Benefit Concert

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

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

Sound Off for Veteran’s Day

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!

We will be holding a special, off season benefit concert this Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th (11-11-11). The show will be held at Champions Sports Bar in Highspire, PA and will feature an excellent lineup of bands and acoustic performers.
Tickets for this event are now available and can be purchased on this site for a limited time or by contacting Ric Albano, the event’s organizer.

The event will feature a complimentary buffet for ticket holders starting at 5 pm until 8 pm. Acoustic musicians will perform for the guests during the dinner. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). This non-profit organization assists combat-injured service members in re-integrating with their families, their jobs, and is some cases, provides vocational rehabilitation for those unable to perform jobs with their injuries.

In addition to raising money for the WWP, people are being asked to donate clothing items for use in the Harrisburg YWCA’s Homeless Veterans Program. Items the program needs are winter coats, shoes, pants, and shirts. Men’s and women’s sizes in any of these items are needed.

There are several ways that you can participate in or donate to this benefit:

  1. Stop by Champions and Enjoy the Show. The latter portion of the benefit is open to the public after 9:00pm for a $5 cover charge.
  2. Make an Online Donation. Simply click on the black “Make a Donation” box on the top right of this page and you can donate in honor of a veteran you know and love.
  3. Donate an Item. If you have an item of value which you’d like to donate for our raffle, please contact Chris Nelson via email nelsoncl36@hotmail.com in the very near future. Your donation may be tax deductible.
  4. Spread the Word!. If you think this is a worthwhile and valuable cause, please help out by telling everyone you know. We don’t have a tremendous advertising budget, so word-of-mouth is the most effective way to let people know what we are doing.

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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

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.

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