Editor’s Ramblings – December 2022

By: Josh Noll

Welcome to December! The joy of the holiday season! You can now start using Christmas for all your insane eating habits and put that diet off ‘til next year. Before we know it 2022 will be gone! So let’s enjoy what December has to offer.

Where to begin? XL Live is starting December with lots of Christmas cheer for all to hear. On the 4th it’s the 97.3 The River’s Toy’s for Tot’s Benefit. Featuring The Luv Gods, The Jelly Bricks, The Famous and Cold Spring Union. Doors open at 6pm $10 donation or unwrapped gift at the door. Later that week, Friday December 9th get ready for Xmas at XL Live with the105.7 the X benefit show to raise funds for the Salvation Army. Featuring music by Defiant, Eternal Frequency, Observe the 93rd, FeltSideOut, Light the Lamp and an acoustic set by Marissa Porter. This is one Christmas headbanger you don’t want to miss. I’m sure Rachel Rocks will be there with OT93 on the scene. Tickets are $10 and it goes to a good cause. Doors open at 6pm get there early and stay late! Wow that’s two amazing shows and the months just starting, check out the XL Live ad on page 23 for more XL happenings and make your plans now.

Question for the readers, have you ever heard of “The Doyle”? Well if you haven’t that’s about to change. The Doyle Hotel in Duncannon has been around forever, this is not an exaggeration. It’s an old building, full of history, from river travelers in the early 1900’s, to trail hikers in the 80’s to present, this building has seen it all. “The Doyle” was always the spot Dad would stop if we were heading through Duncannon. The Hotel became “The Doyle” (so the story goes) in 1944 after Jim “Doc” Doyle won $444,444.44 in the Irish Lottery. Doyle owned the hotel into the 1990’s. The years were hard on the building and she required some love and passion to bring her back to life. Fast forward to 2022 and The Doyle Hotel is once again OPEN with a revamped building, including a sports bar area, event ballroom available to rent with recently renovated rooms to stay in after your long journey on the “Trail”. “The Doyle” is also a new go to spot for some great food and live music. They have some great talent coming up including Dave Gates, Acoustic Moose, Colin Alverez Duo, Derek Henry Acoustic, Nate Myers & the Aces, Matt Jameson, the Martini Bros. and more. Just a short drive from Harrisburg the Doyle Hotel is the place to be. Check out the ad on page 8 for the full line up live music and all the details.

Don’t forget Reverb in Reading is having Machine Head on the 3rd with Less Than Jake on the 4th. Followed by the big December blowout on the 17th for the Keystone Holiday Jam! featuring TERROR, Agnostic Front, Life Of Agony, Strife, Wisdom in Chains, Shattered Realm, Death Before Dishonor, the list goes on and on. It’s an ALL DAY, ALL AGES show starting at Noon. DON”T MISS THIS SHOW! Check out the ad on page two for more details and more bands then you can shake a stocking at. This show will certainly leave you with the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Fuking Kaye.

Well that’s about all I have time for, gotta go get ready for Santa to squeeze his fat ass down that chimney, and make sure he finds the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse. If you would like us to help you spread musical cheer please reach out by sending your letters to the North pole, oops, I mean send your emails to joshnoll@pamusician.net or call 717-636-4203 I’ll make sure the big guy up north gets your list of events. HOHOHO!! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.