The Denicats

Throughout the year, JT Thompson stays busy playing piano bars, special events, and with several popular bands. He also gathers denizens of these bands to record his own compositions, then perform them at various venues in the Centre region. Sometimes it’s a trio, sometimes it’s a 13-piece group; in any Read More

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 Read More

Bar Tour of Gigs

Well, I’m halfway through my State College Bar Tour of Gigs Week. It started Thursday with the Gill Street Band at Tussey Wingfest. (I know it’s not really a State College bar, but it is one of the summer’s iconic shows). Friday I did double duty – at Zeno’s Pub Read More

Pianos I Play: LePapillion at Toftrees

I play a number of regular shows each week where I bring my own keyboard, usually a Yamaha, Korg, and/or a Casio. But there are places I perform that have their own pianos. Toftrees Resort in State College PA has a banquet/restaurant space called “LePapillion” that has a nice C171 Read More

April Showers

For a number of reasons, April seems the most hectic month of the year, and showers are a major contributing factor – showers of paperwork. Yes, the weather is definitely a culprit – “Hey, it finally feels like Spring!  Wait – what happened to the sun?  Why is it so Read More

Blues, Trivia, and TV

Spotlight on Bellefonte It’s a special night at the Governors’ Pub in Bellefonte this evening – JT’s playing Blues and hosting Pub Trivia. OK, that’s normal. But also, Sarah Lagerman from WHVL-TV will be in to film a segment for “The Centre of it All,” their program that covers local Read More

Summertime Blues at Elk Creek Cafe

Doubling up this Sunday! Playing some serious down-home Blues with Rmblin’ Dan Stevens and harmonica maestro Richard Sleigh in Millheim on Sunday afternoon, 5:00-7:00. And as soon as we get all boogied out there in the valley, I’m cruising on up to State College to host the Darkhorse Music Jam, Read More

Joy and Sorrow… RIP Lotsa Poppa

Check out slots games with amazing music-themed on this website, come and play! Last week was an incredible musical journey! Over the course of four days, I played 11 performances with 7 different ensembles. The Central PA Festival of the Arts was blossoming all over State College, and in addition Read More

Dance Little Sister Dance

Andy and I recorded this at the Billtown Blues Festival in June, and you can hear us do it again this week at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College. When and where you might ask? Both Thursday and Friday afternoons 4:30-5:30 in front of the Municipal Read More