The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 6, 2014

Music festival pays tribute to local music 'godfather'


— MIFFLINBURG — The late Bill Heim, the former owner of the Scarlet D in Mifflinburg, has been called one of the godfathers of the local music scene.

Heim purchased the former Mifflinburg Hotel in the ’70s and transformed it into the Scarlet D. It soon became the primary venue in the valley for live music that was not rock and roll or straight-ahead country. The “D” became the place that featured a steady stream of local and regional acts as well as some national touring acts that provided an alternative to the music readily available in other places.

On Sunday starting at noon and ending sometime in the evening, the current ownership of the Scarlet D has generously agreed to host a Bill Heim Tribute Day. This will be an afternoon and evening bringing back many of the original faces who graced the Scarlet D stage “back in the day.”  When KJ began to solicit musicians’ interest for the event, there was an immediate outpouring of enthusiasm for the opportunity to pay tribute to a person who was instrumental in helping the now-thriving local music scene to develop.

Heim’s wife, Chris, will be in attendance.

A tentative list of the individuals and groups slated to play includes:

Noon — Jerusalem (Lester Hirsh/Kathleen Radspinner)

12:30 p.m. — Lawson and Disorder

1 p.m. — Chris Heim speaks

1:30 p.m. — DePotorLand

2 p.m. — Kimbo Reichley and Bruce Barr

2:30 p.m.— (pending performer/or catch up space)

3 p.m. — Cooney & Eliot

3:30 p.m. — KJ/Joe DeCristopher/Tom Mattern  as Sweet Nothings. Also, Harry Apfelbaum will play one or two tunes at the end since he’s not doing an entire 20-minute set.

4 p.m. — Jay Smar, solo

4:30 p.m. — Jerry Haines

5 p.m. — Cooney & Eliot

5:30 p.m. — Bill McCloskey, solo

6 p.m. — High Strung (Jay, Warren, Kirk)

6:30 p.m. — Gary Gyekis (possibly with Bill McCloskey and Tom Mattern)

7 p.m. — Doug McMinn

7:30 p.m. — Greg Burgess and Beverly Conrad

The Scarlet D is located at 264 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg. For more information call (570) 966-5400.