Holy cow have I been rambling and rocking! The last thirty days or so have brought me many miles, many smiles and many musical memories! Since hosting my Loyalstock festival the last week of June, I have sponsored and attended some great events. Festival season is a go-go! Do you shy away from festivals because of the lack of electricity, cell reception, showers and flush toilets? There are plenty of day-long events and I’ve sponsored two in July. Pick one out and make a day of it!
I camped out for Jam at the Dam but that’s because it was a DNL event and that means party hearty. I sponsored a whole stage there and gave out free Bullfrog Brewery beer for Likes and Follows. FYI, sponsoring a stage means you get use of an outlet. That allowed me to brew a 30-cup urn of coffee Sunday morning and I needed it. Many thanks to my co-sponsors Wood Stove House, Lancaster Roots and Blues Fest, Tellus 360 and The Rattler. Without Jason Mundock of WSH and his talented pal Mark DeRose I might never have gotten my banner strung above the stage. The Rattler brought Camp Rattler in full force and proudly staged Harlot on my Gigspots Lawn Stage. You all really must check out The Rattler in Pittston. It’s what a music-industry bar should be! Pound for pound, I think my stage had the greatest lineup! Bravo and many thanks to: East Coast Turnaround, The Boiled Owls, Kathy and Dan Duo, Searching for Oneida, Harlot, Zach Bellas, Pressing Strings, Aaron Flinn, Karissa Laren, Kalob Griffin Band, Memphis Hat, Sunset Villains, Wise Eyes, The Great Socio and Sticky Longfingers & The Rusted Butter. I have videos from many of them on my YouTube channel in a playlist called Jam at the Dam 2013. Thanks again Pirate Rob!
I sponsored a stage for Ladybug Festival in Wilmington, DE while I was on vacation in OCMD. Yeah, that means I didn’t even get to attend. But my vacation was sweet and I love what Gable Music Ventures and World Café Live at the Queen keep cooking up down there! How could I resist supporting a day celebrating woman-fronted bands in nine music-loving venues? Their next event down there is the Rockabilly Rumble on Sunday August 11th from 12:00-10pm and it’s gonna be a humdinger!
WXPN hosts the best festival on the planet in my opinion. I just spent three glorious days there soaking in the music and positive vibes. Our central PA bands (and FigLancaster.com alums) turned in memorable performances: The Districts and The Stray Birds. I’ll devote a whole blog/show review to XPoNential Music Festival asap. The event sold out for the first time ever and I’m thrilled for us all. This station constantly pours money and music into the community and is a genuine bastion of culture and love. If you’re not a supporting member of WXPN, I just don’t understand how you can call yourself a music-lover.
What’s next? Jeepers, I’m getting pulled towards two corners of the state this weekend! How can I resist Musikfest in Bethlehem? It’s ten days long and many events/shows are FREE! How can I resist Flood City Music Fest in Johnstown? It might feature the widest array of acts at any festival this summer and Robert Randolph is one of the headliners. There are Gigspots artists playing both events including Sweet Leda, Lovebettie and Kalob Griffin Band. Both are easy day-trips, both are in practically-new venues and both feature a fabulous array of local, regional and national acts. For you Deadheads out there, the 8th Annual Bear’s Picnic starts today and runs Aug 1-5 at the Lycoming Co Fairgrounds. Just in case it slipped your short-term memory…
Hot August Blues Festival is August 17th and might be the best one-off festival. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals headline and wow, what a great lineup! Kids 12 and under get FREE admission and this festival runs as smoothly as a Swiss watch.
My boys at DNL Entertainment have a great excuse for you to spend an extra day in OCMD on August 18th: Blockstock 5 at The Party Block! You will want to take Monday the 19th off for sure. At least a dozen bands will be ripping it up from 7pm to who knows? If that’s your beach week, lucky you! If you have a vacation day to spare, you can thank me when you get back!