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Loving it local - Jambo Preview Week 4
July 11, 2013 - Michael Palmer
Local talent rules! That could be the theme for this year's Jamboree in the Hills!
Last week we ran the Rust Belt Kings and this week it is Matt Van Fossen. Week one was the Joseph Sisters rounding out the trifecta.
I have heard some whining about the amount of local (by this I include Pittsburgh based) bands or artists on stage at Jambo this year. For me it is a bonus situation especially with the knowledge that in the past Live Nation has filled empty slots with such country legends as "the Straight Shot"
It is tradition for our local talent to be featured on the Jamboree stage, if you are old enough to remember the golden days of WWVA, you know where I am coming from.
Maybe not the most polished talent, but these are some young and hungry artists from our own valley who are genuinely talented. The difference between them and the groups on later in the day is perhaps just that they have not yet been "discovered."
Next week is a great week for the area fans and it all starts Tuesday night with Matt and Joe Zelek with the Rust Belt Kings at the pre-party.
I have been a bad boy and will under go a heart cath Monday morning, but I hope to be back in action for Tuesday night. If I miss that I will most definitely be front stage with my camera for Saturday morning when the Joseph sisters take the stage following another local favorite Ron Retzer and 1170. I once booked 1170 for the Dennison Railroad Festival when I was the entertainment director for the event and they were so well received I almost got paid. As I recall they gave me a standing ovation for lip syncing the guitar solo in Rocky Mountain Way.
Please read the previews for these three local acts online and check them out live. Their web sites or facebook pages have a list of performance dates.
Make it a date night or come on out to Jamboree in the Hills and catch all of them on the big stage.
You will not regret it.
If I am not out taking photos I will be in the media tent at the end of photo row down front, stop in and say hello.
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