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By Josh Noll Welcome to the dog dayz of summer and another installment of the PA Musician Magazine. This month blew by in a whirlwind of RAIN!! It’s rained so much that I’ve started to develop a British accent and spend my days wearing rain boots, watching the yard get longer and longer. But let’s not dwell on it and hope that July is full of sunshine, vacations, and live music! On ONE of the nice Saturdays, I was able to get out and enjoy the day on the ‘Northwest Lancaster River Trail’. This trail runs from Columbia up through Marrietta, Bainbridge and ending in Falmouth. It is a mostly paved and a flat trail so it’s perfect for all skill levels and ages. The great part is, if you time it right, you can bike/hike/run the trail in the afternoon and then stop at Marrietta to McCleary’s Pub House for some fine food and some great live music. We drank “after ride beers”, talked about the sites along the trail, ate some great food and then watched the band Dillweed perform, all while sitting at the same table. The band was great and McCleary’s Pub House had an inviting vibe with plenty of different seating areas to choose from. If you’re there for the band, just let them know and they will seat you so you can enjoy the show. You can also pick up the latest copy of the PA Musician at McCleary’s, but get there early in the month as they usually disappear pretty quick.
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Dillweed at McCleary’s Pub Last month I was visiting some new and old local favorites and decided we would do a little refresher on some places that are really supporting local and national live music. These two places might not be on your radar for live music, but they should be. They are The Rusty Rail Brewing Company and Laurel Run Lodge “aka Chick’s”. These two places represent two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to size and location. They both offer the same great support for the local music scene by bringing in great out of town talent, and by supporting the local guys with weekly open mic nights. Both are lucky enough to be supported by great local musicians. Scott Bachman and Bryan Noaker host the open mic for Rusty Rail and Zach King with his Kingfish & Friends heading up duties at The Laurel Run Lodge. For the full Rusty Rail story, head over to page 13 and see what
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Rachel Rocks has to say and I will fill you in on Laurel Run Lodge. The bar “also known as” Chick’s. Ahhh, Chick’s...it has been around for as long as I can remember. In fact, its one of the earliest bars I was ever in. As a family, back in the early days, we would often go camping at Cornel Denning State Park. It was just a couple backroads away from our house and was an easy place for Whitey and Robin to take us kids to swim in the lake, fish, hike, and have a great time. One of the critical stops on the way, before we headed over the mountain, was Chick’s. Dad always said it was to let the old Dodge van cool off before we headed up over the mountain. We mostly waited outside and threw rocks, while dad went in and had a couple drinks and chatted with the locals. It was always a ‘spot’, no matter where we were going, that Dad always had to stop at when going by. So yeah, I spent some time there wondering what the hell Dad was up too. Fast Forward to the year 2019 and The Laurel Run Lodge “aka Chick’s” has made some serious changes, while also keeping to its’ roots in many ways. In November of 2017, Chick’s got some new owners in the way of locals, Rob Wright and Sarah Zeiders. They knew right away that live music was one of the things they wanted to keep in the future for The Laurel Run Lodge along with a major facelift and remodel. In true entrepreneur style, they did the work themselves and the result of all of their hard work is a very clean and tightly run bar with a unique interior design and a cozy feel. The food is great and I must say the prices take me back to when I was stopping in with Dad in the 80’s. I was pleasantly surprised when my bill came, and the fries and BLT were banging! Along with the great prices came great service, even when the bar suddenly filled up for the start of Kingfish & Friends Open Mic Night. About a half hour from Carlisle, it offers a nice road trip away from the city that’s not too far off the beaten path. When you consider most trips to a venue, no matter how close, still take a decent amount of time to get too. The Wednesday night weekly open mic hosted by Kingfish & Friends, led by Zach King of The Flat Wheels (who is always up to music related business including his solo act opening up for David Allen Coe later this month at Reverb in Reading on July 26th), always has great local support. The night I was there it was a full bar, with plenty of people signing up for the open mic. We arrived just before Zach and his crew kicked it off and shortly after the guys started playing, the place really got into it and full attention was on the band. It was nice seeing the whole bar listening to the music and cheering after each song and really making each musician feel welcomed. Seems sometimes open mics are just in-the-corner sort of things, but here it was very clear everyone was there for the music. I got to hear some great musicians including my
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old buddy Shawn Pike, who I typically see around the campfire singing his tunes. From what I am told, you never know who will show up with past appearances from the likes of Pete Netznik, Joe King, Mike Foltz, and even a visit from Calvin Ott and Don Bailey of Bailey’s Crossing But it doesn’t stop with the open mic, Rob and Sarah have let Zach run wild on the booking and he’s been able to get some great names and talent that doesn’t make it to our area often. Last month they had Hello June, a West Virginia Based indie-rock band, that has been making noise all across the country with the release of their debut LP. This month, along with open mic, they have some local and some not so local bands playing. On the 19th they have a local band from the Camp Hill area, The Jacks. They are an Americana style band that play some interesting twists on covers along with some great original tunes. On the 27th they are bringing a little slice of Nashville to your backyard with Pat Reedy and The Longtime Goners along with Philadelphia locals Rylan Brooks. I know if you have never heard of the band you might say is that Garth’s son? Well no, that’s actually the band name consisting of Nate Rylan and Chris Brooks who met running cargo up and down I-95, but have turned to slinging music instead. They are a country western band playing 60’s and 70’s outlaw country style music with catchy tunes like Gunslinger and Friend Of The Road. I suggest you check out the website for the band@ rylanbrooks.com and give the music a listen. If Willie and Waylon are heard blasting from your 72 RS split-bumper Camaro, then you should check these guys out. You wont be disappointed. Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners are based out of Nashville. Originally from New Orleans, Pat makes honest honkytonk music for the modern world. As a young 21 year old, Reedy cut his teeth and busked on the streets of New Orleans, playing for crowds on Lower Decatur and Bourbon Street. This helped launch his career and meet up with his backing band the Longtime Goners. They have since moved to Nashville and have started recording albums and touring the backroads in an old 85 Dodge diesel pickup, hitting the dive bars, honky tonks, and punk houses across America, and now venturing up to you at the Laurel Run Lodge. You can check out Pat’s music and all he has going on at his website @www.patreedymusic.com. I do hope they bring that truck, it will be the perfect spot for the old girl to cool down and throw back some cold ones. So if rowdy country tunes, backed by a variety of stringed instruments is your cup of tea, then be sure to mark down Saturday, July 27th as your day to head out to Laurel Run Lodge and see what it’s all about. Along with great food prices and service, they also like to stick
to the rule of no cover charge and never raise drink prices when the band shows up. Heck, they even do DJ and Karaoke nights! So the next time your looking for adventure, or a place to share your tunes with a new crowd, head over to Laurel Run Lodge, “aka Chick’s”. You can follow along with what they are up to on Facebook @chickslaurelrunlodge. So that wraps it up for this month. Please spend some time and head out to a new bar or brewery this month. Go for a drive, take a hike or a swim, then find yourself a place to enjoy an evening of music. The paper is full of places like this, all over the state, and some right in your back yard! Check out everyone’s schedules and then plan your month, because before you know it, summer will be over and you can only blame yourself for not enjoying it. Take care PA, see you out on the road.
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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks
I hope everyone’s Summer is going as good as ours. We’ve been so busy and so crazy it’s all been a blur, but overall it’s a been a blast. In between little spurts of time that I was home I did manage to still squeeze in a few bands. This month started a long time ago on Memorial Day Weekend. After a super fun night of camping at Pinchot, my friend Holly and I decided to stop in at Artsfest to catch a few bands and eat some delicious food! We followed the music to the Central PA Jazz tent where Teen Town was on the stage. Teen Town are a three-piece jazz fusion band that really know how to rock! Even tho they are all 19 or younger, they don’t let their ages stop them, collectively they’ve played at over 1,000 shows already and they are just getting started. I met them this past year at the MMC, and they’ve played at tons of different festivals and events, and basically anywhere they possibly can. They were drawing in the people’s attention at Artsfest. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these guys soon! It started looking like it was going to storm, so we started heading for shelter. On the way to the shelter we stopped by the Kunkle Stage and saw a few songs from The Dark Matter Trio. Drew Hall from Calling Off Doug is also in Dark Matter Trio, rockin’ the bass! After the rain cleared and we scoped out all of our food choices, we headed back to the Central PA Friends of Jazz tent and we sat and listened to the Central PA Friends of Jazz Youth Band while we ate entirely too much food! The student ensemble was conducted by Ron Waters. It was cool to see Jazz music alive and well in so many young artists. They did a great job at giving all of the kids their chance to shine throughout the performance. The Central PA Friends of Jazz just had their 2019 Jazz Camp for youth ages 11-21. This year they had 106 students attend! It was an amazing time filled with training, playing, and lots of fun! If you have a young student who loves Jazz I would definitely stay tuned for their camp next year! You can also keep an eye on their website, www.friendsofjazz.org. Sunday night I headed to HMAC to celebrate my good friend, Terri’s 50th Birthday and to enjoy the live performance by Yngwie Malmsteen! For those that don’t know Yngwie Malmsteen is a phenomenal guitar player. He has recorded 20 studio albums in a career spanning almost 40 years! I honestly didn’t know that much about Yngwie, but Terri loved him so much when she was 13 she had a pet rabbit named Yngwie. I guess there have been shows where Yngwie doesn’t even show up, but he definitely showed up at HMAC. Before his amazingness took the stage, Paralandra opened the show. I can’t imagine how all of the stars must line up for an opening act to a great musician like Yngwie, but Paralandra landed the spot, and it was well deserved. Paralandra had
a female lead singer that definitely helped warm up the stage. Her range was insane and the entire band had crazy energy. I guess Yngwie ordered that they didn’t have any stage lighting while they played. The Capital Room is pretty dark without stage lights, so French Fry snuck some lights on, but not many. Paralandra didn’t let the lights phase them, they just rocked right through the darkness! After their set, Yngwie took the stage and the lights lit up the wall of Marshall stacks behind him! I was glad I saw the stage set up before I went, it was definitely a night for ear plugs. Luckily the sound guys did an amazing job and keeping everything dialed in and on point, I was told that it wasn’t unbearable even without ear plugs. I heard Nick Myers and the entire HMAC staff were loading in gear all day and getting things set up and queued in to perfection! They all had to be exhausted, but they kicked in full gear and kept everything running smoothly at HMAC. Yngwie played for almost a solid 2 hours. I couldn’t believe how many times he switched out the same exact guitar and had the guitar tech changing his strings and tuning guitars. I asked Aaron Zimmerman why he was doing that and his answer, “Because he can.. and it’s cool!” I guess Aaron was having a little guitar envy. Yngwie rocked his entire show and everyone I talked to loved the show! On a side note it was HMAC’s new owners, General Manager Patrick Hite and co-owner Chris Werner’s, 1st show. It had to be stressful, especially with someone
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as demanding as Yngwie, but they seemed to have pulled it off flawlessly. I can’t wait to see even more shows at HMAC. The following weekend it was time for the big Summer kickoff party, the DAM Party. It was once again an absolute blast, and this year it was even 2 days of awesomeness! This was DAM’s (Dwain, Ashley, and Mark’s) 7th year of DAM Parties, and they keep proving that they can make it bigger and better than the year before. The 1st night performances were Steel and Back in Black and the 2nd night was Road Case, STAVO, and The Pat Travers Band. I made it down to the DAM Party Friday night around 7pm and I couldn’t believe how packed the place was. The guys were a little nervous about having a two-night party, but there was no need to panic, I think they definitely made the right choice! Steel did an amazing job at getting the party started. I haven’t seen Steel for quite a while, and it was awesome to see so many people up dancing and having a rocking good time. It’s always fun having all of the headbangers unite and rockin’ til the bitter end of their set! Steel will be rockin’ Cliff’s Underground Live on Saturday, July 20th. Come on out and headbang all of your frustrations away. You can check out Steel’s full schedule in this issue and plan your next night out on the town. The last band of the night was Back in Black. The headbanging definitely continued and the crowd just got crazier! The weather was absolutely amazing Friday night and people just kept coming in. The stage and lights were all done by Pennsylvania Entertainment Group (PEG) Chuck, Paul, and John and the rest of the crew and it was insane. I honestly don’t know how many fog cannons they had on the front and sides of the stage, but I never saw so many CO2 canisters in one place for one show in my life! Of course as a photographer I wanted to find a way to disconnect them, but I guess as a regular bystander it did make it look pretty cool. Back in Black put on an amazing show as usual. Make sure and check out facebook.com/pamusicianmagazine for more cool pics in color of this event and all of our shows we all see throughout the month. Unfortunately, there is only so much space in the magazine and we can’t always fit everything in. I thought the DAM Party couldn’t get any crazier until I arrived there for Day 2. There were even more people set up everywhere and already having a great time even before the bands started. The DAM Party also allows free camping overnight and there were quite a few people taking advantage of the accommodations. The first band was Road Case. These guys are developing a great following in the area and playing all throughout central PA and beyond, it’s awesome seeing them get the recognition they deserve. Road Case plays real rock and roll from bands like Zepplin, Aerosmith, Gov’t Mule, GNR, just to name a few. When you have amazing musicians like all of these guys it’s great hearing them all rock out on their solos, guitar, bass, drums and of course vocals. It’s awesome watching them play the songs they love, enjoying every minute of it! You can catch Road Case at Blarney’s July 6th, you can also check out their ad in this issue and get their band booked at your venue or for your next event. STAVO was the next band of the night. They were traveling with The Pat Travers Band. I think they were a little bit of a shock to the crowd at first with their Progressive Rock music, but the crowd warmed up to them eventually, after all they are hard to resist. The whole band put on a great show, but of course I loved seeing a keyboard on stage, and when he whipped out his Keytar I was sold for sure! Unfortunately before STAVO’s set was completely over the rains came.. and came… Luckily the guys thought of everything and they also had 2 huge “circus” tents for all of us crazy fans to scurry under. There was plenty of beer, and even though the live musicians had to run and hide PEG still kept us entertained with music and a light continued on next page 9...
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Whiskey on The Run at Jubilee show. After close to a 2 hour delay, the thunder and lightning finally stopped and even tho it was still raining The Pat Travers Band came out and took the stage. Obviously, Pat Travers has some pretty dedicated fans because I couldn’t believe the amount of people that stayed through the rain in hopes they’d get to see him play. When they did come out, they didn’t disappoint. It was a great show and well worth the wait. I had the privilege of hanging with Pat back stage. It was awesome to see how down to Earth he was, most of the time he was just jamming away on his guitar with his little amp, giving all of us back stage our own private show! Overall, even through the rain, the DAM Party was an amazing success. Make sure and follow them on Facebook so you won’t miss next year’s DAM Party, I don’t know how they can make it any bigger and better, but I’m sure they will! The following week I headed up to Mif-
flinburg to do the interview with Scott Bachman of Rusty Rail Brewing Co. for the Cover Story. Lucky for me I was able to make it up there for one of their Thursday acoustic nights, and I was able to catch Jason P. Yoder’s set. Jason just got back from a tropical vacation and you could tell his heart was still on vacation. His music and his vibe made me feel like I was on vacation even in the heartland of Pennsylvania. It was a very chill night of music where he played a great mix of his originals and covers. Rusty Rail Brewing Company not only has amazing beer, but it also has a great vibe. The upstairs Game Room has plenty of room for everyone to hang and play some games, or just chill and listen to the music. They have Open Mic Mondays, Acoustic Thursdays, and they even bring in some national acts on occasion. Read all about Rusty Rail Brewing Company in this month’s cover story. After a few weekends away for family fun, it was time to get back to work. I had another special trip down to Lurch’s Lair to be a special guest co-host along with DJ Addam. Lurch’s Lair airs every Monday from 6-9. DJ Addam plays rock music during his show, but his host station www.neuregelradio.com, has 18 online DJs, they all play their own style of music, which also might fit your band, or your favorite genre of music. Check out Lurch’s Lair online at www.lurchslairradio.com and submit your music for consideration on his show. Online radio shows are an awesome way to get your music out for everyone to hear. It is aired throughout the world, and probably even beyond! If you missed listening live to my show or any show, you can catch them all as podcasts on his website. The night I was on we spent the last 2 hours just featuring rock bands from Pennsylvania, it’s amazing how continued on next page 10..
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OUT & ABOUT continued... much music is out there! The next adventure was to Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg. Jubilee Day is supposedly the largest, longest running, one-day street fair on the East Coast (maybe even the country!) This year they had 325 vendors and 2 different music stages. As soon as we parked we heard Whiskey on the Rocks on the stage. We followed the music and stopped to listen to a few songs from these guys. It’s awesome to see Ryan Alan and Corey McCartney back on stage, and the other guys do a fine job too! Even while we were there they changed lead vocalists three times. This band is obviously very versatile and all of them have multiple abilities which helps keep things interesting. Whiskey on the Rocks is a new band to the area, but they are quickly building up their show dates and are ready boot scoot their way into your hearts! Since my stomach was growling we decided to start walking in pursuit of food!! On our journey we found the 2nd stage and we heard That Band. Believe it or not That Band is the name of their band. They definitely had people stopping to pay attention to their music and dance along. That Band is a new party band in the area, the only one I recognized was Jason Shaffer from Full Tilt Productions on bass. That Band had the street rockin’ and I’m sure they will have a venue near you rockin’ soon! The last band we heard a glimpse of was Yam Yam, they were sponsored by XL Live. It’s awesome to see how involved in the community XL Live is. It would be easy for them to just concentrate on their venue, but it seems like they are out everywhere, supporting musicians and their fans every way they can. XL Live also had a booth set up with a prize wheel where lots of people were winning free tickets to any show, tshirts, and other fun gifts. Yam Yam has a huge following in the Harrisburg area and it was awesome to see so many people out supporting them during the daylight at Jubilee Day. The hula hoopers were out having a great time dancing to the music! On the way home we decided to swing in to Duke’s Riverside in Wormleysburg to hang out for a little while longer and I’m glad we did because The Redacted was on stage. Duke’s has a great set up for their Thursday night bands out on the deck overlooking the river. The Redacted had a great turn out for their first time there, and a Thursday night show! People were dancing all around the bar and having a great time. The Redacted really plays a wide range of music. It’s awesome to hear Sarah’s versatility in her voice, she sings everything from AC/DC to the Bengals and beyond! It was a great way to end a long day. For my last band of the month, I took a special trip down to Gary’s Bar in Palmyra to go see Shea Quinn and Len LeChene. Gary’s Bar advertised with us a couple months and I always had my eye on their schedule hoping to make it to a show, and I’m glad my schedule finally freed up enough for me to stop in. Gary’s Bar is a unique bar in the heart of Palmyra. It’s awesome to see how it is definitely a local hang out where everyone knows your name. I stepped through the door as a stranger, but quickly became part of the “family.” Terri and I both got whisked away at one point to stop by a private party also known as The Sycamore Social Hall where Bret Alexander was playing. Shea Quinn actually went with us and stepped up on the stage with Bret and they played 2 quick songs as a duo. Shea said it was the first time the two of them ever played a duo together. It was awesome and I’m very thankful to the hosts of the party, Tony and Toni for allowing us to pop in and check out their little slice of heaven. Afterwards we headed back to Gary’s Bar, grabbed some pizza next door, and then listened to another set by Shea and Len. I don’t know how Shea can have such a crazy repertoire of songs in his head, but it’s always fun to watch him be able to accept pretty much any request thrown his way! It was a very awesome night, I’m so glad I finally got a chance to check out Gary’s Bar. I heard that Bret Alexander will be playing at Gary’s Bar in August. Thank you Deb, for advertising your cool little bar in the magazine and for supporting live music! Thanks also for whisking us away to the Sycamore Social Hall that was an awesome experience. Hopefully our paths cross again soon! Well that’s finally all for this month. It’s 11:46pm and it’s deadline day, so I better get this sent in. There are tons of great shows throughout the month of July. Check out this issue, get online, and make a plan to get out there and support live music. There are shows of all shapes and sizes all around us that need our support! We all have to work together and Support Local Music and Local Music Venues! If you see me out and about, please stop me and say hi! If you have any questions hit me up at RachelRocks@pamusician.net and remember to check out facebook.com/pamusicianmagazine to check out all of the Hot Shots in color!
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promoter, Frank Phobia for bringing surf rock band Southern Culture on the Skids and their outrageous humor and punk edge to Lancaster’s Chameleon on May 31st. And garage punk band White Reaper played Lancaster’s intimate venue/studio Kaleidoscope on June 18th. The band from Louisville, Kentucky are currently touring the US and will open for The Killers for a sold-out show in Cleveland on July 6th as part of Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend. NATIONAL NEWS: Guns N’ Roses announced eight U.S. fall concerts to round out a calendar that includes several North American festival plays this September and October. The hardrock band’s reunion has been one of music’s most successful reunion tours ever. Since Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan recontinued on next page 12...
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Greetings Rockers’N’ Rollers! The concert season is in full swing with over 10 National shows in the past 30 days. It began with the return of 90’s female grunge band, L7, who played two nearby shows in Silver Spring, MD and Englishtown, NJ. I was beyond fortunate to see both shows and spend some time with the band. L7 just released their first album in twenty years, ‘Scatter the Rats’, on Joan Jett’s record label Blackheart Records. The band continues to be incredible live and produced a great new album with hits “Fighting The Crave” and “Burn Baby.” L7 played The Bash Festival in NJ with Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies and Madball.
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Musical duo, Twenty One Pilots brought their current tour, Bandito, to the East Coast with a sold-out show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on June 8th. The alternative band started their sold out world tour in October 2018 last and will run until September 2019. Twenty One Pilots achieved breakthrough success with their fourth album, ‘Blurryface’ (2015), which produced the successful singles “Stressed Out” and “Ride” and became the first album in history on which every track was gold certified. The album has been in the Billboard 100 for the past 4 years Twenty One Pilots put on a great live show which included leaping, backflipping, vertical crowd-surfing, suspended bridge walking, and scaffolding scaling. The month of June included the return of many 80’s bands. Men Without Hats, known for the hit “Safety Dance,” played Harrisburg Club XL on June 7th. A Flock of Seagulls played a free show as part of Reading’s Downtown ‘Alive concert series’ on June 19th. The Ocean Blue, originally from Hershey, have reunited for a string of shows that included Lancaster’s Tellus 360 on June 22nd. The legendary KIX band played Club XL on June 15th. And Blondie, featuring Debbie Harry, performed a memorable show at the Strand Theatre in York on June 23rd. My gratitude to Keith Shipman for making that show possible. Two last shows worth mentioning: A big thank-you to Reading
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united in 2016 for the “Not In This Lifetime” tour, Guns N’ Roses grossed $563.3 million through the end of 2018. “It’s been an amazing ride, clearly,” Ken Fermaglich, who represents Guns N’ Roses, “It’s a whole new day for the band and we believe in their ability to do incredible things and we’re seeing it come to life. ... Due to the fact that the band was absent for all of those years and didn’t tour together that absence, made the heart grow fonder for the fan and for the consumer to want to see it.” The Rolling Stones began their 2019 tour opener at Soldier Field in Chicago June 21nd. Mick Jagger underwent heart surgery in April forcing the original tour dates to be rescheduled. For the 55-year-old group the focus has historically been on Jagger, and justifiably so, considering his stature in rock. At 75, Jagger’s voice remains strong, a testament to his overall fitness. The singer pranced about the expansive stage throughout the two-hour show, showing no signs of his health issues. The band puts on a massive fireworks show for the traditional closer “Satisfaction.” The Rolling Stones visit this East Coast this month with shows in Washington DC on July 3rd and Philadelphia on July 23rd. Megadeth has canceled its summer tour itinerary, celebrating its 35th anniversary, after frontman, Dave Mustaine revealed a throat cancer diagnosis. Mustaine says the diagnosis is “clearly something to be respected and faced head on — but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90 percent success rate. Treatment has already begun.” Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1984 after being ousted from Metallica as lead guitarist in 1981.
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Debbie Harry/ Blondie at the Strand Musicians we lost this past month include; Leon Redbone, 69, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style songs. Dr. John, 77, the New Orleans musician who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl. Roky Erickson, 71, former lead singer and songwriter for the 13th Floor Elevators as well as a prodigious solo performer. UPCOMING SHOWS: Rolling Stones - Washington DC FedEx Field July 3. Blink 182 / Lil Wayne - Hersheypark Stadium July 5. Ratt - Philadelphia Keswick Theatre July 13. Psychedelic Furs / James - Philadelphia Franklin Hall July 13. Amyl and The Sniffers - Washington DC U Street Hall July 16. Steve Forbert - Harrisburg The Note July 16. Amyl and The Sniffers - Philadelphia Boot & Saddle July 17. Local H - Reading Downtown Alive July 17. Jeffrey Gaines - Harrisburg HMAC July 19. The Menzingers - Lancaster Chameleon July 19. Buckcherry - Harrisburg Club XL July 19. Rolling Stones - Philadelphia Lincoln Field July 23. Kurt Vile - Baltimore Ottobar July 23. The Growlers - Harrisburg Club XL July 24. Faster Pussycat - Harrisburg Club XL July 25. Old Firm Casuals - Pittsburgh Rex Theatre July 29.
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All Aboard!! Let’s Go Visit Rusty Rail Brewing Company… By Rachel Rocks —Cover & All photos by Jeff Solomon Many of you may have already heard of Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, PA, after all, it is the largest brewpub in the state of Pennsylvania with 120,000 square feet of space on three floors, and it is well known as a great brewery stop, but, what we want people to know is, it’s also an amazing stop for live music!
little and enjoy a night of jammin’ with friends. They typically have some amps and a drum kit setup so you will see anything from a solo act up to a full band depending on who shows up. Sign ups can fill up quick so plan to get there early to ensure your spot. If you’re a seasoned musician or someone just looking to share your music with some new people head up to the Rusty Rail on a Monday evening and check it out. Thursday night is Acoustic Night. I was able to make it up there on a Thursday night in time for some acoustic music by Jason P. Yoder. Jason played a few cover tunes, but played a lot of great original music too. He hooked me up with some awesome CDs and even a super cool color-changing cup. The more intimate local
Rusty Rail’s goal is to create one of the finest music listening and performing experiences in a friendly, warm environment for music lovers and artists. Even when you pull into their huge, free parking lot, you can easily see how Rusty Rail goes above and befavorite is Fool’s Gold, an imperial peanut butter hefeweizen, yond to make their venue unfortunately it is 8% ABV, so I can’t drink much of that when a true unique experience. I have such a long drive home, but they do have growlers so The Rusty Rail’s building I can enjoy it at home later. In July, Rusty Rail has a full line is filled with history, even up of Acoustic Thursdays with Runaway Stroller on July 11th, though it is a century-old Scott Bachman /Pa. Crude manufacturing building, Frank Wicher and Chris Trasatti on July 18th, and finally Mark Alexander and Friends on July 25th. If the weather is nice the renovations on the enough on Thursday nights through the Summer, they do like building are breathtakto take their Acoustic Show out on the patio. ing. It’s amazing how They host their “bigger bands” and more of their National they were able to keep so many historical parts of the building Touring Acts downstairs on their big stage. In July they have a and put them to good use. When Model T Trucks were built in special Sunday night show with C.J. Chenier & Red Hot Louthe facility, the local railroad ran straight through the factory to isiana Band starting at 9pm. You can purchase tickets for their unload truck chassis for the wooden bodies to be mounted on, shows right on their website, www.rustyrailbrewing.com. They and then the finished trucks would be loaded back on the rail Jon Diamond / Dana Fuchs have a cool option when you purchase tickets for a show, you cars to be taken away to dealerships. Rusty Rail has been able can choose the normal, General Admission, but they also have to preserve this part of the building’s history by fully restoring a Dinner & Show option, if you plan on going for dinner they acts usually play upstairs in their brew pub, right beside one of and displaying several Model T trucks that were built in the facility and obviously, how they got their name, Rusty Rail. I the restored Model T Trucks. The Brew Pub upstairs has a full will make sure you are seated in the main listening area at a could write this whole article just on the craftsmanship of the bar and plenty of table seating so you can sit and have dinner, table that has a direct view of the artist, so you won’t have to building, but what we truly want to focus on for this article is or just throw back a few of their delicious beers! My personal rush and you’ll still have a comfortable seat for the show. Even though Mifflinburg might seem far away the music. to some it’s roughly a 15 minute drive off of Rusty Rail has two separate Facebook PagRoute 11&15 from Lewisburg. They are also a es, one for the Rusty Rail Brewing Company, perfect place to book a large gathering such as and a whole other page called Rusty Rail Live, family reunions, business meetings, or even a which obviously focuses on music. Rusty Rail wedding. They go above and beyond to make features all different types of music from popsure everyone’s wedding dreams come true, they ular touring artists, rising stars, and locally reeven have their own Wedding Planner on site nowned acts each performing their own brand along with suites for out of town guests to stay. of Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Alt Country, Rusty Rail has a little bit of everything, but Country, Blues, Jazz, Soul, and Rock. The artone thing for sure is nothing will leave you disists they feature come in different ranges from appointed! Do yourself a favor and plan your a single performer to full bands. next road trip and visit the Rusty Rail Brewing Every week Rusty Rail faithfully supports Company! local musicians with their Monday Open Mic You can keep an eye on everything music relatnight hosted by Scott Bachman with co-host ed on their special “Rusty Rail Live” Facebook Bryan Noaker from 6:30-9:30pm. They have page, or on their main website, www.rustyrailScott Bachman (host) Antonio Andrade, John Erdley, Bruce Boyzk been running the Open Mic for over 2 years brewing.com. If you would like to get your band and it has quickly become the area’s best rea, Bryan Noaker (co-host) or acoustic act booked at the Rusty Rail you can son to go out on a Monday night. It’s a casual contact them by emailing booking@rustyrailevent where bands from the area go to relax a brewing.com.
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HITTING THE ROAD By Michele Kelley
I recently saw a question posted online and so I thought I would let you ponder this one, as I did. If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with your extra time? It’s a great question since no one seems to have enough free time these days. Mine would probably be spending more time fixing up my old house that seems to have never-ending projects. Or maybe see some more bands. That one is more likely to happen. It’s a reminder though to slow your world down and do the things that make you happy. So, if it’s fixing your old house, or listening to bands, whatever it may be, make the time! My goal for June and every month after is to do one thing that really makes me content and happy. I hope you do the same! In last month’s article, I mentioned we were taking a trip to WV for Waynestock and that I would follow-up this month with a run-down. In short, there was a lot of rain, but most importantly, a lot of laughs and great time spent with great people. We arrived a couple of days early which was so nice to have some down time. Or what some might say, “the calm before the storm”. Wayne brought in Drew Ryan and his crew from A.R. Entertainment in Chapel Hill, NC. They provided the staging, lighting and sound for the weekend. Friday night, Drew put on a killer DJ set that had everyone up dancing. He even had some special effects and pyrotechnics that were amazing. Saturday night, Singer/Songwriter, Greg Riordan from Rock Cave W.V., opened for The Mighty River Band. He put on an exceptional show. He also plays with his band The Fox Hole Prayers. Check him out! The Mighty River Band from Harrisburg, took the stage and put on a hell of a performance! Members include Josh Thompson: Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Daniel Gaul: Guitar/Vocals, John Bigham: Keyboards, Marcy Thompson: Vocals, Jeremy Pierce: Bass, Travis Bossler: Percussion and Michael Culp: Drums. One of the best things about this job is not only hearing great music but meeting genuine people. I can honestly say these guys are authentic. Many of these members have become friends and I was so glad they decided to play Waynestock. Great show guys! To sum up Waynestock, it was a great time! A special thanks to Rick and Heather, owners of River Expeditions. You will be
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hard-pressed to find anyplace with as many outdoor things to do. They really have done an outstanding job of highlighting everything beautiful about the W.V. mountains. So much work goes into putting this together each year. This year Wayne and his crew really brought their A game! Thank you for making the 20th Anniversary so memorable. I can’t wait to do it again next year! After our vacation was over, it was back to hitting the streets searching for some gems in Central PA. We didn’t have to go but
a few blocks away to find them. The Liverpool Volunteer Fire Company was holding their annual carnival. Wednesday night of carnival I was feeling a bit under-the-weather, so I missed what I am told was the sweetest performance of the National Anthem. Landon Mak, who just turned 5 in May, sang his heart out. Landon is from the York area and you may have seen him singing in March at The Hershey Bears hockey game. Things really took off for him after this! He Landon Mak performed for Fox and Friends TV in NYC a few days later and since has performed at another Bears game, traveled to Jacksonville, FL for a golf tournament, Polar Bear Hockey Events, ABC 27, Officer Brad Fox 5k Run/1K Walk in Warminster, York Revolutions baseball game and some radio stations. I was able to see some videos on YouTube and everyone was correct, pure sweetness! Landon’s upcoming shows include Harrisburg Senators baseball games, PA Wounded Warriors Charity car show, Hellam carnival fireworks night, Clyde Martin Speedway and more. Follow him on Instagram @landonsingsofficial.
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The Dirty Mojo Band Next at the carnival was The Dirty Mojo Blues Band from Williamsport. Members include Shawn Strickland: Harmonica/ Vocals, Al Meck: Guitar, Chris Carithers: Guitar, Tim Reinhard: Bass and Mark Peterson: Drums. The weather was horrible and we had some downpours that completely drove the crowd away. Even when it was raining sideways, the band continued to play on. They did a great job and hopefully they can come back next year and show the area what they have going for them. Thanks for coming guys! Friday night at the carnival, an 80’s rock tribute band from Schuylkill County called Sapphire brought in the crowd. The 6-piece, female-fronted band has been together for 16 years and members include Michele, Eric, Steve, Paul Jon and Mike. They sang great tunes all night long. Ones I have not heard since MTV stopped playing actual music. This group is high-energy and really put on a show, not to mention super nice people! Really enjoyed hearing them play! The following night we headed to Club XL where Road Case kicked off the evening. They are a Classic Hard Rock band from the Mechanicsburg/Carlisle area. Members include Chris Redding: Vocals, Chris DellaPorta: Guitar/Vocals, Ed Piccolo: Drums, Jeff Lawrence: Bass/Vocals and Clint Lyons: Guitar.
Defiant They played some hard-hitting classic covers that got the crowd singing and dancing. Next on stage was Defiant! They didn’t quite fit the genre of the other bands playing that night but none-the-less, they were outstanding! Members of this metal/hard rock band include Al Halterman: Vocals/Guitar, Joe Defiant: Guitar, Paul Barlowski: Bass and Paul Cochran: Drums. With only being together a year, on stage they are a tight, heavy-hitting band. Off stage they are a hilarious group of guys stirring up Shenanigans! Great job guys! The final performance was a local favorite, KIX. I am sure the readers of this magazine know all there is to know about them so I won’t repeat what has already been written. They sure know how to play to their crowd and have some loyal followers. Their stage performance is truly amazing. It’s always a party when KIX is playing.
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Harrisburg University hit another homerun when they booked Death Cab for Cutie to play on June 19th at Riverfront Park in Harrisburg for their Concert Series. Being along the river and seeing the planes, trains and automobiles while waiting for the band only added to the excitement of the patient and pumped crowd. The sound, lighting and stage was top notch. Despite the downpour of rain before the show kicked off, Frank Schofield from HU stated they had around 4K in ticket sales and they could not have picked a better location! It was big enough for the crowd to move around comfortably and not feel too crowded. Opening for Death Cab was Bad Bad Hats, an indie rock band from ‘Minnesoooota’ as the lead singer, Kerry Alexander pronounced. They are a young, 3-piece group that have a cool vibe about them. Their music is very fresh and vibrant. They recently released a new album “Lighting Round” that I will be checking out and adding to my playlist. Give them a listen! Death Cab for Cutie took the stage next. Death Cab has been around for many years, since 1997 to be exact. I had people asking me before the show what kind of music they play. If you never listened to them before, their name would lead you to believe they are a heavy rock band, but they are not. More of an Alternative Rock Band. Most of their music played on the radio
Unplugged / Whitaker Photo by Michele Kelley is on the mellow side so I was curious how they would be live. Their live show was nothing but explosive! The energy they had on stage was truly impressive. Looks like they will also make it to my playlist. Check out their latest release, Northern Lights (Acoustic) which is available now on about every streaming app. With the positive response of having music back in Harrisburg along the river, it’s not a matter of wishing it happens again but wondering who will be next! So much time and planning went into this event and it really paid off. With the help of sponsors and support from Dauphin County, Comprehensive Financial Group and Faulkner Subaru they were able to put this concert together seamlessly. Harrisburg University Fall Concert Series lineup was just released and is available on their website at www.harrisburgu.edu under New & Events.
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THE PROFESSOR By Jim Price
Outdoor live music reaches its full stride this month, with plentiful concerts, festivals and community events showcasing musicians throughout the region, and keeping this music-o-holic very busy! One recent festival was the Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, which happened during Memorial Day weekend in downtown Indiana. A blend of jazz and blues performers entertained throughout two-day event on a single stage. I caught much of Saturday’s music, arriving during the performance by The Inner Urge. Based in Pittsburgh, The Inner Urge introduced an intriguing style of spacy jazz, rock and funk fusion. It was interesting to watch these four musicians – vibraphone and djembe player Michael Garbett, guitarist Alex Price, bassist and synth player Andrew Koss and drummer Jesse Griffith – match wits on their respective instruments, yielding experimental, ambient original numbers like “The Wheelbarrow” and other tracks from their self-titled CD. They also did a unique instrumental take on Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Next was renowned Pittsburgh pianist Tom Roberts, who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Statler Brothers Show on TNN, scored and arranged music for movies and other productions, and appeared on National Public Radio. He mixed a variety of jazz flavors, with an emphasis on New Orleans. Tom performed numbers from Professor Longhair, Dr. John and James Booker, sharing insight on Booker’s inventive, often complex style of piano playing as he did renditions of Booker’s “Pixie” and the choro number “Tico Tico.” He also did works from Vince Gauraldi, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, and even improvised a one-time boogie creation, “The Westsylvania Boogie,” on the spot. Miss Freddye’s Blues Band next lit up the stage. Within her first few seconds of singing the opening tune “Lady of the Blues,” the audience knew it was in for a great set, as “Miss Freddye” Stover and her band lit up
the stage with feisty, fun blues and soul. Flanked by guitarist Greg Casile, bassist Greg Sejko, drummer Tim McDermott and lap steel/slide guitar player Bob Powers, Miss Freddye brought a sassy, bold and boisterous voice and an outgoing, positive vibe as she belted out original songs like “That Kinda Woman,” “Doorway to the Blues,” “Home Improvement,” “Freight Train Blues,” “Miss Freddye’s Gonna Fix Ya” and more. A cancer survivor, Miss Freddye took a moment to take stock of the blessings in her world, thanking the fans and festival organizers for their support. Music then headed back toward the jazz side with the next performer, Pittsburgh’s Dwayne Dolphin and his band. A bass player, Dwayne’s resume includes work with various Pittsburgh jazz projects, and he has also worked alongside prominent jazz names like Wynton Marsalis, Nancy Wilson, Melba Moore, Maceo Parker and others. Dwayne showed ample skills on the bass strings, generating infectious grooves and making his instrument sing out frequently during the set. His support cast of bandmates was strong, too, including Jevon Rushton on drums, a keyboard player and a sax player. Several songs in, Dwayne welcomed to the stage Chantal Joseph, who displayed a great voice and enthusiasm on renditions of Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo,” Rufus & Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing,” a Stevie Wonder number and more. Dwayne and his bandmates stretched out on a version of Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon,” and wrapped up their set with another instrumental number that allowed each musician a moment in the limelight along the way. Closing out the festival was Philadelphia-based singer and sax player Vanessa Collier and her band. The 2019 Blues Music Award winner for “Instrumentalist of the Year – Horn,” Vanessa wasted no time displaying her talents on saxophone and vocals as she performed several original songs; mixing blues, funk and rock flavors. Storm clouds gathered as she and band started into a slow blues number, and despite initial raindrops starting to fall, Vanessa stepped off the stage and strolled into the crowd to serenade folks up close and personal. As she finished the song, a nearby flash of lightning prompted organizers to quickly end the performance about half an hour early for safety concerns. Another recent festival highlight was last month’s annual Happy Valley Music Fest in downtown State College. National recording group 10,000 Maniacs headlined the festival’s Friday
slate, while JJ Grey & Mofro headlined on Saturday. I attended Saturday, arriving in time to see the last few songs of The Probables’ performance on the main stage as they mixed elements of folk, bluegrass and rock. Music alternated between two stages, and performing next on the side stage was Johnstown’s Afro N’at. Eight members strong with three-piece horn section, Afro N’at introduced their brand of original instrumental funk. Alec Zander Redd on saxes, trombonists Mere Kae Redd and Tom Buchko, guitarists Matt Partsch and James Augustine, bassist Randy Penrod, drummer Elias Ghantous and percussionist Mark Goncher spotlighted songs off their four-song debut EP, stretching out on such numbers as “Cannon,” the hard-edged “Fuzzy Pharaoh,” “Remedo” and “The Wind-Up,” which featured a percussion jam. Afro N’at triggered some dancing action with their closer, a rendition of Average White Band’s “Pick Up the Pieces.” Back at the main stage, Idaho-based singer and songwriter Eilen Jewell and her band presented a set of rootsbased country, blues and honky-tonk sounds. Accompanied by husband Jason Beek on drums and washboard, former State College-based musician Jerry Miller on guitar and Vanessa McGowan on upright bass, Eilen sang songs from throughout her discography, including several new songs from her forthcoming album “Gypsy.” A fan of early roots music, Eilen also did numbers from Charles Sheffield, Loretta Lynn, Big Maybelle, Willie Dixon, Pinto Bennett, Bessie Smith, Flatt & Scruggs, and – with her young daughter Mavis on egg shaker – the set-ending rendition of Johnny Kidd’s “Shakin’ All Over.” Recent International Blues Challenge finalist Gabe Stillman and his band then lit up the side stage with hearty electric blues. Accompanied by bassist Colin Beatty and drummer Jesse Roedts, Gabe showed his passion for traditional blues with his heartfelt vocals and scorching guitar work, performing original songs plus numbers from Little Walter, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Hound Dog Taylor and more. New Orleans’ horn-driven Bonerama then presented a treat at the main stage, performing their brassy salute to Led Zeppelin. Armed with four trombones and a sousaphone, Bonerama did numerous classics from the Led Zeppelin catalog, including “The Ocean,” “In My Time of Dying,” “Immigrant Song,” “The Crunge,” “Black Dog,” “Good Times Bad Times” and more. The group also infused some of their New Orleans-rooted music into continued on page 17...
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the mix, doing “Mr. Okra” and several other original numbers. Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats then closed out the second stage with their joyful set of soul, blues and R&B. “Miss Melanie” Morrison-Zeigler again provided her stellar voice, taking the audience through a myriad of emotions from soothing and contemplative to boisterous and jubilant, with guitar master Mark Ross, keyboardist Rev. James Harton and drummer (and kazooist on Stevie Wonder’s “For Once In My Life”) Chris Coyne providing smooth and steady backdrops. Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats did a number of songs from their latest self-titled CD, and prepped the audience for the next day’s Sunday services with their stirring set-closing rendition of “Amazing Grace.” Main stage headliners JJ Grey & Mofro weathered arriving rains to deliver an uplifting close to the Fest, performing bright, passionate soul and R&B sounds. Namesake and singer JJ Grey led the group with his enthusiastic and charismatic presentation, while wailing feisty harmonica and playing guitar. Flanked by trumpeters Dennis Marion and Marcus Parsley, guitarist Pete Winders, bassist Todd Smallie, keyboardist Eric Brigmond and drummer Craig Barnette, JJ did numbers from throughout his catalog; including the set-opener “99 Shades of Crazy,” “A Woman,” the uptempo “Country Ghetto,” “Jookhouse,” “Slow, Hot and Sweaty” and more. Drummer Craig unleashed a blistering solo during “Ho Cake,” and – referencing his current positive outlook on life – JJ led the group to a glorious close to the Fest with the rousing “Brighter Days.” JJ Grey & Mofro captivated the crowd, as few people departed when a steady rain began falling. Altoona’s Railroaders Museum kicked off this year’s Alive at Five Concert Series in late May with the return of AC/DC tribute group Live Wire for a sold-out show. Making their first appearance on the railcar stage, Johnstown’s Octane led off with a rousing opening set of mostly 1980s-era hard rock classics. Singer Mike Prebehalla, guitarist James Forish, bassist Dave Bambino and drummer Chris Jimerson were clearly fired up, and started energizing the Museum crowd and triggering dance action as they drilled rocking numbers from 3 Doors Down, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Damn Yankees, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Journey, Quiet Riot and many more. Mike’s voice was in great form, impressively blending power and range. And James delivered a shredding clinic as he displayed dazzling fingerwork
and precision with his solos, including his incredible display on White Lion’s “Wait!” New York’s Live Wire then returned to the railcar stage, brandishing a new frontman as Francis Crouse recently took over the Bon Scott/Brian Johnson role. It didn’t take long into their set for Francis to show that he was a great choice, he clearly had the Brian Johnson polecat howl and demeanor down! Live Wire electrified the crowd from start to end during their two sets, bringing the AC/DC “thunder from Down Under” full fury. The group’s “Angus,” Mike Hughes, provided nonstop excitement through the entire show, executing bristling guitar work, Angus-styled duck walks and flying leaps, and during one of the night’s big highlights – “Let There Be Rock” – leaving the stage to do a grand tour of the rail yard crowd, generating nonstop soloing as he made the entire circuit and returned to the stage, resulting in a nearly 25-minute version of the AC/DC classic! Rhythm guitarist Bill Voccia, bassist Bill Bowden and drummer Billy Rauff provided the solid and steady thundering backdrop behind it all. Other highlights included the Mike/ Angus striptease during “Bad Boy Boogie,” which had ladies howling...The arrival of a large, inflatable ‘Rosie’ for “Whole Lotta Rosie”...and the feverish pitch of both band and crowd during the show’s homestretch run of “TNT,” “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” and the encore – “Highway to Hell!” Live Wire’s exciting performance set the bar high for the rest of the upcoming Alive at Five shows to follow. South Florida-based Bon Jovi/Journey tribute Titans of Rock arrived at the railcar stage the following Friday for the second installment of the Alive at Five Summer Concert Series, and another sold-out show. After some time away, the newest incarnation of Half Tempted – singer and guitarist Ron Dalansky, bassist and singer Joe George and drummer Paul Caracciolo II – returned to the rail car stage to rock classics from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Half Tempted soon had dancers in front of the stage as they fired through tunes from Kiss, Thin Lizzy, 7 Mary 3, Judas Priest, Steppenwolf, Black Sabbath, Ramones, Grand Funk Railroad and more. Half Tempted’s rousing performance kept the full house Railroaders Museum crowd fired up. Titans of Rock soon presented their tributes to Bon Jovi and Journey. They did two presentations, starting first with their Livin’ on a Prayer Bon Jovi show. Singer Billy D. Lindley in both the Jon continued on page 18...
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Bon Jovi and Steve Perry roles, guitarist Clint Ettore, keyboardist Gary Bivona, bassist Kam Falk and drummer Jerry O’Malley did solid work on the Bon Jovi catalog, opening with “You Give Love a Bad Name” and celebrating the hits – “Lay Your Hands on Me,” “It’s My Life,” “Never Say Goodbye,” “Raise Your Hands,” “Bad Medicine,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Runaway,” “Wanted Dead or Alive” and their namesake track “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Their execution was tight, and Billy worked the entire railcar stage to keep the crowd excited. After a short intermission, the Journey half of the night – Never Stop Believin’ – took the stage, opening with “Majestic” and going into “Any Way You Want It.” Billy was excellent in the Steve Perry role, achieving the legendary Journey frontman’s vocal power and range! He and the rest of the group did favorites from the Journey catalog, from rocking numbers like “Separate Ways,” “Feeling That Way/Anytime,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Stone in Love” and “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’” to ballad hits like “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms,” “Lights” and the set-closer “Faithfully.” Clint – sporting a huge Neal Schon-like afro – fired off a guitar solo display that culminated in the “Star Spangled Banner.” When the crowd called for the encore at night’s end, Never Stop Believin’ quickly responded with two songs – “Where Were You” and – you guessed it – “Don’t Stop Believin.’” The Johnstown Area Heritage Association launched this year’s Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Free Concert Series last month at Johnstown’s People’s Natural Gas Park with the double-bill of The National Reserve and Felix & the Hurricanes. Opening with their raucous instrumental “Wild Turkey,” The Hurricanes – lead ‘Cane, singer and guitar master Felix Kos, Bobby Watters on drums and vocals and Jeff Clapper on bass and vocals – quickly fired up the Johnstown crowd with their mix of original tunes, southern and other classic rock favorites. After the Allman Brothers’ “Blue Sky,” the Hurricanes first triggered in-seat grooving with their original tune “Icy You,” before “Keep On Rockin’” brought folks up in front of the stage to dance and groove. The Hurricanes mixed up more originals such as “On the Bottom Again,” “Coming Home to You” (dedicated in honor of D-Day) and “Walking a Straight Line,” and did numbers from Charlie Daniels, Grand Funk Railroad, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Boz Scaggs, a surprise take on Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and more. This nicely set the table for Brooklyn’s The National Reserve, who took the stage to introduce Johnstown to their unique fusion of rock, country, blues and rockabilly. Lead by the hearty growl of frontman and guitarist Sean Walsh, The National Reserve fired through a mostly original set, mixing hard-driving rock, boogie, country blues, Americana twists and turns and more. Not familiar with their original song catalog, I wasn’t able to identify much of their song list, but one of their numbers was “New Love,” and they also did select covers including Willie Nelson’s “Shotgun Willie,” Jimmy Reed’s “Big Bossman” and a clever slow bluesrock edition of the traditional folk song “Rollin’ in My Sweet Baby’s Arms.” The National Reserve were instrumentally tight and skilled, and their song variety kept this set moving and never staying in one place long. The Johnstown audience enjoyed them, and the kickoff to the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Free Concert Series was a good one. Staking claim as one of the birthplaces of Memorial Day, Boalsburg again celebrated the holiday with a weekend of activities, including live music and a memorial service on the holiday itself. Pure Cane Sugar wrapped up the Memorial Day live music in downtown Boalsburg. The group had a slightly different look this day, as regularly-scheduled bassist Bob Hart handled guitar duties, and John Kennedy sat in on bass. It all still sounded great, as singers Kate Twoey and Natalie Race brought vocal harmonies galore, and Daryl Branford kept the beats steady behind the kit. Pure Cane Sugar mixed original songs with their distinctive, inventive takes on several covers. Some highlights included original song favorites “Box N’ Nails” and “Get a Leg Up,” as well as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” and the group’s blending of “Iko Iko” and “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” with guest Stubby Stubbs sitting in behind the drum kit. Pure Cane Sugar’s musicianship and vocal harmonies were not lost on the Boalsburg audience, as several people around me remarked that they could listen to those vocal harmonies all day long. I totally agree! Pure Cane Sugar takes a break from live shows this summer, and returns to stages in late August. On the heels of recently issuing their latest CD, (But, at What Cost??!), national recording group Silvertung returned to The continued on page 19...
THE PROFESSOR continued..... Arena in State College early last month. Lewistown-based rockers JunkHouse opened the show with their mix of hard rock, new and classic metal. Flanked by guitarists Jeremiah Shafer and Rich Randolph, bassist Tristan Conner and drummer Brad Slemons, frontman Brent Carolus sang, snarled and growled out hard-hitting numbers from Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Prong and others. Silvertung soon took the stage to fire up and lead the Arena crowd with their rock show and party. Lead singer and guitarist Speed, lead guitarist Codey Red, bassist Sam and drummer Danno performed songs off the new CD as well as past favorites. Some of the highlights included the group’s current chart-climbing single “Done My Best,” “World Gone Mad” off the new album, plus established crowd-pleasers like “Justify,” “Coming Alive,” “Déjà Vu” and their popular past single “Never Too Late.” Silvertung’s performance provided constant action, and I liked their approach toward playing to an audience who may not have been familiar with their music; Speed encouraged the crowd to come up front, be a part of this rock show and party, and live for the moment and make the most of their Saturday night. This approach worked, as many folks did get up in front of the stage and have fun, and a number of those folks lined up at the merchandise table afterward to procure the new CD, T-shirts and more. Local original hip-hop, funk and soul music took the spotlight during a special three-band showcase in late May at Altoona’s Four Dees Lounge. The show was hosted by Altoona’s PennSoulvanians, who opened the evening. Although a prior commitment prevented me from arriving until after their set, videos posted by the group showed that their performance was well-received, as singer and guitarist Chet Denny, rapper Michael (DuVille) Thomas, bassist Matthew (LT) Burns and drummer Larry Pool, Jr. blended soul, rap and acoustic textures into a smooth-sounding mixture. Some of their songs included “The Cards You’re Dealt,” “Strip You of Your Innocence,” “Louder Than Words” and their popular “PennSoulvania Anthem (The 814).” I arrived in time to witness the remaining two acts.
Brooklyn-based artist Pana Zeke teamed with Rik Golden on guitar, Mike Stanley on bass, Todd Harshbarger on drums and backing singer Sonny Caplea to perform a set of his original hip hop creations. Zeke’s words this night centered around prominent themes of triumphing over life’s challenges and adversity, plus bridging gaps and tearing down barriers. Some of his numbers included “Struggle Builds Character,” “Missing My Kids,” “Money Call,” “Pray 4 Better Days” and “White Friends.” Johnstown’s Witness 159 finished the night with a strong set displaying their blend of tasty soul and hip-hop sounds. The group’s three vocalists – singer Sidnee B, singer/rapper Sijel Bee and guitarist Ian Jeffreys – were backed by keyboardist Daniel Hutton, bassist Scott Jeffreys and drummer Randy Servello. Witness 159 crafted seductive grooves on their original numbers, including “Unpredictable” and more. The group also blended Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” This showcase introduced fresh and interesting sounds, and it was good to see a receptive audience appreciating what all three of these acts have to offer. Those purveyors of ‘dadcore,’ The Snipped, threw a five-band punk-rocking Father’s Day Extravaganza last month at McGarvey’s. A prior commitment (actually, my Altoona Area High School Class of 1979 40-year reunion) prevented me from seeing the first four bands – Dave Hates Everything, The Flannels, Pittsburgh’s The New 52’s and X’s For Eyes. Prior to their taking the stage, The Snipped hosted a sort of ‘dadcore Olympics,’ with audience members competing for dad-themed prizes in such categories as dad jokes, a tape measure contest and more. Then the roster of singer and guitarist Wax, lead guitarist Jeff Reid, bassist Rik Golden and drummer Justin Burket fired through their mix of new original tunes plus songs off their “Dadcore” CD. The Snipped quickly had fans moving to high-octane tunes such as “Waste My Time,” “All We Know,” “Hand That Feeds,” “Bus,” “Friday Night” and “Along These Streets.” The group also broke out two surprise covers, offering a driving punk-rock take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and for the encore, a slamming rendition of Genesis’ “Invisible Touch.” Nomadic horror punk and roots rockers The Living Deads
returned to McGarvey’s early last month. Railroad City Murder Machines and Ben Dumm & the Prostitutes led off the evening before I arrived in time to see the latter half of The Living Deads’ set. Although a duo; singer, drummer and guitarist Randee McKnight and singer and upright bass player Symphony Tidwell brought a broad, full sound as they delivered a freewheeling, unpredictable blend of styles; merging punk rock, rockabilly, surf rock, country twang, blues and more. Both shared singing duties, and kept the McGarvey’s audience happy and grooving as they mixed original tunes plus select covers. Each original tune had its own unique angle, and the tunes ranged from uptempo punkish rants to lowdown, greasy and bluesy numbers. Among their cover selection was The Living Deads’ distinctive take on Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and, for the finale, Randee’s tribute to psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson (who passed just days before at age 71). The Living Deads return McGarvey’s during Thanksgiving weekend in November. Cambria County rockers One Adam 12 closed out a 10-year run on area stages with their farewell show at McGarvey’s last month. Singer and guitarist Lloyd Rummell, guitarist Bill Stiles, bassist Joe Stiles, Tony Dostal on samples and drummer Brandon Adams performed their punk-driven, horror-themed brand of hard rock; celebrating favorites from their two CD’s such as “Walking on the Moon,” “Devil’s Lullaby,” the wrestling-themed “Running Wild,” “Build Me a Bride,” “Flight of the Mothman,” “Bates Motel” and more. When their fans demanded one final song, One Adam 12 encored with their rendition of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” I enjoyed One Adam 12’s distinctive style and sound, and wish the band members good luck on their future endeavors. I caught my first look at Johnstown-based singer and songwriter Edward Locher in late May as he performed at Firehouse Brewing Tap House in Indiana. Playing electric guitar and harmonica, Ed mixed original songs with a variety of cover material. He did several tracks off his latest recording, “Public Transportation,” including the title song, “The World We Live In” and more, and he did a few newer originals as well such as “Spare continued on page 20
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The Central PA Friends of Jazz presents 39th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival July 11-14, 2019
HARRISBURG, PA – Central PA Friends of Jazz will host the 39th annual Jazz Festival July 11-14, 2019 with performances all over Central PA including Harrisburg locations - the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, Susquehanna Art Museum, and Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center – York’s Holy Hound Taproom - Mt Gretna Hideaway & Gretna Playhouse – the new Greystone Brew House in Dillsburg - and Indian Echo Caverns in Hummelstown. The Friends of Jazz welcomes legendary pianist/ composer George Cables, whose career has graced generations of musicians and jazz lovers alike. Thursday, July 11: Dave Stahl Quintet performs on the Pride of the Susquehanna, 5:30-8:30 pm. Joining Dave (trumpet) are Andrew Neu (sax), Wayne Fox (piano), Rob Cochran (bass), and Lew Leabman (drums). Tickets are $10 and may only be purchased at harrisburgriverboat.com. Friday, July 12: Festival Jazz Party from 7:30 to 11pm at the newly opened Greystone Brew House, 303 Golf Club Avenue, Dillsburg. The party features the popular River City Big Band led by trumpeter Bill Perbetsky and pianist Steve Rudolph with special guests – internationally heralded flutist Ali Ryerson and drummer Marko Marcinko and former Harry James Orchestra vocalist Cathy Chemi. Tickets are $20 general admission/$15 CPFJ friends/$10 students. Food and drink is available for purchase and parking is free. There is only seating for 200, so order tickets early - CPFJ thanks the Greystone Brew House for their support. Saturday, July 13: Saturday Morning: Longtime friends
and area jazz legends Ronnie Waters and Jimmy Wood lecture and perform at the Susquehanna Art Museum from 11a.m.12:30p.m., 1401 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg PA. Please come and hear these fine artists play, discuss their craft, and reminisce about the history of jazz in Central PA. CPFJ thanks the Susquehanna Museum for supporting this event. Saturday Afternoon: - Three Jazz Jam Sessions will be held in separate locations throughout Central PA. All aspiring jazz musicians are welcome to sit in and the experience is fun for the audience and players alike. There is no cover charge for any off the sessions. Following the morning lecture at the Susquehanna Art Museum, a jazz jam session will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the Kitchen and Gallery Bar at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N 3rd, Harrisburg, PA. Food and drink is available at HMAC – come have lunch after the lecture - just a few blocks from the Susquehanna Art Museum. The Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St., York PA hosts a festival jam session from 1-4 p.m. Located near the York City Market, it is a great place to enjoy some great jazz. The Gretna Hideaway, 40 Boulevard Ave, Mt. Gretna PA hosts a jazz jam session – an annual favorite for Festival attendees, the Hideaway is within comfortable walking distance of our evening concert at the Gretna Playhouse. A great place to have dinner or a drink before attending the big event. Saturday evening: CPFJ presents a concert by jazz piano giant George Cables Trio at the Gretna Playhouse (200 Pennsylvania Ave.). Accompanying Mr. Cables in concert are NYC jazz icons Victor Lewis (drums) and Ed Howard (bass). Tickets range from $12-$30 and are available from the Friends of Jazz or Gretna Music. CPFJ thanks the kind folks at Gretna Music for their assistance in co-producing this concert. Sunday, July 14: CPFJ hosts a their annual Jazz Picnic at Indian Echo Caverns (368 Middletown Rd., Hummelstown) from 1-6 p.m. Live music come rain or come shine by four ensembles - our own CPFJ Youth Band, vocalist Amy Banks and Andy Roberts Trio, the exciting young band Teen Town, and drummer Mark Swartzbaugh’s Quartet. Tickets are $15 adults/$10 friends/$5 students/free for children under 12. About George Cables: Born in New York City in 1944, Cables was classically trained as a youth and attended Mannes College of Music in New York. His versatility attracted the attention of many of New York’s finest jazz leaders and before long he had played on Max Roach’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and earned the piano bench with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. A 1969 tour with tenor titan Sonny Rollins took Cables to the West Coast. By 1971 he became a significant figure in continued on page 21...
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the jazz scenes of Los Angeles and San Francisco. The most pivotal turn came when hard-bop legend Dexter Gordon invited Cables into his quartet in 1977. The two years he spent with the tenor giant ignited Cables’s passion for jazz. The longest standing relationship Cables developed in the late seventies was with the gifted alto saxophonist Art Pepper. Cables, who Pepper called “Mr. Beautiful,” became Art’s favorite pianist, appearing on many quartet dates for Contemporary and Galaxy, and joining Art for the extraordinary duet album, Goin’ Home. Cables has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, including: Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson and Dizzy Gillespie. He is noted for his fresh Interpretations of classic compositions and for his innovative style of writing. About Central PA Friends of Jazz: Formed in 1980, CPFJ is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and presentation of jazz, America’s original art form CPFJ produces the Central PA Jazz Festival, six concerts annually (Spring & Fall Series), as well as the Jazz Stage at ArtsFest of Greater Harrisburg, Central PA Jazz Camp, CPFJ Youth Band, jam sessions, a comprehensive jazz newsletter - The ViBE, and more. The Friends of Jazz thank Premier Wealth Management, the PA Council on the Arts, the Cultural Enrichment Fund, and private donors for their support of our Festival! Central PA Jazz Festival general information: TICKETS: 7/11/19 RIVERBOAT JAZZ CRUISE - http://harrisburgriverboat.com/jazzin/ You must purchase jazz cruise tickets in advance from the Riverboat Society
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Ticket links for all other events: http://friendsofjazz.org/central_pa_jazz_festival/ 7/12/19 FESTIVAL JAZZ PARTY 7/13/19 FESTIVAL CONCERT 7/14/19 JAZZ PICNIC Nonmembers of CPFJ may also purchase their 7/13/19 Festival Concert Tickets from Gretna Music at https://gretnamusic. org/shows/george-cables-trio/ No tickets are needed for Saturday’s Jam Sessions or lecture. FRIENDS OF JAZZ Contact: Co-Executive Directors Steve Rudolph or Andy Herring Phone: 717-540-1010 Email: email@example.com Web: www.friendsofjazz.org
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