The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 25, 2013

Mash up your Mondays

LEWISBURG — On Monday nights, some of the most incredible musicians in the area meet at The Bull Run Inn’s Tap House, 605 Market St. for a musicians’ workshop which some have dubbed “The Musical Mash-up.” Starting at 6:30 p.m., musicians gather and conspire to decide what they are going to play and who they are going to play with.  Normally there are several bass and lead guitarists, drummers and vocalists waiting in the wings for their turn.  Throw in an occasional upright bass, harmonica or a dobro now and then, you have the makings for a “mash-up.”

The night starts out with three constant musicians who comprise the house band and are the sparks who ignite this musical blaze: Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Mitchell, Chalie Holmes on bass and Tim Breon on guitar.

Mitchell is well-known for his Sunday Jazz Brunches, with Andy Seal and Greg Burgess, which he hosts at the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Musicians are welcome and encouraged to sit in and play.

Last February, Mike and Lois Purcell, owners of Bull Run Inn (and adjacent Puirseil’s Irish Pub) in Lewisburg, attended one of Mitchell’s jazz workshops.  They enjoyed it so much they approached Mitchell and asked, “How can we do this at our restaurant?”

The new musicians’ workshop — the musical mash-up — began at the Bull Run Tap House a year ago and has been jamming every Monday night since.

As the three core musicians start things off, musicians begin to roll in with their instruments. They form into small groups and plan sets with one another.

The musicians hail from Williamsport to out-of-state and all points in-between. Chris Trisatti, harmonica blower for The Frank Wicher Band and The Midlife Cowboys, travels from Pittman each week to attend. Having the opportunity to play for fun instead of for an audience is a real draw for the musicians.

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