Musical acts add to charm of the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice


By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com



The Paramounts will perform during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. First row, Chet Varner. From left, second row, Milton Delgado, Richard Chapman, Dick Plotkin, Will Mendez. Third row, Joe Bruno, Dan Gardner and Dave Brown.


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LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 12

The Von Storch Trio, 1 to 3 p.m. at Northeast Eye Institute, 503 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Coal Town Rounders, 7 to 9 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Saturday, Feb. 13

Mark Woodyatt, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Citizens’s Savings Bank, 537 S. State St, Clarks Summit

Haulin’ Oats, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at FNCB, 269 E. Grove St., Clarks Green

Brenda Fernandes, 10 a.m. to noon at People’s Security Bank & Trust, 494 Gravel Pond Rd., Clarks Summit

Abington Piano Academy students, 11 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit

Doug Smith and the Dixieland All-Stars, noon to 2 p.m. at Gerrity’s, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit

Clayton Country Bluegrass, noon to 2 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

The Village Idiots, 1 to 3 p.m. at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Mike Dillon, 1 to 3 p.m. at Weis Markets, 1020 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit

Mike Waskovich and Friends, 2 to 4 p.m. at Frontier Communicatons, 108 N. State St, Clarks Summit

DJ Jeff Davis, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Old Fashioned Smoke, 4 to 5 p.m. at Stately Pet Supply, 515 S. State St., Clarks Summit

An Evening of Cowboy Songs, Hosted by the Kearney Boys 7 to 10 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Sunday, Feb. 14

The Von Storch Trio, noon to 2 p.m. at La Tonalteca, 821 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit

Carmen Scrimalli, 12 to 2 p.m. at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Mike Waskovich, 1 to 3 p.m. at Clel’s Place, 120 Barrett St., Clarks Summit

The Paramounts, 1 and 3 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Tim McGurl, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit

CLARKS SUMMIT — A ’50s doo-wop band, featuring a resident of the Abingtons, will be among the musical acts during the 12th annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, Feb. 12-15.

The Paramounts will perform two shows at Duffy’s Coffee Company on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Clarks Summit resident Will Mendez is one of the group’s lead singers along with Milton Delgado of Moscow, and Richard Chapman and Dick Plotkin, both of Scranton.

Joe Bruno, of Moosic, plays keyboard and guitar; Dave Brown, of Scranton, is the bass player; Chet Varner, of Hawley, plays the drums and Dan Gardner, of Elmhurst, plays guitar.

“We perform the hit songs from the ’50s and ’60s just like the original 45 records that we very popular back in the day,” Delgado, 72, said.

According to Delgado, the group was formed in the 1950s and still has a few of the original members.

“Over the years, we’ve replaced some members,” he said. “All of the lead singers have been with the group for more than 20 years and all of the other musicians have been part of the band for about two years.”

Delgado, Chapman and Mendez grew up in the greater New York City area and were inspired by the street corner harmonies of the doo-wop era and decided to form a band.

Some of the band’s most popular songs include “Trying” and “Girlfriend.”

Another group with a strong presence in the Abingtons will also participate in the festival. Members of the Old Man River Band (Mike Waskovich and Friends) will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Frontier Communications.

The group plays a combination of classic rock and folk music with a little bit of blues mixed in, according to Mike Waskovich, bass player/vocalist.

“We always enjoy playing at the festival,” Waskovich, 50, said. “It’s a nice setting and it draws people into town. We hope everyone will enjoy listening to good music and singing along if they know the songs we’re playing.”

The group consists of Waskovich, a North Abington Township resident; Steve Kurilla, of North Abington Township, on ukulele and vocals and Jack Copley, of Clarks Green, on guitar, mandolin and vocals. The final member of the group, Neil Burke, who plays guitar and harmonica is unavailable for the festival.

“We’re going to do a few different things,” Waskovich said. “We’re normally skewed more toward folk and country music, but we’re going to be playing more classic rock and blues. Our performance is accessible to pretty much everyone. It’s good, fun, basic Americana music.”

The Paramounts will perform during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. First row, Chet Varner. From left, second row, Milton Delgado, Richard Chapman, Dick Plotkin, Will Mendez. Third row, Joe Bruno, Dan Gardner and Dave Brown.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Music-1-1.jpgThe Paramounts will perform during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. First row, Chet Varner. From left, second row, Milton Delgado, Richard Chapman, Dick Plotkin, Will Mendez. Third row, Joe Bruno, Dan Gardner and Dave Brown. Submitted photo

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 12

The Von Storch Trio, 1 to 3 p.m. at Northeast Eye Institute, 503 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Coal Town Rounders, 7 to 9 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Saturday, Feb. 13

Mark Woodyatt, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Citizens’s Savings Bank, 537 S. State St, Clarks Summit

Haulin’ Oats, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at FNCB, 269 E. Grove St., Clarks Green

Brenda Fernandes, 10 a.m. to noon at People’s Security Bank & Trust, 494 Gravel Pond Rd., Clarks Summit

Abington Piano Academy students, 11 a.m. to noon at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit

Doug Smith and the Dixieland All-Stars, noon to 2 p.m. at Gerrity’s, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail, Clarks Summit

Clayton Country Bluegrass, noon to 2 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

The Village Idiots, 1 to 3 p.m. at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Mike Dillon, 1 to 3 p.m. at Weis Markets, 1020 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit

Mike Waskovich and Friends, 2 to 4 p.m. at Frontier Communicatons, 108 N. State St, Clarks Summit

DJ Jeff Davis, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Old Fashioned Smoke, 4 to 5 p.m. at Stately Pet Supply, 515 S. State St., Clarks Summit

An Evening of Cowboy Songs, Hosted by the Kearney Boys 7 to 10 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Sunday, Feb. 14

The Von Storch Trio, noon to 2 p.m. at La Tonalteca, 821 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit

Carmen Scrimalli, 12 to 2 p.m. at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Mike Waskovich, 1 to 3 p.m. at Clel’s Place, 120 Barrett St., Clarks Summit

The Paramounts, 1 and 3 p.m. at Duffy’s Coffee Company, 306 S. State St., Clarks Summit

Tim McGurl, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage

Reach Robert Tomkavage at 570-704-3941 or on Twitter @rtomkavage

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