HGR Local Music News 8/18/13

In Local Music News…

Numerous band personnel moves top our look at this week’s Local Music News…

The “Party Plane” is changing two crew members…Bassist Mark Triforo has parted ways with Flight 19, and Denny Frank has replaced him. Denny boards the “Party Plane” as his trio A.X.E. plays out their final shows. And as previously reported, Paul Carraciolo takes over Flight 19’s drum kit at the end of this month, as Clint Carothers exits the group and A.X.E. to pursue a career opportunity in Nashville.

Mama Corn’s cornfield grows a little taller with the addition of an upright bass player. The group has added Bryan Homan to their full-time roster, replacing electric bassman Kelly Montgomery. Bryan has played upright bass on stage with the Altoona bluegrassers as a guest on numerous occasions in the past.

Locked and Loaded has locked and reloaded with a new lead guitarist, as Dan McConnell, Jr. takes over for Brad Lego, who is joining the ranks of Johnstown-based southern rockers Bite The Bullet.

Up Your Arsenal has parted ways with vocalist Andrew Culp, and will continue as a trio for the time being.

Bassist Mandy Coover has parted ways with Philipsburg rockers Rukkus. Mandy is returning to acoustic music, and has formed a new acoustic duo with Chris Kane called Left Of Center. Rukkus is currently seeking a replacement bass player.

York-based beach song specialist Dani Hoy has just released her second full-length CD, called Songs of Love & The Ocean.

And we close Local Music News with reminders of several notable outdoor events happening next weekend… Next Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24, the Route 22 Rock & Blues Festival takes place at the Lincoln Caverns Campground near Huntingdon. Also next Saturday, the Wagon Wheel Amphitheater in Philipsburg will host a Blues and Roots Fest starting at 3 p.m. The inaugural Pickin’ for Wishes Bluegrass Festival to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation also happens next Saturday starting at noon at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club. And the annual Kids Come First Benefit: 22nd End Of Summer Jam takes place next Sunday, August 25 at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

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