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, we’re 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 you’ll learn about events and personalities that drive the blues genre in and around Central PA. We hope you enjoy it and join in on the fun.
BSCP PROUDLY PRESENT HARRISON "SLAM" ALLEN
Lend an ear to the sounds of Harrison
“Slam” Allen and his band and you might hear a
little Otis Redding, a little Albert Collins, a
King, a little James Cotton, a little of any number
of iconic blues and soul artists. And penetrating through it all are a lot of the
unique sounds of Slam Allen himself. The eclectic
approach comprises Allen’s platform as the “Ambassador
of the Blues,” and on April 2, Allen will unleash
his diplomacy at Champions Sports Bar & Grill
“Since I was a little boy, I was around the music,” Allen told Blues Blast Magazine. “It’s something that’s just a part of me. It’s who I am. I’m not trying to be anybody else. It’s a part of me.”“I feel that title of Ambassador of the Blues is just taking what the masters started and bringing it to a younger generation, making them feel what the original people started – you know – put out.”
All those influences are reflected on “Feels These Blues,” Allen’s third album since parting ways with James Cotton, for whom he served as singer, band leader and guitarist for 9-plus years. There’s one more obvious influence on the album - that of Prince in Allen’s rendition of “Purple Rain,” the only cover on the album and a show stopping feature of his live performances since long before Prince’s passing.
“Feel These Blues” has earned for Allen “Master Blues Artist” recognition from the New York Blues Hall of Fame, a 2016 Blues Music Award nomination for best new artist recording, and a 2015 Blues Blast nominee for best soul blues album. The album features Allen’s guitar and vocals with John Ginty on keys, Jeff Anderson on bass and Dan Fadel on drums.
Allen, a Hudson Valley New York native who cut his teeth as a soul blues performer in Chicago after first touring with his brothers as a drummer in the Allen Brothers Band, gained notoriety and maturity as a blues/soul artist during his nine-year stint with the James Cotton Band. While working with Cotton, Allen sang and wrote on portions of Cotton’s Grammy nominated album “Giant.” Allen’s connection with the greats of blues extends further considering that Cotton played harp in the 1960s for Muddy Waters, an icon in the blues genre.
“For me, I’ve heard a lot of harp players, and there’s a very select few that can actually play with that soul where they can take one note and have you feel that one note, and you can feel all that history,” Allen told the New York Times in 2005. “You can feel all the soul and sacrifice and everything that he went through. You can feel it coming out of the harp. It changed my whole life.”
For more on Slam Allen, got to slamallen.com.
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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