HGR Local Music News 4/13/14

In Local Music News…

Two giants of Pennsylvania blues and blues rock are converging on Altoona for a special fundraising concert in early May. Pittsburgh great Norman Nardini and Harrisburg blues harmonica master Nate Myers will perform on Saturday evening, May 3, at The Church in the Middle of the Block in Altoona. The show will be a benefit for Monica’s Heart Greyhound Adoption, an organization that finds homes for retired racing greyhound dogs. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-concert reception with appetizers and refreshments, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person; advance tickets are available by calling 814-502-4767, and will also be available at the door the night of the show.

Blues fans should also note that a popular Altoona native son will be back in town to perform during a special show in mid-May. Drummer and singer John McKnight, whose local resume includes stints with Felix & the Hurricanes and Slammer, will return as part of national recording artists The Chris Duarte Group. That show will happen at 30 Something in Altoona on Saturday night, May 17. Felix & the Hurricanes will open that show. Advance tickets are available at 30 Something.

And a special concert event is coming together in Bedford County for late May. Bedford musician Matt Otis is organizing the first-ever May Daze Festival for May 31 at the Wills Mountain Festival Site. The music will begin at 2 p.m., and will feature performances from Matt Otis & the Sound, Painted By Millions, RyCo, Lies, Inc. The Nick Miller Project, Jacob Horton, Jud Bussard, Tommy Fix, Bucketlist, Sally Starflower, Kenny Fetterman and Charles William McClanahan. There will also be visual arts presentations, films, games and recreation as well. Early bird tickets are currently available for $10 through Matt Otis. Matt will be on the April 27 edition of the “Homegrown Rocker” with more details about this show.

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