Local Harrisburg, PA Music Scene
Harrisburg is known more as a manufacturing town than a music town. It has also gotten high rankings from Forbes as a family town. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan area had a population of over 528,000. Campuses include Harrisburg Community College and Dixon University Center. The local scene is covered by The Patriot News and The Sentinel. The history of the Harrisburg music scene has not included many nationally known acts.
Harrisburg Music Acts
Farewell Flight * Leira Symone * The Dumb Mondays * Hierosonic * Emily's ToyBox * Apollo's Sun * Evelyn's Ashes * Torie Capri * WindChill * David Louthan *
Murals that decorated the Mulberry Street Bridge were removed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in April 2014 as part of the bridge rehabilitation project. The murals, which were seen for many years, have been put in storage. A free concert to raise funds to preserve the murals was held at River City Blues Club and Dart Room. River City provided free space for the concert, which featured John Catalano and Jennifer Millard, Jason Mescia, Mark Santana and the Snake Oil Salesmen, Blue Elephant and Marisa Elise and the Groove.
Actress Ciara Renee grew up in Harrisburg and graduated from Central Dauphin East High School in 2009. She then studied musical theater in college. In 2012 she earned her bachelor's degree in music from the musicially prestigious Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Her next move was to New York to audition for Broadway shows. In 2013 she was cast as The Witch in the big budget Broadway musical "Big Fish." She is set to perform at Neil Simon Theatre on West 52nd Street. Renee was written about in this David N. Dunkle article 8/5/2013 inthe Patriot-News.
Rapper J. Blair (Jason Blair) celebrated the CD release party of his album Dare To Be Different on July 26, 2013 at Ceoltas Irish Pub in Downtown Harrisburg. Other artists who performed were Alonda Rich, Lei Row and rappers Young Cream and Filthy Rich and a capalla spoken word poet Mr. Blackston. Blair's single to promote the album is "H-I-P-H-O-P [Back to the Basics]." He's been working on the album since 2008. He was written about in this Julia Hatmaker article 7/27/2013 in the Patriot-News.
The Susqehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to advancing education and arts of folk music and culture. The organization presents several shows each year from September through June. These shows feature local as well as international artists. The SFMS has been in existence since March 1985.