A night of mu­sic

Show tonight ben­e­fits SCCA

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDITOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

“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.”

JACQUE­LINE DORMER/ STAFF PHOTO

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...

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