forward to being a part of it, and hanging with old friends - bands as well as fanatical fans!” Tour stops include: July 23rd in Philadelphia, at Electric Factory and July 28th in Baltimore, MD at Pier Six Pavilion. Gregg Allman has called off all of his 2017 scheduled tour dates. A reason for the cancellation wasn’t given. Allman was supposed to play 10 shows at City Winery NYC in July – a residency that had already been rescheduled from November because of a vocal injury. At the time Allman released a statement saying, “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long time. I’ve been on the road 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal.” The acclaimed singer/songwriter had previously nixed several weeks of shows in 2016 to undergo surgery. UPCOMING SHOWS: Bo Deadlys / Jellybricks Harrisburg River City Blues Club Apr 1. Jack Pyers (Dirty Looks) Camp Hill Cornerstone Coffeehouse Apr 2. The Virus Baltimore Sidebar Apr 6. Saigon Kick NYC Webster Hall Apr 6. The April Skies Hershey Vineyard Apr 7. Def Leppard / Poison Baltimore Royal Farms Arena Apr 14. Sean Wheeler (Throw Rag) Baltimore Soundstage Apr 20. Dave Hause Lancaster Chameleon Apr 21. PJ Harvey Philadelphia Fillmore Apr 21. Rhinobucket Hancock, MD Apr 26. RhinobucketBaltimore, MD Apr 27. Ratt Philadelphia TLA Apr 27. Ratt Stroudsburg Sherman Theatre Apr 28. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Millersville University Apr 29.
SANE ADVICE By John Kerecz
Spring is the time for new starts, rebirth, and regrowth. Use this energy to revitalize yourself and with that, your music. Winter gloom can sap our vitality and leave us feeling pretty low. That’s where these tips come in handy. When we put ourselves in a positive, hopeful, and refreshed mood our creativity increases. Here are a few ways to increase that creative energy in the spring. Air it Out: It may not be warm enough where you live to start opening windows, but you can close off one room at a time (so you don’t waste energy) and open a window for a few minutes to release stale winter air and invite freshness in. Nothing smells as sweet as fresh air. Think Colorfully: Winter colors tend to be dark, heavy, and more saturated, while spring colors have a refreshing lightness and invigorating freshness. Look for these colors out your window in nature as they develop. Use Spring Imagery: Most of us associate birds, nests, and eggs with spring, and it is great fun to fill our thoughts in the spring with these images. Use these and any other gifts from spring to help with revitalization of your creative juices.
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MAMA CORN – “LIVE AND LEARN” (Bait Shop Music) Altoona-based bluegrassers Mama Corn enter their tenth year as a band by unveiling their third album, “Live and Learn”. What unfolds through the disc’s dozen tracks is a skilled band that has evolved, lived and learned over their first decade, and developed a strong chemistry that makes each song a superior moment. Mama Corn has lots going for them here – Guitarist Bruce Forr, banjo player Jeremy Nelson, upright bass player Bryan Homan and dobro/ harmonica player Johnny Stevens have all blossomed into skilled songsmiths who know how to craft melodies, spin lyrics and weave stories. They also possess quality singing voices to carry their creations, instrumental dexterity and finesse, and a bond as players that enables them to execute tightly like a well-oiled machine. Every song here is relatable and easy to digest; Bruce’s uptempo opener “I Have a Song” shares how music can provide solace and sanity when times are rough. Co-written with bluegrass legend Peter Rowan, Johnny’s “Nobody Died” addresses the tendency toward frequent loss of life in bluegrass song lyrics; for a fresh change of pace, everybody survives this tune. Meanwhile, Bryan realizes that the climb up the corporate ladder isn’t worth the loss of natural surroundings and tranquility on “In the High Rise.” And on the title song “Live and Learn,” Jeremy extols the value of life’s experiences and lessons. Also strong are Johnny’s two collaborations with Nashville’s Doug Forshey, “Big Ol’ Moon” and “Sing!” plus Bruce’s groove-driven “Goodbye Comfort Home,” Bryan’s inquisitive “Black Crow” and Jeremy’s instrumental closer “Playing with Fire,” highlighted by the sharp fiddle skills of guest Greg Moore (of the Hillbilly Gypsies). Mama Corn also does superb work on two covers, Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind” and the Earl Brothers’ “Hard Times Down the Road.” The performances are upbeat and enthusiastic, and the instrumental interaction between all four musicians and their guests shines brightly throughout the album. Produced by the group, and recorded and engineered by Bill Filer at his Audible Images studio in Port Matilda, “Live and Learn” sounds warm, full and clear. This is Mama Corn’s finest set yet – “Live and Learn” offers the sound of a seasoned, tight group that knows their musical turf, and has fun playing on it. This presents a joyous listen, and I highly recommend it. (The CD can be obtained through the website www.mamacornbluegrass.com.) STRIPED MAPLE HOLLOW – “STRIPED MAPLE HOLLOW” (Struggle Buggy Records) Since 2009, Johnstown-based group Striped Maple Hollow has evolved their brand of roots music and Americana sounds. Their self-titled debut CD introduces those sounds over 13 tracks, including nine original songs, two covers and two traditional folk numbers. What quickly surfaces as the obvious highlight of this album are the voices and harmonies of singers Jayna Mood and Sonya Giuffre. Their voices soar, blend and play off one another to create beautiful and stirring displays, backed by multi-instrumentalists and singers Micah Mood and Adam Milkovich. The group combines elements of traditional folk, bluegrass, pop and blues into a unique stew of Americana sounds. Their words are mostly about soul-searching; accented by Adam’s harmonica, “My Place in the Sun” muses about a search for identity and purpose, while the waltzpaced “Cog in a Wheel” imagines better times beyond the daily grind.
Micah sings the lead on the upbeat “Giving Up on Giving Up,” about going for the gusto in life and leaving apprehensions behind, while the fast bluegrass rant “All My Yesterdays” leaves the past behind and forges forward to better possibilities. Striped Maple Hollow shines on their cover fare as well; opening the album with “There Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” a song popularized by Jimmy Martin and George Jones, and giving a bright and playful read to the Turtles-popularized hit “Happy Together.” The group also offers their own interpretations on the traditional numbers “Wayfaring Stranger” and the disc-closing “Sunny Side of Life.” The performances shine; as mentioned earlier, the vocal harmonies make this pleasant listening from start to end, and the arrangements are stripped down and support the melodies, enabling mandolins, banjos, guitars and even an occasional accordion to lightly color the music. Produced by the band and recorded and mixed by Micah, this album sounds crisp and full, allowing this group’s talents to shine at the forefront throughout. Striped Maple Hollow does a nice job on this debut, and introduces a pleasant, vibrant roots-based sound that encourages repeated listens. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, www.stripedmaplehollow.com.) MATT PLESS – “TUMBLEWEED, THE BUS STOP E.P. AND OTHER SONGS” (no label) Originally from Baltimore, Matt Pless travels and plays everywhere, and recently landed at this year’s Millennium Music Conference, where he performed with Harrisburg’s The Twindows (who he is currently touring with). The CD he was distributing during Millennium, “Tumbleweed, The Bus Stop E.P. and Other Songs”, is a compilation offering 28 acoustic-geared songs; 27 of them original, plus a cover of Kenny Rogers’ classic hit “The Gambler.” (Five of the songs – “The Computer Song,” “The Legacy Song,” “The Pizza Song,” “The Coffeeshop Song” and “The Bus Stop Song” – clock in from five to ten seconds each.) For a musician who, according to his bio – “…can’t read music…can’t stand most aspects of the pretentious art community, and a writer who usually has fairly poor grammatical skills,” Matt clearly displays a gift for creating compelling songs with simple, catchy hooks and clever lyrics. Armed with acoustic guitar and harmonica, he often channels the folk-rock spirit of Bob Dylan, but filters it through a 20-something/millennial/punk perspective, yielding witty odes to his generation and the crazy times it lives in. His lyrics are sassy and sarcastic, as he busts on a myriad of topics spanning clueless millennials to today’s crazy world. Highlights include several fast-firing numbers where Matt weaves rhyming words and phrases together in a rapid fashion that makes listeners sit up and take immediate notice. Among them are his acidic ode to the technology and social media age, “Talkin’ Information Blues,” his study of directionless youth called “What You Will,” and his analysis of the dysfunctional current-day family on “White Picket Fences.” Matt can also generate tasteful and tender ballads, evidenced by the poetic love ballad “The Book of You and I,” the reflection and self-realization exercise “In the Past Tense,” and the gentle and contemplative “Pretty Bird.” Matt also addresses corporate greed on the folksy “Piggybank,” and celebrates the critters under his feet on “Bugs.” The song arrangements are simple, and Matt’s voice is clear, up front and understandable. His presentation is strong and consistent throughout, and he sells his thoughts and words with enthusiasm and sincerity. It was turbulent times in the 1960s that inspired Bob Dylan and the folk-rock movement to quietly rage against the machine, and some say that the times are ripe today for a the rise of a new generation of songwriters with something to say. If such a generation is set to make that arrival, Matt Pless here demonstrates the songcraft, lyrical prowess and youthful wisdom to possibly be at its forefront. (The CD
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can be obtained through Matt’s website, www.mattpless.com, and can also be downloaded through his Bandcamp page.) TOMMI MUSHROOM – “21ST CENTURY BIG MUSHROOM HITS” (Canadian American Records) ‘Tommi Mushroom’ is one of several performance aliases of longtime Altoona-bred musician Tom Brunner, whose career spans more than 30 years. “21st Century Big Mushroom Hits” is a ‘greatest hits’ compilation of some 21 mostly instrumental compositions that Tom has created during that span, issued on Joey Welz’s Canadian American Records indie label. Besides writing, arranging and producing these tracks, Tom wields guitar, bass and electric ukulele, plus sings on a few of the tracks. This expanse of material reveals a diverse and eccentric range of rock-geared flavors, with hard and heavy rock providing the dominant flavors. Dating back to his early 1980s stint in the Tom Brunner Group (T.B.G.), the opening blast “Time Bomb” features Tom on vocals and bass, flanked by Nitro guitarist John Hazel and drummer Tim Wilson. Other tracks from the T.B.G. era include the air raid siren-flavored instrumental jam “Non Tiki” (formerly “Kon-Tiki Jam,” named after a late ‘70s/early ‘80s Altoona nightclub) and the ominous and hallucinogenic set-closing instrumental “Drone Factor Z.” Tom levies several other heavy-geared instrumental exercises, including the doom-esque “Clam Queen,” the driving “Slow Boat to China,” “Sea Lord,” “Temple of the Shark” and “The Fruit Master.” He also dabbles in surf-rock flavors several times, including “Sunset,” “Surf Pistol,” the Trashmen “Surfin’ Bird”toned “Living Downtown” and “Mexican Moo Moo.” Tom also represents his costumed ukulele-wielding alter egos ‘Elvis Chicken’ and ‘Sharky’ here with several uke-driven numbers; “Clamboot Boogie” presents an intriguing blend of surf rock and Latin flavors, with Tom’s ukulele presence tying it together. Other ukulele excursions here include “Coconut Island of Love,” “Woo Woo Song” and “Electric Ukulele.” Other curios include the campy Spanish love ballad ode “Senorita,” and a summertime reworking of “Blue Christmas” entitled “Blue Blue Bar BQ.” Tom’s wide variety of styles keeps this set interesting, and listeners cannot predict what adventures the next song will present throughout the album. Because of the wide time frame of these recordings, the sound and production qualities vary from tune to tune, which might present a challenge to the sensitive audiophile ear. As a whole set, “21st Century Big Mushroom Hits” presents an intriguing listen, and takes listeners into the adventurous mind of this set’s creator and his musical journeys of the past three decades. (The digital album can be obtained through Amazon and online outlets; the CD can be obtained by mailing Tom Brunner, 3485 Colonel Drake Highway, Altoona, PA 16601.)
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