Many cover bands like to throw a bit of everything into their set lists: A little rock, some pop and even country may find their way into the mix.
Lucky You is no exception, but sometimes its medleys contain a bit of everything at once.
"We do everything from Kansas to Lady Gaga to Green Day and Nelly and quite a bit of medleys," guitarist and vocalist Todd Sensenich said. "Some of the medleys have twists and turns, almost like when you're watching a movie and something unexpected pops up. That's what happens in our songs."
Sensenich will be joined by fellow band members John Rupp on vocals, keys and guitar, Greg Reigle on vocals and bass and Brandon Johns on drums. The Harrisburg band will take the stage at Breakers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs at 9:30 tonight. Though the guys aren't from the area, they're plenty familiar with it.
"We've become particularly fond of Breakers," Sensenich said. "We were a part of this past year's battle of the bands and ended up winning the $10,000 grand prize."
"It was an honor to us because we went up against a lot of what you would call hometown bands, bands people were familiar with, and crowd participation was a part of the judging. We were very happy, to say the least."
Lucky You, formed in 2009, is a project Sensenich started with Reigle. Both were in the band Emily's Toybox. Since, they've taken the music scene by storm.
Sensenich said the musical influences for the group are as offbeat as their medley mixtures.
"We are very eclectic. Anything from country to heavy metal to classical and jazz; every single one of us has very different and unique tastes."
Despite the name of its first single, the sky is certainly not falling for The Sunset Villains.
No such disaster has befallen the Drums-based band, whose "The Sky is Falling" did, however, bring it some prominence on the local music scene.
The group – Christian Lombardo on vocals and guitar, Donny Lombardo on keys, guitar and vocals, Ryan Wolk on drums, Anthony Dorse on guitar and vocals and Jeff Tomassacci on bass and vocals – will get intimate with fans during the Mountain Grown Storytellers music event that begins at 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodlands Inn in Plains Township.
The guys will follow the format of VH1's popular series, doing a one-hour set that intertwines music and stories.
In July of this year, Maureen Kotulich of Phillipsburg, N.J., suffered a heart attack while at work. The 40-year-old then fell into a coma and died in September. Now her family and friends are rallying to raise money for Maureen's husband, Mark, and 5-year-old daughter, Natalie. The McCabe family of Pittston is behind the effort.
"She had a heart of gold," Shane McCabe, Kotulich's cousin, said. "While nothing can replace Maureen's presence in her family's lives, we'd like to help them in this difficult time with medical bills and keeping life as stable as possible for Natalie."
Believe in Miracles – A Benefit for Maureen
Kotulich will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rodano's on the Square in Wilkes-Barre, with tunes provided by Wilkes-Barre musician Bobby Bath, whose music ranges from rock to blues to country. More than 50 items will be raffled, and food and drink will be available for a donation.
What: Lucky You
Where: Breakers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, 1280 Highway 315, Plains Township
When: 9:30 p.m. tonight to 1:30 a.m. tomorrow
More info: 831-2100
What: Mountain Grown Music series with the Sunset Villains Storytellers
Where: The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Plains Township
When: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday
What: Believe in Miracles – A Benefit for Maureen Kotulich
Where: Rodano's on the Square, 53 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $20 entry covers beer, pizza and Stromboli. $10 covers food and soda.
More info: 829-6444