Ambridge Music Museum Studio Performance Space Takes Shape

I have to hand it over to PALM.

They are transforming a 220 year old Ambridge building into a cool place for local music fans to visit.

April 5 is the scheduled opening date for the Performing Arts Legends Museum (PALM), which will feature artifacts and musical instruments in themed rooms.

1950s room features items like Elvis Presley’s yearbook, Perry Como’s gold records for ‘Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom’) and ‘Round and Round’, and an authentic 1950s food stand 50, straight out of TV’s “Happy Days”, complete with a jukebox table top from that era.

Inside the 1960s room are instruments, outfits and autographed photos of Pittsburgh jazz and blues aces like Walt Harper, Harold Betters, Joe Negri and Chizmo Charles, plus a stage jacket from The Vogues (“5 O’Clock World”).

Stare at the framed, authenticated outfits and imagine the Skyliners’ Jimmy Beaumont singing “Since I Don’t Have You” or one of the Marcels, in a sleek red suit and bow tie, doo-wopping through “Blue Moon.”

Museum founder Elbie Yaworsky gave me a sneak peek last week as work began on 70s, 80s and 90s rooms showcasing Beaver Valley icons The Jaggerz, BE Taylor and the Brothers Granati. Students at David Granati’s For Those About To Rock Academy will help clean and shine a pile of not-so-sweet guitars chosen from a Who’s Who of six regional strings, such as Norman Nardini, Warren Knight and Tony Janflone Jr.

Guitars autographed by a Pittsburgh-area Who's Who await display at the Performing Arts Legends Museum in Ambridge.

Most of the pieces in the museum come from Center businessman Gene Rees. He acquired part of the collection that adorned the walls of the former rock club Nick’s Fat City, which he helped design in Pittsburgh’s Southside.

Yaworsky, the drummer and frontman of the band Hot Metal Horns, will present complete vintage drum kits from the 50s, 60s and 70s in the corresponding themed room for more nostalgia.

The PALM doesn’t just look back, it’s a living, breathing music space, with an attached 1920s garage renovated into a state-of-the-art performance space and studio. Using rock wool insulation and thick thermal curtains, rather than drywall, made the acoustics top-notch, says Yaworsky, who also installed three levels of remote-controlled lighting that can make the acoustics sound top-notch. well-lit space for rehearsals, or warm and intimate for concerts, where the garage doors would be open for spectators to watch from the street.

Elbie Yaworsky, left, and Gene Rees prepare rehearsal and performance space in a remodeled and modernized 1920s garage that is part of the Performing Arts Legends Museum in Ambridge.

Revenue streams will come from Yaworsky, offering a custom vintage drum shop inside the PALM, with two well-appointed apartments converted into guest rooms above the museum. Decorated with black and white photos of Ambridge’s past, these rooms will become available in the first quarter of the year, assuming COVID-19 mitigation permits.

The PALM complex is located in an iconic Harmony Society commercial building at 15th and Merchant streets in historic Ambridge, near Old Economy Village.

I’ll keep you informed.

The Performing Arts Legends Museum and adjoining performance studio/space and guest accommodations are located in historic Ambridge.

Not ‘Tiger King’

Can you guess Netflix’s most popular show of 2020?

The experts at Reelgood.com’s streaming service have found an answer, based on Netflix’s daily Top 10 lists and the numerical ranking of each show on those lists.

Of the 190 different TV shows that made Netflix’s Daily Top 10, the most popular was “Cocomelon,” a children’s program of nursery rhymes, songs and videos.

“It’s not surprising, as many working-at-home adults obviously needed help keeping the little ones entertained and away from the computer,” said Maria Santos, marketing strategist for Reelgood.

Reruns of NBC’s “The Office,” popular with people who know what it’s like to work in a mind-numbing, overwhelming office, finished second.

Rounding out Netflix’s Top 5 most popular shows: “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Tiger King” and “Ozark”.

I’m more of a fan of escapist shows brought to you by Netflix like CBC’s dark comedy “Working Moms,” reality TV “Selling Sunset,” and silly but endearing melodramas like “Virgin River” and the story of the transition to adulthood " Outer Banks."

The 1995 Keanu Reeves movie "Johnny Mnemonic" predicted what January 2021 would look like.

Keanu plans 2021

Maybe watching an old Keanu Reeves movie will help prepare you for 2021.

Probably not, but it’s still fun to note that Reeves’ 1995 film “Johnny Mnemonic” takes place on January 17, 2021.

“Like most tepid futuristic films of the 1980s/90s, Future Fashions is very much like 1983,” said movie buff, extra and former Y-108 DJ Brian Montgomery after rewatching “Johnny Mnemonic” recently on Hulu.

“The biggest howl is that Keanu Reeves is increasing his cranial storage drive to 132G! In 2021, like most cheap sci-fi movies, we’ll have lots of rubble, slums and concrete tunnels ( to avoid showing future expensive, old-fashioned cityscapes—bulbous fashioned taxicabs),” Montgomery said. call Mr. Smith. Watch it, it’s good-bad, and at least it introduces Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers”) and the story keeps moving forward.”

Ice-T, Henry Rollins and Dolph Lundgren also appear. “Johnny Mnemonic” hit his mark by predicting the world’s dependence on the internet in 2021 and the power corporations wield over society.

Local Quiz Winner

Aliquippa’s JoAnn Withrow won $2,000 in the “Home Holiday Trivia” contest last month on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” television. She correctly answered the name of Anderson Cooper’s son’s name. The boy’s name is Wyatt.

Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected]