by Becky Pearsall

With summer just around the corner, live music choices abound in the Great Outdoors region. Longer days, sunshine on you face and lots of great live music to choose from. Here’s where our favorite live artists are in May.

Dos Hombres will be playing all your favorite rock, southern rock and country acoustic tunes at the Leek Fest at the Medix Hotel on May 5th & 6th.

Fourth Street Gang will be playing a variety of 50’s-70’s country at the Foundry on May 5th. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Bryan Phillips is one of the area’s most popular acoustic solo performers and will be playing all your favorite classic country and rock favorites on May 5th starting at 9 p.m. at Iron Mountain Grille, on May 12th from 7-10 p.m., May 14th from 2-5 p.m. and May 26th from 7-10 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Burning Daylight, an acoustic duo, will play your 90’s and present day country music favorites on May 5th from 7-10 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery and from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on May 20th at R** Bandana Winery.

The Windy River Band plays all types of music from country, to oldies to classic rock that you can dance to and have a blast! If you like to dance —- you’ll love this band. For over a decade they have played all over Western PA and want to play for you so don’t miss them at R** Bandana Winery on May 5th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Richard Eustice is ½ of the duo Acoustic Highway. He plays acoustic rock n roll favorites. He will be at  Foxburg Wine Cellars on May 6th from 2-5 p.m.

2B40 is a band of 40-somethings playing a combination of original songs and some of their favorite cover tunes. They’re playing at Deer Creek Winery on May 6th from 2-5 p.m. followed by Coleville who plays indie rock since 1995 including originals and songs about our area from 7-10 p.m.

Broken Down Dog pays homage to the classic rock songs of past decades while also playing a mix of blues tunes from artists such as Freddie King, Gary Moore and Tommy Castro plus a few country tunes from artists like Dwight Yoakam. They’re live at R** Bandana Winery on May 6th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

For Dizzier Heights melds funkadelic blues with old-fashioned rock and a smattering of soul — solid Pittsburgh sound that’s just plain fun. They’re playing at the Marlin Theater in Brookville on May 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Andy Timko pours his heart and soul into every performance providing audiences with an authentic and unique live experience at every show. He performs his original country songs and some covers as well at Deer Creek Winery on May 7th from 2-5 p.m.

Mancave Music will be playing some great acoustic tunes for you at Foxburg Wine Cellars on May 7th from 2-5 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Players return to Lincoln Hall with a program featuring works by Dvorak, Mahler and the Schumann Piano Quintet on May 7th at 2 p.m.

The Ryver Nymphs are an acoustic duo that plays country and folk favorites. They will be dishing up your favorites at Allegheny Grille on May 9th from 6-9 p.m.

Bob Shawgo plays electrifying rock with a unique show of great music and comedic interaction on May 12th and 26th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

If you need Jazz, standards and swing tunes in your life then Jazz Lite is the band that you need to see on May 12th starting at 9 p.m. at the Iron Mountain Grille.

Showcase your talent on the fiddle, guitar, banjo, or mandolin at the Cook Forest Folk Music Contest at Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts on May 13th starting at 1 p.m. or just come out to see and hear all the great talent we have in the area. A hoe-down square dance follows the competition. Free admission.

On May 13th from 2-5 p.m. Terry Dach will be playing original tunes, along with classic rock favorites at Foxburg Wine Cellars.

Robyn Young performs acoustic country, pop, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock and country. She is also a songwriter so you will hear some of her original work as well. She’s playing at Deer Creek Winery on May 13th from 2-5 p.m., at the Clarion BBQ Festival on May 21st from 2-4 p.m. and at Iron Mountain Grille May 27th starting at 9 p.m.

Daniel Stockwell has a unique mix of folk, rock and indie music. He plays cover songs and has some really good original tunes as well. He’ll be at Deer Creek Winery on May 13th from 7-10 p.m. and at the Allegheny Grille on May 30th from 6-9 p.m.

If you like bluesy rock and just plain fun, then you must come see the Renegade Roosters on May 13th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery. They’re one of the best blues-rock bands around.

If you love a heartland blend of country, folk and rock and roll you’ll want to get out to the Iron Mountain Grille on May 13th starting at 9 p.m. and give Joe Thompson a listen.

Don Schiebel does some fantastic work on his beautiful 12-string Guild with a voice and a selection of music that will stir so many old memories. Catch his show at Foxburg Wine Cellars on May 14th from 2-5 p.m.

Dan Murphy plays timeless tunes from many genres. He is also a member of The Six, a local band with members from The Clarks and Rusted Root. You won’t want to miss his show at the Allegheny Grille on May 16th from 6-9 p.m.

“Emlenton’s American Idol” Isaac Cole made it to the 51st spot on American Idol.  He is an awesome country singer with original works as well as playing yesterday and today’s country music.  He has a record deal in the works and he’s ONLY 16 years old. He will perform at Springfest on May 19th from 7-10 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Brandon Giuffre will be playing rock covers at The Lakeview Lodge on May 19th and at the Float Your Boat event at Medix Hotel on May 27th.

Daryle Singletary, George Ducas and David Adam Byrnes will be Kickin’ It In The Park with their nationally known country hits at Taylor Memorial Park on May 19th starting at 4 p.m.

Playing all of your country acoustic favorites Til’ Morning will be at R** Bandana Winery on May 19th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

No matter what era you’re from, the rockin’ duo Wheels & Heels (Dick and Joanie from the band Trixx) will probably know one of your favorite songs. They are at the Iron Mountain Grille on May 19th starting at 9 p.m.

Mitch Littler plays his original blues tunes complete with harmonica and a soulful voice. You can see him live at Clarion BBQ Festival on May 20th from 12-2 p.m. and at Deer Creek Winery’s Springfest on May 21st from 2-5 p.m.

East & West is a sister duo that performs together as well as individually. Versatile enough to sing all kinds of music, but with a passion for folk and acoustic soul sounds. They’re playing Deer Creek Winery’s Springfest on May 20th from 2-5 p.m.

If you like classic rock, blues, country, and yes even island music then you won’t want to miss the Tyler Jenkins Trio at Foxburg Wine Cellars on May 20th from 2-5 p.m.

Keep Off The Grass will kick up some of the best bluegrass you’ve ever heard at the Clarion BBQ Festival on May 20th from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

One Wicked Bender will be shreddin’ it with their original hard rockin’ tunes and some covers to boot at Clarion BBQ Festival on May 20th from 5-7 p.m.

The Keister Bluegrass Band is a five-member band that plays some foot stompin’ bluegrass and gospel tunes. They’re playing at Deer Creek Winery’s Springfest on May 20th from 6-9 p.m.

The Legends play the best rock and roll from the 50’s through the 70’s just as you remember them sounding. They’re at the Clarion BBQ Festival on May 20th from 7:30-9 p.m.

JB Unplugged is a singer/songwriter performing for over 25 years, playing the music you love from today’s new pop and country, to old classics with a catalog of over 500 songs and all genres of music. He’s playing at Iron Mountain Grille on May 20th starting at 9 p.m.

Samantha Sears will be playing her special blend of eclectic acoustic rock at the Clarion BBQ Festival on May 21st from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Northern Comfort puts modern & classic country music, classic rock, funk and r & b into their energetic, hard driving, Iron City country music at the Clarion BBQ Festival on May 21st from 4:30-6 p.m.

Max Schang Trio of Blues Band does a collection of well-known blues tunes performed with a sense of fun and an original approach…and as always a crowd-stompin’ good time so get your stomp on at Foxburg Wine Cellars on May 21st from 2-5 p.m. and on May 23rd from 6-9 p.m. at the Allegheny Grille.

Mid-Life Crisis have been playing classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s for many years. They’re playing for you at DuBois Harley Davidson’s Bike Night & Car Cruise on May 26th from 6-8 p.m.

FM is an acoustic pop/country duet featuring Melissa Smith on vocals and percussion & William (Fitty) Smith on guitar and vocals. They’re playing on May 26th at The Lakeview Lodge.

Gashouse Annie has opened for many national acts including Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Toby Keith and many more. With a mix of blues, country, bluegrass and even some gospel thrown in for good measure this is a show that you have to see on May 27th from 2-5 p.m. at Foxburg Wine Cellars.

Uncharted Course will play some sweet, slow old time classic rock favorites for you at Deer Creek Winery on May 27th from 2-5 p.m. then Gary Bickerstaff brings you all your classic rock acoustic top favorite hits from 7-10 p.m.

Charlie Wheeler Band plays their own brand of hard driving groove-rock (original music) reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam. You don’t want to miss them on May 27th starting at 7 p.m. at Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts.

Kurt Thomas is a fabulous one man band who plays electric and acoustic guitar and sings, using a backing of tracks that he’s created to achieve a full band sound. Styles of music he plays are vast from the great pop songs of the 60’s and into the 80’s, songs that people love, that bring back memories of their past, but that we aren’t used to hearing people play like Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Beatles, Chicago, and hundreds more. Great guitar work, including the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and other masters. He’s playing at Scottish Heights Golf Course on May 27th from 7-10 p.m. and at the Medix Hotel on May 29th in the afternoon.

The Rock Aholics are a group of veteran musicians that can really deliver a great show and they are delivering it at R** Bandana Winery on May 27th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Come out and listen to Nick Forsyth covering some Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and much, much more on May 28th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

For a jammin’, bluesy, funky funkin’ good time with some rock and r&b dance tunes too, you gotta catch Angel Blue Band on May 28th from 2-5 p.m. at Foxburg Wine Cellars.

Pipe Dreams play all your funky, psychedelic rock tunes at R** Bandana Winery on May 28th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

The region also has some terrific monthly meet ups to showcase your talent as well.

The Forest County Country Music Association has a bluegrass and country music jam session to set your toes a tappin’ and your fingers snappin’. You are even welcome to join in if you like. It happens the 2nd Friday each month at the MACA building on Pine Street in Marienville and the 3rd Friday each month at the Forest Folk School in Tionesta.

If you love American folk music; singing, playing guitar, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer or mandolin meet at CREATE Café on the first Thursday of each month where you’ll play the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio and many, many more of your favorite classic folk tunes from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.

On the third Thursday of each month bring a stringed instrument and join in the Fiddler’s Jam at CREATE Café or just sit a spell and watch. Call (814) 271-7726 for more information.

Aroma Café in Emporium has an open mic night every Tuesday with live local talent. You never know who you’ll see. Call (814) 486-7662 to schedule your performance.

Blackbird Distillery has a different artist every Saturday at Shine On Saturdays.

On the 3rd Thursday of every month Tom Frech of Dos Hombres will be hosting Medix Hotel’s Got Talent open mic night so get out there, enjoy yourself on the deck with a cold cocktail and let your “soul sing” on.

All musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers, and listeners are invited to Open Mic Night at Create Café on the last Thursday of each month. May’s date is May 25th.

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