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Just Another Week in Happy Valley

Rolling along, watching the leaves change, and playing music. Already have one rehearsal and two piano lessons out of the way, now it’s time for gigs.
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Thursday @ The Governors’ Pub in Bellefonte, 6:30-9:00. Stop in after the BHS Homecoming Parade; be sure and wave Hi to Grand Marshall Patti Hilliard, a fellow classmate.
Also Thursday @ The Phyrst w/Maxwell Strait, 10:30-2:00. Laying down the grooves w/Molly Countermine, Ted McCloskey, Rene Witzke, and Jack Wilkinson. Yes, we will rock you.

Friday @ Zeno’s w/The Triple A Blues Band, 7:00-9:00 – Serenading the PSU Homecoming Parade. If I wasn’t playing I’d be marching with fellow alumni in the Penn State Glee Club, along with Bill Besecker.

Saturday, PSU Homecoming – and I don’t have a gig. Really. What the hell am I going to do? Anybody need a piano player this Saturday?

Sunday we’re Jammin’, Jammin’, Jammin’ at the Darkhorse Tavern, 8:30-11:30. Bring your axe, sign in, and play some tunes. we welcome anyone willing to get up on stage. PA and backline (drums, keyboards, guitar and bass amps) all ready to go.

Arts Festival!

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OK, the official name is “Central Pennsylvania festival of the Arts,” but mention “Arts Fest” and everybody around here knows what it is – Four days of crowded streets and sidewalks in downtown State College, and on the Military Grounds in Boalsburg. Thousands of people walking around looking at all the great stuff being vended, eating great food being cooked, chasing/dragging their kids around, getting sunburned, getting rained on…

And listening to great music. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear many of the local bands somewhere besides the bars and restaurants, and to be pleasantly surprised by out of town acts that come here to showcase their music.

There’s some amazing talent at this year’s Festival. I’d sure like to see the No BS! Brass Band and Archie Blue on Thursday, Zeropoint and MMVR too, but I’ll be doing my regular Thursday performances: 6:30-9:00 at the Governors’ Pub in Bellefonte, then 10:30 at the Phyrst with Maxwell Strait. (Those gigs will be fun, we all tok the 4th off last week).

Friday afternoon, however, I will be performing at Arts Fest: Festival Shell, 1:30-2:30 (the stage on Old Main lawn). The DENICATS will be playing selections from my CDs “Chase Away Your Blues” and “This Way That Way” – Pure Cane Sugar and Zeropoint Horns included! Also a guest appearance by talented vocalist Natascha (of the Spy Boys).

The DENICATS? Yeah, just a bunch of great musicians from Williamsport and Lewisburg (the “Susquehanna Valley”). Bill Stetz on bass, Joel Vincent on drums, and Doug McMinn on clarinet, saxophone, and guitar. We mostly play tunes I’ve written and recorded.

So if you’re up for some original Blues, Swing, and Boogie, well, I’ll see you Friday.

This Way <> That Way

CD Released!

This Way that Way was released in the Fall of 2012 – 12 original tunes, help from 14? different musicians. Blues, Swing, Jazz, Ballad, Gospel, Rock….

And you can download your copy from iTunes or Amazon.

Yes the CD is done!  “This Way That Way” is available on iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/john-j-t-thompson/id544347371

And on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/This-Way-That/dp/B008QJPVT2/ref=sr_shvl_album_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368457976&amp;sr=301-5