Volume # - 91 Spring Fever

Written by Patrick Podpadec on . Posted in Northcoast Voice

Stay in Tune Vol#90

By Luthier Patrick Podpadec

It seems as though the Music Season is is in full swing now. I just got back from the first music festival of the year for me, The Riverside Music Festival. This year was the first year that I raffled off a guitar and the lucky winner was Geneva Resident ,Mr. Jim Ales. Many people in the area know Jim as the bass player for two great local bands , The Lost Sheep and Covert Operation. Jim also hosts various open mics in the area and promotes music events where ever he goes. I could not be happier than to have Jim win this guitar. It gets to stay close to home and he told me I get to visit it when ever I want. There are pictures and a short story on my website

The Riverside Music Festival was a huge success this year with a lot of great bands such as Tiger Maple String Band, Adam Erza Band, Hypnotic Clambake, jut to name a few. The other thing is that there is always those “hidden gems” that you come across . Those musicians that no one knows about . This years' gem for me was a player on Sunday after noon named Jared Cooney who was supposed to play with his band, but the band had to cancel at the last minute because the lead singer had to go the hospital . Sad to hear that but the band members put together an impromptu set and then the one guitar player who would not have ordinarily played his “solo” stuff got up and blew the audience away. Look out Andy Mckee!. For those of you who are not familiar with any Mckee, just look on YouTube. He has been a phenom on the YouTube circuit for a few years now. Any rate the guy you should be looking at now is Jared Cooney . He has a few short clips on YouTube, but it is much better to see him live. I'm sure that you will be seeing and hearing him him much more in the future.

This time of year is very exciting for me. I love to see all of the plants starting to wake up after their long winter sleep. It's like watching a new born baby wake up and smile at you when your the first thing they see. “Oh, what a feeling that is!”. There are many new festivals that I have just recently heard about and I would like to share just a few of them with you. First and foremost, I would like to remind everyone that there is a very important music event being held at Cebar's in Madison on May 18th.. .for a “Benefit to Doug Browning” from the infamous band “EZ Crossing”. Anyone who was alive in the 80's & 90's that lived in or around Lake County has heard of this band. This benefit is to raise enough money to purchase a proper headstone fo Doug, who had shared so graciously his musical talents with us all through the years he was with us. For more info go to www.dougbrowning.com. Please don't miss this one!

Another one is Called “Old Farmers Ball Music Festival. This is the 1st Annual event being hosted by a band called “Cabinet”. This festival is being held at Montage Mountain on May 11,2013 in Scranton, P.A. It's a bit of a drive, but I'm sure that it would be worth the time invested. I heard this band last year at the Riverside Inn and they are a extremely good ,fun, party band . I'm sure that they will be great hosts for a music Festival. For more info go to www.oldfarmersballfest.com .

Another good one to go to a bit closer is in downtown Edinboro P.A. called the “Art & Music Festival 2013” on May 16,17,18. It is Free to the public and bands such as “Donna the Buffalo”, Tiger Maple String Band and many more will be playing. There is open jamming, artisans of all kinds, children 's activities, free music workshops and much more. For more info go to www.edinboroartandmusic.com .

There is the 17th Annual “Outrageous Universe Revival” held on June 7th & 8th on the Kevin Cole Farm in Panama, New York 14767. Visit http://www.ourmusicfest.com/ for more info.

Last but not least, there is the “Mother” of all festivals called the “Great blue Heron Music Festival” held on July 5,6,7 2013 in Sherman, New York about 2 hours away. All kinds of different styles of music, camping, workshops , hiking, bike trails,etc.,etc. It is the 22cd Annual festival held on a 300 acre farm owned by Steve and Julie Rockcastle. I was privileged enough to meet these two gracious hosts at the Riverside Music Fest last weekend. They were two of the nicest people I have met in decades!. If their “aura” is any indication of the festival that the host it will be one of the best that you will ever attend, I'm sure! Please go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

Of course I cannot leave without Thanking!!! everyone who was kind enough to purchase a ticket for the “Liam Guitar Raffle” that was held last weekend at the Riverside Music Festival. I apologize to those of you who were not lucky enough to win this year , But because you helped in making it a very successful event I'm sure there will be more raffles to come in the future. This year's “Lucky Winner” was our very own Geneva, Ohio resident, talented musician, open mic host , all around good guy , Mr Jim Ales. I've never seen anybody smile so much in my life. It makes me very happy to see that the guitar gets to stay near by and that I still will have a chance to see it grow up in the future. You can read more about the event at “Liamguitars.com” and please “Stay in Tune” while whatever it is that you do!

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Patrick from Liam Guitars / Wood-n-Strings