HGR Local Music News 1/19/14

In Local Music News…

Two benefit shows involving area bands and performers will take place in coming weeks. On Saturday, January 25, a benefit to help out area musician John Stiffler will take place at Morris’ Tavern and Restaurant in Sidman. Known as an area “one-man band” entertainer, John was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease called Chronic Inflammatory Demylinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), and now needs a cane and knee braces to get around. He was accepted for a stem cell transplant at a facility in Chicago, and is incurring large medical expenses. The benefit on January 25 will start at 8 p.m., and feature performances by John and other musical friends.

A benefit concert to help out colon cancer patient Ray Dorsey will take place next month in Altoona. The Benefit for Raymond Michael Dorsey will happen on Sunday, February 9 at Pellegrine’s. The show begins at 2 p.m., and will feature performances throughout the afternoon and evening from Chelsea and Stevie Moses of E.V.K., hip-hop artist Black Ace with the Platinum Soul Jazz step team, Cousin Mike, the Backyard Rockers, Untyed, guitarist Shawn Brown, Skye 2.0, Triple Threat. Left For Dead and Bite the Bullet. Donation will be $5 at the door, and all ages are welcome.

In band personnel moves, The Hawks Blues Band has a new bass player, as Jamie Smith has replaced Jim Colyer. Jamie made his debut with The Hawks on Friday night at Teriz Place in Altoona.

And area ukulele fans have a lot more to cheer about in the New Year. The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective has begun monthly ukulele jam sessions, and has a major event happening early next month. The Second Sunday Ukulele Jam events happen the second Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.; the next one is scheduled for February 9 at Penn State Altoona in the Titelman Lounge area of the Misciagna Building. And the Kollective presents the Allegheny Ukulele Soiree and Uke Petting Zoo event on Sunday afternoon, February 2, also at the Misciagna Building on the Penn State Altoona campus. This event will feature a ukulele petting zoo for children and others interested in trying out the instrument, as well as beginner and intermediate workshops, “The Mighty Uke Movie, open mic uke concerts and more. That event will run from noon to 5:30 p.m., and admission is free.

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