By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT — If you’re a fan of Justin Bieber’s music, the Cell Block is not the place to be this Saturday when the anti-fluff music band Steal the Sky rocks the former lockup.
“We don’t play the flavor-of-the-week type of fluff music, so there will be no Brittany Spears or Justin Bieber songs. What you will hear is an eclectic mix of modern music along with songs from The Who and Queen,” said Stephen McKnight, vocalist and guitarist for the four-piece jam band. “We play covers that have some substance to it. We also try and perform covers the crowd will think is really cool but would never have listened to before. We try and open their eyes to new music instead of just playing the same cover songs every cover band plays.”
Based in the Philadelphia area, Steal the Sky is a hybrid of the former Cell Block favorite band Star 69 paired with two new players to create a new and modern-styled act that finds its strengths with both male and female lead vocals.
“Our newest member, Meghan Krauss, does an amazing job on vocals and takes the band in a new direction that allows us to play covers we typically would not have played,” he said.
“We also have our bassist, Leon Karpovich, and Jared Lerew on drums giving a real high energy performance that can get the crowd going.”
Steal the Sky kicks up the energy for their shows that take them from Key West to Boston where they attract both the college crowd and those seeking a wild night of songs and sounds.
Their energetic and youthful style sounds like an early version of the band No Doubt.
“None of us has a day job. We simply couldn’t do all the shows and give each show the attention if we had to get up the next morning and go to work. Like our show at the Cell Block. We’ll have to drive three hours each way, get set up and play for four hours. But we love playing at the Cell Block and I think this might be our tenth time there. I know we were there in the spring and we played there on New Year’s Eve. It’s a fantastic place to play and the crowd is always a lot of fun.”
McKnight noted that sometimes the crowds at their gigs can get a little wild and try and jump on stage to give a special shout-out to someone in the crowd, but so far they haven’t had any major issues with unruly fans.
“We have some really dedicated and amazing fans,” he said. “In fact, when we played in Atlantic City the last time we had a group of fans from Williamsport come down for the show. We give each show everything we have and you’ll be impressed by the energy and the quality of the vocals. Meghan has a really powerful voice that can get the crowd moving.”