The Cinder Brothers are a bit of an oddity on the local scene, touting seven consistent members and two who make up a rotating horn section that plays blues and jazz.
But the music is familiar and, to hear one member tell it, consistently appreciated.
"It was nice to see the amount of people that came up to us after a show to say, ‘I had that album' or ‘I loved that song,' " guitarist and vocalist Steven Corcoran said, speaking about the band's set list, which includes hits from the Beatles, BB King and Doobie Brothers.
"People are surprised at how different we are from other bands, yet our music is very familiar."
The Cinder Brothers will bring their talents to Buca Del Vino in Pittston tonight.
The group, founded by Corcoran, consists of guys in their 40s and 50s from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. Other members are Frank Lotzi on drums and percussion, a bassist who goes by the name of Corky, Joe Libertucci on guitar and vocals, Ken Moden on keyboards and percussion, Jack Vitale on vocals and percussion and Chuck Smith on trombone, horn and percussion.
Corcoran and Lotzi have played music together since the age of 15, though they fell out of that mode for a bit later in life. Corcoran wanted to start this project as a way for him to play with Lotzi again, and it's been in the works for the past 10 years.
"We're a group that wants to play music and have fun," Corcoran said. "We love music and doing what we do and want to continue to do that for as long as we can."
The stage at The Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center is going to be overrun with various types and levels of talent this weekend.
The weekend will kick off Saturday will the New Bushkill Inn and Conference Center "Poconos' Got Talent" competition. The event runs along the lines of NBC's hit competition show, "America's Got Talent," welcoming those who can not only sing and dance but who also are skilled when it comes to magic, theatrical readings, comedy or really anything for which they have a gift.
A panel of "celebrity" locals will advise and judge contestants, and one lucky winner will take home a $500 prize. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., and the first contestants will begin performing at noon. Ten finalists will be selected and announced at 7 p.m., with the final round of performances for competition beginning at 8. Entry is free.
Sunday will bring about the Rock 'N' Blues Fest, with Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Leslie West, Rick Derringer and Kim Simmonds, all artists who have been around since the 1960s. The Winters and West played the original Woodstock.
Local music will begin at noon on the Festival Stage, and openers Steve Brosky and Jim Meyer will play at 5 p.m. The main show will begin at 7.
Grand Funk Railroad is rolling into Mount Airy Casino tomorrow night.
The band, which originally formed in 1969 and then re-formed with the current members in 2000, was a force on the funk scene in the early 1970s, with hits such as "Loco-Motion" and "We're An American Band."
The current line-up has original founding members Don Brewer on vocals and drums and Mel Schacher on bass. Joining them is Max Carl, formerly of 38 Special, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played with KISS for 12 years, and keyboardist Tim Cashion, who has worked with Bob Seger and Robert Palmer.
What: The Cinder Brothers
When: 8 to midnight tonight
Where: Buca Del Vino, 1901 Highway 315, Pittston
Cost: No cover
What: "Poconos' Got Talent" competition
When: Gates at 11:30 a.m., first performance at noon
Where: The Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment. 588-2522.
Cost: free admission
What: Rock 'N' Blues Fest
When: Starts at noon Sunday
Where: The Mount Laurel Performing Arts Center, 1 Tamiment Road, Tamiment
Tickets: $45.50, $57.50, $75.50. Call 588-2522.
What: Grand Funk Railroad
When: 9 p.m. tomorrow
Where: Mount Airy Casino, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono.
Tickets: $25, $40. Call 877-682-4791.