A night of music
Show tonight benefits SCCA
“A Night in Tunisia” and a night in the city may be one in the same this weekend, where bands will perform everything from Bowie to Brubeck to The Boss and more, all to help nurture the arts in the county.
The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts is set to present A Night of Jazz, Blues & Classic Rock ’ n’ Roll to recognize Jazz Appreciation Month at 7 p. m. today at The Lodge at Sharp Mountain, 201 S. 26th St., Pottsville, according to Mark Mahal, a band member who has made it routine to raise funds at the SCCA show for the last nine years. Tickets are $ 15 and available at the door, but can be reserved by calling 570- 622- 0360.
The show, although featuring a jazz set, is not strictly limited to that genre, and will feature classic rock and blues as well.
“The night that we’re putting together is something totally different from what we’ve done over past years with this event, because for the first set it is going to be a straight- up jazz set — with some real heavy jazz hitters — and then for the second set, it will be primarily my band, The Kurious, plus Ron Stabinsky joining us on keyboard,” Mahal said.
The jazz band playing that first set is the JRK Trio, with a few special guests, perhaps most notably pianist Stabinsky, stepping in at times, Mahal said, adding that their playlist will include everything from bossa novas to more “old- school Great American Songbook jazz songs.”
After JRK finishes their hour-and-a- half- long set based in one era, Mahal’s band will move onto the next.
“We cover a lot of the Stones, Bowie, Springsteen, Chicago, disco medley, things like that — a very uptempo dance set,” Mahal said, noting Stabinsky will also be joining them in their set.
The venerated guest, Stabinsky is originally from Mar Lin and has played with bands ranging from the Meat Puppets to his current gig with Mostly Other People Do The Killing. He has toured from as near as the popular Newport Jazz Festival to as far as the Belgrade Jazz Festival in Serbia and many, many places in between. He recently released his debut album, “Free for One.”
“Ron is a straight- up musical genius,” Mahal said. “I’m so glad he’s able to make the show this year.”
Mahal emphasized that with the array of music set to be performed, this is a show geared to appeal to any music lover.
“If you’re looking for a mix of musical taste, this is a must- see. You’re going to have some top- gun jazz players giving you a first set of jazz that we normally don’t get here in Schuylkill County, especially of this caliber,” Mahal said. “Then, the second set of classic rock ’ n’ roll and dance … and the guys in my band have been around for a long, long time. We have a blast with this show every year that we’ve been doing it.”
And every year, the event’s grown, and every year the band members come from all ends of Pennsylvania and New Jersey to get together, the only night, possibly of the year, they’ll all be in the same room.
“These guys are going out of their way to participate in this” and to help fundraise for something unique to Schuylkill County, Mahal said. “The bottom line is it’s in support of the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts. They keep on plucking away, and trying to keep things going and try to stay progressive.
“When we turn on at 8: 30, it will be the first time this group has ever been together. We have people from outside of our area coming to support a cause, make it the best it can be, and that’s why we would greatly appreciate anyone who shows up and takes part in the night.”
County native Ron Stabinsky will perform with several acts as part of the benefit show for the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, scheduled for 7 p. m. today at The Lodge at Sharp Mountain.
TOP: Kim Russel Seibert, a member of the JRK Trio along with Joe Battaglia and Roy Cumming, will perform a set of jazz classics.