Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cliffy K. And The Seasonal Employment Perform At Sharpshooter's Grille

Last night I attended a concert at the Sharpshooters Grille in Gettysburg, PA. My friend Corey Adamo plays guitar in Cliffy K. and The Seasonal Employment. The band also consists of Cliff Kime (Vocals, Guitar) Ryan Pauly (Bass), and Matt Kressley (Drums). Here's the video playlist from the first half of their set. I missed the set of Mike Feaster And The F.U. Guys beforehand unfortunately.

Here's a good transition into my previous post. You can't see Corey's face in the video but he's on the left playing with Caton and their friend, Dan.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sollenbergers Father and Son: Manpower

After the Gettysburg Fringe Festival, I attended a house show of my former bandmates' Caton Sollenberger and Peter Wolfe along with their drummer Peter Sorenson. The group is tentatively called Manpower after someone told them they were going to need some "manpower" to move all their equipment from a show.

Last week, Caton's father, Neil Sollenberger, performed at the Herr's Tavern Sharpshooters Grille Deck with Shannon Turley Bigham.

Caton began learning guitar with his father's guidance an early age. I remember Caton playing guitar across the street from my house on Stevens Street back when his mom lived on Stratton Street in Gettysburg. It was one of strongest motivations for mepicking up the guitar. In The Jackalopes, I learned the majority of my cover song repertoire following Caton's lead as we practiced for hours in his dad's basement. Caton will be attending Berklee School of Music in Boston this fall.

Gettysburg Festival Day 2: Civil War Brass Twilight Concert, Fean, and Audacity

Yesterday was the second day of the Gettysburg festival. The evening started off at 7 p.m. with the Civil War Brass Twilight Concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial.
After a few songs, I left the event to attend a show at the Gettysburg Recreation Park by Fean, a group that consists of frontman John Fean, bassist Kyle Leinbach and drummer Hambone Walken. They dedicated this song to Buzz Aldrin, the second man to land on the moon.

After Fean's set ended around 8:30 p.m. Audacity, a band consisting entirely of students from my years at Gettysburg Area High School, took the stage. Although missing their lead singer Joshua "J.C." Hoffman, the band held together the group by dividing singing tasks among the band. Bassist Matt Hinton sang on the "Franklin's Tower" posted below. The song eventually broke down into a vocal jam where drummer Josh Poorman left his drumset to join Hinton on his microphone.

Rhythm guitarist Ethan Stauffer sat down at the keys to lead the group through George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with lead guitarist Thomas "T.J." Schmitz channeling Eric Clapton to the best of his ability.

Fean, Audacity and the group I missed last night, The Earaches, will be performing again today at the Gettysburg Rec Park. Show times are available on the Gettysburg Festival website.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Gettysburg Festival Begins

If you are looking for something to do in Gettysburg or have been dying for an excuse to make an adventure over to visit (Philadelphia, I'm looking at you), the Gettysburg Festival might be a good bet. The website has a brochure listing all the events (some free, some require tickets). The festival is supposed to bring in over 800 artists and performers for 100 different events over the next ten days. In addition to the different music events, History Meets The Arts exhibits are in the Gettysburg square from 9 to 5 every day. Here's a list of local performances in the Fringe Festival part of the week.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

West Philadelphia Orchestra Performs at The Kimmel Center

Sorry about so many short clips from this show. I tried to get different angles but kept getting yelled at for blocking views. Once I got the shots from above, the security guard was quick to tell me to get down. I'm lucky they didn't take my camera.
 This show was held in the lobby of Kimmel Center on May 28, 2010 at 5 pm after I attended the Philadelphia Orchestra's performance of Mozart's Symphony No. 39 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. The Philadelphia Orchestra also premiered a piece called The Phoenix, a work that Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale. 

Learn more about the West Philadelphia Orchestra at their website.

The Boxcar Children Release Debut Album "Heed The Warning"

Clear bias disclaimer on this one: I've covered The Boxcar Children's shows in October, December and February. If you'd like a more detailed description of their "urban folk" music, you can follow them on their Facebook page.

<a href="">Heed the Warning by the boxcar children</a>

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boxed Wine Bandits

Summer is officially in session; Speak Easy's going to get their equipment from Temple any day now to fill up the barn. Here's a video of our drummer Ben's band at IUP, Boxed Wine Bandits.

Since today's post was so short. Here's an interesting quote to think about.


"One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought."

-Albert Einstein