Live by Bret Alexander & Nyke Van Wyk

Nyke Van Wyk and Bret Alexander

A truly great song sounds good in more than one form. This theory is clearly illustrated with the release of Live HMAC and Mauch Chunk Opera House by Bret Alexander & Nyke Van Wyk. Included here are a few cover tunes and some well-trodden originals, most of which were formerly released by the Badlees, the … Read More

“Let Me Go” by Miner Blues

Miners Blues are a trio from Northeast PA, featuring Ed Randazzo, Bret Alexander and Tony Halchak. Below is a performance at the 19th annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival on July 8, 2016 of the song “Let Me Go”.

Throughout the week of July 10, 2016 we provided video of select performances by artists from Pennsylvania who have performed at this year’s Briggs Farm Blues Festival.

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One More Jam for a Fine Rock Band


After 15 years together as a live act along with two fine original releases, HotWingJones‘ played their final show at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center on Saturday, February 27, 2016. For years, this group straddled the line between serious rock performances and lighthearted, slightly comedic entertainment and this performance was a distinguished way to close out … Read More

Rooftop Concert

The Badlees performed a unique show last night on the rooftop of the brand new 1500 building in downtown Harrisburg. This was a sort of pre-release party complete with food, drinks, and a fantastic birds-eye of downtown Harrisburg and points beyond. The official release of their new double CD, Epiphones and Empty Rooms, will be … Read More

The Badlees at Briggs

  Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2013 July 15, 2013 By Ric Albano and Gary Neiswender On Saturday evening, The Badlees performed on the “back porch” stage during the Briggs Farm Blues Festival. While many wondered prior to the show how the long time Pennsylvania pop/rock group would go over at this Blues festival, the band … Read More

Perfect 10

Review of Perfect Smile by The Cellarbirds on its 10-year anniversary. NOTE: This article was originally published on the DAMES of Pa website. Often overlooked as just a subset of The Badlees, this band may have put out one of the best recordings by a Pennsylvania artist over the past decade. Perfect Smile by The … Read More

The Badlees Work Overtime

NOTE: This article was originally published on the DAMES of Pa website. On this first Saturday night of Autumn, music fans were treated to a great show Overtime Sports Bar in Hershey by three solid bands. No, we’re not talking about Nickleback, Buckcherry, and Three Days Grace at Hersheypark Stadium. We’re talking about a show … Read More

Two States

This review was originally published at DAMES Of PA. If you are looking for a fluffy, happy review of the new CD by The Badlees, stop reading now. The band’s new release, Love Is Rain, is flawed. The first of these flaws are right up front and immediate. Now, we realize that the art of … Read More

Going the Extra Mile with Giants of Despair

NOTE: This article was originally published on the DAMES of Pa website. As we arrived at the Fieldhouse in Etters, PA, we discovered the rather large parking lot was full, not a single spot left in the main lot. After parking in the overflow section on the hill above the restaurant, we made our way … Read More