HGR Local Music News 12/8/13

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Another benefit show has been announced for next weekend to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The second annual Johnstown Bands Lend a Hand Benefit will take place next Saturday night, December 14, at the Conemaugh PNA with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital. The music begins at 6 p.m., with the bands Train Shop, Pound, Blue Collar Fate, Frankie & the Nomads, the original Yum with Darren Buchko on guitar and Mark Lux joining in on vocals for a special ‘Yum Digger’ segment. Donation is $5 per person.

And as previously reported, The Caring for Kids Benefit also will take place next Saturday, December 14 at the Turner Hall in downtown Johnstown to raise money for Children’s Hospital. That show will start at 8 p.m. with performances from 3 Weeks Yesterday, Free Beer Bandits, Lucky Lad Green, Beyond the Purge, AKA, Paragon, Jason DeWitt and Inside Out. Donation at the that event is also $5 per person.

As the end of the year approaches, two area bands have decided to exit area stages, while a former favorite returns to action. The Good Seeds announced that they are going their separate ways, and that band members will be surfacing in new projects. Cambria County modern rockers Juke Left have also announced their farewell after two years together. Meanwhile, popular ‘90s-era Somerset County rockers Nixon Pit Crew have reunited and are hitting area stages again. The well-known roster of singer, bassist and flute player J.D. Ross, lead guitarist Donn Ross and drummer Mike Kinsella are currently in the process of booking shows to mark their return.

And the state’s music community mourns the loss of Bloomsburg-based singer and songwriter Dave Blackledge, who passed away on Friday morning at age 63 after an extended illness. Dave was revered for his brand of witty and funny music, as he wrote a number of comedic songs and recorded several self-produced CDs, as well as his most recent, 2005’s Spread It On Thick, produced by Bret Alexander with members of the Badlees providing backup. Dave was also a strong supporter of original music, and organized several singer-songwriter festivals to promote independent singers and songwriters such as Mycenea Worley, Hannah Bingman, Rhyne McCormick, New York’s Denise Barbarita and more. He also was a columnist for Pennsylvania Musician Magazine for a few years, and briefly produced and hosted his own local music radio show on a Bloomsburg FM station before retiring last year due to his health issues. Dave was also a guest on the “Homegrown Rocker” a couple of times, and once played a show in the Altoona area with Felix & the Hurricanes. Dave will be missed, but his music will live on.

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