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 blues men 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 MISSIPPI RAILROAD


    Blues artists by nature draw inspiration from hard times. Then there’s Mark “Muleman” Massey of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Massey draws inspiration from hard times and doing hard time. The end result is a hard-edged, sizzling blend of soulful hard-driving blues that have entertained audiences for decades, back to when a prison-mate exposed blues to Massey, turning his life around and in pursuit of performing forever.

    Massey along with Billy Earheart, a legend in his own right, are the featured artists July 16, when the Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania presents its annual Mississippi Railroad Picnic at the Mechanicsburg Club Picnic Grounds. The concert starts at 2 p.m. It is a bring your own food and beverage event. Admission is free to BSCP members. Admission for non-members is $10, which also comes with a year’s membership.

    Massey, with two albums to his credit - - “Mississippi Lockdown” (2010) and “One Step Ahead of the Blues” (2014) - - was introduced to the concept of music being the cleansing elixir at the Parchman Prison by David Kimbrough, son of legendary bluesman Junior Kimbrough. Kimbrough taught Massey the blues basics, and soon Massey was performing with the Parchman Prison Band. Once released, Massey, now being mentored by Big Jack Johnson, set out to play and sing at joints all over Northern Mississippi. It wasn’t long before Massey was performing at B.B. King’s on Beal Street in New Orleans and Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero, according to Broadwayworld.com.

    Today, “Muleman” tours with his own band the Mark “Muleman” Blues Band, or in tandem with Earheart, one of the founding members of the Amazing Rhythm Aces and a long time performer with Hank Williams Jr. Earhart plays piano and organ in Massey’s band. Other band members include Torey Todora, former bass player with Super Chicken, and former Black Oak Arkansas drummer Joel Williams. Earheart still tours with the Amazing Rhythm Aces, with whom he won a Grammy in 1976 for “The End is Not In Sight.” With Earheart, the band earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1975.

    Massey’s latest cd, "One Step Ahead of the Blues" released on Icehouse features the band with special appearances by Bobby Rush, Willie Clayton, Eric Gales and Don Nix. Said reviewer Bob Gottlieb of Elmore Magazine: “From the album’s opening notes, it’s evident that Massey has worked hard at his crafts, both the guitar playing and the singing, and neither comes at the expense of the other. He has a smooth voice which has no trouble reaching for notes, and his playing is equally fluid and very tasty without overplaying things at all. This is an album that beautifully fuses blues, gospel and soul into one package that shouldn’t be missed.”


    SAVE THE DATE! - Saturday, October 7th

    A SOUL/BLUES EXTRAVAGANZA
    Featuring the BILLY PRICE BAND -OPENING ACT TBA
    Details following soon!


    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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