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ACROSS THE DESK By Whitey & Robin Noll

My life has been full of miracles this month. I’m looking good to meeting my deadline for July’s issue, that is a true miracle especially considering that Rachel Rocks is in Florida and on a 19 day vacation. She did get her article, hotshots and cover story done before she left. She usually comes up and helps me send the pages to the printers and a bunch of last minute stuff, but I’m doing good. Hopefully I’m turning over a new leaf. Next month my goal will be to write my article ahead of time. (It’s good to have goals). Whitey and I had some excellent news. He went for his 6 month cancer check up and got the all clear...WOOHOO!!! We go again in January than if he is all clear Doc Levin will only have him get checked yearly, what a relief that is. So for all those that don’t follow us on facebook it is exciting news indeed. When a family member gets cancer or has a debilitating disease it affects the whole family. Praise God from whom all Blessings flow! We are very thankful. We were also thankful to participate in the Relay for Life at Trinity High School. The Carcinoma Crushers raised more money this year than last but not near enough to compete with the other teams. The Camp Hill Relay did exceed their goal this year. If you have an interest in donating to Cancer Research please considering donating through our team. We want to raise more money for next year’s

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event, the Lord willing. This past month while delivering I did get a chance to stop at The Eagle Hotel in Fredericksburg for their Customer Appreciation event. It was happening during the day so I lined up my delivery route so I could get there in time to hear Kat & the Mad Dogz. I got there early enough to treat my ears with the sounds of Not Quite Einstein from Palmyra. An excellent band as well. The talent and quality of the musicianship throughout PA simply amazes me. Living with a musician I see how many hours Whitey puts into playing and learning new things everyday. Not Quite Einstein are five musicians who work diligently on their music. You can tell that they enjoy what they’re doing. They didn’t have a backline at this event so they change overs were rather continued on page 1 0 ...

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long and it was hot. Of course Mike and Jen had plenty of food and ice cold beverages to keep us all happy while we waited. It really wasn’t that long I was just anxious to hear Kat & her Mad Dogz. They were well worth the wait. When they took the stage and began to perform they gave it their all and then some. It is musical bliss when you hear musicians who know every nuance of their instruments. The entire band sings and their voices blend together in perfect harmonies. Someone waiting along with me asked, “Are they country with the fiddle player?” I said I don’t really know. They weren’t country starting out but they did do some favorite country songs along the way. Kat and the Mad Dogz move from one genre to the other with ease. They are comfortable doing it all and they do it all well. I’m not good at remembering names of songs I only Kat on a chair in the middle of the crowd with her Mad Dogz in the background dueling with her.

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know that I thoroughly enjoyed what I was hearing. Kat has a whole lot of energy and she was doing her best to get the crowd involved. Going from the stage into the crowd. She got upon a chair and they did, “Crossroads Blues” ( I think) and you could feel the steam lifting off their instruments as Kat and her Mad Dogz battled on. It was quite impressive and very enjoyable. I was only able to stay for one set as I had to continue on my merry delivery route. Thanks Mike and Jen for hosting such a great show. The food was excellent. I’ll have a few more pics posted on page 26. It was a busy month and I want to hit my deadline so go through our pages and pick and choose your favorite shows. There is a lot going on. Just a note.. Molly Hatchet was cancelled at Tubby’s for July and if you bought tickets you should go to the place you purchased them and get your money back. This month Tubby’s will be closed July 4th through the 8th but they’ll reopen on July 9th with a schedule that will make you happy, check it out on page 5. Comments and ad rates, give me a buzz (I love to talk on the phone) 717.444.2423.

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OUT & ABOUT by RACHEL ROCKS! Summer has arrived and my life is as crazy as ever! The kids are done with school, and at 7 and 10 they have created great plans for summer fun! We are heading out on a 15 day adventure which means… Mom is on her own for delivering and the website will have to wait til I get home on July 8th.. Which means, if you’re lucky and I can get out of vacation mode, the website will be updated around July 10th. I’m very sorry for the delay, but this will be the longest vacation of our lives, and it is desperately needed. I have caught a little bit of music here and there. My first stop of the month was up to Tubby’s for Smokin Gunnz. I was hoping to get there in time for Chris’s original band, Single Barrel, but I unfortunately missed their set. I heard from people who were there in time, that it was a great show. Single Barrel is basically the same genre of music as Smokin Gunnz, just all originals. I hope I can make it out to see them soon. I did get there in time to hear Smokin Gunnz, and I was able to hang out for quite a while. It was awesome seeing them and hearing them play once again on the big stage at Tubby’s. The dance floor is huge up there with plenty of room to move around and have a good time. I’m thrilled to say that Smokin Gunnz once again had some new logo wear for people to purchase. They were selling shirts like crazy! Vickie definitely knows what she’s doing with the merch. If you need some ideas go to a show and check her out in action! Check out their ad in this issue, to see where they will be ‘smokin’ next! I was invited out by a friend to one of 105.7 the X’s bike nights, so I decided to go check it out. It was right down the street, so why not. Jason Carst was performing as a solo musician. He also performs with a full band, but tonight he was flying solo. There were times when he played with pre-recorded backing tracks to help make it have a fuller sound. Jason was a great performer and I enjoyed sitting back and listening to the show. Jen Shade was there representing 105.7 the X. She said all of their hosted bike nights have had a really good crowd. The weather has been gorgeous for bike rides as well. Please make sure and look twice and save a life. Bikes are everywhere! Speaking of bikes... On my way to deliver Reading and Lancaster I stopped in at the Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel for their customer appreciation party. The day was still young, but there were already lots of bikes lining up both sides of the street and all the empty parking spaces around The Eagle Hotel. You could go into the party to just check it out and have a good time, or $10 got you a BBQ Chicken and Pig Roast Dinner, plus I think beer was included. I got the dinner and I was glad I did, it was delicious, with all the proper fixins! Every chance I get to stop by The Hooootel, is always a great experience. Mike Saphore and all of the staff and patrons are always extremely friendly. It’s just a laid back, down home kind of place that really allows you to relax and enjoy yourself. While I was there, Not Quite Einstein was on stage. I’ve heard a lot about Not Quite Einstein, and they lived up to the hype. It was a very hot afternoon, but they were still playing their hearts out, keeping the crowd entertained. Not Quite Einstein can help you with all of your musical needs. If you have a special event coming to your venue, give them a call. Before I got there Shift 7 kicked off the event. I was bummed I missed them. It’s been quite a while and they always put on a good show. Right after I left, Mom also stopped in to the party. She was there in time to hear our new advertiser Kat and the Mad Dogz. She loved hearing them and was bragging to me about how good they were. Unfortunately the continued on page 1 2 ...

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magazines don’t deliver themselves, so we both only had a limited amount of time we could be there. Since I was delivering later than usual, when I got to The Ritz on Main in New Holland, it was open, and Angels N’ Saints were just getting ready to take the stage. What a nice stage it was! The Ritz is an old

theatre converted into a music venue. The stage was huge with a big screen as a back drop displaying Angels N’ Saints logo. The dance floor is also huge with LED lights shining up through it. The bar had the same technology. It was awesome. It’s by far the nicest stage in Lancaster County. Unfortunately it’s still struggling like every other venue. It’s one of those places that’s just a little too far off the beaten path, even tho it’s really not.

It’s only a quick 20 minute drive from Lancaster city, and maybe 30 minutes from Reading. Trust me the venue is worth the drive. Check out their schedule and plan a trip to The Ritz. Now on to the music… I’ve heard a lot about Angels N’ Saints and I’m glad I finally got the chance to hear them. Two of the guys, Chris Atland and Sean Sultzbach used to play with Sugarcoat, so I knew they were going to be good. It’s always awesome to see musicians you love find new bands to continue to share their talent. Their lead singer, Randy has an amazing range and can cover a broad range of hard rock songs, including ones from the local favorite, Kix. They have another Sean on guitar, he can shred like a wild man, which really helps make it an entertaining show. Angels N’ Saints have been playing together for a little over a year. They are well practiced and ready to rock at a venue near you. Since it was midnight and I was at Drums Etc. I decided to see who else was playing in the Lancaster area I could go see. Thing 3 was playing at Rainmakers which wound up being two and a half minutes away. I love when that happens. Rainmakers is a private club, but once I rang the bell and introduced myself, they let me in, and I’m glad they did. It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen Thing 3, and they’ve really refined their show. I was impressed by quite a few of their song choices, one being their “Crazy Bitch” medley, where Cameron even busts out with some rapping in the middle. These guys definitely don’t care what people think about how crazy they are, they just want to make sure everyone is having a good time, and the crowd at Rainmakers definitely was. Check out their schedule in this issue and get out there and party with them soon. It was a very long day/night of delivering, but it was well worth it. This month we had our annual Clark Family Reunion. It’s always awesome getting the family together for tons continued on n age 1 3 ...

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of fun. While we’re all visiting, we’re blessed once again with Dad’s background music. He was also working on recording his grandkids singing along with their favorite music. It’s great watching him pass on his love of music to the next generation. Dad celebrated his 72nd birthday this month. We are so blessed to have him be such a crucial part of our lives. I love you Daddy! My last event of the month is a huge one for me, it was the 10th Annual Relay for Life of Camp Hill. Relay for Life is a 24 hour walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Our goal this year was 68K and we raised a little over 70K! It felt awesome to exceed our goal. This was my 2nd year as the Entertainment Chair. It’s not easy knowing if the event is boring, it’s all your fault. I felt like everyone had a good time thanks to all the great entertainers that donated their time and talent. It started right at 12 Noon with DJ Eric B. He got the event kicked off with lots of energy. DJ Eric B has been here all the three years that I’ve been and I greatly appreciate his service. Suzi Brown kicked off the live music at 2pm. Her percussion guitar playing is continued on n age 1 4 ..

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something that always mesmerizes me. It was cool watching people stop to check it out for themselves. Jason Barshinger took the stage at 3pm. He has an awesome voice and was definitely getting a lot of people’s attention. Jason also plays with a band called JB and the Deadbeats. He’s a very flexible musician, and can accommodate you with any of your musical needs. Check out his schedule in this issue to see what stage he will be rockin’ next. After our official Opening Ceremony, Kim Petrides lead us in a free Zumba class. I couldn’t believe how fast she can move. She had quite a few Relayers sweating away with her. We had 5 Ms. Relayers this year. Congrats to Shock Nation from the West Shore Shock for having the crowned queen. It was well deserved! Close to Consideration got the prime evening spot of 7:30 right before Luminaria. This was their third year in a row playing at the Relay. They are Trinity grads, so it’s cool to see them perform on their home turf. Close to Consideration has come a VERY long way since I saw them for the first time three years ago. Their songwriting, performing, and stage presence have all improved greatly. It’s been fun watching them mature as musicians in the past three years. After our silent Remembrance lap, BJ McNeile walked along and played bagpipes for us. It was a beautiful moment. The soft and slow bagpipes were a perfect addition to the time of remembrance. After the ceremony Julie Nevel stepped up to the stage. She’s played at Relays before so she was prepared and knew what to expect. She played some very beautiful and inspirational music to get us pumped back up to keep on walking. Julie played the keys which was awesome! Our last performer for Friday was Neil McClain. I found Neil because he is a friend of a friend. He doesn’t play out, except for the occasional open mic, but his voice is amazing. I wish I could’ve had more hours in the day, because unfortunately I had to cut his set short because of sound ordinances. Saturday we kicked things off bright and early at 8am with Dianne Doll leading us through another round of Zumba. It’s nice to be able to use some different muscles instead of just walking circles around the track. Dianne definitely had some Relayers sweating bright and early in the morning. After Zumba we went right into our Fight Back Ceremony. The Fight Back part of Relay for Life is very important… We all have to keep fighting to beat this horrible disease. You can’t give up! Everyday new medicines are being created to help us battle and kick cancer’s butt! The last performers of the event were a big group, The Mechanicsburg Singer Band. They have about 30 people in their community band with all different kinds of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. They did an absolutely amazing job. It was hard to keep walking, you just wanted to sit and watch them perform their magic. I want to throw out a huge thank you to the Cumberland Valley Cheerleaders too! They were there at the Noon kick-off.. and they were also there for our last lap at Noon on Saturday. It’s amazing what a few cheers can do to your spirit. Also ABC27 News was there at Noon to start the event and they did a live broadcast and interviewed our Event Chairs. That was very nice of them to take the time to do that. This whole process of everyone working together to make this event such a success is overwhelming. There are still a lot of Relays going on throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. If you want to know where a Relay for Life event is in your area, you can check it out at www.relayforlife.org. Well that’s all I have for this month. Remember that unfortunately our website won’t be updated til the absolute earliest, July 8th, but it will probably be more like July 10th. I am so sorry for the inconvenience. I hope you all have a very happy 4th of July. Happy Independence Day!!!! If you happen to have any questions or comments, email RachelRocks@pamusician.net. 14

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Susquehanna Valley NEWS By Keith Hummel July already! Half the year gone! It’s heating up outside and so is the music scene. Lots and lots of festivals this month. Every week it’s your pick so hey ho, let’s go! My hometown of Northumberland starts off July with their Pinekotter Days with a week of evening food and music. highlight of the week will be The Badlees playing Wednesday July 5th from 7pm to 10pm. The Badlees are working on new music to release this fall. Maybe we’ll get to hear some of it. July 12th and 13th the Briggs Farm Blues Festival takes place in Nescopeck, PA. 18 National with regional blues bands on tap here, camping and a family friendly atmosphere at Briggs Farm rolling the blues now for 16 years. The guys and dolls from Lewisburg’s MMC1 Chapter 19 Mason Motorcycle Club hold their “Rockfest in the West” July 19th and 20th. Again held at the West End Fairgrounds in Laurelton, PA. You can camp and rock at this fest. Friday bands start at 6pm. Super Bob tops the bill as openers B3NT, Dead Flowerz and Smalltown Titans get you ready to rock. Saturday begins with a Ride for Life/Poker Run to benefit Taylor Bingaman. From noon to 2pm BBQ chicken and all the fixins will be available. The meal is included if you purchase your tickets in advance to give Jim and Jill a call and get those tickets before the 19th. The music starts at 4pm with Just Bob (from Super Bob) kicking off the show followed by Battery (playing Metallica) than Penntera (yes the best of Pantera) plus Kiss Alive (the best Kiss show you can get!) Ending out the weekend is Back In Black (the best AC/DC tribute you’ll ever see). I don’t know after all those tribute bands and their shows, the stage might be burnt, broken or battered. What a festival! The Ann Kerstetter Band will take their summer hiatus after their gig July 2nd, playing from 6pm to 8pm. Always great blues and ole time favorites from Ann and her band of cronies. July 24th you can more indoors for a great show at Goodfella’s on Rt 61 in Pottsville. Headliners Texas Hippie Coalition will take the stage by storm. Hard and dirty rock from THC. One of Eddie Trunk’s favorite new bands out right now, They are out their new release on the “Highway Robbery Tour.” Special guest opener Eve To Adam from New York will get the stage ready for THC along with great local acts The Curse of Sorrow and Faith in Exile. This is an all-age show, and door open at 6:30. Be ready to rock Goodfellows this night. Tubby’s in Duncannon will be will be closed from July 4th thru the 8th. So party hardy and don’t get in trouble. Only experts should shoot off fireworks; musicians need their fingertips! Tubby’s reopens the 12th with Mountain Road. Then on the 13th Small Town Titans have a CD release party with guests Audio Box, Seven Ten Oil and The Better Half. Rehab returns with Perry County’s Adrian Blitzer the 19th, hot show —no pun intended! The 20th get to Tubby’s to celebrate Colt Wilbur’s birthday with American Posse. The 26th a tag team of That’s What She Said and Broken Fayth will run the ropes of rock and roll at Tubby’s, then to put the heat down you can get Adrenalize, the best Def Leppard show around the 27th. Calling all bluegrass fans! Get to the 7th Annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival July 11-14 at the Grange grounds in Center Hall, PA. Music from 12pm to 10pm thru Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Big and small, this fest has them all: Grammy winners like Rhonds Vincent & The Rage, James King Band, Ralph Stanley II, and a slew of greats like Goldwing Express, Little Roy & Lizzy and of course our local bluegrass boys, Remington Ryde. Four days of bluegrass. Yes, you can camp out. The patio at The Front Street Station in Northumberland has weekend music from 7pm to 10pm. Start the 5th with classic rock from Folk Justice. And please get to the station July 13th to hear my friend Geof Levan. I’ll miss that gig so someone get there and applaud for me and say “Hello to Geof, we missed you!” A big get well to Jeremy Hummel drummer for Into The Spin. Jer has some back troubles. He’s getting checked out. Meantime Into The Spin keeps playing those disco dancing hits they do so well. Got to hear Alison Standby back awhile. Paul, Squeek and Mike from Yada, Yada, Yada joined with Kevin McShaw from Canto 6 and play 80’s to 90’s rock. Playing eastern PA and some Valley dates, the are ready to rock. Again I will tell you I will be writing two more months. September will be 30 years of writing for the PA Musician. I’ve not gotten any input from anyone who would like to take over, so do some thinking and let me know. Send feed back to K. Hummel 2770 Klinger Hollow Rd. Liverpool, PA 1 7 0 4 5 o r kahummel@countryilink.net

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“LIVE REVIEWS” By Jim Price If you have regularly read my column through the years, this is the time of year when I get delirious from live music overload. It is a peak season for multiple music happenings, both outdoor and indoor, with numerous concerts, festivals, carnivals, community events, backyard parties, and other celebrations involving live music. And if live music is involved, I try to see all of it! It makes for plentiful fun times, but also results in hectic moments as I try to piece the puzzle of my monthly writ together before my editor’s hard deadlines! But it always gets done… In the midst of their hectic touring schedule, Candlelight Red made a stop at Pellegrine’s early last month to celebrate the release of their new CD, “Reclamation.” I arrived in time to catch the last few songs of openers Brand New Wings; singer Tim Howsare, guitarist Matt Day, bassist Matt Buhler and drummer Jim Bagrosky fired up the stage front masses with favorites from Buckcherry, Slash, Guns N’Roses, Rage Against the Machine and more. Candlelight Red then blew the roof off Pelly’s with their explosive set, as they performed songs off the new CD as well as their “The Wreckage” disc. Singer Ryan Hoke took charge early and rallied the crowd to full attention, backed by the pounding backdrops of guitarist Jeremy Edge, bassist Jamie Morral and drummer Brian Dugan. Candlelight Red’s new material sounded dark and strong as the group did new numbers such as “Feel the Same,” “Broken Glass” and “Demons.” They also celebrated familiar earlier favorites such as “Closer,” “The Wreckage,” “ Medicine,” their edgy version of Roxette’s “You Got the Look,” and even a rendition of Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot.” Candlelight Red continues touring in support of the new album, and plays numerous opening dates with Trapt, Pop Evil and Volbeat through September. Altoona’s Railroaders Museum has been a busy place thus far this outdoor season. The second annual Striking Chords Against Cancer benefit concert filled the rail yard of the Railroaders Museum with a full day of music early last month, while raising money for the American Cancer Society. Travis Singer kicked things off on the acoustic side stage, demonstrating a good voice with clear range on hits from Matchbox 20, Pat Benatar, Elton John, Everclear and more. Introducing new singer Ashley Thompson, 7th Gear commenced the party on the main stage with a mixture of female-fronted rock, pop and country hits. Ashley gave 7th Gear a total new dimension, showing a bright and clear voice on songs by Pretenders, 4 Non Blondes, Pat Benatar, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Heart and more. Matt Wagner brought young guest Justin McAlpin to help sing his first song, before continuing with a set of acoustic-geared favorites from Gin Blossoms, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Matthews Band, Black Keys and more. The Hope Fallacy picked up the party on the main stage with their mix of modern classic rock/pop favorites and originals. The surprise highlight from their set happened when guitarist Adam Pielmeier - reading off his cell phone - recited/sang the German lyrics for the last verse of Nena’s “99 Redballoons.” Bedford’s Jackson Monsour then struck up his own party on the acoustic stage with a bright set that merged together several playful medleys, including Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” into John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” into Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice.” Jackson also introduced some of his original songs such as “Summertime Juice” and “Pavement and Trees.” Pistol Peg and the Beer Kegs diverted the musical flavor toward country with their festive set of female- and male-fronted country favorites, which instantly triggered dancing en masse in front of the stage. Jill Simansky’s voice was in top form as she belted out hits by Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Gretchen Wilson and more. Back on the acoustic stage, Ryan Matthew kept things in the rural vein as he blended country-flavored original songs with songs by Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Buffett and more. The “Party Plane” then went airborne, as Flight 19 triggered more rail yard dance action with their mix of modern and classic hits, freewheeling medleys, original anthems such as “Crank It Up” and “Hands,” and more. Drew Dodson then finished music on the acoustic stage with his variety of modern and classic hits, including songs from Three Doors Down, Pearl Jam, Stealer’s Wheel, Don McLean, and his continued on page 2 0 ...

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The P rofe ssor Live R evie ws continued... own acappella rendering of Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz.” Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band then capped the benefit with their groove-infested demonstration of feisty funkmanship, mixing originals with wide-ranging numbers from Dr. John, Dolly Parton, Kool & the Gang and more. New guitarist C’Jay Castello put on a clinic with his instrument, especially with his solo fireworks on Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” Striking Chords Against Cancer raised more than $10,000 toward the fight against cancer. The seventh annual Day Of Rock benefit took place early last month at the Saxton Sportsmen’s Club pavilion, and raised money toward Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania. The Backyard Rockers commenced the afternoon; I won’t gloss my own band’s performance here, but I will gloss the excellent job that both Todd Harshbarger and Scott Zillinger did, not just mixing our sound, but with the other bands throughout the afternoon and evening, keeping the show moving along even during sudden downpours! The 3rd Degree battled such a downpour during their set, but frontman Mat Wirtner kept ‘singing in the rain’ and led bandmates Shane Gherrity on

bass, Garrett Ray on guitar and Ryan George on drums through rocking favorites from Goo Goo Dolls, Fuel, Stone Temple Pilots, REO Speedwagon, The Darkness, Blues Traveler, Shinedown and more. Next was my first look at former Ganister frontman Ken Gray’s new band home, Twelve. Ken, guitarists Eric Smith and James Lane, bassist Buster and drummer Jamie Lane mixed rock and country favorites, generating a ‘country grunge’ sound as they performed numbers by Luke Bryan, Matchbox 20, Florida Georgia Line, Seven Mary Three, Three Doors Down, Neil Young and more. I had to depart Day Of Rock at this point, but the event also saw entertainment from NailDriver, Screamin’ Ugly, Ganister and Backlash, along with Bill Wiegand and DJ X Productions. The Beatles were celebrated on area stages in recent weeks. Altoona’s Railroaders Museum kicked off this year’s Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series early last month with Beatlemania Now. The Sitch opened the evening, and made the most of their opportunity on the Museum’s flatcar stage in front of the large crowd. Singer Dustin Reisling, bassist/sax player Ryan McCracken, lead guitarist Greg Larrimore, guitarist/bassist Troy Bugash (in one of his final appearances before departing the group late last month) and drummer Huck

James pulled all the stops as they mixed up classic and current rock favorites. Highlights included Ryan and guest trombonist David Bailey bringing the brass on versions of Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” War’s “Low Rider,” INXS’ “What You Need” and a ska rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Featuring members from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia; Beatlemania Now delivered the Fab Four experience to the Railroaders Museum crowd, as they chronologically celebrated the Beatles and their hits. Featuring Scot Arch as “John,” John Hepburn as “Paul,” Chris Colon as “George” and Eric Smith as “Ringo,” Beatlemania Now started as the suit-and-tie-clad early Beatles as they did such hits as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love” and more. A costume change during the Chris (“George”) solo rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” ushered in the mid-’60s Beatles period, and hits such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “A Day in the Life.” After a brief intermission, the psychedelic Beatles arrived onstage to perform “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Yellow Submarine,” “All You Need Is Love” and “I Am the Walrus,” before Beatlemania Now transitioned into the late stages of the Fab Four’s career; doing late Beatles hits like “Something,” “Get Back,” “The Long and Winding Road” and “Got to Get You Into My Life,” as well as John Lennon’s solo hit “Imagine.” Beatlemania Now’s blend of tight and tasteful performances, authentic instrumentation, colorful costumes and smooth transitions between eras made this a remarkable tribute. And Bob Helbig celebrated the Fab Four with another edition of his Mi Solo Beatles show during Memorial Day weekend at Patton’s Thirsty Dawg Taverne. Armed with several different guitars, Bob performed songs from throughout the Beatles’ career during the first two sets, spanning hits and lesser-known songs. Besides Beatles canons like “Please Please Me,” “Love Me Do,” “Hey Jude” and “A Day in the Life,” Bob also broke out Beatles deeper cuts like “I’ll Cry Instead,” “Honey Don’t,” “The Night Before” and “Little Piggies” - all done in the spirits of the original songs with accurate instrumentation and guitar tones. For the final set, Bob mixed classic rock and pop favorites from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Several guests helped out along the way; both Craig Fitzpatrick and his dad Bob (of Jack and the Country Gentlemen), stepped up to sing, and Bob Helbig’s Beatlemaniac bandmate Jerry Carnicella crooned backing vocals on a couple of numbers as well. For a taste of good old-time country and rock’n’roll, check out Jack and the Country Gentlemen. During their Memorial Day weekend show at the Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Jack and the Country Gentlemen kept folks dancing with vintage country favorites from George Jones, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and more; along with old-time rock’n’roll from Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Rivers, Beach Boys, Danny & the Juniors and more. Rhythm guitarist/namesake Jack Fitzpatrick, lead guitarist Don Claycomb and bassist Joe Moses all shared lead vocal duties, assisted by pedal steel player Bob Fitzpatrick and drummer Al Fitzpatrick. Their presentation was upbeat, fun and cordial, and everybody in the room felt like a part of the party. Jack and the Country Gentlemen perform monthly at the Thirsty Dawg Taverne, and also Wednesdays at Clair’s Ashville Inn. Live music was a part of the grand opening of my fine friend and Pennsylvania Musician cohort Meredith Kaminek’s new portrait studio in Goldsboro last month. As the studio hostess greeted visitors, displayed her photo art and celebrated 16 years in business, Mileunder performed and hosted an open jam session on the sidewalk outside her studio. Lead singer Jonathan Spirk, guitarist Andrew Pochan and drummer Ed Brown performed several original songs of the group’s forthcoming debut album, “Bedtime Stories”, such as the slow and dreamy “Spacegirl,” the Doors-toned “Nemo” and more. Several guests sat in along the way; including singer Kait Linton, who displayed an excellent singing voice on Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” Led by Andrew’s guitar sitar effect and percussion from a djembe- and bongo-playing “Professor” from the Backyard Rockers, an Eastern-flavored jam broke out that took downtown Goldsboro back in time to the Ravi Shankar-era of the Beatles. Mileunder is currently seeking a permanent bassist to complete their roster, and is finishing work on the “Bedtime Stories” album with producer Marshall Deasy. And Meredith’s new studio is now open and ready for business; so musicians and bands in need of great promo photos - see her ad and GIVE MEREDITH A CALL TODAY! After Meredith’s new studio was successfully christened, I continued on page 2 1 ...

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The P rofe ssor Live R evie ws continued... more. Collapse pleasantly surprised me by breaking out some tunes I had all but forgotten about, such as Anthrax’s “Cry for the Indians” and Metallica’s “Escape.” Late in the show, Mental Floss singer Emily Estella joined Collapse onstage and demonstrated her own incredible Bruce Dickinson howl on Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper.” Collapse appears from time to time on State College area stages; watch for their return to The Brewery. As they prepare to issue a new CD, State College power trio It Is Written stage-tested some of their new creations last month at Aldo’s. Assault Method kicked off the night with their scathing brand of metal, playing a number of their originals. Lead howler Mike Houck, guitarists John Liebal and Chris Dell, bassist Nick Bayer and drummer Cody Kensinger sounded sharp and intense on original numbers like “My Country,” “Blood Feud,” “New Domination,” “Bring on the Flood” and more; and they did select covers from Lamb Of God and a power metal take on Garth Brooks’ “Thunder Rolls.” It Is Written - singer/guitarist Ken Hawkins, bassist Bob Krebs and drummer Darl Johnstonbaugh - then hammered out new assaults such as “Human Stain,” “Sworn Judgment,” “You Have No Rights” and more. It Is Written’s new song material maintains the brutality and intensity, while exploring and experimenting with varying progressive-geared arrangements. When the Aldo’s crowd demanded an encore, It Is Written responded with their heavy treatment of U2’s “With or Without You.” It Is Written’s official CD release show takes place July 5th at The Arena in State College. A wide variety of hard-rocking musical flavors converged at Pellegrine’s for a special Memorial Day all-ages show. I arrived midway through the evening’s first band, GG & the Assassins. The focus of this group is its frontlady, 11-year-old GG, who belted out potent voice on original punk rock anthems; flanked by guitarists Doran and Hannah, bassist Shawn and drummer Nick. Black Sun then crunched out their Sabbathy-toned improvisational rock, introducing several new originals along the way. Touring throughout the eastern U.S., Minneapolis-based trio Ambassador Gun then blasted out high-velocity, maximum-distortion grindcore originals. The Whatleys followed with their wild and reckless punk rock, mixing older and newer originals. Xs For Eyes slammed out high-speed punk rock and introduced new songs as well, capping their set with a powerful punk-rocking read of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Formed last year, new Altoona foursome Hollow Bear closed the show with a short set of angst-ridden screamo-flavored indie rock. Attendance was strong for this show, and each band brought a different flavor to the stage. A.X.E. rang in Memorial Day with an impressive show the night before at Pellegrine’s. Singer/bassist Denny Frank, singer/guitarist John McKelvey and drummer Clint Carothers kept folks dancing with their energetic mixture of modern and classic rock, with a few exciting surprises thrown in along the way. Besides rocking the house with favorites from Black Keys, Clash, U2, Ramones and more, A.X.E. also broke out renditions of Nick Gilder’s “Hot Child in the City,” AC/DC’s “Go Down,” a Prince medley, Social Distortion’s “Bad Luck” and the Donnas’ “Take It Off.” They reprised one of John’s original songs from his Housepets days, “Hot Lover,” and John roused the audience with his Jimmy Page bow-on-strings display during Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” A.X.E. continues to bring their rocking fireworks to stages throughout the area; check them out! It was hard for me to believe when I recently interviewed them for my radio program, but Born and the Beanstalk have been together and doing their thing on central Pennsylvania stages and beyond for a dozen years already! Sean Osborn and Ben Bower make crowds happy, and were doing so when I saw them at Altoona’s Belmar Hotel last month. Punk Fiction’s Ed Hofer was on loan and providing hand percussion this night (as well as a Backyard Rockers percussionist, thanks guys for inviting me to sit in!). Born and the Beanstalk circulated song lists throughout the venue and invited audience requests, and then fulfilled them. The audience picked a wide variety of favorites this night, and Born and the Beanstalk happily performed tunes from the Lumineers, Dave Matthews, Bloodhound Gang, Grateful Dead, Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Alice In Chains and more. They also did a few of their original songs as well, including the popular “Root Beer Song.” Their willingness to satisfy audiences has made Born and the continued on page 2 3 ...

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PA M usicia n M agazine C D R evie ws continued... from frantic to calm. The disc-opener “Next Day Air” blasts the album into action; a fast-firing, pedal-to-the-metal assault that jars the listener to attention. From there, Hahn delves into diverse terrain; taking jazz-like dynamics for a metal-rocking joyride on “Journey from Within,” and generating a leviathan neoclassical arrangement on the pounding “Storm Runner.” On the title track composition, “Darkness Falls,” Hahn constructs an oceanic, surging arrangement with waves of sonic ebb and flow. “Unbreakable” crunches down with a stern, stalwart heavy rock arrangement, while “Arabian Sails” offers a forceful metallic battle charge. Hahn mixes sullen and heavy dynamics on “Pitch Black” and the disc-closer “Ultraviolet,” with both tracks escalating from reserved and shadowy passages into full-thundering sonic storms. Hahn’s arrangements never stay in one place for long, with each track elaborating and exploring from its central riff, with Hahn’s guitar fireworks providing the coloration and detail. Recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Hahn, “Darkness Falls” sounds big and towering, urgent and edgy. While guitar shred connoisseurs will no doubt savor John Hahn’s latest album, general purpose rock fans should appreciate the versatility of his virtuosity, and his skill of weaving it all together into both cohesive individual compositions and a unified, flowing set. (The CD can be obtained through John Hahn’s website, www.johnhahn.com) —Reviewed by Jim Price

Chris Pond of Not Quite Einstein

Jess Pakosh of Not Quite Einstein

Jim Speck & Kat Watson of Kat & The Mad Dogz

Soundman who did sound all day with no backline. Him and his crew did a great job!

John Dougher of Kat & The Mad Dogz

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