HGR Local Music News 11/24/13

In Local Music News…

Like the rest of central Pennsylvania, the area music scene is mourning the loss of Altoona area radio icon Steve Kelsey, who passed away last Sunday, November 17, following a stroke. He was 56. After first surfacing on Altoona radio airwaves in the mid-1970s, Steve became popular with listeners and an entire legion of local musicians and future musicians with his late-night weekend radio program, “All Night Album Rock,” which played the newer hard-edged rock of the day, and inspired many musicians to pick up instruments and form bands. Steve also played local bands on the program, such as Black Diamond, Piranha, Cut The Mustard and others. We will devote next Sunday’s “Homegrown Rocker” in memory of Steve Kelsey, and hear from various area musicians influenced and impacted by him on the “Local Music Remembers Steve Kelsey” special.

A special benefit show will take place in Johnstown in mid-December to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Caring for Kids Benefit will take place on Saturday, December 14 at the Turner Hall on the corner of Jackson and Railroad Street in downtown Johnstown. There will be a basket party from 2 to 4 p.m., and live music starts at 8 p.m. with a variety of performers. Taking part will be 3 Weeks Yesterday, Free Beer Bandits, Lucky Lad Green, Beyond the Purge, AKA, Paragon, Jason DeWitt and Inside Out. Donation at the door is $5 per person.

And The Sitch will help raise money for St. John the Evangelist School when they perform at Altoona’s 4D’s Lounge this Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve.

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