Gas Pump Jockeys, Groove U, Songs at the Center and more.
Frontman Pat McLoughlin calls local rockers Gas Pump Jockeys a "full service rock 'n' roll band."
The veteran classic rock outfit has added to its lineup of a fill-up, check of the tires and cleaning your windshield, courtesy keyboardist/ singer Mike Losekamp (who joins Jockeys Don White, Rick Brown, Scott Langley and McLoughlin).
Losekamp was a member of '60s band The Cyrkle, which opened for The Beatles on many of that band's 1966 U.S. tour dates and was managed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein. The band had a Top 40 hit with the Paul Simon song Red Rubber Ball. The Cyrkle suffered the same fate as many in Epstein's stable of acts following his death in 1967 -- a lack of momentum leading to disbanding.
The Gas Pump Jockeys grew from the remnants of country rock band Cimarron, an "originals" outfit that remade itself into a '50s/'60s rock act a little more than 10 years ago.
The new lineup debuts at the Hollywood Casino Friday, May 23.
In other local music news, local pop act Trace Marie and blue level will mark the release of a new album with a June 8 show at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza.
Marie said Rayleigh Scattering is a tribute and interpretation of the sounds that have defined Columbus music through the years.
Local singer-songwriter Luke Harris and music industry school Groove U have teamed up -- with Harris the inaugural artist signed to Groove U's new Revolutionary Records label.
Six Groove U students conceived the idea of beginning a label two years ago.
The Elementary Records model will be to offer Harris -- and subsequent artists -- free recording, distribution and promotion in exchange for a portion of profits from album sales.
More local musicians are appearing on "Songs at the Center," to be broadcast weekly through June 17 on Channel 4.2, the digital subchannel of NBC4.
The half-hour features on area singer-songwriters were filmed at Worthington's McConnell Arts Center.
Eric Gnezda hosts the shows, which feature the audience on stage with the performers. The show began airing May 13.
For additional information, visit facebook.com/songsfromthecenter.