Shawan and the Wonton
Shawan and the Wonton is a Harrisburg Roots/Soul ensemble. Shawan Rice is a young up and coming Soul Artist from the Harrisburg Metropolitan area. A passionate haunting voice, she will captivate and inspire you with beautiful lyrics and melodies.
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Benjamin Vo Blues Band
Ben Vo is an up-and-coming, soulful bluesman from Lititz Pennsylvania who has several albums under his belt already. With a darker, edgier sound that resonates with the masters, Ben is ready to take on the East Pete stage!
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Buzzard Luck are a York, PA based trio creating their own take on blues rock, with high-energy and a passion for their music. Drew (guitar, vocals, songwriting), Keith (guitar, bass) and Kelly (drums) have been playing together since early 2014, joining after meeting on the vibrant York music scene, playing with bands such as Thick as Thieves, and Indian Summer Jars. Each member brings their own influences to the band, combining blues, rockabilly and folk to create their own sound, Blues n' Roll.
Influenced by both American and British Blues, the band add their own twist to the guitar-driven sound of greats such as Rory Gallagher, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, Peter Green to name but a few.
Recently laying down several original songs, and some reworked blues standards, Buzzard Luck are big fans of the live, single-track recording method, catching the raw, edgy feel of the vinyl recordings they love. The band comprises young yet seasoned musicians, with a passion and talent for bringing the blues to a modern audience.
Expect a tight, lively performance, combining electric guitar, slide, a rocking bassline, and driving drumline, which come together to create catchy riffs, and the Blues n' Roll sound Buzzard Luck want to share.
Learn more about Buzzard Luck at their website, www.buzzardluckmusic.com
Ardvark Felon is the anagram-derived alter-ego for the the band’s trusty leader, Frank Velardo, a professional musician and composer living in Philadelphia, PA. The band is refreshingly raw and honest in their approach to delivering music. They’re spontaneous, but polished; serious, yet absurd. They’re funky in all the right ways, with a unique concept for jamming and improvising.
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With its genesis coming from the grit of Chicago, the style of New York, and the soul of Philly, Bluestime brings you their own brand of rocking blues. Will you like this band? Just give them a listen for one song and you will be a fan.
Big city style with an old school groove...
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The Balkun Brothers
Balkun Brothers are an American rock band formed in Hartford, CT in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun. The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on blues, funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock, psychedelic rock, and delta blues. When played live, they incorporate many aspects of jam bands due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals), Caleb “Dr. Jiggles” Battersby (bass/vocals), and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/percussion/vocals). The band is often joined by various other musicians live and in the studio. Balkun Brothers were voted the 2013 ‘BEST BLUES BAND IN CONNECTICUT’ by CT.com and the Connecticut Music Awards and were nominees in 3 categories in 2013 and 5 categories in 2014 at the Connecticut Music Awards. The band is one of New England’s premier blues-rock groups and their debut studio EP ‘God Bless Our Fallout Shelter’ was nominated for album of the year along with the first single ‘Control Yourself’ for song of the year at the 2014 CTMA’s.
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Nate Myers & The Aces
Established in 2001, Nate Myers & The Aces performs to a variety of audiences in the Mid-Atlantic US: private parties, college campuses, concert halls, nightclubs and outdoor festivals. Lead by vocalist Nate Myers and his harmonica, the band creates a loose, casual atmosphere in which everyone can relax and have a good time! Whether the audience prefers to sit back and listen or get up and "shake that thang," there is something for everyone. On a typical evening, audiences can hear influences from many forms of American music - blues, funk, hip hop, rockabilly, country and improvisation. Nate Myers & The Aces take all these styles they love and weave them into a tapestry of their own.
Nate Myers has been billed with and on occasion, shared the stage with many national and regional artists such as Kansas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, G Love & Special Sauce, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Leslie West/Mountain, Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Big Jack Johnson, Jason Ricci, Steve Guyger, Dennis Gruenling, E.G. Kight, The Nighthawks, Bruce Katz, Billy Price, Carey Bell, Ben Andrews, Robin Trower, Rod Piazza, Luther Allison, E.C. Scott, Chris Thomas King, Michael Burks, Paul Rishell & Little Annie and many others. In addition to their regular performances, Nate Myers & The Aces are active in charity work. The band organizes and hosts an annual event, "Harpapalooza," which features harmonica players from the Mid-Atlantic – backed by The Aces. The concert has been a huge success, raising thousands of dollars for Diabetes research and continues to grow every year! The band also performs at and helps to raise money for PA Vent Camp, a camp for ventilator dependent children.
The wide variety of styles, energy and sincerity in the music of Nate Myers & The Aces allows them to fit into nearly any musical genre. Blues festivals, rock shows, jam band campouts, dance parties, hot rod and motorcycle shows, movie premieres, formal events....you name it, NM&A has performed and won over audiences everywhere!
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Laura Cheadle & The Family Band
New Jersey’s soul and blues singer LAURA CHEADLE is caught between a love affair with Philadelphia and New York City. This is no coincidence as Laura and her all family band have proven themselves to be smash hits in these cities with many accomplishments under their belt.
Laura Cheadle’s smoky blues and soul voice has won her several awards including the most recent “Best Indie Jazz/Blues Band” at WXPN sponsored Tri- State Indie Music Awards and “Best Blues Band” at Ventnor Music Showdown based out of Atlantic City, NJ.
Laura Cheadle and her family band’s impressive musical resume includes opening for heavy hitters such as:The Jonas Brothers, Sister Hazel, Spin Doctors, Ryan Cabrera, Kasim Sulton, Terrence Simien, Garland Jeffreys, John Oates/Hall and Oates, Average White Band, Peter Tork of THE MONKEES,Clarence Clemons III for Bruce Springsteens After Party and Constantine Maraoulis of American Idol. The band have toured nationally and internationally everywhere from the East Coast/West Coast to London.
The Cheadle’s have appeared on 6ABC’s “Tuned In” as the very first viewers choice, The “NBC 10″ Show, the National reality show ‘Next Great Family Band” on NBC/Cosi TV. Laura Cheadle was named a “Super Woman” in South Jersey Magazine for her active Charity Work.
Cheadle has six successful albums under her belt including her latest all blues release: “Where The Blues Hangs Out” currently topping the blues charts.
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Blues on the Loose
Blues on the Loose, from Lancaster PA, embraces the style of music known as the Blues. A popular music style in Chicago and throughout the Mississippi River Valley down to NOLA from 1928 on.
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Wake Up Call
Wake Up Call is a unique band, drawing from multiple influences: soul, funk, classic rock, and blues. The band features 5 accomplished players who incorporate a combination of strong vocal arrangements and musicianship wherever they perform. The band features tunes from such artists as Eric Clapton, Lucky Peterson, Delbert McClinton, Ray Charles, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Dixon, The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, along with originals by the band. The band regularly appears in venues around Harrisburg, York, and Hanover Pa.
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Rockett 88 and Dr. Harmonica
Rockett 88 is a high energy five piece band based in Delaware. Their primary goal is to present American music on a very high-energy level while staying true to original idioms. Rockabilly, Chicago Blues, Originals, New Orleans Funk and R&B are played as authentically as possible. The difference is that Rockett 88 puts some extra mustard on it to keep things exciting and danceable.
Rockett 88 is a regional act having logged over 3,000 shows between New York City and Virginia. For many years there have also been four trips a year to Chicago to play “Taste of Chicago” and “Beal Street” dinner clubs.
Rockett 88 was started by Ron Smith, a member of George Thorogood’s Delaware Destroyers. Ron left The Destroyers to get away from the stress of international touring with George Thorogood. When Rockett88 signed on to open an extensive tour of Thorogood shows, Ron left, leaving band leader responsibilities in the capable hands of Mark “Dr Harmonica” Kenneally.
Rockett 88 eventually became a full time band, playing 200 nights a year from Richmond, VA to New York City. During this period, they relocated to Ocean City Maryland. In 1990, the band moved back to Wilmington, Delaware.
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Tattar Tucker Moog Jackson
Philadelphia-based Tattar Tucker Moog Jackson is dedicated to honoring the blues genre. Whether it's traditional, ragtime, rock 'n roll, or boogie woogie, for this quartet, it all goes back to the root. TTMJ takes audiences with them on a trip through the American Roadhouse of beat, melody, style and musical expression. With a simple ensemble of piano, harmonica, drums and vocals, this veteran band has been seducing audiences in the region for many years. The band's 2013 debut album was mastered by Grammy winning producer Mike Tarsia.
Read more about TTMJ at their website, www.tattartuckermoog.com.
Gabrielle Bonet and The Street Scene
Gabrielle Bonet is a long time musician and owner of GabbieRocks Studio. Gabbierocks Studio is a collaboration of experiences in several styles of music. The years spent playing rock & roll, blues, country, classic rock and classical music along with writing, composing and recording have come together to form the foundation for Gabbierocks Studio. Music is the mission. The Goal: Creating and composing songs that captivate and entertain!
Strange that one of the area's best guitar-slinging whizzes may be a name you've never heard. More curious is that she's, well, a she. But flip through the annals of rock and roll history and you'll find Gabrielle Bonet's name peppered throughout as the fast-fingered guitar momma who could give any one of the boys a run for their money - and most likely one-up them.
Read more about about Gabbie Bonet at her website www.gabbierocks.com.
Hailing from Philadelphia, and currently based in Central Pennsylvania Angelo M. was the youngest of four Boys and influenced by music, as far back as, he can remember. With his older brothers all teenagers before he could walk, Angelo’s house was always filled with music. It was the twangy guitar sounds of the early sixties that planted the ambition in an eight-year-old boy to learn how to make his Christmas-present guitar reverberate just like Duane Eddy's. Before he was 10, Angelo had his first paying gig; by 11 his trio was playing old "pop" & country instrumentals for VFW Posts; by age 16 he was playing in high school bands and doing shore gigs.
Emerging on the music scene after a steel mill bankruptcy that cost him his pension; Angelo M. (short for Melasecca) made the unlikely transition from steelworker to touring artist. He's an award winning Americana songwriter and virtuoso finger style & slide guitarist with a blues bent in the vein of Chris Smither. With guitar influences from the likes of Ry Cooder, Chet Atkins, Duane Allman and Leo Kottke, reviews hail Angelo M. a “Brilliant Guitarist” with an “Excellent Voice” and call his performance “Powerful”. "Every Kind of Blues" was selected from thousands as a finalist in Billboard's 17th World Song Contest and received a Gold/First Place in Blues in the 27th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest along with reaching #4 on the FolkDJ Top Songs list. In addition, Acoustic Live calls several tracks from Steelwork “Brilliant”, the PBS TV series, RoadTrip Nation features “That Train” in an episode, and Angelo M. was featured on the notable radio programs, River City Folk with host Tom May and The Folk Show with Gene Shay in support of the album. For more on Angelo M visit www.angelom.com
Rhythm on Main
Rhythm on Main is comprised of 5 local high school students. They perform alternative, hip hop, blues, jazz, r&b and funk, both originals and covers. The group consists of 16-year old guitarist and vocalist Ajay Shughart, 15-year old bassist Greg Gavazzi, and 17-year old drummer, TJ Hummel. They recently added 16-year old trumpet player Kevin Carlsen and 15-year old keyboard player James Klippel. They have been actively performing for more than a year and have played several sought after gigs such as The Patriot News ArtsFest in Harrisburg, Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, and the PASA/PSBA Student Celebration Showcase in Hershey, PA. You can see them perform regularly in the area at venues such as Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, the West Shore Elks, and the RecordSmith in Mechanicsburg.
Visit them at the Rythym on Main website.
Jake Lewis & The Clergy
"Jake Lewis just wants to play music. As frequently, and for as many people as possible. Josh Gibbel and Kate Seifarth, his bandmates - known collectively as The Clergy - have the same compulsion... Lewis and his band mates may be following in the footsteps of some of their heroes, but they're putting in the time, paying their dues, and forging their own path." -J.J. Sheffer / Fly Magazine
From Lancaster City, PA, Jake Lewis plays folk music. "It’s like Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy moved to this area, got married, had a child, raised him on old Simon and Garfunkel records, forced him to be best friends with Faroese singer-songwriter Teitur and told him to get out of their house." -Frederick News-Post.
Visit them at the Jake Lewis & The Clergy website.
Blue Light Special
Attention K-mart shoppers. In the back isle, where the floor is a little sticky and a stubbed out cigarette is still smoking, that's where you'll find us: Blue Light Special. 100% American made, built to last, cheap and loud, but it comes with a lifetime guarantee. Blue Light Special plays the muddy sound of the Mississippi delta, the big shouldered roar of Chicago and the chicken fried twang of Texas. From the sweaty muscular growl and moan of being done wrong and wanting her back anyway, to the transcendent traveling tent ecstasy that will leave you revived and resurrected enough to do another day. We play the music of Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Stevie Ray and Etta James, Muddy and Jr. Wells, along with a few of our own songs, too, and we been doin' it like that for over seven years now. That smokey blue light is seen in roadhouses, dance clubs, and downtown bars, even an occasional backyard party wherever people want a king-size serving of home-cooked 8 bar raunch and rumble. We'll see y'all some night. Just look for the blue light in the back. Find Blue Light Special on the web.
Powered by Julie Cymek's sultry, commanding vocals and electrifying stage presence, "think Adele mixed with Mary J. Blige, with a certain South Of The Mason-Dixon Line ache that's all her own", Sweet Leda has earned a reputation as a "rising star," taking the diverse mid-Atlantic music scene by storm and becoming one of the most exciting and accomplished live acts around. With its rich blend of new school funk, soul, and pop, Sweet Leda's heartfelt original material has drawn comparisons to Joss Stone, Janis, Maroon 5, Edie Brickell, and even Led Zeppelin while garnering its very own stylistic label: "sexy smooth rock and groove".
With their HOT new album "Need The Music" in hand, produced by Stephen Joseph Antonelli and mixed by Drew Mazurek (Linkin Park, Allman Bros.), the band is working hard to share their music with the world! The album's first single, "Can't Stand," was very well received and has garnered much airplay. New cuts such as "Let Her Love Her", "What I Need", and "What You Don't Know" are now getting love from the press as well as SL's favorite radio stations…and are available on iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and more!
Things are really just heating up and getting started for Sweet Leda, who is constantly adding new credits and experiences to their resume….from placing songs in feature films, to sharing festivals and stages with the likes of Robert Randolph, Lyle Lovett, Keb' Mo', Tedeschi Trucks, Big Head Todd, New Riders of The Purple Sage. The band has been traveling more than ever, working it's way up and down the east coast, so be sure to check the website for updates. In the meantime, rest assured that the band will be working hard — in the studio and on the live circuit — to do what they do best: make sweet music.
Octavia Blues Band
The Octavia Blues Band performs high energy Blues, R&B and Soul music for shows, festivals and venues throughout the region. Octavia is noted for her outstanding harmonica style, sultry powerful vocals, and song writing skills. “Octavia’s gift at the art of the harmonica certainly doesn’t go unnoticed”, says Jeremiah Eisley of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. “She has already been noted as Top of the List of the very few female harmonica players in the blues world.” “Octavia is a bold woman, unapologetically so, and is one of a kind” writes Keith Wilson of Fly Magazine. “Her confidence and fearlessness, along with her harmonica virtuosity, has earned her respect and a spot on the stage beside several bona fide legends over the years.”
Alex Greenberg, of PA Musician Magazine notes that "Bill Wasch's blistering electric and slide guitar skills stand toe to toe with Octavia's harmonica pyrotechnics." The rock solid groove provided by the dynamic duo of Jay Kirssin on bass and Jack Covert on drums pulls together one of the tightest four piece Blues Bands in the Northeast Region. This band not only cuts a deep groove, but is terribly engaging and fun. You can expect a unique musical and entertainment event every time you experience The Octavia Blues Band live! For performance schedules, updates and more information on the band please visit www.octaviabluesband.com .
"All I've wanted to be in my life is a cowboy and a singer." -Georgie Bonds......... The average person would be content with fulfilling just one dream, but not Georgie Bonds. He has managed two. Having once been a prominent figure in Philadelphia's storied Black Cowboys organization, hard work and a twist of fate has brought Georgie to the heart of the blues scene nationlly and internationally.
Born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Georgie Bonds did not grow up listening to the blues or riding horses. While R&B records fed his musical inspiration since childhood, watching people ride in the park near his home sparked an interest in horses, and led him to buy his first horse at the age of twenty-one. This equine fascination led him to a livelihood in blacksmithing, a skill he trained for in Martinsville, Virginia. For fifteen years, he shod horses and continued to sing, while strumming on a guitar, making up songs for Georgie got his first taste of delta blues when a friend loaned him a Robert Johnson tape. There was something about the music that grabbed a hold of him and wouldn't let go. At that point he knew that the blues was what he needed. One night in the early 1990's, he stepped onto the stage of an open mic blues jam at "The Barbery," took a deep breath, and belted out "Stormy Monday," the only blues song he knew. Fortunately, blues legend Sonny Rhodes, who was hosting that night, took a liking to Georgie and became his mentor. Sonny introduced Georgie to more musicians, and taught him how to be a performer, not just a singer. Georgie's blues career was then well on it's way.entertainment. For more on Georgie Bonds visit www.georgiebonds.com
As a blues harmonica player and teacher, Adam Gussow has few peers in the business. Currently an Associate Professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi with a specialty in blues literature and culture, Gussow was one of the first amplified blues harp players to make overblows a key element of his stylistic approach, adapting Howard Levy's innovations in the late 1980s in a way that helped usher in a new generation of overblow masters such as Jason Ricci and Chris Michalek. According to a reviewer for American Harmonica Newsletter, Gussow's playing is characterized by "technical mastery and innovative brilliance that comes along once in a generation."
Gussow is best known for his long partnership with Mississippi-born guitarist and one-man-band Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee as the duo Satan and Adam. After working the streets of Harlem from 1986 to 1991, Gussow and Magee duo toured internationally between 1991 and 1998. Their performing credits include the Chicago Blues Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and RiverBlues Festival, and more, along with hundreds of club gigs. They toured with Bo Diddley and opened for Buddy Guy, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Otis Clay, Johnny Winter, and Jimmy Thackery. They released two albums on Flying Fish Records, including the W. C. Handy-nominated Harlem Blues (1991) andMother Mojo (1993). Later releases include Living on the River (1996) and, on the Modern Blues Harmonica label, Word on the Street: Harlem Recordings, 1989 (2008).
In 1996 Satan and Adam were the cover story in Living Blues magazine; according to editor David Nelson, Gussow enjoyed the curious honor of being "the first white blues musician to be so prominently spotlighted in the magazine's 26-year history."
In addition to his career with Magee, Gussow has worked in duo, band, and studio settings with guitarists Charlie Hilbert, Irving Louis Lattin, Wild Jimmy Spruill, Robert Ross, Bill Abel, Andrew "Shine" Turner, Bill Sims, Jr., and Brian Kramer. He has released two albums with Hilbert on the Modern Blues Harmonica label: Blues Classics (2007) and Live in Klingenthal (2008). In his recent incarnation as a one-man band, Gussow takes a cue from Magee and does it all-singing, blowing amplified harp, and stomping out some thump-and-metal grooves. Gussow's new solo album, Kick and Stomp (2010), has spent many weeks at #1 in the "Hot New Releases in Acoustic Blues" chart at Amazon mp3's.
Gussow is known to harmonica students around the world as a result of his "dirty-South blues harp channel" at YouTube and his pioneering offerings in the field of digital-download video tutorials at his website, Modern Blues Harmonica. Gussow's other musical credits include a stint with the bus-and-truck tour of Big River; several decades as a blues harmonica instructor at The Guitar Study Center in New York and in private practice; and a nine-time coach at Jon Gindick's Blues Harmonica Jam Camps. He's also headlined the Mundharmonika-Live festival in Klingenthal, Germany (2008) and has taught at Blues Week in the UK (2008). In the spring of 2010, Gussow added a new credit line to his resume´ as the creator and promoter of Hill Country Harmonica, a two-day intensive that drew more than 100 players from 30 states and 7 foreign countries to Foxfire Ranch in north Mississippi to study with Billy Branch, Billy Gibson, Johnny Sansone, and other top pros. HCH 2011 will feature Sugar Blue, Charlie Sayles, Sonny Boy Terry, and Jimi Lee.
An award-winning scholar and memoirist, Gussow is the author of three blues-themed books: Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir (1998; reissued in 2009); Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition (2002); and Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives From Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York (2007). He is currently at work on a book-length study of the devil-figure in the blues. For more on Adam Gussow visit www.modernbluesharmonica.com
Little Ivory Blues Band
Little Ivory Blues Band began as a blues instrumental trio in 2006 with Garrett Stoner on guitar, Seth Shoemaker on bass, and Aaron Lewis on drums, playing in a few local clubs and open mic venues. The introduction of Mike Rowland into the band as the new drummer offered Aaron an opportunity to focus on singing and harmonica, and allowed Little Ivory Blues band to develop it's unique style and sound. It was this signature style and sound that LIBB won first place at both the JCC and Penn State York Battles of the Bands, and third place at the 2007 BSCP Blues Challenge.
After some time, LIBB grew to include Lucas Hough on keyboard, Logan Kurtek on saxophone, Alex Degnan on Bass and Ian Staley, who filled the empty drum throne after Mike's departure to Temple University.
In September of 2008, LIBB took second place in the 2008 BSCP Blues Competition, and was invited to the 25th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee to perform in the IBC Youth Showcase, where they not only blew away audiences, but earned themselves three on-the-spot paying gig offers, one of which at the biggest club on Beale St., Club 152. Even though the Youth Showcase was a great opportunity, their desire to one day compete in the IBC was still strong. In September of 2009, they took first in the BSCP Blues Competition and were chosen to represent Central PA in Memphis, Tennessee at the 2010 International Blues Challenge!
Unfortunately in the fall of 2010, Lucas Hough moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University and could no longer hold his position in LIBB. Then shortly after, in Spring 2011, Logan Kurtek no longer could hold his position in the band due to attending Lebanon Valley College. Both Lucas and Logan return occasionally for performances.
Although still young, Little Ivory Blues Band has already racked up a considerable degree of valuable experience, developed a sizable fan base, and is rapidly becoming known for their unique approach and high-energy performances, having been listed among the Top 20 Bands in Central PA by 105.7 The X.
Now, with their whole lives ahead of them, they have every intention to keep moving forward at full speed in their everlasting endeavor to safeguard the Blues for future generations. Visit www.littleivorybluesband.com for more information.
Special Guest - The Deb Callahan Band
In a Review of "Tell It Like It Is", Living Blues Magazine says " Callahan's voice has the spiked fervor of contemporary Susan Tedeschi, but it's richer and smoother. Stylistically she's picked up a lot from one of her earlier influences, Nina Simone – Simone's squirming rhythms and hypnotic vocals reverberate in Callahan's music." "Deb Callahan is a shouter, a crooner, a soul-belter and above all a gifted lyrical interpreter. She could sing the phone book and make it sound good." Blues source.com says "Debs vocals are right on with the subtle tinge of a street smart performer. She sings the blues beautifully and can handle a slower ballad with precision and patience". Since 2002, Callahan has released three CDs, If The Blues Had Wings, The Blue Pearl and Grace & Grit. She performs many of these original songs live as well as putting her own twist on some standards.
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Sterling Koch is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring/recording solo artist and session musician. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago-style, slide guitar blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar. He has recorded 4 solo albums of steel guitar music including "Steel Guitar Blues", "Steelin' Home" and "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." with the most recent release being "Slide Ruler." Sterling has appeared as opening act for Savoy Brown, Rick Derringer and Blackfoot among many other major touring bands and just opened the 3 day, nationally recognized Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2011. He has also performed at many nationally known venues including The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways and Cornelia Street Cafe (all in New York City) as well as Stanhope House and Bubba Mac's Blues Shack (both in New Jersey) and at Daytona Bike Week 2005.
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Acoustic Stew is a Harrisburg, PA band with very old roots. Made up of four players with many years experience in a variety of styles, playing everything from roots blues to contemporary light rock. Born in the jam sessions sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania, Acoustic Stew brings a unique voice and sweet sound to the local music scene. Our play list includes roots blues and blues standards as well as a mixture of folk rock, ballads and just plain good stuff.
Acoustic Stew has developed a unique, blues-based sound that is as comfortable in more intimate venues as it is in outdoor events. They have an excellent sound system and maintain a volume level that ensures our audience can enjoy the music with clarity and full fidelity, without sacrificing the ability to enjoy each other's company.
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