Although Moore already stands out in a crowd with his ink-adorned head and husky voice, it’s when he picks up one of his 30 harmonicas and starts to play that he really attracts attention.
“Charlie is a wonderful harmonica player, for sure, and my band always enjoys having him sit in with us at any opportunity and he even played harmonica on our last album, ‘This Old Guitar,’ that we released in 2010,” said Joel Vincent, drummer for The Blind Chitlin Kahunas. “As a person, Charlie’s an incredibly interesting guy with a real zest for life and an even greater zest for live music.” He also always has his harps with him wherever he goes and “invariably ends up joining in with the bands he goes out to see.”
To say Moore joins in with local and out-of-the-area bands performing around the Susquehanna Valley is an understatement since Moore estimates he has jammed with nearly 400 different bands over the past several years.
“It’s always a great experience to sit in with a new band or one that I have played with many times before,” Moore said. “There is a wealth of local talent in the area and luckily some great venues that offer live music.”
For the Birthday Celebration both The Blind Chitlin Kahunas and Lumpy Gravy will perform original tunes and covers during their jam sessions with Moore joining in throughout the night.
“This will be the second birthday bash we’ve thrown for Charlie Moore at the Bullfrog Brewery, and if the last one is any indication, it will be an uproariously great time for everyone,” Vincent said. “In addition to performances from The Blind Chitlin Kahunas and Lumpy Gravy, whom Charlie claims are his very favorite regional bands, Charlie will be playing harmonica with both bands but we expect many other area musicians to show up and join the musical fun.”
Mixed in with that fun will be Moore’s secret to staying young and energetic as he celebrates his 78th birthday.
“Music keeps me young. Music and I have some many younger friends.” Moore said. “It all gives off a positive and youthful energy that I just love.”