HGR Local Music News 4/20/14

In Local Music News…

A band that has become a state institution for more than two decades has announced the end of the road. After an illustrious career that yielded multiple albums and several renowned hit singles, The Badlees announced that they will not be performing or recording after they finish out their current series of performance dates. The announcement comes shortly after longtime members Bret Alexander and Paul Smith announced their departure from the band. According to the group's website, badlees.com, the final Badlees show will be on October 10 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA. Following their departure, Alexander and Smith have announced the formation of their new band, Gentleman East. Besides Alexander and Smith, the group also features Badlees bandmate Ron Simasek on drums, violinist Nyke Van Wyk and former Breaking Benjamin guitarist Aaron Fink. The group is working on new music with a new focus, and will be recording music for an upcoming release. They will also announce tour dates soon.

And another reminder that the 24th annual “Crazy Fest” Amateur Youth Talent Show happens next weekend. This year’s event will take place on Sunday afternoon, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the Greenwood Firehall in Altoona. Youngsters up to age 21 can enter to perform and show off their talents, and compete for a multitude of trophies, plaques and other prizes. Any talents are welcome; including singing and playing instruments, dancing, twirling, magic, acting, poetry, or any other talent young minds can come up with. Youngsters may enter for free, and can apply to compete by calling show organizer and emcee Dennie Huber at (814) 942-2516. Admission for the general public is $2 per person; proceeds help fund the trophies and prizes, and food sale proceeds help out the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company. Food and refreshments will be available; no alcohol will be permitted or served at Crazy Fest. The “Homegrown Rocker” will have the results of “Crazy Fest” during next Sunday’s “Local Music News.”

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