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By Josh Noll Welcome back for another month of the PA Musician Magazine. We appreciate everyone in the local music community that has supported us over the last year. It’s hard to believe that next month will be my one year anniversary issue. Time flies when you’re having fun and I’m happy to say that the paper is doing great and I couldn’t be happier with how things worked out. Still a lot to learn about being a small business owner but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Onto music news this month it seems that everyone is talking about Woodstock 50th. I know Missy and I have been talking about it all winter. She was/is planning on attending, while I was on the fence waiting for more details. My thoughts were why not just attend the Bethel Woods event, as things were coming together this looked like the better of the two choices. The first of the depressing news for us on the Lang event at Watkins Glen was the line up seemed more of what we were not into vs what we liked. Followed by the report of high ticket prices and now ending with the financial backers calling it cancelled. As of press time it is still not really clear if the Watkins Glen event will happen at all. At this point it is not looking good. I think if everyone really wants a modern day Woodstock forget about tickets and hotel reservations all that worthless stuff and just show up in Bethel NY with your bros and hoes a case of Hams (I think that’s the hipster beer this year). Park in some farmers field piss off the locals, make a mess, do some acid, drink all your beer the first day, meet someone and fall in love for the rest of your life. It will be wonderful and you will make memories that will last a lifetime. You may even be in a documentary running around naked tripping your brains out. If all this sounds fun then you really should just hang out in Perry county up at Uncle Twisty’s haha. In all seriousness If you really want to go be part of Woodstock I would support the Bethel Woods event as they have obviously been about Woodstock all along and deserve the support. Get your Tickets NOW! Now what’s up on the local scene. Last month I was lucky enough to get out and head up to the Que Brew in Selinsgrove for a little open mic mash up. We were up celebrating Chris Riders birthday and got to hangout and hear some great musicians. Becky Blue was leading the charge and her blues songs were sweet. She kept things rolling all night by switching it up with the different talent that was in the room and we got to hear some great combos. Ed Varner even played happy birthday to Chris with his Kazoo! We got to see two of the Prairie Dogmas, Michael Lundy (guitars and vocals) and Dave Jackson (percussion) mixing it up and everyone seemed to be having a great time. If your looking for something to do check out Que Brew’s facebook page for dates and events. Ok so what’s happening in May? Well we got the Delany
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Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival. Try saying that five times real fast. This is FREE and is held in downtown Indiana PA on the 24th and 25th of May. With names like Dwayne Dolphin, Venessa Collier, Jack of Diamonds, Tom Roberts and many more check out the back cover for the full details on what and when things are going on. We would like to welcome Reverb back to our pages. They have a booked month for May including Insane Clown Posse on the 4th, Doro and Metal Church on the 8th followed by David Allen Coe on the 10th with local boy’s Zach King and Aaron Parker which is sure to be a great show. Check out the full page ad back on page 2 with all the dates for upcoming shows. XL Live has Warrant with Time Bomb on the 3rd if you don’t have tickets get them now from Time Bomb you can contact the guys to get tickets cheaper then you will get elsewhere and it helps support the local bands. Hit up the Time Bomb facebook page and message them about tickets. Same for the KIX show coming up on June 15th both Defiant and Road Case will be opening. Plan ahead and see these guys to get your tickets. The Harrisburg University Concert Series has Joan Osborne on the 4th at the Whitaker Center. Also this month on the 17th and throughout the summer the Whitaker Center will be holding its Whitaker Unplugged Series. It’s an acoustic singer songwriter competition featuring local artist performing original songs battling it out for the number one spot. They bring in different local judges to keep things fair and they even had our own “One L” Michele Kelley to do some judging last month. Be sure to make plans to attend or enter one of these great competitions. Blarney’s/Park Inn has a stacked month and on the 18th are hosting the A.R.M.E.D. Halfway To Pay For Play event. With a list of bands including Hot & Dangerous, Broken Fayth, Hometown Strangers, Six Bar Break, Whiskey On the Rocks and Southern Tyde! If that line up doesn’t get you excited then I don’t know what will. I believe this one is hosted by Jen Shade and we all love Jen so get out and support the event. So much going on this month its hard to cover it all in here but there are great places like Gary’s Bar, Racehorse Tavern, Union House Taproom, all these places support local live music and are bringing it for all to enjoy so please go check out the schedules and go out and support the bars and venues that help local music survive. Oh and one last thing May is DAM PARTY time!! This year they are going all out and making it a two day event with camping, music, great food lots of great food!. This is no dam ordinary party and you will have a dam good time its right along the dam creek in the dam woods of Pennsylvania and everyone there is awesome and has a dam good time. Leave your dam problems at home and go enjoy this fantastic Dam Party. Its May 31st- June 1st dammit! The cover story this month is Anatomy Of The Sacred. I had a great time making this cover I am trying to learn all this graphic designer stuff with my construction background and somehow a hammer has no effect on the end product something I am not familiar with. The cover shot was taken by Renee Robyn. Be sure to read all about Anatomy Of The Sacred on page 13 and get out and checkout a show. They will be headlining this years Roosterpalooza on June 15th along with a list of female fronted bands including Conviction, End of Days, Madness at Midnight, and Don’t Tell! Roosterpalooza is always an awesome time. Have a great May and if you’re wondering how do I become part of this PA Musician Magazine it’s easy, give me a call or shoot me an email or message on our facebook page. Advertising is super easy no fuss, no muss and we have ads for all budgets and we support all genres of music!! Peace out you hippy loving freaks!
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Another month of music madness in the books. I’m very excited to see more options for going out to listen to live music during the week. A lot of different venues are offering Open Mics all different days of the week, plus there are other small acoustic shows all over the place. Club XL has been having amazing shows not only Fridays and Saturdays, but you have to keep a close eye on their schedule because they have plenty of odd day shows too, depending on when these amazing artists are passing through town. My first show this month was at Club XL. I was very excited because Maiden America and Steel were finally getting a chance to play on the big Club XL stage. Unfortunately, due to a family emergency I missed their sets, but I did make it in time to check out Age of Destruction, a Guns N’ Roses tribute, from New York. I’m glad I at least got there for a few of Age of Destruction’s songs. I heard awesome comments from lots of different people about how great Maiden America and Steel’s shows were, I hope to see them both back on the schedule at XL Live soon! I didn’t stay too long at XL because I wanted to be able to catch a new advertiser, Cold Spring Union at Blarney’s, and I’m very glad I did. Cold Spring Union is a new band to the area that you really need to go check out ASAP. They have an Americana sound, but it’s mixed with some real gritty country, and even some deep fried southern rock! They are led by Cody Wilt and John Rossey, both on guitar and both share the lead vocal duties, but their constant harmonies on vocals and guitar are jaw dropping! You definitely can’t forget about their bass player and drummer who kept the beat and also added in their own harmonies. The whole band is extremely talented, and it definitely shows. I know close to the end of their show when they just blew the roof off of Blarney’s with their emotional rendition of “Whipping Post” I wasn’t the only one who definitely joined “the union” and I’m telling ya, you really should too! Keep an
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eye out for these guys! You won’t be disappointed. My next night was a special Thursday night adventure up to Selinsgrove to surprise Chris Rider for his birthday bash at the Isle of Que Brewing Company, aka Que Brew. Que Brew is a cute little place with a nice stage in the corner where they regularly host live music, sometimes it’s bands, open mics, or this night was referred to as a Band Mash. Anyone could bring their instruments and just sign up to jam. There was a lot of talent in the room, so we were definitely treated to a lot of great music. I finally got to meet Michael Lundy, the lead singer for Prairie Dogma, and a couple of his band mates. Chris looked naked without his camera, but it was nice to see him have a night off and was taking the time to just enjoy the music and hanging with his friends. It’s always fun getting out and about in a new area. It never gets old just hearing different musicians with all of their unbelievable talent. Another new band to my ears was The Juice! They were playing at Three Pines Tavern in Mt. Holly Springs, so it was also another new venue to check out. They had a nice big band area with plenty of room for The Juice to rock out and have a good time. The Juice play a lot of your favorite classic rock hits, but since they have Tammy, a female lead singer, they were able to tap into some great songs you don’t hear too often from Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Rait, and beyond. With 4 singers in the band there were plenty of great harmonies happening, and I always think it’s a plus when bands can switch around the lead vocal duties, it just really adds to their versatility and their talent. The Juice have been getting more shows throughout the area, they are another band to keep your eye on! After The Juice I headed to Blarney’s for Road Case. The last few times I’ve seen these guys they are always opening for someone at XL Live, it was about time I saw them headlining in all of their glory on the stage at Blarney’s. It was awesome just hearing these guys rock out all night long! It worked out great for them playing in their own backyard, all of their friends and fans were out in full force to support them which is awesome because they definitely deserve it! It’s always awesome to see a full band that knows how to rock! These guys have been around long enough they know everyone has to be giving their all on stage, and they always put on a great show. Road Case has been rockin’ all over continued on next page 9...
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central PA at lots of different venues, make sure and check out their full schedule in this issue, and check these guys out! In June they will be playing in the DAM party! This year the DAM Party is 2 days!! Road Case will be playing Saturday, opening for Pat Travers!!! Check out all of the details for that special show in this issue or at www.damparty.net. Blarney’s recently started having acoustic Thursdays and every last Thursday of the month is open mic night. When I stopped by DMC Duo was on stage. Marissa does a great job at singing lead on most songs and helps out with different percussion instruments when she can. While I was there Darrell even sang some John Cougar Melllencamp! This duo is growing in popularity, and I’m sure you’ll see them playing at your favorite watering hole soon! The next night out was the return of Go Go Gadjet at Club XL. It was awesome to watch them observe the crowd and change their whole show on the fly. Their purpose is to make sure their crowd is having the best night of their lives and at a Go Go Gadjet show, you definitely do. Tonight was a 90s night for sure! Besides for a few staples it was practically a whole new show from the last time I saw them. I can’t imagine the amount of songs they have floating around in their brains. I’m so glad Go Go Gadjet has a new place to play in Harrisburg. Hopefully their spin-off band Magical Mystery Doors works their way to the burg too! The following day I went to an early show at the Allen Theatre in Annville. It was a special Battle of the Bands show. The show was hosted by a local musicians and overall music lover, Lou Fabrizi. For his 1st big show, Lou pulled it off effortlessly, everything ran smoothly and on time. Kudos to Justin Hershey of Hershey AV Solutions LLC and Logan Summey for keeping
the sound and lights on point, and for their super speedy and amazing band switches. I unfortunately missed the first few bands, but my first band was Nothing Planned. I saw these guys at the MMC and I was glad our paths crossed again. For a group of young guys they are really writing some great original music. Their songs, combined with their high energy, stage presence, and large fan base, earned them a 2nd place finish in the Battle. Next up were the Moonlight Mutts. This was the first time I caught their show, but I was instantly impressed. They only play out for special occasions, they love playing benefits for Vets and Pets whenever they can. Their songs were powerful and filled with emotion. Their songs had more of an Americana/Rock feel. If you need a great band for your benefit, give the Moonlight Mutts a call. The next band and the big winners of the competition was Tomato Face. They came rolling (literally out on the stage in their special outfits. The band only consists of a bass player and drummer, but between the two of them, they make one heck of a sound. Chase’s bass playing is unlike anything I have ever seen. I’m not sure how Jake keeps up with him or how they continued on next page10....
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OUT & ABOUT continued..... can play so in sync. It’s a crazy attack on your senses that even they call “freakyfastfoodfunk.” They definitely caught us all by surprise. Congrats again on the big win! Switch Fu took the stage next and they did a great job at keeping the show on fire! I’ve heard a lot about Switch Fu and talked to their lead singer and harp player, John Merx plenty of times, so I’m glad our paths finally crossed. They laid down the rock and blues fast, loud, and proud. You can feel their music right down to your soul. It was a bummer it was only a 15 minute set, hopefully some day soon our paths will cross again. We also had some awesome acoustic music throughout the day. One of those artists was Katelyn Hemphill, she was only 13 years old, but wowza, that girl could sing! And she already wrote her own original music. She was a special treat for sure. We also heard Suzi Brown play while the judges did all of their tallying. Suzi is always a pleasure to hear. I’m not a big looper fan, but some people are. I sort of miss the old style of Suzi’s basic simple songs, but some people like the more complex fuller sound. Suzi is a great guitar player and singer songwriter. She definitely has own unique style and sound. Overall it was a very entertaining day! Kudos once again to Lou Fabrizi for putting it all together and pulling it all off! Keep an eye on the Allen Theatre for other special events coming up in the future. If you want to host your own event, you can also contact the Allen Theatre. It’s an awesome theatre with a small café with food and milkshakes! Since that was an early show, the night was only just beginning. Next, I zoomed down to River City for Nineties Entertainment System and The Redacted. I got there in time for the last few songs of NES. Obviously, they play all of your favorite 90s hits. Trust me when I saw they cover songs that most other bands don’t! Nineties Entertainment System were a great band choice to get the party started! The Redacted took the stage to finish off the night. I’ve seen The Redacted once before at The Pour House, so it was nice to see them be able to spread out a bit and rock the stage at River City. Sarah, the lead singer is definitely a secret weapon for The Redacted, man that girl can sing! Having an amazing female lead vocalist allows them to cover songs from Pat Benetar to AC/DC and everywhere in between and beyond. You really don’t know what you’re going to hear next. They focus more on all of your 70s and 80s favorites and they know how to get the crowd up dancing and moving along to all of their favorite hits! I’m glad to see The Redacted’s schedule filling up fast, you can check it out for yourself in this issue and get out there and support them! Or you can also see their booking information so you can get them booked for your next show or special event! Another special, early show this month was the Whitaker Unplugged Competition. Local musicians are competing for cash, a show at Strawberry Square, and ultimately a show on main stage of The Kipona and $500 in recording time at the Green Room! Super cool. The competition takes place every 3rd Friday, March-July, with the big finale on August 16th. The performers tonight were Anne Franklin, Josh Krevsky, Cumberland Honey, and Tim Lengel. I unfortunately missed Anne, but I was there in time for Josh Krevsky. Josh was playing with his right-hand man Anthony Pieruccini. Anthony did a great job on the guitar responsibilities, while Josh rocked the singing and guitar playing. I saw Josh once before at the MMC, and I’m glad I got the chance to hear him again. Josh was the big winner this night, so keep an eye out for his show at Strawberry Square, and come back and cheer him on, August 16th. Next was Cumberland Honey. These two ladies have a super sweet sound with great vocal harmonies. They are quite unique playing the mandolin and stand up bass and sharing their lead vocals. Their songs were very well written and filled with meaning. I was surprised to see their full schedule. I can’t believe I’ve never seen them before. Their music was definitely as smooth as honey! Everyone was so quiet and so reserved, it was a real shocker when Tim Lengel took the stage. Tim introduced himself as a guy stuck in the 80s and his whole music style is definitely that! His songs were hilarious and definitely woke up the room. He sang a whole song just about his cat that had everyone laughing. If you’re tired of the same music and want things a little on the wilder side, reach out to Tim and get him scheduled at your venue. All of the musicians were so talented. Kudos to all of the judges, our very own Michele Kelley, Frank Schofield from Harcontinued on next page 11...
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OUT & ABOUT continued..... risburg University, and Patrick Cusick, it is never easy being a judge of anything, and they all did a marvelous job! Congrats again to Josh Krevsky for the win! If you’re looking for an early gig on the 3rd Friday of the month, check out the 3rd in the Burg and get out there and support Whitaker Unplugged. Friday night craziness continued with a quick trip to Cliff’s for Steel and to hang with all of my crazy friends! Steel rocked the stage in their full regular style. Everyone was still talking about their great show at XL. Hopefully they’ll get back there rockin’ the big stage soon! Steel will be playing as part of the DAM Party on Friday, May 31st, opening up for Back in Black! Check out all of the info in their ad in this issue. My Friday nights have been insane trying to keep my kids under control and go see bands, but I’m thrilled to announce my hubby got a new job and he’s back on 1st shift, so hopefully things will be able to go back to as normal as it can be. My last night of the month started early again with Jake Puliti at Hannah’s Ice Cream Shoppe in New Cumberland. For those of you not aware, Jake just got back from finishing in the top 66 of American Idol! It was awesome watching snippets from the show and seeing a local hero on American Idol. It’s amazing how many doors have opened for Jake. By the time this hits the streets Jake will be on his way to his new home in Nashville! Good luck Jake!!! We’ll be watching through the interwebs to see where your journey takes you. On a side note, if you need a great ice cream treat, make sure and hit up Hannah’s Ice Cream Shoppe. It’s an old style ice cream shop with booths to sit down and eat with your friends, and they are also hoping to add music into their regular schedule. For my last band of the month I went to Blarney’s for The Famous. It was Easter Weekend, and The Famous had Blarney’s hopping! The Famous have been rockin’ area stages with all of their favorite hits from the 70s, 80s and beyond! Blarney’s is a great venue to go to in the Summer. You have a nice roof over your head if you need it, or you can easily stand out on their massive deck under the stars and still enjoy the show! If you haven’t checked out Blarney’s yet, check out their full entertainment schedule in this issue and get out there and support local music any Thrusday, Friday, or Saturday night! Well that’s all for this month. I know Josh is already gonna roll his eyes at how long this article is. But one last big plug is May 17th I’ll be heading over to our neighbor New Jersey for the Jersey Shore Music Festival. If your band is going to be there, hit me up and let me know where to go!! See ya at the shore or Out & About in Harrisburg and beyond! Get out there and Support Local Music!!!!
NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman
Greetings Rockers ’N’ Rollers! Last month began with the 12th annual Singer-Songwriter Conference in Cape May, New Jersey. Two days that featured over 150 artists at 15 showcase venues. Keynote speaker and featured artist, Erin McKeown, played an intimate show at the historic Congress Hall, a building providing hospitality since 1816. The multi-instrumentalist folk singer has a career spanning 20 years. McKeown has released 15 studio albums and is a very talented artist who has toured with Ani Difranco and released an album on her label Righteous Babe Records. A huge highlight last month involved seeing BRONCHO play Metro Gallery in Baltimore on April 2. The Oklahoma based band was touring for their latest release ‘Bad Behavior.’ The indie-rock band has had several songs appear in different HBO series and have produced 4 albums since their inception in 2010. BRONCHO make incredible catchy music and are fantastic in concert. Their latest record seemed slightly more “pop” than previous efforts, but has been well received by critics. Notable songs from BRONCHO include, “Class Historian,” “I Wanna Put It Where Kurt Put It,” and the recent “Keep It In Line” and “Big City Boys.”
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NATIONALS continued..... Jersey also released a 6-song Crucial Moments EP in March to celebrate the anniversary. They always put on a solid show filled with the band’s hits but The Bronx really stole the show, as one of the best live bands out there. Both bands return to the East Coast with shows in Pittsburgh on August 11 and Silver Spring, MD on December 18. Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls played Harrisburg for the first time on April 20. The English punk folk singer was the first artist to sell-out the massive Club XL a month in advance. A very engaging show in which Turner asked for plenty of crowd participation. Turner has 83 shows booked in 2019, and Harrisburg was the second show of his US Tour “Be More Kind.” Congratulations to Harrisburg University who helped bring this concert to the Capitol City NATIONAL NEWS: Former Guns N Roses manager, Alan Niven, revealed that a reunion between the band and guitarist Izzy Stradlin is closer to happening. Niven said, “They expect to have Izzy on stage and not just for a sound pass, but for a full performance. It’s something like ‘let’s see how he is, if he’s feeling comfortable, and from there we can prepare for next year’.
Guns N Roses will return to “Not in This Lifetime Tour” on September 28 and everything points to Stradlin playing this performance. If all goes well, it is very likely that Guns announce his definitive return. Izzy Stradlin left GNR in 1991. Morrissey has announced a headlining tour of the U.S. featuring special guest Interpol. Moz kicks off the run September 5 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. and continues until Oct 6. Morrissey however is notorious for cancelling and postponing his performances due to health issues. This tour is in promotion of California Son, his forthcoming covers album. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top announced an expansive 50th anniversary tour. The 34-show tour will hit amphitheaters and arenas throughout the United States and includes select dates with Cheap Trick and Lynyrd Skynyrd. “It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at all this!” the band’s Billy Gibbons said in a statement. “We’re playing our bluesy kind of rock like we started in ‘69. The beards are perhaps a bit longer, yet nothing else has changed. We’re keeping it that way.” ZZ Top plays Burgettstown, PA on September 11 and Ocean City, MD on September 13. Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne will not play any of his sched-
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Anatomy of the Sacred … Beautiful Metal
By Rachel Rocks
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Anatomy of the Sacred is not your average south-central PA band, they are truly a band that you can easily say has their own songs, style and sound. When trying to describe it, you could simply say ‘Beautiful Metal’ or ‘Symphonic Metal.’ I sat down with Brenda Robinson and Shane Krout, the musical geniuses who have created this masterpiece by blending together their unique talents into what is known as Anatomy of the Sacred. The name of their band captures the meaning behind their music. Their lyrics examine the anatomy of the most sacred human elements and the reason of their existence. Most of their music is based around love, loneliness, passion, joy, and longing. You may be wondering, how did they find each other? Back in 2011 Shane ran a free classified ad in this (PA Musician) magazine for a vocalist for a previous project, Shades of Autumn, and Brenda responded to the ad. To audition Brenda was given 3 song choices to learn and she chose the hardest one, “Never Enough” by Epica, and she nailed it! Her voice sailed effortlessly through the vocal progressions in the song, and Shane knew she was the one.
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Brenda was new to PA, she grew up in the Midwest where she was a lead soloist and songwriter for the Sheffield Family Life Center Choir for many years. As a Christian recording artist and soloist, she opened for Vernessa Mitchell and had original songs performed by celebrated Christian artists Donn Thomas and Calvin Hunt. She’s come a long way from her Midwest roots, but when you are such a talented vocalist like Brenda, the sky is the limit! Shane is a life-long multi-instrumentalist and a masterful arranger. He started playing in bands and orchestras where he learned to appreciate the lush, romantic music that now influences the songs of Anatomy of the Sacred. With both of their diverse musical careers it’s easy to see how such a complex band was formed. Almost immediately they started collaborating and writing original music. The songs they were writing didn’t really fit with Shades of Autumn, so at that point Brenda and Shane decided to start their own project and hence, Anatomy of the Sacred was born. They knew from the start that their show was going to be just as unique with the production as it is with the lyrics and musical style. Brenda looked all around until she found their perfect wardrobe. Their shows always involve costuming and props, which helps dictate the meaning and purpose behind every song. Even though it’s a risk, they are daring to do music in a different way, it seems to be paying off. Anatomy of the Sacred has already had amazing opportunities to play their music and they won’t be stopping anytime soon. They most recently got selected to play in the Wacken Metal Battle USA, competing in the New York Region, for the ultimate prize of representing the US in the World’s Largest Outdoor Metal Festival in Germany. They made it to the 2nd round in their bracket, but one very cool thing is they were the only female fronted band in their bracket. In 2016 they released their 1st EP, Ashes to Ashes, you can check out the EP on their website, www.anatomyofthesacred.com. They have a great website where you can listen to their music and watch videos May, 2019
and get a real taste of what Anatomy of the Sacred is all about. They are currently working on the final touches to a very amazing song, “Suicide Lake.” They are hoping this new song will touch as many lives as possible and help prevent the horrible tragedy of suicide in our nation and around the world! One powerful line in their new song, “We all are dreaming of finding our rest, but rest is for living, and those who exist…” Unfortunately, too many people have been directly or even indirectly affected by suicide, and plenty of people will be able to relate to this amazing song. They strive to make sure their music is about building each other up. This world is dark enough, there is no need to add to it. This year Anatomy of the Sacred will be headlining the Roosterpalooza Music Festival on June 15th. This year the Roosterpalooza will be featuring all female fronted powerhouse bands. They are very excited to be headlining this amazing festival. When Anatomy of the Sacred plays out at their shows they do have a full band supporting them. They have been blessed to have a great line-up of musicians that enjoy playing the music they create. They wanted to send out a huge thank you to their musicians: James McGarvey, Brett Rome, Kenny Sheldon, and Dale Pennsylvania Musician Magazine
Lytle. You can have all of the vision in the world, but if you don’t have a band that can handle playing your music, it would definitely make things a little more difficult. Shane and Brenda also wanted to thank their Families, Sound Technicians, Promoters, and especially their amazing Fans! They wanted to give a special shout out to Scott Sobel for recording their music at The Demo Factory and to Michael Washkevich from MDW Productions for mixing and mastering their recordings to perfection! Some special friends who have helped them along the way, Michael Clayton Moore and Gordon Tittsworth for all of your guidance, and the world-renowned Renee Robyn for all of their professional photography and for designing the cover of their EP. They actually flew to Newfoundland for the photoshoot! What an amazing experience it was and so worth it. Anatomy of the Sacred is currently looking for a booking agent or promoter, but in the meantime, if you would like to get Anatomy of the Sacred booked at your venue or special event, you can email email@example.com or call 417-650-1216. Don’t forget to also check out all of their videos and listen to their music on their website, www.anatomyofthesacred.com. 13
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HITTING THE ROAD By Michele Kelley
April! The most exciting time of year for me! Color is coming back to Earth; temps. are warming and venues having outdoor music! April was a month of celebrations! We kicked off the month with Chris’s birthday where we were able to surprise him with a small party at Que Brew in Selinsgrove. During their Thursday Mash Bash, a few close friends attended, along with assorted musician friends from Becky Blue Band, Prairie Dogma, Earthbound Misfits, Ed Varner, owners from Que Brew, our friend Michelle from Spyglass Ridge Winery, photography friend Jeffrey Solomon and a few other musicians that came for the Mash. Owner and Editor, Josh Noll and infamous Rachael Rocks helped us make this celebration one he will never forget. It was a fun night and I am so grateful to all our friends that helped me pull it off in under a week. Happy Birthday Chris Rider! The following night we landed at The Abbey Bar in Harrisburg. Chris wanted to check out D.C., Black Masala. Opening for them, Harrisburg band, Ben Brandt Trio. We had never heard of them before but were pleasantly surprised. They are a 3-piece band consisting of Joe Shattls: Drums, Kevin Koa: Bass and Ben Brandt: Guitar/Vocals. They play Blues/Funk/Rock. They performed some brilliant originals and did an effortless cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s, Tightrope. These guys were great! I needed to know more about them, so I looked them up and discovered we would have another chance to see them the following night. They were opening for The Record Company! Obviously, I have been in the dark, not discovering them sooner. Black Masala then took the stage. They are a 7-piece band, mostly comprised of brass. They are hard to classify with the variety of styles they perform from Rock, Funk, and Soul to something else I could not place. I finally looked them up (apparently a night of research) and they describe the sound I heard as a style of Bhangra, which is a fusion of music and dance from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. It was interesting and very diverse. Whatever it is they described, one thing is for sure, they had a lot of energy and the crowd was groovin’. The next night we were at Club XL in Harrisburg. This is the night we have been looking forward to for a couple of months. As mentioned earlier, Ben Brandt Trio was opening for The Record Company. Ben and guys took the stage and gave the packed house a huge treat. Everyone loved them and I heard many people in the crowd give them high praises! Great job guys! Keep it going! We will be out to see them again soon! The Record Company was up next. They are a Grammy-nominated band from L.A. that formed in 2011. They have shared the stage with some big names like John Mayer, BB King, Buddy Guy, Bob Seger and many more. We were able to sit down with Lead Singer, Guitarist and Harmonica player, Chris Vos, before the show. Even though these guys are living in L.A., 2 of the 3 members have PA roots. Bassist/Vocalist, Alex Stiff is originally from Wayne, PA. He attended Bucknell University where he met Drummer/Keyboardist/Vocalist, Marc Cazorla. At Bucknell they formed a few bands and played the area before they both decided to move to L.A. Chris grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. He and his wife lived there until she landed a job in L.A. After the move to L.A., Chris found it difficult to connect with people musically. He was ready to give up performing to find something that gave him an income, when his wife wrote a Craigslist ad for him. Alex answered the ad and they became friends. They later formed what is now The Record Company, a blues-based, rock-n-roll band. They have released several albums over the years, the latest one, “All of this Life” released in June, 2018 and they are making their way around the world promoting the release. The latest hit from this release is “Life to Fix” which Chris explains as a song of self-healing and overcoming lifes daily challenges. When I asked Chris if he had a favorite song off this album that he likes best to perform live, he responded, “Whatever I am playing at that moment. It sounds like a cop-out but I think you need to completely invest your concentration, heart, soul, and energy into that very note that you are playing in the moment and you can’t think about the next one or the one that just happened. You just ride along with it and then after the performance, you may think, ‘well that one was really fun, but not during. If you go into a performance with an idea of what is going to be your favorite moment, you’re
not giving the other moments the opportunity to shine and they might surprise you”. Chris explains that he looks at performing on stage as “One less time, not one more time. It keeps you hungry and knowing what’s happening. It’s a privilege to do this and you’re not going to do it forever. It’s just the facts of life. So, you play every show like it’s your last one”. And they did just that! This show was full of energy and Chris Rider was able to capture those moments in his photography. Check out his Facebook page @ChrisRiderPhotography and see for yourself. The following Thursday, we arrived to another packed house at Club XL and this time for 3 bands. The first band we covered back in January and we were excited to see them again. Sun & Rain, a Funk/Rock band from the Harrisburg area. They formed in late 2016 and have since gone through several changes with their line-up. The night we saw them the band consisted of the 3 main members, Patrick Bowman: Guitar/Keys/Songwriting, Liam Galiano: Bass and Carl Scott: Drums. Two part-time members joined them; Natalie Ahearn: Keys and Mike Candela: Guitar/Vocals, from Frederick, MD. Going forward, they will perform mainly as a 3-piece band with a new sound of groovy electronics, drums, and bass. Other musicians will be joining them periodically adding more guitar and synth. Sun & Rain will be kicking off their tour in May with dates set in PA, MD, VA, WV, OH and NY. Their next local show will be on June 6th at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts in York with EXMAG. Check out their tour dates on Facebook! The next two bands were also great. Opening for Papadosio, was an up-and-coming Jam-Band from Brooklyn, NY., Space Bacon. They mixed Funky Jam with Electronica Fusion that caught everyone off-guard and had everyone dancing. They were a tight and very skilled 4-piece band that supported Papadosio for the month of April. Papadosio is a high-energy, 5-piece band from Asheville, NC. They weave different elements of Psychedelic Rock, Jam, Electronica with a little Jazz, making for one unique sound. They spend much of the year on the road performing at venues and festivals around the country. Since forming in 2006, they have released 7 albums, the latest album released in 2018, “Content Coma”. They are currently touring to promote their album. Since we started with the magazine, I have been wanting to cover a performance from Uptown Music Collective. I have very strong beliefs when it comes to kids and music, so I was excited to see what this organization is doing for our younger generation. To the parents/guardians, hats off to you for getting your kids involved is such an awesome place. Now, you may be wondering, what is Uptown Music Collective? It is a non-profit School of Music in Williamsport. They enroll students of all ages, as young as 3. Their mission is “Providing exceptional music education and high impact musical experiences that instill a love of music, and an understanding of the importance of discipline, hard work, and community”. On April 12th & 13th, UMC presented one of their final performances of the 2018-2019 season. Their tribute performance, “Runnin’ Down A Dream: The Music of Tom Petty”. It was held at The Community Arts Center in Williamsport, with over 1,500 people in attendance. There were 26 Performers, 11 Techs., along with Dave Brumbaugh: Founder/Executive Director, Jared Mondell: Assistant Executive Director/Marketing Director, Brendan Mondell: Admission Director, Bre Eisenhardt: Marketing Assistant Willi Ort: Technical Director and Alexis Best: UMC Alumna. This show was directed by two Uptown Music Collective Seniors; Samantha Peters and Shayne Williams and Sophomore, Isabella Cole, along with Leadership Committee members; Leah Batman, Izzy Brumbaugh, Alexis Carnevale, Molly Chapman, Andrew Head, Cece Lutz, Kenni Powell, Julia Sauers and Eli Wilk. Check out their Facebook page at @uptownmusiccollective for recaps of the show. Their page has a phone number posted if you are interested in enrolling or if you would like to place a donation. A special thank you to Jared Mondell for his hospitality and the accommodations he made to allow us to be there and cover this show. Truly an outstanding job by everyone! I cannot say enough about this organization and the exceptional students. I only wish this existed when I lived in the area! The following Thursday, we were back to Club XL in Harrisburg to see the band Yam Yam open for Lotus. Another packed house on a Thursday night! We have covered Yam Yam twice before, so if you have not heard me rave about how great they are or have not listened to them, you are really missing out! Members include Mike Dempsey: Keys, Tom Fuller: Guitar, Tyler Fuller: Drums, Jason Mescia: Sax and Xander Moppin: Bass. These guys are phenomenal musicians from the Harrisburg area! I could not have picked a better band to open for Lotus. Yam Yam had a great, supportive following show up to cheer them
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on. Lotus may have brought in more fans but I think it is safe to say, Lotus fans are now Yam Yam fans! Great job guys! You killed it! Lotus then commanded the stage with a great performance. They are a national band performing a multi-genre of Rock, Electro-Pop, Funk, and Jam. They formed in 1999 in Indiana, and are now based in Philadelphia and Denver. They tour all around the country and have completed six tours to Japan. The band performs between 90-115 shows a year including several festival appearances. Each show is different from the next. This show was upbeat and electrifying, so much that it killed the power! XL had it all under control though and had the show back up and running in no time. Lotus took the stage again and picked up right where they left off. It was great night of music! The Whitaker Center in Harrisburg is hosting “Whitaker Unplugged” once a month for 3rd in the Burg. I am honored to be an official judge for the remainder of the competitions. April 19th was my first time judging this competition. Also joining me as an official judge, Frank Schofield, Director of Music and Media Services at Harrisburg University. Pat Cusick, a seasoned musician, who performs as a solo artist and in the trio, HIP 450, joined us as the 3rd judge for the evening. April’s winner was Josh Krevsky! Josh shared the spotlight with his friend Anthony Pieruccinis on guitar. Josh will be moving on to the finale on August 16th. Congrats Josh! A big shout out to solo artist Tim Lengel, Virginia Masland and Steph Landis of Cumberland Honey and to Anne Franklin and Scott Erskine of Strangest Hearts. It was a fun night and all contestants did an outstanding job! Come join us on May 17th for some more great music. General admission is only $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Each of the contestants will have 20 minutes to perform. The winner receives $100 cash and a paid gig at Strawberry Square. Each month’s winner will return to compete in the finale. The winner of the finale gets $500 in recording time at the Green Room and a main stage spot at Kipona! Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have or if your business/organization is interested in becoming a sponsor of this event. The final band we saw was Earth, Wind and Flannel at Que Brew in Selinsgrove. They were an acoustical couple that started in 2014 under the name ‘Whiskey Beaver’ and decided to take a break in 2017 to focus on their family. They started back up in summer of 2018 under the current name. Joe and Allison Reichenbach put on a hell of a performance, covering just about every genre from Adele, Ozzy, Johnny Cash, Maroon 5, Metallica to Britney Spears, along with several others. If you recall, last month, Royal Benson covered Britney Spears but I refuse to admit that it is a sign! Some of you may know Joe from the band Audiobox. Audiobox will be releasing an album in June and I am excited to get my hands on that one! After all the big-named bands and crowds the last couple of months, it was the chilled evening that we needed. Thank you, Que Brew and Earth, Wing & Flannel! We had a great time! In other news, we would like to wish Club XL a Happy 1-Year Anniversary! We are looking forward to spending many more with them! A lot of new shows are posting on Facebook and our calendars are filling up quickly! Heartland Drive will be at Fero Winery, Lewisburg on May 4th, Marco Benevento is coming to The Abbey Bar, Harrisburg on May 11th. Harrisburg University will be wrapping up their Spring Concert Series with Joan Osborne at the Whitaker Center, Harrisburg on May 14th. No worries, HU has more cool shows coming up, so keep an eye open. Que Brew in Selinsgrove will have Jason Yoder on May 18th and Becky Blue Band on May 25th. Club XL has 3 bands scheduled on May 23rd - Savoy Brown, Nate Myers & The Aces and Switch Fu. Shade Mountain Winery in Middleburg will be opening their deck to music, May 24th with Kimbo, Chris and Co. and Waynestock in W.V. is happening May 31st-June 2nd with The Mighty River Band. Tons of great music around PA and it will certainly keep us busy. Catch you next month!
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It arrives…The school year winds down this month, and the outdoor live music season continues to come to life, setting the stage to another busy warm and fun outdoor music season. One of the first springtime outdoor events in the western PA region is the annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale (Somerset County), which happens during the two weekends bridging late March and early April – the peak time for tapping maple trees for sap to make syrup and other maple products. Late-season wintry weather doesn’t always permit me to attend this festival, but warm early spring weather conditions this year did allow me to attend the festival’s second weekend early last month. Besides savoring the all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast (with local maple syrup) plus other maple edibles, I got to enjoy live music courtesy of young Harrisburg area country and pop singer/songwriter Claire Whalen. Claire sang with a pleasant, bold voice and strummed acoustic guitar, accompanied by pianist Shawna Ott and guitarist Alex Agosti. Claire sang several of her original songs, along with select pop and country covers; among them, renditions of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and Taylor Swift’s “Call It What You Want.” Established in 2008 to celebrate independently-owned record stores, Record Store Day – held in April each year – provided an opportunity to check out live music outdoors last month. Established in 1932, the oldest existing record store in America – George’s Song Shop in Johnstown – celebrated Record Store Day with a live band playing outside its door. It marked the debut performance of new Johnstown-based group Wounded Moose, as well as the CD-release event for “Very Stable Genius,” the new EP by the group’s frontman, established area solo performer Dan Stonerook. As vinyl record connoisseurs lined up outside the door, Wounded Moose – Dan on vocals, guitar and harmonica, guitarists George Feathers and Bill Venet Jr., bassist Mike Gerber and drummer Abraham Weber – performed a mixture of original songs and select covers. Wounded Moose
did songs from the new EP such as “Changing,” “Lightning at Night,” “Highway 11” and more, tunes from Dan’s “Ghosts from the Past” EP such as the Johnstown-themed “Our Old Town,” and numbers from the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Steve Earle and more. Dan and Wounded Moose perform this month at the Millvale Music Festival in Pittsburgh on May 11. Although not held outdoors, the Riversongs Festival at Millheim’s Elk Creek Café in late March benefited the outdoors, raising funds and awareness for the Penns Valley Conservation Association (PVCA) and the programs it provides. Kicking off the afternoon’s music was the Dilly Beans, who performed original folk and roots music. Sharing singing duties in this group were Hannah Bingman and Nell Hanssen, with Hannah strumming acoustic guitar and Nell providing brassy accents on trumpet. Sean Hershey provided rhythms on cajon, while John “JK” Kennedy anchored the sound on upright bass. The Dilly Beans’ songs were rustic and uplifting, with Hannah and Nell combining for some pleasant harmonies along the way. Chris Rattie & the New Rebels then performed a set of their edgy style of Americana music. Chris on vocals, acoustic guitar and bass drum, Jeff Downing on bass and Nathan Cutshall on guitar, harmonica and vocals performed original numbers, most from Chris’ “Porch” CD such as “My Mountain,” the downtrodden “Prisoner 743,” the rowdy “Country Boy” and “Heading into Darkness.” The group also introduced newer numbers such as “Cabin Fever” and “In the Year 2019.” A packed house audience showed their support for both bands and the Riversongs event, which raised money to help with PVCA’s environmental education programs, and maintenance and protection of the Penns Valley watershed. The Reverend Horton Heat returned to conduct service at McGarvey’s early last month, headlining a feisty roots music triple-bill. A large crowd had already gathered as the first band of the night, Springfield, Missouri-based blues-rock trio The Hooten Hallers, took the stage. This group provided a unique instrumental blend, as Kellie Everett anchored the group’s sound with sinister-sounding saxophone bottom end, playing both baritone and bass saxes; guitarist John Randall and drummer Andy Rehm shared singing duties. The Hooten Hallers delivered a boisterous sound, rooted in John Lee Hooker-styled old-school blues with a spiritual fervor, as they did original tunes such as “Van
Killer,” “Rhythm & Blues” and more. Next up was Nashville’s Legendary Shack Shakers, who introduced an upbeat sound that blended elements of early jazz, hillbilly music, country blues and rockabilly. Four members strong, the group kept the music and excitement constant as they did an assortment of original tunes. Frontman J.D. Wilkes mixed twang and grit in his presentation as he belted out the group’s numbers, and at one point even launched himself into the audience with harmonica in hand. Touring in support of their latest album, “Whole New Life,” Reverend Horton Heat delivered an all-out fire-and-brimstone display of uptempo rock, surf rock and rockabilly. The “Reverend,” charismatic ringleader, singer and guitarist Jim Heath, brought the fury with his presentation, blending his gritty voice with fiery fretboard work on his red Gretsch guitar. His longtime cohort, Jimbo Wallace, reliably menaced on the upright bass string-thumping, while Arjunas “RJ” Contreras provided high-powered drumbeats. The Reverend Horton Heat did several songs off the new album, including the title track “Whole New Life,” “Got It in My Pocket,” “Hate to See You Cry” and “Ride Before the Fall.” They also broke out many of their established favorites, including “Psychobilly Freakout,” “Jimbo Song,” “It’s Martini Time,” “Let Me Teach You How to Eat,” “Galaxie 500” and more. Additional highlights included the Reverend standing atop Jimbo’s bass during “Big Red Rocket of Love,” and the two swapping their instruments for a version of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” When the crowd demanded more, Arjuna commenced the encore with a freewheeling drum solo display, where he extended beyond his kit to tap rhythms on Jimbo’s bass and even the wooden barrier at the front of the stage. The Reverend and Jimbo then joined him for their rendition of the Elvis hit “Viva Las Vegas” from the new CD, followed by their full-fury read of Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” and Gene Summers’ “School of Rock’n’Roll,” before the three musicians ended the night with a curtain call before their ecstatic audience. Also returning to McGarvey’s in late March was California’s Swingin’ Utters, headlining a three-band punk rock throwdown. Altoona’s X’s For Eyes started the night with their furious brand of punk rock aggression, blending established numbers with new ones such as “Blown Away,” plus a torrid take on the Racontinued on page 17...
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THE PROFESSOR continued..... mones’ “Judy Is a Punk.” Next was Asbury Park, New Jersey’s Lost In Society, who delivered their own brand of punk velocity. Three members strong, Lost In Society fired off high-powered original numbers, including tracks from their latest EP “Eager Heart” such as “Creature.” Featuring founding singer Johnny Bonnel and guitarist Darius Koski, Swingin’ Utters capped the night by firing through a slamming set of tunes from throughout their career, spanning their 1995 debut album “The Streets of San Francisco” to their latest album from last year, “Peace and Love.” They did the title track from the new album plus “Undertaker, Undertake,” as well as songs off the debut album such as “Storybook Disease” and “Teenage Genocide.” Swingin’ Utters’ energy and enthusiasm were constant, and they kept the McGarvey’s crowd happily cheering and slam-dancing up front. Among recent noteworthy shows that have taken the stage at State College’s State Theatre was last month’s exciting double-bill featuring Turkuaz and Aqueous. From Buffalo, New York, Aqueous commenced the music with their intriguing display of improvisational rock, funk, reggae and jam-styled grooves. Featuring guitarist/singer Mike Gantzer, guitarist and keyboardist Dave Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden and drummer Rob Houk, Aqueous generated experimental, progressive groove fests over their set; featuring inventive arrangements with unpredictable shifts, twists and turns, stellar musicianship and intensifying homestretches that got the audience up and moving. Their performance earned a standing ovation from much of the audience. Making their return to the State Theatre, Brooklyn’s Turkuaz ignited the audience with their brand of dance-friendly, funk-driven sounds. Nine members strong including backing singers and a horn section, Turkuaz quickly had audience members up and dancing with original numbers from throughout their catalog, including their fifth and latest album, “Life in the City.” Turkuaz’s songs featured clever melodies and arrangements, male and female vocals, tasty musicianship mixing guitars, keys and horns, busy rhythms, coordinated dance moves and uplifting vibes. Some of their songs performed this night included “Superstatic” off the new album, “The Generator,” “Percy Thrills, the Moon Dog” and more. The audience quickly demanded an encore at night’s end, and Turkuaz responded
with one more number to finish the night. Some of this month’s offerings at the State Theatre include the David Bromberg Quintet on May 9, State College Area High School 2012 graduate and four-time Grammy award-winning jazz saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith – a current member of The Roots who has worked and recorded with Lady Gaga, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, U2 and others – on May 10 (with a master class for children preceding the concert at 5:30 p.m.), and Led Zeppelin tribute Get The Led Out on May 15. April 5 marked the 17th anniversary of the passing of Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, and several area musicians organized a musical salute at McGarvey’s to mark the occasion. The “Cut Short: Layne Staley Tribute” saw performances from the bands Negan and Maul, plus additional guests, who celebrated a wide variety of music that Layne Staley helped to create, spanning his tenure in Alice In Chains, Mad Season and more. After an acoustic set started the evening, Negan – singer Mike Davis, guitarists Bob Gray and Jeremy Ashurst, bassist Josh Yahner and drummer Damien Falatek – delivered a powerful set that celebrated well-known and lesser-known numbers from Layne’s career. After opening with Mad Season’s “I Don’t Know Anything,” Negan proceeded with impressive renditions of Alice In Chains’ “We Die Young,” “Again,” “Sea of Sorrow,” “Grind” and “Down in a Hole,” and dug deeper into the Alice In Chains catalog for “Sunshine” and “What the Hell Have I.” Rick Ramsey joined Negan on stage to help with backing vocals on “It’s Not Like That” and “Man in the Box.” With Asa Mosey helping out with lead vocal duties, Maul then continued the celebration with more Alice In Chains and Mad Season numbers. Asa joined singer Todd McKeone, guitarists Nate Nagle and Eric Prindible, bassist Tanner Thomas and drummer David Applas for strong versions of Alice In Chains classics like “Them Bones,” “Dam That River,” “Rain When I Die,” “Angry Chair,” “No Excuses,” “Got Me Wrong,” “Would?” and more. From the Mad Season catalog, Maul did renditions of “Wake Up” and “X-Ray Mind,” before the night’s finale, as several musical guests – including Beth Helsel on bass plus Rick Ramsey and Ed Hofer on backing vocals – joined in for versions of Alice In Chains’ “I Stay Away” and “Rooster.” Both Negan and Maul will be opening for Tool tribute group Schism at McGarvey’s on May 18. continued on page 18...
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Arjuna “RJ” Contreras / The Reverend Horton Heat
Donny Sr. / Time w/Donny Burns
Abe Like Lincoln /the Filthy Lowdown
Turkuaz’s Horn Section Kellie Everett/ The Hooten Hallers
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Pittsburgh’s The Filthy Lowdown returned to McGarvey’s last month, headlining an action-packed, hard-hitting triple-bill. I missed openers The Zero Club, but arrived in time to see some of Downshift’s set. Singer Travis Dick, guitarists Jordan Ferraro and Rob Lynn, bassist Josh Michael and drummer/singer Randy Wilson hammered forth rocking favorites from Metallica, Pantera, Drowning Pool, White Zombie and more. The Filthy Lowdown then presented their high-velocity set of punk-fueled heavy rock. Frontman Abe Like Lincoln again delivered a manic, intense performance, wrapping the mic cord around his face as he barked words to the group’s original tunes. Flanking Abe were lead guitarist Max Snyder, rhythm guitarist Brandon Habera, bassist Charlie Kowalski and drummer Dan Kelly. The Filthy Lowdown did tunes from their latest album, “El Accidente,” such as the torrid “Mischief,” “308,” “Punk Punch N’Roll,” “Twisted Minds” and more, riding each song to the brink. Providing an exhaustive good time – fans of wild, rowdy punk’n’roll need to check out The Filthy Lowdown when they return. For fans of 1970s-era progressive rock done well, State College’s Cone Of Silence specializes in this vein of classic rock, and does it well – evidenced by last month’s performance at Café 210 West in State College. Singer and guitarist Steve Christensen, bassist and singer James Miller, keyboardist and singer Liz Grove, and drummer and singer John Lynch were joined several times this night by Steve’s son, Sam Christensen, who sang lead on several numbers. Cone Of Silence was masterful in their performances of some of rock’s most challenging works – including Emerson Lake & Palmer’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Kansas’ “Song for America,” Genesis’ “Entangled” and “Squonk,” Pink Floyd’s “Sheep,” and Yes’ “Tempus Fugit” and “Yours Is No Disgrace” during the first set; plus Yes’ “Siberian Khatru,” Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” during the second set. Cone Of Silence also did great work on Crosby, Stills & Nash classics such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Cost of Freedom/Ohio” to open the second set, displaying excellent vocal harmonies along the way. Guest saxophonist Darryl Davies joined the group for their ‘dance’ portion of the night, as they filled the dance floor with Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”; Darryl also contributed his sax talents on an extended take of Traffic’s “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys.” Cone Of Silence will donate their talents to the “ACRES of Music: The Music of Woodstock” benefit at the State Theatre on June 15; proceeds will help out the ACRES Project, a local non-profit organization that helps out adults with autism. A generational passing of the torch took place at McGarvey’s last month during a performance of Time with Donny Burns. For the past few years, singer and group founder Donny Burns Sr. and his son, guitarist and singer Donny Burns Jr., have performed together in the Time project. This night marked the final night of that collaboration, as Donny Sr. will continue the Time project with a different roster and direction, while Donny Jr. and the remaining band – guitarist and singer Nick Stahlman, bassist James Arroway and drummer Rob Chisholm – will continue as Donny Burns & the 3rd Degree. Donny Sr. likened it to a graduation, as his son and his younger cast will embark on their own musical path. For this transitional show, Time with Donny Burns performed a strong mixture of new and classic rock favorites; featuring numbers from the Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Third Eye Blind, Pearl Jam, Collective Soul, Black Crowes, Kiss, Billy Squier, and an extended Led Zeppelin excursion that included renditions of “Good Times Bad Times,” “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” “Ramble On,” “The Ocean,” “Bring It On Home” and “Whole Lotta Love.” The group also did one of Donny Sr.’s original numbers, “Hooterville, USA.” Both Time with Donny Burns and Donny Burns & the 3rd Degree are working on original songs and planning respective recordings, and both groups will perform at the annual Wam Jam Mountain Jam near Port Matilda in July. Matt Otis & the Sound brought their show to the stage of the Hungry Duck Eatery in Roaring Spring for the first time last month. This night the roster of Matt on lead vocals, keys and guitar, Kent Tonkin on bass and Ron Brode on drums performed a mixture of acoustic-toned origjnal songs and select rock and pop covers. Matt did songs from throughout his discography, explaining inspirations and insights about each along the way; some of those songs included “Home,” the title track off the latest album, “So It Goes,” “Karma,” the new number “Seasons,” “You Ain’t Got No Love,” “Frozen Moments,” “Make and “The Most Important Thing.” Matt and the Sound did an eclectic secontinued on page 19...
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lection of cover numbers – including Gotye’s “Someone I Used to Know” to open the night, along with Rusted Root’s “Send Me on My Way,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey,” plus songs from the Rolling Stones, U2, Buffalo Springfield, Katrina & the Waves and more. Matt Otis & the Sound were well-received at the Hungry Duck, and when the dinner crowd requested an encore, the group finished out the night with their rendition of John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads.” Also at the Hungry Duck, I saw western PA-based singer and songwriter Alyssa Hankey in action early last month. I enjoyed Alyssa’s hearty vocal style and presentation, which ran the gamut from bold and bluesy to subtle and intimate as she performed a number of her original songs with her own distinctive takes on select covers. She introduced a number of songs that will be on her upcoming new album, “American Spirit,” which comes out this month. Some of her original songs this night included “Black Cadillac,” “Roots,” “Back in the Woods” and “Jukebox Baby” off the forthcoming album. She also made her cover song selection her own, doing each song in her own distinctive bold style and cadence; she transformed several Bruce Springsteen numbers such as “Dancing in the Dark” and “Atlantic City,” took on Tom Petty’s “Yer So Bad” and “Walls,” and also did numbers from John Prine, Dixie Chicks, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and – for her homestretch run – feisty takes on Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.” Alyssa tours the country in support of her new CD this summer; she returns to the Hungry Duck on July 6. I caught up with area country favorites Railtowne during their late March performance at Altoona’s Four Dees Lounge. Lead singer and guitarist Ty Ayers, lead guitarist Kenny Murdick, bassist Paul Rainey, keyboardist Nathan Beatty and drummer Zac Grace mixed modern and classic country, keeping the dance floor busy with numbers from Zac Brown Band, Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Aldean, Joe Nichols, Big & Rich and more. Guest Brianna Sheeder added
some female country to the mix by singing lead on Gretchen Wilson’s “Here for the Party.” And as all five band members previously played in various rock projects, they kept their rocking chops alive with a brief foray into tunes from Jimmy Eat World, Lit, Joan Jett, Proclaimers and Blink 182. Railtowne stays busy throughout the region; watch for the return to the Four Dees Lounge soon. Zach Wade & the Good Grief delivered the good time at McGarvey’s in late March. I arrived too late to see show opener Che Denny but heard he fired up the crowd early on. Namesake Zach on lead vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Rogan Allen, bassist Devin Pierce and drummer Keegan Allen kept the dance floor churning with their mix of new and old originals plus favorites from the Foo Fighters, Gin Blossoms, Stevie Wonder, TV On The Radio and more. Highlights included a cameo appearance by Walkney’s Derek Mrdjenovich to start the nightcap set, plus guest singer and rapper Vi$a (Warren Peace) teaming up with Zach to front the group on Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” At night’s end, Zach and the Good Grief sent the show home with a jubilant read of Rusted Root’s “Send Me On My Way.” Zach Wade & the Good Grief will set off the musical fireworks at Altoona’s reopened Lakemont Park on July 4, leading up to the park’s official evening fireworks display. And I saw Lauren & Joe in action in late March during one of McGarvey’s ‘Wings & Sings’ Thursday nights. As I savored the house’s hot ranch wings, I enjoyed the music as Lauren Johnson and Joe George entertained an assortment of pool players, college students and others with their wide mixture of acoustic favorites, spanning classic rock, pop, folk and country. Lauren did most of the singing, showing her vocal range and power on tunes from 4 Non Blondes, Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Winehouse, Tracy Chapman, Janis Joplin and more. Joe showed he can carry a tune as well, fronting the duo on Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done,” Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath” and more. Other performances I saw recently included Wednesday Open Mic Night at Altoona’s Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, and the Thursday Open Stage Night at Altoona’s Green-
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JOHN VENTO – LOVE, LUST & OTHER WRECKAGE (no label) Pittsburgh’s John Vento has been making music for the better part of two decades, honing his evolving style and sound through his work with groups such as The Businessmen, Nied’s Hotel Band and other projects. His latest album, Love, Lust & Other Wreckage, finds John exploring a variety of rock-based flavors over 13 tracks. John displays a knack for songcraft; each of these songs is different yet catchy, making for an album that stays interesting from start to end. Lyrically, John seems to explore the challenges of juggling life, love and passions and maintaining one’s sanity through it all. “Good Life Made” starts the album off with an upbeat flavor, celebrating life and love in a blue-collar town. John fears impending breakup on the reggae-toned “Let Me Down Easy,” while the wistful, catchy and acoustic-geared “Baby Blues” comes off somewhat pleasant despite its breakup theme. John weaves a tale of barroom infatuation on an unsung album highlight, the folksy “I Hope I Don’t Fall in Love.” The harder-rocking and stormy “Just Don’t Care” lets the chips fall where they may as a relationship falls apart. “Eye Candy” and “Humble Way” rock out in the Stones-like vein; the former celebrating the song title’s hypnotic powers, while the latter gives love another try after lessons learned. Collaborating guest singer Cherylann Hawk shines on several numbers here, especially on the optimistic “Rainbows and Lightning,” the infectious choruses of “Only Love Stays Alive,” and dueting with John on the multi-flavored and unpredictable “Follow Your Heart.” John sings his material with a sturdy, convincing voice, conveying the sense of personal investment and soul-searching in his words. The songs are cleverly arranged, and while diverse in flavors and angles, sound consistent and smooth. A number of collaborators help bring these songs to life; including three of Pittsburgh’s renowned Granati Brothers – David, who produced
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the album and plays guitars, bass and keys; brothers Hermie and Joey, also on keys; and nephew Jules Granati playing drums on four tracks – plus drummers Joffo Simmons and Bob Fetherlin, guitarists Ian Arthurs and Cheryl Rinovato, and Wil E. Tri on harmonica. Recorded and mixed at Maplewood Studio in Ambridge, this album sounds clear and balanced, with details and nuances sounding distinct. Love, Lust & Other Wreckage shows the artistic ingenuity and depth of its creator; John Vento delivers a hearty, catchy and ultimately rewarding set here, well worth checking out. (You can obtain the CD through John’s website, www.johnvento.com.) IDLE KYLE – TWISTED ATTENTION (no label) Formed in State College but now calling Philadelphia their home base, Idle Kyle’s journey began in 2016. Their debut EP, Twisted Attention, introduces a style and sound that blends a variety of elements, spanning alternative rock, jazz, blues and more. Their songs are inventive and freewheeling, offering detailed and progressing melodies that never stay in one place for long. Playing acoustic guitar and keyboards, singer Nicole June delivers an expressive voice that accents whatever direction the music takes, from softer tones during the more indie-flavored moments to sultry and soulful on the bluesier terrain. She, guitarist Nathan Cutshall, bassist Jesse Wisch and drummer Sebastian Goodridge freely improvise and explore with their instruments through the disc’s entirety, which keeps the listening interesting from start to end. With its theme of life as an open canvas to explore and create from, the disc-opening track “Grounded” evolves from a jazzy and progressive introduction (that even slightly hints at Rush-styled phrasings) to a blues-driven homestretch with layered vocal harmonies. The title track “Twisted Attention” changes between funk, jazz and rock angles while Nicole sings of embracing life’s changes and unpredictability. Themes of faith, loyalty and money underscore the driving disco-funk and rock of “Square One,” while the uptempo “ALTS” suggests that hope exists beyond the depressing narratives shown on the TV set. Improvisational indie and jazz tones on the instrumental passage “Bull Run” set up the abstract closer “Obsession” with its loose lyrical theme suggesting not to overthink love. Each song provides a listening adventure with instrumental explorations, frequent time signature changes and Nicole’s often fast-firing, imaginative wordplays. Produced by Nicole and Sebastian and engineered by Sebastian, this CD sounds crisp, busy and full, with instruments and voices sounding clean and distinct. Twisted Attention should captivate listeners’ attention with its blend
of melody, imagination and unpredictability, as Idle Kyle introduces a fresh and vigorous style and sound. (The CD can be obtained through online music retail outlets, or through the group’s website, www.idlekyle.com.) POSTSEASON – POSTSEASON (Know Hope Records) Postseason first surfaced at all ages shows around the Altoona area in 2012, and has toured coast to coast while releasing several singles and EP’s along the way. Their latest recording, a self-titled, fulllength CD, introduces Postseason’s boisterous brand of pop punk sounds. Singer Dan Tippery, guitarists Bryan Thanh and Canyon Gargon, bassist Chuck Bernard and drummer Conor McNamara combine catchy song hooks with brisk, fast-driving punk rock velocity over the disc’s 10 tracks. The lyrics follow a loose theme of youth angst, as Dan often sings self-deprecating words as well as acidic words of wisdom to peers with their own issues. The explosive disc-opener “Long Shot, Lost Cause” finds Dan assessing an underdog role, fighting for survival while weathering the barbs of naysayers. “Numb to This” is about struggling to be a better person and asking for patience from others, while “Never Tell Me the Odds” tires of discouraging words from doubters and critics. In an interesting twist, “One More Song About the Sea” uses nautical prose to describe relationship struggles, while Dan finds the breaking point on the rampaging “Backroads” and walks away from a bad situation. The performances are tight, intense and emotional. Dan pours heart and soul into each word, making the listener feel his frustrations and disdain, with vocal harmonies accenting and fleshing out the song hooks. Instrumentally, Postseason goes for broke and pushes full tilt on each song, delivering abundant velocity and passion. Recorded and produced by Paul Leavitt, this album sounds clear, balanced and edgy, letting Postseason’s forceful delivery ring out loud and proud. Postseason’s self-titled album captures an intensity similar to the all-out explosiveness of the group’s live shows, and provides a strong representation of the unbridled energy that this group is all about. (The CD can be obtained through the website www.knowhoperecords.com.) CHUCK OWSTON – BLUE STEEL BLUES (Nite Owl Records) A singer, songwriter, guitarist, pastor and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame member based in the Pittsburgh area, Chuck Owston’s story dates back to the late 1950s when
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he first picked up a guitar, influenced by early rock’n’roll and rockabilly pioneers. He soon began to explore blues and roots music, and learned slide and resonator guitar along the way. His latest CD, Blue Steel Blues, is a collection of songs that Chuck has recorded from 1981 to present, spanning a dozen studio and four bonus live performance tracks. Working a multitude of guitars and harmonica, plus singing with a crisp, bold voice; Chuck explores frontiers of vintage folk, country and blues, while indulging his fascination with songs about railroads, trains and hobos. Recorded in 1981, the title track – an update of Texas country pioneer Ted Daffan’s “Blue Steel Blues” – features Chuck playing four different resonator guitars. His version of Leroy Carr’s “How Long Blues” captures a vintage blues feel with its theme of departed train and departed love. Citing Jimmie Rodgers as an influence, Chuck includes some of Jimmie’s songs here; including a studio version of “California Blues,” a live version of “Brakeman’s Blues,” and studio and live renditions of “T for Texas,” the latter recorded in New Mexico in 2005 with Chuck assisted by the Hot Club of Santa Fe. Chuck also includes studio and live versions of “Wreck of the Old 97,” a 1986 recording of Rodd Willings’ “New Morning Train,” a live performance of Bukka White’s “Panama Limited,” traditional and spiritual numbers such as “KC Train,” “Midnight Train” and “Morning Train,” plus a take on Goebel Reeves’ “Hobo’s Lullabye” (popularized by Woody and Arlo Guthrie). Chuck’s son, Chris, wrote the lyrics to “Ghost Train,” and the 2005 recording here features both Chuck and Chris on slide guitars. And from 1981, Chuck’s original song “Wilmerding Blues” was inspired by a labor dispute at Westinghouse Air Brake in Wilmerding (outside Pittsburgh). Chuck’s performances sound inspired and authentic, as he strives to capture the vintage atmosphere and feel on each song through his mixture of instrumentation. The recording sounds crisp and cohesive from start to finish. Listeners to Blue Steel Blues will gain an appreciation of railroad-inspired roots music and blues, as Chuck Owston makes his mixture of original tunes and remakes all his own. (For information on obtaining this album, contact Chuck through his Facebook or Reverbnation pages.) JOEY WELZ – THE WELZ COMET M.C. – LIVIN’ IN A HIP HOP WORLD (Canadian American Records) Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Longtime rock’n’roller Joey Welz – whose career includes a three-year stint playing piano with Bill Haley and the Comets in the 1960s – tries his hand at hip hop music with his album, The Welz Comet M.C. – Livin’ in a Hip Hop World. Welz explores hip hop and electronica styles over the disc’s 20 tracks, conjuring his own rhymes and raps along the way. Joey traverses a variety of hip hop angles and styles, spanning rap-geared escapades to electronica, trip-hop and modern soul-geared numbers. Some of the album finds Welz lampooning the genre as he comes to grips with the transition from old-school rock’n’roll to new-school hip hop – the prevailing theme of the album’s title track “Livin’ in a Hip Hop World,” with Welz rapping in a movie narrative style. Bewildered, Welz questions the new age on the electronica-driven numbers “What’s It All About” and “What’s Up With That.” He has some fun along the way, conjuring a tale of a date gone awry on “Skeletons in the Closet,” complete with timely female shrieks along the way. He tries his hand at getting slow and sexy with his raps on “F R E A K Y,” “Latino Lover” and “Hip Hop Love.” The album’s finale – and perhaps Welz’s ultimate sign of surrender to the new school – is his hip hop update of that Bill Haley & the Comets iconic rock’n’roll classic, “Rock Around the Clock Forever,” which ends the album. Welz’s rapping skills are what they are, and his wit and touches of humor along the way provide comic relief as he narrates his way through this new school hip hop world. The production quality here is uneven, with Welz’s voice sometimes coming off murky and muddy in the mix. Taken as a satirical album, Joey Welz’s The Welz Comet M.C. – Livin’ in a Hip Hop World may make some hip hop connoisseurs cringe, but will bring laughs to other listeners as this longtime rock’n’roller comes to terms with a changing musical world. (The CD can be obtained through CD Baby and other online music retailers.)
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