We are The Salamanders!
Bob Fox Blues by The Blues Cousins
With deep regret we announce the passing of our bandmate Rodney Lee Bower. His passing marks the end of The Salamanders. We will keep the webpage up for a while for our fans. Thank you for your support
Photo by Barry Bower
Mc and Rod entertain the crowd with their rendition of
"Salamander Brew" during The Salamanders' performance at
The Wellwood Club in Charlestown, Maryland.
Photo by Judy Kessler
The Salamanders announce their
2016 Sala-Centennial Tour: 50 Years of Amphibious Rock!
at the Hollywood Casino, Perryville, Maryland.
Photo by Judy Kessler
The Salamanders entertain fans and supporters at the
51st Annual Cecil County, Maryland Fair in July 2015.
The Salamanders perform their original tune, "Darling, I Love You,"
during their Concert In The Park show at the Bloomsburg Town Park,
in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
Photo by Dara McBride
The Salamanders pose in front of "SalaVander" for their official "BreakOut Tour" promotional photo. From left: Rod Bower, keyboards/vocals; Barry Bower, guitar/vocals; Mc Kessler, percussion/vocals.
Photo from private collection
"Fat Elvis" makes his grand entrance as The Salamanders perform at a private event in Chesapeake City, Maryland
Click here to listen: The Wisdom of Fat Elvis!
Photo by the Always Lovely Galamander Judy
How did you spend YOUR summer vacation?
The Salamanders took the opportunity to work on explosive material for their 2016 Sala-Centennial Tour: 50 Years of Amphibious Rock!
From left: Mc, Rod, Barry
Named after critters from a Central Pennsylvania nature preserve, The Salamanders are a recently reunited garage-band rock trio that formed in the mid-1960s and played county fairs, festivals, splash-hops, and high school gymnasiums, and continues to perform today at venues in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Raised in a small country village, The Salamanders' repertoire includes Beatles, Stones, CCR, other covers, country, and original music - as well as plenty of gaffs, miscues, pratfalls and fun!
The regenerated rockers have always had originality and senses of humor greater than their talent and now, spread across three states, the lads prepare for performances through needlessly complex, virtual, internet-based rehearsals, and scrounging of equipment from online auctions and second-hand shops!
Over the years, the band has struggled to stay together. Family pressures, solo careers, intrusive paparazzi, rampaging audiences, artistic differences, and talent have all been hurdles to overcome!
The Salamanders' shows are peppered with crowd-pleasers, including Top Ten Telltale Signs of Aging Musicians and visits by notable personalities, including Fat Elvis and the Blues Cousins.
A great time is had by all!
The stars shine for The Salamanders:
"I'm too old to play for The Salamanders."
Colomby (producer/manager & former drummer for Blood Sweat &
Tears, designer of "The Salamanders on Abbey Road"), 2013
"You're not kidding, are you?"
--Clive Davis (producer), 2013
"...So you're the ones making all that Godawful racket out in
Pennsylvania. Keep it up!"
--Bono (front man for U2), 2012
"Why don't you guys come to perform with me in New York?"
--Chris Boti (acclaimed jazz trumpet player), 2012
"Dedication to The Salamanders."
--The Association (before performing "Enter The Young" in concert, Delaware
"...At your age?"
--Harry Belefonte (singer), 2011
"...Pleased to meet a fellow rock star."
--Bono (front man for U2), 2011
What they're writing (and saying) about us:
Band back on the road...The Sunbury Daily Item, January 1, 2015
Salamania...The Cecil Whig, October 22, 2014
The Salamanders "Breakout Tour"...Cecil Guardian, September 25, 2014
Sirius Channel 14 Global Satellite Radio February 14, 2009
Salamanders reunite...The Sunbury Daily Item, February 5, 2009
Reporter to be honored...The Danville News, February 2, 2009
Salamanders reunite...The Danville News, February 2, 2009
Sirius Channel 14 Global Satellite Radio October 7, 2008
Salamanders slithering into Class of '73 Reunion
The Salamanders... September 25, 2008
The Salamanders' Reunion Tour Continues September 19, 2008
Salamanders fans...The Danville News, July 31, 2008
Mc Kessler writes...The Sunbury Daily Item, June 30, 2008
Salamanders slithering on stage... June 19, 2008
Salamanders reunite for Community Days June 12, 2008
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