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A Weekend of Triple-Bills and Anniversaries
February 29, 2008 - Jim Price
This weekend is offering up some interesting options on the local live music scene to consider.
If you’re not afraid to brave the snow-covered roads in the
If you’re a braver soul willing to tackle the Buckhorn on a snowy Friday night, the White Lady Tavern also features a triple-bill, headlined by popular Altoona/Ashville quintet Hello, Vixen. Singer Mark Simanski, guitarists Bill Maguire and Brian Simanski, bassist Justin Brown and drummer Steve Holtz will bounce off the walls with their brand of punk-infused modern rock, including original songs and charged covers from such names as the Bouncing Souls, Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s, New Found Glory, Lustra, Blink 182 and more. The undercard will include Hollidaysburg punk-rocking trio The Scraps, demonstrating their bristling and sarcastic brand of high-velocity punk rock. Singer/guitarist Marty Scrap, bassist Peter Metalhead and drummer Justin Cuff will fire off short and sweet odes from their recently-released CD, Therapy for Retards, including some songs clocking in at under a minute! And their song themes often deal with the
If you prefer a more mainstream brand of rock, you can check out rising regional party band favorite Shots McGee, performing Friday at the 4D’s Lounge. Formed in November, Shots McGee pairs former 7th Gear singer/guitarist Brendon Burns and bassist/singer Kelly Montgomery with traveling regional singer/songwriter Rhyne McCormick on vocals and guitar, with Randy Servello playing drums. From Shots McGee you’ll hear a variety of classic and current rocking favorites, spanning Sublime’s “What I Got” to the Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Runnin,’” and from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” to Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Brendon, Rhyne and Kelly all sing, and Shots McGee offers a fun, uplifting party to help you forget the winter doldrums for a little while.
Saturday night presents some interesting options as well. If you’re a fan of roots rock,
And I must indulge in some shameless self-promotion. If you’re near a radio Sunday evening, Q94’s weekly local music show, “The Backyard Rocker,” achieves the decade milestone, celebrating ten years of bringing local and regional bands and artists to your radio every Sunday night. Since they were the first band guests to appear on the program shortly after its debut in March, 1998, Felix & the Hurricanes will again be the guests on the three-hour “Backyard Rocker” anniversary special, which begins at 7 PM. And the word is that the Hurricanes have some special surprises planned for the tenth anniversary celebration, so you won’t want to miss it!
Way Down East singer/guitarist Paul Wilson, during a performance at City Limits last St. Patrick's Day weekend.