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.

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

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.

Sound Off 2 Now Scheduled for Armed Forces Week

Sound Off for Vets will now be held in conjuction with the Armed Forces Week Celebration on City Island, which will take place on May 21. The show will run from 10 am to 4 pm on the deck of the Pride of the Susquehanna and still offer all the same activities as last year’s event did.

This change should offer increased participation and generate more interest in the Wounded Warrior Project and the contributions of our military service men and women.

Planning for Sound Off 2 Begins


The Sound Off for Vets Planning Committee met in Harrisburg last night to begin working on this year’s event. The date is now going to be on June 4th, since the riverboat wasn’t available on the original date of the 18th. Our point of contact from the Harrisburg Riverboat Society is Will D’Amico. He will be our liaison to the group. I have reserved the boat for June 4th and spoke with Andrew Ponte, who has agreed to send me an acknowledgement in writing. We are also going to make sure that we have written agreements from the Riverboat Society so everyone is on the same page this year. Chris Nelson that issue. 

First, we have a working web site, so you can begin sending this link out to anyone you know; http://vets.cygnuswave.com/. Thanks to Ric Albano for making this happen. 

We are currently developing a set of sponsorship packages to offer local business this year in order to help with the costs of the event. Ric Albano is working that issue. We hope to have something that will be attractive to local businesses and allow us to raise the money we need for this event. I also plan to contact our local veteran service organizations (VFW, Legion, etc.) to see if they would be willing to donate to this event. 

I am working on getting Crown Magnetics in Lebanon to furnish posters for this event that we can use to get the word out about this event. There should have something to report by the next time we meet. 

This event has been registered with the Wounded Warrior Project. They will be coordinating with us as we get further along. 

We are also working on having a photographer and videographer at the event to offer video and photos to the bands & musicians as a ‘thank you’ for their participation. This will also give us more footage to place on the web site in the future. 

Another thing we discussed is asking some of the more well-known acts in the area to perform for this event in order to get a larger crowd. Karyn Albano is working that issue. 

We are trying to get someone to coordinate the kids’ activities. Dena Djangdhari is trying to contact Susan Smith from Operation Military Kids to get some assistance. 

Our next meeting has been scheduled for February 28 in the Kline Library meeting room at 5:30 PM.