60 years ago today, on November 26, 1956, trumpeter Tommy Dorsey unexpectedly lost his life at the fairly young age of 51, permanently ending the on-again/off-again collaboration with his brother, clarinet and saxophone player Jimmy Dorsey. This career spanned 30 years from the mainstream emergence of jazz in the mid 1920s to the advent of … Read More
For their third release, Central PA rock trio Shift Seven has forged a dynamic, 6-song EP with added sonic dimensions. While the band’s previous two albums stayed within the bounds of a gritty boogie-rock sound, Shift Seven III features richer textures and arrangements and explores more rock sub genres. Formed in the 1990s, Shift Seven … Read More
Shawan and the Wonton are a group from Central Pennsylvania. This video is a October 2016 performance of their 2016 original song “Sheer Folly” at the 33rd annual Little Buffalo Festival in Newport, PA.
Earlier this year, the music world lost a music legend when Billy Paul passed away at age 81. A native of Philadelphia, Paul had an especially rich voice which fit perfectly with the Philly Soul movement of the 1970s and was even dubbed with the title “A Singer’s Singer”. Born Paul Williams, from his earliest … Read More
The 33rd Annual Little Buffalo Festival takes place on Saturday, October 1st and features a rich and diverse musical lineup led by several artists from the Keystone State along with some talent from outside Pennsylvania. Located at Little Buffalo State Park just outside of Newport, PA, this one-day free event also arts, crafts, poetry, a … Read More
Antonio Andrade is a composer, performer and recording artist from Central Pennsylvania. This video is a September 2016 performance of his original song “Living Means Leaving Behind” at Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, PA.
“Living Means Leaving Behind” is included on Andrade’s 2014 album Life Shakes, his fourth solo release.
Mycenea Worley is a composer and performer from Central Pennsylvania. This video is an August 2016 performance of her original song “Fly” in Camp Hill PA.
The riff for this song was written by Ross Kennedy and Mycenea stated she; “loved the way that it climbed but sounded like it was resistant because of the intervals and then when it completes that octave, it just soars. It’s like a resolution and I wanted it to be inspirational, because that’s how the chorus sounds. The verses sound a little darker and more cautious, so I wanted those words to reflect the mundane, day to day questioning of ourselves and of our abilities. And then it comes back to that chorus, and you remember you can do anything if you run like hell and spread your wings.”
“Fly” will be included on Mycenea’s forthcoming album Center. Drive. due for release in 2017. This will be her first full-length album and third overall release, following the EPs Love and Siren.
Music educator Rod Goelz has of Music At Metropolis in Mechanicsburg, PA has developed two classes for the area Home School community. Developed last winter, Goelz married his contemporary brand of music education with the needs of the home school community when he came up with Rock Band, a music program that was both currently … Read More
The Robert Cray Band has been playing and recording together for decades. The internal musical dynamics are plain to see in their live performances, as they are obviously at ease despite the looseness of their set list and their penchant for going off on extended jams. Relaxed and intense aren’t usually used to describe a … Read More