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ACROSS THE DESK By Whitey & Robin Noll
It has been a very busy and crazy summer. We, like many others have been trying to cram as many summertime activities into our schedules before the cold weather hits. Of course we had to spend extra time with the Grands. I never realized when I had children that eventually I would have the gift of precious grandchilren. Fortunately for me my kids don’t overwhelm me with the grandkids so when they say they want to come and visit us it’s impossible to say no even when a deadline is looming. We actually do two publications, The Shopper’s Remedy and the PA Musician Magazine. I get tied up so much with The Shopper’s Remedy sometimes it’s hard to give the time I need to give to the PA Musician. So I’m asking that if you have been considering placing an ad and waiting for us to call on you I would appreciate if you would call me and we can set up a time to get together and work on some ads to market your business. It’s important to keep your name out there circulating so when people decide to buy they will think of you or in the case of a band they will know where and when they can catch your next performance. In November we will have been doing the PA Musician Magazine for 31 years. Keith Hummel has been writing for us for 30 of those 31 years. He doesn’t really want to totally give up writing for us he just feels someone else might have more time and be able to cover the Susquehanna Valley area even better than he has. He works at his regular day job and than does sound in the evenings and on weekends. He is amazing. All of our writers do so many jobs it boggles my mind how they keep everything straight. It’s amazing what humans can accomplish once they become passionate about something they want to do such as perform. We all have to be creative to allow time for our passions in life. So many people always ask me how Whitey is doing. He is doing great! We went canoeing this summer and he has been busy giving lessons again. We Praise God
everyday for his total healing and thankful for our time together. They say tough times will either break you or make you. I’m happy to report that we are close than ever and also I have learned to treat Whitey as if he was a guest instead of always testing his love by being ugly to him. I don’t know why I didn’t learn that years ago. I’m just very thankful that our love for each other and others gets stronger every day. Well on with the news that has been pouring “across my desk”.... There are a number of events to rasie money for worthy causes that happens every month one such organizations is The Furry Friends Network, it is a non-profit volunteer based organization that gives animals a place to live until they have a nice family to adopt them. On Friday, September 6th Tubby’s in Duncannon is joining with them to support these animals and the people who volunteer their time to save their lives! They will have a stand at Tubby’s with t-shirts, buttons, etc.. and will be able to answer any questions you may have and just maybe one of you will find a new best friend to adopt. Music to entertain you will be provided by Small Town Titans, Broken Fayth and The Drunken Bastards will be closing out the night! It’s going to be a $5 donation at the door but you are welcome to donate more if you’re able. All proceeds will benefit the Furry Friends Network! For more info about Furry Friends go to www.furryfriendsnetwork.com On Saturday, September 7th beginning at 11AM... That’s right y’all its that time of year again and Tubby’s is excited for this years Chili Cook-off! This year they continued on page 1 0 ...
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have added a Corn Soup Cook-off as well! So come out for an afternoon of good home made soups and look at our local antique and sports cars as they are having a car show also. A busy weekend coming up at Tubby’s. There will be “Live entertainment” all afternoon with Ott 2B Spotts, Cross Country, Ryan Alan, & Pat Acoustic! All proceeds for the cook off benefit the Clem Bauer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Susquenita High School and all proceeds from the car show will benefit the Perry County Food Bank. You are more than welcome to bring non perishable items as well! Entry forms for the cook off can be obtained at Tubby’s as well as further details. Any questions give Tubby’s a call as 717.834.4700. The cookoff runs from 11am to 4pm and Tubby’s isn’t done entertaining you yet... around 8pm BACK IN BLACK one of the area’s favorite AC/DC Tribute bands will be taking the stage along with Mindcrime. Yes it’s going to be a busy day at Tubby’s on Saturday, September 7th. Tubby’s has a whole month of nothing but fun and your favorite bands all month long so be sure to check out their ad. Gullifty’s isn’t running their ad this month. First time we didn’t have a Gullifty’s ad in 30 years. Joe took over from Matt as Matt moved onto another job so he could spend more time with his family. Running a family owned business isn’t easy and does require a great deal of time. Joseph said he has October and the rest of the year lined up but only had one date schedule for September. They do have Jazz there now on a regular basis and I’m not sure how the Comedy is coming. But Joseph told me they’ll be back next month. Shakey’s in Hershey has closed their doors and the Backwoods Restaurant in Etters has also closed their doors. As clubs close new ones open and as bands break up new ones are born. The ebb and flow of life.
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Speaking of longevity, in February it will be the 18th Annual Millennium Music Conference. This year is a new location, still in the area just on the East shore once again in a conference center in Union Deposit. John Harris Group have been working diligently all summer getting things lined up and they are already receiving submissions so if you don’t want to miss out this year submit your band or single act. If you submit it also registers you for the full conference. See the ad on page 23. We’re running our special super savings event again. We need ad dollars if we want to keep the PA Musician Magazine functioning. Sometimes I wonder if I should be in business as I have only raised our rates once in 31 years and actually lowered the business card size ad for bands by $10. We still rent but our bills are almost paid. I just keep thinking if we all work together and join forces and put aside all our silly differences what a great music scene we would have and everyone would know what’s going on because music is everywhere in Pennsylvania. But alas the almighty dollar does get in my way. It amazes me and impresses me how many musicians give of their talent and energies to so many organizations. What a blessing musicians are to our communities. Give me a call if you want to write and cover the Susquehanna Valley area. That’s up towards Selinsgrove, Sunbury, Danville, Williamport and beyond. It’s not a paid position, unfortunately but you do become semifamous in our local music community. Jim Price is now teaching Media courses at Penn State and is truly a professor. Have a great month and thank you for your continueal support of the PA Musician Magazine and “Live” music!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL, ZACK, ERIC & MEREDITH!! Have a glorious Birthday Month!!!
OUT & ABOUT by RACHEL ROCKS! Yeah!! September, my favorite month, my birthday month. I’m so lucky to have a family with the tradition of a whole birthday month! A birth day, just isn’t enough. My Dad always felt that we were all special enough that we deserved a whole month. My husband of course thought this was crazy, until he had his first birthday month, then it all made sense. I also have to share my birthday month with my oldest son, Zack, he turns 11 on September 11th! Another special year is the year you turn the number of your birthday. He wants to go to New York City for his birthday. I’m sure we will both enjoy that trip! Happy Birthday Zack… I love you to the moon and back infinity times google! Well enough of the mushy stuff… on to the music! Last month we had Steve Rudolph on the cover. I went to see his shows after I wrote my Out and About article, so I didn’t get to include them in this article last month. My first taste of jazz was at Gullifty’s on a Wednesday night. Steve plays every Wednesday with different musicians joining him. The night I was there, Tom Baldwin was playing bass with Steve on the piano. Seeing Steve play the piano for the first time made me ashamed to say that I am a piano player. His hands flowed freely over the keys. He was supported beautifully by Tom, with his stand-up bass. They both did a great job entertaining the crowd, and showing everyone what true jazz is about. I enjoyed Wednesday so much I decided to start Friday early at the Hilton for another dose of Jazz. Steve was again on keys, Steve Meashey on bass, and Amy Banks singing the night away. It was awesome to watch how they all take their turns with different solos, but it all mixes together beautifully to make an amazing sound. The Hilton bar was packed with standing room only. It was awesome to see how captivated the people were by the music. I’m used to being in loud and crazy bars where most of the patrons don’t even care what music is coming from the stage. It was nice to see that everyone was there for a reason, and that was to enjoy some good ole’ jazz! If you didn’t get a chance to read the cover feature about Steve Rudolph, you can check it out in our archives at www.pamusician.net. After their first set I decided to zoom down to Carlisle to see Nate Myers and the Aces at the Market Cross Pub. The Market Cross Pub has been a faithful advertiser for quite some time now, and I hardly ever take the time to drive down there for the awesome music they provide. Music venues seem to be falling away rather quickly around here lately, so I’m really trying to get out there and support the venues that do support live music as much as possible. Thanks so much to Market Cross Pub for not only advertising and supporting the PA Musician Magazine, but also for providing live music! Market Cross Pub is not the place to go for Martinis and mixed drinks, but boy do they have beer! They even have their own brewery in the back of the building, where they produce their very own ales and lagers for the Pub. They also have plenty of other beer, micros, imports, and plenty of beer on draught, they also of course have some hard cider for us noncontinued on page 1 2 ...
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OUT & ABOUT continued... beer drinkers like myself. Beer isn’t their only specialty though, their food is absolutely amazing! I think their steak salad almost had more steak then lettuce! It’s also very homey, everyone makes you feel welcome. If you want a special night out on the town you might want to consider the Market Cross Pub. You can check out their ad in this issue, and also their website at www.marketcrosspub.com. Now back to the music…Nate Myers and the Aces always put on a good show no matter what and this night definitely proved it. Poor Nate was pretty darn sick, if I looked like him I would’ve been curled up in fetal position at home in bed, but he knew, and they all knew, that the show must go on. How he still blew on that harmonica is beyond me, but they did it. They rocked the fans as long as they possibly could. Seeing a musician up there so sick it does break your heart, but at the same time you truly appreciate the dedication to their work. If they would’ve canceled on Market Cross Pub it would’ve made them look bad to their patrons since they’ve been promoting the show for such a long time. Thanks Nate Myers
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and the Aces for putting on such a great show! You can also check out their full schedule to see where these super busy guys are playing next at www.natemyers.com. As a last stop of the night, I ran over to Double K to see who was performing. Kings & Queens were on the stage. This family of two daughters and their Dad have been rocking the area stages for years! They have a whole scrapbook at their shows all about the many different kinds of shows they’ve played over the years. I stopped at this last venue because I was testing out my new camera, trying to shoot in as many different places as possible. These ladies definitely know how to pose for the camera! It was awesome!!! Most musicians look everywhere but at the camera when I’m shooting and it drives me crazy!! These ladies were loving it and so was I! To see the pictures in their true beauty in full color check out our website, www.pamusician.net to see them all. I’m loving my new camera, but it is extra depressing changing the pictures to black and white when they look so awesome with all of the stage lights. Thanks ladies for making my job so much fun! The next night I escaped was on a Wednesday night for HMAC’s Open Mic night. They have such a nice stage in there with some great lighting so again I had a blast taking pictures. When I got there Grant Goldsworthy was on the stage playing a ukulele and singing. His song choices made it more of a singalong and once again I knew it was going to be a fun night of music. That Girl was up next and if you haven’t caught these girls yet, you really should, boy they can all sing and their harmonies are awesome! Cooper stepped up in his cowboy boots and broke out with some country, including a great song by Luke Bryan. Billy and Freddy came up playing originals. It was great to see Billy singing again. I saw him years ago and was impressed. There are so many musicians out there that seem to have disappeared I often wonder what happened to them. Megan Harrell was visiting from out of town, but she graced the stage for a couple of great songs. Des Sera played their music with Jordan playing the beat box, that always amazes me how people can do that. I mean, he really sounded like a full drum kit! Grace stopped up after them, she was a little nervous but warmed up quickly to the stage. I’m glad she shared her songs with us. The last band of the night I saw was Apartment, 3 guys that said they had a rough time playing the
week before, but to me they sounded great. Open Mic’s are fun because you just don’t know what you are going to hear. The best part is that most of it is amazing, and if it’s not too great, it’s only 3 songs, so you don’t have to grin and bear it for too long. It’s just cool to watch so many people sharing their talent in one night. The next day was our very exciting and much anticipated trip to Philadelphia for Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party at the Schmidt Piazza to see Walk Off the Earth!! When Mom and I saw they were coming back to Philly on their schedule we knew we were getting there no matter what. They came to Philly one other time and we missed it, it wasn’t going to happen again. I was brave and contacted Radio 104.5 for press passes and we got them! We were able to be up in front of the barricade for the first three songs. What an awesome opportunity to be so close to musicians we’ve only seen on YouTube for years! Again I got some amazing pics, they look so much better in color, so check them out on our website, www.pamusician.net. When the personalities, John and Wendy, came on stage they were amazed at the amount of instruments on stage. Walk Off the Earth gets very creative, using many different instruments with every song. They only played for 35 minutes, but it was an awesome 35 minutes! Their energy and stage presence is simply amazing. They even played Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” the way that made that song truly famous, with all five of them playing one acoustic guitar live!! It’s one thing to be able to do that on video with multiple outtakes, but to see it live was truly awesome. We were a little nervous about going to Philly for a free outdoor concert, but we’re glad we did. When we got there, there was plenty of parking right across the street from the show. By the time we were leaving people were still pouring in. Alt J and Panic! At the Disco were still going to perform. I know they must be great acts because it seemed that most of the people were there for them, and most never even heard of WOTE, but hopefully they’ve checked them out now. Mom and I escaped early so we could beat the rush. Overall the event was very well run with great security. It was amazing how many people were squished into the Piazza by the time we left. I was talking to the people right up front at the barricade and some of them were there as early as 5:30am!! That’s a little continued on next page ...
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Out & About continued... crazy, they must have some super strong bladders because if they had to leave their post, I’m sure they weren’t going to get it back! It was awesome to see so many young people up there ready to enjoy the music. There were plenty of “parents” in the way back of the Piazza sitting on lawn chairs. I’m guessing that those were some of their kids smooshed to the front. Radio 104.5 put on a whole Summer Block Party Concert Series. The last one is Saturday, September 14th with The Airborne Toxic Event, The Unlikely Candidates and the American Authors. Thanks again to Clear Channel and Radio 104.5 for this awesome opportunity. On the way home we decided to jump off the Lebanon turnpike exit and go to Cheers for some dinner. Cheers is definitely convenient, you can actually see the Turnpike signs from her windows. I’m spoiled with my EZ Pass, but I wonder how much money you actually save by staying on the Turnpike and going to the more expensive fast food places then bopping off of the random exits and getting real food at great places like Cheers. Our nachos were so full of delicious things not to
Walk Off the Earth performing “Somebody I Use to Know”
mention the extra big cups of sour cream and salsa! Trust me they were delicious and only $6! Enough for two people.. and half the price of a burger on the pike. I’m definitely going to rethink about where I stop for dinner when traveling the turnpike. My next night out I headed up to Tubby’s for StarChild opening for Badd Seed. StarChild is really spreading out and getting a lot of gigs in the area. StarChild was originally a Kiss tribute band, but they are now focusing on their very own rockin’ originals that have definitely been inspired by some of the best rock heroes out there! Tubby’s is a big room and when I got there StarChild was already on stage, but I heard someone sitting at the bar say, “Are they playing Kiss?!?” He immediately grabbed his beer got up and went to get a closer look. They are definitely out there playing your favorites. Get out there and see them soon, you won’t be disappointed. Badd Seed took the stage next. They’ve undergone some member changes. They’ve recently acquired Dave Garry on bass and a new, second guitar player, Drew. They are out there playing some of your favorite modern rock songs, plus even playing some great originals. Keep an eye out for these guys and get out there rockin’ with them soon. The next night I went to see Penntera at Angie’s Brookside Bar and Grill in Highspire. It’s awesome to see that Angie’s is having bands again. Thanks so much to Dave and Ed for getting me in the door with my camera. Ed was a little leary about what I was taking pictures of, but Dave explained what I was doing and I got in. Thanks Dave for all the support and reading my article month after month. Angie’s also recently underwent some major renovations. They have all new gorgeous and super clean bathrooms, and a great big covered deck! Stop in there and check it out for yourself. It’s great seeing a venue with live music make a comeback. Penntera was rockin’ the stage as normal, well.. mostly normal. With an early bike night at Angie’s it must’ve been a long day. I could’ve sworn I heard them break out and play “Wild Thang” by Tone Loc! But maybe I was dreaming. They were definitely in a goofy mood tonight, but the music was still great and everyone was having a blast. Space and the rest of the guys definitely know how to put on a good party. If you are into
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Out & About continued... some heavy, loud metal, and you love jamming out to Pantera, get yourself to one of their shows. They do one heck of a job! I was excited one day on Facebook when I finally saw what I’ve been waiting MONTHS for… a picture of a whole box of Nate Myers’s new CD done, shrink wrapped and ready to hand out at their show that night at Colonial Lounge. I couldn’t believe it, a finished CD and they are playing right down the street… double score! I was also excited to see the name of the new CD is “It’s My Music”… that just so happens to be one of my favorite most recent songs of theirs. When a band has so many amazing originals you never know what is going to wind up on the CD. When I finally got my hands on it I was also thrilled to see 13 songs! Including great ones that make you get up and dance like; “Breathe”, “X”, “It’s My Music”, “Back Porch Swing” and “Dip Dip Wadda Dip” just to name a few! I love this CD it is well recorded by Jason at Full Tilt Productions. Again I love all of the extra musicians they bring in to help record their songs. Their CDs are always one you have to buy, because for how well they record them it’s hard to get the same sound in a live situation, even tho the live version is great in it’s own rite. I love that it’s called It’s My Music because it truly is their own music. They don’t necessarily fit in any one category. One thing for sure is that it’s always entertaining and tons of fun. Get out there and dance with Nate Myers and the Aces soon! At the Colonial Lounge it was the Nate Myers Trio. These guys do whatever they can to play wherever they can and it definitely pans out for them. Again check their schedle they play several nights a week and most weekends and get out there and dance with them soon! I had two chances to see the full Colt Wilbur Band this month. The first time I saw their calmer/sort of acoustic version at Blue Moose in Linglestown. These guys are great musicians with a lot of heart and soul! It was great to see Joe not even want to see the 2nd set end. He just took over Colt’s mic and kept the set going til the other guys came back to the stage. The Colt Wilbur Band just got back from Nashville and they are hopefully heading back down in October to compete for a record deal. They not only cover great country songs from the amazing artists like Stoney Larue and Waylon Jennings, but they also have their own originals. It’s awesome to see such young guys still playing the classics. The next night I headed up to Tubby’s to see them all once again in full rocking style. I found out at Blue Moose that Jason was truly a metal head behind the drum kit, but I really couldn’t believe it, but when I saw him hit those skins at Tubby’s, my whole idea of him changed! He’s a monster back there. It’s hard to believe the drum beats he’s putting behind their country tunes, but man it sounds amazing! All of the guys are truly amazing to watch. Colt and Joe out front playing the guitar and singing the songs like true professionals and even Ryan just thumping away on the bass, I do think he’s the calmest one of the bunch. It’s a great night of music, that’s definitely worth checking out. Check out their schedule in this issue and see where they are playing next. My final band of the month was a quick bop in to see Deezle Church finishing off their four day run on the Winner’s Circle stage. Jim is currently off on Daddy duty, (Congrats to Jim and Kristen Horn on the birth of their new baby boy Keegan.) therefore Jeremiah James was on lead vocals. It was odd not seeing Jim up there. Hopefully it’s just temporary, but one never knows. Jeremiah was doing a good job and holding his own. He’s even added in some keyboard playing to the stage which is a plus. After their four day run I can only imagine how exhausted they are, but they kept the show going til the very end with two brides and their bridal parties and a bunch of guests dancing on the dance floor. I’m glad I finally got the chance to catch them ‘Out & About’ again, it’s been a while. Well believe it or not, I’m finally done. Ahh… it feels so good to get back ‘Out & About’. This has been such an insane summer. I’m crossing my fingers on a new Part-Time job that will still allow “Rachel Rocks” to continue. If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me at RachelRocks@pamusician.net. Again, please check my Hot Shots out online at www.pamusician.net. I LOVE my new camera. Thank you Meredith Kaminek for going shopping with me and helping me pick out a good one!
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Terry Bozzio is Comingcontinued from page 16... taking the lead role, with the focus switching back and forth between them until a point where they were both playing full-out, bringing the duet to a dynamic conclusion. At the end of each clinic the members of the audience were invited to come on stage take part in a rousing drum circle led by Tom Shelley. This part of the clinic was particularly popular with younger audience members, many of whom had never seen or heard some of the percussion instruments that Tom provided. “Accompanying a drummer as unique as Terry Bozzio on my percussion setup was an honor-and a challenge-for me,” says Tom. “And getting young people excited about drums and percussion was very gratifying. I’m extremely happy that Universal Percussion was able to partner with so many music retailers to bring our clinic to a wide audience. We had great response at every stop along the way, and I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to repeat this unique experience again in the future.” Hopefully that will be the case on Monday, September 16th at 7pm at Rock Street Music in Pittston, PA.
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Susquehanna Valley NEWS By Keith Hummel How do you sum up thirty years of writing for a music magazine? Well, that’s a tough one. I’m not ready in any way to write this piece, and that is the reason why I’m backing out of writing my articles. As press time comes, it seems every month I’ve no time to commit to getting things down on paper. You see I hand write this piece, as I’ve said, I’m not a computer person. I hate to type. Also Robin must type my article. I thank her for that and reading my chicken scratch. My wife Suzanne proofreads and spell checks my articles. She is an English teacher, so when it leaves this house it’s right. So sometimes in transition things do get changed, no fault of Robin. She has her hands full putting all the information in this paper together herself. Sometimes she has help sometimes not. I thank both for putting up with me. At press time Robin called me as I was sitting in a traffic jam on my way to a gig. I’m a soundman by trade, so I get all over Pennsylvania installing sound and doing sound for bands. Oh, if I had had more time! We all say that. But to get info together, put mind in gear with what I’ve got or not got, then put pen to paper takes time, patience and a quiet area to contemplate. At press time
this just does not happen much lately. I’ve put out I’m done, no one has stepped up to take over for my musical area to write. A musician called me and said “Who or how will our musical area be written about?” I have no idea right now. Robin is busy with her article, and our other writers cover their areas so again I ask someone from the Valley to step up and replace me. I think I will fade out as I want to write an October article. I’ve a special piece I want to do, and maybe I’ll go the end of the year to see if someone will step up. This will give me time to wind down my thirty years of writing so I can get across what’s on my mind. If we don’t get a Susquehanna Valley writer, I may just do an article from time to time when I’ve got time. It’s been a blast these thirty years. I’ve seen and heard a lot from our Pennsylvania musicians, and this magazine gives them a pulpit to get their music and info out to you, the fans. Thank you for all your support. We and they need it. Most of all thank the mighty Whitey Noll who started this dream of his and it’s coming into it’s own 31st year in November. Enough from me I’ve got some music news. Wow, really some people have sent me some news, and I got to work with and hear some bands this past month. Again, if you think you can do us right, we need a person from the valley who wants to put pen to paper or preferably fingers to computer and tell all about our great musicians here in the heart of the Susquehanna Valley. Contact Robin and let’s see how it works out. Again thank you for a great 30 years! I finally got out to see Sterling Koch live. Sterling and his
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band played the Route 61 Roadhouse in downtown Sunbury. Now I grew up going to the Market House on Market St. Sunbury for fruit and veggies when I was young, and never thought in my old age I’d be sitting in the back section of the building watching a great musician playing his great music in front of me. An all wood lined room with space to sit and enjoy a band. Not your typical bar either, this is a roadhouse. Great food, people, and atmosphere. What really got me was the low volume of Sterling and his band. I sat and reminisced about Sterling with my cousin Phil Brosious who played guitar in bands who opened for Sterling back in the day. I only had about an hour to hang out, but it was a great hour as Sterlings’ music and meeting him made my night in a town where my musical endeavors started. For great slide guitar infused blues and rock, get out and hear what Sterling’s got. Avenging Autumn are playing with a new line up right now, and it clicks very well. A new vocalist and new guitarist are on tap for this band. Playing vamped up 80’s metal and hits, they are tight and strong. They are gearing up playing many great places. Web them up and see where they are next. A great mix of old music ramped up to today’s speed. Well done. Another band on the revamp is Super Unleaded, the spin off of the band LeadFoot. Core members Pat, Kip and Tony have teamed up with Russ Weikel who came to LeadFoot a couple years back as the new vocalist. This new group highlights Russ’s girlfriend Peg. Wow, this small powder keg fronts the band doing 80’s dance, pop and rock favorites. Russ handles keyboards as well as second vocals. Meantime LeadFoot is not dead, but guitarist Shane needs time away to take care of family and that is always a first priority. Facebook Super Unleaded and get to see them live, a band doing 1980’s justice as did LeadFoot. A lot of music is in the air for Labor Day Weekend. The end of summer, waaaah! Be safe, party hardy and enjoy Pennsylvania music by our PA musicians. Music Notes: Perry County’s own Big Daddy will end the summer September 7th at the Millerstown Park’s new amphitheatre from 6-9pm. Playing 80’s dance rock is what they do so come out to this family-friendly concert. The Niave Americans, a new bluegrass band in our area, hit the Route 61 Roadhouse. Also September 7th from 6-10pm, this new band made from ole rockers doing music their way. Ye Ole Meeting Place in Milton will have a benefit cook off with bands playing from 1-7pm September 15th. Come out and support a good thing. The Selinsgrove Street Fair September 28th will have Selinsgrove Idol and music from Gospel Bond from 12-5pm, my favorite street fair. D & D Music in Danville (where you can always get a PA Musician Magazine) is under new ownership and open with better hours. Drummer Nate from Kill Scheme is running things now. Kill Scheme and Night Shift will play for the Missy Moyer Benefit September 28th from 6-10pm at the Sunbury Eagles Club. Please support this. Well, that’s it for now. I will have a special October article even if I have to chain myself to my desk. This one is a year in the making. Thanks again to all. If you want to keep in touch, you can always snail mail me or web me. Keith Hummel, 2770 Klinger Hollow Road, Liverpool, PA 17405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“LIVE REVIEWS” By Jim Price Alas, another summer season winds down. The outdoor live music season continues to be eventful with plentiful concerts, festivals and other happenings as summer gearshifts into fall. Take the opportunity to support outdoor live music while it’s still here! While my Pennsylvania Musician and other job-related duties often blur the fine lines between work and play, once in a while I can use a vacation from it all. So early last month, several friends and I journeyed to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for a week of ocean, beach, sun, relaxation, and - for one afternoon - some live music. Since our beach house was located within walking distance of the nearby village of Duck, I strolled to Scarborough Faire, a scenic plaza with various shops and eateries that hosts “Faire Days” every Wednesday afternoon with live music and other activities. Kicking off the music this day was local favorite Mojo Collins, who performed original acoustic blues and folk music. Mojo spent his early music career in the late-1960s Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco, where he rubbed elbows with and performed alongside Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. As he chased the grail of music career stardom during the 1970s, he recorded some albums, with Ronnie Montrose playing guitar on one of them. Mojo told stories and explained the inspirations behind his songs, as he demonstrated a relaxed croon and played acoustic and slide guitar. His 1975 song he closed both of his sets with, “Just Another Song,” was the single he pushed to record labels in his attempt to make it. About his son, “I Believe in You” was an ode about starting over. The delta blues-informed “Living with the Pain” was inspired by Hurricane Katrina, while “Catch of the Day” was about the Outer Banks fishing experience. Following Mojo Collins was acoustic trio BC Powdur, who performed a fun and eclectic variety of blues, folk, vintage rock, country favorites and original songs. Longtime veterans of the Outer Banks and southern Virginia music scenes, guitarist Carson Huggins and bassist Bill Downing shared singing duties, while Mark Creef wailed on his belt-load of harmonicas. BC Powdur mixed it up with songs from Taj Mahal, Billy Joe Royal, Wynonie Harris, J.J. Cale, Tony Joe White, Chuck Berry, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent and more. I enjoyed their inventive arrangements on their song selection, and Mark’s harmonica displays were frequent and fiery. As BC Powdur played, some unexpected performers arrived to join the fun, including two representatives of NC Marionette Theater with their strolling/grooving marionettes, and Tim the Juggler who juggled - among other things - rolls of toilet paper. A week after returning from the Outer Banks sojourn, I headed east for a “day-cation” roadtrip that involved plenty of live music. My first destination was Hummingbird Ridge Winery near York Haven, where I hung out with esteemed Pennsylvania Musician colleague Meredith Kaminek and enjoyed music by the winery’s “house band,” The Fermenters. While visitors tasted a variety of wine products and browsed art and vendor tables, singer and acoustic guitarist Rob Lane and hand percussionist Tom Shuler - both formerly of All U Can Eat Lobster and other projects - performed a selection of rock, blues and pop favorites. During their homestretch run, the pair did such classics as Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Junior’s Farm,” the Grass Roots’ “Sooner or Later,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy,” and their finale edition of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” Rob and Tim told me they change the name and focus of their music for each event they play at the winery; some of their recent incarnations included the Bruce Springsteen tribute Acoustic Bruce, the Beatles tribute The Day Trippers, and Will Work for Wine. Hummingbird Ridge Winery will participate in this month’s Newberrytown Wine, Blues & Chili Festival September 21st, with music by blues harp master Octavia and her band. (Sample Hummingbird Ridge’s “Blueberry Bliss” and “Raspberry Bliss” wines, awesome!) From the winery, I headed north to the Mill Tavern in Montoursville for the multi-band/artist show hosted by continued on next page ...
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The Professor continued... Monster Track Supergroup. Show opener Mycenea Worley was mostly through her set when I arrived, but I did get to hear her CD title song “Siren” and rave reviews of her performance afterward. Williamsport power trio Audiobox then fired up the party, mixing original songs from their new CD Nothing to Write Home About with modern and classic rock numbers. Singer/guitarist Matt Colegrove, bassist/singer Joe Flair and drummer Jason Maurer blended rock, funk and punk flavors on their original song selection, plus ignited the stage front crowd with tunes from Beastie Boys, Smashmouth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson and the impressive Who double-shot of “Baba O’Riley” and “My Generation.” The host band, Monster Track Supergroup, then cut loose and had fun as they showcased their celebration of classic rock sounds. This night’s ‘supergroup’ of northern PA talent - White Witch frontman Jeff Pittinger, Badlees multi-instrumentalist Bret Alexander, former Breaking Benjamin drummer Jeremy Hummel, bassist Jimmy Lovcik, lead guitarist Tony Harlan and keyboardist Freeman White - performed ‘70s-era classics from their two EP’s. They did two songs from their latest EP, Volume II; performing Jeff’s original song ode to weathering
hard times and staying true to one’s mission “Take My Advice” and a crisp update of Badfinger’s “Day After Day.” The group also did songs from Blue Oyster Cult, Cat Stevens, CCR, Dobie Gray, Deep Purple and more; Jeff displayed his soaring vocal range on renditions of Nick Gilder’s “Hot Child in the City” and Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” Harrisburg’s Small Town Titans then strongly stated their case with a powerful set of original modern rock and select covers. Singer/guitarist Phil Freeman, guitarist Ben Guiles, bassist Eddie Roberts and drummer Jonny Ross quickly captured the crowd’s attention with forceful, dynamic arrangements and catchy riffs as they played songs from their new full-length CD From Fight to Flight, along with a treatment of Tool’s “Sober” and a heavy-crunching take on Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.” Hometown metalheads 44Mag then slammed the lid on the night with their scathing performance, as they did songs from their new album Outlaw Psychosis and select metal covers. With guitarist Pat Cioffi unavailable this night, 44 Mag recruited Tony Harlan to join them on the latter portion of the set. After singer Jared Mondell, guitarist Josh Welteroth, bassist Jason Miller and drummer Jesse Roedts slammed forth original songs such as “D.U.I.” and “50 Miles,” Tony lent his shredding talents on fierce 44Mag renditions of Black
Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Metallica’s “Creeping Death,” Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell,” and even a slamming spin on Charlie Daniels’ “Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Penn State Altoona hosted the 20th annual African American Heritage Festival in late July, which featured a diverse selection of musical talent. Hip hop/rap performer T. Sawyer and a local talent showcase of various singers and dancers performed prior to my arrival; I got there in time to see Pittsburgh’s Ibeji Drum Ensemble. This day’s ensemble cast of four percussionists and three dancers convened their “African village” with the audience, encouraging audience members to sing and even dance along with their selection of West African songs and dances. A djembe player myself, I was amazed by the speed and hard-hitting intensity of the Ensemble’s djembe contingent; their hands must be hard as concrete! Next was York’s Southside Steppers, combining drumming, march drills and step dancing. And I witnessed several songs from vocalist Deejha Marie. An Altoona native who now calls San Diego home, Deejha demonstrated a clear and potent voice as she crooned 1940s/50s-era blues and jazz numbers from such artists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Although I did not get to see them, Pittsburgh’s House Of Soul closed out the day with what was reported to be a rousing and festive performance of 1960s/70s-era soul and R&B classics. Altoona’s Railroaders Museum entered the Decade of Decadence in late July, hosting Def Leppard tribute band Pyromania and local hair band favorites Hair Force One as part of the Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series. Hair Force One launched the evening by heating up the large rail yard crowd with their mixture of rocking ‘80s favorites, spanning Ratt, Quiet Riot, Poison, Guns N’Roses, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Motley Crue and more. Singer Victor Synn worked all parts of the Museum’s flatcar stage and directed the party, flanked by guitarists Michael J. Cox and Milo Nuttz, bassist Iva Biggin and drummer G. Recently spotlighted on WTAJTV’s “Central PA Live” program, Hair Force One welcomed show host Dawn Pellas - sporting an ‘80s-era hair band makeover - onstage to play tambourine alongside the group on several songs. Celebrating Def Leppard’s legacy for more than 11 years, Los Angeles-based Pyromania - singer Michael O’Mara, guitarists Neal Shelton and John Kulczyk, bassist Patrick McGrath and drummer Bob Duda performed for well over two hours nonstop. The group did the expected Def Leppard hits; including “Women,” “Foolin,’” “Love Bites,” “Armageddon It,” “Rock of Ages,” “Hysteria,” “Animal,” “Photograph,” and two renditions of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” Pyromania also dug deep into the Def Leppard library a few times, doing songs from the group’s 1980 On Through the Night debut album such as “Rock Brigade” and “Wasted” (which Def Leppard reportedly doesn’t perform live any more), “Another Hit and Run” and “High’n’Dry (Saturday Night)” off High’n’Dry, and even the “Switch 625” instrumental to cap “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak.” The group’s performance was enthusiastic, and the crowd fed off that enthusiasm and remained festive and rowdy through it all; Pyromania didn’t want to stop playing, and wrung every last second out of the performance that they could before the Museum closed things down for the night. Fans and “Hurricaniacs” attending Felix & the Hurricanes’ Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary riverboat at Lake Raystown in late July experienced double the musical fun. As folks arrived to wait in line to board the Proud Mary, they got to hear and see Philadelphia’s Double Shot, performing on the Lake Raystown Marina deck. Comprised of singer/guitarist/harmonica player Rob Turner, lead guitarist/singer Mark Huss, bassist Sam Riccardo, keyboardist Tony Gatta and drummer Jim Lobecki; Double Shot continued on next page ...
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The Professor continued... performed an upbeat mixture of current and classic rock, blues and funk. They kept the Marina deck dance area busy with ‘double-shots’ of tunes by the Black Keys, Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett and more. Once their voyage took to the high seas of Raystown, the Hurricanes triggered instant dance action on the Proud Mary’s deck with their blend of classic and southern rock, blues, country and original songs. The seasoned Hurricanes cast of singer/guitarist Felix Kos, bassist/singer Jeff Clapper and drummer Bob Watters cut loose with favorites from Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Doobie Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the Allman Brothers and more; the group welcomed guest guitarist J.K. Black to join them on several songs. When the Hurricanes’ Blues Cruise returned to dock, Double Shot’s party was into its homestretch on the Marina deck, extending the festivities a few minutes longer! The Hurricanes hope to hit Raystown’s high seas again sometime this fall. The Flight 19 “Party Plane” is undergoing some crew changes, and I caught the group in mid-transition during their appearance at one of last month’s Legion Park Wing Festivals at Hollidaysburg’s Legion Park. Bassist Mark Triforo has left the group, and A.X.E.’s Denny Frank has replaced him; as A.X.E. played out their final shows last month before drummer Clint Carothers leaves both A.X.E. and Flight 19 to pursue a career opportunity in Nashville. (Paul Carraciolo takes over drum duties in Flight 19 beginning this month if you’re keeping track on your score cards.) The transition “Party Plane” crew of Denny, Clint, singer Brian Thomas, guitarist/singer John McKelvey and keyboardist/singer Phil Steele mixed current and classic rock and pop favorites to keep the wingeating masses content. The group did numbers from Styx, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Green Day, AC/DC, White Zombie, a funk medley and more. Shallow 9 singer Erika Marino joined the group to sing lead on Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe.” In a surprise development, Brand New Wings suddenly disbanded late last month, citing personal reasons. I saw the group one more time before the split during their late July appearance at Aldo’s. Singer Tim Howsare, guitarist/singer Matt Day, bassist Matt Buhler and drummer Jim Bagrosky
executed on all cylinders this night, as they tore through a wideranging selection of current and classic rock/pop favorites. The group’s performance included everything from acoustic-geared hits like Mumford & Sons’ “Little Lion Man” and Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” to hard-hitting rock from Seether, Theory Of A Deadman, Chevelle, Nickelback, Buckcherry and more. In the wake of the split, several of the band members expect to announce new band projects and endeavors in the near future. Aldo’s also hosted visiting Puerto Rico-based modern rockers Message to Venus in late July. Touring in support of their debut EP “The Envelope”, Message to Venus introduced a hard, groove-laden, progressive-edged modern rock sound that suggested elements of Soundgarden, Tool, Incubus and The Mars Volta. Singer/guitarist Yandre Nadal displayed a clear, mood-driven voice on the group’s detailed melodies; flanked by the tight and atmospheric arrangements of guitarist John Feliciano, bassist Edgar Ramos and drummer JuanMa Font. The group did songs off the EP such as “The Show, ” “Change,” “Universal You” and “To Smile,” and also applied their hard-edged style to a Bruno Mars hit and Depeche M o d e ’s “Stripped.” Message to Venus has now returned home from their “Push the Envelope” Tour, which took them across the country through most of August. The Good Seeds have recently expanded to six members with the addition of former Rain Must Fall bassist Hunter James. D u r i n g t h e expanded line-up’s lateJuly visit to Altoona’s Belmar Hotel, The Good
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Seeds - Hunter, singers/multi-instrumentalists Paul Patterson, Brooks Williams and Mike Wertz, keyboardist/guitarist/singer Beau Shirk and drummer John Schwittek - mixed new and older original songs with an eclectic variety of cover material. The group introduced some songs off their new self-titled EP, and also applied their distinctive ‘60s-toned indie rock/folk style to crisp-sounding updates of songs by America, The Cars, U2, Beatles, Prince, the Doors and more. The Good Seeds are good seeds off stage as well, participating in Reverbnation’s Music for Good program; half of sale proceeds from their new songs go toward Heifer International, a charity that fights hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. Now calling St. Louis his home base, Huntingdon native Sheldon Port returned to the area last month to revisit some of his former musical stomping grounds; visiting the Belmar Hotel and the Main Street Café in Alexandria. During his Belmar visit, Sheldon performed a mixture of acoustic rock, continued on next page ...
The Professor continued... folk, pop and country favorites to a happy and receptive audience. His variety spanned country hits like Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” and Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” to Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper,” Sublime’s “Santeria” and more. He triggered dance floor activity several times, as fans were clearly happy to have him back in the neighborhood for a short while. In St. Louis, Sheldon performs both solo and as frontman of a cover group, Legends Undercover. The quest to once again enjoy the best hot sausage sandwich I have ever tasted brought me to Hastings and last month’s annual St. Bernard’s Church Homecoming. Of course, it didn’t hurt that there was live music to be enjoyed as well, and while savoring my tasty sandwich I enjoyed the acoustic sounds of Disorganized Crime. Rick Ramsey strums guitar, sings and wails harmonica; while Ed Hofer taps out beats on djembe, tubano drum and tambourine. The pair performed a wideranging, colorful variety; spanning songs by Bob Marley, Buffalo Springfield, Waylon Jennings, the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Chuck Berry, CCR and more. The performance was lighthearted as the two musicians had fun along the way, and provided a few sudden surprises; such as Rick brandishing a whistle during Rusted Root’s “Send Me on My Way,” and the surprise fusion of “Hound Dog” into the “Jeffersons” TV show theme (“We’re Movin’ on Up”) to finish the show. Disorganized Crime performs on various stages throughout Cambria and Blair Counties. News and notes…Cabinet will headline this month’s annual Wang Dang Doodle Music Festival & Car Cruise, happening September 15th near Johnstown’s Roxbury Park; also performing will be Pittsburgh’s Old E Allstars, Dave Distefano & Friends, the Justin Garman Trio, The Crew of the Half Moon, Todd Homan and Glenn Henry...The inaugural Halos and Harlots, A Celebration of Female Music & Art, takes place September 27th-28th at Aldo’s, spotlighting femalefronted music and creations; Mycenea Worley, Jen Bertiaux, Pure Cane Sugar and Gypsy Caravan are among the performers during the September 27th “Heaven” showcase, while Lies, Inc., Cassandra Syndrome, Shadowburn, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot and Sixteen Cylinder perform during the September 28th “Hell” showcase…Hopscotch with Landmines has parted ways with guitarist George Feathers, citing creative differences…The Rhythm Sharks have parted ways to pursue new projects, finishing things out at last month’s Kids Come First Benefit in Cresson (recap next month); singer/guitarist Kayla Feaster is joining new Gallitzin-based rockers Root and the Fifths…Upright bass player Bryan Homan has joined Mama Corn, replacing electric bassist Kelly Montgomery…Locked and Loaded has locked and reloaded with new lead guitarist Dan McConnell, Jr., who takes over for Brad Lego as he joins the ranks of Johnstown-based southern rockers Bite The Bullet…Up Your Arsenal has parted ways with vocalist Andrew Culp, and will continue as a trio for the time being…Bassist Mandy Coover has parted ways with Rukkus to return to acoustic music; she has formed a new acoustic duo with Chris Kane called Left Of Center…Yorkbased beach song specialist Dani Hoy has released her second full-length CD, called “Songs of Love & The Ocean”…Huntingdon-based singer/ songwriter Hannah Bingman is set to release her latest studio album, called “Loam”. Happy Birthdays to John McKelvey (Flight 19), Clint Carothers, Mark Triforo, Todd McKeone (Black Sun), Rick Lienhard (Emily’s Toybox), Ted McCloskey (Ted & the HiFi’s/Maxwell Strait), Randy Servello (Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band/7th Gear), Steve Kochersperger (Biscuit Jam), Melanie Morrison (Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats), Jack Wilkinson, John Buterbaugh (Ambush), Dan McCorkle (Backlash), Rug (SamarA), Sheldon Port, Greg Majewsky (Roadkill), Jack Servello (Servello Family), Nate Myers, J.K. Black, Colin Lennox, Dan McConnell Jr. (Locked and Loaded), Scott Barkhimer, Eric Biter, Tood Smith, Harry Pellegrine Jr., Scott “Zilly” Zillinger, and my Pennsylvania Musician Magazine cohorts Rachel Rocks, Eric Hoffman and Meredith Kaminek. Please send correspondence and recordings to: Jim Price, 1104 S. Catherine St., Altoona, PA 16602. You can also email me at email@example.com. For my weekly updates on area music scene happenings, check out JP’s Corner on the Rockpage forums area at www.rockpage.net. And if you’re into social networking, look me up on Facebook. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!
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Faith In Exile at Goodfella’s in Posttsville photo by Nicole Brennan Photography Chilli and T-Boz of TLC with Eric
Nonpoint at Tubby’s in Duncannon photo by Nicole Brennan Photography
to be a great show in an intimate venue,” guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge said. “We don’t get to play a lot of gigs in clubs anymore, so this’ll be as much fun for us as it is for the crowd.” The Starland reopens September 6th with the Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington and special guest Filter. Blink-182 also visit Sands Event Center in Bethlehem on September 12th. Police in Harrisburg, Illinois are investigating the death of a fan at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival hosted by Insane Clown Posse. Cory Collins was found dead in a campground at the fest August 9th. A cause of death is reportedly pending the results of toxicology tests. Several drugrelated arrests and at least eight drug overdoses were reported during the event, which ran from August 7th thru the 11th. Concerts this month: Halestorm York Fair Sept 7. Depeche Mode Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Sept 10. Blink-182 Bethlehem Sands Sept 12. Rancid Pittsburgh Stage AE Sept 13. Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order) Philadelphia Trocadero Sept 14. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Philadephia Penn’s Landing Sept 17. Hexbelt Harrisburg Susquehanna Riverboat Sept 20. J Roddy & The Business Baltimore Rams Head Sept 20. Bouncing Souls Reading Reverb Sept 27. Tegan and Sara Sayerville, NJ Starland Sept 27. KIX Baltimore Rams Head Sept 28. Like Eric on facebook/Eric S. Hoffman and see more pics.
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What is Music? Music is a form of art and art is generally understood as any activity or product done by people with a communicative purpose, something that expresses an idea, an emotion or, more generally, a view. It is a component of culture, reflecting economic and social issues. Music transmits ideas and values inherent in culture, and its role changes through time, sometimes just for its beauty and sometimes its social message What is beauty? Everyone has a different definition of beauty, some may consider a crow as a sinister bird, others might love it’s black beauty, some consider people suffering as depressing, others see the beauty in it as it reflects reality. Music as art can reflect any type of beauty. To me art is not just about beauty but any work resulting from the artists perception, sensation and emotions into something having a relationship of symbolic content with the original inspiration. This is also how I view music. Any art can be made by nonartists. The difference is that true artists try to convert their own lives through the process, and they tend to be better at it because they practice. So as musical professionals we all must remember to keep our passion in our music because it is art, our art and a part of us.
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PA MUSICIAN MAGAZINE CD REVIEWS TREEHOUSE - “SALT UPON THE STONES” (no label) Centered in Williamsport but featuring musicians from throughout the Northeast, seven-piece ensemble Treehouse introduces a playful, freewheeling brand of music on their debut full-length studio album, “Salt Upon the Stones”. The brother and sister duo of bassist/percussionist Colin Dennen and keyboardist Michaela Dennen, plus the brother duo of bassist/percussionist Alex Hines and drummer Josh Hines all sing; accompanied by guitarists Jonah Walters and Evan Moffitt, and trumpet player/percussionist Jeff Mach. Through “Salt Upon the Stones”’ eight tracks, Treehouse crafts lively, unconventional melodies that combine elements of psychedelicera Beatles folk and pop, inventive indie-flavored alternative rock, and worldbeat flourishes reminiscent of Paul Simon and Rusted Root. The music is no-holds-barred, and often veers off into unexpected tangents and side journeys, setting the foundation for Treehouse’s often happy, euphoric lyrics. The disc opener “Acorns” encourages listeners to take stock in the simple pleasures around them; “Selfish” celebrates the sights and sounds of a beachfront. “I Follow the Echo” provides an introspective look at following one’s muse, while “Carousel” celebrates the cycle of life. Treehouse varies between shorter and lengthier exercises, with the expansive nine-minute-plus epic “Animals” exploring human imperfection and frailty. The beauty of this CD is its unpredictability, as Treehouse gearshifts between odd time signatures and tempos, bursts of percussion and brass passages, multiple vocal harmonies and more. The performances are bright and enthusiastic, and the overall vibe of the album is that of a band having fun in the moment, frolicking with their instruments and letting the muse carry them. The result is a vibrant, enjoyable, and fresh listen. Treehouse tosses out the rulebook and conjures a musical adventure on “Salt Upon the Stones” that is innovative, captivating and pleasant. (The CD can be obtained through Treehouse’s website, www.treehousemusics.com.) —Reviewed by Jim Price STARCHILD - “VOLUME II” (no label) On their first album, “Volume I”, Harrisburg’s StarChild established that they were touched by a Kiss, blending covers of ‘70s era Kiss classics with original songs unapologetically rooted in that same ‘70s classic Kiss vein. On their second set, “Volume II”, StarChild again proudly displays their Kiss influence with more Kiss-rooted original songs and updates of Kiss classics, but they also include some surprises on the disc’s eleven tracks. The voice and presentation of singer, guitarist and ringleader Jerry Martin again could convince listeners that he is the long-lost and forgotten brother of Kiss’ Paul Stanley. And Martin’s knack for emulating ‘70s era Kiss strongly informs his songcraft on original Kiss-like anthems such as “I’m Forever Young,” “One More for the Road,” “Her Amazing Grace,” “Twisted Star” and “King of Nite.” Martin and StarChild also tip their hat to their chief influence with a fleshed-out update of Kiss’ legendary ballad “Beth,” a resurrection of Kiss’ Hotter Than Hell deep cut “Comin’ Home,” and a rendition of Ace Frehley’s solo hit “New York Groove.” The remainder of “Volume II” presents a few surprises; such as bassist Sharon Starr flexing her vocal cords on a cover of a cover, giving her spin on the Joan Jett twist on Tommy James’ “Crimson & Clover.” Martin and StarChild provide an original ballad, “Take Away My Heart,” with a chorus that borrows a little from Alice Cooper’s late ‘70s hit “I Never Cry.” And StarChild celebrates Motown to close the disc, with a rocking rendition of Smoky Robinson’s “Get Ready.” As with their first disc, StarChild sinks full heart and passion into the songs on “Volume II”, and there is never any doubt that this group loves Kiss and their influence. Martin’s vocals are enthusiastic, and his delivery is spirited and in the moment, not contrived or forced. Produced by Martin and engineered by Derek Euston in Harrisburg’s Green Room Studio, the album again sounds appropriately raw and comparable to those legendary ‘70s-era Kiss albums. StarChild leaves no doubt about what band they pay homage to on “Volume II”; but by stepping outside their Kiss-like persona for a few songs, they show that they are not just a one-trick pony. (To obtain, visit, www.facebook.com/StarChildBand.) —Reviewed by Jim Price MONSTER TRACK SUPERGROUP - “VOLUME II” (no label) Monster Track Supergroup first surfaced three years ago, a regional “supergroup” of established north-central Pennsylvania musical names: White Witch singer Jeff Pittinger, Badlees multi-instrumentalist Bret Alexander and former Breaking Benjamin drummer Jeremy Hummel. These three musicians stepped outside the boxes of their respective primary band/musical endeavors to update four ‘70s-era classics on their self-titled 2011 EP. On their latest EP, “Volume II”, Monster Track Supergroup again lends their collective prowess to two more early ‘70s gems, and flexes their creative talents to bring two of Pittinger’s original song compositions to life. With Freeman White now joining the group on keys, Monster Track Supergroup presents reverent and accurate updates of the Paul Loudermilk-penned 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders hit “Indian Reservation (Cherokee Nation), and Badfinger’s 1971 hit “Day After Day.” The original songs include Pittinger’s inspirational testimonial to weathering the storm and staying the course, “Take My Advice,” and the catchy disc-closing love song “Adrienne.” On the cover song material, the arrangements capture the spirits and tones of the original ‘70s versions, and full-bodied arrangements convincingly build and bring the two original songs to complete fruition. The instrumental performances are tight and enthusiastic; and Pittinger’s voice again displays clarity, fullness and range as he comfortably achieves the high notes and maintains a confident consistency throughout. “Volume II” reaffirms Monster Track Supergroup’s 1970s rock roots, but also reveals some creative spark and forward motion as the group begins to stretch their musical frontier. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/monstertracksupergroup.) —Reviewed by Jim Price
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RIGHT COAST WANTED TO BUY: RECORDING: State of Piano sheet music. Call the art vintage recording 717-250-4798. environment with years of experience and a long list FAMOUS CUTS “ROCK of satisfied customers. N’ ROLL HAIR SALON” www.rightcoastrecording.c (Lemoyne) is looking for a om. Phone 717-560-1530. stylist. Experience and
book of clients required. Very generous commission. Fun work atmosphere, flexible hours. Call Jerry 717-761-5050. SOUTH SOUND PRODUCTIONS
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WANTED:Vintage guitars, basses, amps, banjos, etc. Fender, Gibson, Martin, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, etc. Top dollar paid! Call Player’s Exchange at 717-975-2385 or stop by and see us at 225 S. Third St. Lemoyne, PA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. THE BEST VALUE FOR YOUR RECORDING DOLLAR: Celebrating our 28th year in business. Pro Tools, HD3/Accel, 192k Interface, 2 inch 24 track analog, 16 channels
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EQUIPMENT FOR SALE:
FOR SALE: Mapex doublebass pedal $75 call 570-898-5076 FOR SALE: Mackie PA system 14 channel mixer
SRM 450’s sub SRS 1000 stands. Also American DJ lights electronic drums mallet. Rat, slingerland drums, cymbals etc. 570490-7016. FOR SALE: Yamaha board, 1200 watt subs, 4 800 watt mids with horns, self powered, all cables, used effects also. split equipment separately. Need to sell, moving. 717939-1383.
FOR SALE: Marshall 4x12 cabinets MG series four black, two red, $200 each, all six $800. Mint condition. Three 100w solidstate amps, $250 each, all three, $600. 717-9391383. FOR SALE: PA Equipment Yamaha 16 channel board new condition, all working highs, mids, lows all selfpowered. nice feature to have all cables use
rehersal or out. 717-9391383. FOR SALE: Pair JBL Bass bins loaded with 2420’s low frequency drivers. 4400. Soveteck 100w all tube lead head like new, $500, 4-10 cab, $100. Call 717-630-2394 FOR SALE: 1972 vintage Gibson SG II and case $1300; 2005 Gibson SG Standard with wiring and WCR Pickup upgrades $1200. Call Tom 814-3862239 Can ship. FOR SALE: DW Classic Series drum shell kit in WMP wrap. 9x13 mounted tom, 14x16 and 16x16 floor toms, and 14x22 bass, $2500.00. Carl 717497-6727. FOR SALE: Portable drum riser measures 6’ X 8’ X 1’ Sets up in only 3 minutes! Compact for transport and storage. $300 firm - 570-205-4109 FOR SALE: 1979 Gibson The Paul autographed by members of Kiss. Comes
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with case, 1995 Kiss Convention Program, photo of Gene signing. 1200.00 Clearfield 814765-5240 Dave FOR SALE: Peavey KB 100 keyboard amp $100 and 8 space rack case $75. Call John 717-732-4903 FOR SALE: Zoom GFX5 effects great condition $ 200, Fostex MR-8 digital recorder $ 125 OBO, and Alvarez Electric $ 110 OBO. Please call 610-9147315 or 610-621-4541 anytime. FOR SALE: Hammond Proline 860 Leslie, With foot pre-amp and leslie 11 pin cable, All in great condition! $600 Phone 717-248-8739 Email: email@example.com FOR SALE: Peavey LB1200 par 64 midi and dmx controled lights with gels, 2 bars with 4 lights each. work great $250.00 Ph. 717-248-8739 email: firstname.lastname@example.org continued on next page ...
STUDIO BLOWOUT! Rack FX, Power Amps, Synths, MIDI Controllers, Guitar Amps/FX, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, original 70’s FX, Monitor wedges, etc. mail for list email@example.com 484-955-8627. FOR SALE: Ensoniq TS12 Performance/ Composition Synthesizer. 76-note weighted-action keyboard. Includes Musician’s Manual, Tutorial, & Service Manual. $950. 717-8273140. FOR SALE: Compressor /limiters. Aphex 720 Dominator II, DBX 266XL, Drawmer 1960 tube. Leave message. 610-
FOR SALE: Atlas heavy duty boom mic stand with FOR S A L E : 2-lb. counterweight, Microphones. (2) AKG C- triangular base and casters. 391’s. (2) AKG D112’s. Excellent condition. 610Mics include clips and 488-0914 cables. Leave message. 610-488-0914. FOR SALE: High end mic pre. Drawmer 1960 2FOR SALE: Multitrack channel mic pre/tube recorders. Tascam. (3) DA- compressor. DI boxes. 88’s, (1) DA-38 and (1) Countryman Type 85 and RC-848. Includes sync ProCo CB-1. Leave cables w/balanced snakes, message 610-488-0914 rack cases and remote control stand. Leave FOR SALE: Record video message. 610-488-0914. of your band from the stage or Front of House FOR SALE:Multi effects sound board. Attach any processors: T.C. camera to these unique electronics M 5 0 0 0 CAMERA M O U N T S . w/digital options. Ensoniq 610-488-0914 DP/4. Lexicon LXP-5. FOR SALE: Kawai K1 Leave message 610-488- Digital Multi-Dimensional 0914 61-key digital synthesizer.
Includes 3 Kawai Expansion Cards. $275. 717-827-3140.
at 717-300-0148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org m
FOR SALE: KAWAI PHm Pop Synth Module. 250 PCM voices (200 single plus 50 combinations). 1/2 rack space midi module. $95. 717-827-3140.
WANTED: New (HARDROCK/METAL) cover and original band rehearsing in Hershey seeks Pro Lead Guitarist. Contact: email@example.com et
WANTED: Pop/rock project. Have room and PA. Just need the talent — you. 717-957-4933 or my_perfect_mistake@yah oo.com
WANTED: Shippensburg Drummer and Bassist with practice space seek Guitarist male or female for Hard Heavy Rock bar band. Alice In Chains to Zombie. Contact Adam
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WANTED: Female Fronted Blues Band Seeks PRO- Keyboardist and / or Sax, Seasoned musicians, First small gig n two weeks-Venues waiting.
Meaty eclectic songs.. We practice on Sundays 2-5 in Union Deposit. firstname.lastname@example.org m or call / TEXT 717-364 5660 WANTED: Guitarist for modern rock cover band. Must be able to cover lead and rhythm parts. Practice Wednesday evenings in central PA. 570-412-7614 WANTED: Experimental metal musician, Thunderlizard, looking for others to complete line-up and start playing out. Have 1 ep out already, recording full length n o w. email@example.com WANTED: Guitarist(s) for continued on next page ...
n.e.p.a. rock band looking to write original music, have some fun, NOT turn the country. NO drugs or alcohol please .570-7519122 WANTED: Professional Bassist and Drummer looking for Vocalist and Guitarist or Combination of both. We are a solid rhythm section with backing vocals. Would like to do a mix of originals and covers, have some originals and covers ready to go. please
email firstname.lastname@example.org m or Call 717-713-4491. WANTED: Thrash cover band looking for dynamic singer to cover anything from Overkill and Metallica to Cannibal Corpse and Testament. Got the chops? Give me a call. We practice in Carlisle. Great practice spot also. Victor 717-903-3155 or email@example.com m. WANTED: Seasoned Guitarist/ Vocalist - All
genres considered - prefer Acoustic / Electric ok. Based Lebanon County Contact Rick: firstname.lastname@example.org WANTED: Singer and guitarist wanted for all original band. We play rock/ hard rock. Must have equipment, transportation, and experience. www.tukurpa.com 717712-2008 or 717-4180020.
MUSICIANS AVAILABLE AVAILABLE: Lead blues guitarist 42 available 443370-1823 AVAILABLE: Metal drummer available from
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Harrisburg erea. 40 years old. Looking to fill some free time playing in a decent hard rock to Metal band. Not looking to travel too far. Interested? Give me a call Victor 717-9033155 email@example.com m. AVAILABLE: Writer, singer, guitar, keyboards, home studio, stage gear, seeks tojoin or help form original cover rock, golk, R&B act circa 1970â€™s 1980â€™s. Dave in York. 717650-6696. AVAILABLE: Singer looking for other musicians to start or join working band. Influences are anything from A to Z, lots of experience and stage time. Call kevin 717258-8719.
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Published on Sep 6, 2013
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