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• THE ARMADILLOS RETURN for FREE CONCERT • GUITAR & BASS EXPO • ZOMBIE TOWN USA • CENTRAL PA JAZZ FESTIVAL • THE ROBERT CRAY BAND AT THE WHITAKER CENTER • FRANKIE BALLARD COMES TO THE CHAMELEON


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Original & Rock ‘N’ Roll Favorites Created through Emotion & Passion

Aug. 5th- Dillsburg American Legion Aug. 21- Vet Fest ( W.York Reliance Fire Co.) Aug. 13th- Glad Crab (Dallastown) Aug. 27th- Racehorse Tavern (Thomasville)

Contact Blue Rooster Entertainment: 717.801.6622

Facebook.com/latimoresky

6/5 -The Depot w/Pychodelic Pop Rock band Moonsong 6/6 - Moose Park, Gettysburg Brooklyn’s 5th Annual God’s Eye Ride Charity Event 6/20-Johnny Joes, Mech., PA open for Colt Wilbur Band 6/27 - Warner Tavern, Freeland, Maryland

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Scott Peoples & the Crash

Saturday, August 6th - 551 West, Lancaster, PA Saturday, August 13th - Private Party

Sat. Aug. 6th ~ CAPITOL GASTROPUB, Harrisburg, PA 7pm Sat. August 13th ~THE VINYARD BREWERY at HERSHEY Middletown, PA 7pm Sat. Aug. 27th ~ RIVER HOUSE BAR & GRILL, Middletown, PA 6pm

Dates listed at... www.scottplaysguitar.com facebook.com/Scott Peoples Singer Songwriter

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Bookings: 717.319.0202

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Now Booking 2016!

Original & Covers of Hard Rock/Classic Metal

August 7th, 2016, Tentative - check website August 12th, 2016, Tentative - check website

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Showcase submissions are FREE via REVERBNATION and SONICBIDS through September 2016.

After September 30th showcases submissions are $20.00. Submissions can also be made via MissionTIX, PayPal and mailed in application ($25.00). All acts and artists must submit all of the requirements to be considered. Early selections will be made in October, and the final selection notifications begin on December 19, 2016 and continue until complete. All acts that pay to submit are automatically registered for Performer’s Credentials to attend and participate in the conference. Unselected acts are considered Alternates for showcase performances.

5 Ways to Submit to Showcase & Register your act for Millennium Music Conference 2017:

The showcase dates are February 23-25, 2017. All showcase submissions and applications must be completed by November 30, 2016.

200 showcase slots are reserved for REVERBNATION, Sonicbids artists, and over 300 will be selected to participate in the conference and showcase.

The Showcase Submission/Application Deadline is NOVEMBER 30, 2016

1. Submit to showcase via ReverbNation with your RPK; 2.Submit to showcase via Sonicbids with your EPK; 3. Submit to showcase using any website with all requirements MissionTIX; 4. Submit to showcase using PayPal. 5. Submit to showcase by mail using the MMC Showcase Application available on the website For more showcase submission information email us at:

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AUGUST 6 - ZIPPERS w/ Ebenezer Screw Gettysburg, PA AUGUST 12 - TUBBYS NIGHT CLUB Duncannon, PA W/ Tool Tribute SCHISM & XSTROPHY AUGUST 20 - ROCK ON THE RIDGE (camp out0 668 Meyers Rd. Red Lion, PA AUGUST 27 - HELPING LITTLE HANDS BENEFIT @ MOOSE PARK Gettysburg, PA Facebook.com/ Penntera2112 or / Penntera420 Watch our Videos YouTube.com/penntera

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CONTENTS CONTENTS 09...ACROSS THE DESK by Robin Noll 11...OUT & ABOUT by Rachel Rocks 13,,,NATIONALS by Eric Hoffman

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kenny wayne shepherd

15...COVER FEATURE Chris Bell Band by Jim Price 18...THE PROFESSOR by Jim Price 24...VOICE LESSONS by Mycenea Worley

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27...CLASSIFIED NOTES cover photo by

MEREDITH KAMINEK

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July 30 - WHISKEY RIDGE / FIREBALL NIGHT, Mechanicsburg, PA doors open 9pm Aug 25 - 28, CHARTER BUS TRIP TO NASHVILLE, see band for tickets and info Sept 01 - 5-7pm BIKE NIGHT Susquehanna Valley Harley Davidson, Harrisburg, PA Sept 10 - WICONISCO FIRE HALL ~ “Together We Are Stronger” Benefit for DUSTIN RHOADS ~ RAB at 9pm opening band -SWEET ADDICTION- at 6pm Doors open 9AM! SILENT AUCTION, Dinner Platters plus more For Bookings call: 717-773-3773 facebook.com/The Ryan Alan Band www.RyanAlanMusic.com twitter.com/RyanAlanCountry

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ACROSS THE DESK By Robin Noll

The last piece of the puzzle and then the August issue of the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine will be off to the printer. Being in the printing business some people think that we should have all the schedules and all the listings of everything happening throughout the entire state. Before I was in the “Newspaper Business” I use to think the same thing, “Surely the News media will let me know who and what is happening and have ALL the news, but now I know that isn’t true nor is it possible. In order to keep any business going you must generate money. The only way Pennsylvania Musician Magazine or any publication stays alive is by their ad dollars, or grants, or those that may independently be wealthy and own several publications and have investments elsewhere. The only money we have is what is generated by ad dollars and some of our ads are trades for services provided to help us keep on keeping on. I am sorry that we don’t have ALL the OPEN MICs listed or all the festivals and concerts in the area or all the bands playing in the multitude of clubs, throughout the area. What we do have are ads paid for by our clients who keep us functioning. We do list who they are having and what is happening. We try our best to promote their functions through the printed word and we have a website that we post the entire paper on at no additional cost and when our advertisers share their events on our Facebook we post them to our timeline. So… if you are in a band or own a club or are having an event please consider using our pages to promote your gig and what you are up to. So we can let thousands of other people know who and what is happening. Brenda Michelle Robinson contacted us about covering their CD release of ‘Ashes to Ashes’ I explained to her how we cover events and she stated she didn’t even know this kind of publication was available to use to promote their project. She immediately placed an ad for their CD Release show happening Sunday, August 28th

at TellUs360 in Lancaster. Anatomy of the Sacred is a female-fronted symphonic metal duo who makes elegant, soulful music ablaze with powerhouse vocals, orchestral melodies and radiant harmonies draped over driving and resounding rhythms. Skilled songwriters, composers and artists Brenda Michelle Robinson (vocals) and Shane Krout (bass, guitar, vocals) experiment with opulent textures and unleash lyrics that float atop a sophisticated, intricately-woven tapestry overflowing with plush layers of electric guitar and bass. Anatomy of the Sacred’s debut EP, ‘Ashes to Ashes’ is an electrifying journey through the ever-twisting avenues of life. It is a formidable collection of lingering songs that explore humanity’s ongoing struggle with themes such as lust, reflection, disappointment, death, fear and hope. With the distinctive honor of being the only female-led symphonic metal band in PA, Anatomy of the Sacred is now ready to tell the tale of its first chapter thanks to thoughtful time spent writing, rehearsing and recording material for its freshly-recorded masterpiece, ‘Ashes to Ashes’. The album has come to fruition with the help of numerous musicians, engineers and artists and also features the talents of Clinton Washington from Season 8 of NBC’s “The Voice” (Track 6 “Farewell to the Light”). The band is preparing to film two music videos in 2016 . ‘Ashes to Ashes’ is available now at www.anatomyofthesacred.com also tickets for the CD Release are available and will also be available at the door at Tellus360 on Sunday, August 28th. The Armadillos return to Perry County on Saturday, August 20 – when Carson Long welcomes back The Armadillos for an afternoon concert and hosts the Perry County Chamber of Commerce’s First Ever Food Truck Festival. Food trucks will be on site from 12 noon to 4 PM; the Armadillos will play two sets starting at 1 PM.   Admission to this family-friendly, alcohol-free event is free, and free parking is available in approved areas on the campus of Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, PA. Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets – concert seating is on the lawn of the historic 1840 Maples, home of the original Bloomfield Academy.  There are a limited number of event sponsorship opportunities – please contact Jairee Counterman at 717.839.1434

or jairee.counterman@carsonlong.org. A little history on The Armadillos….in 1986, singer Ted Holman, guitarists Michael Cullin and Joe LaBianca, bassist Brian Koch, and drummer Doug Black found themselves together at at Kutztown University.  A shared love of music brought them together and they began performing around campus covering the latest hits to a growing number of appreciative fans.  An idea was hatched to record an actual album of their own songs as a final project for Joe, the Telecomm major in the group.  They began composing and arranging songs, practicing them, and soon found themselves in the campus studio laying down tracks.  Nearly halfway through the project, they still did not have a name for their ensemble.  Various ideas were thrown around, but none really hit the mark.  Then one morning, as they were preparing for another recording session, Ted recounted a dream in which he was trampled by a herd of armadillos. A name was found, the recording was finished, a record was pressed, and the Armadillos were born!  (And Joe’s project got an A+!)   They continued playing campus gigs featuring the songs of their album “Frisked” and soon found themcontinued on pg. 26...

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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks

Sum.. Sum.. Summertime!! What an amazing month it’s been. So much fun and not nearly enough time to do it all. I heard it best this past month when I was talking about everything I had to do and everywhere I wanted to be, and someone said, “Well that’s why it’s call the ‘Human Race’ we must keep running til the end.” So I will do that as long as I possibly can. I have been through the wringer this month, with a broken computer and a broken phone, but alas they are only objects and could be replaced. Thank God for good credit! Eventually my amazing friend, and musician, Shawn Oliveira, the super duper amazing IT guy, got my Mac up and running, but alas I already fell in love with my new Windows 10 Surface Book, so here I am now with two computers, and my new phone just got shipped today! I am so spoiled and so blessed. God is good to me for sure. Now on to the music… This month started super early, actually while I was delivering last month’s issue, when I saw Asking Andy Acoustic was playing at the Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel. When you see that A?A is playing, it’s always a mystery as to who is actually going to be behind the instruments. When Darrell gets asked if Asking Andy can play, it’s hard to say, “no,” so he usually finds some willing musicians and plays some acoustic music. This time according to Facebook posts, it was going to be the original lead singer, Keith Hoppes. It’s a rare occasion to see Keith back behind the mic, so it’s something I really wanted to see. Needless to say it was the fastest I think I’ve ever delivered. The road rage was at a maximum! But a job that usually takes me 8 hours, with shopping trips and geocaching finds in the middle, only took me about 6.5! When I arrived it was like a big, Asking Andy reunion. It was cool to see so many people that I haven’t seen in forever. Since the bands themselves are busy entertaining us, it’s the fans who truly become friends. I’ve met some of my best friends just by talking to the fans, wives, husbands, etc. of quite a few bands in the area. We become family. I was surprised at all of the songs Keith and Darrell could still pull off without any recent practice. I guess singing some songs is just like riding a bike! I only had about a half hour to inhale some of the Eagle Hotel’s absolutely amazing wings, and listen to all of the reminiscing happening from behind the mics, and around the tables. Then I had to hit the road to get home for fireworks with the family. The Eagle Hotel has an amazing deck with acoustic shows every Sunday. They also have some rockin’ nights inside too, check out their schedule in this issue to see all of August’s entertainment choices. The 4th of July festivities continued at the annual Greene Family Picnic in Newville. My sister Andrea’s in-laws always put on one heck of a party and this year was no different. The entertainment kicked off once again with Steven breaking out ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ on guitar. After that it was time for some amazing musicians during the “open mic” time. It’s always fun watching people get up there and do what they love to do! Some standouts that are in my Hot Shots are Shannon Fields, I can’t believe she’s only 20! And David Greene, my brother-inlaw. David’s voice is so distinctive and the lyrics to his originals are definitely something I always enjoy listening to. The Greene family also has a pretty extensive karaoke collection, so there was plenty of karaoke going on. Between all of the music performances there was also a magician, Brent Smiley. He puts on one heck of a show. Sometimes I thought I had it figured out, but then he does one more thing to prove that I was wrong, and once again I was blown away by another trick. He did a great job continued on pg. 12...

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what I needed. Oh and eating, there was plenty of eating!! I can’t wait til next year! My next time Out & About was a special Thursday evening show for Single Barrel at Susquehanna Valley Harley Davidson. SVHD sponsored this night of entertainment while raising funds for the MDA. So not only did you get to see a great band, check out some amazing bikes, but you also supported a great cause. It was an extremely hot evening, I honestly don’t know how the guys could possibly play in all the heat! They still rocked it like nothing even phased them. Even with the crazy heat they had quite a few people come out and support them. Single Barrel is not like anything else in this area. They legitimately play songs no one else is even playing. You might not recognize them because they play the songs that even the local radio stations can’t play, but I guarantee it’s great rock n’roll, just the way you like it! It’s awesome to see Single Barrel building up such a following in the local area. Check out Single Barrel’s ad in this issue and

Out & About continued.... including his audience, young and old alike. We all had a great time and loved trying our hardest to figure out the magic. Last but not least they also had one full band, The Flying DeLoreans. They can travel back in time for some pop, rock, alternative, and new wave music with a radical 80’s flair! They were playing a lot of crowd favorites, keeping everyone entertained. I’ve seen Marc play with a few different bands, and it definitely seems like he found his niche with this one. His wife Mandy is even included playing many different pieces of percussion throughout the set, eventually working her way up to the drums so Marc can come out front and play some guitar. The Flying DeLoreans wound up playing two sets and had no problems keeping the music flowing all night long. Meanwhile during all of the entertainment there were people playing games, swimming, having pony rides, and just simply relaxing and visiting. It was a great party and just

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get out there and see these guys for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. The next night I headed out to Chick’s in Hummelstown for Nate Myers & the Aces. Their fans were definitely in a dancing mood and had the dance floor hopping when I got there. As usual Nate had an extra musician, a trumpet player join the band on the stage. I greatly apologize I typed his name in my Note app on my phone, but since my phone blew up this month, I lost his name. I can tell you one thing tho, he was one heck of a trumpet player, once he got started, there was no stopping him. It was cool to see the dueling going on between Nate’s harmonica and the trumpet. Kudos to Pete for picking up the latest issue of the PA Musician Magazine during a set break and keeping it with him in his back pocket. Not only did it make a great photo op, but it just feels good knowing for a fact that people do still pick up the magazine and read it. Of course he also said, the Out & About section was his favorite.. I absolutely love getting the chance to see these guys perform. You definitely can’t leave one of their shows without a smile on your face. You can check out their full schedule on their website, www.natemyers. com. Last but not least I headed out for the last few songs of Crossroads Duo at St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown. When these guys come to town I do my best to get out there and support them. I love hearing their music. They are constantly writing new songs so there is always something new to entertain you. They don’t only play their originals, but they also throw in some classic blues and rock songs that will sure to be your favorites. These guys have been giggin’ for quite a few years, and after lugging around all of the big equipment that stripped things down and came up with Crossroads Duo. Not only is it easier on them because it’s so much less equipment to lug around, but it also opens up many more venues to play at because they only need a little corner somewhere. The night I saw them they were out on the porch right along Route 39. It was a beautiful night to sit outside and enjoy some music. The Crossroads Duo have been playing all over the midstate and beyond! You can check out their schedule in their ad in this issue, you can also see their booking number so you can get these guys booked at your

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NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman

Reggae musician, George Wesley, died July 19th after a battle with liver cancer. Wesley was an ambassador for the Northeastern Pennsylvania music scene, a resident of Wilkes-Barre who had a massive impact locally and regionally. Wesley was diagnosed with Stage 1 cancer in May and it rapidly progressed. His career spanned decades and music was his life. Wesley lived and breathed positivity, inspiration and love. I am very proud to have called George Wesley my friend. I would catch his shows any chance possible and loved his music and friendship.

Jude” and “Let It Be.” Personally, my favorite was McCartney playing music of Wings “Band on the Run.” The month of July ended with the annual Xponential Music Festival in Philadelphia by independent non-commercial radio station WXPN. The three day event featured over 30 artists including: Alabama Shakes, Brandi Carlile and Gary Clark Jr. It was great to attend the first night on July 22nd featuring Ryan Adams, Kurt Vile and The Violators and Tommy Stinson. All three bands were exceptional for an incredible night. NATIONAL NEWS: Mick Jagger is expecting his eighth child with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, 29, who is pregnant. Jagger, the 72-year-old frontman of The Rolling Stones, already has seven children – Georgia, James, Jade, Elizabeth, Lucas, Karis and Gabriel – who range in age from 45 to 17. He is also a grandfather of two children. Hamrick is a ballerina who has performed with the American Ballet Theatre in New York. In May, fellow

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Rolling Stone, Ron Wood became a father again at 68 after his wife, Sally Humphreys, gave birth to twin girls. Temple Of The Dog is reuniting this fall a short run of U.S. dates representing the band’s first-ever tour as part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of its debut album. Chris Cornell, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron are on board. “This is something no one has ever seen,” Cornell said. “We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.” Soundgarden’s Cornell formed Temple of The Dog in 1990 while grieving the death of his close friend and roommate, Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood. The band’s first and only studio album was released in April 1991 via A&M Records. Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre is one of five dates for the tour on November 4th. Taylor Swift tops Forbes’ annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities with $170 million. Swift is ahead of fellow chart-topping pop stars Adele at No. 9 with $80.5 million, Madonna at No. 12 with $76.5 million, Rihanna at No. 13 with $75 million and Katy Perry at No. 63 with $41 million. The “Shake It Off” crooner’s star-studded “1989 World Tour” earned more than $200 million last year. Alice Cooper announced that guitarist Joe Perry returned to Hollywood Vampires’ tour. A recent health scare forced the 65-year-old Aerosmith guitarist to walk off of the stage during a July 10th performance in New York, from which he was taken to a hospital. Fan video posted on social media shows Perry sitting on stage while playing guitar, then slowly walking off. Witnesses said medics immediately went to his aid offstage. Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N’ Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century. Rose introduced Adler before performing “Out Ta Get Me” and “My Michelle” from the band’s 1987 debut album “Appetite for Destruction”. Adler was thrown out of the band near the height of its popularity in 1990 due to drug use. The band is currently on a summer tour featuring Rose, Slash and McKagan performing together for the first time in more than 20 years. Steven Tyler called in to “The Howard Stern Show” recently and declared that Aerosmith is “doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time. We’ve never done that.” Guitarist Joe Perry added, “Calling it farewell will definitely give a different flavor to this. … And who knows what’s in the stars.” Aerosmith may announce final tour in 2017 but for now has a September 16th appearance scheduled at Kaaboo festival in Del Mar, Calif., along with a fall South American tour. Singer/actress Juliette Lewis is touring the US the next two months with 22 dates. Lewis started her 2016 performance trek with a couple of gigs in Los Angeles followed by a run through Europe. Lewis was also featured in Michael Rapaport’s “Hard Lovin’ Woman” documentary. Dates include: Aug. 8 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer and Aug. 10 – Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall. UPCOMING SHOWS: The Struts Harrisburg Sawyer’s Aug 5. Coldplay Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field Aug 6. Lebowskis Linglestown Blue Moose Aug 6. Juliette Lewis Philadelphia Union Transfer Aug 8. L7 Washington DC 9:30 Club Aug 12. The Bronx Baltimore Ottobar Aug 13. Public Enemy Philadelphia Dell Music Center Aug 14. Junior Brown Ardmore Music Hall Aug 14. Jack Pyers Danville Old Forge Brewing Aug 18. Rick Springfield Bethlehem Sands Casino Aug 19. The Give Take Linglestown Blue Moose Aug 20. The Armadillos New Bloomfield Aug 20. Jeffrey Gaines Harrisburg Capitol Room Aug 20. Rod Stewart Bethlehem Sands Casino Aug 26. Blink 182 Hersheypark Stadium Aug 27. Like me on facebook.com/Eric S, Hoffman.

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CHRIS BELL EXPLORES HIS ROOTS Article & Photos By Jim Price

With his new band, Chris now explores his musical influences, tapping into styles he listened to while growing up. His current sound is informed by southern rock pioneers like the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels. His sound is also Nashville-influenced; Chris cites classic country names like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash; and is also a fan of current country hitmakers like Jason Aldean and Eric Church. His initial exploration led to Chris’ 2012 CD, ‘Bell Countyline;’ and he is currently writing and recording new songs. He recently unveiled two new songs recorded in Nashville, the rowdy “Whole Lotta Whiskey” and “Bucket List.” He and his band will record more material toward an EP to be released before year’s end, and a subsequent new full-length CD to be issued sometime in 2017.

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Like a number of area music fans, I first became acquainted with American roots artist Chris Bell more than a decade ago, when he first started bringing his West Coast-based electric blues group, Chris Bell & 100% Blues, to Pennsylvania stages. His passion, grit, enthusiasm and dazzling guitar skills quickly caught my attention, and made him a favorite with fans as he graced the stage of the annual Central PA Festival of the Arts in State College several times, as well as other local and regional events. Around five years ago, Chris relocated to State College, and has since been exploring his musical roots with his current band, The Chris Bell Band. Fueled by his blues roots, Chris now explores sounds from across the roots music spectrum, with an emphasis on country and country-rock. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in western Massachusetts, Chris took guitar lessons from renowned guitarist Tony Macalpine, and was also influenced by Mike Mushok (who would later achieve fame as a member of Staind). He began to write songs as a teenager. By the late 1980s, Chris moved to Los Angeles and played the Sunset Strip circuit in numerous bands, and called Los Angeles and Las Vegas his home bases until 2010. His career to date includes more than a decade of performing live shows across the country, as well as issuing five CD’s and one DVD. After arriving in State College, Chris assembled the cast of his current band through musicians he met while working at Rainbow Music in State College. Having never played in a band before, Ben Leaper inquired and was hired after learning that Chris was seeking a drummer. And Brian McHugh, who became established in several Centre and Clearfield County-based bands including Mysterytrain and Gypsy & the Crazymoon, was referred to Chris by another musician, and was subsequently brought on board as Chris’ bass player. August, 2016

“A lot of fun, a great challenge, definitely a high bar musically.” Besides further writing and recording, The Chris Bell Band’s future goals and plans are to continue to grow and expand their regional fan base, and eventually become an opening act for touring Nashville bands and artists. The group continues to invest work into honing their own distinctive sound, and plan to create more original music. They also plan to pursue radio airplay for their music. Chris and his band thank everybody who has helped them along the way. Chris is thankful for his bandmates and all who have supported him, explaining “Like a NASCAR guy, my name’s over the door, but a lot of people help me get there.” Of his own band, Chris adds, “We’re family and brothers…” Of his bandleader, Brian says, “Chris is a dynamic talent, and in the ever-changing music business that’s changing on the fly, he does a great job of keeping current, keeping up, keeping with technology and knowing what sells, and how to market everything.” He adds that being in The Chris Bell Band is “Fun, challenging, inspiring.”

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Chris enjoys the storytelling nature of roots music. As he explains, “That’s what’s fueled doing Americana and southern-ish rock and country, because it is true story, whether it’s being the last one in the bar when they call last call, or you love your mother, or – I’m not a preacher – but if you believe in God…” Keeping with that tradition, Chris likes to write music based on his own life and experiences.

Those interested in checking out Chris and his music online may obtain the ‘Bell Countyline’ CD through CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com), or check out the Chris Bell Band’s Bandcamp and Reverbnation pages. Chris and his band are excited about the future and musical direction, with plans to stay true to the roots, but continue to explore new frontiers. The group will continue to bring their music to new stages and expand their following. According to Chris, “The band is strong, you might want to check us out.”

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On the live stage is where the Chris Bell Band likes to excel. Their live show features an assortment of classic rock, southern rock, new country, blues rock and original tunes. According to Chris, “Our references can vary from Levon Helm and The Band to ZZ Top to blues-rock guys like Gary Moore and Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher.” He adds, “We go into some of the Chris Stapleton stuff and Skynyrd, so it goes anywhere in that little realm and it’s not out of place. It’s all kind of the same thread that runs through…It’s the same thread that’s sewing it together.” Ben cites The Chris Bell Band’s versatility and smoothness through the course of a show, explaining that they can create a ride through an entire set, switching up styles and venturing between hard-rocking country, second-line (New Orleans) groove and more. According to Ben, “Our performance has soul.” Brian adds that playing in The Chris Bell Band is Pennsylvania Musician Magazine

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THE PROFESSOR By Jim Price

So much for telling myself that I’m going to start slowing things down…After processing and submitting a large amount of “Hot Shots” photos for this month’s issue, I tallied up the number of live music events I attended and the number of different bands and artists I saw in action between deadlines. The numbers: 20 events, and 78 different bands and artists! No wonder I need a week of “down time” in North Carolina’s Outer Banks this month! (Yet I probably will go see a band or two there as well…) I saw at least 19 of those acts during the 10th annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival, which happened in late June at Quiet Oaks Campground in Cross Fork (north of Renovo). One of the centerpieces to my summer, Smoked Country Jam again combined great live music with community and tranquility in the northern PA Wilds, while raising money and awareness for the Lupus Foundation of PA. While billed as a “bluegrass festival,” Smoked Country Jam actually provided a wide expanse of acoustic-geared American music, spanning traditional bluegrass, “newgrass,” folk, country and other roots music. Strait & Miller was entertaining with their blend of rowdy acoustic blues, folk and bluegrass as I first arrived and set up my tent early Thursday evening. Centre County’s Grain then displayed strong vocal harmonies and tight playing on their set of Appalachian mountain music-geared sounds. Festival favorites Mama Corn followed, entertaining “Corn-stalkers” and new fans alike with their mixture of old and new

original songs, traditional bluegrass and grassed-up versions of pop and rock classics. Among their highlights was a new original song, “Nobody Died,” which counters the unwritten convention that most bluegrass songs have a body count. Then, from Scranton, the Coal Town Rounders offered a throwback to traditional bluegrass. Converged around a central microphone, singer/guitarist Christopher Kearney, banjo player Ian O’Hara, upright bass player Jason Zarnowski and mandolinist Matthew Hiller mixed original bluegrass numbers with songs from the catalogs of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, along with bluegrass-flavored takes on songs by Elvis Presley and the Grateful Dead. The heart of the festival happened on Friday and Saturday, with full slates of performers on the ‘Quiet Oaks’ and ‘PA Wilds’ stages, musical skill workshops and more. Each performing act brought something unique to the stage; Virginia’s Big Virginia Sky mixed newgrass and jazz touches with their bluegrass-rooted sound, while Wellsboro’s Hickory Project – armed with flute/tinwhistle player Jillian Hannigan – mixed Celtic and ragtime flavors into their brand of bluegrass. Philadelphia’s Mason Porter again dazzled the audience with their progressive-edged bluegrass and Americana; my favorite highlight was their awe-inspiring, reverent treatment of the traditional folk song “Shenandoah.” Pittsburgh’s Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers tapped their sound from across the string music spectrum, blending elements of bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and swing – highlighted by the passionate, expressive vocals of fiddler Libby Eddy and guitarist Gary Antol. Traditional bluegrass was well represented as well, courtesy of nationally-renowned performers The Lonesome River Band (whose resume includes playing at the Grand Ole Opry and appearing with Steve Martin on The Late Show with David Letterman), along with festival favorites the

Lockport Drifters, the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Remington Ryde, Harrisburg’s Colebrook Road, Ohio’s Nightflyer and the Jersey Corn Pickers; plus newcomer acts like New York’s Bug Tussle, Austin, Texas’ Wood & Wire and more. Again part of Smoked Country Jam, the annual Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriters Contest (PHSC) celebrated original songs about PA, its people and history. Two of this year’s three winners performed their winning songs; third-place winner Hannah Bingman sang her song about the plight of the independent family farmer, “Farmer’s Plea,” while Hollidaysburg’s E. Nelson Clark performed his first-place winning song, “Pennsylvania, You’re Always Home to Me.” PHSC presenter David Pinelli announced that a special CD compiling all PHSC winning songs will be released next year. Hats off to festival organizers Ron and Teresa Kodish continued on pg. 19...

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The Professor continued.... for another great Smoked Country Jam; I’ve already marked the dates down for next year’s edition! My only regret from Smoked Country Jam was missing the Saturday night finale (with the new mach edition of festival headliners The Hillbilly Gypsies), but I had a good reason as another show that same weekend beckoned me…White Witch hosted another gala edition of their annual WitchFest at the Mill Tavern in Montoursville. White Witch seems to get more fired up with age, evidenced by their powerful performance at this year’s WitchFest. Singer Jeff Pittinger, guitarist Doug Lehman, drummer Carl Berry and the bass duty-splitting tandem of Jack Death and Jimmy Lovcik brought excitement and enthusiasm as they celebrated original songs with an emphasis on their early output from the 1980s, plus select hard rock and metal classics. White Witch breathed new fire into early originals such as the set-opener “Underneath the Lights,” “Street Corner Madness,” “The Seed,” “Slaughter in Salem,” “Prince of Darkness,” Marianne” and “The Crutch.” They also rocked with tunes from the catalogs of the Michael Schenker Group, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest. Especially fun for me was watching Carl exuberantly slam the living daylights out of his drum kit, before grinning ear-to-ear as he watched his son, Cale Berry, do the same with the next band, Ephymera, who closed the night. Cale, singer/bassist Jeff Bower, lead guitarist Jake Schields and rhythm guitarist Brock Anderson piledrove new and classic heavy rock and metal; including numbers from Dio, Breaking Benjamin, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Tool, Metallica and more. This night also marked the return of Williamsport metal force 44Mag after a half-year hiatus. Introducing new bassist Chris Bartley, 44Mag unleashed a number of fierce new original assaults. Chris, singer Jared Mondell, guitarist Jason Miller and drummer Jesse Roedts gave a confident performance and were clearly back in the saddle. I also got to see Williamsport’s Noise Pollution, and was amazed with bassist Tara Silva’s vocal firepower as her voice soared to the heavens on set-opening renditions of Queensryche’s “Queen of the Reich” and Heart’s “Barracuda.” Audiobox cranked up the party with their brand of driving modern hard rock, as they mixed original tunes with select covers. And I caught my first look at Shades Of Indigo, who mixed current and classic rock hits. Singer Shelli Bashnick demonstrated a deep, sultry voice and abundant stage presence as she led the group on hits from Adele, Beatles, Tom Petty, Stealer’s Wheel and more. I arrived a little too late to catch the first act of the night, new Altoona-based rockers Small Town Horror Show. I roadtripped to First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown (near Pittsburgh) in late June to see Bad Company and Joe Walsh. Bad Company opened the night with a nearly 60-minute set of their hits and classics. Founding members Paul Rodgers on vocals and Simon Kirke on drums were joined by ex-Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson and former Heart guitarist Howard Leese (guitarist Mick Ralphs is sitting out the current tour), and Todd Ronning (from Rodgers’ solo band) on bass. They sounded tight and polished as they fired off favorites such as “Live for the Music,” “Gone Gone Gone,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Electric Land,” “Ready for Love,” “Man Needs Woman,” “Burnin’ Sky,” “Run with the Pack,” “Movin’ On,” “Shooting Star,” “Can’t Get Enough” and “Rock and Roll Fantasy,” and then returning after a minute break for their title song “Bad Company.” Joe Walsh next appeared with his large band, including Waddy Wachtel on guitar, dual drummers Joe Vitale and Chad Cromwell, Larry Young on bass, Jimmy Wallace on keys, Clayton Janes on samples, and backing singers Rickey Washington, Leslie Fuller, Lois Mahalia and Windy Wagner. Joe did songs from throughout his cacontinued on pg. 20...

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reer; opening with his James Gang classic “Walk Away,” then following with a take on Sly & the Family Stone’s “Everyday People.” He tapped his ‘Barnstorm’ album for “Mother Says” and “Turn to Stone,” and returned to the James Gang catalog for “Funk No. 49” and “Bomber” (complete with his guitar solo interlude that incorporated “Bolero” and “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”). Although jovial for most of the set, Joe turned serious when he dedicated the Eagles’ “Take It to the Limit” in memory of “…my brother and bandmate, Glenn Frey.” Joe turned his hit “Life’s Been Good” into an audience singalong before closing out the set with another Eagles number, “Life in the Fast Lane.” When the crowd demanded an encore, Joe and company quickly returned to finish out the night with the legendary “Rocky Mountain Way.” Joe frequently demonstrated his guitar mastery, as well as his trademark sense of humor. He and his seasoned band cast

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had fun on the stage, to the joy of the crowd. July was again Arts Festival month in Centre County, and this year I was able to catch portions of all three events during Arts Festival weekend. Since my band, The Backyard Rockers, helped lead off the 24th annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts in Boalsburg, I was able to see many of the other acts during the first day, Thursday, on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Among them was Truth Seekers, who performed on the South Stage. Singer/guitarist Katherine Kaufman and Mark Knarr  on djembe and backing vocals did a mixture of original songs and select classics. Katherine displayed an expressive voice with personality, and Mark effectively worked the tones on his djembe as they performed catchy original songs like “Well Come On,” “Sweet Harmony” and “Shine Your Light,” plus favorites from Johnny Nash, Johnny Cash, Melanie, the Youngbloods, CCR and more. I then saw the Dave Zentner Trio on the North Stage. Flanked by Tommy Wareham on guitar and Steve Bowman on sax, namesake Dave sang a variety of country and select pop favorites, including songs from George Strait, Ronnie Milsap, Glen Campbell, The Drifters and Frank Sinatra, plus showcased Steve’s talents on Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax.” Back at the South Stage, the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners performed traditional bluegrass, folk and original songs. Steve Buckalew on mandolin and vocals, Gwen Stimely on banjo and vocals, Marc Prave on upright bass and vocals, and guitarists/ singers Steve Crawford and Jeremy Tosten spotlighted numbers off their new ‘Shine’ CD such as “I’ll Be Your Johnny Cash,” “Meadow” and “Country Girl,” displaying bright harmonies and crisp instrumental skills. Following them, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats were again amazing; it was fun watching passers-by stop and gaze when they heard namesake “Miss Melanie” Mor-

rison belting out her incredible voice! The group mixed up some new and older songs, and introduced a stunning, bluesy take on the Beatles’ “Help!” Ending the day was Joe Bonson & Coffee Run, who blended traditional country and original songs. Joe and his group spotlighted songs from his new album ‘A Country Life’, plus tunes from Webb Pierce, George Jones and more. I also caught the Saturday evening portion of this year’s 50th annual Central PA Festival of the Arts in State College. I first saw the latter half of Velveeta’s performance on the Sidney Friedman Park stage. Singer/ guitarist Brian Kriley, bassist/singer John Matthews, keyboardist/singer Brent Martin and drummer/singer John Harper stirred up lawn dancing action with “cheesy” favorites from the Bangles, B-52’s, Bon Jovi, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and more. I then headed to the Festival Shell stage in front of Penn State’s Old Main to see the latter part of Dustbowl Revival’s performance. From Venice, California, Dustbowl Revival’s sound is rooted in the Dust Bowl era, and combines elements of Americana, jazz, ragtime and jug band music into an upbeat, pleasant mix. Eight members strong, the group did original numbers and their own slant on time-tested classics, ending with their distinctive take on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and the ragtime-flavored “Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well.” I next saw the first half of The Tillers’ performance on the Allen Street stage. The Tillers spotlighted original bluegrass, folk and Americana music, doing numbers themed around their hometown of Cincinnati, including “There Is a Road” (about Route 50, which passes through Cincinnati as it stretches from coast to coast) and “The George Street Beat” (about the city’s jazz and blues heritage). The Chris Bell Band then closed out the day at the Festival Shell stage. Slinging guitar and singing, Chris did many of his original songs

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plus select rock and country classics; flanked by bassist Brian McHugh and drummer Ben Leaper. Chris introduced new songs such as “Bucket List” and “Whole Lotta Whiskey,” songs from his ‘Bell Countyline’ CD, and select favorites from ZZ Top, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean and more. Special guest Mikayla Clemens joined the group to sing backing vocals on several numbers. (Read the feature cover story about Chris and his band elsewhere in this issue.) An emerging new arts festival, Lemont Fest, entered its second year during last month’s Arts Festival weekend. Centered around Village Green in Lemont (outside State College), Lemont Fest featured local art and craft vendors, food vendors, rail car rides, and live music with an emphasis on acoustic. On the final day, Sunday, I arrived during ESP’s performance. Singer/percussionist Ralf Southard, singer/bassist Pat Elliott, guitarist Jerre Price and keyboardist/violinist/singer Eileen Christman blended original songs with their distinctive, vocally-rich takes on classic rock numbers. Highlights included the Eileen-penned original “Last Word,” plus their versions of Toto’s “Africa,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” and their amazing read on Crosby Stills continued on pg. 22..

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The Professor continued.... & Nash’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” The Tommy Roberts then wrapped up the festival’s music. Brian Cleary on electric and acoustic guitar and Nate Cutshall on acoustic guitar and harmonica mixed acoustic folk and blues flavors as they did original songs and a few select covers. They opened with “Sweet Home Chicago,” before introducing a number of originals such as “Kansas City Mud,” “True Heart,” “Train 188,” “Way to Go” and more. The two musicians switched up on instruments to keep things fresh, and their songs and performances were solid. While arriving rains relegated its day-ending fireworks display to a cloud and smoke-enveloped multi-colored thunderstorm, this year’s Central PA 4th Fest still provided two days of live area music to celebrate America’s independence. After my own band, The Backyard Rockers, helped open 4th Fest’s second day on the Centre Stage, I got to witness the rest of the performers on that stage throughout the day and evening. From North Carolina, 16-year-old singer/songwriter Michael Dermott won unanimous audience approval as he performed original songs and favorites. Accompanied by his father, Dave, on cajon, Michael sang originals such as “Find Somebody” and “Beginning to Fall in Love,” plus numbers from Tom Petty, Elvis Presley and Bob Marley as he strummed acoustic guitar and ukulele. Next, Huntingdon’s Reboot mixed up classic and current rock, country and funk hits. Singer/guitarist Josh Crownover, singer/keyboardist/ guitarist Matt Kyle, bassist/singer Brian Smith and drummer Chris Skipper performed favorites from AC/ DC, Poison, Eddie Money, ZZ Top, Bruno Mars, Rascal Flatts and more, with guest Eileen Christman adding violin licks to the set-ending rendition of AC/DC’s “TNT.” State College-based foursome August Winters then followed with a set of mostly punk-driven original alternative rock. Led by singer/guitarist Drew Zimmerman, August Winters performed original tunes plus numbers from Gin Blossoms, The Killers, Good Charlotte and more. OverheaD continued the music with their unique mix of classic and original rock. Some of their highlights included an update of former local band Backstreet Van Gogh’s 1980 song “Catch a New Wave,” and violinist Eileen Christman’s scorching display during the set-ending version of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Next was Blind Horse Wagon, performing a mixture of folk, Americana, blues and original songs. Featuring singer/guitarist Doug Irwin, upright bassist/ guitarist Bryan Homan, Bill Ritzman on accordion and Sam Spurrier on dobro; Blind Horse Wagon performed several of Doug’s original songs from his ‘The Bridges I Burn’ CD, along with select numbers from Hank Williams, Joe Ely, Chris Knight and Tom Russell. As rains picked up in intensity, ESP performed their set of acoustic classic rock favorites, including numbers from Kansas, Doobie Brothers, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bee Gees, Toto and more. Mysterytrain then led up to the fireworks with their brand of original jam rock. This was my first time seeing them since Dan Klock’s return to the fold. He, keyboardist/singer Gina Riggio, bassist Scott Myers, percussionist Jacob Haqq-Misra and drummer Chuck Bailey mixed old and new original jams, including the expansive “Flow River Flow.” And following the smoky fireworks display, Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band ended 4th Fest with their annual street dance. With Tucker Landis filling in for C’Jay Castello on guitar this night, the group performed numerous original songs from their new CD ‘Trinkets & Time Travelers’, along with their unique versions of favorites from Dolly Parton, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Prince and more. After a highly successful five-year run on area stages, Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs bid farewell early last month with a huge finale at Altoona’s Railroaders Mucontinued on pg. 23...

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The Professor continued.... seum as part of the Alive at Five Summer Concert Series. Indiana’s Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing opened the night with an impressive set of mostly original, jazz-toned progressive acoustic rock. All four members displayed excellent skills; singer Jason Gamble brought his soulful cadence, energy and personality, Brendon Bassler showed precision and attention to detail on his guitar, Josh Williams’ drumming was sharp and tasteful, and double-bass player Nick Adams showed his artistry with his extended bass solo display that launched the group’s distinctive version of the Beatles’ “Come Together.” Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing made the best of their first Railroaders Museum visit and steadily won over the audience as they performed original songs such as “The Bliss In This,” “Tough Love,” “Bartender,” “Strange Future” and “Lucky.” Pure Cane Sugar took it from there, showcasing bright harmonies and innovative arrangements on their mix of original songs and select covers. Guitarist Kate Twoey and singer Natty Lou Race brought the voices and melodies, while Jason “Junior”Tutwiler scorched on slide guitar, with bassist Bob Hart and drummer Daryl Branford blending together punchy, inventive rhythms. Pure Cane Sugar did songs from their soon-to-be-released new CD, as well as creative arrangements on Neil Young’s “Mr. Soul” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Rain clouds moved in and opened up moments before Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs were to begin, delivering a drenching downpour onto the Museum’s rail yard. But fans were not deterred, and the rain tapered off as the group fired through the first couple of songs in their swan song set. It quickly became a party, as singer/guitarist Mark Simanski, sister Jill on lead vocals, guitarists Joe Scott and Brandon Kane, bassist Justin Brown and drummer Steve Holtz played two sets of modern country favorites. They kept the crowd happy and dancing with numbers from Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert,

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Randy Houser, Sugarland, Garth Brooks and more. Several guests joined along the way, including Toby Hunter on drums and Brad Davis on bass. As the show wound down, the group thanked the audience for their support over the past few years, and closed out their tenure on area stages with their jubilant rendition of Alabama’s “Mountain Music.” Fireworks then capped the night, presented by Epic Pyrotechnics. Bad Company tribute group Mad Co. headlined another Alive at Five concert last month at the Railroaders Museum. Openers Backlash led off the night strong with their mix of rock from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with a few original tunes thrown in. You could tell guitarists/ singers Buck Dickson and Wade Shumaker, bassist/ singer Dan McCorkle and drummer Mike Simone were fired up, and they fed off the crowd energy as their set went along. The cheers grew louder as Backlash stormed through numbers from Bush, Ramones, Rare Earth, AC/ DC, Stone Temple Pilots, David Bowie, Sublime, Golden Earring, Social Distortion, Foo Fighters and more. They also did amped-up versions of George Michael’s “Faith” and Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff,” and received warm responses for their original tunes “Things Can Only Get

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Better” and “Days Go Past.” Having attended the aforementioned Bad Company/Joe Walsh concert weeks prior, I was curious to see and hear how Long Island-based Bad Company tribute Mad Co. stacked up. They quickly won the Railroaders Museum audience; especially singer Bob Weir’s voice, soul and cadence, which very much paralleled the legendary Paul Rodgers. Bob was fired up from the start, belting out the voice on two sets of Bad Company classics and honoring the crowd and venue at every opportunity. The rest of Mad Co. was strong as well – guitarist Joe Siciliano, bassist Billy Dee, drummer Jeff Hickman and keyboardist/backing vocalist Jack Walker – packed the essential wallop into their Bad Company set list. Mad Co. covered almost all of the essential Bad Company catalog, opening with “Live for the Music” (just like the real thing did at First Niagara weeks before), “Movin’ On,” “Run with the Pack,” “Honey Child,” “Wild Fire Woman,” “Silver Blue and Gold,” “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad,” “Ready for Love,” “Burnin’ Sky,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Shooting Star,” “Can’t Get Enough” and more. Joe strapped on the acoustic guitar while Jeff stepped from behind the kit to play tambourine on “Seagull.” Mad Co. also honored Paul Rodgers’ other output, performing Free’s “Wishing Well” and The Firm’s “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” And closing their second set before the encore, Mad Co. got raucous cheers from the crowd when they stretched the ending of “Rock and Roll Fantasy” into the Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride.” When the crowd quickly demanded an encore, Mad Co. answered quickly with the song “Bad Company” before closing the night with a rousing rendition of Free’s big classic, “All Right Now.” Indoors, last month’s Rocking for Rhonda benefit at the Bottom Den in Stoystown raised funds, love and solidarity for longtime area rock fan Rhonda Griffith, who has encountered some hardships over the past Pennsylvania Musician Magazine

couple of years; and it also featured the reunion of 1990s Pittsburgh powerhouse Whiskey High for the first time in more than 17 years. Jason DeWitt, FaiL and Inside Out all performed before my arrival, but I did get there in time to catch my first look at Pittsburgh’s Rokbot, reuniting Defiant alumni Chris Dittman (also former Whiskey High frontman), bassist Heath Cleek and Fred Griest, with former Whiskey High drummer Rich Palone behind the kit. Rokbot was powerful on their blend of heavy-rocking originals and select covers. Chris still has the voice, and belted out on original tunes like “Left Of You,” “Civil War” and “Never,” as well as tunes from Audioslave, Tool, and – to end their set – Whitesnake’s “Crying in the Rain.” Next was my first look at the current edition of Pittsburgh’s Skell with new singer Wally Wright and drummer Jordan McClure (taking over following the passing of Keith Kweder early last year). Skell wasted no time in reaffirming they are still one of western PA’s most ferocious bands, exploding on a mix of new and older original power metal. They did volatile numbers off their ‘Shangri LA 27’ CD such as “Haven’t Decided Yet,” “The Hole” and “Go,” and introduced new assaults such as “Deaf Ears” and “I Am the One” (the last song they wrote with Keith). Wally showed the vocal aggression and attitude up front, and it was great to hear Mike Palone’s distinctive guitar roar again! The Whiskey High reunion then closed out the night; the classic roster of singer Scott “Woody” Boyd, guitarist Mike Palone, drummer Rich Palone and bassist Mike Ekis sounded like they had never been away from the stage, immediately launching into their best-known numbers and fan favorites. Fans quickly assembled in front of the stage as Whiskey High revived popular heavy-rocking assaults like “Anxiety,” “Real Life,” “Believe,” “Stand Tall,” “Time,” “Axeslayer,” the ballad “How Can You Lie” and the group’s title song, “Whiskey High.” To finish the night, Scott beckoned Chris and Wally to the stage, and all three barked out the vocal lead on a slamming, night-ending rendition of Pantera’s “Walk,” which stormed to a feverish, head-thrashing end. Rocking For Rhonda provided an excellent night of music, and showed support and solidarity for a music scene friend in need. Other events and performers I saw included Strait & Miller and the Nick Miller Project with Gabe Green during last month’s Showing For Victory, Pulling For Kids Benefit at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds (raising money for Camp Dost, a children’s cancer camp in Danville)…Adam Ernst & Chris Spaid, playing country favorites during last month’s inaugural Northern Cambria County Heritage Festival in downtown Northern Cambria…PennSoulVania, Zach Wade & the Good Grief and rap artist Vi$a during the late June “Sun Moon Summer Jam” at Altoona’s Sun Moon Sports Bar…Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors during Jim’s annual Summer Rhythm Renewal event at St. Francis University’s Boilerhouse…Darkness On The Radio and Fyre during a metal-rocking triple-bill at McGarvey’s in Altoona… Centre County classic rockers Missing Link at The Arena in State College…Doubtfire at Altoona’s Four Dees continued on pg. 24...

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Voice Lessons by Mycenea Worley

For many people singing is one of the greatest joys in life. Whether you’re singing in your car, or in front of an audience of thousands, there’s no form of musical expression that is more personal. Our voices are the most readily available instruments on earth. It is estimated that 98% of us can learn to sing and it’s a healing, expressive, gift. We learn from our families, our friends, and our favorite musicians. It’s wonderful!

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The Professor continued.... Lounge. And Felix & the Hurricanes during their weekly Sunday jam at Altoona’s Black & Gold Tavern. Sadly, the northeast PA music scene lost a renowned member with the passing of George Wesley on July 19 after a battle with liver cancer. He was 62. George entthertained audiences for decades in various reggae-geared projects, such as the nationally-recognized George Wesley and the Irietations, George Wesley’s Small Axe Orchestra and the George Wesley Band. Much respected, George inspired a generation of younger musicians. And New York’s Michael Haar, who rocked area stages as the drummer for New York-based Kiss tribute act Kiss Alive NYC, and also as a fill-in drummer for Harrisburg rockers StarChild, passed away unexpectedly on June 20th at age 50. We share our sincerest condolences with the families and friends of both musicians. News and notes…Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard and Billy Price are among many entertainers at this year’s Flood City Music Festival, happening Aug. 4-7 at People’s Natural Gas Park near downtown Johnstown… The third annual Stay Green Benefit, held in memory of Cambria County caped superhero “Cambria GreenMan” Bryan Haluska, happens Aug. 21 at Patton Park in Patton, with proceeds benefiting Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch program; performers include Dallas Zimmerman, FontaVella, Prude and more…The zombie apocalypse arrives in Altoona later this month with the inaugural ZombieTown USA event during the weekend of Aug. 26-27; the weekend of zombie-themed events includes a concert at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum with Ozzy Osbourne tribute group Land Of Ozz, plus bands performing at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza, Baker Mansion and other locations...Doubtfire and Nobody’s Heroes entertain craft beer enthusiasts during the annual Rails & Ales Brewfest on Aug. 27 at the Railroaders Museum, with proceeds benefiting Altoona Community Theatre…Nobody’s Heroes has released their new CD, ‘One Foot on the Gas, The Other in the Grave’… Ted McCloskey has issued his new CD, ‘Last Flower Standing’…Hate Grenade is again seeking a new bass player, as Buddy Reilly is departing the group…Sincerest and speedy get well wishes to Big Jim Ricotta, who is logging hospital time early this month. Please send correspondence and recordings to: Jim Price, 1104 S. Catherine St., Altoona, PA 16602. You can also e-mail me at jptheprofessor@gmail.com. And if you’re into social networking, look me up on Facebook or Google+. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!

If you sing often, whether it’s for public performance, or for your own growth, I’d really like to encourage you to find a vocal coach. Not because you don’t know how to find tones and notes, but because the human voice is the only instrument that you will ever learn how to play that can physically harm you if you don’t properly care for it. To be blunt, you can kill your voice by playing it too hard. You might feel a push or a tickle in your pipes as you continue to strive to perfect the growl or scream of an admired rock singer or you might strain to hit the high notes of one of your favorite pop singers. If you are experiencing any type of fatigue, hoarseness, excessive coughing, or strain, that is a signal that your body is not digging what you’re doing to your pipes. Imitating your favorite artists is not off of the table, but hurting yourself while trying to achieve their sound should be. Your sound is unique, and beautiful, and perfect. And, only by learning how to use your instrument, You, will you find your own voice. And, when you find your voice, it will not only feel comfortable, it will be rewarding beyond description as you begin to have fun developing your own style. Continued use of poor technique, can be harmful, not only physically (hoarseness, recurring laryngitis, or even the development of vocal nodules) it can be devastating mentally (loss of creative expression or even fear of talking). I can speak from personal experience. From the time I started gigging with a band I experienced vocal fatigue, I continued to push for years until I eventually lost my voice, my gigs, and my career as a presenter. My experience with a speech therapist left me questioning literally every sound that I made and I was afraid that

I’d never be able to sing again. I would like to save you from this, so, in the coming months I will offer some tips that have been helpful to me. By using proper vocal techniques I have completely recovered, and my voice is stronger than ever! My first bits of advice are simple. Drink water. Drink a ton of room-temperature water. Then drink some more! A singer can lose up to a gallon of water during the course of a performance, especially during these hot months! Water is to vocal cords like oil is to a car. It keeps things running nice and smoothly. Save alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated or sugary drinks for after the performance, they’ll gum up the works and dehydrate you. If someone buys you a shot while you’re on stage make a toast, raise your glass, and save it for later. Your fans don’t want you to hurt yourself. They love you. Warming up is a must. If you’re going to sing for three hours you’re putting your voice under great strain, and you owe it to those little muscles that are working so hard to help you sound amazing to wake them up gently. I used to think that singing a few quieter tunes at the beginning of the first set was adequate. I was wrong and I’ll get more into that next month. In the interim, check out vocal coaches on YouTube and start to build your own library of warm ups. There are a ton of great people out there and I’m sure you’ll find someone you can relate to. Take the time to learn about your voice and how it works, and you’ll make great improvements! In closing, if you are feeling any discomfort while singing, I can’t encourage you enough to meet with a person who can observe your technique and help you to correct any bad habits. A professional will offer you exercises to meet your wants, and they will recognize areas for growth, and offer you pointers as well. It should always be a collaborative experience. And, if you’re losing your voice, take it seriously. Make an appointment with an ENT to find out if there is a physical underlying cause. Take care of your voice and your fans will thank you! Mycenea is a Singer/Songwriter with over 15 years of performance experience. She teaches contemporary (rock, pop, & country) voice lessons at Trez Music Studio in Mechanicsburg and at her home studio in Landisburg. If you have questions or would like to book a lesson please send an e-mail to mycenea@hotmail.com

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cruited to the club scene. The band’s popularity grew exponentially and they began landing opening gigs for national acts such as Meatloaf, Foghat, and central PA’s very own the Sharks. Soon they could be seen performing their original brand of upbeat rock and roll all across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and into New York City. They’ve traveled to Colorado and San Francisco, up to Vermont, and down to Florida to perform. They continued to write and record throughout, eventually releasing six albums of material to a rabid and loyal fan base.   It has been a nearly three-decade run for the band.  There were some personnel changes along the way, adding longtime members Tim Nagle on drums, Rod Walls

on keys, and Mike Rauscher on guitar. Today the Armadillos play just a few select gigs a year, bringing many years of experience to the stage.     It should be noted that Ted is an actual New Bloomfield native, having grown up in the house known as the Maples. The entire band, in fact, has spent many a night and made many friends here in Perry County. Ted, Mike, Joe, Rod, Michael, Brian, and Tim are super excited to be performing where so many great times were had and memories were made! For more information about the Armadillos, please check out their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/The-Armadillos-Armapocolypse-180493002052279.   SLP Concerts continues to bring astounding acts into Pennsylvania and beyond this is just one of the many be sure to see their ad on page 17 for many more events taking place. The F.M. Kirby Center and SLP Concerts present top progressive metal band, Dream Theater, for their Astonishing Live tour at the Kirby Center on Friday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. and will be available through the Kirby Center box office, online at www.kirbycenter.org and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100. There will be a special Kirby Member pre-sale starting Wednesday, August 3 at 10:00 a.m. Dream Theater’s fans expect the best, always, and they welcome progression, change, and the pursuit of creative muses in equal measure. It’s this tireless devotion that’s allowed cofounders John Petrucci (guitar) and John Myung (bass), enduring cornerstones LaBrie (vocals) and Jordan Rudess (keys), and five-years-deep Mike Mangini (drums) to build a liberating creative environment where they seamlessly transition from the Rush-meets-Metallica shred of early ‘90s MTV hit “Pull Me Under,” to the Pink Floyd infused atmosphere of “Peruvian Skies,” to the 20 minute epic “The Count of Tuscany,” with some of their most inspired work erupting in just the past few years across modern, legacy-cementing platters A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011) and Dream Theater (2013). Dream Theater’s first conceptually driven masterpiece, Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999), is spoken about by the Dream Theater faithful in the same reverent tones as cultural touchstone concept albums by The Who, 26

Pink Floyd, Green Day, and Nine Inch Nails. For their staunch determination, diverse compositions, and effortlessly authentic output, Dream Theater has been rewarded with Grammy nominations, over 12 million in worldwide album sales, and countless accolades from guitar, keyboard, drum, bass, and vocal publications, students, and aficionados in particular. They’ve shared stages with iconic institutions like Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Yes, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (to name but a few). But most importantly, they’ve earned a fanbase whose loyalty, deep involvement, and passion is unmatched. Tickets: $34.75, $44.75, $54.75, & $69.75, plus fees. There are many events and benefits happening this month be sure to check out all the ads and read the reviews of shows that have already happened. Be sure if you’re an advertiser to submit any press releases “Across the Desk”. If you have any suggestions for making the PA Musician Magazine a better publication or ideas I would be happy to give a listen. I’m thankful to be done with this issue and must get it to the printer. Thanks for read-

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or form a Motley Crue tribute band. Prefer all-female, but open to other ideas. Based out of south central PA and willing to travel. Email djsharon@comcast. net or contact me on Facebook at Sharon Militello, or call 717-465-8119. WANTED: Looking for drummer, lead & rhythm guitarists & bass to start a heavy metal band e-mail

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me at tammysboy2986@ gmail.com or text 724915-1789 name’s Jim WANTED: Mature rhythm guitarist and vocals seeks mature female guitarist or keys (vocals a plus) for practice sessions (rock,oldies, country, blues) for practice sessions with goal of forming a duo . Altoona area. 814-626-0359  or 814-935-1201.

WANTED: Classic Rock Project. Serious people only. Vocalist needs bassist, drummer and lead guitarist. Call Ken 570-6223964. WANTED: The band Old Man Wolf from Gettysburg seeks Lead Guitarist. We play original hard and heavy rock. If you can jam and shred with taste, call or text: 717-300-0148 email: oldmanwolf1@gmail.com

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WANTED: Looking to Jam. State College guitarist looking to jam. Call Justice 410 353 3425 WANTED: Traditional Country Band and then some, Seeking Drummer, male, female welcome. Experience level not that important! Come grow with us. Be mature with good attitude, that’s all we ask. Pocono area. Practice in Lake Ariel, Saturday

evenings currently. 570352-4697. WANTED: Singer needs Bass player, Drummer and Lead Guitar for project. Classic rock and originals. Call Ken 570-622-3964. WANTED: Guitarist for established band Rhythm and lead duties Surf and Rockabilly. Lancaster PA typical 2 gigs per month. Email - craigmmiller35@

me.com 717-808-1129. WANTED: Bass Player for slammin’ blues/rock trio. Originals & cover. MUST SING up to high A 5th fret gtr. No drugs/issues. Call John 570-287-3954.

York County. mdbach1@ hotmail.com or 717-3795533.

WANTED: The band Old Man Wolf from Gettysburg seeks Lead Guitarist. We play original hard and heavy rock. If you can jam WANTED: Female or and shred with taste, call or Male Vocalist to complete text: 717-300-0148 email: tight 70’s rock project. oldmanwolf1@gmail.com Heavy on the Zeppelin requisite range and pres- WANTED: Looking for ence required. Northern drummer lead&rhythm guitarists & bass to start a heavy metal band e-mail me at tammysboy2986@ gmail.com or text 724915-1789 name’s Jim WANTED: Mature rhythm guitarists and vocalist seeks mature female guitarist or keys (vocals a plus) for practice sessions (rock, oldies, country, blues) for practice sessions with goal of forming a duo . Altoona area. 814-6260359  or 814-935-1201.

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WANTED: Looking for intermediate guitar player (rock & Blues) play & practice Call 717 319-0919

WANTED Professional rock musicians are looking for a young and talented front man or woman with rocker image and stage presence for Motley Crue themed band. 717-3764444 WANTED Male or female friends! Play by ear or music: Accordion Concertina, ukulele or any instruments. English, Spanish, Portuguese, call from anywhere in PA. Call Mike’s cell at 610-620-8833. WANTED: Steady, on time solid drummer for hard/ modern rock cover band. Selinsgrove area. Call 570412-7614. WANTED Guitarist, vocalist to form duo with keyboard player for working situation. Looking for seasoned all style player, Danville area. Please call 570-594-5627. WANTED Bassist needed for Country Rock: must be team player, gigs already

booked. Ready to record full length CD. Matt, 717773-3773. The PA Musician Magazine is brought to you by the advertisers in our paper. PLEASE support them and say, “ I saw your ad.”

MUSICIANS AVAILABLE AVAILABLE: Bassist/Vocalist. 61 years old with many years experience. Looking for a band. Classic Rock, Blues, country, it’s all good. Professional attitude, and gear. Don’t smoke or drink. From the State College, Lock Haven, Williamsport area. planetmark18@hotmail.com AVAILABLE: Female bass player with over 13 years live and recording experience looking to join or form a Motley Crue tribute band. Prefer all-female, but open to other ideas. Based out of south central

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PA and willing to travel. Email djsharon@comcast. net or contact me on Facebook at Sharon Militello, or call 717-465-8119. AVAILABLE:   ‘Badlees songwriting collaborator Mike Naydock is available for collaborations for your next project.  I have 3 songs in the new Sean Modica movie “All in Time”, and am looking to be as busy as possible with song and songwriting projects for new releases, licensing, etc.vIf you’d like to work together, drop me a line at m_naydock@yahoo.com to hear what I’ve been up to. AVAILABLE: Drummer. Can sing lead or harmony. Into Jazz, Blues, R&B, old and new Country. Call Gary at 410-802-9737. AVAILABLE: Got a place to rehearse, can we get reasonable volume, weekends, guitarist, 53, Harrisburg area. Very good with covers 70’s, 80’s, my window of opportunity unfolds. 717-303-4211. AVAILABLE: Bassist with 25 years experience and pro gear. Southern and hard rock preferred. Part time. No drugs. No drama.

Harrisburg area. bassistintheburg@gmail.com AVAILABLE: Electric bassist seeks band into Jazz Fusion standards. Funk Free Jazz. Willing to form band or join established band. Are you out there??? Call 570-454-1917. AVAILABLE: Guitar player looking for another guitarist to jam, record, etc. State College area. Call Justice 410-353-3425. AVAILABLE: Mature guy (retired), experienced acoustic bass player looking for tradition bluegrass, classic country or gospel band. Call 717-273-2833.

Looking for that special person to complete your group? Are you a talented musician and are available to perform in the perfect combination or willing to fill in at a moments notice? Maybe you have equipment and gear that you want to move out so you can purchase new gear. The PA Musician Magazine Classifieds are FREE for the first 25 words. You can email your FREE CLASSIFIED to: Rnoll@pamusician.net or send to PA Musician Magazine, PO Box 362, Millerstown, PA 17062. Sorry no FREE Classifieds accepted over the phone.

AVAILABLE: Guitar player, some keyboards, strong vocals, top equipment available in Lehigh Valley/ Pocono area. Can travel. Original classic rock. I have rehearsal space. Experienced. Call 610-5881640.

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AVAILABLE: Bass player, 30 years experience, looking for band or acoustic act that’s performing classic, modern rock variety. Have good strong vocals, equipment, transportation. Reading area. Call 610451-3824.

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