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Musical Notes: Joyous January–New music for a new year.

It’s another year, and, with it, I believe, should come new experiences. Therefore, I’m here to help you catch some fresh music in the city.

As the year begins, I enter it with hopes that the Harrisburg music scene will continue to grow and thrive, with new artists and venues for you to enjoy. So, I offer some classic venues, some new spots, and some familiar corners to check out this month. Stay warm out there and Happy New Year!

As you may know, I love local bands, and I love highlighting the talent that lives here in our community. Minshara is an electronic pop group from Harrisburg made up of Aaron Miller on vocals and guitar, Tom Hand on bass and vocals, Evan Kirkley on drums and Liam Shatzer on guitar and vocals. They’ve been featured on TV and radio programs, including “Warped Tour,” and their music has been spreading. Check out their high-energy performance at the Capitol Room or watch them on YouTube for their song “The Void.” Their genre-defying sound, paired with catchy melodies, are definitely worth a night out at H*MAC.

I’m pumped to share this show with all of you, and it’s not even a music event. You might know Henry Rollins from his career as Black Flag’s frontman or maybe from his show, “The Henry Rollins Show.” His contributions to music throughout his life are significant, and he’s bringing some new material to Whitaker Center for one night only. While traveling around the world, Rollins has documented his journey through photography. Throughout the evening, Rollins will present a unique performance incorporating his photographs and experiences abroad in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica. This truly unique evening of storytelling is bound to be a captivating experience.

The Vegetable Hunter is a snug vegetarian restaurant that has made waves not only with its cooking but with its support for the local art scene. Performing at the restaurant for the evening is the acoustic/electric trio known as Jelli, and they’re bringing some fresh originals for your dining pleasure. This self-styled “acoustic hodge-podge” is comprised of Shelli Merrifield on world percussion and vocals, Jarrett Sumner on guitar, kazoo and lead vocals and Jeff Burfield on bass, guitar and vocals. This relatively new group has been making their way around the local circuit, spreading their refreshing and eclectic style. Their funky and energetic stylings in this colorful venue will bring some energy into your new year.


Giddy Hop & Leeyuh Neptune, Jan. 5, River City Blues Club

Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond, Jan. 6, H*MAC Stage on Herr

Kool-Aid Kids, Jan. 13, The Abbey Bar

Suzi Brown, Jan. 19, Little Amps Downtown

Jarrad Briggs, Jan. 27, River City Blues Club

Ramona Córdova & Sarah M., Jan. 28, Little Amps Uptown

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