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Austintown’s Concert in Park series concludes with rockin’ band Soundbite


Published: Fri, October 6, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Soundbite's keyboard player Maureen Murray sings Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" at Concert in the Park at Austintown Township Park on Aug. 22.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Classic rock cover band Soundbite performed at Austintown Township Park on Aug. 22 to a decent sized crowd despite thunderstorms earlier in the day. Their concert concluded the park's Concert in the Park series.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Tom Shaffer of Soundbite smiling while playing a solo during Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Pride and Joy" at Austintown's Concert in the Park on Aug. 22. Shaffer played guitar with the band well despite being a new member of the band.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Guitarist Tom Shaffer ripped off a solo while drummer T.J. Costanza and bassist Tom Davies kept the rhythm of the song going at Austintown Township Park on Aug. 22.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Soundbite took the stage in Austintown Township Park for their Concert in Park series on Aug. 22. The band played a set of classic rock covers starting with Van Halen's "Beautiful Girls." Pictured, from left, are Tom Shaffer, Joe Weinel, T.J. Costanza, Tom Davies and Maureen Murray.

by ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Austintown Township Park finished their Concert in the Park series on Aug. 22 with classic rock cover band Soundbite.

The Shenango Valley group opened with Van Halen’s “Beautiful Girls,“ and then stopped to introduce the next song, John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good.“ The show followed this pattern where the band would stop and talk or joke before going into the next song.

The band had Joe Weinel as the lead singer, Maureen Murray on the keyboard, Tom Davies keeping rhythm on the bass, Tom Shaffer playing guitar and T.J. Costanza on the drums. Most members of the band had an opportunity to show off their skills. Weinel sang most of the songs, but on Free’s “All Right Now,“ he got to play the claves along with the rhythm section. Murray laid down some heavy synth and keyboard parts with a songs like “Too Much Time on My Hands“ by Styx, and she sang a couple tunes like Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.“ Costanza mentioned his distaste for AC/DC after having played “You Shook Me All Night Long,“ but he showed his love for The Cars when he drummed and sang for their cover of “Just What I Needed.“ Shaffer may not have sang any songs, but he displayed his guitar shredding abilities on numerous songs, especially “Pride and Joy“ by Stevie Ray Vaughn. Davies, Weinel, Costanza and Murray demonstrated their ability to harmonize on songs like “Bad Company“ by Bad Company.

Soundbite’s show finished off this year’s Concert in the Park series at Austintown Township Park.


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