2011 Homeless Vets Clothing Drive

Everybody likes free stuff, right? How would you like to see the concert at Sound Off for Veterans’ Day for free? It’s easy!

If you’re going to attend the dinner portion of the event,  you automatically have access to the concert. Dinner tickets are $20, however, and this is not what we’re talking about. Tickets to the concert after the dinner featuring local bands are $5 each.

Those who want to get into the concert for free only have to bring an item of clothing–not something you’re wearing to the event, obviously. We want everyone to stay dressed, please–to donate toward the Harrisburg YWCA’s Homeless Veterans Program. The YWCA is always in need of clothing ites for these veterans as many of them only have what’s on their back. Here are some ideas for donations:

  • Winter Coats: Winter is coming soon and these people will need something warm in order to survive. If you have a coat that is still usable that you’re not using, why not donate it?
  • Socks and underwear: The YWCA is always in need of undergarments and sock for both male and female. Why not purchase a package of underwear in any adult size as a donation?
  • Shirts and Pants: usable clothing that is not torn or shredded make good possibilities for donations. Shirts can be either long or short sleeved variety and either men’s or women’s–they need both.
  • Sweaters & Sweatshirts: Keeping warm on the street will b a challenge and a sweater or sweatshirt can make a huge difference. If you have some of these that you’re not wearing anymore and are in good condition, the YWCA can use them.

Remember, this event is honoring veterans, so what better way to show your support than by giving to those veterans who have fallen on hard times since leaving the military?

Tickets Now On Sale!

UPDATE: The earlier, dinner portion of the show has been cancelled as of 10/27/11. The latter part of the show is still on starting at 9pm!


Tickets are now available online for Sound Off for Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11th at Champions Sports Bar in Highspire, PA. Tickets are $20 per person (plus a $2.50 handling fee) and will be available online only until October 25th. If you’d like to personally purchase tickets, please stop by Champions Sports Bar, 300 2nd Street, Highspire, PA. Or you can obtain tickets by emailing Ric Albano ric@33dimensions.com.

Thank You!

Thanks to all of you who helped make this year’s event a success. With your help and support, we were able to raise close to $500 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Here’s looking forward to next year!

    – Chris Nelson, Founder, Sound Off for Vets

Sound Off for Vets 2

The second annual Sound Off for Vets concert was held on Saturday, May 21st, in conjuction with the Armed Forces Week Celebration on City Island, Harrisburg, PA.

Sound was provided by Chis Hicks of Voyager Music and live music provided by the following artists:

12:00 noon

Chris Nelson began playing music a quarter century ago and has not stopped since. He has written a large volume of songs, mostly under the name of his former band, Fishkill, for which he he played multiple instruments and released four albums. Some of these songs have charted high on a various Internet radio stations.

After the band broke up in 2006, Nelson re-launched himself as a solo musician, leaning toward a more folk-oriented sound, while keeping the spirit of rock intact. In 2009, he released his first solo CD, Nightfall, which featured this new sound known as “Dark Folk”.

Chris is the founder and organizer of Sound Off For Vets.

1:00 pm

Carmen Magro is a singer-songwriter musician from Philadelphia, who performs a unique piano rock style with great originality. His soul inspiring music comes with great energy, inspires faith, hope, love and strong feeling, and is influenced by many life experiences and world events as well as stories.

He is currently working with renowned producer, Arty Skye (SkyeLab Music Group) in New York City on an extended play CD project due for release very soon. Carmen was recently featured on a Philly television show where he was interviewed before performing his first released single off of that project titled “America”. He is very excited to participate in this year’s Sound Off for Vets event and will be joined by fellow band members Chuck Scarpello on bass, Rob DiSimone and Paul Morgan on guitars, and Dave Murphy on drums.

2:00 pm

A relatively new performing group, Michael Anthony Smith and the Dirty Thieving Theives is made of seasoned and skilled musicians that fuse a strong, bluesy root sound with just a touch of new wave.

The band was recently featured during another benefit for the Wounded Warriors, Heroes Wear Boots on March 20, 2011. That event was organized by the band’s leader, Michael Anthony Smith, whom you may recognize as a disk jocky on 97.3 The River.

3:00 pm

Shift Seven is a guitar-riff driven rock trio from Central PA. The trio has forged a 70s-fueled rock sound through years of writing and recording together. They recently finished their second studio album Love Lust for Bofa Dees Records, and it will be pressed soon.

The band consistes of Terry Gayhart and Keith Myers, who share guitar, bass, and vocal duties, and drummer Rick Boltz.

4:00 pm

Mycenea Worley sings from the depths of her heart and soul. Her original music is a blend of bluesy rock and pop enhanced by her powerful vocals. She continues to charm audiences in Central PA with her stage presence and gutsy performances.

In 2009 and 2010, Mycenea Worley was voted “Best Female Vocalist” at the 717 Music Awards. Her debut EP Love is now available now and shows the scope of Mycenea’s brilliant talent.

5:00 pm

Brian Xander is a singer / songwriter from Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, who has been writing and performing original and cover tunes across Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Tennessee for more than 13 years. He has been the opening act for Nashville Recording Artists Neal McCoy, Josh Turner, Tim Rushlow, and Valerie Borman.

He recorded an independent CD of original music entitled Oh This Thing Called Love and is currently working on his new CD, Rednax Revolution, which is due out in Spring of 2012. His website is www.brianxander.com.

6:00 pm

Driving Vegas was formed in early 2009. Front man Zach Blessing and drummer Kevin Whitaker came together to form a unique piano and vocal driven band. As they began to lay down the foundation for many of their current song list, the hunt for the remaining band members waged on. Bassist Dave Thompson was next to join Driving Vegas in late February and after filtering through a few guitarists Nate Fowler landed the gig in July ’09. Greg Guenther was last to join Driving Vegas in late September of 2009. Driving Vegas is soulful driven vocals with an alternative edge. Meshing the R&B styling of Jon Legend and the pop/rock feel of Gavin Degraw, Driving Vegas is a fresh new sound creating their own dynamic genre.

Sound Off for Vets is a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that assists returning military service members re-integrate with their loved ones and overcome their disabilities resulting from a wartime injury. The event, a free concert featuring local musicians and bands, prize drawings, and fun and games for the kids.

The Power of Music

I think that before I start, I should warn you that I’m a hippie. No, not the kind that you see in the old pictures from the 60’s, but I believe, as the hippies did, that there is dignity in freedom and independence is priceless. I thnk that’s also called transcendentalism, but don’t quote me on that. I also share in the belief that music can change the world. No, really, stop laughing!

This week is the lead up to the second Sound Off for Vets concert that will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (USA) this Saturday, May 21 starting at noon. During this time, I’ve noticed the good that music can achieve. Local musicians from all over central Pennsylvania have shown an interest in performing at the event and some even have asked to volunteer with putting on the event. There has been a large outpouring of support from the local cummunity either by sponsoring the event with a donation or donating a prize for the prize drawings. People from all walks of life have shown an interest in this and I think that it brings out the good in people. Although the cause is a good one and those returning from combat with injuries face a long hard road, the music plays a role in both indentfying this cause and, in a way, easing the suffering a little bit from the joy it brings to those who hear it.

Music plays a central part of all this simply because it is expression in its purest form. Last year, we had started out with very few people, since we held it on a thursday, but once we got going, the sound carrired to the other side of the river and people were coming over just to see what was going on. This year, we have grown in learning from our missteps from last year and building onto what was already here to make it bigger and better. We are part of this year’s Armed Forces Day celebration, an annual event in Harrisb urg highlighting our service men and women’s contributions and sacrifices. This event normally attracts a very large crowd. I am sure our music will attract these people to our show, our message, and ultimatly our cause. Music is what is bringing everyone together, in this case, calling attention to the Wounded Warrior Project and the plight of those who have been severly wounded in battle.

As a result of what happens here, the Wounded Warrior Project will be able to continue easing the transition of those severely wounded veterans who must now re-invent themselves in order to return to civilian life. During this event, people will meet, connections will be made, and friendships will be formed, all as a result of this effort. Through it all, the music is the prime ingredient which enabled all this to happen. There is power in music – the power to do good.

~
Chris Nelson

2011 Sound Off T-Shirt

Here’s a look at what the official Sound Off for Vets T-shirts will look like:

Front Back
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The actual shirt will be light blue. Get yours for $10 the day of the show. Dont forget, all proceeds will be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project. This is a great way to show your support to our wounded troops.

Sound Off 2 Hours Extended!

Sound Off for Vets has received permission to extend the May 21st show until 8:00pm!

This means potentially more artists and music will be added. Please check back as we adjust our schedule in the coming weeks.

2011 Music Lineup Announced

The 2011 list bands and musicians who will be performing at this year’s event has been released.

The show will take place on City island during the Armed Forces Day celebration on May 21st  from 11 in the morning until 4 pm that evening. Once again, the riverboat Pride of the Susquehanna will serve as the stage for this event.

Scheduled to perform this year are:

  • Mycenea Worley
  • Chris Nelson
  • Carmen Magro
  • Shift Seven
  • Michael Anthony Smith & the Dirty Thieving Gypsies

Sound Off Offers Sponsorship Opportunities to Local Businesses

This year, Sound Off for Vets is offering sponsorship opportunities to local businesses as an additional fundraising effort.

For $50, businesses can have their black and white logo printed on the back of this year’s souvenir t-shirt. We are hoping to get at least 15 sponsors in order to pay for he shirts. The shirts will be sold during the concert as an additional way to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. they’ll also be a great memento of this year’s event.

The shirts will be light blue, with the Sound Off 2 logo printed in color on the front and the Wounded Warrior Project logo on the back. The sponsor logos will be placed just under the WWP logo. IF you would like to see your business logo on the shirt, or know of someone who would appreciate the publicity, please contact us through our web page for more information.

Heroes Wear Boots Concert on March 20th

Before our own show on May 21st, you can enjoy another great concert featuring seven differnt acts called Heroes Wear Boots. This event will be held on Sunday, March 20th at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg.

This show will also benefit The Wounded Warrior Project and will feature Victor Jenks, Mycenea Worley, Michael Anthony Smith and the Dirty Thieving Thieves, Friction Broadcast, The Cornlickers, When Karma Was King and Driving Vegas.

This is an all ages show that starts at 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Donations will be accepted at the door.
More info on Heroes Wear Boots.