Schedule of Events: Friday July 15, 2016

Here are the Festival performances and activities we have scheduled for Friday. Click on the + for each listing to learn more. We’re still finalizing details, so check back soon for more current information.

A key for the locations is provided at the bottom of the page. Events marked with a B require a Festival Button for admittance.

Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 10:00 AM 07/15/2016 11:00 AM America/New_York Outdoor Zumba with Teresa Soler Fitness. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Join Zumba instructor Teresa Soler for a free Zumba class. Zumba features dance steps that are fun and easy to follow…set to high energy music like salsa, merengue, hip-hop and bellydance! Zumba class is appropriate for all fitness levels and for any level dancer. You do not need any experience to join this class; just come ready to move! Teresa Soler is originally from the Dominican Republic, where she grew up surrounded with the Latin music and dance. She brings her authentic spicy Latin style into the Zumba class, and her energy and smile is contagious. The class is free and open to all: men, women and kids!

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 12:00 PM 07/15/2016 1:00 PM America/New_York Performance by the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Tussey Mountain Moonshiners is a progressive bluegrass/Americana band from central Pennsylvania. A Moonshiners performance features dynamic songwriting, singing, and strong improvisational musicianship from all five members, as the band creates energy and joy with audiences at every live show. In 2010, the band won the prestigious DelFest Bluegrass Band Competition in Cumberland, Maryland.

This performance by Tussey Mountain Moonshiners is sponsored by PennTerra Engineering, Inc.

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Stroll down to The Makery for a free 50th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts color-me poster, then stay to color in the light, bright art studio!

 

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 1:30 PM 07/15/2016 2:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Second Winds Big Band. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

The Second Winds have performed in Centre County and vicinity for over sixteen years. The Band has fourteen experienced musicians – with a combined age of 1,061 years – who are on their “second wind.” The band gets a kick reliving their less mature years by playing popular tunes from the early 1900s through the 70s. The band’s repertoire includes a mix of swing, big band, pop, and jazz standards. Some of the group members have changed over the years, but their goal remains the same: have fun and keep young by playing music.

This performance by Second Winds is sponsored by Jersey Mike’s Subs.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 2:00 PM 07/12/2016 4:00 PM America/New_York Performance Penn State NU Musical Theatre Musical Theatre Workshop. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Penn State Downtown Theatre Center Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Penn State NU Musical Theatre presents Deep Water Ballad.

The town of Deep Water, West Virginia, is on the brink of enormous change. After a terrible mining accident leaves three dead, politicians and profiteers want to revolutionize the local coal industry. Their answer is surface mining, aptly nicknamed “mountaintop removal” by residents of the region. Daniel Dawson, a young coal miner, and Grace Milbach, a would-be model, are brought together by tragedy. They must face the hard facts of their changing world and hold fast to each other amid the scandal, lies, and environmental ruin raging around them. The choices they make today will forever change the scope of their lives and the fate of their community.

Penn State’s NU Musical Theatre explores, encourages, and fosters new works of musical theatre in an educational setting, giving students at Penn State access to the professional world of musical theatre. Penn State’s Nu Musical Theatre allows up-and-coming composers, lyricists, and book writers to workshop their original musical theatre pieces. The performances of these works feature students from Penn State’s Musical Theatre program.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 2:00 PM 07/15/2016 3:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Feats of Strength Folk/rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Feats of Strength was formed by Brad Fey as a musical experiment blending the sounds of rock, folk, delta blues, old-time country and heirloom jam-band music on bluegrass instruments. The band classifies its original tunes as “Mokoma Mountain Music” after the Lake Mokoma in Pennsylvania’s Sullivan County.

This performance by Feats of Strength is sponsored by KCF Technologies.

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Scott Mangene is a veteran performer in the State College music scene. He’s all about versatility—he’ll play at a bar on Saturday and church on Sunday.  He’s joined on the plaza by his daughter, Maggie.

The State College Municipal Building Plaza performances are sponsored by BB&T.

Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 3:30 PM 07/15/2016 4:30 PM America/New_York Performance by BC Combo Americana. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

The BC Combo brings their wealth of experience and passion to blues, jazz, swing, R&B, soul and more. Born in New Orleans, lead singer Bev Conklin (aka BC) was classically trained on piano and taught by nuns to play acoustic guitar. In her post New Orleans life she’s won Lehigh Valley Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist, Best Blues Vocalist and Best All-around Performer among others.

The BC Combo has been performing over 24 years, performing at festivals and events in the Northeastern U.S. This well respected band is often backed by combinations of seasoned musicians on horns, keys and/or guitars on any given showcase event when warranted, to bring their full band offering to concerts, festivals and special events. Its motto…”It’s all about having fun!”

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 4:00 PM 07/15/2016 5:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Natascha and the Spy Boys Jazz/blues. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

This State College cabaret act includes Natascha Hoffmeyer on vocals backed up by experienced Central Pennsylvania players Andy Tolins, JT Thompson, Stubby Stubbs, and Doug McMinn. The group’s repertoire includes blues, soul, jazz, and swing. It plays at clubs and private events.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 5:30 PM 07/15/2016 6:30 PM America/New_York Performance by The Mondays Rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

A Long Island favorite, The Mondays play original music featuring catchy pop hooks blending with up-tempo drum beats and melodic keyboards that just won’t escape your head, but not in a bad, ear worm sort of way.

The Mondays have opened for national acts such as Cheap Trick, Vince Neil, Cinderella, and others. They have performed throughout the Eastern U.S., including Hershey Park, the New York City Marathon, the New York and New Jersey State Fairs. Songs by the band have been featured in television shows, in movies, and in commercials.

The band has released four albums on Harborgate Record, the most recent of which is Storyteller.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 6:00 PM 07/15/2016 7:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Ted McCloskey & the HiFi's Rock/pop. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Ted McCloskey’s award winning music has been featured on AMC’s The Walking Dead and Mad Men, NBC’s, The Voice, PBS, MTV, Discovery, and the History Channel, among others. In March 2013 Honda Motors picked up a track from his 2012 album, The Last of the Pin-Up Girls for use in a national television ad campaign. If you have been fortunate enough to see Ted and his band, The Hi-Fi’s, you know the feeling that you’ve seen something special. It’s pure energy—a snarling kind of rock ‘n’ roll that just isn’t made any more.

McCloskey’s eighth release, Sea Foam Green, is a complex and haunting work on emotionally elusive relationships and small town politics. Riff-driven and infused in ’60s surf-rock nostalgia, Sea Foam Green is both bitter and beautiful and sweet and salty, in other words, a love affair, but with a back story.

This performance by Ted McCloskey & the Hi-Fi’s is sponsored by Webster’s Bookstore Cafe.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 7:00 PM 07/15/2016 8:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Essence of Joy and Essence 2 Gospel. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue, State College Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Over the last ten years, the annual performance by Essence of Joy, Essence 2, or the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers has grown into a Festival tradition.

Under the direction of Dr. Anthony Leach, Essence of Joy is one of ten choral ensembles in the Penn State University School of Music. Organized in November, 1991, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African/African American traditions. The choir involves undergraduate and graduate students from many academic programs at Penn State. Essence has performed throughout country and has toured internationally as well. To date, the choir has released five CDs.

Organized in August, 1999, Essence 2 was created by and is conducted by Dr. Leach as an outreach opportunity and performs a similar repertoire to Essence of Joy.

This performance by Essence of Joy and Essence 2 is sponsored by Barbara Palmer.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 7:00 PM 07/15/2016 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by the Yves Lambert Trio French Canadian Folk. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Yves Lambert—the musician, not the aerospace engineer—was a founding member of La Bottine Souriante (“The Smiling Boot”) and played with the group, famous not only in Quebec, but internationally as well, for twenty-six years as one of the most influential figures in the Quebecer folk music revival, Lambert is known for his work as a songwriter.

Lambert’s charisma and talent, coupled with Tommy Gauthier and Olivier Rondeau’s virtuosity and passion, make this trio a one-of-a-kind musical experience. The group’s distinctive musical arrangements, energy, and distinct harmonies create a unique and colorful sound.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 7:30 PM 07/15/2016 9:00 PM America/New_York Performance by hMark DeRose and The Dreadnought Brigade Rock Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Imagine if you will James Taylor and Dave Matthews spending quality time together enjoying pop rock. Their musical progeny would be Mark DeRose and The Dreadnought Parade. The band’s music is filled with wry metaphors of hope and celebration—the things that makes feel good music feel good. The entire band—brings high-energy, blue-eyed soul to their folky, funky shows.

Look for a new EP from the band soon!

This performance by Mark DeRose and The Dreadnought Brigade is sponsored by the Ramada Conference & Golf Hotel State College.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 8:00 PM 07/15/2016 9:00 PM America/New_York Performance by My Hero Zero Pop/rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

My Hero Zero has honed its captivating blend of showmanship, talent, and pop-savvy to become State College PA’s most popular band, seen by well over a thousand Penn Staters on a weekly basis. My Hero Zero reinvents songs with unique arrangements and mash-ups brings new life to current dance hits and old favorites alike. Four-part harmonies, grin-inducing choreography, surprising instrument-switches, and abundance of danceable tunes give this band all the ingredients to make an unforgettable show.

This performance by My Hero Zero is sponsored by The Retreat.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 8:00 PM 07/15/2016 9:30 PM America/New_York Performance by The River Whyless Folk/rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State Theatre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

River Whyless is named in spirit of its ongoing love affair with the natural world. Since its formation in 2009 the band has toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows from coast to coast and into Canada. Its debut album A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door was recorded in the band’s home studio in Asheville, NC and released in March of 2012. The band layers its music with fiddle, guitar, and vocals, with textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based contemporaries. Its sound has been described as folk-rock, nature-pop, and baroque-folk, but in the end the members of River Whyless hope only to lend craft to their passions.

The band performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series in January 2016.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 8:00 PM 07/15/2016 9:30 PM America/New_York Performance by EPenn State NU Musical Theatre Musical Theatre Workshop. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Penn State Downtown Theatre Centre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Penn State NU Musical Theatre presents Deep Water Ballad.

The town of Deep Water, West Virginia, is on the brink of enormous change. After a terrible mining accident leaves three dead, politicians and profiteers want to revolutionize the local coal industry. Their answer is surface mining, aptly nicknamed “mountaintop removal” by residents of the region. Daniel Dawson, a young coal miner, and Grace Milbach, a would-be model, are brought together by tragedy. They must face the hard facts of their changing world and hold fast to each other amid the scandal, lies, and environmental ruin raging around them. The choices they make today will forever change the scope of their lives and the fate of their community.

Penn State’s NU Musical Theatre explores, encourages, and fosters new works of musical theatre in an educational setting, giving students at Penn State access to the professional world of musical theatre. Penn State’s Nu Musical Theatre allows up-and-coming composers, lyricists, and book writers to workshop their original musical theatre pieces. The performances of these works feature students from Penn State’s Musical Theatre program.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 9:30 PM 07/15/2016 10:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Absolution Key Blues/rock. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

Founded in the summer of 2014, Absolution Key has been playing in the Pittsburgh area over the past year and a half. Playing everywhere from corner dive bars to weekend-long music festivals and posh cocktail lounges, the 5-piece plays a unique but authentic fusion of blues and alt rock with elements of other genres thrown in for good measure. The current lineup consists of the following members:

Heavily influenced by the Black Keys, Jack White, and Tom Waits, Absolution Key attributes its sound to the diversity of experiences of members of the band. From a steel drum ensemble to spoken word poetry exhibits, Absolution Key prides themselves in their ability to incorporate elements of several genres into its repertoire. The group’s first 5-track EP, Delusions of Grandeur, is scheduled to be released in early spring 2016.

This performance by Absolution Key is sponsored by Appalachian Outdoors, Inc.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 9:30 PM 07/15/2016 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Ultra Kings Rockabilly. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

The Ultra Kings have been together for fifteen years and have been tearin’ it up on stages in the North East and Mid-Atlantic states on a regular basis, and have even toured in Europe. Rick K. Kuebler takes his Bigsby equipped Telecasters on a string twisting and bending workout in every show, resulting in plaudits from fans and peers alike. Carl Ehst slams down that rock & roll beat with authority and conviction, and Christopher James handles his double bass with the level of knowledge and finesse that James Bond brings to the zipper on the back of a Bond girl’s cocktail dress. Combining classic rockabilly and straight up rock and roll for the correct balance of happy, fun music, primal rock & roll, rockabilly, surf, and the blues, the Ultra Kings create a sound all their own.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 10:00 PM 07/15/2016 11:15 PM America/New_York Performance by The Crawdaddies Roots rock/zydeco/blues. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/15/2016

A band founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work,” The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, zydeco, blues, ska, roots, rock and reggae into an incomparable, groove laden sound that is unquestionably its own. The band has been featured in Dirty Linen magazine three times, has toured extensively earning a strong grass roots following and is a regular fixture on the national college, festival and theater circuits.

The band has performed many major festivals including Bethlehem’s Musikfest, and the Virginia Wine Festival. The Crawdaddiesʼ performance from the W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, Kentucky is now being featured nationwide on the popular PBS music program Jubilee. The band’s most recent CD is 2010’s Live from the Road.

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The Village at Penn State Retirement Community

Today the Allen Street Stage is sponsored by The Village at Penn State Retirement Community.

Today the Sidney Friedman Park Stage is sponsored by AccuWeather

AccuWeather
East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew

Today the Sidney Friedman Park Stage performances are sponsored by The East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew.


Location Key

B = Button required for admittance

  • Allen: Allen Street Stage
  • Makery: The Makery
  • Muni: State College Municipal Building
  • Park: Sidney Friedman Park Stage
  • Presby: State College Presbyterian Church
  • Shell: Festival Shell Stage
  • St. Andrews: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • State: State Theatre
  • Theatre: Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
  • Willard: Willard Plaza

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