A handful of concert announcements have come across our radar in recent weeks that bear some extra attention. Some are last-minute bookings coming through in the next few weeks; some are a good ways off yet. Either way, we suggest you go ahead and mark your calendars, buy your tickets, make your Spotify playlists – whatever it is you do to get psyched for a solid live show. We won’t be surprised if a couple of these sell out in advance…
J. Roddy Walston & The Business at Abbey Bar (Harrisburg) | 8/6
Listen to “Heavy Bells,” the opening track of J. Roddy’s most recent release, Essential Tremors, and you’ll be properly primed for the balls-to-the-wall energy that awaits when the Baltimore-based rock-‘n-rollerers take the stage. It’s been some time since the band has played in Central PA; go fill the room on August 6 when they play the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co. in Harrisburg and give them a reason to come back soon.
FriendlierBear and Jason Sloan at Hunter’s Tryst (Lancaster) | 8/15
When we wrote about Harrisburg-based ambient artist FriendlierBear back in January, we did something out of the norm for our typical music coverage – we covered an artist without a tie-in to an upcoming show. We just had to – Philip Payne’s music project is just that good. When we heard that Wood Stove House and Hunter’s Tryst were teaming up to produce a Lancasphere showcase featuring FriendlierBear on August 15, we were all ears. This is a great new room to see a finely curated show. Get to there.
The Hackensaw Boys at Chameleon Club (Lancaster) | 9/26
The Appalachian roots music veterans have made many a trip through Central PA in the past, but that by no means should keep you from seeing them again. And given the number of lineup shifts the band has experienced in – some 20 members over 14 years – there’s a very good chance you’ll find something new waiting for you. At present, The Hackensaw Boys are playing as a four-piece, but that could certainly swell by the time they hit the Chameleon Club in Lancaster on September 26.
The Ballroom Thieves at Tellus360 (Lancaster) | 10/1
Series 42 is bringing the harmonious folk-rocking trio The Ballroom Thieves to Tellus360 in Lancaster on October 1. For a band that both is rooted in conventions of Americana and renowned for breaking through them, TBT is a sure bet for a hell of a show marked by toe-tapping highs and soulful lows.
Citizen Cope solo/acoustic show at Strand Theatre (York) | 11/22
This one’s a ways off yet, but tickets just went on sale, and we expect the good seats to go quickly. Clarence Greenwood – a.k.a. Citizen Cope – has long captivated audiences with his emotionally charged songs and storytelling. Coming to the Strand Theatre in York on November 22 all solo and acoustic, this show is certain to be an intimate experience.