WHAT: Central PA in Philly Night #5

WHO: Mark De Rose, Main Street Mystics, They Were Only Satellites, Dana Aleaxandra, Slimfit

WHERE: World Cafe Live (Upstairs) Philadelphia, PA

WHEN: Sat Feb. 4th 2012

It was time to pack up the gear in the horse and buggy and head west on the turnpike once again last Saturday Night. For the fifth straight year performers from Lancaster county and their loyal fans took over the upstairs at World Cafe for a night of frivolity and music in the “Big City”. Central PA In Philly Night was started as a way to get some exposure both for the local musicians and to give local residents a reason to visit and enjoy WCL. It’s generally been a successful venture for everyone involved and it’s quite amazing that this was the fifth and most well attended of the series.

This year’s show was started off by Mark De Rose performing acoustic with the help of his brother on percussion. It was the perfect way to start the evening. Main Street Mystics returned with their mix of Jazz and originals. Their sound was made fuller this year by the addition of piano virtuoso David Alan Newman. “They Were Only Satellites”, led by singer guitarist Clayton Margerum who was the only person in the venue with hair bigger than mine, got the crowd going with their brand of 80’s tinged garage rock. Highlights of their set were songs off their recently released full length CD and a great re-working of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.

Dana Aleaxandra who was battling a bad cold as well as the effects of a crazy drive from Morgantown, WV, sounded none the worse for wear as she took her band through it’s paces to the delight of the audience which included family members who made the trek from York, PA to show their support. Originally on last year’s bill but forced to cancel due to inclement weather that grounded her flight from Wisconsin, this trip was like a piece of cake for this hard working road warrior.

Headliners, Slimfit who had plenty of time to “warm-up” for their set closed the party with a set of tight and raucous Alt-Country-Punk. They continue to be perhaps the foremost live band in Lancaster and Saturday night’s performance showed why. Kudos to drummer Tony Kirchner for pulling double duty as the drummer for both Dana and Slimfit and also for helping to put this show together. Let’s do it again next year!

Words by: The Randy Bee
Photos by: Keanan Barbour-March
(Due to double shows that night, TSI was only able to catch photos of Slimfit)