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Area Bands Return the Love

April 11, 2008 - Jim Price
Every weekend, it’s commonplace to see area music fans showing support and love for the musicians and bands who grace local stages. 

This Saturday night, April 12, at the Oriental Ballroon in Gallitzin, four area bands will return the love to one of those fans who is going through hard times.  Christine Klisiewicz suffers from gastroparesis, and recently had a permanent feeding tube inserted.  She and her husband, Dave, have had to make multiple trips back and forth to Pittsburgh for medical treatment.  The costs of the treatment, lodging, and skyrocketing gasoline prices have all put a large financial burden on them.  Christine has been an ardent fan of live music, and supported a number of bands by attending their shows. 

Four bands will return the favor by performing at a special dance to help her out this Saturday night.  The four include local Celtic rock band Full Kilt, classic rockers Beyond Reason, 80’s pop/dance trio Atomic Blonde, and another local classic rocking group, The Red Arrow.  The dance will run from 5 to 9 PM, and the donation at the door is $10.

Full Kilt features Mike Zerbee on lead vocals and guitar.  Mike is the ‘Michael’ half of local Celtic folk/pub song duo The Michael O’Brian Band, and he and Full Kilt drummer Pat Boland are also two-thirds of local classic rock/oldies trio Hot Wax.  Full Kilt also features Beyond Reason drummer Chris Myers on bass and bodhran, and Mandy Passmore on fiddle.  They will perform Celtic rock numbers, including some original songs and selections from Flogging Molly, Gaelic Storm, Seven Nations and more.

Beyond Reason features drummer Chris and his brother, lead singer/guitarist Dan Myers II.  Tom Urbain plays guitar and sings, and Jamie Smith plays bass and sings.  Beyond Reason plays a classic rock selection spanning the 60’s through the 90’s, along with a few original numbers.  Beyond Reason has been taking some time away from live performing in recent months, citing family reasons and Jamie’s new original band project, Crow In The Snow.  So this Saturday’s show may be one of only a few opportunities to catch Beyond Reason in action in 2008.

Atomic Blonde is a Northern Cambria-based family band, featuring Jim Kennedy on guitar and vocals, his wife Carol on vocals, keys and synthesized percussion, and their daughter, Jennifer, on vocals, keys and bass.  Atomic Blonde performs a special niche of music, specializing in female-fronted pop, disco and dance music spanning the 70’s to the 90’s.  Their repertoire includes tunes from GoGo’s, Chic, Roxette, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Blondie, the Bangles, Pat Benatar and many more.

Formed nearly two years ago, The Red Arrow features a seasoned cast of area musicians with many years of performing experience.  Deb Bush sings lead vocals; Dick Kos (older brother of the Hurricanes’ Felix) and Jimmy Smith both play guitar and sing; and Mike Crocetti plays drums.  The group has been performing with several different bass players in recent months.  The Red Arrow performs a range of classic rock, blues and country numbers from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; including songs from the Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, Los Lobos, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Kentucky Headhunters, Savoy Brown and more.

Together, the four bands will present an evening of fun music, and in the process show their support and appreciation to a fan who has supported numerous area bands over the years.  And with its early evening time frame, folks can attend this show and still have time to catch some of the later live music action happening around the area.

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Full Kilt, performing during last year's Blair County Arts Festival at Penn State Altoona.


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