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Contributors

Contributors

Sound Off 2013 Updates, 09/21

by Chris Nelson

So far, we’ve received new donations from the American Antique Auto Museum and United Water. We should have a flyer out around the end of this month. I’ll send it out once it’s finished. if you’d like to forward these emails through your own email networks and contacts, please do!

If you haven’t seen the new logo for this year’s event, take a look at it (top right). This was designed by Ric Albano of 33 Dimensions. I think its a great new look and we’ll be using it a lot on may things we send out. Many thanks to Ric.

Tim Dyer and Dyer’s World Video will be there to capture all the excitement of the show for posterity. (thanks, Tim!) He’s helped us out for several events now, and you can see some of his videos of 2012 shows here.

I’m still working on the lineup of bands for the show, but I’ll send out a full schedule once everything’s been finalized. I’m still looking for someone to supply us with two folding tables and six chairs for the day of the event. There is not going to be anywhere to sit and we need a place to put the prizes and ticket sales. There will be other vendors in the courtyard that day, so space will be limited to beside the stage area. If you can help, or know someone who can. please let me know. Other thatn that things are on track. We can always use more donations of prizes for the drawing, so if you’d like to help, please contact me.

Until next time,
Chris Nelson

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Sound Off 2013 Updates, 09/08

by Chris Nelson

So far, things are going really well. We have our event location, sound support, and a few musicians and bands have been eager to join this event.

Today, I’m sending out donation requests by email and fax. I have a long list of places to send these to. I have attached a PDF version of the letter, which you can print or email to anyone you think would like to help.

So far, we’ve received contributions from:

  • LB Smith Ford
  • Hoffman Ford
  • 33 Dimensions
  • Dale’s Drum Shop

This is just the beginning, so I’m sure this list will get longer.

Ric Albano has offered to transport the drums to the site and then back to Dale’s Drum Shop after the event, so that problem has been resolved.

In addition, we will need to come up with two folding tables and about 6 chairs in order to set up our ticket sales table and display the prizes that will be raffled off. In anyone can help out by supplying these items the day of the event, please let me know.

We also will need people to help sell tickets. The more volunteers we get, the less time people have to stay at the ticket table.

I’ll have more details as they happen!

Chris Nelson
Sound Off for Vets

 

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Sound Off for Vets 2013

by Chris Nelson

Hello everybody!

Great news! Sound Off 2013 will happen this year, after all! The event will be held at the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, PA from noon until 4 pm.

We’re even going to try the prize drawing, provided we get enough support from the community. Needless to say, we’ll have to re-do the donation request letters and send them out to those who haven’t already responded. If any of you know someone who may want to donate or can locate someone who wants to contribute, please forward this message along.

Our sound man, Chris Hicks and Voyager Music will be providing the sound again and Dale’s Drum Shop has offered us a drum set to use. 33 Dimensions has been continuously providing us with a web site–if you haven’t seen it, the link as at the bottom of this message to visit.

Things are looking pretty good and we should attract a crowd and get lots of contributions. (I hope!) This year, I’m changing the format a little bit. Bands will be a major part of the show, but I want to include acoustic musicians in the space between the acts in order to keep the crowd that we may draw. We’ll do that after the drawings, which should only take about a minute each hour.

Another change is the way I’m communicating with all of you. I am sending out one email to the whole group, including the organizational messages, so everyone will feel more involved. If you don’t want to receive these emails, let me know and I will delete you from the list.

Finally, I will need volunteers to help with the event. Specifically, I’ll need someone to help me get the drum set to the show site, since I no longer have the capability to do this. I’ll also need people to help with selling prize drawing tickets. If you want to help out, let me know.

Here’s to making this years event a great show!

Chris
Sound Off for Vets

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2012 Contributors

by Sound Off for Vets

Below is the current list of items and services which have been donated to the 2012 Sound Off Event on Saturday, May 19th at City Island, Harrisburg, PA.

Last updated 05/12/12

Item Donor Further Information
$200 Cash Donation United Water Harrisburg UnitedWater.org
$200 Cash Donation VFW Post 882, Marysville
$100 Cash Donation Hoffman Ford HoffmanFord.com
T-Shirt and $50 Cash Donation Creter’s Guitar Shop CreterGuitarShop.com
$50 Cash Donation Fredricksburg Eagle Hotel FredericksburgEagleHotel.com
2 $50 Gift Cards Ultimate Wash & Lube UltimatePA.com
8 Box Seat Vouchers Harrisburg Senators SenatorsBaseball.com
4 Museum Tickets Antique Auto Museum AACAMuseum.org
2 “Epic Buffet” Coupons Hollywood Casino HollywoodPNRC.com
1 LB Homemade Chocolate Wertz’s Candies WertzCandy.com
25 ‘Moe’ Bucks Moe’s Southwestern Grill Moes.com
$25 Gift Card Bass Pro Shops Harrisburg BassPro.com
“Growler” Decanter Appalachian Brewing Company ABCBrew.com
4 Free Games of Golf City Island Water Golf H2OGolf.com
Custom Gift Baskets Colleen Washinger
Videography Service Dyer’s World Video DyersWorld.com
Professional Sound Voyager Music VoyagerMusic.net
Drum Set for Performance Dale’s Drum Shop DalesDrumShop.com
Advertising Space Pennsylvania Musician Magazine PAMusician.net
Website Design & Maintenance 33 Dimensions LLC 33Dimensions.com

If you’d care to make a contribution or donation, please contact Chris Nelson nelsoncl36@hotmail.com.

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List of Donated Items

Raffle Contributions

Below is the current list of items which were raffled off at the Sound Off for Veteran’s Day benefit on Friday, Novemeber 11th. The event was held at Champion’s Sports Bar in Highspire, PA.

Last updated 11/12/11

Item Donor Further Information
American Flag Stool Deborah Delgado  
4 Museum Tickets Antique Auto Museum www.aacamuseum.org
2 Buffet Coupons Hollywood Casino www.hollywoodpnrc.com
$25 Gift Certificate The Porch Restaurant www.porchrestaurant.com
Die-Cast Ford Truck Model L.B. Smith Ford & Mercury www.lbsmithford.com
2 Gift Cards Ultimate Lube and Wash www.ultimatepa.com
$25 Gift Certificate Farmer’s Hope Inn www.farmershopeinn.com
2 Sets of Event Tickets Adventure Sports in Hershey www.adventurehershey.com
Family Pass Civil War Museum www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org
Yamaha Keyboard Classic Rock Review www.classicrockreview.com
Tequila Package DAMES of PA www.damesofpa.com

If you’d care to make a contribution, please contact Chris Nelson nelsoncl36@hotmail.com.

Monetary Donations

Amount Donor Further Information
 $ 100 United Water www.unitedwater.com
 $ 100 Champions Sports Bar championssportsbar.net
  $ 50 Fredericksburg Eagle Hotel www.fredericksburgeaglehotel.com
  $ 20 Carmen Magro www.carmenmagro.com
  $ 10 Hot Wing Jones  
   $ 5 Kathi Guliano  

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One Day On Earth, 11.11.11

On Day On Earth, 11/11/11
Tim Dyer, the videographer for Sound Off for Veteran’s Day, will be sharing footage from the event with One Day On Earth.

On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to this second annual global day of media creation. One Day on Earth‘s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occuring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.

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Mycenea Worley

Mycenea Worley
Mycenea Worley is a singer/songwriter who regularly plays clubs, festivals, and benefits throughout central Pennsylvania. Her performances usually feature a nice blend of original songs, popular covers, and covers done with her unique arrangement, and always feature her enthusiastic smile, friendly demeanor, and outgoing personality.

She sings from the depths of her heart and soul and the music itself slightly deviates from her upbeat and outgoing persona. It heartfelt with a bit of a bent towards the folk rock edge. Mycenea released her debut, five-song EP titled Love in 2009, an enjoyable showcase of Mycenea’s songwriting talent and range. Material for a follow-up album is currently being recorded and should be out in the coming year.

In 2009 and 2010, Mycenea Worley was voted “Best Female Vocalist” at the 717 Music Awards, a testament to her brilliant talent. Further, Mycenea has donated her talents to each of the City Island Sound Off events and we look forward to her performance at Sound Off for Veteran’s Day.

   

Modern Rock Review Profile of Mycenea

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Hot Wing Jones

Hot Wing Jones
Hot Wing Jones has been described as a garage band for adults. While this may accurately describe this band’s public persona, it doesn’t aptly describe this band’s dedication to their musical pursuits. If one listens to their latest album Tanker A & Other Short Stories or attends one of their live performances, one is left with little doubt that this is a serious group of serious musicians.

The members of the band each have a talent for making it look effortless during their live shows and are not afraid to take chances, flirting with different styles and directions. They are definately built on a solid foundation classic rock and roll but at different times they can lean heavily towards country, jazz, or funk, making a Hot Wing Jones show an interesting and tremendously entertaining time.

Band Members
Andy Shemeta – Bass Guitar and Lead Vocals
Anthony Pepoli – Lead Guitars
Corey Woodcook – Pedal Steel, Guitar, Vocals
Talbert Ford – Rhythm Guitars
Rocco Beckenhelm – Drums, Percussion, Vocals

   

Modern Rock Review Profile of Hot Wing Jones

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Carmen Magro

Carmen Magro
Philadelphia area performer Carmen Magro has graciously let us use his song “America” as our official theme song. Magro and his band had performed live at this past May’s Sound Off 2 on City Island and they will be performing again at Sound Off for Veteran’s Day on November 11th at Champion’s Sports Bar in Highspire.

Carmen played many instruments as a child never being formally trained. His mother gave him a drum set for his 14th birthday and he was on his way to stage performances. After losing his father when he was ten, the passing of his mother when he was 19 really hit him hard and influenced the rest of his life. Remembering his mother’s influence to do so, he began writing music at the piano and has not stopped since. He continues to learn, multiply instruments, and shares the stage on piano and guitar as he fronts his band singing his original music. His band is loyal and committed to Carmen and his music as they never ask for anything and go anywhere with him. Currently, they are a 7-piece band including guitars, drums, keys and piano, saxophone and a multitude of hand instruments that come alive on stage.

Carmen’s Supporting Band:
Chuck Scarpello – Bass Guitar
Mark Burkert – Guitar
Rob DeSimone – Guitar
Dave Murphy – Drums
Steve Sauer – Keys / Synth / Supporting Vocals

Only recently did Carmen begin studio recording after finding a veteran producer, Arty Skye in New York City. This resulted in Carmen’s debut EP titled Come Alive which he self-published in hopes of opening some doors to get his music and band exposure and opportunities to share his music with the world. Carmen distributes his music under his own label “Carmen Rose Records” named after his father and mother who he thanks for leaving him with a humble nature he never ignores or takes for granted. The EP includes the songs “Come Alive”, “Take Me Back”, “Looking at Me”, “Our World”, “Christmas to Me”, and “America”, which was shot as a video, produced and directed by Anthony Werhun with 23rd Letter Films. Several of the songs are now being aired on internet radio stations in the US and England.

Carmen’s Website

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Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson from Lebanon, PA has been playing music for over 25 years and has written a large volume of songs, mostly under the name of his former band, Fishkill, although on most of the recordings, he played all the instruments. Some of the songs have even reached high chart positions on a variety of Internet radio stations. He released a total of four discs under this name.

In 2004, he turned the recording project into a live band and began playing music throughout the central Pennsylvania area. The band even participated in the 2005 Bodog Battle of the Bands in Philadelphia, where they made an impression on the crowd as something a little out of the ordinary. The band, however, only recorded six songs, three of which are live performances. Poor audience turnout and the loss of their first drummer altered the creative chemistry of the band and ultimately, they parted ways. After the band broke up in 2006, Nelson began compiling songs that would be used to re-launch himself as a solo musician. This time, he started leaning toward a more folk-like sound, while keeping the spirit of rock and roll intact. What followed was a new sound known as “Dark Folk”.

In 2009, he released his first solo CD, Nightfall which features all new songs which range from hard rock to acoustic folk. In August, Chris released a follow up effort call The Invisible Man. He currently performs songs live as an acoustic performer, but still has a full band on record. Chris’s music was selected for the soundtrack to the upcoming movie “Schizo Effect” released in October of 2010. His music has been featured on WRVV 97.3 FM’s Local Music Program “Open Mic Night with Michael Anthony Smith” broadcasting in the Central Pennsylvania region and on the all-independent show “On the Horizon with John Anderson.” OTH is on 21 different radio stations, with approximately seven million listeners in five different countries.

He has also worked with Michael Ellenbogen, author of “The Insider’s Guide to Saving Money” on a song about his life with Alzheimer’s disease. He has also been active in fundraising efforts for veterans, organizing the “Sound Off For Vets” fundraisers on Harrisburg’s City Island in June 2010 and May 2011.

Chris’s Website

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