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Issue #408 is about to be completed. It’s hard to believe that we have been doing this for 35 years going into our 36th year! Every November I have flashbacks of putting the first issue together. We did not know what we were doing. Whitey had a friend, Mike Staub, yes Sarah Staub’s (Harrisburg area promoter) father. He published the Apartment Guide so he gave us the basics, Whitey picked up a book from the library and thus began the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine. We’ve been learning as we go and I’m still learning. Back then Mike’s Music was part of BCR Music. Mike has been with us for all 408 issues. THANK YOU MIKE!! KIX was on our first cover and John Harris was responsible for helping us out as he used our paper to promote his bands at the time The Sharks and the Kix. He is STILL promoting his events! Thanks John!! The Kix will be at the Radisson Convention Center on Black Friday, November 24th. You can win tickets by listening to 92.1 WTPA and you can also win TWO VIP TICKETS by calling me, Robin at the office at 717.444.2423. Just say, I would like the Kix VIP tickets! We’re also giving away 4 General Admission tickts. So don’t delay call today!! John Harris Group continues to promote and book shows throughout PA. He is currently lining up the Millennium Music Conference showcases. Deadline for submission is November 30th. If you submit and you don’t get selected you can attend the Music Conference for free. We help promote the Music Conference but John does all the work with the help of his staff. This year’s event will be held at the Park Inn on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg. Plenty of free parking and the rooms will only be $89 per night this year. We have a new advertiser this month, Blarney’s which is next to the Park Inn. It’s a nice size club with plenty of free parking. They also have a nice stage and are booking some of Tubby’s favorite acts like: Back In Black, Emily’ Toybox and Colt Wilbut to name a few. This month they’re doing Friday Country Night so you can hear all genre’s of music at Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub. One of the area’s premier nightclubs in the area. In a partnership with Messiah College’s Orchestral Woodwind Department, Jonathan Ragonese presents Mother Goose and Other Tales a concert featuring improvising jazz quintet with eight woodwinds, harp, and narrator. Jim Colonna will conduct the afternoon of mu-

sic featuring the world premiere of Uncle Wiggly & Mr. Pop-Goes. Narrator Michael Greenwald, well known WITF Public Radio/TV personality, takes us on a journey through a wild tale of balloons, foxes, and a weasel who’s up to no good. Ending the evening is a set of six tales comprising the Mother Goose Suite. The concert includes a cast of New York’s finest young musicians including Grammy-nominated artist Patrick Bartley on alto saxophone, Sunnyside recording artist Glenn Zaleski on piano, bassist Martin Nevin and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. The Messiah College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. William Stowman, will open the program at 3pm and other Messiah College music students will perform as part of the wind ensemble for the orchestrated works. The event will be held in the magnificent Parmer Hall in the High Center at Messiah College - one of the most spectacular music performance facilities in our region. Please encourage your young & young at heart friends to attend this concert - children under 12 can attend for free and the student price is $10. Jonathan Ragonese is a native of New Cumberland, PA. He moved to New York City in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music and has lived and worked there since. He has performed and recorded with Steve Wilson, David Liebman, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Tim Warfield. As a composer his works have been commissioned and premiered by saxophonist Steve Wilson, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Museum of Modern Art, the Harrisburg Symphony, The Righteous Girls, Bucknell University, West Chester University and the Harrisburg Youth Symphony. In 2014 Ragonese premiered his ‘Notthis’ for two saxophones at Carnegie Hall. Jonathan is an active educator, with lectures, writings, and the development of “Music Before Words”, a music program for infants with educator Renee Bock. His first recording, Ardent Marigolds, was released in 2013, a duo with musical father Steve Rudolph. 2017 brings two new releases and many premieres. Contact Central PA Friends of Jazz for more info and tickets. I had several bands calling me this month letting me know how great they are and that they were interested in being featured on our cover and could we review their CD and come out to a show to review them. Unfortunately there are so many GREAT bands and musicians performing throughout PA that is would be impossible for us to cover them all and we wouldn’t be able to afford the paper to print all that information. I don’t know quite how facebook does it, I guess they control who sees your ad. I just saw a facebook live chat with Kate Hudson promoting her new book, that was kind of cool. I don’t know what that cost but I bet that was effective. Anyway, how we are able


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OUT ‘n’ ABOUT By Rachel Rocks

Happy Anniversary!!!! 35 years and going strong!! Congrats to Mom and Dad for following your dreams and starting your own business and making it work. People often ask how the magazine is doing, my response is usually “still kickin”.. We are here thanks to all of the people who have chosen to support us throughout the years, some way longer than others, but every little bit helps. One month, a million months, whatever! We only continue to kick because of our advertisers. We are truly thankful for all of your support and for all of our readers that go out and support our advertisers and keep them in business too! This month I finally got out to see 8 bands! WhooHOO! The first band of the month was Banished For Life at Chick’s. These guys were getting the Halloween season

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started off early wearing their favorite, scary masks to start their show. It’s appropriate to have these guys start our anniversary issue because out of all the bands I saw this month they are the only ones who have known each other longer than 35 years. These three guys were friends in High School and started the original bands back in the 70s. They took a haitus for a while to have families, babies, careers, etc., but their passion for music was always there, so here they are, playing together once again! It’s awesome seeing and hearing them play together. Even tho they are only a 3-piece they can create quite a sound! Dougie and Steve share the lead singing responsibilities, but also do a great job at harmonizing and filling in the song even more. Sam knows how to lay the lines of his bass that fill in different parts to every song. All three of them compliment each other to help make it a show worth going to see! It was a great show and a great way to start Rocktober! Next I went to see the Corn Wallace Band at Double K. They are a very versatile 5-piece band. All five of them sang lead at some point, while the rest of them were singing back ups and harmonizing along. My good friend Bob Trott plays keys and guitar with The Corn Wallace Band. He’s told me about his different bands for years, I finally got the chance to see him play! I never knew he was such a great keyboard player! They played a lot of your favorite songs all the way from the 50’s to today. They have hours worth of music in their arsenal, ready to entertain the masses at a venue near you! On a beautiful Friday night I headed over to Spring Gate to see Six Bar Break. I’m always blown away by the number of people at any of the wineries in the area. Who would’ve thought wineries would be such a big thing! Spring Gate has an amazing open area with tons of little fireplaces and comfy chairs all around. The area where the band played was covered which was nice to help keep them out of the weather. It’s a nice early show there too, Six Bar Break played from 6 to 9. Ben also had his kids there hanging out with some family members, so it is a family friendly venue. They do have some new rules for kids at the winery which I personally really appreciate. The excuses of fans are really limited as to why they can’t

RT & Dave of Six Bar Break make it to a show at Spring Gate. Six Bar Break only plays originals, and it was cool to see so many people being sucked in by their songs. “Just Live Today” is definitely one of my faves, but there are so many close seconds, all of their song’s lyrics are filled with so much meaning and really hit a chord close to home for a lot of people. Six Bar Break have quite a few shows coming up, check out their ad in this issue so you can get out there and see them for yourself! Since Six Bar Break’s show was over early, I still had time to go out to see Steel at Double K. Steel definitely wins the award for supporting The PA Musician Magazine the longest out of all the bands I’m writing about this month. They are all hard working guys during the week that just love to get together and play and entertain their fans for fun on the weekends. They have the privilege that the money they get from their gigs goes right back into the band. Then that way they have money to pay for things like advertising to help promote their band, so they can continue to do what they love. We greatly appreciate their years of support, and it’s my privilege to get out there and support them as much as I possibly can. They support us, we support them.. it’s that easy! It always feels so good to get to a Steel show and dance the night away with all of their Steel fans/family! Steel is one of those bands that I can just let loose and have a good time. I feel so much better every time I see continued on next page 10...

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OUT & ABOUT continued... them. To see them for yourself check out their ad in this issue and get out there and dance with me! My next night out I was thrilled that Patty and Sabrina posted on Facebook they were sitting at Johnny Joe’s waiting for Amanda & the Noise to take the stage. Here Amanda & the Noise got a last minute show when a band had to cancel. I hopped in the car and got there in time for their set to start. I was also able to catch Deb Guy play a few acoustic songs. I haven’t seen her perform since she sang a couple songs on our acoustic stage at the MMC. It was cool to see her up there in all of her glory. Amanda & the Noise are currently playing with “Mr. Right Now” their fill in bass player, while Erica rests up after some surgery she had to have done. Erica is missed, but “Mr. Right Now” was able to keep the show going. Amanda & The Noise play original punk rock with the very occasional cover song. Amanda’s constantly writing new songs and they quickly get them in their set list so a lot of their songs cover current hot topics such as politics. If you get easily offended this probably isn’t a band for you, but if you like to hear fresh, entertaining, and captivating songs, you should check this band out! You can see all of their info in their ad in this issue. The last, headlining band of the night was Off the Wagon. I’ve never seen these guys before, but I’m sure their set would’ve rocked. I unfortunately was too tired and after their first couple of songs, I headed for home. This waking up at 5:30am thing is no joke! I can’t hand like I used to! The last band of the month, but definitely not the least was Take 147 at Joe K’s. Take 147 are only playing shows far and in between so not only are they ready to rock, but us takers are ready to watch them rock and dance along with them! It was also a Halloween Costume contest night, so it was even crazier than usual. My personal fave was the Double Stuffed Oreo, but the Mad Hatter came out with the win! Take 147 had the dance floor packed most of the night with people singing along and having a great time listening to some of their favorite songs! Take 147 came out with some new merch. I was glad I snagged a new shirt to add to my collection. Take 147 doesn’t know exactly when their next show is, but they say there will be one coming up soon. Keep an eye out on their website for all of the latest details, Well that’s all for this month. Thanks again to all of our advertisers and all of our readers that go out and support our advertisers. This is a crazy world and we all need to stick together! I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving, spending time with your family and the ones you love! You can check us out on facebook at PAMusicianMagazine or online at If you see me Out and About please stop me and say Hi! You can also hit me up at

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NATIONALS By Eric Hoffman

Greeting Rockers ‘N’ Rollers! The past month began with alternative indie rock band The War On Drugs. The band began their recent “A Deeper Understanding” tour at the Dell Music Center in their native town of Philadelphia. A fabulous concert with music reminiscent of Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. It’s hard to believe The War On Drugs once played Harrisburg’s Abbey Bar in December of 2011. The band recently signed a two-album deal with Atlantic Records and are currently touring into next year. English band Saint Etienne visited North America for the first time in five years. Formed in 1990 the band became associated with the UK’s indie dance scene. Their work has been described as uniting 1990s club culture with 1960s pop and other disparate influences. It was my first time seeing Saint Etienne live and great to hear their hits “You’re in a Bad Way” and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” Saint Etienne play venues to thousands of fans in their homeland, quite a difference in America where they play to a few hundred.

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The Bronx brought their hardcore punk to the East Coast once again to Baltimore’s Ottobar on Oct 4. The band have released five eponymous rock albums and were touring for their fifth album “V.” The Bronx had a slight line-up change when drummer Jorma Vik announced his departure in 2016 and has been replaced by David Hidalgo, Jr. Singer Matt Caughthran is one of the best frontman I’ve ever seen and The Bronx are incredible live - when witnessed there is no missing their shows when they come around again.

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Jeffrey Gaines & Friends at Little Buffalo The last month included two shows from Harrisburg-native Jeffrey Gaines. First, at Victor’s in York and then Little Buffalo State Park in Newport, PA. Gaines recently returned from a few weeks in Los Angeles where he recorded a new album with Chris Price. He always gives a great intimate performance regardless of the size of venue. A true artist of emotion and musicianship, Jeffrey Gaines plays meaningful songs and tells engaging stories of his life travels. A music highlight the past month was promoting my second National concert. My first attempt took place in 2009 with heavy metal band Dirty Looks. This time involved indie noise pop band Crocodiles at Harrisburg Midtown

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Arts Center. I am beyond grateful to all those who came, supported the show and helped promoting (PA Musician) making it a success! A huge thank-you to both supporting bands: Timmy’s Creepshow and Jet Silver, for all they did and their great sets. Thank you to venue HMAC for all their help and hospitality. Thank you to the amazing Crocodiles band accepting my offer and coming to Harrisburg! NATIONAL NEWS: Iconic artist, Tom Petty passed away on Oct. 2 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. He was 66. Petty and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last. “I’m thinking it may be the last trip around the country.” The tour grossed more than $70 million with nearly 1 million tickets sold. Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records. Tom Petty wrote many classic songs, among them: “Free Fallin,” “Refugee,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “American Girl.” The Gainesville, Florida, native played his final show at Hollywood Bowl just one week before his death. Marilyn Manson was injured during a show at Hamcontinued on next page 12...


NATIONALS continued... merstein Ballroom in New York City Sept. 30. He was performing a cover of Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” when two stage props in the shape of pistols fell on him. The concert ended and Manson was transported to a local hospital. The show was the third of his current “Heaven Upside Down” tour. Manson postponed nine concerts but will return to the stage on Nov 5. Marilyn Manson plays Baltimore’s Rams Head Live on Feb 13, 2018. Justin Timberlake has been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy. The infamous moment, which drew CBS a $550,000 fine from the Federal Communications Commission that was later overturned. This will be Timberlake’s third Super Bowl halftime performance, the most for any entertainer. Timberlake said the best Super Bowl performances have spoken to the mood of the nation. The Super Bowl halftime show takes place Feb. 4 in Minnesota.

Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died of natural causes Oct 24 at his daughter’s suburban New Orleans home. He was 89. Domino sold more than 110 million records, with hits including “Blueberry Hill” and ‘’Ain’t It a Shame.” He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of his show-stopping stunts was playing the piano while standing, throwing his body against it with the beat of the music and bumping the grand piano across the stage. Antoine and Rosemary Domino raised eight children in the same ramshackle neighborhood where he grew up. British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will release their new studio album, “Firepower”, in early 2018. The band will support the disc’s release with a North American tour, which will kick off on March 13 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and wrap up on May 1 in Texas. Singer Rob Halford stated, “The new album sounds monumental. It’s gonna blow your socks off. We’re thrilled. We’ve got this big metal monster looming in the background, about to drop early next year, with a world tour to coincide.”

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Stonewood… Not Your Uncle’s Country

Article & feature photos by Rachel Rocks Cover photo by Meredith Kaminkek ~ Stonewood is a 6-piece country, party, rock band, I know quite non is also not your typical female country singer, she can sing the combo, but Stonewood is quite the band! They are pretty everything from Lady A to AC/DC, Gretchen Wilson to Guns N’ much an all around package as far as what most venues are look- Roses, and everything in between. Norm and Shannon also sing ing for, they play a wide range of music, and they have a great some amazing duets including “Setting the World on Fire” by stage presence, and an off the stage presence too! Their goal is Kenny Chesney and Pink. to get the crowd involved and having a good time. With six members, three of which are guitar players, it’s easy Stonewood has been playing together since 2011, and some of to describe Stonewood as Power Country Party Rock. At first them have been playing together in other projects even before when you see the three guitars you think it’s going to be loud that, so they are definitely a well-oiled band. Shannon Jackson, and chaotic, but they all compliment instead of compete with their lead vocalist, and Rob Ratcliffe, on drums and vox, first each other, the sum of all of their subtilties makes it even betstarted playing together in 2005, after a few years Rob and their ter. When most songs are recorded they add in a lot of different bass player, Jimi Jamz Reider, formed a blues band. After only parts such as violins, trumpets, keys, etc.. the guitars all have a couple of years they decided they wanted to try and form a their own special parts to help fill in those voids. It’s actually country band, they got back together with Shannon and start- pretty amazing to witness and hear. Jimi and Rob do a great ed looking for more members. As with most bands they had a job at filling in the backline and keeping everyone grounded. few members come and go, and finally Jim “Mix-u-a” Martini, When Shannon isn’t too busy behind the mic she loves getting showed up with his sweet classic rock guitar tones and helped off the stage and out dancing and having a good time with their them expand their horizons and mix in more rock and modern country into their repertoire. They stumbled across Norm on bandmix. They were drawn into his voice, he sounds a lot like Luke Bryan, and they invited him to a show to come check them out and see if he’d be interested in playing with them. The first night they met him, he wound up coming on stage and playing at least 10 songs with them, and obviously he’s been with them ever since! Norm definitely adds in the high-energy modern rock flare with his voice and his guitar playing. Last but not least is Kenny Fernsler on lead guitar. Kenny is the shredder of the group. He’s the only one that doesn’t “sing” yet, but he fills in his vocal parts with his guitar riffs. Kenny’s background is harder rock, so he helps add in the edge and grit to their songs. Shan-

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fans. When I first saw them, I was amazed at all of the different songs Shannon could cover, some of them definitely took me by surprise. The cool part about being a “country” band is that they have such a large demographic, people of all ages and backgrounds love country. But what exactly is “country” these days, there are so many different types of country, and luckily Stonewood can cover them all. This month you have plenty of chances to get to see and hear Stonewood for yourself because they are playing somewhere every week! You can check out all of their shows in detail in their ad in this issue or on their website,, a few highlights are Saturday, November 11th they are opening for Back in Black at Blarney’s in Mechanicsburg,

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Rob P. Ratcliffe and they are playing Thanksgiving Eve at The Cove in York, I’m sure that will be a rockin’ good time! It’s crazy to think that Stonewood is opening for Back in Black, but again that just proves how versatile they are. Blarney’s is now making Fridays “Country Fridays”, Stonewood is actually back at Blarney’s the following Friday, November 17th. They have a few limited show dates still available in 2017, and things are filling up quickly for 2018. If you want a fresh, exciting, and highly entertaining band in your venue, I highly suggest getting Stonewood booked soon! You can call them directly at 570-687-8827, or you can send them a message on Facebook at In the last six years they’ve had so much support from so many people it’s actually overwhelming when they started thinking about everyone that has made an impact on their band. They definitely wanted to thank Jim DeLisio at Racehorse Tavern for giving them their first shot in a real venue! They’ve played there so many times since then, it really has turned into their home base. The band wouldn’t be half as good as they are without the musical teachings of Rod Goelz, he taught Kenny how to play guitar, and he also taught Jimi Jamz how to play bass. Teaching takes a lot of patience and they are grateful Rod never gave up on them! They also wanted to thank all of their family for all of their support and babysitting. It’s always comforting to know the kiddos are well taken care of when they are on stage. Last but not least,, all of their fans! Putting on a great show is always easier when their fans are being part of the show. They are grateful that not only do their fans show up, but they also get up and dance and truly help make their night a success! You can check out Stonewood on Facebook at www.facebook. com/stonewoodblues. You can also check them out online at, or even easier yet, just give them a call, 570-687-8827 and get them booked at your venue or private party soon.



Pennsylvania Musician Magazine notches another trip around the sun this month, serving the state’s music community for 35years! Hats off again to Whitey and Robin Noll for continuing to provide Pennsylvania Musician as an important source for information, promotion and networking on the Keystone State music scene, and thanks again for allowing me to continue to be a part of it! The outdoor live music scene approached its conclusion in recent weeks with a number of fall festivals, concerts and other events. Rumors of a zombie virus infecting Altoona area residents prompted the second annual Zombietown USA festival early last month. Live music was a big part of the two-day event, kicking off with a special Friday night “Dead @ 5” concert at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum featuring Small Town Horror Show and Penntera. Small Town Horror Show launched the night with their driving brand of ‘zombie groove metal,’ firing off new songs plus material from their debut CD The Dead Didn’t Die. Back from the dead (well, almost) was keyboardist Mike Hennaman, generating keyboard accents and fills just one day removed from ending a several-week hospital stay. Singer Todd McKeone belted out intense and high-flying vocals on CD cuts such as “Storm of the Century,” “Let It Go,” “Fearless” and more, plus new songs from the group’s forthcoming second CD. After an intermission zombie costume contest, Penntera brought their vulgar display of firepower as they celebrated the metal music of Pantera. With Jason Robison now singing lead, Penntera rattled the railcar stage with classics from throughout Pantera’s peak 1990s period. Jason, guitarist

Pat Bowser, bassist Nate Showalter and drummer Space throttled the crowd with numbers such as “This Love,” “Cemetery Gates,” “Cowboys from Hell,” “5 Minutes Alone,” “Mouth for War,” “Drag the Waters,” “Revolution Is My Name,” “Primal Concrete Sledge,” “I’m Broken,” “F**king Hostile,” an audience request for “Shedding Skin” and more. Jason gave an animated performance, continually vaulting back and forth on the railcar stage, and even leaping off the stage and into the crowd several times during Penntera’s two sets. At night’s end, Penntera got called back for an encore, and responded with “A New Level” and Pantera’s popular anthem, “Walk.” Zombietown USA resumed on Saturday, with festivities convening at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza. Live music happened throughout the day; my own two bands, the Backyard Rockers and Running Creek, kicked off the music with our respective varieties of acoustic classics. Both bands were mostly untouched by the zombie virus, with the exception of the percussionist. Stricken with the zombie virus, Elaini Arthur followed with her performance of country classics and select original songs. Singing and strumming her acoustic guitar, Elaini pleas-

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garden and a funk medley, Agent Smith – singer Steve Oswalt, guitarist Phil “Philly Grooves” Wagner, bassist Mike Stanley and drummer Shawn Gioiosa – were joined by singer Todd McKeone and guitarist Jason Feathers for Agent In Chains. With a towering ‘Jason Vorhees’ keeping vigil near the stage, the group performed precise renditions of Alice In Chains classics like “We Die Young,” “Them Bones,” “Down in a Hole,” “Angry Chair,” “No Excuses” and more. In the wake of his father’s recent passing, Steve dedicated in memory of his dad the song “Rooster” (written by Layne Staley about his own father), before Agent In Chains closed with “Would?” into “Man in the Box.” Jason and Todd’s doom metal group, Black Sun, then concluded the concert with a set of dark, intense original compositions, plus a version of Alice In Chains’ “Dirt.” A video tribute to George Romero and a public screening of the classic zombie movie Night of the Living Dead then capped the Zombietown celebration. Excellent weather and attendance made the second annual Zombietown USA a huge success, and plans are already under way for the event’s return next year. Ebensburg again celebrated the spud on the last Saturday of September with this year’s installment of Potatofest. And while this festival has become known for intriguing spud-based edibles such as potato pizza, potato sundaes, potato candy and Idaho potato candy bars, it has also become established as a great festival for live music. This year’s Potatofest featured bands and performers on four stages spaced throughout downtown Ebensburg. I arrived in time to see most of the performance by Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors on the Main Tent stage. Playing acoustic guitar and singing, Jim and the Sun King Warriors – guitarists Kevin McDonald and Dan Murphy, bassist Kent Tonkin, drummer Joe Marini and percussionists Harry Pepper and Bryan Fazio – entertained a large crowd with a mix of new and older original songs plus a few select covers. They introduced songs from their forthcoming new album such as “Stay in My Arms,” “Can’t You Feel It” and the set-closer “You Are My Everything,” which escalated into a feverish rockabilly-flavored finish. They also did songs from Led Zeppelin and Violent Femmes, plus two songs from Jim’s former band Rusted Root, “Back to the Earth” and “Send Me On My Way.” I then proceeded to the Penn Eben Park stage, where The Crew Of The Half Moon demonstrated their eclectic blend of sounds. The group – multi-instrumentalists Katie Rhodes and Dan Oatman plus drummer Jon Beard – jolted onlookers into paying instant attention with a powerful opening rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love, before mixing a selection of original songs and wide-ranging covers. Katie and Dan shared singing duties while switching between guitars, bass, harmonica, mandolin and keys. They did several songs off their latest album, Blanket Fort Radio, as well as songs from the Beatles, REM, CCR, Neil Young, The Verve and more. I then caught several songs from solo performer Bruce Schettig as he performed under the South Center Street tent. Singing and playing acoustic guitar, Bruce presented a wide mixture of pop, folk, country and even classical standards; including numbers from Glen Campbell, John Hartford, the Temptations, and even a version of Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” I returned to the Main Tent stage to witness the homestretch of Flood City Brass’ performance, as they kept a large audience happy and cheering with horn-driven hits from Aretha Franklin, Abba, B-52’s, Spiral Starecase, Doobie Brothers and more. I caught several performances during last month’s two-weekend Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. During the first weekend, I saw western PA-based country group Knob Road. “It’s all about the twang” with this group, as they performed a mixture of country, southern and classic rock. Singer Mike Triplett, lead guitarist Duane Galencontinued on next page...

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THE PROFESSOR continued,,,, sky, rhythm guitarist Dave Allen, bassist Tom Hollowood and drummer Billy Blodgett mixed old and newer country favorites from Jason Aldean, John Anderson, Brooks & Dunn, Travis Tritt, Confederate Railroad, David Allan Coe and more. Knob Road also tapped into country rock and southern rock, doing songs from Charlie Daniels, Bob Seger, the Allman Brothers, the Amazing Rhythm Aces and others. Their presentation was casual and laid-back, providing the feel of good friends playing music on a back porch. Mike’s vocals were strong, and the group’s harmonies and instrumental execution were tight and together. I returned for the final Sunday of Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival, and got to see Matt Otis & the Sound and Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam. Matt Otis & the Sound were on their last few songs when I arrived. Namesake Matt on lead vo-

cals and guitar, bassist/singer Kent Tonkin and drummer/ singer Charlie McClanahan did selections off their new CD, So It Goes…, such as the ode to cellphone selfie obsession “Frozen Moments,” “Melancholia” and more. The group played their song material with an upbeat, pleasant vibe, with Matt showing constant energy and enthusiasm. From Lancaster, Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam energized the audience with their bright blend of jazz, rock and funk fusion. Six members strong, this group mixed original songs and jams with jazzy and funky takes on several favorites. Namesake Andy on guitar, the dual-keyboard tandem of singer Tuck Ryan and Nate Young, bassist Cole Sipe, sax player Paul Berry and drummer Taylor Wade did several songs from their latest CD, Rock Hard Funk Vol. 1, including “Mainline,” “Not the Only One,” “The Extra Dank” and “Blow It.” They also did inventive, soulful arrangements on Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Stevie

Beth Folkemer of Dearest Home by Jim Price Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Tuck displayed a bright and soulful voice on the vocal numbers, and instrumental highlights were frequent throughout the group’s two sets. Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam maintained a fun vibe and triggered dance action. Live music was again a feature during last month’s annual Hartslog Day Festival in Alexandria. I arrived in time to see local favorite Anita Roseborough as she performed a blend of acoustic pop, rock, folk and gospel numbers. Anita welcomed several guests along the way, including her sister, Regina Miller, who helped sing on America’s hit “Ventura Highway,” and Carole Lang, who sang along on numbers by Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver and Stephen Foster. Anita also sang tunes from Buffalo Springfield and Fleetwood Mac, and ended with her crowd favorite rendition of John Denver’s “Grandma’s Feather Bed.” I also saw much of Unusual Suspects String Band’s performance. The Lewistown quintet mixed a variety of Appalachian string music, bluegrass, folk and country songs. Among their selection were “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” (from the Beverly Hillbillies television show), the Tanya Tucker-popularized “Delta Dawn,” Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” and more. Several years ago, area resident Tim Surkovich was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and fought the battle to deal with this debilitating condition. Music helped him take up the fight, as he began to write lyrics that documented his struggles. When he showed his lyrics to friend and musician Randy Sciarrillo, Randy told Tim that the songs needed to be created and recorded, and the band Progmium was born. An initial assembled Progmium cast soon recorded the 2014 album Project: Diagnosis, and Tim subsequently created his Project Diagnosis Foundation, which raises funds and awareness toward MS research. Progmium had never performed live until late September, when they headlined the inaugural Rock Out to Knock continued on next page...

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Out MS benefit concert on the Diamond in downtown Hollidaysburg. The current Progmium roster – Randy Sciarrillo on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, lead guitarist J. Luis Morales, bassist Dan Mullen and drummer Randy Servello – performed select tracks from the Project: Diagnosis album, demonstrating a progressive rock/metal flavor. Among the songs performed were “Numb,” “As I Am,” and the hopeful album closer about overcoming adversity, “Take Up the Fight.” Prior to Progmium’s set, Tim told the audience his story and how Progmium was created. During the set, checks for $2,500 each were presented to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Also performing during Rock Out to Knock Out MS were Felix & the Hurricanes, the Hollidaysburg School District Marching Band, Matthew Sheedy, Lauren & Joe and Walkney singer Derek Mrdjenovich. I caught my first look at western PA country performer Coston Cross and his band at this year’s Harmony Grange Fair near Westover in late September. Based near Oil City, Coston on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Hunter Butler, bassist Wendall Holmes and drummer Hunter Auber performed a mixture of original country songs and classic country hits. Coston’s original songs are inspired by classic, story-based country music; some of his songs this night included “Fireman,” “Copper,” “Freedom Has a Price,” “Off the Record,” “Should Have Found a Cowboy” and “Red Lights and Blue Lights.” He also did numbers from George Jones, David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Johnny Cash and others. Live music and regional history combined during Canal Jam 2017, which happened in late September at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historical Site near Cresson. This day-long event celebrated tradition-

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al American music from the canal era of the mid-1800s, and featured a variety of performers. The day began at the Historical Site’s auditorium with a blend of instrumental music and spoken word courtesy of the Jive Bombers – Richard Sleigh and Jerry Zolten – and words from Steven Sherrill as he read passages from his book The Locktender’s House. Rochester, New York’s Bill Hullfish & the Golden Eagle String Band then celebrated canal era music with numerous traditional tunes about rivers, canal personalities, boats, mules and more, utilizing a variety of folk instrumentation. Many of their songs dated back to the mid-1800s, including the “Oil City Quickstep,” “A Life on the Raging Canal,” “Never Take the Hind Shoe from a Mule,” “The Canal Boatman’s Dance,” “The Girl from Yewdall’s Mill” and more. Besides the music, Bill and his band also shared a lot of history about the canal period throughout Pennsylvania and New York. From Gettysburg, Dearest Home then celebrated traditional 1800s-era folk music, with an emphasis on Civil Warera and Appalachian folk music. Three of the group’s members – Margaret Folkemer on tinwhistle, Stephen

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country. Accompanied by upright bassist and fiddle player Brian Farrow, Dom – “The American Songster” – played banjo, harmonica, bones and quills on a diverse range of spirituals, folk numbers, Piedmont blues, country blues, original songs and more. And the day wrapped up with a traditional folk jam session, including members of all of the day’s performers plus audience members who brought their own instruments. This fun jam included renditions of old-timey favorites like “Oh Suzanna,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Monongahela Sal” and more. Canal Jam 2017 was a rewarding experience that entertained and educated participants about Canal-era history and tradition. It was fun to “party like it was 1839!” Heart’s Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation have been touring the country with a new band project called Roadcase Royale, and have recently been opening tour dates for Bob Seger. Roadcase Royale visited the State Theatre in State College in late September. The trio incarnation of Pure Cane Sugar started the night; singer/guitarist Kate Twoey, singer Natalie Race and Bob Hart on guitar; they demonstrated bright vocal harmonies on original numbers such as “Box N’ Nails,” “Crazy” and more. Roadcase Royale – Nancy on guitar, Liv on lead vocals, lead guitarist Ryan Waters, and Heart members Dan Rothchild on bass, Ben Smith on drums and Chris Joyner on keys – introduced their sound,

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merging hard rock with a rhythmic, soulful edge. Liv’s powerful voice took the spotlight early and often as Roadcase Royale introduced original numbers such as “Hold on to My Hand,” “Get Loud,” “Mind Your Business,” “Insaniac” and more. Several Heart hits made the transition into this new endeavor, as “Even It Up” received an R&B makeover, and “Alone” and “These Dreams” were converted into soulful ballads; the group also did versions of “Straight On” and “Crazy for You.” Nancy also introduced “The Dragon,” a song she wrote in memory of Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley. Roadcase Royale’s powerful sound was a hit with the State Theatre audience, and when calls for an encore sounded at show’s end, the group returned to perform two more original numbers to close the night. I also saw JJ Grey & Mofro for my first time last month at the State Theatre. The Commonheart raised the bar high with their opening set of original brassy soul and R&B. Ten members strong this night, this Pittsburgh ensemble lit up the State Theatre audience with numerous songs from their debut CD Grown, led by frontman Clinton Clegg’s hearty, throaty, soulful growl. The Commonheart won over the State Theatre audience convincingly enough that they received a standing ovation. JJ Grey

JJ Grey & Mofro then welcomed the audience to their world of southern-flavored rock, blues and R&B. Clad in suit and tie, JJ Grey immediately took charge of the audience with his colorful personality, vibrant stage energy and musical talents as he sang, played guitar and harmonica, backed by his five-piece Mofro cast. Their music was bright, often channeling a Memphis-type vibe and groove, and the overall musicianship and enthusiasm was infectious, stirring up some dancing and grooving throughout the theatre. JJ Grey & Mofro performed such songs as “A Woman,” “Every Minute,” “Brighter Days,” “Hide & Seek,” “Country Ghetto,” “Orange Blossoms,” “Ho Cake” (about corn bread), and a funky take on the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” to end their main set. When the audience called for an encore, the group answered with two more songs, “This River” and the title track to JJ Grey’s latest album, Ol’ Glory. McGarvey’s hosted several major shows in recent weeks, including the first area visit of Saskatchewan, Canada-based folk and bluegrass sensations The Dead South in late September. A multitude of folks attended to witness The Dead South’s unique and edgy style and sound; rooted in folk and bluegrass, with some subtle touches of Canadian folk and darkish lyrical overtones. Singer/guitarist Nate Hilts, mandolinist/singer Scott Pringle, banjo player Eliza Mary Doyle and cellist Erik

Mehlsen performed original songs such as “Dead Man’s Isle,” “The Recap,” “Banjo Odyssey,” “The Good Lord,” “Miss Mary,” their viral internet hit “In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company,” “That Bastard Son,” “Long Gone” and more. The Dead South kept the crowd riveted for the duration, and responded to encore demands with the song “Travellin’ Man” to end the show. But that did not end the music; after a short break, The Dead South took their instruments outside McGarvey’s front door and serenaded a gathered group of fans along the sidewalk! Nobody’s Heroes and Zach Wade & the Good Grief opened the night. Former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone and former Misfits singer Michale Graves played together onstage for the first time early last month at McGarvey’s. The Legendary Hucklebucks, Railroad City Murder Machines and X’s For Eyes led off the show, before Michale Graves and his band tore into their set of high-powered punk and metal-fueled original numbers. Flanked by guitarist Loki, bassist Christopher Dean and drummer Tony Baptist, Michale demonstrated a clear, soaring voice and charismatic presence on tunes such as “Bedlam,” “American Psycho,” “Beginning of the End,” “Worlds Collide,” “3 Days Til Dawn” and more, along with Misfits favorites like “Crying on Saturday Night” and the set-closer “Dig Up Her Bones.” CJ Ramone and his band then took the stage, firing off a spirited blend of his own solo songs plus select Ramones classics. Opening with “Let’s Go” from his latest album American Beauty, CJ led the group on new numbers from the CD such as “Run Around,” “You’ll Never Make Me Believe,” “Steady As She Goes,” “Girlfriend in the Graveyard” and more. He and his band also celebrated Ramones favorites such as “Judy Is a Punk,” “Cretin Hop,” “Rockaway Beach,” “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The night’s most anticipated moment closed the show, as Michale Graves joined CJ Ramone onstage to sing lead on “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” After area musician Tim Homerski sustained multiple injuries in a bicycling accident, his friends from the community and music scene converged on Patton American Legion in late September for a special benefit show to help Tim with medical expenses. I missed early sets from Nag Champions and the duo of Joe Konior and Mellissa Vella, but arrived in time to see the latter half of Rust’s set, as they fired off a mix of hard-hitting classic rock and metal. Bassist/singer Mike “Griff” Griffiths, guitarist/singer Aaron Wolf and drummer Rick Rock sounded strong on renditions of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,” Rainbow’s “Man on a Silver Mountain,” Iron Maiden’s “Flight of Icarus” and more. On an adjacent acoustic stage, Rob Sottile then anchored an acoustic jam as several musicians joined him on a selection of hits and classics. Acoustic Stew then performed, with show beneficiary Tim Homerski playing guitar and flute. Tim, singer/guitarist Jaime Dubetsky, drummer/singer John Homerski, bassist Bill Kibler and a guest percussionist presented fresh-sounding takes on classics from the Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker Band, Doobie Brothers, The Band, Eric Clapton and more. Craig Fitzpatrick followed with his acoustic

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set, as he performed numbers spanning Del Shannon’s “Runaway” and the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” to Jethro Tull classics like “Thick as a Brick” and “Locomotive Breath.” The benefit ended with the debut performance of new northern Cambria County rockers Negan. Former Hi-Tyde drummer Mike Davis sings lead in this new project, joined by Bob Gray on guitar, Josh Yahner on bass and Damien Falatek on drums. Negan fired off two sets of powerful, mostly 1990s-era rock from Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Live, Incubus, Soundgarden, Audioslave, Our Lady Peace, Alice In Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Filter and more. Mike sounded strong in the frontman role, and Negan instrumentally was tight and prepared, making for an impressive opening chapter. Watch for future appearances on area stages. This benefit was successful, raising $1,500. Other performances I saw in recent weeks included my first look at Hooversville-based family rock group Orange Fire during a late September show at Slammin’ Sams in Johnstown…Indiana County-based country rockers Long Road Home at Rocky’s Tavern in Johnstown…This Albatross as they filled in for Felix & the Hurricanes’ weekly Sunday night show at Altoona’s Black & Gold Tavern, as well as The Hurricanes themselves during another Sunday night…Centre region heavy rockers Quarterstick at The Arena in State College…The Band OZ during their weekly Sunday evening show at Hollidaysburg’s U.S. Hotel…Fyre and The Snipped, two-thirds of a punk/ metal triple-bill at McGarvey’s…and I celebrated another trip around the sun last month with Ed n’Born – Ed Hofer and Sean Osborn – as they performed at McGarvey’s. News and notes…This year’s annual Patched Together: A Day of Music to Benefit the Healing Patch will take place on Nov. 18 at Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society, raising funds and awareness for Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch program; performers at this year’s event include The Sitch, Stone Bridge Blues Band, Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band, The Chrome Hearts, Greg Burley, Nag Champions, Zach Wade & the Good Grief and Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors…The third annual “Park n Rock” benefit concert for the Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission will take place Nov. 10 at the Bavarian Aid Society, and will featuring Jimmy Buffett impersonator Tom Watt “The Buffettman” and the Fruitcakes, along with special local guest “Cousin” Mike Wieland…A GoFundMe page has been established to help out former Ribbon Grass guitarist Jim “Chico” Mirkovich and his wife, who lost their home and belongings in a fire last month…Eric Ian Farmer is recording a live album; and recorded a live performance toward that album last month at the State Theatre in State College. Please send correspondence and recordings to: Jim Price, 1104 S. Catherine St., Altoona, PA 16602. You can also e-mail me at And if you’re into social networking, look me up on Facebook or Google+. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC! November, 2017

JONAH WHALE – MOBIUS (Adamsapple Records) On the first track to Jonah Whale’s fifth full-length CD, Mobius; the intro to the song “I Put Down My Gun” bears some resemblance to the intro to the original Star Trek television series. Like that show intro beckons, Jonah Whale seeks out new sonic frontiers, and boldly goes where no artist has gone before over Mobius’ dozen tracks. The

presence to “The Truth.” Martin’s harmonica accompaniment helps propel the title track “Dead on the Floor” into an uptempo blues-folk ride with an accelerated ending, while an escalating full-band arrangement helps elevate and emphasize the life-cleansing lyrical theme of “Let It Rise.” The anti-suicidal theme of “Can You Help Her” is shaped by a gentler, somber arrangement, while harder rock guides the deceit-born angrier mood of “Lies.” The song quality is stronger overall on Dead on the Floor, as Jack Pyers hones his songwriting skills and evolves more detailed song structures. Likewise, his singing shows more versatility and conveys more emotional impact. Bret Alexander’s production provides just the right touch to each song, enabling each to establish its own presence and stand apart from one another, yet work together as a cohesive entire set. Dead on the Floor displays Jack Pyers’ progress and development as an acoustic artist, and shows his rising comfort level with his current musical path. (The CD can be purchased through Jack Pyers’ website,

Bloomsburg-based artist crafts a distinctive, progressive-rooted hard rock sound; defined by booming, cavernous beats, industrial-strength guitar riffs and power chords, and topped JON SMITH’S VOYAGES – INDEED (no label) Readby Jonah’s powerful voice ing native Jon Paul Smith plays no less than 15 differand singing style that often channel peak-period David ent instruments on Indeed, Bowie and Roger Waters. Melodies are key throughthe debut album from his out the disc – Jonah shows a knack for captivating song solo project, Jon Smith’s hooks, inventive and tricky rhythms and time signatures, Voyages. And Jon’s musiand intriguing lyrics and wordplays. “Break the Silence” cal roots become quickly uses such wordplays to suggest that science doesn’t have apparent over the course all the answers, and that we should teach future generaof the disc’s 11 tracks; he tions to be more open-minded and question what they see pretty clearly likes the theand hear. A clever word cadence helps power the message atrical and even psychedelof the tough rocker “Live for Tomorrow,” to “crawl out ic rock of the late 1960s of the wreckage” and move forward from life’s adversi- and 1970s, channeling influences from ragtime-toned Sgt. ties. “Your Heart You Must Follow” also establishes an Pepper-era Beatles, Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie and intriguing lyrical cadence in its theme of being true to peak-era Queen into Jon’s own distinct musical persona. oneself. Jonah generates a Bowie-esque upbeat cut-the- Jon implements guitars, pianos, horns, woodwinds, bass, rug exercise with “Dance,” sings praise to all that life of- drums, mandolins, accordions, ukuleles and more to craft fers on “Hale to the King,” and expresses vulnerability his freewheeling sound, topped with a voice positioned on the confessional closer “Not Made of Stone.” Jonah somewhere between the theatric side of Bowie and the sings this material with intensity and purpose, with vocal sarcastic side of John Lennon. Smith’s music is his playlayering and harmonies complementing and elevating his ground, as he crafts catchy, often intricate melodies with presence throughout the set. The arrangements and instru- unpredictable twists and turns. Scott Joplin, the Beatles mental execution are tight and precise, and the songs each and Queen collide head-on on the playful disc-opener stand strongly on their own while working together as a “Excuse Me,” while the soulful side of David Bowie is cohesive set. Written, performed, recorded, mixed and channeled on “I’ll Get Around To It” with its words about mastered by Jonah at his Adamsapple Records home stu- youthful coming of age. Jon crafts a Ziggy Stardust Bowdio, Mobius sounds consistent, powerful and clear. Mo- ie-flavored acid burn on the hard rocking track “Heard bius shows that Jonah Whale clearly knows his musical It Over Yonder,” and even channels a Mott the Hoople turf, and offers a vibrant, captivating listen. (The CD can flavor on “Reginald.” Fab Four-edged pop presides over “I Don’t Want to Be Your Friend,” while ragtime-styled be obtained through the website horns merge with retro 1960s-geared songcraft on “Too JACK PYERS – DEAD ON THE FLOOR (Sticky Re- Hot for Me.” A “Killer Queen”-flavored arrangement cords) Former Harpo and Dirty Looks member Jack Py- informs the delightfully quarky “Absurd,” while a more ers got his acoustic feet wet on his 2015 album No Road reserved Bowie vibe serves the suitable finale track, Home, as he left his electric past behind and embraced “Nothing Remains.” The song arrangements are clever, the new frontier of acoustic guitar music. Pyers continues with instrumental change-ups keeping each track on edge his acoustic journey on Dead on the Floor, and enlists the and offering fresh nuances throughout the disc. Produced, help of several musical guests to flesh out his song mate- mixed and mastered by Smith, Indeed sounds crisp and rial. Bret Alexander on guitars, mandolin and dobro (he balanced, with all the instruments in his musical stew also produced the CD), Jeremy Hummel on drums and sounding clear and distinct. Jon Smith’s imagination, adpercussion, Mario Reggino on bass and Tom Martin on venturism and fearless approach to his music makes Inharmonica color and flavor each of the disc’s eight new deed a captivating listen, and – indeed – an impressive retsongs, giving each a different mood and personality. To ro-flavored journey. (The CD can be obtained or digitally illustrate the impact of the additional musicians, stripped- downloaded through Jon Smith’s Bandcamp page, https:// down acoustic versions of seven of the songs follow the initial eight tracks on the album. The guests help give the opening track “She Said Okay” a driving country-rock twang, and busy rhythms and instrumentation give an urgent, exotic Pennsylvania Musician Magazine


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