Welcome to the Blues Society of Central PA (BSCP) website!
The BSCP is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation, promotion, support and enjoyment of the truly original American art form, the blues.
Our goal is to be a complete local resource for all blues lovers, or anyone seeking to broaden their musical experience. During the course of the year, we host or sponsor many blues events and festivals, some free to the public, featuring local, regional and nationally known acts. And via our free weekly electric blues jams each Thursday night and acoustic jams the first Wednesday of the month, weíre promoting local talent. We invite all local bluesmen and women, no matter where they are on their blues playing journey, to get up on stage and perform and grow in front of appreciative audiences.
All of our events are open to the public, but being a BSCP member has its privileges and helps in the effort to host and sponsor great blues events. You can become a member for $10 a year, which gets you into both the annual Mississippi Railroad event in July and the annual all-you-can-eat Christmas party in December.
On this website youíll learn about events and personalities that drive the blues g
enre in and around Central PA. We hope you enjoy it and join in on the fun.
BSCP ANNUAL TREASURER'S PICNIC
The Treasurerís Picnic is upping its game while still keeping the winning formula of lots of great music along with all you can eat barbecue and all the beer, soda and water you can drink, all for one low price.
Having said goodbye to the cramped Shellsville grounds in Grantville, the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania has partnered with the Mechanicsburg Club to use it spacious Picnic Grounds and kitchen for this yearís BSCP Treasurerís Picnic on May 28. Music gets under way at 12:30 p.m. The last performers take the stage at approximately 6:45 p.m. Price of admission as always is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.The grounds feature clear site lines to the stage from its open air and shaded areas and from three pavilions that together can accommodate around 800 patrons. A large nearby field accommodates about 2,000 vehicles and bathrooms for both men and women are clean and spacious. The BSCP will also use the Mechanicsburg Club Picnic Grounds for the Mississippi Railroad event on July 16. Some familiar faces at our Treasurerís Picnic will provide the entertainment, including Acoustic Stew, the Don Johnson Project, Buzzard Luck, the Ben Brandt Trio and Nate Myers & The Aces on the main stage. The newcomer to the mainstage lineup is Out Of The Blue, which features a few frequent performers at the regular Thursday Jam at Champions. Performing between main stage sets on the Acoustic Stage will be Keith Kailian, Roger Hammer with JD (John Drudul), and Tomm Dunn. A fourth act could be added. Their sets this year will be 30 minutes each. Here is the entertainment schedule for this year:
Hereís a little bit about some of the performers:
NATE MYERS & THE ACES
Buzzard Luck is a York, Pa. based trio creating its own take on blues rock it calls Blues ní Roll. Each member brings their own influences to the band, combining blues, rockabilly and folk to create their own sound. Influenced by both American and British Blues, the band adds its own twist to the guitar-driven sound of greats such as Rory Gallagher, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Freddie King, Johnny Winter, Peter Green to name but a few. The band comprises young yet seasoned musicians, with a passion and talent for bringing the blues to a modern audience. ACOUSTIC STEW
Acoustic Stew is a band with very old roots. Made up of four players with many years experience in a variety of styles, playing everything from roots blues to contemporary light rock. Born in the jam sessions sponsored by the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania, Acoustic Stew brings a unique voice and sweet sound to the local music scene. Our play list includes roots blues and blues standards as well as a mixture of folk rock, ballads and just plain good stuff.
DON JOHNSON PROJECT
OUT OF THE BLUE
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The BSCP is proud to announce our newest feature in our quarterly newsletter, "In the Sportlight". This article will feature many talented musicians who regularly perform at the Thursday night blues jam, hosted by the BSCP at Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Highspire, PA. Please click HERE to read the newest article (pages 5 thru 7), featuring our own Gary "Rocky" Rothrock.
OUR JAM VENUE
Champions Sports Bar & Grill (www.championsportsbar.net) at 300 2nd Street, Highspire, Pa. is our home venue for the free weekly electric blues jams each Thursday night, beginning at 8 pm. Champions offers a full food and beverage menu and entertainment at least several nights a week.
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