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On February 7, 2014, The Hold Steady! and Tim Barry rocked the Abbey Bar. One might say, they threw a Killer Party. I thought the roof was going to blow off. It was all about celebrating 10 years of the band and celebrating the life of our friend, Jersey Mike. Cheers to all the wonderful things.

The Hold Steady! is what I think all bands should strive to be. A positive force. Kind people that give back. Totally down to earth rock’n’roll. I am blown away by how much they’ve done in support of Jersey Mike’s family and the K&L Foundation and the solace that they’ve given to every heart that mourns his loss. The Unified Scene lost-Harrisburg lost-his children lost-his family lost-dear hearts and friends lost our rabble rouser. But I think we can all agree, that man would have wanted us to strive on and party on. There’s work to be done, joy to be shared, songs to be sang, and beers to be drank. 


(Thank you to The Hold Steady!–management/sound included–for being so kind to me. You’re all gems. I think it’s safe to say that Jersey Mike would have been tickled pink about all of this.)

Love and tons of affection,


J Roddy Walston and the Business, We Were Promised Jetpacks

Back to School Weekend at the Abbey Bar was Back to Harrisburg Weekend for We Were Promised Jetpacks and J Roddy Walston and the Business to continue Jersey Mike’s Back To School Extravaganza!

Minshara opened for Jetpacks on Saturday the 8th and it was the best show I’ve ever seen them play, for sure.  They get better every time I see them.  As for We Were Promised Jetpacks… Man, I could listen to those albums over and over again but I have to say, they are a live band.  Kept having to put my camera in front of my mouth so I’d stop catching flies.  My face was in perma-awe.  Great show.

On Sunday the 9th, I moseyed around while J Roddy and The Line loaded in, ate dinner, sound checked and then I dragged them out front to shoot.  I finally got my moments of portraiture for the weekend.  Those few awkward moments where I give little direction, make a few lame jokes, and shoot a few frames…

J Roddy:

The Line:

The show that followed was on point.  In spite of Josh telling me a million times to come to one of their shows, somehow I hadn’t seen The Line yet.  I was disappointed… that it took me this freakin’ long to see them play!  I’ve been missing out.  They’re solid and they’re still punk.  I love that about them.

J Roddy was incredible, as usual.  I can’t reiterate enough that I’ve never seen anyone rock out on a keyboard quite like that.  They concluded the weekend well.

We Were Promised Jetpacks:


J Roddy Walston and The Business:

The Line:


Rock Paper Records: The Teeth’s Album Release Show

On Saturday Jay, Logan, and Sean of Rock Paper Records hosted a show at the Abbey Bar to celebrate the upcoming release of The Teeth’s new album, “Homewrecker.”  In spite of the lack of hardcore in my current musical diet, I share the enthusiasm that the guys from Rock Paper Records and The Teeth have for the music they’re producing.  Solid music from solid dudes.

Why is this release so exciting?

Because its the first full length album that Rock Paper Records has produced.  It’s not just a milestone for them, it’s a milestone for all of us in Harrisburg.  We finally have champions in a city that’s been starving for businesses like this to revive it.

Pre-order The Teeth’s album with a t-shirt or tank top for $15 here:  http://rockpaperrecords.com/#!/shop/preorder-the-teeth-homewrecker-and-shirt/

The Teeth took the stage after The Olde City Sideshow and Imora opened and gave an energetic performance before turning the show over to This or the Apocalypse from Lancaster, PA.

The Teeth:

This or the Apocalypse:

HO! HEY! It’s The Lumineers!

I love going to a show where I can actually feel the pulse of the room.

Last night, The Lumineers played to a ridiculously enthusiastic sold out crowd at the Abbey Bar.  Methinks they were a wee bit taken back, maybe even a tad impressed by how excited the crowd from Harrisburg was to see them…  They reciprocated the enthusiasm by playing an incredible seventy five minute set.  I’m pretty sure almost everyone that was at the show is still bobbing their head and tapping their feet today reminiscing yesterday evening.  So…

Thank you to The Lumineers!  Cheers!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and I hope you come back to Harrisburg again!