Music Friday Rock N’ Roll Opener – 5/20

I am a new intern with the MOOSE team and we’re gearing up for the first Music Friday in Lancaster Square this Friday. Music Fridays are from May through September, on the third Friday of every month. MOOSE and Music For Everyone hosts Music Friday. Live music can be found throughout the city at shops, restaurants and city parks. Music Fridays begin at 5:30 and conclude at 8:45. Music Fridays are a great opportunity to walk around the city, grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cold drink and listen to great live music in Downtown Lancaster. Proceeds from the purchase of wine and beer benefit both MOOSE and Music For Everyone. I would encourage everyone to come out and participate.

May 20th is our Rock N’ Roll Opener with the opening act, Snake oil Band, a dynamic band featuring Corty Byron on guitar and vocals, Bob Esbenshade on bass and vocals, and Dave “snake” Secunda on drums. Corty is a young player, but has ten years of playing under his belt. He fronts his own band, played in the “green onions” since he was fifteen, and has opened for many stars at the American Music Theater. He is truly one of Lancaster’s outstanding musicians and performers.  Bob and Dave are the founding members of the iconic band “Big Red”. Together they represent one of the great rhythm sections of the Lancaster music scene. They are also the backbone for the local blues band “Blue Light Special”. Bob and Dave have travelled from Philadelphia to Asbury Park over the years. Bob also plays in “Lingering Doubts” and “The Willie Marble Xperience”. The teaming up of Corty, Bob, and Dave represents the coming together of the ages to make great music. Music steeped in the roots of Rock and Roll and Americana. The young and the elders, together for one purpose….to make some beautiful noise from the heart.  I spoke with Bob Esbenshade on the phone earlier this week and he expressed that they are as excited to come play Friday as we are to have them! They go on at 5:30 and end their set at 6:40.

Our second act begins at 6:45 when the Music for Everyone Awards show takes over the stage. When the Awards show comes to an end The Junkyard Drummers will take the stage and be performing until 7:10. I spoke with Justin Rule, Founder and Executive Director of Heads up Lancaster, and he gave me the scoop on Junkyard Drumming. Junkyard Drumming is the latest in a unique collection of music programs being offered through Heads Up Lancaster.  Led by Music Arts Director Tim Riggs, the group uses recycled materials and buckets to learn and perform rhythms, tell music stories and prove that ‘one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!’  The students range in age from elementary to high school students from all around the county.  The only apology ahead of time is to parents: Your kitchen, and your kids, will never be the same!

Our last event of the evening, John King’s Dance Band, will be taking the stage at 7:30 with the promise of energizing the crowd and “Get the Party Started”. They perform a variety of music from Soul, Motown, Top 40, Classic Rock, R & B and Original songs.  The band has 2 strong lead Vocals, John King and Alaina Nelson.  Lenny is on Keys, Chad on bass guitar, John on drums and Seth on saxaphone. The event closes at 8:30.

I hope that all of you find your way to the City this Friday for great music and a wonderful opportunity to explore what Downtown Lancaster has to offer. I know that I can’t wait to hear all of the bands and see how large of a turn out we achieve.

Written by: Ashley Lynch

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