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A Blues-Rock Summit in Claysburg This Saturday
March 22, 2008 - Jim Price
If you’re wondering where you can find some hot blues in Blair County this Saturday night, the answer is Glenn’s Place in Claysburg.
Three top blues-rock names from western Pennsylvania will be converging on Glenn’s stage to provide the fireworks: local favorites Felix & the Hurricanes, legendary Pittsburgh blues-rock’n’roller Norman Nardini, and Erie’s Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle. The music begins at 8 PM.
Felix & the Hurricanes will play their hearty blend of blues, rock and country, doing some cover song material as well as original numbers. The group likely will preview songs from their forthcoming new studio album, currently being recorded at Data Music Services in Altoona.
It will be Norman Nardini’s first visit back to the area since last summer. Norman on vocals and guitar, Hollidaysburg native Mark “Whitey” Cooper on drums and Clearfield native Harry Bottoms on bass will perform numerous Norman ‘hits,’ as well as classic blues, rock and country numbers – all tied together with Norman’s witty humor and banter, as he takes the audience through a service in his “church of rock’n’roll.”
Making their first area appearance, Erie’s Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle won the Western Pennsylvania Blues Challenge a couple of years ago and got to represent the region in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Namesake Ron plays keys and harmonica, plus sings lead vocals. They perform a blend of blues, rock, funk, and occasionally jam-band sounds.
All three of these bands have performed together before at different venues. The forecast is favorable for hot jams between members of all three bands on Glenn’s stage before the night is done. It promises to be a memorable night.
Glenn’s Place is located on old Route 220, just south of Claysburg. For more information, call 239-5001.
Norman Nardini, during his last area visit in June 2007 at Burgi's Roundhouse.