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Another End Of Summer Jam

August 21, 2008 - Jim Price
As we cruise down the other side of the hill towards the conclusion of another summer season, it’s logically time for another End Of Summer Jam.  The 18th annual End Of Summer Jam benefit concert will take place this Sunday, August 24, at a new location: Kook’s Kamp, located two miles south of Chest Springs along Jefferson Street/Lincoln Road.

Organizer Mickey Luckenbaugh started the very first End Of Summer Jam as an informal jam session with some of his musical friends.  It quickly grew and evolved into a full-fledged benefit concert, with the proceeds going to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  The event has spent many of its first 17 years at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, but due to the wishes of that organization’s current administration, the concert has moved to its new home near Chest Springs.

Eight bands and one acoustic performer will provide continuous entertainment beginning at 12 noon and lasting until 10 PM.  Bands taking part this year include The Red Arrow (doing classic rock), Moxie (performing 80’s/90’s rock), Sunset Strip (doing 70’s/80’s arena/hair band rock), Driving Sideways (classic rock), Felix & the Hurricanes (southern/classic rock and blues), Radiofuel (80’s and 90’s rock), Nitekast (80’s, 90’s and current rock) and Half Tempted (classic rock).  Harold Taddy of the group Heavy Radio will perform acoustic mini-sets in between bands. 

The donation at the gate will be $10 per person, with kids under 12 admitted free.  Anybody under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and parking is free.  Those attending will be permitted to bring coolers, but must be 21 years of age and have legal ID to consume alcoholic beverages.  No glass bottles are permitted on the concert grounds. 

Beyond the music and benefiting the good cause of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, End Of Summer Jam has become one of the last opportunities each summer for people to come together and enjoy an afternoon of  outdoor camaraderie and fun; before kids have to return to school and the temperatures begin to drop.  Friends reunite every year at this event, families get to enjoy outdoor fun and music together, and the musicians themselves get to play and have fun making music together.   And don’t be surprised if – in the original spirit of the event – an impromptu jam session or two break out onstage along the way. 

A local music tradition will again be served this Sunday.  Come experience End Of Summer Jam, and enjoy one more summer Sunday afternoon of live music before the book closes on the Summer of 2008.

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Dick Kos of The Red Arrow, during last year's End Of Summer Jam. The Red Arrow will open this year's concert starting at around 12 noon.