Here is the recap of the May 19 edition of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99's weekly local music program, "The Homegrown Rocker," which airs every Sunday night from 8 to 10 PM on WRKY-FM (www.rocky1049.com) and WRKW-FM (www.rocky99.com).
This week, we previewed the seventh annual Day Of Rock benefit concert. This year’s show, which raises money for Easter Seals of Central PA, happens on Saturday, June 1 under the pavilion at the Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, and will feature a day-long slate of bands. Thanks to organizers Steve Moore and Randy Wilson (Ganister), along with Buck Dickson and Dan McCorkle of Backlash, Kevin Siegel of NailDriver, and Rich Dasch of the Backyard Rockers, who discussed details about the benefit and their individual bands’ involvement in the event. We also debuted new songs from Way Down East, Outlaw Destiny and Scott Marshall & Marshall’s Highway, updated “Local Music News,” dug a 1994 song by Endora from the archive for this week’s “Local Music Flashback,” and reviewed Mycenea Worley’s Siren CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!”
Here is this week's playlist:
GROUND RESONANCE – “Say”
HYBRID ICE – “Bring the Gold”
GANISTER – “Another Brick in the Wall”
GAS STATION DISCO – “Dancefloor”
WAY DOWN EAST – “My Only Friend”
CHRIS VIPOND & THE STANLEY STREET BAND – “Empty”
OUTLAW DESTINY – “Honey Do Nation”
STARCHILD – “You Better Think Twice”
SAVING JAKE – “Saving Jake”
JACKSON MONSOUR – “Baby Back Blues”
GANISTER – “Pissed Off and Mad About It”
MYCENEA WORLEY – “Locks”
NAILDRIVER – “In God We Trust”
ENDORA – “Ursa Minor” (1997, Local Music Flashback)
THE BACKYARD ROCKERS – “Tara’s Song”
GYPSY CARAVAN – “Making It Real”
SCOTT MARSHALL & MARSHALL’S HIGHWAY – “Little Bitto Country”
Our next program will mark the return of one of the most popular shows we do every year, the annual Memorial Day Special! We will again take a trip down local music Memory Lane, digging songs from the archive from past area bands and artists, some dating as far back as the 1960s! During the show’s final half hour, we will pay homage to some of the area musicians we have lost through the years. We usually have interesting surprises every year, so listen to find out what we blow the dust and rust from this year! This is a keeper, listen for the Memorial Day Special, and download it from the Rocky websites afterward!
And the “Homegrown Rocker” is available for digital download off either Rocky website after each and every show. Just check on either (www.rocky1049.com) or (www.rocky99.com) and download your copy of the show! If you live beyond the signal range of Rocky 104.9 and Rocky 99, you can now download west-central PA’s longest-running local music show!
Also, bands and artists are welcome to add their upcoming shows to the “Homegrown Rocker” event calendar! Go to the “Homegrown Rocker” section of either Rocky website and click on “Events,” and add your shows for free!
Upcoming guests and specials include:
JUNE 2 – GROUND RESONANCE
JUNE 9 – SUMMERHILL
JUNE 16 – FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL w/BORN & THE BEANSTALK
JUNE 30 – BIG ATLANTIC
JULY 7 – MYCENEA WORLEY
JULY 14 – ALL REQUEST SPECIAL
JULY 21 – RICH EDMUNDSON
AUG. 4 – THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT SPECIAL
AUG. 18 – THE LAMPSHADES
SEPT. 1 – COVER SONG SPECIAL
For regular updates on what is happening on the area music scene, pay a visit to Rockpage (www.rockpage.net). Rockpage features band links, a message board, "Homegrown Rocker" updates, live show and CD reviews in “JP’s Corner," and other local music scene information.
Bands and artists interested in having music aired on "The Homegrown Rocker" are invited to send their broadcast-quality recordings to: WRKY Radio, One Forever Drive, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; ATTN: Jim Price. Or drop the recordings off at the station during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. You can also email me with inquiries about the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Local Music News…
The date and performer lineup have been announced for the second annual Striking Chords Against Cancer benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum. The event will start at 2 p.m., and will feature performances from Travis Singer, 7th Gear, Matt Wagner, The Hope Fallacy, Jackson Monsour, Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs, Ryan Matthew, Flight 19, Drew Dodson and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band. Advance tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the American Cancer Society and the Altoona Giant Eagle location. Rocky 104.9 air personalities will be emceeing the concert.
Speaking of Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band, there’s been a recent change of axeslingers in that group. Guitarist Phil Wagner recently exited the group, and C’Jay Castello has replaced him. The updated Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band lineup performed twice yesterday, at the Pints For Pets Brewfest at Altoona’s People’s Natural Gas Field and later at the Belmar Hotel.
HGR recap 5/19/13: Previewing Day Of Rock 2013!