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Millennium Music Conference, Night Four
February 21, 2008 - Jim Price
(This is the seventh and final part of a series of blog recaps from the 12th annual Millennium Music Conference, which happened last weekend, Feb. 14-17, in the Harrisburg area.)
The Radisson and local rock station 105.7 “The X’s” Sunday night local music program, “Under The Radar,” were closing out the Millennium Music Conference with a twelve band showcase of local and regional talent, which started late Sunday afternoon. The show kicked off with a celebration of youth, as two bands comprised of teenagers – Reading-based Comic Book Heroes and Harrisburg-based Pink Yard Flamingoes – commenced the music. Up third was Harrisburg-based alternative rock foursome Brothers Unaware, who demonstrated a U2-like sound, with soaring melodies and a constant jangly guitar presence. A name familiar to
At this point, I departed the Radisson and headed into downtown
I then hit the road once again, to head to one final destination to conclude my Millennium weekend. That destination was Johnny Joe’s, a roadhouse-styled venue in Mechanicsburg, which had played host to a number of harder rock and metal acts during Millennium weekend. I arrived in time to see another band representing our local region, the Clearfield/State College-based quintet This Ends Now. Frontman Frank Rumfola is a veteran of the local hardcore and metal scene, previously fronting 969, At Hope’s End and Vengence.
One more band remained; local Camp Hill-based hard-rocking foursome Tukurpa. As it turned out, Tukurpa had their own fireworks to offer in the form of a storybook ending to the weekend that would unfold during their set. Named after a Hopi Indian word for “eternal dream world,” Tukurpa introduced a sound rooted in the 70’s/80’s classic heavy rock of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. Atop weighty rhythms and thick guitar chords, lead singer James Leaman demonstrated a powerful, high-ranging vocal howl as the group performed a selection of original songs.
The storybook ending started to take shape shortly after my arrival, when Tukurpa’s bassist, Carl “Craig” Hancock (who I met earlier at the conference) came over to me and pointed out a blond woman across the room. He told me her name was “Teco,” and he was going to propose to her during Tukurpa’s performance, as he fingered a small case in the pocket of his jacket, containing an engagement ring. Sure enough, four songs into Tukurpa’s performance, with Teco already on the dance floor during a song the group just finished, Carl asked her to turn around, and popped the question and presented the ring. Teco’s jaw dropped in shock, before the two held a long embrace on the stage to the resounding cheers of the audience. (I assume this means that she said “yes!”) I then observed as Teco stared, with mouth open, at the ring for nearly ten minutes afterward. Obviously she never expected that this would be such a special night for her. After a weekend filled with musical highlights and conference excitement, this storybook ending slammed a special exclamation point on the end of what truly was a great weekend!
Larry Kennedy, lead singer and guitarist for Harrisburg-based band The Jellybricks, during their showcase performance at the Radisson.