HGR Local Music News 9/29/13

In Local Music News…

In band personnel news, area heavy rockers Giornesto have announced a new bass player in their roster, as Adam Weaver takes over bottom end duties.

Singer Scott Walk and Altoona-based hard rockers Screamin’ Ugly have parted ways. The group will continue on as a four-piece.

Guitarist Tom Brown has parted ways with local ‘80s rockers Sunset Strip.

A benefit concert to raise toys and money for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign has been announced for early November. The Toys for Tots benefit will happen on Saturday evening, November 2 at the Cresson American Legion, and will feature performances from Punk Fiction Project, the Backyard Rockers, Strings Radio, Root and the Fifths, Josh Gallagher, The Lux Republic and Locked and Loaded. Advance tickets will be sold, and more details about the benefit will be available soon.

And the area music scene was rocked with the passings of two friends in recent weeks. David Dowden, better known as “Jinx” on the area music scene, died unexpectedly recently at age 41. Jinx was an original road crew member for the band Hair Force One, and designed the banners that the group used at their shows. He was a tattoo artist as well.

And if you frequented live music events, concerts, benefits and festivals on west-central PA stages in the past 2-3 years, you likely encountered Bryan Haluska, or actually, his alter ego. Decked in a green superhero outfit, cape and ballcap, Bryan endeared himself to the area music scene and community as local “superhero” Cambria GreenMan, and he frequently showed up at concerts, festivals, benefits and charity events. Sadly, Bryan unexpectedly died in his sleep last Monday at age 30. A benefit for Bryan’s family was held this past Friday night at the Patton VFW, and plans are being discussed for a band benefit show in Cambria GreenMan’s honor as well.

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