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 genre in and around Central PA. We hope you enjoy it and join in on the fun.



    July 17, 2 p.m. Grounds open at 1 p.m.

    Shellsville VFW Picnic Grounds, North Crawford Road, Grantville Pa.

    Featured Artist: Lightnin Malcolm

    Admission: $10; free to Blues Society of Central Pa. members. Memberships cost $10.

    Bring your own food and beverages.

    Opportunity to jam with Malcolm after his performance

    It could be argued that 2016 Mississippi Railroad featured performer Lightnin Malcolm is the most interesting man working the blues circuit today.

    He has to be one of the most versatile and he certainly has stayed thirsty, my friends.

    The Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania (BSCP) is pleased to present Lightnin Malcolm as its featured performer at the Mississippi Railroad event, 2 p.m., July 17 at the Shellsville VFW picnic grounds. As a special treat, patrons who wish to play along or ďjamĒ with Malcolm will get that opportunity once his performance has concluded.

    Originally a one-man band integrating driving, tribal guitar rhythms and licks with thumping, foot-bass drum and snare beats, Mississippi-based Lightnin Malcolm now often appears with a drummer to free up his stage presence, although he returned to the one-man band style in his April 2016 release "Foot Soldier," his third album since earning Blues Music Awards Best New Artist in 2009..

    An energetic guitar slinger with a deep soulful voice, Lightnin Malcolm has taken his dance grooves from juke joints to the world stage performing with such notable artists as Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, The Black Keys and Charlie Musselwhite.

    Influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix, Lightnin Malcolm fuses elements of funk, soul, rock, reggae, hip hop, West African World Beat, gospel and country to create an authentic signature sound.

    Asked to draw a distinction between playing alone with foot drums and playing with a drummer, which he will likely do at the Mississippi Railroad concert, Lightnin Malcom said this to Elmore Magazine:

    "One man band (guitar, kick bass and snare drums, vocals) is how I started out, and it really works great for me on the raw stompiní Juke joint stuff. It really gets a great reaction from the crowd, because maybe they canít believe one guy is making all that noise in the pocket I guess. Ironically, Iíve noticed that the people usually dance more on the one man band shows.

    When Iím with a band (usually just a full drummer), I can move around and get more wild onstage, and get more into textures and more complex beats, and styles such as reggae, soul, rock or pop. The biggest rush in music is feeding off of someone else, improvising and reading each otherís minds (this happened constantly with the older blues legends whose structures were original), where you pull a lot of stuff out of each other to keep it fresh and new. Overall career-wise, I prefer the band, but thereís something special about the one man band that gets the people moving."

    To learn more about Lightnin Malcolm, go to http://www.lightninmalcolm.com. To learn more about the rich history of the BSCP's annual Mississippi Railroad event, click on the link to Mississippi Railroad found either at the top or bottom of this home page.


    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 6 & 7), featuring our own Rick Smith.


    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 p.m.. Champions offers a full food and beverage menu and entertainment at least several nights a week.

    The River City Blues Club and Dart Room at 819 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pa. is a split level venue featuring full bar and food offerings, entertainment Wednesday through Saturday in the downstairs lounge and darts and pinball on the main floor. River City is the home venue for several BSCP sponsored events, including the acoustic blues jam on the first Wednesday of every month. For further information, please go to their website at www.rivercityhbg.com.


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