HGR Recap 6/29 - We welcome Jarrod Bartok!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the recap of the June 29 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). The show can also be streamed via either Rocky website, www.rocky1049.com or www.rocky99.com.

Thanks to our guest this week, Solegion frontman Jarrod Bartok! With Solegion currently on the backburner, Jarrod is now exploring a solo acoustic direction. He brought a guitar along and performed several of his original songs live on the air, and he talked about his current career and the status of Solegion! Along the way, we debuted new songs from Small Town Titans, The Clarks and The Anti Corn League; updated “Local Music News”; dug a 2002 song from Driven from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and stepped “Across State Lines” to check out a track from Washington, D.C.’s Super Bob.

Here is this week's playlist:

HOUR ONE:

INSIDE OUT – “Sacrifice”
PROGMIUM – “Invincible”
JARROD BARTOK – “Be Alive” (performed live on the air)
SMALL TOWN TITANS – “Line By Line”
JARROD BARTOK – “Faith Hope and Loneliness” (performed live on the air)
THE CLARKS – “Map of the Stars”
JARROD BARTOK – “Here I Stand” (performed live on the air)
THE ANTI CORN LEAGUE – “Popular Culture”

HOUR TWO:

STEEL – “Black and Blue”
SOLEGION – “Lord of All”
JARROD BARTOK – “Take Me Away” (performed live on the air)
PURE CANE SUGAR – “My Favorite Song” (live)
JARROD BARTOK – “Home” (performed live on the air)
DRIVEN – “Chaos & Rock & Roll” (2002, Local Music Flashback)
JARROD BARTOK – “The New Dead” (performed live on the air)
SUPER BOB – “Rock n Roll” (Across State Lines)
HATRED RISING – “Hatred Rising”

On our next program, we’ll again empty the “Homegrown Rocker” mailboxes to see what new recordings have arrived in recent weeks. We will debut a number of brand new tracks. Along the way, we will update “Local Music News,” dig a song by a past area band from the archive for a “Local Music Flashback,” and review Pure Cane Sugar’s Live at the State Theatre CD in “The Professor’s CD Corner!” Maximum music on the “Homegrown Rocker,” next Sunday night!

Upcoming guests and specials include:

JULY 13 – AFTER THE FALL
JULY 20 – CATS IN CONGRESS
JULY 27 – THE DAILY GRIND
AUG. 3 – LOCAL MUSICIANS THEN AND NOW SPECIAL
AUG. 10 – RON GALLUCCI

Bands and artists wanting to submit news items for “Local Music News” may email their news to homegrownrocker@gmail.com (new email address). Indicate “MUSIC NEWS” in the subject heading!

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!

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 profjp@rocky1049.com.

Jim Price

In Local Music News…

State College is a hot spot for outdoor live music action this time of year. Just yesterday the annual Summer’s Best Music Fest took place, and more live music-related outdoor events happen during the next few weeks. State College marks the July 4th holiday with the annual Central PA 4th Fest on Friday, which features a variety of musical acts performing around the Beaver Stadium area, plus a giant fireworks display. Musical acts slated to perform on three stages during this year’s event include Biscuit Jam, Mysterytrain, the Backyard Rockers, Scent Of Water, Sons of Resonance, Seven2Ten, OverheaD, Force Of Habit, Tommy Wareham, Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band and others, plus a post-fireworks street party with Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band to close out the event. Admission is free to 4th Fest, but there are fees for parking. For more information, check out the event website www.4thfest.org.

And the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts happens the following week from July 10 through 13 in downtown State College. Live music will happen on several different stage locations throughout downtown State College. Some of this year’s performers include Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Smash the Windows, Natascha & the Spy Boys, Cardinal Harbor, The Nightcrawlers, Shake Shake Shake, Mark DeRose, Pure Cane Sugar, Chris Bell Band, Ted McCloskey & the Hi Fi’s, Velveeta, Feats of Strength, Summit Hill Bluegrass, The Earthtones and more. For more information, check out the website www.arts-festival.com.

(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing homegrownrocker@gmail.com.)