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A Reunion

Music lovers in The 570 will have two chances in the coming weeks to catch up with Old Friends, the popular northeastern Pennsylvania musical act that’s been making crowds shuffle their feet for almost 30 years strong. The band will perform on Saturday night, July 13 in the heart of West Scranton at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 1403 Jackson St, beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday July 20, the band will host a reunion celebration at the Factoryville Sportsman’s Club, Lake Winola Road, Factoryville, with good friends Mace In Dickson Band and The Fab Three. The show begins at 5 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate and $1 to park. Tickets are available at Gin’s in Factoryville or at all The Fab Three and Mojo gigs.

Formed in 1975 as an acoustic duo by Dave Wight and Jack Bordo, the two began playing cover music by acts like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and America as well as performing their own original music. The duo eventually evolved into a full-fledged band by adding some “Old Friends” who had played together in high school. The band features a rotation of many unique instruments, including gut bucket, washboard, harmonica, 5- string banjo, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Old Friends have released two albums as a group, while remaining rooted in the many genres of music they enjoy, such as bluegrass, folk, rock, southern rock, country and swing. The current lineup of Old Friends consists of Jack Bordo (5 String Banjo & Guitar), Paul Moran (Washtub bass, Elec. Guitar, Harp), Bill Saar (Bass, Washboard), Mary Cadden Moran (Lead Vocals), Chris Dellecave (Drums and Percussion), Joe Kopicki (Guitar/Lead Vocals) and Cristina Cox (fiddle).

Another Reunion

Another great act hailing from northeast Pennsylvania is getting back together for a night filled with music and friends. Freight Train will reunite at The River Street Jazz Café, Plains, on Saturday, July 20 with special guests Dann Ottemiller (of Hexbelt) and the Jeff Pettit Band (formerly of Yolk).
Formed in the Summer of 1991, Freight Train performed throughout the region and released Reach For The Sky in 1996. Band members went their separate ways in 1999, but have reunited for a handful of special performances throughout the past decade. Freight Train is Kevin Murphy (guitar), Justin Gibbon (drums), Anthony Sabol (bass) and Charles Havira (guitar/vocals).

A Revival

The First Annual Blue Sky Revival with Mace In Dickson will take place at Mountain Sky, 63 Stillmeadow Ln., Jermyn this Saturday, July 13. Jam bands Hitchin Cricket and The Mountain Sky Orchestra are also scheduled to appear at the event. The show begins at 3 p.m.
Advance tickets can be purchased at a discounted price at http://www.mountainsky.net. Otherwise, tickets for the event are $15 at the gate. To learn more about Mountain Sky and to keep track of upcoming events, visit http://www.mountainsky.net.

A Reflection

Paul Simon once said “Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you, following you right on up until you die.” I always liked the thought of music being a chatty passenger, riding shotgun while you’re navigating the winding back roads of life. Music is there for you until your last breath escapes and, hopefully, it doesn’t end there.

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