By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item
— NORTHUMBERLAND -- Tonight King Street Coffeehouse will sound a bit more joyous and jovial as the community gem of Northumberland hosts its anticipated anniversary show that will celebrate 18 years of homegrown music.
“We feature some of the best local musicians and have done so ever since we started,” said Barbra Schaffer, one of the dedicated people that help make King Street a success.
“Our anniversary shows are always great and this one will feature two of the original acts that performed at our very first show and have been back for all the anniversary shows.”
The show kicks off with folk and blues musician, Steve Quelet, followed by the homespun Appellation music of Tom and Nate with the Frank Wicher Band taking the stage last.
“The King Street Coffeehouse is an excellent place for music because that‘s why the crowd is there, to hear music, so there are no distractions that take away from the music,“ said Wicher, one of the hardest working musicians in the Valley.
Frank Wicher, as a solo act, along with Tom and Nate plus the former Hop High Ladies were the first acts 18 years ago.
With the exception of the now defunct Hop High Ladies, the other two acts have been part of every anniversary show in some form or another.
Wicher and the band will perform a mix of toe-tapping tunes and originals that showcase the band’s ability to shift gears and perform a slow, somber tune to something rambunctious.
In addition to providing a welcoming venue for local music, King Street is also unique with their format of shows by offering three acts per show in addition to the varied mix of musical styles that take the stage at each show.
“We’ll be performing Appalachian music featuring slid guitar along with harp for the show. Nate is a great harp player and we always have a good time when we play at the anniversary show,” said Tom Rosencrans, half of the lively duo Tom and Nate, with Nate being none other than Nate Myers, former area resident and lead singer for the Harrisburg based band Nate Myers and the Aces.
Although there is a generation gap between the two performers, the music they create not only has unity but also a sound that is vibrant in lyrics and harmony.
Part of the duos effortless sound comes from the fact the two men became friends first, a musical duo later.
“At first people must have thought this would never work. There is Nate with all his tattoos and energetic personality and there’s me with my sweater looking like something from an L.L. Bean catalog,” Rosencrans said.
The unusual pairing did work and continues to create music, that although old, sounds fresh and new.”
Also adding a new sound to the show will be Potter County musician Steve Quelet with his distinct blend of blues and folk music.
Refreshments and drinks will be available for purchase during the show with the doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7 p.m..
With the anniversary show and every show King Street hosts, the goal is the same; to bring the community and local musicians together in a setting that encourages and helps live music grown and thrive in Norry and across the Valley.
When local music thrives, so does the community.