By Becky Pearsall

With winter in full swing, sometimes we need to get out there and listen to some awesome music by one of the talented local bands in the Great Outdoors region. If you’re feeling the winter blues, the reds and the pinks give one or more of these a try in January.

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 Deer Creek Winery on January 6th from 7-10 p.m. and at the Iron Mountain Grille on January 13th.

Chaz plays all your classic and dance rock favorites. They have been playing together for a long time and have always been very good. They are at Ray’s Hot Spot on January 6th starting at 9:30 p.m.

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 on January 7th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery, on January 20th at R** Bandana Winery from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and at Iron Mountain Grille on January 28th.

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

Trixx band plays all your favorite classic rock hits from the 70’s and 80’s including Journey, Styx, Bryan Adams and so much more. These guys have been together for a long time and it shows. They are playing at Ray’s Hot Spot on January 7th starting at 9:30 p.m.

Samantha Sears will be playing her special blend of eclectic acoustic rock at Deer Creek Winery on January 8th from 2-5 p.m.

Bryan Phillips will be playing all your favorite classic country and rock favorites on January 13th and 27th from 7-10 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Playing all of your country acoustic favorites Til’ Morning will be at R** Bandana Winery on January 13th from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Coston Cross continuously uses all his life experiences and the influences of Garth Brooks, George Strait, George Jones and believe it or not Guns ‘n Roses to shape his own style of new country music. He is a must see on January 14th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Uncharted Course will play some sweet, slow old time classic rock favorites for you at Deer Creek Winery on January 14th from 7-10 p.m.

Bob Shawgo plays electrifying rock with a unique show of great music and comedic interaction on January 14th and 27th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

Afraid of Human play classic rock, alternative rock and heavy metal. Catch them on January 14th starting at 9:30 p.m. at Ray’s Hot Spot.

Kent Zacherl is presenting a decade in music: the 1950’s in a free concert at DeBence Antique Music World on January 15th at 1:30 p.m.

Carolyn Longo will be playing pop, rock, blues, smooth jazz, standards and celtic folk tunes on January 15th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

If blues, jazz, country and Texas swing is your thing then Ricci Hardt is a must see at Deer Creek Winery on January 21st from 2-5 p.m.

Gary Bickerstaff brings you all your classic rock acoustic top favorite hits on January 21st at Iron Mountain Grille, on January 27th from 7-10 p.m. at Clarion River Brewing Company and on January 28th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

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 January 21st from 7-10 p.m.

The newly formed band Arcade will give it up at R** Bandana Winery on January 21st from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

We Speak Canadian will be playing all your favorite dance hits from yesterday and today with a hard rock twist at Ray’s Hot Spot on January 21st starting at 9:30 p.m.

Come out and listen to Nick Forsyth covering some Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty and much, much more on January 22nd from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

Cory Monaco will be performing his unique selections from a wide range of music from AC/DC, Tom Petty, CCR, Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Steppenwolf, Allman Brothers Band, David Allen Coe, The Who, Foster the People, Snoop Dogg, Adam Sandler, and Jimi Hendrix on January 27th starting at 9:30 p.m. at Ray’s Hot Spot.

732 Electric Duo featuring Mary Spayd and Glenn Armstrong perform cover and original rock & soul, adult contemporary, and classic hits. See them at Deer Creek Winery on January 28th from 7-10 p.m.

Route 8 Band gives you a new spin on some classic rock favorites on January 28th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

Rudy and the Professionals will be performing all your favorite Motown, dance tunes, and Caribbean music at the Groundhog Ball on January 28 from 8 p.m.- Midnight at the Punxsutawney Country Club. Punxsutawney Phil will be there! Wear your mask. It’s a Masquerade theme!

Down to the Wire will be performing 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock at The Punxsutawney Area Rails to Trails Association’s annual Groundhog Day dance at the Punxsutawney Eagles Club on January 28th from 9 p.m.-midnight.

Two For Flinching combines some of the most talented musicians in the area with an entertaining stage performance and a spectacular sound and lighting show. The quartet switches effortlessly between smooth funk, hard rock and groovin’ dance rhythms, while providing sweet vocal harmonies, dazzling technical musicianship and a dose of humor. You don’t want to miss them on January 28th starting at 9:30 p.m. at Ray’s Hot Spot.

Tyler Smilo’s Americana influenced folk songs are mostly autobiographical. However, the themes are easily relatable to the “everyman” and his performances are both heartfelt and moving. Catch him on January 29th from 2-5 p.m. at Deer Creek Winery.

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.

Pack up your pipes and get your karaoke on every Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. at Ray’s Hot Spot.

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.

Be your own rock star or just have fun listening with Master Blaster DJ Karaoke on January 6th from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at R** Bandana Winery.

DJ RPM will be dishing up the tunes for Ray’s Hot Spot’s Christmas Party on January 13th and 20th starting at 9:30 p.m.

Looking Ahead…. Tune in next month for the skinny on the Winter Blues and Brews festival in Ridgway and in March for the down low on seeing Montgomery Gentry live in St. Marys.

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