ACRES of Music: Summer of Love
Release your inner hippie and dress in your most far-out 1960s threads — the “Summer of Love” is coming to State College!
Featuring the psychedelic and soulful music of the 60’s performed by the best of State College’s music scene, this unforgettable benefit concert promises to be the grooviest event of the summer while making a difference for local adults with autism! Performers include Anchor&Arrow, Cone of Silence, Hops & Vines, the J.R. Mangan Band featuring Veronica, Midstate Select, and the all-new group Moshann-o-Tones.
All proceeds support the ACRES Project, a State College 501(c)(3) nonprofit fostering independence, friendship, self-advocacy, employment, and lifelong skills for local adults with autism. Your support of the Summer of Love allows the ACRES Project to sustain and expand its critical community programs. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations and sponsorships made on the event/supporter webpage will be MATCHED, doubling your impact at no cost to you!
Join us at The State Theatre on June 18 from 7:30-9:30 PM to experience a magical night of peace, love, and music!
☆ Featured Bands ☆
“Central PA’s Funked-Up Duo,” Anchor&Arrow is the musical collaboration of husband and wife Matt Dashem and Jennifer Henry-Dashem. Their unique sound is an upbeat mix of soul, funk, rock, and jazz: a culmination of many years of their individual musical styles and experience. Jenn’s moving voice fused with Matt’s seasoned guitar can be enjoyed by music lovers of all kinds, but especially those fond of having a good time. The duo is known for putting their own twists on familiar tunes; blending styles and swapping genres with ease and originality. Each Anchor&Arrow performance is tailored to venue and audience while always welcoming space for the unexpected.
Cone of Silence began in 2012 with a focus on re-creating some of the most iconic rock and progressive rock songs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The quartet features Steve Christensen on guitar, Liz Grove on keyboards, John Lynch on drums, and James Miller on bass. Known for their big arrangements, three-part harmonies and a biblical attention to sound quality, they cover songs by Yes, Genesis, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and the Beatles.
Voted the third best band in Happy Valley by State College Magazine, Hops & Vines are Christie Clancy on lead vocals and Jonathan McVerry on guitar and vocals. They started as a duo in 2013 and quickly gathered accolades for their original music as well as their powerful interpretation of covers. Influenced by bands such as Pearl Jam, Blondie, REM and 90’s alt, Christie’s powerful and authentic vocals can bring down the house.
Guitarist/singer J.R. Mangan has been part of the State College music scene since 1984 and has loved every minute of it. Most Saturday nights you can catch the band at The Café 210! Veronica Auger is J.R.’s latest vocalist in a long line of talented female singers. JR and Veronica are joined by band members Mark Toci on guitar, Jason Ebersole bass/vocals and John Lynch on drums/vocals.
With a rootsy blend of country, folk rock, blues and soulful harmonies, Midstate Select is a collection of familiar faces on the State College music scene.The group began as a side project for up-and-coming local musicians Anna Pearl Belinda (vocals), Sean Heffernan (guitar), and Sam Milz (guitar/vocals). As the group found its sound, Belinda, Heffernan, and Milz enlisted the talents of veteran musician Andy Tolins of the Triple A Blues Band and Sam Christensen of the Carpetland Flux Collective. That lineup, with additional contributions from the members of Triple A and other local musicians, has brought Midstate Select’s debut album, “On the Road to Lonesome” into being.