Archive for December, 2016


Not slowing down for 2017

First of all, thank everyone who supported local musicians in 2016 – I hope 2017 treats you well!

2017 is certainly starting out strong – I’m a busy fella, which is what those of us who work in the “Gig Economy” always strive for. Here’s what my January schedule looks like:

Saturday December 31:

> Natascha & The Spy Boys at First Night State College, 7:30-8:30 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on College Avenue
> The Gill Street Band at First Night State College, 9:30-10:30 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on College Avenue
> Maxwell Strait at the Phyrst, 10:00 – 1:30.

Whew – glad 2016 will finally be over. Christy and I both worked hard in 2016, never really taking any time off – but that was the plan. We’re looking forward to some vacation time in 2017.

Sunday & Monday January 1 & 2: No gigs – I’m off!

Tuesday January 3: Benefit for Richard Sleigh at Zeno’s, 5:00-11:00 (He sliced open his left hand with an exacto knife while working on his guitar)
Performances
5:00: Richard (he can still play harp), Jerry Zolten & JK
5:45: Noah Figlin & Ken Baxter w/Molly Counermine & Rene Witzke
6:30: Triple A Blues Band
7:15: Haystack Lightning
8:00: Biscuit Jam
8:45: Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats
9:30: Natascha & The Spy Boys
10:15: Tommy Roberts
11:00 Eric Ian Farmer

Thursday Jan 5: JT Thompson Piano Bar & Open Mic, 7:00-9:00 at Talleyrand Tavern, Bellefonte PA  (Formerly the Governors’ Pub gigs – the restaurant is still there serving great food, but they’ve opened a bar in the former banquet room – the “Talleyrand Tavern”)

Friday January 6: Triple A Blues Band 7:00-9:00 at Zeno’s, State College PA

Saturday January 7: JT Thompson plays Brunch at Gigi’s Southern Table, Noon-3:00 in State College

Tuesday January 10: Maxwell Strait – Groovy Tuesdays at the Phyrst, 10:00-1:30 in State College

Thursday Jan 12: JT Thompson Piano Bar & Open Mic, 7:00-9:00 at Talleyrand Tavern, Bellefonte PA

Friday January 13: Triple A Blues Band 7:00-9:00 at Zeno’s, State College PA

Saturday January 14: The Skoal Brothers (Clapton, Zeppelin, Stones, Tedeschi-Trucks, Pink Floyd, etc) 10:30-1:30 at the All-American Rathskellar in State College

Tuesday January 17: Maxwell Strait – Groovy Tuesdays at the Phyrst, 10:00-1:30 in State College

Wednesday January 18: Natascha & The Spy Boys 7:00-10:00 at the Bullfrog Brewery in Willliamsport PA

Thursday Jan 19: JT Thompson Piano Bar & Open Mic, 7:00-9:00 at Talleyrand Tavern, Bellefonte PA

Friday January 20: Triple A Blues Band 7:00-9:00 at Zeno’s, State College PA

Saturday January 21: Doug McMinn Blues Band 8:00-10:00 at Elk Creek Cafe in Millheim PA

Saturday January 21: The Skoal Brothers, 10:30-1:30 at the All-American Rathskellar in State College

Monday January 23: Birthday Bash at Juniper Village, 2:30-3:30 in State College PA

Tuesday January 24: Maxwell Strait – Groovy Tuesdays at the Phyrst, 10:00-1:30 in State College

Wednesday January 25: Natascha & The Spy Boys 5:00-8:00 at Gigi’s Southern Table in State College PA

Thursday Jan 26: JT Thompson Piano Bar & Open Mic, 7:00-9:00 at Talleyrand Tavern, Bellefonte PA

Friday January 27: Triple A Blues Band, 7:00-9:00 at Zeno’s, State College PA

Saturday January 28: Strawberry Fields 6th Annual Benefit at the State Theatre in State College, 7:00-11:00 pm
Music of the Rolling Stones performed by:
The Screaming Ducks
Ted & The Hi Fi’s
Pure Cane Sugar
The Unbanned
Erin Condo & The Hoofties
The Tommy Roberts
Rick Hirsch 4
Eric Ian Farmer
Grain
The Skoal Brothers
Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats

Saturday January 28: The Skoal Brothers, 10:30-1:30 at the All-American Rathskellar in State College

Tuesday January 31: Maxwell Strait – Groovy Tuesdays at the Phyrst, 10:00-1:30 in State College

Secret Singer’s Sauce

So now that the cold and flu season is upon us, I thought I’d share my secret singer’s sauce, developed over years of having to perform to the highest standards even while sick. I have researched remedies by rock singers, opera singers, holistic practitioners, consulted with doctors and friends who also perform.

Here’s what I have discovered: Get as much rest as you can, drink plenty of water, warm up your voice slowly throughout the day, and use some combination of echinacea, zinc, steam inhalation, Dayquil, St. John’s Wort, green tea with whiskey, amoxocillin, yoga, bromelain enzyme, licorice drops, Albuterol, zinc, vitamin C, Flonase, Throat Coat tea, naproxin, Claritin, black coffee with whiskey, silver hydrolsol, a clove of garlic, apple cider vinegar, Afrin, organic cayenne, ginger tea, TheraFlu, honey & lemon with whiskey, slippery elm drops, Mucinex, papaya enzyme, followed by straight whiskey.

And if none of this seems to work (as is often the case), then proceed directly to tequila – because tequila works every time!

 

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