At 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 14, South Penn Dixie of Lehigh Valley, a modern country band with a rock edge, will play a mix of the latest upbeat country hits and some timeless country and rock classics in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.
South Penn Dixie includes Ricky Bell on lead guitar, Mark Bracken on bass guitar, Marc Bunn on guitar and John Malachefski on drums. All three guitarists sing.
They love to play any upbeat modern country songs as well as classic country and rock. “We tend to favor artists, such as Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, and Jason Aldean,” said Bell.
These seasoned musicians have years of experience playing all types of music. Bell has performed for more than 20 years, playing with some great acts and opening for notable groups, such as Styx, REO, Speedwagon, Blue Oyster Cult, Ian Anderson and Great White.
Bracken, a bassist in the Lehigh Valley area for years, has opened for Eddie Money, America, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, The Turtles and The Little River Band to name a few and lays down the bass for his band, The Joes.
Bunn started playing guitar in the early 90’s inspired by everything from 80’s metal to 60’s rock and Grunge. He performed with several bands in central New Jersey before forming Cold Promise, his hard rock, progressive rock band. As the singer and principal songwriter, he shared his music at some well-known Jersey venues. Bunn now lives in the Lehigh Valley area.
Malachefski grew up in the Wilkes Barre area and started playing drums at 12. He was in many small bands until getting his break with Celebration, a wedding-party band that performed in the Poconos. He then went from band to band playing alternative type music until finally discovering country.
The concert is BYOB with audience members encouraged to bring their favorite snacks and beverages and sit at a table with family and friends.
Admission is $30. For tickets and to reserve a table, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. Tickets, if available, can be purchased then.