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Another Triple Play
August 23, 2007 - Jim Price
This is a week for triple plays in the area’s music scene.
Of course, the week’s first triple play was the big concert at Blair County Ballpark this past Tuesday night with the Counting Crows, Live and Collective Soul. Soggy weather notwithstanding, this was an excellent concert. All three bands represented well onstage, doing their best-known hits. It was good to also see over 3,000 music fans – some traveling in from as far away as Butler – braving the elements to take in this concert. Hopefully the attendance was strong enough to encourage more future concerts at Blair County Ballpark.
Another triple play will be taking place in Happy Valley this Saturday evening, August 25. The occasion is a rare triple CD-release show at State College’s renovated State Theatre. Three established State College-based groups –The Nightcrawlers, Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s and The Rustlanders – will all celebrate the release of brand new albums in a show called “Selling Out the Native Sons.” The show, actually a sequel to an earlier show featuring all three bands called “Dressing up the Native Sons” that took place at the theatre in January, will begin at 8 PM, and is open to all ages.
The Nightcrawlers will celebrate the release of their second recording and first full-length album, Blue Silver. Now comprised of lead singer/guitarist Noah Figlin, keyboardist/flutist/singer Aeb Byrne, bassist/singer Peter Jogo and drummer Steve Arnold; The Nightcrawlers have grown into one of State College’s most popular bands with their melting pot of musical styles that blends elements of rock, jazz, blues, country, rockabilly, reggae, worldbeat and more. The group’s original song compositions are often lavish and diverse, each a musical adventure that rarely stays in one place for long. Stellar musicianship is always a highlight at a Nightcrawlers show, with dazzling guitar work from Noah and colorful keyboard and flute displays from Aeb.
Altoona native and longtime Happy Valley music veteran Ted McCloskey has graced area stages since the 80’s in a number of bands, including Audio, Back to Zero, Sideshow Bob, Maxwell Strait and more. Singing and playing guitar in his latest band, the Hi-Fi’s, Ted is joined by Rene Witzke on bass and Daryl Branford on drums. Ted and the Hi-Fi’s play a feisty and energetic blend of rock, rockabilly, funk and blues. Ted’s new album, Technicolor Thieves, is his fourth album in a prolific career. Ted has also scored music, receiving a 2005 Mid-Atlantic Emmy award honor for his soundtrack to the PBS documentary The Grange Fair; an American Tradition; and scoring the film, Window to the Sea, a PBS documentary aired nationally in December 2005.
Formed in 2004, the Rustlanders will be celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album. Featuring Jason McIntyre on vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin; Jason Tutwiler on electric guitar; Corry Drake on bass and vocals and Chris Rattie on drums and vocals; The Rustlanders blend country, blues, and rock into an Americana sound. Like the Nightcrawlers, the Rustlanders’ sound never stays in one place for long, and their styles can range from traditional country twang to muscular blues rock, and hybrid mixtures in between. They display a knack for well-crafted, detailed melodies, and steady and solid musicianship.
It promises to be an interesting and exciting evening of wide-ranging original music. And since it is a triple CD-release event, audience members will have opportunities to take all three CD’s home with them at the end of the night.
The admission for the show is $12 for the general public, and $10 for Penn State students.
The State Theatre is located at 130 West College Avenue in State College. For more information, call (814) 272-0606.