It’s Sunday at Happy Valley, and you walk the streets as a breeze takes a newspaper across an empty Beaver Street like a tumbleweed. All is quiet, until you go around the corner near the Phyrst. Cheering? Singing? It’s probably someone’s birthday you say, so you stop in.
No, alas, there are no green hats. None are being lifted above the bobbing crowd of heads and breaching what the human liver should be possible of filtering. Instead, there’s about seven people crammed up on stage rocking out, and if you are lucky, one camera guy.
If you are not at the Phyrst on Sunday nights, you might be doing Happy Valley wrong. This new seven-member band based out of Philly, the Rockets, rocks (pun intended). And with seven people on stage, they can cover everything from Macklemore to Mo-town, with a little Miley Cyrus in between. This wide variety of songs basically guarantees that you will be able to belt your heart out at least twice during the night, and maybe into the microphone if you’re close enough.
While you are there, bother Penn State alumni and guitarist Peter McCartney and drummer Simon Wernovsky who joined the band after former Penn State band Total Whiteout disbanded. Actually, say hello to everyone — Jay Thomas, Derek Petaccio, Chris Taylor, Simon Wernovsky, Pete Macartney, Joey D, and Christian Lynch — they make the three hour trip every Sunday just “to see your beautiful faces.”
With their amazing energy and great atmosphere, you would be missing out if you didn’t stop by and see them. Watch the video if you don’t believe me; we stuck a camera in their face for their first set and let them do the talking.