PLAYLISTS

The Listening Room has taken a break, but the music continues.

Do you ever wonder what your friends and neighbors listen to?

 

We asked people from throughout The Exchange's community -- artists, musicians, board members and other volunteers, and our Listening Room soundman -- to let us know what they listen to, in any and all genres, and we have their playlists here to share with you.

 

Click on any of the links to enjoy great music; scroll down to read more about the people who shared their playlists with you.

Ann Kerstetter

 

Listening Room performer -- a woman driven to entertain her audience with a voice reminiscent of the velvet of Etta James and the gravel of Janis Joplin.

Find Ann on the Web at annkerstetter.com and facebook.com/annkerstetter63.

Ann's playlist

Ann's bands' music

Bev Conklin

 

Listening Room performer -- On November 10th, 2019, BC received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Blues Musician's Guild of the Lehigh Valley.

Find BC on the Web at bevconklin.com and thebccombo.com.

Bev Conklin's Favs #1

BC & The Blues Crew

The BC Combo -- The Garage Sessions

BC and Lea Live at Godfrey Daniels

Shane Kiefer

 

Exchange board member and the marketing director for the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau -- Shane’s musical tastes are fairly diverse and most often rooted in feelings of adventure, life on the open road, the unexplored wilderness, living life, and seizing the moment..

Shane's playlist

Benjamin Vo

 

Destination Blues musician -- "I’m not sure whether or not Lititz is a Blues-Rock hub.  I do know that Benjamin Vo certainly makes it seem that way single-handedly with his impressive 'Country Sugar E.P.'  While mixing in traditional Blues tropes (lyrics referring to cows and the Devil, 12-bar Blues arrangements, etc), Vo goes a long way with just himself and a drummer." - Kevin Stairiker, Fly Magazine.

Find Benjamin at benjaminvo.bandcamp.com and facebook.com/benjaminvomusic.

Benjamin's playlist

Justin Deprisco

 

Exchange Gallery -- An artist whose passion for the outdoors mingles with his interest in the strange and unusual, Justin produces art that can be as weird as it is beautiful, primarily in pencil and watercolor.  Justin now lives in Vermont, although he still calls Pennsylvania home.  Find Justin's work on the Web at fineartamerica.com/profiles/justin-deprisco/shop and facebook.com/justindepriscoart.

Justin's playlist

Vanessa Collier

 

Listening Room performer -- Having first picked up the saxophone at the age of nine, Collier embarked on her road to recognition at Berklee College in Boston, earning dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering.  These days, Collier spends much of her time on the road, performing at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world.  The seven-time Blues Music Award nominee won the award in 2019 and 2020 for Instrumental--Horn.  Find Vanessa on the Web at vanessacollier.com and facebook.com/music.vanessacollier.

Vanessa's playlist

Rowan Leigh Shaffer

 

Exchange Gallery -- Rowan Leigh Shaffer graduated from Bloomsburg University, where they majored in Fine Art with concentrations in Fiber and Printmaking.   Rowan’s artwork has hung at The Gallery at the Greenly Center in Bloomsburg and at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, among other regional venues.  Find Rowan's work at facebook.com/renyirart and facebook.com/redtreepress.

Rowan's playlist

Chet Davis

 

Exchange Gallery -- Born and raised in Ashland, Pa., Chet received a B.S. in Art Education from Penn State and an M.A. in Studio Art from the Hartford Art School.  He has spent over four decades as an artist, art educator, and art advocate, and has over two dozen solo exhibitions.  Find Chet on the Web at chetdavisart.com and facebook.com/CJDavis-Fine-Art.

Chet's playlist

Jonathan Nunan

 

Exchange Gallery -- Jon has shown artwork at the Gallery and also shown his film "I Was Always Supposed To Be Here", an experimental documentary featuring Black women's stories and observations as they navigate Austin, Texas.  You can watch it and other films at vimeo.com/user51739963.

Jonathan's playlist

Otto Kurecian

 

One of the Moose Exchange's founding board members and, since 2006, the Executive Director of the Columbia-Montour Visitor Bureau (itourcolumbiamontour.com).

 

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” -- William Shakespeare

Otto's playlist

Nick Andrew Staver

 

Listening Room performer and American Roots/Blues Musician -- "A lot of the music on here is what I have been listening to over the summer.  Some new, some old, a mix of genres.  That's the norm for the music playing in the house."  Visit Nick's Web site at NickAndrewStaver.com and find him also at Facebook.com/NickAndrewStaver.

Nick's playlist

Tom Graham

 

Listening Room performer -- Tom Graham, a musician and singer-songwriter based in Scranton, Pa., has continuously traveled the country for the past two decades, singing his songs and playing his music for crowds of all shapes and sizes -- 2,469 shows and counting (as of early November 2020) in music halls and festivals and pubs and clubs.  He has released five independent records; find him on the Web at tomgrahammusic.com.

Tom's playlist

Mary Powlus

 

Exchange Gallery artist

 

"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her." -- William Wordsworth

Mary's playlist

Brock Dent

 

Exchange Gallery artist -- A 2008 studio-art graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Brock calls his playlist "An Exchange -- Songs to make arts."

Brock's playlist

Tom Rosencrans

 

Listening Room performer -- Now retired after a career as an elementary-school teacher, Tom has played alongside any number of our region's well-known musicians, from Nate Myers to John Sweeney, as well as with his wife, Jina.

Tom's playlist

Chad Andrews

 

Exchange Gallery artist -- Chad  received his BFA in studio art from Kutztown U. and his MFA in printmaking from U. Penn.  Now a professor of Printmaking and 2-Dimensional Design at Bloomsburg U. and with a studio at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport, Chad founded the Moose Exchange’s gallery in 2013 and the Art Cart in 2015.  Find him on the Web at instagram.com/studiopaperplus.

Chad's playlist

Bonnie Tallman

 

Destination Blues founder -- One of the people who founded the Billtown Blues Festival in 1990, Bonnie has stayed involved ever since.  She has also managed many regional Blues artists including Greg Piccolo, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Ann Rabson, Bob Margolin, and Gabe Stillman.  Find out more about Billtown Blues at BilltownBlues.org.

Bonnie's playlist

Billtown Blues volunteers

 

For more than thirty years, a group of dedicated volunteers has put together the annual Billtown Blues Festival in Hughesville, U.S.A.  They also host events in Williamsport and have a close relationship with the Uptown Music Collective.  This playlist, made up of music by artists who have played the Festivals, comes from the volunteers' suggestions.  Find out more at billtownblues.org.

The volunteers' playlist

Tate Berkey

 

Destination Blues and Backstage Pass performer -- A professional drummer and percussionist from Danville, Pa., he has established -- by age 18 -- a career as a working musician in Central Pennsylvania, from playing in pit orchestras to performing for crowds of over 1,000 in rock concerts.  A 2019 high school graduate and an Uptown Music Collective alumnus, Tate now attends Temple University as a Jazz Performance major.  Find him on the Web at berkeytate.wixsite.com/tateberkey.

Tate's playlist

Nate Myers

 

Destination Blues and Listening Room performer -- .  A well-known figure on the central Pennsylvania music scene for two decades, Nate has performed in duos, trios, and with his band, the Aces, singing and blowing a mean Blues harp.  Nate's music draws from a wide variety of styles and genres of American music, including Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Rockabilly, and Country.  Visit Nate on the Web at NateMyers.com.

Nate's playlist

Bob McCormick

 

Exchange Gallery artist -- A native of Ashland, Pennsylvania, Bob spent his career as an English teacher and took up painting full-time after retiring.  Bob says "I've been making art for over fifteen years, and learning more about being human for a lot longer.  Life is good."  You can follow Bob's art at facebook.com/ubbaa22.

Bob's playlist

Stacia Abernatha

 

Listening Room performer -- An enthusiastic collaborator, Stacia Abernatha is a singer-songwriter from Williamsport, Pa.  She sings an eclectic array of styles and genres, with her passion in Americana/Roots, psychedelic indie Rock, and Blues music.  Find her on the Web at facebook.com/staciasings.

Stacia's playlist

Steven Martz

 

Exchange Gallery artist -- Steve says "I tried to pick some songs that I’m listening to now, some that hold certain significance to me, and just some of my favorites.  Definitely felt like I could have put a lot more on.  ’ll probably end up making another list."  Steve has also displayed his work at ArtFest in Bloomsburg and looks forward t the next of these August events on the Square.

Steve's playlist

Brooks Williams

 

Listening Room performer -- Born in Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks moved to Boston at the height of that city’s burgeoning singer-songwriter scene and cut his teeth supporting artists including Shawn Colvin, Chris Smither, Rory Block, Leo Kottke, Odetta, Billy Bragg, and Taj Mahal.  WUMB-FM in Boston named him as one of their Top 100 Artists of All Time.  Find Brooks on the Web at BrooksWilliams.com and facebook.com/BrooksWilliamsOfficial.

Brooks's playlist

Bret Alexander

 

Listening Room and Festival performer -- Bret's career as a singer/songwriter/producer began as a studio engineer in the late 1980s; in that job, he met the people who with him became The Badlees, with Bret playing the role of principle songwriter/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist.  Bret has toured and shared the stage with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Edwin McCain, Live, The Gin Blossoms, and countless others.  Find him on-line at bretalexanderonline.com and facebook.com/Bret-Alexander-199532256755530.

Bret's playlist

Oren B. Helbok

 

The Exchange's executive director -- Oren grew up in New York City listening to Folk, Bluegrass, and Classical on the radio and on the LPs his parents bought, and those genres form the foundation of his tastes to this day.  An avid photographer of steam railroading, Oren posts his work at WhereSteamLives.net and facebook.com/wheresteamlives.

Oren's playlist

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