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A Christmas Weekend Homecoming Jam

December 21, 2009 - Jim Price

By the end of this Saturday night, Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, it’s likely that you will have tired of hanging out with the relatives and in-laws, finished devouring your last Christmas dinner leftovers, and become totally bored with staring at the blinking lights on your Christmas tree and at four walls in general.

The local music scene just happens to have a cure for your Christmas holiday cabin fever!

Altoona native John McKnight, former drummer and singer for Felix & the Hurricanes who has since become one of the top guns on the Atlanta music scene, is back in town for the holidays, and he wants to spend some quality time with his former Altoona area musical brethren…on stage.  That stage will be at 30 Something in Greenwood on Saturday night starting around 10 p.m.  It promises to be a blast.

The list of musicians expected to be joining John is already impressive and still growing…Felix Kos of the Hurricanes (and likely the other two Hurricanes as well), Pat McGinnis, Randy Rutherford, Harold Hayford, Ron Dalansky and Latrobe’s Tony Mollick to name a few.  And with many bands not scheduling shows during the Christmas holiday weekend, it’s likely that many more off-duty musicians will be in attendance to either witness or participate in this fun night.

The musical menu should be wide-ranging, including blues, funk, rock, soul and a lot more.  And the musical fireworks displays among the assembled musical talent should be plentiful and intense.

Since relocating to Atlanta in 1997, John McKnight has made a name for himself on that city’s music scene both as a studio musician and on the live stage.  He has shared stages and studios with some of the South’s best-known musical names; including members of the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.

Music is John’s life.  As he said on his Myspace website, “One thing I know is I will make music until the day I die. It's the only thing that cleanses the soul.”

The forecast is for many souls on the stage and in the audience to be cleansed by musical magic and camaraderie this Saturday night at 30 Something.  Come be a part of what should be an unforgettable night!

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During a holiday season jam at the Hitching Post in Altoona, John McKnight (on drums) is joined by Red Solinski on conga, Felix Kos on guitar, Texas' Barney Sledge on harmonica and Jeff Clapper on bass.


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