July 25, 2014 · 9:00pm


Central PA’s Wake Up Call is a unique band, drawing from multiple influences: soul, funk, classic rock, and blues.

Wake Up Call

wake up call

The members of the band represent this “gumbo” of varied influences:

Tom Lowry (Keys, harp, trombone, lead vocals) is a former member of Lancaster’s popular classic rock band The Flyboys, and has played with many area blues bands as well. His dynamic vocals pair with his New Orleans-influenced piano style to make a unique blend of old and new. Ken Smith (bass, vocals) was the leader of the classic blues band The Regulators, and a veteran of the Annapolis music scene of the 70’s. His deep bass tones add the “funk” to the sound of Wake Up Call.

Mike Hess (guitar, lead vocals) has played with innumerable bands in the Harrisburg/York area, including the Don Johnson Project. His soulful vocals combine with slick guitar sounds reminiscent of greats such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, and Albert Lee.

Randy Bucksner (saxophone, vocals) is a Philadelphia native who has been playing in Central Pa. for the past 20 years.Besides putting in time with Wake Up Call he plays with a diverse mix of bands such as The Rip Chords,Mark DeRose,The Shackletons,and fronts his own band Main Street Mystics.He is a fan of all styles of music.

J.J. Dugan (drums, lead vocals) brings a powerful brand of soul and blues singing to the band. He has contributed to many regional bands, including Brian Colgan’s pop-rock band Six Cents, State College’s horn band Cliff Turner & the Afterburners, and Bobby Shell’s Fatback.