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:

    Acoustic Stage
    12:30-1:00: Keith Kailian
    1:45-2:15: Don Judy
    4:00-4:30: Roger Hammer and JD
    5:15-5:45: Tomm Dunn

    Main Stage
    1:00-1:45: Acoustic Stew
    2:15-3:00: Don Johnson Project
    3:15-4:00 Ben Brandt Trio
    4:30-5:15: Buzzard Luck
    5:45-6:30: Out of the Blue
    6:45-7:30: Nate Myers & The Aces

    Hereís a little bit about some of the performers:

    NATE MYERS & THE ACES
    Possibly one of the busiest and most popular bands in the region, Nate Myers & The Aces, led by vocalist Nate Myers and his harmonica, creates a loose, casual atmosphere in which everyone can relax and have a good time. On a typical evening, audiences can hear influences from many forms of American music - blues, funk, hip hop, rockabilly, country and improvisation. Nate Myers has been billed with and on occasion, shared the stage with many national and regional artists such as Kansas, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, G Love & Special Sauce, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Page 10 Leslie West/Mountain, Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown, Lilí Ed & The Blues Imperials, Big Jack Johnson, Jason Ricci, E.G. Kight, The Nighthawks, Robin Trower, Rod Piazza, Luther Allison, E.C. Scott, Chris Thomas King, Michael Burks, Paul Rishell & Little.

    BUZZARD LUCK
    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
    Another popular destination point to wherever heís playing in the area, Don Johnson Project delivers clean, decadent soul/blues sounds that demand you sit back, close your eyes and soak it all in, which is not to say that you canít groove on the dance floor to his music. Johnson sometimes opens for bigger name artists, but often it is he who folks are coming to see. Moreover, perhaps no one in the area has performed a more soulful version of Princeís Purple Rain.

    OUT OF THE BLUE
    Out of the Blue is a blues rock band comprised of talented, seasoned musicians who are longtime friends. Its music is primarily blues based, with the occasional jaunt into well known classic songs.

    BEN BRANDT
    For a number of years, Ben Brandt has delivered an edgy, hard driving brand of blues to the Thursday night jam at Champions and to dozens of venues all over the Harrisburg region.

    ROGER HAMMER
    Since teaming together, Roger Hammer and JD, both regulars at the Thursday jam, have attracted a nice following in recent years playing at local venues a combination of covers and original takes written by Hammer based on popular enduring blues standards that have stood the test of time.


    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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