Pearl Harbor Day: Camp Hill woman remembers being awakened by bombing

Originally published in The Patriot-News on Dec. 7, 2011. Patricia Behrens woke up to the sound of explosions. It was about 7 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, in Hawaii. “Oh, shucks,” Behrens said she thought. “They’re practicing at Fort DeRussy.” The U.S. military reservation had a habit of waking residents up with its drills. “WhyContinue reading “Pearl Harbor Day: Camp Hill woman remembers being awakened by bombing”

Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys talks about the band, fans and rivals

Originally published in The Patriot-News on July 28, 2011. Brian Littrell, member of the Backstreet Boys and heartthrob at large, is making his way to Hershey. The same man whose faced grinned from posters on bedroom walls and covers of teen magazines has joined up with his band mates and New Kids on the BlockContinue reading “Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys talks about the band, fans and rivals”

Psychic John Edward connects with the dead, science and skeptics

Originally published in The Patriot-News on August 18, 2011.  Quantum physics enthusiast and former health care administrator, John Edward is more than just a proclaimed psychic. He is a teacher, a messenger and according to some, a fraud. Edward, 41, is coming to a sold-out performance Friday at Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center. with a price ofContinue reading “Psychic John Edward connects with the dead, science and skeptics”

Rusted Root spreads its roots in Lancaster

Originally published in the official guide to Launch Music Conference 2012.  Not every band can say its music has been played in space. But, then again, Rusted Root is not your average band. Formed in the early 90s, Rusted Root has built a name for itself on its unique blend of the world and rockContinue reading “Rusted Root spreads its roots in Lancaster”

Harrisburg rapper J. Bair’s video goes against grain, slams violence

Originally published in The Patriot-News on April 19, 2012. A gunshot interrupts the ting, bass, ting of a rap song’s percussion. Screams sound and characters scatter. One guy slumps forward. The image is stark and horrifying. “Gunshot Blast” by Harrisburg rapper J. Bair goes against the grain of the stereotypical modern rap music scene, which tendsContinue reading “Harrisburg rapper J. Bair’s video goes against grain, slams violence”

‘I Am Harrisburg’ video aims to rally city

Originally published in The Patriot-News on March 23, 2012. Harrisburg might be making headlines for violence and debt, but there’s more to it than that. That’s the message behind “I Am Harrisburg,” a hip-hop song written for the people of the city to rally behind. Written by local rappers and producers All Steezy, Jaymes, Zach, Pacino,Continue reading “‘I Am Harrisburg’ video aims to rally city”

Digging the drums: Frankie Muniz talks Kingsfoil and career so far

Originally published in The Patriot-News on April 7, 2012. It’s Friday afternoon and Frankie Muniz has locked himself in with his drum kit. Since arriving in Harrisburg on Thursday morning, Muniz has been living and breathing the music of Kingsfoil, the York band in which he plays drums. Muniz rose to fame in 2000 as MalcolmContinue reading “Digging the drums: Frankie Muniz talks Kingsfoil and career so far”