WILLIAMSPORT — A typical birthday party this won’t be, but Charlie Moore, the birthday boy, isn’t typical.
Soon to be 78 years of age, Moore has become an urban legend, a larger-than-life character, tattoo junkie, friend and a harmonica whiz the likes the Susquehanna Valley has never seen.
Above all else, Moore is the type of person the college and middle age crowd want to be when they reach Moore’s age.
Why? Because this Watsontown resident smashes — pulverizes really — every old age stereotype to live a life more colorful than his tattoos and wilder than someone half his age.
On Saturday night, the Bullfrog Brewery will start the evening with a stellar performance by The Blind Chitlin Kahunas followed by the classic rock sounds of Lumpy Gravy in addition to a host of local players who will jam the night away as they celebrate not only Moore’s birthday, but his zest for life and embracing it with gratitude and song.
“I’m not going to spend my life sitting in a rocking chair because that’s what someone my age is supposed to do. I get out and enjoy life, enjoy music, making music and have a good time,” said the witty Moore who cuts a striking figure with his solid frame, white goatee and shaved head plastered with tattoos that he had done when he was a younger man a couple of years ago.
That’s right, the harmonica wonder first got inked in his early 70s and has continued to add more ink to his noggin.
“I always wanted a tattoo but never got one so a few years back I thought why not, so I started having some done,” said Moore, whose most recent tattoo features the intricate petals of a lotus flower which pays homage to Buddhism.