Sweeneys Saloon is the place to be this Thanksgiving Eve, Tuesday November 27th! The biggest party night of the year with everyone’s favorite band, KIRKO! The Coors Lite Girls will be there too; giving away lots of promos and prizes. From 9-11pm you can get $2.75 domestic bottles and 104.5 Radio Station is giving away two pairs of tickets to the Gaslight Anthem concert! Looking forward to this night for sure! Gonna be a big crowd, no work the next day & we can all party as much as we want! There is plenty of free parking in their lot and in the Septa train station lot adjacent to the bar. Sweeneys is keeping with the tradition of staying open for Thanksgiving Day offering everyone a place that people have come to love!
Sweeneys Saloon is recognized as a place where you can see live music 5 days a week, watch your favorite sports teams play, play pool or darts, have some great food and relax with your favorite drink. Family owned and operated and still going strong coming up on 28 successful years! They own two bars the one on Bustleton and Philmont Ave and the smaller bar on Rhawn Street and Verree Road, which is ran by the Patriarch of the family. The Sweeneys family must be doing something right; especially in this economy. Many area businesses have closed or have changed hands over and over. I spoke with Christian Sweeney; he believes that making their customers happy is the most important.
Friendly service, solid entertainment, and offering great food and drinks at reasonable prices will keep people coming back for more!
Music lovers and musicians as well have seen many of the area’s bars and clubs cut their live music down or stopped it all together. At Sweeneys you get some of the best local bands as well as many well known tribute acts as well. Every Sunday you can catch local favorites Fish Out of Water, Brian Bortnick (Octane) Acoustic on Tuesdays, Quizzo on Wednesdays, Generation Next every Thursday night, Friday and Saturday nights you will find your favorite tribute and cover bands playing on their stage with state of the art sound and lights!
Sweeneys Saloon has a full kitchen (10am until midnite) and offers lunch and dinner specials every day of the week! Next time you’re there try their Build Your Own Flame Broiled Burger or their Texas Torpedo-so yummy. There are many selections-all at great prices and you can either order in or carry it out! Order your favorite drink and make sure you check out their daily drink specials too. And of course-everything is served with a big smile by their friendly staff!
If you want to find out more about their events coming up please check out their website at www.sweeneyssaloon.net or on their facebook page. Come out to Sweeneys Saloon, grab a drink and cheer them on for another great 28 years!
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by the Mistress of Darkness, Queen Helene
Zombie Alert! Yes….it’s that time of year again and if you never been to Teddy Dugan’s Halloweenfest-you have missed out on one frightfully good time! Mark your calendars in blood if you have to for Saturday, October 27th @8pm, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club, 920 Trenton Rd. in Fairless Hills. It will be a ghoulish night of masquerade!
This SCARE-TASTICAL event will awaken the dead for sure with cash prizes for the most Scariest, Funniest, Original and Sexiest! The Grand Prize winner will take $500.00 cash! Once again, Nick Brambilla, the Dark Master of Ceremonies, along with Queen Helene, the Quintessential Mistress of Darkness, will transition you thru a night of Sheer Mayhem!
Your donation will allow you to bare witness to larger than life Hollywood-like theatrical designs; featuring over $10,000 in decorations, lighting and sounds-all beyond your imagination! There will be 4 bone rattling & rockin’ bands-SEVEN-ANGRY VIC-PIXIE DIX-& DISTURBING THE PEACE! Speaking of hauntingly disturbing-there will be 2 large screens with video views of all the magic & gore of the night; plus lots of ghoulish music to dance to by no other than Video Disc Jockey, Brian Potts! Hoards of food and ice cold beer will be overflowing, door prizes galore, adult-themed games and many other many thrills will be had by all!
You may purchase your tickets through the Scare Pros at (215) 547-1906 or through Teddy or Kelly at (267) 391-8626. Tickets in advance are just $30.00. Although you may dare to wait and get yours at the door for $35.00-heed my warnings these tickets sell FAST! Don’t be one of the poor souls who missed out last year and were condemned to wander for all eternity!
For more information check out the Spook-tacular ad in this issue of the Out On The Town!
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East Coast Debut at Wells Fargo Center Complex
Saturday, October 27th
Registration for The Walking Dead Escape is available now!
(PHILADELPHIA) October 3, 2012 – The zombie virus continues to spread as Ruckus Sports and Skybound, in conjunction with Live Nation, announce Philadelphia as the next city to fall in the gruesomely realistic The Walking Dead Escape obstacle course series. Taking place on Saturday, October 27 at the Wells Fargo Center Complex, the apocalyptic event comes just in time for the Halloween season. There are three ways to take part in this epic adventure: participants can choose to be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone, a Walker who embraces the inevitable and surrenders to the undead horde, or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party.
On the heels of a wildly successful event in San Diego this Summer, The Walking Dead Escape: Philadelphia is unlike any obstacle course event in the nation. Expanding on the best-selling The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novel storylines, the Escape allows Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the apocalypse.
“Thousands of Walking Dead fans participated in San Diego and we promised that it wasn’t going to stop there,” said Liam Brenner, founder Ruckus Sports. “Now the people of Philadelphia are going to have their chance participate as we transform the Wells Fargo Center Complex into the early days of society’s collapse.”
Survivors will climb, crawl and slide in an effort to avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers while achieving the ultimate adventure on The Walking Dead-themed obstacle course. The Walking Dead Escape is not a race and Survivors are not timed, but the end is near and they must move swiftly. If they’re lucky, Survivors will reach the decontamination zone where their level of infection – if any – will be determined by a confidential military scan. Walkers will be transformed into the undead by professional makeup teams and released on the course to haunt the living. New for the Philadelphia Escape is the “Survivor Showdown” where five-person teams will compete on a separate, walker infested course for $2,500 in prizes.
The choice is yours. Whether you run, walk, or watch, Walking Dead fans will have a front row seat to the real-life action event of a lifetime.
Early registration is strongly recommended, as walk-ups may not be available on event day.
JASON’S WOODS offers New Paranormal Bus Tours for 2012!!
Lancaster, PA – Jason’s Woods 2012 opens its 27th year with NEW takes on our unmatched collection of “7” favorite attractions and a brand new concept in supernatural horror, The Paranormal Bus Tour! Unbelievably the Biggest just got BIGGER!
Buses leave the grounds of Jason’s Woods on a nail biting journey to an actual 150 year old mill, full of murderous tales of revenge and loss. Scientifically proven to be the residence of several restless spirits, the Paranormal Bus Tour allows guests the one of a kind opportunity to follow in the footsteps of a team of actual paranormal investigators who, utilizing the latest in ghost hunting equipment, have made contact with these lost souls!
A seamless fusion of macabre local history and traditional Ghost Walk the Paranormal Bus Tour promises to leave its guests begging for the safety of the return trip back…
The “Legendary” Jason’s Woods boasts “7” hair-raising attractions and again, Jason’s Woods has taken them all to the next level! New Creatures, Special Effects and unparalleled scares await visitors to our Horrifying Hayride, Barn of Terror, 3D Pirates Revenge, Lost in Jason’s Woods Walking Tour, Mystery Maze, and Carnival of Fear!
Plus back by popular demand the Jason’s Woods Theater experience allows thrill seekers to feel as if they are a part of the Jason’s Woods cast…the victim IS part of the cast right?(at least for a short time)
Adding an entirely new dimension of fun to Jason’s Woods, the Entertainment area has grown to include an Alien Laser Tag Maze, the out of control action of Remote Control truck races, The New Jason’s Woods Ninja Challenge Obstacle Course and a Friday Night Tailgate Party!
With all the amazing new events and the addition of the Paranormal Bus Tours, Jason’s Woods has become THE destination for an entire weekend of Halloween fun and excitement!
Located at 99 Stehman Road Lancaster, PA. 17603. Attractions open weekends beginning September28th, through October 28th, 2012
Hours of operation – Friday’s and Saturday’s 7pm-10pm and Sunday’s 7pm-9pm. Visit www.jasonswoods.com for full event details
Government Zombie Cover-Up Exposed!
Feasterville, PA – As recently reported in many local media outlets, the government-operated Zombie Research Center, located at the Valley of Fear in Feasterville, Bucks County, PA, tragically burned down this past summer.
Based on information recently revealed by unnamed sources within the U.S. government, it is now known that dozens of actual zombies in various stages of development escaped during the fire and are roaming freely in the area, threatening the very lives of visitors to the Valley of Fear. Discovery of this cover-up leads many to recall the mysterious cover-up in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” says one shaken visitor to the exhibit. “I barely escaped with my life!”
Local authorities have thus far been unable to contain the escapees, who are still at large in the wilds of the Phoenix Sports Club in Feasterville, PA. They hope to have the situation under control some time in November.
Valley of Fear Opens Sept. 28th and Runs Through Nov. 3rd
Phoenix Sport Club, 301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville, PA 19053
Check Website for Dates and Tickets: valleyoffear.com
The Valley of Fear Rises From the Ashes for 2012!
The Valley Of Fear is the area’s longest running seasonal Halloween themed event, now in its 23rd season. Over the summer, a fire damaged some of the facilities on the property at Phoenix Sports Club; in fact, the devastating fire was featured on Channel 6 ABC news. But the Valley of Fear has literally “risen from the ashes” to come back better than ever this haunting season! It features favorites such as the Original Haunted Hayride and Scary Tales – your favorite fairy tales with a terrifying twist. The Valley of Fear Hayride was named the 2011 Hayride of the Year by the independent critics at FrightTour.com.
“Although we had a disaster with the fire this year, we have managed to turn it around and make the attraction even better than ever,” says Tom Yaegel, who operates the Haunted Hayride every year.
“Thanks to our imaginative cast and creators, we’ve made the fire a part of the story of our haunted attraction—due to the fire, zombies have escaped and are roaming the Valley of Fear. It’s very satisfying to turn this tragedy into a fun part of the 23-year lore of the Haunted Hayride.”
What’s new this year?
• The Zombie Research Center Zombie Excape Maze—Extreme terror, extreme fear, extreme zombies! Try to survive as you are chased by the zombie escapees through a 5,000 square foot maze. They’ve escaped and they are coming for YOU!
• Opening Weekend Special – Sept 28th and 29th, get all 3 attractions for the price of 2! Get discount tickets online at valleyoffear.com.
• Thursday, Oct 4 is Firefighters’ Appreciation Night at the Valley Of Fear. In honor of the heroic firefighters who fought the fire at our site this summer, The Valley of Fear is proud to offer special rates to those firefighters from the fire companies that responded to the blaze, and their families, on October 4th. Firefighters from participating companies should check with their chiefs for details.
The general public can purchase tickets for any night online at valleyoffear.com.
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Over Labor Day weekend, Made Event presented Electric Zoo 2012, and once again transformed New York City’s Randall’s Island into a multiplex of music, lights and dancing, along with 100+ of the world’s best and brightest electronic music artists. The 3-day bonanza hosted 110,000 avid fans with sold-out capacity crowds on Saturday & Sunday.
Bigger than ever in its fourth year, Electric Zoo’s technological advances helped transform the festival landscape. Intellitix’s RFID technology was again embedded in wristbands to help festival-goers enter quickly through the front gates. The stadium-scale Main Stage featured high-resolution motion-controlled video panels that created a massive sense of scale, which could be reconfigured live to create unique looks for each individual artist. The Riverside Stage included custom-designed 3D LED technology used for the first time ever at a live electronic music show. Meanwhile, the Hilltop Arena saw a wall of LED panels and mirrors set at specific angles, working in tandem to bathe the tent in a sea of lights and lasers. And over at the Sunday School Grove, original custom-designed school buses integrated LEDs with 3D projection mapping to create an immersive mixed-media experience. In every tent, club-quality sound systems enveloped fans with impeccable sound engineered by Integral Sound.
Electric Zoo 2012 also saw the return of NYC’s finest food vendors & trucks, which offered everything from hand-tossed gourmet pizza, and Korean BBQ to organic ice cream. Also returning was the Garden of EZ, a chill-out zone featuring mind-altering art and lights, full of a thousand neon butterflies from artist Gizem Bacaz and giant mushrooms from artist Dan Park.
But most important of all, Made Event committed to creating a fun and safe environment for its fans; free water refill stations, designated Help Points and the simple idea – Many Animals, One Zoo: Help Each Other Be Safe! With positive vibes all around, Electric Zoo 2012 was all about connecting music and friends old and new. Thank you Zoo animals. See you at Electric Zoo 2013 for the five-year anniversary!
Did you forget to get an EZoo 2012 t-shirt or hoodie? Get it now in the online Merch Shop!
Were you so busy running around from stage to stage, dancing with your friends, that you forgot to get some official merch for you and your loved ones? There are still lots of colors and designs to choose from in the Electric Zoo official online Merch Shop. Get over there now while the selection is the best!
It’s filled with over 200 photos of the artists, the spectacular visuals, and you!
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The Vans Warped Tour is a premier event that comes to the Tri state area every year. For the past 17 years the VWT has showcased many unknown bands that have needed to be heard. This year was no exception. I didn’t get a chance to see all of the bands so I will tell you about some of the ones I did.
Sleeping With Sirens
is a 5 piece post-hardcore band that just Rocks. I’m not sure what exactly Post-hardcore is but they sounded great and the crowd loved them. Singer Kellen Quinn opened up and told the crowd this next song for a guy who has really missed out on a lot. He said, ”if your going to make a son, at least stick around to see how he turned out”. I love that this kid writes songs about his life.. Check them out if you can, it will be worth it.
MGK..Machine Gun Kelly
Who the hell is this guy and why is he not a super star? Could be because he is from Cleveland Ohio and not a lot of hardcore Rappers come from there. I’m kidding, MGK Took the stage to a whole lot of people who knew exactly who he was. I was impressed, extremely impressed. The set was full of hooky songs with crowd participation spots. He had a live band that actually played their instruments and played them well. I loved this set and was worried about who was up next.
Watching Justina on the side of the stage while MGK slayed a crowd of thousands I was curious how she would perform to this already frenzied crowd. As she was about to go on I looked around and everyone was gone. Apparently ALL TIME LOW was playing another stage. They are super hot right now and it was a terrible spot for her. Justina is a Rapper/singer from North Jersey who truly has a ton of talent. She is an amazing singer and can play the guitar well. For this show she was supporting he new album RT 80 Mixtape. This set is no indication of whom she is and what she can really do live. Billing herself as the hiphop Joan Jett, she is far from Joan Jett. Her guitar player made the one mistake that is not appreciated in these parts. He insulted the few people that were there. It made me cringe. Telling the crowd that if they didn’t like your music they could go fuck themselves is a deal breaker. All of the music was prerecorded and the live band was completely unnecessary. The best song she had was called “Boom Fuck it “ which will never make it to mainstream radio. I hope for the sake of her career she stops rapping and starts singing and playing guitar because that is where her true talent lies.
Here are a couple of honorable mentions. Sick of Sarah rocked Ballyhoo grooved and the Lost Prophets were as great as ever.
There were lots of bands and lots of causes. It was a great day all the way around.
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The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is pleased to announce this year’s festival sponsors! The 2012 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is presented by ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and is sponsored by Jagermeister, Sumerian Records, Zippo, Ibanez, Hot Topic, Matador, Air Force Reserves, Revolver Magazine, Century Media Records, Metal Blade Records, Roadrunner Records, the Keep A Breast Foundation, Living The Dream, South Surf Clothing, Snagola, US Army, SJC Drums, and Metalinjection.net. See below to learn more about this year’s exciting sponsors, and stay tuned to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com for more information coming soon.
The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is only shortly over three weeks away! See below for all current tour dates and log on to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:
6/30 San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
7/1 Shoreline Amphitheater @ San Francisco, CA
7/3 Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
7/4 Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/6 Phoenix, AZ @ Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
7/7 Albuquerque, NM @ Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
7/8 Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7/10 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/11 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
7/13 Tampa, FL @ 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
7/14 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/17 Bonner Springs, KS @ Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
7/18 Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
7/20 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/21 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/24 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/25 Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
7/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/29 Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
7/31 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/1 Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
8/3 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
8/4 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
8/5 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
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Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ will host the 1st annual Real Legends of Hip Hop Concert concert produced by Vito Bruno Friday, June 22 9PM.
Twelve legendary acts will be performing over 20 hit songs…one night, one stage!
Performing live on stage the group credited with the first hip hop song ever, the legendary Sugar Hill Gang, plus Salt N Pepa, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Melle Mel and Scorpio, DJ Kool, Bad Boyz, Kurtis Blow, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, Rob Base all hosted by Hot 97s Funkmaster Flex. Plus a special appearance by the Queen of House Crystal Waters.
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com. Prices are $29.50/$49.50/$75/$95 a special VIP ticket is available for $495.
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3 Days of Music, Camping, Crafts and FUN
Featuring More Than 30 Bands on 2 Stages
June 29th, 30th and July 1st
Opple Topple Music Festival is 3 day camping music festival and is the brain child of Ryan Opperman of Special Ops productions. The festival is an annual event that is in its 3rd year. It exists to support the local live music scene by providing a variety of quality music performances throughout the year that culminate into the 3 day extravaganza. Stage Trip Productions will be providing the the ultimate optical soundsation stage show. The festival organizers strive to provide stadium quality concerts for the working mans wallet.
Each year the festival has grown and along with hat growth has been evolving needs. This year it has been a huge challenge to find a venue capable of supporting the expected crowds, camping needs, vendors and staff. The organizers of the festival are pleased to be working with the great folks at Winding Brooke Farm who at the 11th hour stepped up with a property that will meet all the Opple Topple Festival Needs.
Bands performing at Opple Topple this year include: Neptune Bloom, Dirk Quinn, Sunflower and the Seeds, New Kings of Rhythm, Muscle Shoals Revival, Fikus, Fundimensionals, Sage, Karmic Repair Company, Local Dub, Philadelphia Funk Hustle, ShwiZz, Whiskey Hickon Boys, First Capital Funk, Jared Kahn Band, Gracy’s Trip, April May & The June Bugs, Pete Kranz and Billadelphia, Gandalf Lord of the Bass, Pureland, Primate Zoo, Echoes Talk Back, Matt Cicchetti, Drew Kelly, Rocktapuss, Citrus Distress, Catullus, Gnarly Favor, Zombie Brigade, Cosmal, Sonnie Shine and the Under Water Sounds, The Punkabillys, Scott Marshall and the Hillbilly Souls and Brooke Shive and the 45’s.
Opple Topple can be found online at www.oppletopplefest.com and from here festival goers can purchase tickets, get directions, sign up to volunteer and get other important details to make their festival experience the best it can be. The site was expertly designed by the grand master designers at “Pixelmechanic.net“
Opple Topple is proud to be supporting the RACE FOR ADAM FOUNDATION and CAMELOT FOR CHILDREN for 2012. Find out more about how they serve terminally ill, handicapped and disabled children by going to their web sites at www.raceforadam.org and www.camelotforchildren.org
Advance discounted tickets (includes camping on a first come first served basis) for Opple Topple are on sale now. Full NON-discounted tickets will be $70.00. Pre-sale Discount (May 11th- June 7th) – $65.00, Full Ticket Price (June 8th – June 29th) – $70.00. The full line up schedule and other details can be found on the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/191564544281709
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By Jimmy Abgarian.
April 24th saw the return of Nickelback to the Tri-state area for the first time since March of 2009. A Canadian band hell bent on putting on a gigantic spectacle of sound and lights, they did not disappoint. My Darkest Days was the first band up. Going on very early and only playing 4 songs has to be difficult for any young band trying to make an impression on a crowd that early. They have a strong following who seemed to show up early on to see them. They ended their short set with their hit song Porn star dancing. MDD is on Chad Kroegers 604 record label. They sounded well rehearsed and appeared to have fun making the most of their short set. Next up was Seether. I don’t know where to begin here. Let’s start with the positives. Seether has great songs and a great sound, there is no disputing these facts. The problem is they seem to be lacking stage presence and had no connection to the audience at all. This is the fifth time have seen this band and I have disappointed every time in the live show. Seether’s stage set up consisted of over sized Amps and what looked like cheap Christmas lights. The exact mundane set up that they used last year. Watching this band play their hit songs and sounding great mad me angry because there was no movement at all. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that all of the nine songs of their set were hits. Legitimate, on the radio,hits. The problem is there was no show. NEXT
What Happened next is something that I have waited for a very long time to see. Bush fronted by Gavin Rossdale took the stage and proceeded to take the Philly crowd to school. They only played 8 songs but those 8 songs were worth the price of admission alone. They opened with Machinhead and then proceeded to blast through All My Life and The Sound of Winter off of their 2011 release Sea of Memories. Both songs are Bush caliber songs and belonged in the set. They then played Everything Zen before cranking it up full volume for a stellar version of the Beatles classic Come Together. During the song Gavin left the stage and went into the crowd to sing and dance with the fans. I was shocked that one half of a Hollywood power couple would risk life and limb to get his point across. It worked in a big way. The rest of the set was incredibly familiar with Little Things, Glycerine and Comedown ending the set. This set showed me that my loyalty and dedication had not been wasted on a band that brought their A game and didn’t just go through the motions. It was unreal how great they sounded. Bush was the perfect set up band for what came next.
I have seen a lot of good and bad written about Nickelback over the years. I want to tell you why I love this band. Before the show they spent the day visiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. It makes me proud that a band of Nickelback’s stature takes the time while touring to take the time to brighten a sick kids day. These are the things most critics ignore.; Not me. I praise them for their unselfishness. Nickelback is out touring in support of their new album, Here and Now. The new record has at least 4 hits on it. I couldn’t wait to see the Bigger and Better stage show.
They opened the show with This means war and then steamrolled through a 15 song set of some of their best songs. They spared no expense on the staging and lighting. Lot’s of huge explosions and pyro. In the middle of the set, a giant floating stage came down and the band played Bottoms up suspended above the pumped Philly crowd.
They played Rockstar and Someday after they landed and Animals on the way back.
This is how a Rock Concert is supposed to be. There was no rolling tape or prerecorded back up vocals or lip Synching. This was an hour and a half of balls out rock. Hit after hit made the night go way to fast.
This band has progressively gotten better and better over the years and I am surprised at the infinite creativity of Nickelback. The show reminded me of the Huge Rock shows of the late Eighties. They closed the night out with Figured You Out. It was a long night of Rock that was worth the money. If you were looking to immerse yourself in a couple of hours of great Rock and Roll I would highly recommend a Nickelback show.
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The Pennypack Music Festival/Wednesday Nights and the ALL NEW Saturday Summer Slam Jam!
By: Krista Doran
It’s that time of the year again folks! Time to pack up the kiddies, lawn chairs and blankets and head down to Pennypack Park for the Pennypack Summer Music Festival! We have all spent time at the park over the last several years listening to great live music, comfortably lounging in the grass with our family and friends. It’s a wonderful experience for the whole family and we are very lucky to have these concerts available to us to enjoy every year!
The festivals all started back in the ’70’s through the imagination of Ed Kelly and Louis Farinella, and other activist citizens of NE Philadelphia. Kelly led the grassroots effort to build the existing bandshell with the mindset “If we build it, they will come.” The shows featured Big Band acts such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and local area string bands. The concerts regularly attracted huge, appreciative crowds and were a great success for more than 20 years. But as the years passed, the original founders could no longer handle the exhaustive administrative and logistical tasks of running the festival every year. Consequently, despite the obvious need, it ceased to exist.
Luckily, in the Winter of 2000, revival efforts began and a new group of community activists began to take things over. They put together a plan for a new Summer music series that would use the existing band shell. By mid-Summer of 2001, the series was officially renamed the Pennypack Park Festival and the abandoned band shell was completely restored! The first year, the new festival was able to put on three small and very successful shows featuring Jazz, Latin, and Big Band music.
Today the concerts continue to be a huge success. Every Wednesday night, another great Tribute Band is featured, along with other awesome local bands as openers. Just a few of these amazing acts will include Steal Your Face (Grateful Dead Tribute), Romeo Delight (Van Halen Tribute), The Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones Tribute), Diamond Dogs (Bowie Tribute) and of course, Philly’s own Mike LeCompt and AJ Slick, plus many more! The series runs from 5/9 through to 9/15. These concerts give local musicians the chance to play up on that big stage for the huge crowds that love the music. This year, the Board approved a special SATURDAY concert that is going to feature the areas top cover bands! This event called Summer Slam Jam, is going to take place on Saturday June 2, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will feature opening band Original Haze and then starting at 2:00 pm: Boss Hydro, Stems and Seeds, Dirty Electrick, Chowder and Rev! This is sure to be a great time for the whole family to enjoy, so make your plans now to be there!
The summer concerts are something everyone looks forward to. What you may not know are the many fundraising efforts and scholarships the concerts help to support. The Festival’s ongoing mission to promote and develop musical and other performing arts is a historic commitment to youth participation. This is why it is so important for our local community to come enjoy and support all the summer concerts. Yes, it is about great music but it also about making our community better and better. The Festival consistently seeks grant funding from public and private foundations, government sources and the private sector and donations from the loyal audiences continue to be a critical source of support as the board looks to eventually increase the number of scholarships that can be awarded. To read the entire history of the concert series, view the upcoming schedule and for more information please visit www.pennypack.org!
On behalf of, well everyone who enjoys these concerts year after year, all of us at The Out On The Town would like to thank the entire Board (Steve Hartzell, Norman Jadczak, Glenn Devitt, Jerry Lathrop, Janet Tagliavia, Lonnie Goldiner, Lisa Greco, Bob Finnegan, Harry Fritsch and Donny Smith) for all the painstaking effort that goes into such a demanding and wonderful achievement. This series is a true commitment to community in every sense of the word. All of the concerts are free, so please support this commitment with donating all you can when those buckets come around!
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