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Dancing to Hot Classic Rock in the Hall
Crack The Sky blew the roof off the Timonium Exhibition Hall at the Fifth Annual Veterans Benefit Concert on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The event was organized by Larry Goren of Midnite Run to raise funds for disabled Maryland veterans. Goren works tirelessly to stage musical events in order to support disabled veterans that require more than just a helping hand.
A capacity crowd of 600 plus people attended this recent Veterans Benefit and the Gorens wish to thank everyone for attending this spectacular concert that featured Midnite Run, the Dave DeMarco Band, Going For The One – a Yes tribute band, and popular headliners Crack The Sky. The Gorens anticipate hosting a sixth annual Veterans Benefit Concert in 2020.
Intense Musicianship Animated those in Attendance
The scuttlebutt before CTS went on was that they had added new titles to perform that Saturday night. Incredibly, the band opened with “Blowing Up Detroit”, a 1985 solo single release by John Palumbo. Wow, that was indeed a treat to hear live three decades later! The other classic Crack song dusted off in performance was “Flashlight”, which rocked the venue and funked up the groove.
Right from the get-go, Crack The Sky was jamming on a high octane injection and did not let up the entire evening. This was Crack The Sky at their finest hour on stage. If you did not attend this concert, then you missed the event of the Fall concert season. All I can say is “Mach Shau”! I’ve been blessed with seeing CTS many times, but this performance transcended the average concert experience.
The setlist was a mixed running order of classic Crack material and one of their newer recordings. Witkowski sang lead vocals on “Lighten Up McGraw”. The audience kept creeping forward until patrons were dancing down in front. CTS’s vibes are indeed infectious. CTS treated its loyal fanbase to two encores: “Hot Razors In My Heart” and “I Am The Walrus”, which was another enjoyable surprise eargasm.
Sound Check with Crack The Sky
Guitarist John Palumbo and lead guitarist Rick Witkowski are the foundation of the band. Original drummer Joe D’Amico comprises the rhythm section with bassist Dave DeMarco who joined CTS in 2011. Guitarist Bobby Hird and keyboardist Glenn Workman anchor CTS with their contributions to the band. The Timonium concert showcased the inclusion of the Crack Park Horn section.
Crack The Sky has released three solid albums in a row: Ostrich 2012, The Beauty of Nothing 2015, and Living In Reverse 2018. The group signed with a new aggressive label Loud & Proud Records. Seasoned musicianship is what empowers CTS and their intense performances. Palumbo and the band are presently at work recording yet another new CTS studio album.
Music Healing Heroes
Midnite Run recently performed at Sunfest in Ocean City on September 20th with the proceeds raised donated to Music Healing Heroes. Music Healing Heroes conducts multiple musical fundraising events throughout the calendar year. Music is the perfect avenue to raise awareness about local veterans who are in need of assistance to function in their daily lives.
The next scheduled event is on October 19th at the Howard County Living Heritage Farm Museum. Making Waves, Midnite Run, Petticoat Junction, and Eclipse – the ultimate Journey tribute band are the featured acts appearing at West Friendship, MD. Proceeds benefit the Farm Museum, Baltimore Station and Warrior Canine Connection. Tickets are available online via EventBrite.
Timonium setlist: Blowing Up Detroit * Nuclear Apathy * Hold On * From The Greenhouse * Talk Talk * A Sea Epic * Flashlight * Skin Deep * The Beauty Of Nothing * Long Nights * Animal Skins * Robots For Ronnie * Ice * Lighten Up McGraw * Mind Baby * She’s A Dancer * Surf City > Maybe I Can Fool Everybody Tonight > I Don’t Have A Tie > Techni Generation > We Want Mine > William Tell Overture * 1st Encore: Hot Razors In My Heart * 2nd Encore: I Am The Walrus