Immersed In Music closed out our 2018-19 program year with three consecutive days of live performances, which gave every band at least one more opportunity to showcase their talents. Our hard working young musicians gave it their all as they ran through their sets once again for delighted audiences at two different venues.
Cliff’s Tavern – The Underground hosted our IIM bands for the first time on Sunday afternoon. Six bands, including SNAGLJK, Breaking the Sound Barrier, Woody’s Roundup, KAAPE, Revolution, and Orbit, showed the West Shore audience that they know how to rock the house.
The Drum Ensemble, Breaking the Sound Barrier, opened the show and featured their three EDM originals, composed by Michael Finnerty. Michael and Luis, drummers extraordinaire, kept a steady rhythm throughout and hit their peak with the 5/4 beat of the finale “Shockwave.”
SNAGLJK was up next, opening with the Shawn Mendes song “In My Blood,” followed by Daya’s “Sit Still, Look Pretty.” Aidan Batley, Nora DiPaola, Grace Fede, Kaden Hockenberry, Joseph Luo, Sonia Manchorov, and Lia Zura have become a tight unit, as they seamlessly switch instruments, playing bass, keys, drums, guitars, and vocals on different songs. Their set continued with Marshmello’s “Happier.” The highlight of their set came when they closed with OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars.”
Woody’s Roundup, KAAPE, Revolution, and Orbit all tore through their high octane sets, demonstrating again how they have all worked hard, overcome frustrations, and become solid, entertaining performers. A few of the most memorable moments of the afternoon were Woody’s Roundup’s Max rapping on Paradise Fears’ “Battle Scars;” KAAPE featuring Ellie on acoustic guitar and vocals performing Blind Melon’s “No Rain;” Revolution ripping into George Thorogood’s “Move It On Over” and closing their set with a blistering version of “Stranglehold;” and Orbit, with Wade sitting in for Dakota, tearing into The Killers “Somebody Told Me,” jazzing it up on the beautiful “Corduroy Dreams,” and sending everyone out of the afternoon dancing to “Twist and Shout.”
A big shout out of thanks to Cliff’s Tavern for hosting us, and Jeff Rittenhouse for running sound! The sound was great, and a good time was had by all!!
On Monday and Tuesday evenings at the Londonderry School, every band in the program got one last chance to get on stage and play their hearts out.
Monday night featured SNAGLJK, The Black Bandits, Woody’s Roundup, and Orbit.
Tuesday evening highlighted Breaking the Sound Barrier, The Crazy Dragonettes, KAAPE, The Breads, and Revolution.
IIM staff will barely take a breath before starting with our Summer Camps the week of June 17. Please go to our website (immersedmusic.com) and check out all of our amazing camp options. Vocals, drumming, creative writing, and sound engineering, along with perennial favorites, Young Rockers and Rockers camps still have openings. Signups can be done on the website or by downloading forms and mailing them to Immersed In Music Academy, LLC, 4075 Linglestown Rd, PO Box 142, Harrisburg, PA 17112.