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Another month that has gone by way too quickly. I did take time to go the Racehorse Tavern last month to the benefit for the Tubby employees it was great getting out to hear live music. For putting together a music magazine I didn’t get out that often to enjoy live music. I do get to enjoy the worship music at church though. I enjoyed my night out with Rachel Rocks, I love hanging with my girl. Kudos to all of those who run these

benefits to bless the community. Thousands of dollars are raised to help those in need every year. I’m proud to be a part of these ventures. There will be another Tubby benefit at The Facktory here in Liverpool on June 3rd from 1pm to 11L30pm. This will be an All Age event and it is a BYOB with those 21 and over etting armbands. Band line up and information is on page 19. A benefit happening this month is at the Union House on May 6th. JJ Gunn moved to the area and with the help of the Lebanon community opend a facility for baseball fans and also a place to have live music. Problem was where it’s located is residential and they have to go through some legal mumbo jumbo to open. Meanwhile to help cost Anne at the Union House opened up her club for them to raise funds to help out. Again musicians coming together to help out the community.

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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks

April flew by in a whirlwind of craziness and it’s already May! Of course, May is Mom Month so have to start this very late article by saying Happy Mother’s Day Mom to one of the most amazing women ever created! Mom, aka Robin Noll, is not only my Mom but my BEST friend! I was blessed to have a very open relationship with my Mom all my life. We never go a day without talking, we barely even go an hour some days. I think God invented unlimited calling just for us! I can’t imagine if I was charged long distance fees every time I talked to Mom. We have our special escape to the beach planned with my equally amazing sister Andrea for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with them and I’m hoping this year we can even convince Dad to come along for the fun! I love you Mommy!!! [I LOVE YOU TOO!] Now on to the music… This month started with another visit out to the Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel to see Bob Morris and his brother play some acoustic music. It was supposed to be 2 Gunnz Unplugged, but unfortunately Mike Brady underwent some unexpected heart surgery, and he was still in the hospital. Thank goodness he is feeling great and ready to play! Bob has also had his fair share of crazy health scares, but he is also on the road to recovery. After a long bout of not being able to play, I’m sure their comeback show on Saturday, May 6th at Double K is going to be insane! They also have another big show coming up on May 28th at Hollywood Casino. You can keep up to date on their whereabouts by checking out their ad in this issue, or on their website, Now back to the show I did see… Bob and his brother Carl have been playing together for years and it shows! Everyone listening were constantly surprised by all of the different songs and decades they were able to cover in just one set! I was glad I was able to stop out and check out their show. At the Eagle they do their acoustic acts early on a Friday from 6:30-9:30, then afterwards they usually have a DJ. It’s nice on days when I can get out early. You can check out The Eagle Hotel’s full schedule in their ad in this issue. After The Eagle Hotel my friend Lou and I headed over to Hollywood Casino for Emily’s Toybox. I love every chance I get to check these guys out. They are such amazing entertainers. Even their antics between songs crack me up. Their impromptu song mashing and change ups are crazy too. Well you get my drift, they are some crazy characters. If you haven’t seen Emily’s Toybox lately, I highly suggest going out for a fun night of shenanigans for sure! Hollywood Casino’s shows end early too, so I still had time for one final stop to Double K to see Booby Trap. The guys recently found a new drummer, Chris Swope. It was their first show back with their drummer and from what I could tell, it looked like smooth sailing. Finding new band members is definitely not an easy task. I’m glad Booby Trap could find their perfect fit so quickly. When I got to Double K there were plen-

ty of sweaty people up dancing on the dance floor, so it was obviously a fun night at the Double K. My next early afternoon out and about I headed to the Trash Queen Festival in York at the Marketview Arts Building. Sadie Swartz from the Ok-Ok’s put this festival together to raise money for the PA Equality Act and to encourage people that discrimination stops with us! They had quite a few vendors. One I really found interesting was Punks for Positivity. This group does their part by getting teens together to do things like clean up a local park or some other positive event. Definitely something I am looking into further so I can get my kids involved. The Trash Queen Festival had different punk/rock bands playing throughout the afternoon. The first band I saw when I arrived were The Ok-Ok’s. I haven’t seen any punk bands in a while and I forgot about how much crazy energy they have. Not only were they all amazing musicians, but it was awesome to see a band moving around so much and enjoying the energy from the crowd and vice versa. Next up they calmed things down a bit with a solo performer, Emily Del Rio. Emily is an amazing song writer and performer. Her lyrics just rolled right off her tongue so fast and smooth, her songs were truly mesmerizing. Some of the songs were more fun and some were more serious. I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for her. She was very entertaining to sit back and enjoy her music. The last band of the festival that I saw was Amanda & the Noise. Not only are they a new advertiser, but this is my good friend Patty’s new band. Patty used to be the drummer for Take 147. I’m used to seeing Patty so upbeat, smiling and positive, in Amanda & the Noise, they are all angry, even their song lyrics are angry, but yet they are still a lot of fun to listen to and watch. They are constantly writing new songs and keeping their lyrics fresh and very entertaining. Not only do they have their well written originals but they also covered “We Got

the Beat” which of course got everyone in the room dancing along and going crazy. The really cool part is the crowd kept dancing even to their originals. Sometimes as a new band that is something very hard to do. I’m glad I finally got the chance to catch these crazy ladies. Hopefully I will see them out and about again soon. If you want something wild and fresh in your venue, check out their ad in this issue for all of their booking information. Believe it or not, my day wasn’t over yet, from York I zoomed out to Richland to check out a new advertising venue, The Union House Taproom & Livery. With fewer and fewer placcontinued on next page...

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Out & About continued... es supporting live music I was thrilled to be able to go somewhere new to me that supports live music every weekend. The Union House is in a small town, so obviously as soon as you walk in the door you feel at home. I was definitely new in their town, but I was quickly welcomed with open arms by Anna, the bar tender, and all of their staff and patrons. We had a blast trying out their special drinks. You can definitely leave there saying, “The devil made me do it!” Not only do they have plenty of beer selections, the bar tenders are very creative with their mixed drinks and they are a fraction of the price that you pay in the big city! I also had some of their quesadillas. They are not the pre-frozen kind, they are made from scratch and mine were filled with chicken, bacon, and ranch. I’m sure everything on their menu is delicious! This rockin’ night Six Bar Break and End of Silence were on the stage. When I got there Six Bar Break was just starting their show. Unfortunately for them Dave was off on an amazing vacation so Ben and RT ruled the stage together. To them it made it a little awkward to not have their drummer backing them up, but I thought they sounded great as a two-piece. They pulled it off no matter how awkward it was for them. Six Bar Break is getting ready to release their newest album, “Broken Road” on Cinco de Mayo, May 5th. I’ve already had my sneak peek and trust me it’s worth the wait! You can check out their ad in this issue for details on how to get these guys booked at your next venue or private event. The next band to rock the Union House was End of Silence. I haven’t seen these guys in forever, but I’m so glad I finally got the chance to catch them again. I have to admit Six Bar Break got the show started off right because I was head banging along in the first set of End of Silence. At that point the locals probably thought I was a tad bit on the crazy side, but I was having fun and that’s all that matters. What can I say, when music moves me, I have to move along! I wasn’t the only one moving either. Their monitors kept dancing along too! That’s how rockin’ End of Silence really was! My next night out was a quick stop by Double K to see Steel. It was way too long since I hung out and danced the night away with Steel and the entire Steel family. Double K was packed and it was standing room only. Steel has been playing together for, many years. It’s awesome to watch their fan base continue to grow. No matter if you’ve been to the last 50 shows, or this is your very first Steel experience, Chris and everyone in the band make you feel welcomed and appreciated. Maybe it’s just a fist bump or a hug, but they make sure and personally connect with everyone. It’s awesome to watch! Not only that but most times that person also shows up at their next show. Not only does Steel always give a great performance with their amazing musicians, but it is an overall drama free, fun filled night. Check out Steel’s ad in this issue and get out there and bang your head with the rest of us! The last night out on the town for me this month was a trip down to the Racehorse Tavern for one of the many Tubby’s benefits. Mom was able to come along with me and my good friend Rochelle, aka Ro-Star from Take 147. We had a blast with plenty of laughs along the way. It was so awesome of Jim, the owner of The Racehorse to open his doors to support Tubby’s. It was great to see so many people banning together to help the employees of Tubby’s get through this tragic event. There were benefits happening all over the midstate and I know Tom and Linda and the crew were trying to get around to each and every one. I’m glad I caught a glimpse of them at The Racehorse before they headed out to the next show. All of the benefits so far have made close to $10,000 if not a little more. I’m sure that will help all of the staff tremendously. Rumor has it that Tom and Linda are planning on re-building, I know plenty of us can’t wait til they do! So many bands have been wanting to help raise money for Tubby’s so benefits have been popping up all over the place. Steve Junkins did an amazing job at fielding the calls and getting most of them organized. Plenty of ladies stepped up at a lot of venues helping out with bake sales, silent auctions, etc.. plus sound, security, space, etc.. was all donated. It is always beautiful to see the music community coming together. There are more benefits happening and one we know about is happening on Saturday, June 3rd at The Facktory in Liverpool, starting at 1pm. There will be at least 10 different bands performing, so it’s going to be a rockin’ day! You can check out the ad in this issue for all of the details. continued on next page...


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NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman

Tubby crew & Jim Dilisio Now on to the bands I did see as part of The Racehorse Benefit.The first band on stage when we arrived was Six Bar Break. I already wrote about these guys this month, but they are well worth the mention again. This time Dave was back on the stage and all was right in 6BB land. Mom really enjoyed their originals. She said that out of all the bands we saw they were her favorite. It could also be because they were the least heavy out of all the bands we saw, but don’t let her fool you, she was up dancing and having a good time all night long. Don’t forget Six Bar Break is dropping their new CD on May 5th. You can check it out and enter their contest at The next band to take the stage was Steve Junkin’s latest project, Can’t Be Saved. I’ve heard a lot about these guys and it was great to finally hear them. They were definitely a lot harder rock than Six Bar Break, they quickly had the dance floor packed with plenty of people ready to hear their music. Mom couldn’t comprehend how people could just stand still and not move to the music. Even though people weren’t moving as much as Mom wanted them to in their limited space, you could tell they were all enjoying the music they were hearing, I know I was! The last band of the night was Gun Metal Gray. I’ve seen these guys quite a few times and they didn’t disappoint. They definitely rocked the stage for the rest of the night. I’m so glad the guys are continuing on as a four piece. It just gives them more room to move and bang their heads without banging into each other. Gun Metal Gray has a lot of original music with great hooks in them that quickly get you singing or chanting along. It was also cool to see how their fanbase is more of the 20 somethings… No offense to any of us out supporting live music, but at most of the venues I go to the crowd is usually my age or even older. It’s super hard to get the younger generation to actually come out and enjoy the music! Overall it was a great night at The Racehorse. Jim has a great venue with plenty of space for even the craziest of shows. You can check out Racehorse’s full schedule in this issue and get out there and support live music yourself. You’ll be glad ya did! That’s all I got for this month. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the amazing Mom’s out there. Having my babies was definitely some of the most rewarding days of my life. Some days they drive me crazy, but deep inside I love them more than I can even imagine. Have a beautiful month, and don’t forget the decks are opening! Get out there and support the acoustic acts on the deck. It’s a great way to spend a beautiful Spring day. If you see me Out and About please stop me and say Hi! If you have any questions or comments, you can e-mail me at SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!!!!

Greetings Rockers ‘N’ Rollers! The highlight of this past month was the reuniting of Jet Silver, a band that began in Lancaster in the late 80’s and remained popular locally thru the 90’s. Jet Silver played two amazing shows: including a benefit in Lancaster at Tellus 360 on April 23rd and I was very fortunate to have them play a house party at my home. The band had not performed in 3 years and were incredible playing their entire self-titled album from beginning to end. Founding member Joel Kline sang as if a day hadn’t passed. Kline plays bass, while Sal Saunders and Shea Quinn provide guitars with Ryan Sohmer on drums. I am beyond grateful to Ryan and the entire band for making this band and these shows happen again. There is even word of Jet Silver producing a new record.

tour of 3,000+ venues. The band has announced 48 shows so far, with appearances at massive festivals including Coachella and Glastonbury. I was beyond lucky to score tickets to the April 9th show and witness the band in such a special atmosphere. Lastly, Sean Wheeler, singer of punk band Throw Rag, returned to the East Coast helping with vocals for Brant Bjork. This is a band I’ve only become recently familiar with and is currently touring with doom-metal band Pentagram. It was great to catch up with Wheeler, and to witness the unbelievable

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performer he is, who hasn’t toured the East Coast in years. Unfortunately the show at Baltimore’s Soundstage did not include Pentagram’s notorious singer Bobby Liebling, who was unable to appear. The band stated Liebling’s “addiction recovery is a daily struggle” referring to his lifelong drug addiction. NATIONAL NEWS: The funeral for rock n’ roll legend Chuck Berry took place on April 9th in St. Louis. The celebration began with a public viewing, in which hundreds of fans filed past Berry, whose beloved cherry-red Gibson guitar was bolted to the inside of his coffin’s lid. Gene Simmons of the rock band Kiss wasn’t scheduled to speak but someone urged him to take the podium. Paul McCartney and Little Richard both sent notes of condolences. The Rolling Stones sent a floral arrangement in the shape of a guitar. At the end of the funeral, a brass band played “St. Louis Blues” while Berry’s casket was carried out. Chuck Berry’s final studio album will be released on June 9th. The album, titled “CHUCK”, is Berry’s first album since 1979’s “Rock It.” Dualtone Records says eight of the 10 new recordings were written by Berry, who worked on the album until 2014. Seattle rockers Pearl Jam, the late rapper Tupac Shakur and continued on next page...

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Sean Wheeler NATIONALS continued... 1970s hitmaking band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8th. David Letterman replaced an ailing Neil Young as the person inducting Pearl Jam. One of the night’s most anticipated performances was Journey’s. But despite earlier reports, Steve Perry did not perform with the current Journey members. Instead, Arnel Pineda sang lead as the band performed their hits, including “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Perry, estranged from the band for many years, did embrace guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon on stage. Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes were also part of the 2017 class inducted at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prog metal band Tool has announced a North American summer tour. There isn’t any word on a new album from Tool, which hasn’t released new music since 2006. The lineup for Tool is


currently Danny Carey on drums, Adam Jones on guitar, and Justin Chancellor on bass, with Maynard James Keenan on vocals. The shows are being billed as an “unparalleled sonic and visual experience,” and the band’s use of visuals and lights in past concerts certainly validates that claim. The 20 dates itinerary includes Hershey’s Giant Center on May 25th. Bob Dylan finally received his Nobel Literature medal on April 1st at a hotel next to the conference center where Dylan was performing a concert later that night. The intimate ceremony with members of the Swedish Academy, described Dylan as “a very nice, kind man” and pleased by the award. The 75-yearold American singer-songwriter originally declined the invitation to attend the traditional Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony on Dec. 10th — pleading other commitments. But in order to receive the award worth 8 million kronor ($894,800), Dylan must give a lecture within six months from Dec. 10. He said a recorded version of it will be sent later. The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” is currently in Europe and returns to North America in June and July. The trek begins with 3 nights at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY (June 13, 14, 15) and then Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware on June 17. Violent Femmes have announced a run of dates in North America with Echo & The Bunnymen this summer. The tour starts at The Mann in Philadelphia on July 11th and is in all amphitheaters and outdoor stages, so fans should be ready to enjoy some beautiful scenery along with the tunes. Violent Femmes reunited at Coachella in 2013 and released “We Can Do Anything” in 2016, its first album of original material in more than a decade. Echo & The Bunnymen also reunited in the ’90s, though Pete de Freitas, the group’s first drummer, and keyboardist Jake Brockman, have died. The band is currently based around vocalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant. Echo & The Bunnymen’s last release was “Meteorites” in 2014. Scorpions is inviting special guest Megadeth on the road for a month-long tour of North America later this year. The dates for the “Crazy World” tour begin Sept. 14th in Reading, PA., at Santander Arena. Scorpions has been rocking since 1965 and

is still led by guitarist Rudolf Schenker. The singer is Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs plays lead guitar, Pawel Maciwoda holds down the bass, and former Motörhead member Mikkey Dee plays the drums. The band released its latest album, “Return to Forever”, in 2015. Prior to the North American trek Scorpions is mostly in Europe in the summer, with tons of festival appearances booked. It’s been a year since Prince died from an accidental drug overdose at his suburban Minneapolis home. Search warrant records were released regarding the 57 year old singer’s abuse of opioid pain pills. Dozens of counterfeit pills were found in a search of Paisley Park, including at least one that tested positive for fentanyl - a synthetic drug 50 times more powerful than heroin. It was stated that Prince was “going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication.” The recent news has surprised and saddened those who knew him as someone with a reputation for clean living. UPCOMING SHOWS: The Cult Baltimore Rams Head Live May 3. Supersuckers / Dead 50s Harrisburg Abbey Bar May 5. Local H / Anthrophobia Northampton Gin Mill May 7. Tommy Conwell & Young Rumblers Ardmore Music Hall May 13. Pixies Baltimore Rams Head Live May 14. Kings Of Leon Columbia MD Merriweather Pavilion May 14. Jesus & Mary Chain Philadelphia Union Transfer May 15. Midnight Oil Philadelphia Keswick Theatre May 16. The Virus York Skid Row Garage May 26. The Orwells Philadelphia Union Transfer May 26. Future Islands Philadelphia Fillmore May 29. Email:

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Rahway, NJ — June 3rd 2017 the hard hitting rock band Rahway will be releasing their 2nd full length CD titled “Undefeated”. This 11 song CD has received high praises from some of the top people in the music industry and with a fan base that ranges from 16 to 30 years old, it is sure to make some noise across the charts. Check out what Eddie Trunk [Q104.3 NYC, Sirius/XM Radio / That Metal Show / VH1 Classic / Author / Syndicated Radio “Eddie Trunk Rocks”] had to say about it. “I’ve had the chance to see Rahway a few times live and they always bring a kick ass show. It’s great to hear their new studio music capturing the killer hard rock vibe of their live shows.” The Cardenas brothers crawled their way out of the mean streets of the Bronx and made their way across the river to New Jersey where they put together one of the hottest upcoming hard rock bands on the East Coast. There have been a few renditions of the band throughout the past few years, but the current line up is the best the music scene has to offer and includes; David Cardenas (Guitar), Steve Cardenas (Drums), Nick Hade (Vocals) and Chigger (Bass). Chigger’s story for joinging the band is, he was delivering Chinese food to their practice space one night and they told him their bass player was leaving for Florida, so they asked him to play bass. He said, “I can try, it’s only four strings.” Now they won’t let him leave and when you hear the back beat you will understand why. Back in 2000 while Rahway was working with Jack Douglas, Jack was up in Boston and he mentioned to Steven that he was working with this band from New Jersey. Steven asked what the band’s name was and at the time Rahway was going under the name Pushrod. Steven told Jack that the name sounded too much like another band at the time and asked what part of Jersey they were from. Jack told him that they had a studio in Rahway. Steven said that is it, tell them to call themselves Rahway. Well, how do you argue with Steven Tyler, so they changed the name and the rest is history.. Rahway mixes humor, heart and the hardest blistering rock this side of Seether and Theory of a Deadman, they’re guaranteed to get any crowd moving with their intense guitar driven live show. Rahway is a nonstop rock fest, with an unlimited amount of energy, guaranteed for every performance. May, 2017

Since rolling out of New Jersey’s industrial wasteland, Rahway to be exact, these perennial rock underdogs are ready to take over the world! Rahway feels that their latest CD, “Undefeated”, is a fresh opportunity to prove themselves as many bands from Jersey have done in the past. Influenced by legends such as Led Zeppelin, U2, Godsmack and Motley Crue, their fusion of power is gaining them popularity very quickly. They are impressive and imminent. Fully capturing the spirit of today’s DIY musicians, these four rockers, with their musical genius, do something truly revolutionary in the rock-n-roll scene. Their music has choruses that ring in your ears from the first listen and hooks that boomerang through each song. Embodying the down to earth Jersey roots, but rolling the rock to a whole other edgy level. When they write new songs it is a collective effort. One of them ccomes up with a song riff or idea, usually Steve, then they write as a team, but they write for the song not for themselves. If they can make people feel what they are feeling in the song, then they know that they have done their job. One person creates a spark then they build on top of whatever is put out on the table. Steve has always done a lot of writing, so it comes easy for him. He always is able to present something and then it gets mixed into what the other guys come up with and then it turns into a Rahway original. They’ve been busy building the last few years because they are ready to release their newest CD, “Undefeated” on June 3rd. The CD includes 7 brand new songs including their new hit single “Undefeated”. There is also four re-mastered songs from their Grand Design EP. Rahway is hosting their CD Release Party at The Crossroads in Garwood, NJ, on June 10th. The show will be hosted by Don Jamieson of That Metal Show and will feature the bands Common Wealth and the Motorhead tribute band Headmotor. Rahway has shows planned in the North East for the Summer and Fall of 2017 to support the release.

They want to bring the “RAW” all the way to the top of the charts and would love to get their music into movies and video games one day. With the release of “Undefeated”, I believe their on their way to achieve their goals. On April 8th Rahway supported Steel Panther at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. This isn’t their first rodeo opening for a big act passing through the area. Rahway has been an enormous part of the East Coast scene, playing shows with such rock greats as Slash, Three Days Grace, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Puddle of Mudd, KIX and they even shared the stage with Missing Persons. They’ve done high profile gigs at cool haunts like Dingbatz, Stone Pony, Crocodile Rock Café, Starland Ballroom and the 2015 Food Truck Rock Carnival where they’ve left the crowds in amazement. Rahway is ready to rock the United States and beyond! To see where to catch them live check them out online at, or search RahwayBand on all of your favorite social mdia sites. To get Rahway rockin’ your venue, please contact Larry Jones at Arc Angel Entertainment, 908-338-3462. Accompanying this new album, Rahway will be touring the Northeast of the United States to support the release. Along with the air play that they have already receive on WDHA 105.5 FM, WRAT 95.5 FM, internet radio such as Cyber Storm Radio, Toxic Radio, Xtreme Alchemy Radio, iRadio USA, plus many more, Rahway will be following up with radio air play within the same markets that they will be touring in.

Rahway’s goals and aspirations for the band are to be on the front lines bringing “ROCK” back tothe world, with songs that stand out from the commercial things we have been accustomed to. Songs that will last forever. They also have aspirations to go out on tour and spread their music to the world. Pennsylvania Musician Magazine



Let the fun begin! We again enter the time of year when the outdoor live music season starts to shift into higher gear. A number of outdoor festivals, summer concert series and other events have already been announced for this warm weather season, and it looks like we’re in for a fun stretch! For me, the outdoor music season started early last month when I roadtripped to Meyersdale to catch the final day of the two-weekend Pennsylvania Maple Festival. Because this festival happens in conjunction with maple tapping during late March and early April, weather is often a question mark each year; sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s graced this particular day, making for a fun afternoon as I witnessed Johnny Cash tribute group Cash Through the Years on the Festival Park stage. I enjoyed this group’s presentation, as Cash Through the Years mixed numbers from various stages of Johnny Cash’s career, plus provided some historical perspective along the way about instruments and musicians who appeared on and recorded each song. The group’s “Man in Black,” Bill Venet Sr., nicely captured Johnny Cash’s vocal tone and guided the audience through the musical tour of Cash favorites. Bill Venet Jr. and Todd Schafer played guitars, with Todd capturing the Bob Wooten era of Johnny Cash recordings, and Bill Jr. spotlighting the Luther Perkins years. Singers Cathy Jaggers and Shawn McConville provided the Carter Sisters voices alongside Bill Sr., Walt Fieser played piano, Dan Stonerook played bass, and new drummer George Feathers made his debut with the group this day. During their latter set, Cash Through the Years performed Cash favorites such as “Folsom Prison Blues,” “San Quentin,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Ring of Fire,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “I Walk the Line,” “Tennessee Flat Top Box” (with Bill Jr. demonstrating Tennessee flat box technique on his acoustic guitar), “You Are My Sunshine,” “Ring of Fire” and more. The

group did a Johnny Cash train song medley plus another medley of favorites later on, and Bill and the women teamed on several duets, including “I Never Will Marry,” “Jackson” and more. Cash Through the Years provides a relaxing, entertaining and educational journey, and is well worth checking out. Meanwhile, lots of indoor live music activity continues to take place, and more great shows have been happening at State College’s State Theatre. Unlike many longtime rock fans, I never got to see the Grateful Dead in concert, nor have I seen any of the various off shoot projects that have carried on the Dead’s legacy since the passing of Jerry Garcia. That finally changed in late March when I saw Melvin Seals & the JGB at the State Theatre. Melvin became popular as the keyboardist with the original Jerry Garcia Band, and contributed to the evolution of jam band music. A constant highlight of this performance was Melvin’s Hammond B-3 organ groan and rollicking, soul and gospel-informed keyboard solo work; he knew how to bring the magic out of that keyboard! Melvin, singer/guitarist Zach Nugent, backing singers Cheryl Rucker and Shirley Starks, bassist Jean-Paul McLean and drummer Peter Lavezzoli blended elements of funk, blues, rock, jazz and Americana into an uplifting, feel-good musical mix that instantly triggered dancing and grooving throughout the State Theatre. This was largely happy, major-key music, and I don’t recall hearing any minor-key sounds during the entire two sets! Melvin & the JGB featured many songs from the Jerry Garcia Band catalog, including “Cats Down Under the Stars,” “When the Hunter Gets Captured By the Game,” “Money Honey,” “Gomorrah,” “Tough Mama” and “My Brothers and Sisters.” The group also did versions of Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me,” the Beatles’ “Dear Prudence,” Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” and more. The performances sounded clean, tight and tasteful, and the song arrangements and jams were efficient; each solo that Melvin and Zach executed had purpose and served the song. The State Theatre also presented Bethlehem-based Talking Heads tribute Start Making Sense in late March. This group struck up the party as they performed hits and other songs from the Talking Heads catalog, quickly triggering a crowd of dancers in front of the stage plus people dancing in aisles and at their seats. Singer/guitarist Jon Braun did a great job

Melvin Seals in the David Byrne role, capturing Byrne’s gestures and mannerisms. The group also featured Jon Fadem on guitar, Mike Davidson on bass, Brad Murray on keys and theramin, Jesse Braun on drums, Steve Brunette on percussion and Kathleen Weber on backing vocals. Start Making Sense performed all of the essential Talking Heads favorites; opening with “Psycho Killer,” and also doing “And She Was,” “Life During Wartime” (where Jon ran laps around the stage while singing), “Wild Wild Life,” “Once In a Lifetime” (complete with Jon’s gestures and head-slapping), “Burning Down the House” and “Take Me to the River.” They also broke out deeper Talking Heads cuts such as “Thank You for Sending Me an Angel,” “The Great Curve,” “Road to Nowhere,” “What a Day That Was,” “Don’t Worry About the Government,” “Girlfriend Is Better” and more. Start Making Sense delivered it all with a constant, robust energy that kept the State Theatre crowd moving and grooving for the show’s duration. Among the State Theatre’s upcoming shows are guitarist Eric Johnson on May 30, Los Lobos on June 14, and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on June 23. continued on next page...

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THE PROFESSOR continued... The Arena in State College, 105.9 Qwik-Rock and Miller Lite presented preliminary rounds of a Battle Of the Bands competition on six Friday nights at The Arena that started in March, with a variety of band contestants performing and competing each week. Weekly winners – determined by both judge and audience voting – moved on to the Battle finals on April 28, with cash prizes for the top three winners, and the first place finisher also winning a paid gig at The Arena. I caught three of the preliminary rounds. The March 24 Battle presented a strong bill with four impressive bands: psychedelic/progressive rockers Medusa’s Disco from Lancaster, Scranton hard rockers Watching Savannah Burn, Harrisburg rock foursome Nothingmen and Harrisburg metal force Gun Metal Gray. When the judging sheets and audience votes were tallied, Gun Metal Gray won the night by a slim two-point margin over Medusa’s Disco to advance. The April 7 Battle took on more of an acoustic flavor, with Altoona’s Born and the Beanstalk, State College Beatlesque duo TV Dinners, Scranton duo Asialena and Lewistown country foursome Hawestone stating their cases. The votes this night sent Asialena to the finals. And the final preliminary round on April 21 featured State College indie rockers The Band Junkies, Altoona punk trio Tadwilder (who dealt with the unexpected arrival of a rowdy bachelorette party armed with an inflatable part of the male anatomy), Wiconisco rockers Broken Fayth and Lewistown alternative rockers Calmly Poisoned. The audience and judging tallies sent Calmly Poisoned from this round to the finals. Also announced on this last preliminary night was that The Arena staff – in the tradition of NBC’s “The Voice” – “saved” one band that didn’t win in the preliminary rounds to also advance to the finals: Medusa’s Disco. So the field for the April 28 finals included first Battle winners Threatpoint, Gun Metal Gray, Medusa’s Disco, third Battle winners Suspended By Chains, Asialena, fifth Battle winners The Bigs and Calmly Poisoned. Results will be reported next month. Also at The Arena, I caught my first look at Chrissy & the Heart Attacks in late March. The latest project featuring Al and Chrissy Miller, Chrissy & the Heart Attacks sounded fine as they fired up the dance party, mixing up classic rock and dance floor hits. Chrissy still has one of the finest singing voices in the land, demonstrated especially on Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “Heartbreaker,” and Heart’s “Barracuda.” She, Al on lead guitar, Jac Gassler on bass and vocals, Jon Lodge on keys and vocals, and drummer Brad Lundsford kept the dance floor hopping with favorites from Adele, Labelle, Shania Twain, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Journey, Black Crowes and more. The group slowed it down for the slow-dancing fans with a tasty version of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” fired up the funk machine with the blending of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” into Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” and triggered some disco dancing action with the pairing of A Taste Of Honey’s “Boogie Oogie Oogie” into Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” to start their final set. Watch for Chrissy & the Heart Attacks as they return to The Arena soon, and they will also perform at the Summer Kickoff Festival fundraiser for the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library at Hollidaysburg’s Legion Park on June 22. Former Ramones bassist C.J. Ramone (who replaced Dee Dee Ramone and was with the group from 1989 to 1996) returned to McGarvey’s last month, headlining a four-band punk-rocking bill. Railroad City Murder Machines, X’s For Eyes and The Flannels all performed before my arrival. Singing and playing bass, C.J. Ramone and his band – guitarists Nate Sander and Josh Blackway, plus drummer Chris Eller – mixed C.J.’s original tunes with a number of Ramones favorites. The Fat Wreck Chords recording artist introduced songs off his new “American Beauty” CD albums such as “Girlfriend in a Graveyard,” “Run Around,” “Moral to the Story” and “Steady as She Goes.” C.J. also did the song “Three Angels,” which he wrote in honor of fallen Ramones brethren Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee. And he and band tapped the Ramones catalog frequently, doing such numbers as “Rockaway Beach,” “Commando,” the group’s renditions of Phil Spector’s “Baby I Love You” and The Rivieras’ “California Sun,” “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” (which Motorhead wrote as a tribute to the Ramones, and that C.J. sang lead on when the Ramones recorded it for the 1995 album “Adios Amigos”). C.J. and his band played at a continuous, high-velocity clip and kept the large McGarvey’s crowd happy. Doctor Smoke returned to the area in late March to headline continued on next page...

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a heavy-hitting triple-bill at McGarvey’s. Hand Of Doom set the tone with their opening set of early Black Sabbath classics. Black Sun then thundered the rafters and scorched the oxides off McGarvey’s walls with their leviathan brand of original heavy rock, blasting out seismic, expansive jams. Drummer Nate Woods and bassist Dave Mollica’s menacing rhythms set the cavernous backdrops for frontman Todd McKeone and guitar ace Jason Feathers to push the limits of their intensity. Based near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border, Doctor Smoke then hammered the night home with their powerful set of Sabbath-rooted original heavy rock. Singer/guitarist Matt Tluchowski, lead guitarist Steve Lehocky, bassist Kathryn Flesher and drummer Cody Cooke provided tight and forceful execution as they performed a number of tunes off their “The Witching Hour” CD. Some of their numbers this night included the disc-opener “The Willow,” “Blood and Whiskey,” “Faces in the Fog,” “The Seeker” and more. Their blend of velocity, thunder and melody kept the crowd riveted from start to end. It was great to see a big crowd in the house for this night of original rock and metal music; watch for Doctor Smoke’s return to McGarvey’s later in the year. Northern Virginia’s Plank Stompers made their first visit to the Altoona area last month, performing at McGarvey’s. Begin-

ning as a traditional Appalachian string group, Plank Stompers are one of those groups that ultimately stepped outside the box and tossed out the rule book. Their musical style maintains a central Americana thread, but weaves in elements of funk, jam, ska, rock, reggae, jazz and more. All four band members can play their instruments and sing, and it’s not too often you hear a lead mandolin solo on a rock or funk-styled song – but Erik Burnham knows how to make that mandolin sing. He, bassist Ben Walters, lead guitarist Will Spaulding and – moving from his usual key/trumpet position to behind the drum kit this night – Rudy Bzdyk mixed it up between original tunes and select covers, which included their fresh take on “Sitting on Top of the World,” John Hartford’s “Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry,” plus tunes from Space Canoe, Hank Williams Jr. and more. Plank Stompers provide a breath of fresh musical air; watch for them when they return to the area. I saw several new bands in recent weeks, including Buster Krow for the first time last month at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso in Hollidaysburg. Five members strong, Buster Krow fired up an interesting variety of cover material, from dance party favorites to classic rock, pop, country and rap hits. Their set list stretched from Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” to Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up,” from J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold” to Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart,” from Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” and many more. Lead singer John Bauman and guitarist Pat Irwin share the brunt of lead singing duties, J.R. West plays bass and Brian Gearhart the drums. Buster Krow got several folks up and dancing, and good vibes abounded throughout the night. Buster Krow delivers a strong musical party; watch for their return at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso. Another new band I discovered last month was Out Cold, as they partied down with their hometown crowd at JD’s Wild Cherry Inn in Portage. These guys and gal – singer Whitney Myers, guitarists Sean Cronauer and Tyler Troxel, bassist Jesse Kreutzberger and drummer Zack Cronauer – mixed up modern and classic rock/pop/country favorites. I arrived late during their second set, and they had a good party going, with lots of folks populating the dance floor and having fun in front of the stage. Whitney showed a strong voice with good power and range, and the rest of the band was solid and enthusiastic. They did numbers from Gin Blossoms, Guns N’Roses, AC/DC, Luke Bryan, Tom Petty, Three Doors Down, Fallout Boy, Eddie Money, Sublime, Journey and more. When the crowd demanded one more at the end of the night, Out Cold responded with Elle King’s “Exes and Oh’s” to finish off the party. Matt Pletcher continues to populate area stages as both a solo performer and with his band trio. I caught up with Matt in late March during one of his solo performances at Joe’s 58th Street Grill in Altoona. Matt blended original tunes with new and older rock and country favorites. I enjoyed Matt’s driving style of strumming as he fired off tunes from Tom Petty, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, Fuel, Bob Seger, Oasis, Dion, Incubus, Weezer, Kid Rock, Chumbawamba, Matchbox 20, Felice Bros., Green Day and more. Matt also did select original numbers from his “Sure Thing” CD, along with new material he is composing and recording toward a new CD. Matt’s hearty voice and energetic style fired up some dancers and even demands for an encore by the end of the night. Matt is a frequent continued on next page...

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The Professor continued... flyer performer at Joe’s 58th Street Tavern; catch his solo performance there, and watch for his trio performances around the region as well. I have seen Felix & the Hurricanes many, many times in my sojourns around the area music scene. And one of many things that endears this group to its large and continually expanding fan base of “Hurricaniacs” is that no two Hurricanes shows are the same, and that this group – singer/guitarist/lead Hurricane Felix Kos, singer/bassist Jeff Clapper and drummer/singer Bob Watters – is never afraid to throw a new wrinkle into the mix. Such was the case during one of their weekly Sunday shows at Altoona’s Black and Gold Tavern last month. With Felix decked out in denim work/farm-style suspenders, Hee Haw references started bringing laughter from both the band and the audience, and the group playfully referenced songs from the Hee Haw television show such as the “Where Are You Tonight” chorus with raspberry (“pthpththppp”) and “Gloom, Despair and Agony.” It was only logical that with Mama Corn guitar man and bluegrasser Bruce Forr in the house, he soon partook in the ‘Canes craziness during the final set as did Hurricanes drumming alumnus Kevin Siegel. The Hurricanes used this night to break out a bunch of new tunes, with the biggest surprise being a wild and crazy read of Focus’ 1973 classic “Hocus Pocus” (with all three Hurricanes yodeling, they couldn’t keep straight faces!). The group also introduced versions of Climax Blues Band’s “Couldn’t Get It Right,” Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Kicks,” Delbert McClinton’s “Giving It Up for Your Love,” a fast-galloping rendition of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” and more. This night served as further proof that just when you think you have these Hurricanes figured out, they throw a few crazy curve balls at you! Catch a Hurricanes Sunday at the Black & Gold Tavern, or see them when they kick off Hollidaysburg’s Downtown Live! free summer concert series on May 25. One other performance I briefly observed recently was three members of State College-based alternative jam band Intermission Improv braving the early April outdoor cold to perform outside Barranquero Colombian Cafe as part of State College’s First Friday celebration last month. News and notes: The 50th annual Blair County Arts Festival happens May 20-21 at Penn State Altoona; among this year’s performers are Born and the Beanstalk, Ride the Song, Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band, The Coteries, Project Blues Book, Dan Hulse, Jay Smar, Walkney, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, The Ed Heads, Mama Corn, Felix & the Hurricanes, a reunion of the U.S. Sound Theatre and more. The Chrome Hearts and Born & the Beanstalk will play the afternoon session, and Nobody’s Heroes and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band will perform the evening session during the 8th annual Pints for Pets Brewfest on May 6 at Altoona’s People’s Natural Gas Field; proceeds benefit the Central PA Humane Society. Following the passing of former Boston drummer Sib Hashian in March, former Kansas singer Jon Elefante and former Journey singer Kevin Chalfant will now join “The Voice of Foreigner” Lou Gramm and former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau during the Legends Of Rock Concert at Altoona’s Blair County Convention Center on May 27; Hybrid Ice will be the backup band for all four performers. Simple Gifts presents their annual Folk College event May 26-28 at Juniata College in Huntingdon…Pittsburgh favorites The Clarks open the annual Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum on June 2…The Spin

Doctors, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Marah, The Commonheart and National Reserve are among the entertainers at the inaugural Happy Valley Music Fest (formerly Summer’s Best Music Fest) in downtown State College on June 2-3…Chris Rattie is in the final stages of production on his second solo recording; the album, “Porch”, is slated for a September release. Happy Birthdays to Ron Dalansky and Joe George (Half Tempted), John Charney (The Chi/Wine Of Nails), Beau Saller and Mary Villani (R2B2), Pat McGinnis, Nate Smouse (Emberstitch), Chris Silva (Rewind), Scott Bush, Jerry Carnicella and Harry Young (White Shadow), Chris Whitmer, Dave Skipper (The Insomniacs), Mitch Neuder (Shallow 9), Ray Buksa, Mike Gambardella (Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’), Shane Speal, Jim Speese (Cloud Party), Andy Tolins and Stubby Stubbs (Triple A Blues Band/Natascha & the Spy Boys), K.C. Seidel, Frankie Lyxx (Sunset Strip), Mike Wise (Emily’s Toybox), Randy Rutherford (Flood City Brass), Jules Bianchini (The Amplified Heet), Erek Kapusta (Nightcrawlers), Rue Moyer, Jake Makin, Denny Pompa, Priscilla the Tambourine Lady, Ronnie Sheirer (F.B.I.), Ty Ayers (Doubtfire), Deb Demko, Paul Miller, Greg Larrimore, Paul Patterson, Bill Nusom, Jim Mosey and Steve Shutt.

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JUKEHOUSE BOMBERS – “DEATH OR GLORY” (no label) Indiana, PA’s Jukehouse Bombers introduced their brand of rugged electric blues four years ago with a debut five-song EP. They elaborate on that “down and dirty” blues foundation with their first full-length album, “Death or Glory.” The Jukehouse Bombers have expanded into a quintet, with new drummer Dave Vernot and guitarist Andy Kirsch joining the guitar-playing father-and-son tandem of Jimmy and Joe Roach plus bassist Troy Laney. “Death or Glory” finds the group mixing traditional-based, delta-styled electric blues with southern-fried and psychedelic rock, jump blues and more. Their songwriting is strong, their instrumental performances are feisty and inspired, and both Jimmy and Joe sing their hearts out, sinking total passion into their deliveries. The results make this exciting listening from start to end. The group follows their motorized “Arrival” with the jukehouse boogie anthem “Nothin’ to Lose,” showcasing Jimmy’s harmonica skills as he howls words about his individuality and swagger. The group’s dirty delta flavor shines prominently on the album, with the electric-driven “Burnt Biscuit” and its alternate stripped-down take “Raw Biscuit” to close the disc; also the Joe-fronted lowdown-toned “Evil I’ve Done” and the explosive “Rooster Gets to Crowin.’” Jimmy belts some slow blues with “My Dues Ain’t Never Paid” and Joe leads the group on the jump blues romp “Joe’s Jump.” The group wears their rock influences proudly; “Midnight Blues” taps a late ‘60s/early ‘70s psychedelic vibe reminiscent of Savoy Brown, Allman Brothers-styled harmony guitar leads highlight the pulsing instrumental “Silhouette,” and the Allmans and Blind Faith inform the Troy-composed, acoustic-driven “Winding Our Way Back Home.” The Jukehouse Bombers show mastery and versatility on their song material, and the group’s production, engineering and mixing enables electric, three-string cigar box slide and acoustic guitars to mix shine brightly and the rhythms to punch the songs home. “Death or Glory” leaves no doubt about the Jukehouse Bombers’ passion for the blues, and they make every note count from start to end. Fans of blues and blues rock will find plenty to celebrate here. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, SOFEYA & THE PUFFINS – “GENETIC CONFETTI” (no label) Inspired by drum circles and the art/music festival circuit, Harrisburg-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cynthia Beatty – alias Sofeya Puffins – collaborated with other musicians to form Sofeya and the Puffins in 2013. The group’s second recording, “Genetic Confetti” – offers a colorful mixture of indie rock and folk, blues, reggae, gypsy folk, worldbeat and more over its 10-track duration. Varying instrumental combinations color each song differently; Cynthia alone contributes guitar, ukulele, keys, ocarina (a flute-like wind instrument) and percussion to the mix. She 18

shares lead singing duties here with David Gill, who also plays guitar and percussion; the remainder of this lineup is vocalist/percussionist Jamal Sawab, rhythm guitarist Cristion O’Leary Rockey and lead guitarist/bassist David Patterson. The group’s words cover themes of togetherness, the human condition and a touch of spirituality. The gypsy folk-flavored disc-opener “Decide” explores how personal perspectives shape decisions, while the David-fronted “Humans” hopes for humanity to become more humane and respectful of the natural world. The harder-rocking “Pay Attention” encourages listeners to be more observational and aware of life’s lessons, while the equally uptempo “Hard Time” likens love’s struggles to a prison stay. Sofeya and the Puffins celebrate happy dancing on the boogie-toned “Moonlit Night,” as well as happy times around a festival fire with “Firelight,” where elements of reggae and Latino musical flavors blend together. They also flex their blues muscles on the darker-toned social commentary “Night Owl,” and craft an Andean folk flavor on the ballad “Where Are You Tonight.” With a background that included college opera singing, Cynthia sings with authority and clarity; demonstrating range, cadence and personality in her performance. David’s broad and commanding voice also shines, particularly on “Humans.” The arrangements and mixture of instruments keeps this disc interesting from start to end, with no two songs sounding alike. Recorded, engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by David Patterson at Prava Creative Studios in New Holland, “Genetic Confetti” sounds crisp and full, and the performances take the spotlight without lavish studio gloss. Sofeya and the Puffins let their distinctive musical mixture shine on “Genetic Confetti”, and their unique, playful approach here is likely to win some new fans. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, DOCTOR SMOKE – “THE WITCHING HOUR” (Totem Cat Records) Situated in the Ohio Valley region near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, Doctor Smoke taps doom rock/metal roots to grow their own heavy-hitting sound on their debut album, “The Witching Hour”. Lead singer/guitarist Matt Tluchowski, lead guitarist Steve Lehocky, bassist Cody Cooke (who has since taken over drum duties, with Kathryn Flesher now handling bass) and drummer Dave Trikones thunder out a heavy, aggressive metal rock sound anchored in the tradition of classic Black Sabbath, but stamp their own signature style and swagger on it over the album’s nine

tracks. Rhythms rumble and boom, guitar riffs roar and tear, and Matt’s eerie Alice Cooper-like howl voices mysterious lyrical themes of supernatural phenomena, spirits and other things that go bump in the night. The disc chugs to life with the rampaging opener “The Willow,” documenting life’s final moments and a soul’s escape to freedom. The galloping “Blood and Whiskey” reveals a dark and tortured soul, and the expansive “Evil Man” leads an evildoer to the gallows. The group cranks up Motorhead-like velocity on “The Toll,” crafts gargantuan swagger on “The Seeker,” and welcomes guest saxophone player Mitchell Lawrence on the multi-tiered “From Hell.” Doctor Smoke combines melody, detail

and groove throughout the album; the riffs and hooks are infectious, tempo shifts and time signatures don’t stay stationary for long, and their sense of groove in the right places gives these numbers drive and purpose. The group executes their song material with tightness and authority. The mix gives Doctor Smoke a big, cavernous thunder while sounding sharp and crisp. Start to finish, “The Witching Hour” delivers a powerful listen, and displays Doctor Smoke as a band that knows their turf and dynamic. Fans of well-executed, doom-esque heavy metal should find a lot to cheer for here. (The album can be obtained digitally through the group’s Bandcamp page,, and the CD can be obtained through CD Baby.) SKELL –” EVERYTHING’S FINE” EP (no label) Pittsburgh-based heavy metal stalwarts Skell were struck by the worst news any band could encounter in February, 2015, when drummer Keith Kweder died unexpectedly at age 32 from a sudden respiratory ailment. After much soul-searching, the group’s surviving members – founding guitarist Mike Palone and bassist Mike Ekis, plus singer Walter Wright – decided to soldier on with a new drummer (Jordan McClure, who left the group last November due to career reasons). Skell had been recording new music at the time of Keith’s passing, and their new EP, “Everything’s Fine,” serves as a tribute to their fallen bandmate, featuring four of the final songs Keith helped to create. The sound remains brute-force Skell heavy metal, powered by Keith’s powerful, rapid fire and intricate drum thunder and Mike Ekis’ stern, steady bass foundation. Mike Palone’s signature guitar roar is prominent, as well as his angular, drama-inducing chord progressions and innovative, surgically-precise, shredding leads. Against this turbulent backdrop, Walter’s vocals vary between fierce snarling and reserved singing, which sets up the dynamic on the disc’s captivating title song, “Everything’s Fine.” Two versions are featured; the expansive six-minute-plus version features an acoustic midsong interlude, and a shorter radio edit version closes the disc. The disc opener “Deaf Ears” and “Menschheit” (German for mankind, humanity) convincingly pound and pulverize, and with its play on words, “Loose Myself” sums up the disc’s prevalent lyrical theme of stepping away from the world and its drama to come to grips with one’s personal realities. The basic rhythm tracks were recorded by Sean McDonald at Red Medicine Recording, with Rob Deaner at Contagious Music producing, mixing and engineering the EP. The results sound full, crisp and clean, enabling Skell’s attack to achieve full impact. “Everything’s Fine” serves as a fitting sonic epitaph to Keith Kweder and his contributions to Skell’s body of work, and also serves as a statement that the group has come to grips with their loss and will continue on. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website,

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Tubby Employee Benefit

By John Kerecz

Music has a fundamental role in all our lives. I have always listened to different kinds of music all the time whether in my car, on my phone, laptop, or live. In my life and in many others, I would say that music plays a pivotal role in my everyday activities. In the 70’s, I always woke up to songs playing on my alarm clock. Throughout the years, I always hear music playing or have played it myself. Whether it was while I was working or just relaxing, I always love listening to a new song or a song that I have liked for a long time. In addition, I love going to watch live music or concerts with my favorite artists. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I look forward to being able to listen to music. Music can be essential in anyone’s life because of the emotional appeal that songs can have on a person. For instance, a person could be having a bad day but listening to their favorite song can cheer them up and make them feel better. Moreover, various emotions can be induced with different types of songs. For example, personally when I am working out I tend to listen to songs that have an upbeat rhythm or something that can hype me up. On the other hand, a song may cause someone to feel sad or depressed. This may be because a song may bring up a sad memory. The way that memories can be recalled is another aspect of music that occurs in people’s lives. For each different person, a song may be linked with a place or event that triggers a certain memory and eventually an emotion. Personally for example, different songs that I listened to over the summer are connected to memories, and I can recollect these memories whenever that specific song plays. This affects many people because their emotions can be swayed any instant just by listening to music. Overall, music has a fundamental role in our lives and it can affect us in many different ways. With the summer upon us try and fill your sets with the music that you feel will have the best effect on your audience during this time of the year, you will find every season has different songs or music that will affect us in a different way.


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