We’re excited to announce the 2019 live music schedule for Choctoberfest. Check out artists pages and bios below.

Entertainment Schedule

12:00 p.m.  No Last Call

12:30 p.m. Steve Meehan

1:15 p.m. Cold Spring Union

3:00 p.m. RFA

4:45 p.m. Amy Simpson Band

Artist Bios

RFA is a four piece garage rock and roll band from Philadelphia, PA. The strapping young quartet formed out of a couple of lunch table conversations about Elvis, The Rolling Stones and The Strokes while its members were just sophomores in high school attending St. Joseph’s Prep in North Philadelphia. All four of the guys Dan Cousart (vox/guitar), Christian Turzo (lead guitar), Brendan McHale (bass/vocals), and Alec Powell (drums) met at auditions for the school “rock band” and quickly hit it off, bonding over their shared love of stripped down rock and roll music and a ravenous hunger to perform in front of an audience. They played together in various bands throughout high school before finally coming together in their current incarnation when all four members moved to Philadelphia for college. The band, in good rock and roll fashion, immediately plunged into the Philadelphia music scene head first, cutting their teeth playing countless shows in damp basements and small clubs, all the while honing their skills night after night and captivating whoever was lucky enough to experience one of their infamously raucous shows. Three years later with two EP’s a new single, two national tours, a film soundtrack, and countless hours of relentless, sweat performances under their collective belt, the group is tighter than ever and anxious to preach their unique take on the rock and roll gospel to all that will listen these four guys have something to say, and are going to say it the only way they know how: loud, proud, and with a shot of rye whisky for good measure.

Cold Spring Union

Named after a portion of the Appalachian Trail that’s untouched by roads, Cold Spring Union blends classic American rock and gritty country roots.
Late in the summer of 2018, John Rossey (Guitar/Vocals) began envisioning a new kind of project; one that would remain true to its roots of Americana and country music, and breathe new life into American rock & roll. John met Brandon Valentine (Drums/Vocals) while working together in Central Pennsylvania based country group, “Mountain Road”. As a multi-instrumentalist, he brought an articulate approach to percussion, combining a gifted ear for dynamic song writing with huge vocal harmonies.
John and Cody Wilt (Guitar/Vocals) had occasionally crossed paths in the greater Harrisburg area while working with other bands as lead guitarists. Cody recalls first meeting John in a bar in Mechanicsburg: “As soon as [John] started playing it was all eyes on him…. His tone commanded the room,”. At the time, Cody was rotating between bands. Frustrated by experiences with other groups in the area, Cody jumped at the opportunity to join up with John.
While seeking a bassist for the new band, Brandon recommended reaching out to Morgan Stambaugh (Bass/Vocals). Morgan and Brandon were friends through high school and both studied at the same university, where they played together in multiple groups. With thundering bass lines, classical training and an encyclopedia of music production knowledge, Morgan was the final piece in establishing a solid lineup that would later become Cold Spring Union.
Within just a few weeks of forming, Cold Spring Union was performing at legendary venues such as the Chameleon Club (Lancaster, PA) as well as festivals, including The Citadel Country Spirit Music Festival in 2018. The band has opened for national acts such as Shooter Jennings, Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope, Alabama, Sam Bush, Ward Hayden and the Outliers, and more.

Amy Simpson Band

The Amy Simpson Band has become a well sought out band in Central PA. Amy Simpson, better known as the voice of Blitz Dynette, organized a group of Central PA’s best talent to be the force to support her latest CD release, Lipstick Blues, produced by Michael Giblin. The band favors the vintage styles of Steve Marriott and the grit of Tina Turner with a few other mix-ins. She shares the stage with Russell Brookes on lead guitar, Dan Ruscito on bass, Steve Montresor on drums, and Trent Peechatka on organ. Together, the band creates a vingtage sound that just transcends you back in time.

No Last Call

As much fun as James Brown and as dangerous as a feral cougar, No Last Call (NLC) was voted Harrisburg Magazine’s 2019 “Simply the Best” local band. NLC is described by Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz as the “grooviest, hippest, most dangerous street band Harrisburg has ever seen!” In its tenth year of merriment, NLC is a mobile band with a big, bright sound and driving percussion, which thrives on spontaneity, fun and audience participation.

A “hit-and-run” band that often performs without warning on random corners, serenading weekend revelers in local Central Pennsylvania communities, the band has also performed in many local parades, weddings, and community events such as Hummelstown 250th Anniversary Celebration, Palmyra’s 250th Anniversary Celebration, the Harrisburg Marathon, Dauphin County’s 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Harrisburg’s Kipona and Arts Festivals, the renowned Water Fire event in Providence, Rhode Island, opened for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra before its annual July outdoor concert at Metro Park and opened multiple times for the national touring band, March Fourth.

NLC has about 30 all-volunteer musicians of varying backgrounds and abilities, including accomplished professional musicians to former high school and college players.

No Last Call was formed in 2009 by two area trumpet players, Doug Wilburne of Hummelstown, a former Penn State Blue Band member and Ted Reese of Harrisburg, a former West Shoreman Drum and Bugle Corp member. The band is under the direction of Brant Kenney of Mechanicsburg.

Steve Meehan

Steve Meehan is a seasoned acoustic performer with a large repertoire of Classic and Folk Rock songs.  He is originally from Philadelphia, leaving a trail of thousands of live performances in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Poconos, Ireland, the Chesapeake Bay Area, Jersey Shore, and Central Pennsylvania where he now resides.  He uses no pre-recorded tracks or loops, and interjects some original pieces throughout his sets.  You can find him on FB and Thumbtack.