HGR Local Music News 8/17/14

In Local Music News…

The area music scene mourns the passing of longtime bass player Phil Kolarczyk, who passed away on August 8 at age 60. Phil was the original bassist of Felix & the Hurricanes, and played with numerous bands through the years, including The Red Arrow, Here We Go Again, Dakota Rose and more. We at the “Homegrown Rocker” offer our heartfelt condolences to Phil’s surviving family, friends and musical associates.

Several noteworthy live music events take place in the area next weekend, with two happening at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club. On Saturday the 23rd, the second annual Pickin’ for Wishes bluegrass benefit concert will raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation of Western PA, and will feature a full day’s slate of local and regional bluegrass bands starting at noon. Performing this year will be The Roustabouts, Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers, The Hillbilly Gypsies (performing two sets), Mama Corn, Brush Creek and the Allegheny Drifters. Tickets are $10 advance and $15 at the gate, and children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Food and refreshments, arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities will be available.

Then next Sunday the 24th at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club is the 23rd annual Kids Come First Benefit; End Of Summer Jam, with proceeds helping out Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. That event kicks off at 1 p.m., and will feature music from a variety of performers. Bands and performers taking part in this year’s Kids Come First Benefit include The Backyard Rockers, Rokkandy, Mahoney B & the Blacksnakes, The Jive Turkeys, Driving Sideways, Emberstitch, Mo Yon, Ron Russell and Disorganized Crime. Donation at the gate is $10 per person, with children ages 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Food and refreshments plus prize giveaways will be available.

Flight 19 will provide the music at a post party following a motorcycle run next Saturday the 23rd to help out Veterans For VFW Post 3. The motorcycle run begins and ends at the Duncansville VFW, with registration starting at 10 a.m. and the ride beginning at noon. The post-party with Flight 19 begins at 4 p.m., and will include the music, barbecue chicken dinner, prize giveaways and more. Registration for the ride is $15 per rider, and admission to the post-party for those not wishing to ride is also $15 per person.

And Pittsburgh rockers Big Atlantic achieved a milestone this week, as they were selected by NoiseTrade.com as a “New & Notable” artist. The group is now on the front page of the NoiseTrade website. As part of the milestone, listeners can download Big Atlantic’s self-titled debut album for free with a bonus acoustic version of the song “Motive” from NoiseTrade’s website, www.noisetrade.com. The download will be available on the website’s front page until Tuesday. Big Atlantic will record their new album in September, with an expected release date toward year’s end.

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