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Dr. Dog Delivers A Powerful Performance at the State Theatre

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 03/01 at 07:54 PM

Formed in 1999 by Toby Leaman (bass) and Scott McMicken (lead guitar), Dr. Dog began as an offshoot of the duo’s previous group Raccoon.  The band experienced a certain degree of turnover early on before settling on its current lineup, which along with the two frontmen consists of Frank McElroy (rhythm guitar), Zach Miller (keyboard), and Eric Slick (drums).  The band’s sound has hints of 1960’s rock and roll, a style that employs a touch of psychedelia to go along with their appreciation for some good old fashioned pop.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Review

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 01/31 at 05:59 PM

Last Friday night the “Daptone super-soul revue” was in State College for one reason and one reason only: to move and groove and turn the State Theatre upside down with some funky soul vibrations.The Dap-Kings opened up on stage without the star of the show, warming up the crowd and sending a “mellowmatic mood” straight from their instruments out into the audience.  Soon, with just a little bit of ado, the black-dressed diva appeared before the crowd donning a metallic scarf and an attitude that lifted even the most introverted attendant out of their seat.  “Not Gonna Cry” was the first song she belted, followed by “How Do I Let a Good Man Down.”

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David Bromberg and Jorma Kaukonen at the State Theatre-Jan 27th

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 01/25 at 12:42 AM

As disciples of the late Rev. Gary Davis, Jorma Kaukonen and David Bromberg share the same major musical influence.  Born in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, respectively, each picked up on Davis’ gospel/blues songs and finger-picking guitar at an early age.  While Jorma learned of the music through friends, David was actually taught by him directly, along with several other prominent players.  Both Jorma and David seemed destined to head down similar career paths without either necessarily bound for the mainstream.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the State Theatre this Friday

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 01/18 at 10:38 AM

Energy and passion, these are some of the attributes that Sharon Jones brings to the table.  An engaging performer and singer, she puts herself out there with everything she’s got.  Think of her as a late-blooming, female version of James Brown.

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Keb’ Mo’ at the State Theatre Review

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 12/02 at 07:43 PM

On November 9th, the audience at the State Theatre witnessed two hours of eclectic/blues bliss and when it was over they couldn’t help asking for mo’.  Keb’ Mo’ and his band played to a full house and from start to finish the crowd let their appreciation for his feel good music be heard.

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Keb’ Mo’ Preview: State Theatre on Monday

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 11/08 at 02:48 AM

In a career that has spanned almost four decades, Keb’ Mo’ has carved out his place in the history of blues performers. Born in South Central Los Angeles in 1951, Kevin Moore became Keb’ Mo’ early in his recording career, continuing the tradition of nicknamed bluesmen.

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Fridays with Spider Kelly at the Dark Horse

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 10/23 at 11:57 PM

On Friday nights at the Darkhorse Tavern you will find four guys onstage who promise to “satisfy your vast array of musical wants and needs.”  This band is Spider Kelly.

Spider Kelly sound like a couple of old high school buddies who are as comfortable around each other as they are with the bar-going public.  One of the best things about the band is that they create an atmosphere that is perfectly conducive to sitting around with friends and having some drinks.  They are exactly what a bar band should be. 

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