Schedule of Events: Saturday July 16, 2016

Here are the Festival performances and activities we have scheduled for Saturday. 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 07/16/2016 9:30 AM 07/16/2016 10:30 AM America/New_York Outdoor Yoga with Mandy Glitzer Fitness/Yoga Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival ShellStage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Mandy Glitzer is a Penn State graduate (B.S., Environmental Engineering), an experienced yoga teacher, and certified yoga therapist. She has been teaching yoga in Central Pennsylvania for the past twelve years. She is known for her relaxed teaching style, calming voice, and for making yoga accessible to all ability levels.

Mandy’s goal in her yoga practice has never been to stand on her head. Her goal has always been to quiet her mind, check in with herself, and stand more fully on her own two feet. This goal that also informs her yoga teaching style. Mandy has been most drawn to the Kripalu and Phoenix Rising styles of yoga, both of which are inquiry-based methods that use classic postures, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques to increases awareness of body, breath, and mind.

Mandy is a member of the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT), the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has over 1000 hours of teaching experience and over 1200 hours of related training.

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Adults aren’t the only people who can benefit from yoga. It’s great for kids as well.  As a long time yoga practitioner Kathleen Zdenek recognizes how much learning takes place when the body is in motion, as well as the importance of learning to be still.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 11:00 AM 07/11/2015 12:00 PM America/New_York Performance by the State College Municipal Band Symphonic Band. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The band was formed in 1967 for the first Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. In the years since that humble beginning, the band has grown and improved (or, if you prefer, lived long and prospered) and now is a full-season hometown concert band, conducted by Dr. Ned C. Deihl, familiar to thousands of Nittany Lion football fans as the former director of Penn State’s Blue Band.

In the 20th season under Dr. Deihl’s baton, the band plays a great variety of concert band music, and especially delights in pops numbers or light classics. Both occasional concert-goers and community band aficionados agree that The State College Municipal Band is among the best community bands in the country

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 11:30 AM 07/11/2015 12:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Sherry McCamley Cabaret. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

State College native Sherry McCamley has been playing piano since age 6, when she wowed her first recital audience with a sparkling rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

Her first professional gig was playing a bowling banquet at age 13, for which I was paid $5 and a free game. Thankfully, I have moved on to more prestigious gigs – like singing for then-President Gerald Ford at the National Bicentennial Celebration, playing cabarets in California and New York City, and performing and directing professional theatre companies across the country.

Her first CD, Changing My Point of View, was released in 2009 with the lofty goal of inspiring other baby boomer women to re-think what they can and cannot do!

Sherry will be joined on stage by another homegrown cabaret standout, State College’s Tommy Wareham.

Voted the Number One Local Entertainer five years in a row by the readers of State College Magazine, Tommy “The Original Piano Man” Wareham has been entertaining audiences of all ages in Centre County for twenty-five years. At home in front of both large and small audiences, Tommy brings infectious enthusiasm, great musicianship, and a great knowledge of pop music to each show.

This performance by Sherry McCamley & Tommy Wareham is sponsored by The Wallis Lloyd family in memory of Wally and Brian Lloyd.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 1:30 PM 07/16/2016 2:30 PM America/New_York Performance by the Rustical Quality String Band Appalachian string band. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The Rustical Quality String Band has been performing together for 38 years—and its members still like each other. Or at least talk to each other! (OK, sometimes they just text.) This Festival favorite has played for festivals, happenings, and celebrations of all kinds. The band’s most recent recording was Rescued from Oblivion.

This performance by the Rustical Quality String Band is sponsored by The Music Mart, Inc.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 1:30 PM 07/11/2015 2:30 PM America/New_York Performance by the Reckless Amateurs Rock/roots. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Northwest Philadelphia’s own eclectic five, Reckless Amateurs plays a rich blend of rock, roots, country, blues, and singer-songwriter tunes. Together for more than 15 years, the band has built a devoted following who appreciate the adventurous repertoire, the distinctive vocal blend, and the good time of an energized live performance. The Amateurs’ set list is full of hidden gems from both artists you know and artists you’ll be glad to discover, with an ever-growing selection of smart Amateurs originals.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 2:00 PM 07/16/2016 3:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Neil Jacobs Guitar. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Avenue, State College Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Neil Jacobs, a master of the acoustic 12-string guitar, has had a colorful and unconventional musical career. He’s toured with acts as varied as Spyro Gyra and Janis Ian, and before a stay in Moscow that coincided with the arrival of glasnost, perestroika and the fall of the Soviet Union. Performances in Eastern Europe and the Balkans followed as he studied the rich musical heritage of the southern Slavic nations.

As a result of his extensive studies of many musical traditions, Neil covers a full spectrum of styles and dynamics, touching on music diverse and varied as Gypsy, Balkan folk, jazz, and fingerstyle guitar, while maintaining his own refreshing energetic style of playing.

Neil’s latest CD release, The Peasant Sabbatical, revisits much of the music influences and experiences of his travels through the Balkans.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 2:00 PM 07/16/2016 3:30 PM America/New_York Penn State NU Musical Theatre Presents "Deep Water Ballad" Musical theatre. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Penn State Downtown Theatre Center Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

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.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 3:00 PM 07/16/2016 4:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Molly Ryan Jazz/swing. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Since moving to New York City from Roseville, CA in 2003, Molly Ryan has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room and Birdland. Molly is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, which performed to a sold-out audience at Midsummer Night Swing and is currently appearing monthly at the Rainbow Room.

The Wall Street Journal
music critic Will Friedwald said of her, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.” Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.

Molly has appeared at jazz festivals and events throughout the U.S. and abroad including North Carolina Jazz Festival, New York Hot Jazz Festival, and the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival in Southern California. She has headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi, and has been featured as a guest vocalist with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra throughout Germany in a monumental tribute to clarinet legend Benny Goodman.

Molly’s latest album, entitled Let’s Fly Away will be released this month and features piano legend Dick Hyman. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.

The Singing Lions are Penn State’s premiere singing and dancing ensemble. Founded almost 30 years ago as a School of Music project known as the “Penn State Pop Choir,” the Singing Lions is now a student-run organization. The group is composed of 20 performers, a piano player, a drummer, and a sound technician.

The group has a broad repertoire, including Broadway show tunes, current hits on the radio, themed medleys, and, of course, songs that make audiences well with Penn State pride. As Penn State’s unofficial singing ambassadors, the group performs at football games, at Penn State Alumni Association chapter events, and goes on a Spring Break tour.

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

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 3:30 PM 07/16/2016 4:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats Blues/Soul. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

This band came together in State College in the summer of 2010 and is comprised of seasoned veterans of the State College music scene and a new kid in town. The combination gives way to classic blues with a subtle twist. Playing blues from all eras but also original compositions, there’s something for all tastes. The band features Mark Ross of the fabled Queen Bee & the Blue Hornet Band along with vocalist Melanie Morrison Ziegler, James Harton, and Jordan Thompson.

This performance by Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats is sponsored by Kissinger, Bigatel & Brower – The Beth Richards Group.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 3:30 PM 07/16/2016 4:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Pepper Lotus Tribal Belly Dance Troupe World music/dance. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Pepper Lotus Belly Dance is a professional belly dance troupe based in State College, PA. Directed by Shannon Bishop, members of Pepper Lotus perform a variety of captivating belly dance styles, with dancers specializing in Egyptian and American Vintage Orientale. As a group, they also perform Improvisational Tribal Style belly dance, providing their audiences with a sampling of dance from around the world! Every show features traditional and modern belly dance music, as well as finger cymbals and the use of traditional belly dance props.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 4:00 PM 07/16/2016 5:30 PM America/New_York The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Presents Buster Keaton’s “The General” Silent film with live orchestra. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State Theatre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film inspired by the real Civil War locomotive chase. It stars silent comedy icon Buster Keaton who co-directed the film with Clyde Bruckman.

At the time of its initial release, The General was poorly received by audiences and critics. However, Keaton considered it to be the best of all his movies. With changing tastes and a re-evaluation of Keaton’s work, it is now considered one of the greatest films ever made. In 2007, The General was ranked #18 by the American Film Institute on its list of the 100 best American movies of all time.

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. Since its debut in 1988 at debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has appeared at hundreds of leading arts venues, including the Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Chautauqua, the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival.

In addition to its worldwide concert hall, university, and festival appearances, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America networks. Since 1989 the Walt Disney Company has relied on the Orchestra’s recordings for the outdoor theme music heard at Main Street, U.S.A. at Disney Land, Disney World, and Euro Disney.

Over the years the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has been heard on the soundtracks of several motion pictures and television programs. The Orchestra’s audio and video recordings have been widely praised, and considered instrumental in rekindling interest in America’s rich traditions of theater, cinema, and dance orchestra music.

This performance by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is sponsored by WTAJ.

Jim Colbert is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Bellefonte, PA. He also hosts a show on WPSU-FM radio. He’ll be joined by a couple of his friends from the local music scene.

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 07/16/2016 5:00 PM 07/16/2016 6:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Christopher Dean Band Rock.Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The Christopher Dean Band is a New Jersey based blues/soul band that tours the East Coast year round. The band was founded in early 2000 and has recorded several albums including: Where I Need To Be (2007), What I Need (2010) and April 2014 release, Call Me Later.

The band plays both original tunes and covers of Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, Al Green and other iconic artists. The band tours extensively and has played Harrisburg’s American Music Fest , and Washington’s Kennedy Center.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 5:30 PM 07/16/2016 6:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Pure Cane Sugar Americana. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Pure Cane Sugar’s sultry voices, soulful harmonies, and powerful lyrics, evoke exquisite vocals. When all three songstresses, Kate Twoey, Molly Countermine and Natalie Race, combine as Pure Cane Sugar the result is “an assemblage of masterful melodies and haunting harmonies that inspire sweet dreams”. With accompanying artists Jason “Junior” Tutwiler on slide guitar and Daryl Branford on drums, their original, artful arrangements are captured on a backdrop of perfectly textured synergy and rhythm.

This performance by Pure Cane Sugar is sponsored by Black Walnut Body Works.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 5:30 PM 07/16/2016 6:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Stained Grass Window Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The band was founded in 1990 at an event known as the Jerseytown Shindig. They have performed at a wide variety of bluegrass festivals and events regionally. You’ll enjoy their home grown brand of bluegrass music.

This performance by Stained Grass Window is sponsored by Gemini Enterprises/TAMR Inc.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 7:30 PM 07/16/2016 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Molly Ryan Jazz/swing. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Since moving to New York City from Roseville, CA in 2003, Molly Ryan has become one of the most sought-after vocalists on the New York jazz scene. She has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room and Birdland. Molly is the rhythm guitarist and vocalist with James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band, which performed to a sold-out audience at Midsummer Night Swing and is currently appearing monthly at the Rainbow Room.

The Wall Street Journal
music critic Will Friedwald said of her, “Molly swings the melody – as well as the words – without affectation of any kind. She brings a straight-ahead innocence and total believability to the music that refuses to admit that sixty or seventy years of distractions have ever happened. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical.” Indeed, Molly’s silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards.

Molly has appeared at jazz festivals and events throughout the U.S. and abroad including North Carolina Jazz Festival, New York Hot Jazz Festival, and the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival in Southern California. She has headlined in Paris at jazz clubs such as the famed Le Petit Journal and Autour de Midi, and has been featured as a guest vocalist with Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra throughout Germany in a monumental tribute to clarinet legend Benny Goodman.

Molly’s latest album, entitled Let’s Fly Away will be released this month and features piano legend Dick Hyman. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 7:30 PM 07/16/2016 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Velveeta 80s cheese. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Velveeta the cheese food is a staple in the dairy case at fine supermarkets across the country. Developed in 1918 by Swiss immigrant Emil Frey of the Monroe Cheese Company in Monroe, New York, Velveeta is a quintessentially American consumer product. Velveeta, the musical phenomenon, has been a staple of the central Pennsylvania nightclub scene since a legendary performance in State College in the summer of 1995. With a repertoire made of “80’s cheese”, otherwise known as cover tunes that you just can’t get out of your head, Velveeta the musical phenomenon is a quintessentially Penn State musical experience. It will make you nostalgic for the early days of MTV.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 7:30 PM 07/16/2016 9:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Dustbowl Revival Americana. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.

Dustbowl Revival formed in L.A.’s bohemian enclave of Venice Beach in late 2007, the result of a hopeful Craigslist ad posted by bandleader Zach Lupetin, a Midwestern transplant who hoped to join together players in the string band and brass band traditions. Since that inauspicious start, they’ve played dive bars, saloons, and theaters, not to mention front porches and festivals. We’re especially delighted to have them spend Saturday evening doing their stuff at the Festival Shell.

The band’s most recent recording, With a Lampshade On was released on vinyl in 2015. The band’s video of Never Had to Go—which stars Dick Van Dyke (Yes, that Dick Van Dyke and boy he can still dance!)—has received over 3 million hits on YouTube.

This performance by Dustbowl Revival is sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 8:00 PM 07/16/2016 9:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Hughes, Kidder, and Rounds Folk/Americana. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver Avenue, State College Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Since playing their last show with the band Cartoon in July 2012, Randy Hughes, Glenn Kidder, and Jon Rounds have kept at it in the spirit of the band, working on new original songs via email and playing music whenever they’re in the same room. For the past four years, they have met at the huge Americana festival in Wilkesboro, NC, and in between listening to some of the finest acoustic music on the planet, jammed back at the campsite.

As three of the most popular performers in the history of the Festival, Randy, Glenn, and Jon return this year to showcase some new tunes as well as some Cartoon standards.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 8:00 PM 07/16/2016 9:30 PM America/New_York Penn State NU Musical Theatre Presents "Deep Water Ballad" Musical theatre. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Penn State Downtown Theatre Center Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

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.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 8:30 PM 07/16/2016 10:00 PM America/New_York The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra Presents Buster Keaton’s “The General” Silent film with live orchestra. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – State Theatre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The General is a 1926 American silent comedy film inspired by the real Civil War locomotive chase. It stars silent comedy icon Buster Keaton who co-directed the film with Clyde Bruckman.

At the time of its initial release, The General was poorly received by audiences and critics. However, Keaton considered it to be the best of all his movies. With changing tastes and a re-evaluation of Keaton’s work, it is now considered one of the greatest films ever made. In 2007, The General was ranked #18 by the American Film Institute on its list of the 100 best American movies of all time.

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. Since its debut in 1988 at debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble, The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has appeared at hundreds of leading arts venues, including the Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Chautauqua, the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival.

In addition to its worldwide concert hall, university, and festival appearances, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has acquired a considerable following both here and abroad through its radio programs on the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America networks. Since 1989 the Walt Disney Company has relied on the Orchestra’s recordings for the outdoor theme music heard at Main Street, U.S.A. at Disney Land, Disney World, and Euro Disney.

Over the years the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra has been heard on the soundtracks of several motion pictures and television programs. The Orchestra’s audio and video recordings have been widely praised, and considered instrumental in rekindling interest in America’s rich traditions of theater, cinema, and dance orchestra music.

This performance by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is sponsored by WTAJ.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 9:30 PM 07/16/2016 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Tillers Americana. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

The Tillers got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. Their earliest gigs were for coins and burritos on Cincinnati’s famous Ludlow Street. The songs they performed were mostly older than their grandparents. Some numbers came from Woody Guthrie, some were southern blues laments, and many were anonymous relics of Appalachian woods, churches, riverboats, railroads, prairies, and coal mines.

The Tillers were different than all the other old-timey acts. They were clearly recovering punk rockers, and the punk influence gave their sound a distinctive bite. Their sound ranged from hard punk-y thumping to tender and graceful tenor harmonies.

Audiences noticed that they were different, and the band’s popularity grew. The Tillers—Mike, Sean, and Aaron—are magnetic showmen, seasoned musicians, and colorful storytellers.
The Tillers have since won over Cincinnati’s bar and festival scene, and have toured tirelessly through the east coast, Midwest, west, and even the UK and Ireland.

Musically, the band wears many hats. Their sound has proven to be an appropriate fit with a wide range of musical styles- traditional folk, bluegrass, jazz, punk rock and anything else they might run into. The Tillers have released five albums, most recently 2013’s Hand on the Plow.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 9:30 PM 07/16/2016 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band Rhythm and Blues. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Sidney Friedman Park Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

People are still talking about the great show by Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band at last year’s Festival.

The Gill Street Band is a 9-piece classic funk/soul/r&b band with perhaps the hardest working 4-piece horn section east of the Mississippi, or, at least in the Borough of State College. After performing the funkiest classic soul and horn music for over four years throughout the Commonwealth, The Gill Street Band is now performing with the addition of dynamic front-woman, singer, and performer, Jackie Brown. One writer, equating Ms. Brown’s powerful vocals and stage presence to Chaka Khan, the Queen of Funk-Soul, stated “Ms. Brown’s energy on stage with The Gill Street Band’s horns undoubtedly turns the focal point of any room into an all-night hip-shaking tempest. Don’t miss this band!”

The individual members backing Jackie have performed across the region in numerous professional touring bands, making The Gill Street Band an explosive horn-fired wall of sound to be reckoned with. This nine piece arsenal brings it at every show, in every venue, from start to finish laying down upbeat tunes that get your body jumping and your feet moving.

Add to Calendar 07/16/2016 10:00 PM 07/16/2016 11:15 PM America/New_York Performance by the Chris Bell Band Rock/Blues. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/saturday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/16/2016

Chris Bell’s music draws in equal measure from traditional and contemporary blues, southern rock, and alternative country. Over the past thirteen years, Chris has performed well over one thousand live shows including some at the biggest music festivals in the country. This year will see the release of his sixth CD, Bell County Line, the follow up to 2010’s, The Devil, My Guitar, and Me.

Chris and his band continue to tour each year throughout the country. Whether he*s rocking, delving into roots, alt-country, R&B, or hitting you in the gut with searing, straight-ahead blues, Bell plays and sings with charisma, heart, and energy complementing any genre he covers while paying tribute to those vintage styles his forefathers cast before him.

This performance by the Chris Bell Band is sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

McQuaide Blasko

Today the Allen Street Stage is sponsored by the McQuaide Blasko law firm.

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.

Today the Festival Shell Stage is sponsored by Seven Mountains Media – 98.7 The Freq

Seven Mountains Media - 98.7 The FREQ

Location Key

B = Button required for admittance

  • Allen: Allen Street Stage
  • Muni: State College Municipal Building
  • Park: Sidney Friedman Park Stage
  • Presby: State College Presbyterian Church
  • Schlow: Schlow Centre Region Library Plaza
  • Shell: Festival Shell Stage
  • St. Andrews: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
  • State: State Theatre
  • Willard: Willard Plaza

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