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From The Burg: More national musical acts soon will be making stops in Harrisburg, as the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (H*MAC) today announced a strategic partnership with Live Nation, a leading live entertainment company.

Under the multi-year agreement, Live Nation will be H*MAC’s exclusive booking partner for the 1,200-person capacity Capitol Room, the largest of several performance spaces in the sprawling Midtown entertainment and dining complex.

“We have a beautiful venue, and now with our new partnership with Live Nation, we’re looking to take HMAC to the next level with even more concerts and performances,” said Chris Werner, HMAC’s president of entertainment. “This new relationship will help drive the ongoing revitalization of the city’s live entertainment scene.”

H*MAC opened in 2009, with the original partners mounting an extensive, multi-year renovation of the 34,000-square-foot space that once housed Harrisburg’s first Jewish Community Center. In 2019, a new partnership assumed control, purchasing the venue for $6 million and continuing the building restoration.

H*MAC now includes several entertainment spaces, art galleries, bars and a restaurant, Zachary’s BBQ & Soul, which opened last year.

H*MAC’s smaller, 350-person capacity space, Stage on Herr, also will undergo improvements, including a wider stage, permanent seating and sound system upgrades, according to Live Nation.

“H*MAC is a fantastic space for live music, and we look forward to working closely with the team in creating new and exciting opportunities connecting artists to artists with their fans here in the capital city of Pennsylvania,” said Geoff Gordon, regional president, Live Nation Northeast.

According to Gordon, Live Nation was attracted to H*MAC due to its extensively renovated and upgraded facility, as well as its location in central PA, which offers a strategic stop for national touring acts.

“Our team currently books shows across the state in Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Allentown, Reading, Hershey, State College and Pittsburgh,” he said. “By adding H*MAC, we can provide an additional tour stop for artists traveling between cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, connecting them with a new and engaged audience.”

In conjunction with the partnership announcement, Live Nation today unveiled the first shows that will be a part of the ongoing live performance series at H*MAC, including Jamaican reggae singer Beres Hammond on Aug. 23, Italian goth-metal band Lacuna Coil on Sept. 8, Finland’s symphonic metal band Apocalyptica on Sept. 11, and American punk rock band Dead Boys on Oct. 20.

“H*MAC is a fantastic space for live music, and we’re looking to increase opportunities to connect music fans with some of their favorite artists here in Pennsylvania’s capital city,” Gordon said.

H*MAC is located at 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. For more information, visit For more information on Live Nation, visit

8.31 Chime at HMAC

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Chime w/ support TBA

Doors: 7PM Show 8PM

HMAC 1110 N. 3rd St.Harrisburg, PA 17102

$12 Advanced General Admission

18+ / 21+ to drink

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Chime is Harvey Thompson, a music producer and DJ from Leeds, England producing bass music with a melodic twist since 2010.

Chime has released with a number of notable labels within the dubstep scene such as Circus, Disciple, Never Say Die, Firepower, Buygore, Most Addictive, NoCopyrightSounds, Pilot (UKF), Kinphonic and his own label imprint Rushdown.

Daydreaming of concepts and places to represent with music is common-place for this artist, attempting to deliver something exclusively meaningful with each track while still leaving some time to write plenty of tracks purely for the live experience.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=””][vc_facebook][/vc_column][/vc_row]

8.16 Cofresi Live with Sky Society

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Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8 PM

Advanced General Admission $15

18+ / 21+ to drink

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The Queers at Stage on Herr 8/17

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SAT · AUGUST 17, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$15.00 – $20.00

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image source=”external_link” custom_src=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Queers are punk rock band formed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1982. Their sound is heavily influenced by the Ramones and ’60s bubblegum pop and their songs often feature humorous and juvenile lyrics. The original line up consisted of Joe King (2) (Vocals/Guitar), Tulu (2) (Vocals/Bass), and Wimpy (2) Rutherford (Drums). The band released one 7″ EP with this line up. In 1984, the band released a second 7″, this time with Tulu on drums, Wimpy singing, and Keith Hages playing bass. The band split shortly afterwards but Joe would occasionally use the name throughout the ’80s, playing with various line-ups (King’s most frequent collaborators were JJ Rassler (guitar) and Hugh O’Neill (2) (drums)) for sporadic shows in Boston and New Hampshire, although there were no recordings created at this time, and by the end of the decade the band had pretty much become inactive.

In 1990, King and O’Neill decided to get the band going again and recorded the band’s first LP, “Grow Up”. Around the same time, The Queers became acquainted with Screeching Weasel, beginning a long-term association between the two bands. After the “Grow Up” LP, King and O’Neill met Chris Barnard, aka B-Face, who would join as the group’s bassist and this would constitute the “classic” Queers line-up (although O’Neill would be in and out of the band and the band would generally tour with a second guitarist). The group signed with Lookout! Records in 1993 for the album “Love Songs For The Retarded” (produced by Ben Weasel) and stayed through 1996’s “Don’t Back Down”. After that, the classic line-up split for good, with B-Face quitting due to growing tension between him and Joe and O’Neill being diagnosed with brain cancer (he would pass away in January 1999).

The Queers would continue with Joe recording and touring with an ever-rotating cast of backing musicians. The band jumped to Hopeless Records for 2 LPs and returned to Lookout! in 2002 for one album before departing the label for good, eventually reclaiming all their albums from the label in 2006 due to a lack of royalty payments. The band currently records for Asian Man Records.

In 2001, the original line up of Joe King, Wimpy, and Tulu reunited and recorded and EP under the name “Drunken Cholos”.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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