On Saturday, June 16th, the 2nd Annual Pasquale’s Cause for Paws benefit will take place near Hazleton, PA. This 2nd annual event, organized by friends of, and named in honor of, the late Pasquale Zito is a family-friendly and leashed-pet-friendly and will include vendors, food and a live raffle along with the live music. Donations to this year’s event will be made to the to EPAA (Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance), whose mission is to prevent homeless animals, relieve shelters of overcrowding, and control the feral/stray cat population.
Ellie Rosentel, who goes by the stage name Ellie Rose, will be performing on acoustic guitar at 12 Noon. A recent high school graduate, she has been singing for just about her whole life, but only started singing in public about a year and a half ago and just started playing guitar this past December. In the past six months, Ellie has also started writing her own songs and plans on recording and releasing her debut, six-song EP later this summer. Ellie is also an actress and have performed in many theatrical shows throughout the years and will be pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering when she enters the University of Scranton this fall (all while continuing her music career). Some of Ellie’s main influences include Etta James and Amy Winehouse and she lives by the Winehouse quote; “If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could’ve had.”
JP Hackling will be performing on acoustic guitar at 11:00 AM. He has been playing guitar, drums, keyboards and singing vocals for about 20 years. His guitar playing is distinct in that he plays it ‘reverse lefty’, a left handed method with the strings on backwards. When he was about 12 years old, JP picked up his father’s mid-60’s hollowbody electric guitar, a guitar that he himself had he bought when he was about 12 years old. Since then, JP has been completely self-taught on guitar, although he did have years of piano lessons which taught him all about music theory, which he applied to his guitar playing. JP’s top musical influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sara Bareilles, Eric Clapton and Lindsey Ray.
The music will be hosted by Ric Albano, composer and vocalist of Sinclair Soul, who will perform short sets at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. In the past 12 months, Sinclair Soul has released two albums, The Journey (June 2017) and Reflections of Relevance (March 2018), with a third LP, Nine Fine Lines due for release this September. Ric recorded these albums primarily with Bret Alexander (guitars/multi-instruments) and Ron Simasek (drums/percussion), both former members of The Badlees and current members of Gentlemen East. A native of Hazleton, Ric currently resides in the Harrisburg area and has performed acoustic mixtures of originals and covers throughout the East Coast.