Live Music, Shows and Entertainment at ABC

Featuring the best live entertainment in Central PA, The Abbey Bar is a concert venue, billiards hall, roof top deck and and the most interesting special event facility around!

All Shows at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company are 21+ only unless otherwise indicated. ID is required regardless of age.

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017
    Doors: 7PM | Show: 8PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

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    The Millennium Music Conference celebrates 20+ years of showcasing emerging talent by bringing hundreds of live acts and a nationally-respected keynote speaker to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on February 24-26th, 2017.

    This year, more than 300 artists will perform at 30 venues around the city with audiences looking to catch the next Godsmack, Fuel or Halestorm—all of whom have performed at Millennium. Admission to shows is free.

    Since 1997, Millennium has also provided networking and educational opportunities for independent musicians and industry professionals. Previous keynote speakers have included MTV’s Matt Pinfield, Megadeth’s David Ellefson, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens and Halestorm.

    This year, the conference welcomes producer and GRAMMY-nominated engineer David Ivory. Ivory currently serves as both a national trustee and co-chair of the GRAMMY National Membership Committee. He has won gold and platinum RIAA awards for his work with The Roots, Erykah Badu and Patti LaBelle. Ivory is also credited with discovering and producing the GRAMMY-winning rock band Halestorm.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    Doors: 7PM | Show: 8PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

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    The Millennium Music Conference celebrates 20+ years of showcasing emerging talent by bringing hundreds of live acts and a nationally-respected keynote speaker to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on February 24-26th, 2017.

    This year, more than 300 artists will perform at 30 venues around the city with audiences looking to catch the next Godsmack, Fuel or Halestorm—all of whom have performed at Millennium. Admission to shows is free.

    Since 1997, Millennium has also provided networking and educational opportunities for independent musicians and industry professionals. Previous keynote speakers have included MTV’s Matt Pinfield, Megadeth’s David Ellefson, Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens and Halestorm.

    This year, the conference welcomes producer and GRAMMY-nominated engineer David Ivory. Ivory currently serves as both a national trustee and co-chair of the GRAMMY National Membership Committee. He has won gold and platinum RIAA awards for his work with The Roots, Erykah Badu and Patti LaBelle. Ivory is also credited with discovering and producing the GRAMMY-winning rock band Halestorm.

  • Tue
    28
    Feb
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    BadfishLogo$15 advance/ $20 day of show cover

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    Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime

    Over the past 14 years, Pat Downes, Scott Begin, and Joel Hanks, collectively known as Badfish, have traversed borders, adopted friends, cruised highways, popped tires, loitered in parking lots, stormed clubs, blazed festivals, and raised the decibel level across their broad tour terrain. Their mission, throughout their eminent career, has remained the same: bring the awesome music and message of Sublime to their spirited fans, wherever they may be. In paying tribute to one of the most galvanizing musical acts in history, Badfish try to revive the Sublime experience by keeping faithful to their down- to-earth, punk rock attitude. Eschewing wigs and gimmicks, Badfish’s philosophy is to deliver Sublime’s music faithfully, spread good vibes, and push the envelope of performance to create a concert experience that surges with energy and originality.

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    $15 adv. / $20 day of show cover

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    Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility. Take a trio of classically trained dueling fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar, a banjo and the occasional funky accordion, then power it with the driving rhythm of a world percussionist, and you’ve got the ingredients for a show you won’t soon forget. Scythian’s high-energy, adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music is the result of their origins as street performers and has one goal in mind – to get people up on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks. Scythian is: Josef Crosby (Fiddle/Bass), Alexander (Fiddle/Mandolin) & Danylo Fedoryka (accordion/guitar), Ben-David Warner (Fiddle/Banjo) and Tim Hepburn(Percussion).

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

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    Vulcans came together in 2010 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Band members Nick Lindsay, Aaron Spangler and John Thomas were quickly drawn to the power and stripped down honesty of folk music that they felt was missing from many modern releases. Harnessing their choral instruction from high school and beyond, Vulcans sought to craft modern Americana tunes using three-part harmony as an instrument in itself, creating winding and bending melodies that sway from major, to minor, and home again. With each member bringing their own unique musical/lyrical styles and temperaments to the band, Vulcans became a truly egalitarian musical outfit featuring alternating lead singers and shifting instrumental arrangements, allowing for a diverse but cohesive sound.

    The bands first release in 2011, Shadows, received high praise from fans and critics alike, and served as a springboard for the bands future success. Establishing themselves in the local Harrisburg scene, Vulcans won the Susquehanna Folk Societys Best Original Song contest for two consecutive years, for the tracks Someone I Used to Know and Tomorrows Just Today respectively. As their notoriety increased, so did their geographic footprint, moving from coffeehouses in their hometown of Mechanicsburg to festivals in Harrisburg, listening rooms in Bethlehem, and the brightly lit stages of Philadelphia.

    A turning point came for Vulcans when the band entered into the 2013 Philadelphia Songwriters Project contest. Out of more than 250 fiercely talented entrants, Vulcans won over both audience members and judges alike and were crowned champions of the competition. In earning the grand prize, Vulcans have spent the summer playing some of the regions biggest venues such as the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware and Bethlehem Musikfest, in Bethlehem, PA, as well as being featured on WXPN, Pennsylvanias premier indie music radio station. Vulcans immensely successful performances earned them critical and editorial praise, resulting in a cover story for Central PA Magazine, as well as features in FIG Lancaster, Lehigh Valley Exposed, FLY Magazine, and PennLive.

    Though the venues and exposure have changed, Vulcans character has not; central Pennsylvania remained at the heart of their influence and perspective, even as the band gradually migrated towards Philadelphia as a focal point for performances. It was this feeling of change that served as the inspiration for the development of Vulcans newest work, Semaphore (due for release early 2014). This new project encapsulates all that Vulcans came from, all that they are, and all they seek to become. Looking to the future, Vulcans will continue to do what they do best: celebrate the purity and honesty of folk music, entertain and enthrall with their haunting harmony, and give their listeners the greatest listening experience possible. Above all however, Vulcans seek to bring clarity and simplicity in these complicated times; they strive to remind their audience of a time and place they once knew. It’s time to come home.

  • Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    slh$7 adv. / $10 day of show cover

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    Ladies and gentlemen, here is the story of strung like a horse. Sometime in 1983 a junkyard rocket shaped sperm crash-landed into a 1965 Cadillac Eldorado shaped egg (convertible of course) and nine months later, give or take, Clay Maselle horse-kicked his way into a world to which he would never belong.  In time he discovered he was not alone.  There were other hillbilly misfits living undercover all around him.  A born leader, he got four of them arrested for stealing yet another Cadillac–a hearse this time–and they became an inseparable unit.  Seeing as how they weren’t employable they turned to the only thing all of them were actually good at… pickin’

    Several years and many thousands of miles later the strung like a horse outfit, now a well-oiled machine, gallops into Harrisburg.  Don’t miss their signature gypsy grass sound and fiery hot high-energy stage show. Moonshine is optional but recommended. These junkyard dogs bring “honest, playful, headbangingly interactive fun” to any venue their rocket crashes.

  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 6:30PM | Show: 7:00PMThe Gallery Stage at Appalachian Brewing Company

    oxymoronsDoors: 6:30PM Starts: 7:00PM - $10 cover

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    Every second Sunday of the month The Oxymorons take the stage in the Gallery and bring the laughs to you!

    The Oxymorons improv comedy troupe formed in 2010, a year that will eventually be marked in history books for its awesomeness. The group consists of actors from the central PA area, including York and Harrisburg.

    Our improv games, familiar to those who watched “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” are all about thinking on our feet, making stuff up on the spot, and praying nobody realizes we’re flying by the seat of our pants.

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    7 adv. /$10 day of show cover

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    Cheezy and the Crackers is a Fusion/Alternative/Reggae group #based in New Jersey. In 2005, the band started out playing at local bars and clubs. During these shows, they would showcase their original material, which created a steadily growing fan base in Southern NJ. Quickly building a following, and with the immense amount of positive feedback towards their original material, the band was motivated to record their debut album, “Don’t Talk About It, Be About It..”, which released in April 2011. Selling over 1,000 copies in 6 months, lead singer Cheezy McNasty, with the help of the Crackers, released the material that they complied while recording ‘Don’t Talk About It…’, titled “Cheezy McNasty for Mayor” in December 2011. Their latest release, “Bananas for Sasquatch”, hit the Top 100 on the iTunes Reggae charts, and was released at Hemp Heals Music Festival w/ Matisyahu September 7th. They are currently recording their upcoming EP, Goodness Gracious, for a late Summer release.

     

    With a unique style all their own, Cheezy and the Crackers are broadening their horizons by playing many types of shows, festivals, and private parties throughout the Northeast, as well as up and down the East and West coast. As a result, this continentally touring act has had songs played on RADIO 104.5, 93.3 WMMR & 94 WYSP Philly, WSJE 106.3 NJ, WILD94 Tampa, a number of college radio and indie radio stations all over the U.S. and Europe, as well as securing shows with artists and bands such as Matisyahu, Rebelution, Collie Buddz, Less Than Jake, The Wailers, Juelz Santana, Badfish (Sublime Tribute), Cracker, The Goo Goo Dolls, Jo Dee Messina, a headlining slot at the Surfrider Treasure Coast International Surfing Day Festival in Florida, Surf and Song Festival in Ft. Myers, Fl, Hemp Heals Music Festival ’13 in Philadelphia, Pa, Irie Vibes Music Fest in Greutli Laager, Tn, and many more.

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    Kilmaine$10 cover

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    The Kilmaine Saints were first conceived in 2009 by a few members of the Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums as a means to play bagpipes year round and acquire free beer and pub food. Although the idea of a band was mostly for fun, it quickly became clear that the music scene around them was lacking, and they knew just what it needed. A short time later, the Saints rounded out their crew with a singer from County Mayo, a brilliant fiddler, and an upbeat guitarist, and began pounding through blistering, high-energy live sets that have kept people wanting more.

  • Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    LKE$15 advance/ $20 day of show cover

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    Featuring guests Still Hand String Band.

    Larry Keel is described by music critics and reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to playing amplified, acoustic guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a surprise cover from any number of musical acts all over the map.

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company


    $7 day of show cover

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    “What began as a concept to pay homage to the golden sounds of Motown has quickly become something much larger for Hip Pocket. Consumed by the soul and raw emotion of the music, Hip Pocket has ventured further into the themes that defined Motown and eventually spurned new genres. Adding a modern interpretation and taking on a sound all its own, the band has embarked upon a journey through the classic analog recordings that you grew up listening to in your parents basements. Digging through crates of records and stacks of old recordings, Hip Pocket has firmly planted its feet in the sounds of Motown, funk, and soul; from Marvin Gaye, to William DeVaughn, and from Martha Reeves to Thelma Houston. Fueled by its high energy live performances and relentless pursuit of the perfect sound, join Hip Pocket as they take you back to another time when music was born of soul and style.”

  • Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 7PM | Show: 7:30PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company


    $24 general admission, $20 SFMS members, $10 students cover

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    he Outside Track is a pan-Celtic group that performs Scots, Irish and Cape Breton songs and stepdance. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and the United States, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. They effortlessly fuse traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre, blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality.

    “Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant…”LiveIreland.com

    The Outside Track has been named Group of the Year in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards, and was also nominated for a Scots Trad Award. Their latest CD Light Up the Dark was nominated for Best Album in the 2016 Indie Acoustic Project Awards.

    Concert: 7:30pm

    • $24 General Admission

    • $20 SFMS Members

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    • $10 Students

      — to age 22

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  • Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    Dirty Sweet$7 in advance/$10 at the door cover


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    What’s that? You haven’t seen The Dirty Sweet? Well consider this your mission! This all-star line-up of musicians bring the soul and the funk to stages throughout the area. They are undoubtedly one of the most entertaining groups Harrisburg has ever seen! They will dive into hits from the 60′s up to today and deliver it wrapped in a shiny glitter-filled package with a dayglo bow. Don’t forget your dancing shoes ’cause your feet won’t be able to stand still.

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

    solar federation$8 advance / $12 day of show cover


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    Solar Federation is the brainchild of Ffej Herb (herbie), a seasoned Central PA-based drummer whose life-long obsession with Rush has led him on many musical journeys since he first began playing at age 8. Although the idea of starting a band exclusively dedicated to covering Rush sparked many years ago, it wasn’t until he finally met fellow Rush fanatic and guitar virtuoso, Eric Wirsing (Julie Schreiber Band), that the idea became a reality.

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company


    $7 advance / $10 day of show cover


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    The result of a chance meeting of former high school classmates, Colebrook Road has become a standout string band, a bluegrass powerhouse made up of five individuals whose sum is more than the total of their talents.

    From modest beginnings as a four-piece band playing a thirty-minute opening set outside Harrisburg, PA, Colebrook Road now plays as a five-piece ensemble composed of lead singer, guitar player, and lead songwriter Jesse Eisenbise.  Mandolinist, harmony guru, and winner of the 2014 Watermelon Park Bluegrass festival mandolin contest Wade Yankey serves as half the rhythm section, rounded out by upright bassist, tenor vocalist, once-sound-engineer-now-band-member Jeff Campbell.  Banjoist, bass vocalist, dobro player, and winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival banjo contest Mark Rast makes four, with fiddler, baritone vocalist, and winner of the 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention bluegrass fiddle contest Joe McAnulty rounding out the group.

    In addition to award-winning members from an array of backgrounds, a vast majority of Colebrook Road’s performances feature original works played with an energy and intensity often unmatched by modern acoustic bands.  Quickly becoming a familiar name in the mid-Atlantic region, the group’s reach is rapidly expanding to include the upper South and New England, with bluegrass band competition wins at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival (Hebron, CT) and the Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival (Berryville, VA) aiding the growth.

    Following the 2012 release of their eponymous first effort, the group will release their sophomore album, “Halfway Between,” in May of 2016.  Like their first, the album will feature all-original vocal and instrumental songs- ten studio tracks in all, plus a bonus live recording of “Sun Up, Sun Down.”.  Plans also include a 12” LP vinyl release later in 2016.

  • Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company


    $7 day of show cover

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    Featuring guest Sons of Pitches

    Crippled But Free is a group of veteran Harrisburg PA area musicians whose mutual love for Grateful Dead music has joined them together to bring you their interpretation of the live Grateful Dead concert experience. The main act is a six piece electric Grateful Dead tribute band featuring Mike Banks on lead guitar & vocals, Aaron Daniel Gaul on guitar & vocals, Joel Toluba on keyboards & vocals, Jeremy Pierce on bass, and Travis Warlow & Jim Aguzzi on drums.

    Many members of this band are involved with multiple other band projects making their show scheduling a tricky business. Because of this, the band often plays shows with partial lineups and/or substitutions, which change the overall sound and dynamic slightly from show to show … sometimes enough to warrant separate subtitles. These subtitles are the best way, before a show, to know whether to expect the full electric band with both drum kits … or … the acoustic quartet with hand percussion … or anything in between. They can also be helpful when downloading for those who may not always want to read the lineup or the notes. The best part is, it’s often a fresh perspective on the same beautiful old songs! Please keep this in mind when attending and/or downloading Crippled But Free live performances, to assure maximum music satisfaction

  • Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017
    Doors: 8PM | Show: 9PMThe Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company


    $10 advance / $12 day of show cover

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    Featuring guests Mark Diomede (of Juggling Suns).

    With their latest release, APOCALYPSE WHENEVER, Boston’s beloved reggae-rock funkateers Spiritual Rez deliver their most triumphant musical offering yet. Produced by lead singer Toft Willingham, co-produced by bassist Jesse Shaternick, and mastered by legendary engineer Howie Weinberg (Ramones, Beastie Boys, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the 14-track collection of infectious anthems is chock-full of rollicking guitar riffs, ocean-bathed melodies, swagger-centric basslines, crisp soaring horns, and ska-infused jam sections that have come to define Rez’s progressive signature sound.

    While their groove is primarily rooted in rock, reggae, and funk traditions, the septet draws stylistic influence from nearly every musical movement of the 20th century. Over the past 9 years, Rez has tirelessly toured the country ten times over, cemented their status as a consistent festival favorite, and honed their exhilarating live show into an incomparable, unabashed musical extravaganza. They have shared the stage with a startlingly broad range of artistic visionaries, including Toots and the Maytals, Rubblebucket, Gogol Bordello, the Dirty Heads, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jimmy Buffett and Bernie Worrell. Evoking their personal power animals, they fearlessly forge into a bold new chapter of their epic musical journey and prepare to hit the road for a nationwide tour once more….

    “A high energy performance that crowds inevitably find contagious…. A little Bob Marley, a little Toots and a lot of their own originality thrown in makes Spiritual Rez a one of a kind band to jam to.” – NEW YORK METRO

    “A soul-funk fusion that, besides being incredibly infectious, is just goddamn delightful.” – BOSTON DIG

    “Boston’s Spiritual Rez have established themselves as not only one of the best reggae acts in town, but one of the overall best live shows, as well.” – BDC WIRE