Spanning 30-plus hours over three days in 12 venues with more than 150 bands performing, Gettysburg Rocks truly brings the rock to the historical town. This the third running for the music festival, which made its debut last February before returning to Gettysburg again in August. Besides being a great showcase for local and regional bands, the event also helps fight childhood cancer, with all proceeds donated to the Four Diamonds Fund for Penn State Mont Alto’s THON team.
Gettysburg Rocks kicks off tonight, offering a nice blend of regional acts with some touring artists peppered in. Here’s our list of familiar names, under-the-radar gems and do-not-miss performers. But don’t take it from us – check the schedule yourself and start planning your weekend.
The pride of Upstate New York, Driftwood brings its unique Americana sound to the region, serving as the festival’s headliner. Acoustic guitar, upright bass, banjo and violin definitely get the crowd moving, and their well-polished show is as good as any band playing live today.
Playing: Pike Restaurant & Lounge; Sunday; 7 p.m.
Connecticut native singer-songwriter Canyon has taken on Central PA as her adoptive home away from home over the last couple years, playing frequent house concerts, cafes and listening rooms across the region. She performed at Gettysburg Rocks in August, and her return is a good thing.
Playing: Pike Restaurant & Lounge; Sunday; 12 p.m.
Shawan & The Wonton
Coming out of Harrisburg, the young band Shawan & The Wonton play blues- and jazz-inspired music. Shawan Rice provides the vocals, while David Turby plays guitar, combining their equal love of Etta James, Jimi Hendrix and Fats Domino.
Playing: Sharpshooters Grille; Friday; 8 p.m.
Xstrophy has been churning out original hard rock and metal tunes (think Metallica, Slayer and Pantera) since 2008 from their home base in Fairfield, Adams County. Lead singer and guitarist Len Newton named the band after a rare birth defect (exstrophy) he’s had all his life.
Playing: Moose Lodge 1526; Friday; 9 p.m.
Not to miss:
Sunshine & Bullets
Tampa’s Sunshine & Bullets are a power-trio that features male and female vocals, experimenting in industrial, metal and progressive rock sounds.
Moose Lodge 1526; Friday; 10:30 p.m.
The Plums have been stirring up the York music scene recently with their catchy indie rock tunes.
Playing: Blue & Gray Bar & Grill; Sunday; 12 a.m.