Television - Local Programs - Homegrown Music Concerts

Series 2


  • #201: Mere Mortals. A great, long-running Northeastern Pennsylvania rock band, known for their sophisticated, literate original material. Three of the group's members went on to form Bent Blue (see program 404). (Recorded 5/18/1999)

Ed Appnel: vocals 
Pat Flynn: guitar 
Mark Keisinger: bass 
Marko Marcinko: drums

  • #202: The Great Swamp Blues Band. This Poconos-area organ combo, led my kayboard man Mak Hamza lives up to its name, with infectious blues, jazz and funk. (Recorded 9/28/1999)

Mark Hamza: organ 
Shorty Parham: drums 
Tom Hamilton: sax 
Gary Rixner: trombone

  • #203: Lorne Clarke. Canadian-born, Northeastern-Pennsylvania-based singer songwriter released a fine eponymous CD in 1999. He performed music from that CD with some of the studio musicians who appeared on the CD. (Recorded 11/16/1999)

Lorne Clarke: acoustic guitar, vocals 
Tony Marino: acoustic bass 
Bob Williams: acoustic guitar 
George Wesley: electric guitar 
David Eisenhower: drums 
Nick Driscoll: sax

  • #204: Fourth House. An outstanding, sophisticated jazzy group with the distinctive vocals of Megan Johnson. (Recorded 7/13/1999)

Megan Johnson: vocals, percussion 
Kyle Esposito: bass, vocals 
Kevin Ryan: guitar 
Nick Lloyd: keyboards, vocals 
Chris Lyons: drums

  • #205: Unity Group. World influenced jazz rock fusion from the Binghamton, NY area, with special guest Marko Marcinko on keyboards. (Recorded 1/19/1999). Also an piece from the Craig Thatcher Band, with blues from the Allentown area (recorded 3/25/1997).

Unity Group Personnel: 
Robert Weinberger: sax, woodwinds, percussion 
Harris Thor: guitar 
Joseph Perkins: bass 
Jim Rosati: drums 
Joe Burton: percussion 
with Marko Marcinko: keyboards

Craig Thatcher Band personnel: 
Craig Thatcher: guitar, vocal 
Karl Frick: organ 
Wayde Leonard: bass 
Todd Scheid: drums

  • #206: Hexbelt. Alternative rock, often with a funky beat and witty lyrics, from the Lancaster, PA area. (Recorded 6/15/1999)

Dann Ottenmiller: guitar, lead vocals 
Mike Couch: lead guitar, backing vocals 
Nathan Erbe: bass 
Brendan McGowan: drums

  • #207: Eric Hansen. A fine acoustic singer-songwriter, with a theatrical background and a rich, warm vocal style. (Recorded 7/13/1999)

Eric Hansen: guitar and vocal

  • #208: Dead Left. Alternative rock from an international group from New York state whose members show some of their jazz-rock background. (Recorded 10/12/1999)

Aaron Stroessner: guitar, lead vocals 
Zeke Zima: lead guitar 
Bob Roe: bass and backing vocals 
Brian Delaney: drums

  • #209: Bottom and Howard Parker. This show features two diverse sets. Bottom supplies funky, jazzy original music from the Northeastern PA (Recorded 2/16/1999). Howard Parker and His Hot Take-Out Band features appealing, sometimes witty songs, with distinctive instrumentation. (Recorded 9/28/1999)

Bottom Personnel: 
Rodney Godinez: drums, vocals 
Jonathan Godines: bass 
Matt Thompson: guitar 
Nick Driscoll: keyboards, sax 
Jamie Novak: percussion

Howard Parker Personnel: 
Howard Parker: guitar, vocals 
Mark Hamza: accordion 
Milt Janeuse: percussion

  • #210: Janet Lawson. Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist in a performance recorded at a special Homegrown Music Concert at the Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA. (Recorded 4/23/1999)

Janet Lawson: vocals 
Steve Rudolph: piano 
Paul Rostock: bass 
Glenn Davis: drums

  • #211: Tom Flannery. Prolific Northeastern Pennsylvania singer-songwriter in a nice collection of his articulate songs. (Recorded 11/16/1999)

Tom Flannery: guitar and vocal 
John Ginty: piano

  • #212: Margo Hennebach. A fine singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice whose influences run from folk to Celtic, joined by her husband on guitar. (Recorded 5/18/1999)

Margo Hennebach: guitar, piano, vocals 
Mark Saunders: guitar

  • #213: Bob Dorough. A jazz legend with a 50-year career, composer of many jazz standards like "Devil May Care," the only jazz vocalist ever to be invited to appear on a Miles Davis album, the creative force behind "Schoolhouse Rock" on TV, and a great swinging pianist, Bob Dorough is one of the major jazz figures to call the Poconos region home. He appears in a great collection of mostly original songs, marked by his one-of-a-kind witty, hip style. (Recorded 2/17/1998)

Bob Dorough: piano, vocal 
Doug Smith: bass

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