Popular Trio "Bookends" To Perform Reunion Concerts Arts Festival Weekend

Bookends was a large part of the 1980s music scene in State College. Chris Mincer, Bet Williams, and Susie Kocher crafted a sweet acoustic folk sound that was just the right counterpoint to the big hair, glitz and glamour of the Dallas and Disco years. Their warm stage presence and mixed repertoire of original tunes and covers made them one of the most memorable bands of that era. Fans will remember their covers of songs by Manhattan Transfer, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel, among others. Not to mention a few blue grass tunes and their killer version of the Hallelujah Chorus (yes the one by Handel) in which Chris sings the soprano part while Susie and Bet egg him on to hit the really high notes. 

In the 1980’s and the early 90’s it would have been difficult to walk through the town of State College without seeing a poster for a Bookends show or hearing their voices drift out of the Brickhouse Tavern, The Ratskeller, The Phyrst or Café 210 West. Chris, Bet and Susie met late one night at a jam session in the study lounge of McElwain Hall while they were freshmen at Penn State. Their love for acoustic music and harmony became quickly apparent and they formed "Bookends"  (named after the Simon and Garfunkel song). While they covered many popular songs from the 60's - 90's they also performed their own songs. Chris's humorous original, "No Motivation" became an anthem for students who saw their inspiration for education getting swept away by late night parties.

After graduation, the three bought a van and headed out west playing concerts along the way and camping in Yellowstone Park and hanging out at the famous hippy "Rainbow Festival". By the time they reached California the group decided to split up. Susie and Bet stayed in L.A. singing in different bands. Nothing stuck and they eventually headed back to the East Coast. 

Since that time, the three stay in contact and have remained friends but lead very different lives. Bet is a singer/songwriter currently living in Berlin, Germany with her husband, composer John Hodian and their son. Her "Bet Williams Band" and ensemble "Epiphany Project" tour constantly in Europe. Chris teaches Alexander technique and guitar in Lemont, PA. and nurtures a deep practice of Zen Buddhism. Susie, who runs a horse farm with her equestrian husband, is a pharmaceutical sales rep. She sings in several bands and stars in community theatre around Asheville, North Carolina.
Back together after over 20 years and with some new songs in the offering, Bookends will perform a variety of concerts in State College over the Arts Festival weekend. They will be celebrating their reunion in a late night show reminiscent of the old days; taking song requests and playing multiple sets into the wee hours at the Arena Bar and GrillSaturday night of Arts Festival. 

Here's the schedule for BOOKENDS: 
Saturday, July 13
2:30pm People's Choice Festival  free
8:00pm CPFA Allen Street Stage  free
10:00pm Arena Bar and Grill 
Tickets are available at the door $10

SundayJuly 14 
5:00pm Elk Creek Cafe in Millheim 

As an added note there will also be several Bet Williams solo shows over the weekend.
Friday, July 12,  10pm Websters Books and Cafe www.websterbooksandcafe.com  Tickets $10 at the door 
Saturday July 13, 1:00pm People's Choice Festival in Boalsburg 

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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:00pm to Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 10:00pm