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August 16, 2013

Dan Stevens: Born to be a ramblin’ man

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Joining in on the blues adventure will be a fellow musician who is quite the character, both literally and figuratively. Bob “Wizard of the Blues” McCarthy, a character actor, will provide his intricate bass playing and vocals for the Elk Creek and Bullfrog gigs.

“Bob is amazing. I have been playing with him for about six months and he is simply excellent,” Stevens said. “He is a character actor and plays characters that look like they would be something you would see in a Harry Potter film. As a musician, he is the real deal so people coming out to see us will get double the entertainment.”

For Stevens, a native of Bellefonte, entertaining people is his life and passion.

In addition to playing countless gigs as bars, clubs and festivals across the upper east coast, for the past five years, Stevens has performed regularly in the New York City subway system as part of the city’s Music Under New York experience.

“I meet interesting people all the time in the subway, which is the main reason I love to do it. I am often photographed or filmed by people who sometimes stop to listen and talk then vanishes into who-knows-where,” he said. “One of my favorite spots is Union Square and I once played in Harlem in the subway near the Apollo Theatre — on the day Obama was inaugurated. That was fun. I have met or seen up close several celebrities. My favorite was bumping into, literally, actor and comedian Martin Short who I have always loved.”

Stevens also takes his music and skills to hospices once a week and in events for developmentally disabled children. This provides him the opportunity to share the power of music with as many folks as he can.

Working with kids gives him the chance to share his skill of making instruments from a collection of unusual items, such as cigar boxes, tin cans and odd pieces of scraps and junk.

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