We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Schedule of Events: Friday July 14, 2017

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 07/14/2017 10:00 AM 07/14/2017 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 07/14/2017

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 07/14/2017 11:30 AM 07/15/2016 12:30 PM America/New_York Performance by the Arietta Women's Ensemble Vocal. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Arietta Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Janice Mianulli, was founded in 2001 by a group of musicians who did not want to give up singing during the State College Choral Society summer hiatus. Since its inception, Arietta has performed with the State College Choral Society, and at national conferences at Penn State in addition to performing for church, community and service organizations, as well as at private events. Arietta has joined the Juniata College Women’s Chamber Choir for the past several years to perform holiday concerts, both in State College and Huntingdon. Arietta is best known for its rich “womanly” sound, extraordinary musicianship, and its ability and willingness to take on challenging repertoire of all styles, ages, cultures and languages.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 12:00 PM 07/15/2016 1:30 PM America/New_York Performance by the Dmitry Myers Circus Artist. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Mayor Welch Plaza Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Dmitry Myers is a professional circus artist, dancer and gymnast who trained at the National Circus School of Canada and also in New York City. He has performed at various venues in New York as well as at Eisenhower Auditorium. He has performed with the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet in Philadelphia as a principle dancer. When not performing Dmitry is on staff at Nittany Gymnastics as a teacher and coach. He will perform a number of ground acrobatics and ground equipment based pieces.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 1:00 PM 07/15/2016 2:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Stained Grass Window Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

The band was founded in 1990 at an event known as the Jerseytown Shindig. It has performed at a wide variety of bluegrass festivals and events regionally. You’ll enjoy its homegrown brand of bluegrass music.

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

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 2:30 PM 07/15/2016 3:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Jim Colbert Americana. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Willard Plaza Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Award winning singer/songwriter Jim Colbert has played venues from Massachusetts to Texas, including local gigs at First Night State College, Summer’s Best Music Festival, and The Acoustic Brew Concert Series. Performing originals with subject matter ranging from playwright Eugene O’Neill, Centralia’s mine fire, vintage Triumph motorcycles and old Buicks to a host of selections about his home town of Johnstown, including floods and the demise of the steel industry, Colbert’s songs offer a cross section of Americana seen through the eyes of a life-long Pennsylvanian.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 3:00 PM 07/14/2017 4:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Zydeco-a-Go-Go Zydeco. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Zydeco is a syncopated dance music played by Creole French speaking people of African descent who historically lived on the prairies of Southwest Louisiana. At its core it is the sound of an accordion paired with the scrapping of a rubboard. “Let The Good Times Roll!” with Zydeco-a-go-go, a 6-piece dance band specializing in zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and vintage Louisiana Rock & Roll. Drums, bass, guitar, sax, accordion, and rubboard create a pulsating energy of pure Louisiana dance music.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 1:30 PM 07/14/2017 2:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Below Centre Brass ensemble. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Instruments that play the bass parts are often the unsung heroes of the symphonic band. The public can name famous trumpeters and flutists, but it’s pretty difficult to name a famous euphonium player, or even spell euphonium for that matter. The gentlemen of Below Centre might just change that, as they create a melodic bass presence on the Allen Street stage.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 2:00 PM 07/14/2017 3:00 PM America/New_York Performance State College Area High School Thespians Musical Theatre. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Community Room, State College Municipal Building Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

The State College Area High School Thespians present Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. Book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman

See the show that the State College Area High School Thespians will be taking to the 2017 International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland later this summer.

What do you get when you mix a fairy tale land, a handsome prince, a neurotic gypsy woman, a great hairstylist, an evil would-be queen, and a stunning princess? The result is this dazzling musical for the young at heart.

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 2:00 PM 07/14/2017 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 07/14/2017

Penn State NU Musical Theatre presents Elektric, music and lyrics by Caleb Smith, book by Emmie Smith.

Elektric, a musical adaptation of the classical story of Orestes and Elektra, pulls from all three major adaptations in the Greek canon, Oresteia by Aeschylus, Electra by Euripides and Electra by Sophocles. It is set in a world both modern and ancient, with a cast of characters straddling the 21st century in the city-state of Argos some ten years after the Trojan War.

Argos has become a tense and explosive city, declining into chaos after a long war. The streets are flooded with protesters and private military guards headed by our power hungry royal couple Klytemnestra and Aegisthus.

The main characters are Elektra and Orestes, twin siblings and dual heirs to the dying city. The long-separated twins, desperate for revenge, clash in a battle of wills and morality.

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 07/14/2017 3:30 PM 07/14/2017 4:30 PM America/New_York Performance by RAMALAMA Doo wop. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in urban African-American communities in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. Built upon vocal harmony, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time. Doo-wop features vocal group harmony, nonsense syllables, a simple beat, sometimes little or no instrumentation, and simple music and lyrics. RAMALAMA is the Centre Region’s newest doo-wop group and features, Tom Wilson, Jeff Brown, John Zimmerman, Luke Lorenz, Eric McGinnis and Lisa Lenze.

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Add to Calendar 07/15/2016 4:30 PM 07/15/2016 5:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Crooked Line Bluegrass. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Willard Plaza Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Crooked Line is an original bluegrass band based in State College that plays high energy original music as well as their own renditions of classic bluegrass songs.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 5:00 PM 07/15/2016 6:30 PM America/New_York Performance by the Bovine Social Club Alt-country. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Festival Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club, has a grassy, twangy, swinging breed of Americana Alt-Country sound sure to get your dancing cow on. One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas, Bovine Social Club is one of the fastest growing new Americana bands in Metro New York.

BSC grows uncommon songs of loving, lying, waiting, picnicking, gardening, contemplating, and making the days go really slow. Their sound is happily fertilized by country, bluegrass, folk, rock, old time, Celtic, Juju, and gospel vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 5:30 PM 07/14/2017 6:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats Blues/soul. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

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.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 7:00 PM 07/14/2017 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by Low Lily 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 07/14/2017

The string and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 7:00 PM 07/14/2017 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by April Verch Folk. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Schwab Auditorium Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

While April Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion.

One might suspect a performer with as many talents as Verch would pause to take a breath, or need to somewhat compartmentalize her skills during a live performance. But on stage, Verch is almost superhuman, flawlessly intertwining and overlapping different performative elements. She stepdances while fiddling. She sings while stepdancing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 7:30 PM 07/14/2017 8:30 PM America/New_York Performance by 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 07/14/2017

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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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 7:30 PM 07/14/2017 8:30 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 – Shell Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

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 Penn State Alumni Association and The Retreat.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 8:00 PM 07/14/2017 9:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Essence of Joy Alumni Singers 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 07/14/2017

The Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, under the direction of Dr. Anthony T. Leach, perform sacred and secular music from the African and African-American choral traditions. The choir, founded in 2005, is composed of alumni of the Essence of Joy Choir and is an official Alumni Interest Group of the Penn State Alumni Association. Pennsylvania State University. EOJAS has performed extensively in locations such as Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Alabama, New York, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Washington D.C., Belgium, Luxembourg, and France.

Over the last fifteen years, the performance of one of the “Essence” choirs–Essence of Joy, Essence 2, or the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers has grown into a well-loved Festival tradition.

This performance by the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers is sponsored by Barbara Palmer.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 8:00 PM 07/14/2017 9:30 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 07/14/2017

Penn State NU Musical Theatre presents Elektric, music and lyrics by Caleb Smith, book by Emmie Smith.

Elektric, a musical adaptation of the classical story of Orestes and Elektra, pulls from all three major adaptations in the Greek canon, Oresteia by Aeschylus, Electra by Euripides and Electra by Sophocles. It is set in a world both modern and ancient, with a cast of characters straddling the 21st century in the city-state of Argos some ten years after the Trojan War.

Argos has become a tense and explosive city, declining into chaos after a long war. The streets are flooded with protesters and private military guards headed by our power hungry royal couple Klytemnestra and Aegisthus.

The main characters are Elektra and Orestes, twin siblings and dual heirs to the dying city. The long-separated twins, desperate for revenge, clash in a battle of wills and morality.

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 07/14/2017 8:30 PM 07/14/2017 10:00 PM America/New_York Performance David Myles Singer/songwriter. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – The State Theatre Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

As we’ve come to appreciate mid-century houses with their boomerang Formica and Sputnik-inspired light fixtures, we’ve look anew to the recording artists of the era as well. They exude coolness and ease in both their recordings and on stage. David Myles channels that mid-century cool into a show that’s contemporary but knows where it came from.

Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Balancing a dry wit with his ability to nimbly move back and forth from classic country, doo-wop, modern pop music and jazz (even secular non-denominational gospel), it’s as if a hip bartender has effortlessly created a tasty new cocktail just for you. Myles’ music has often been labeled folk jazz, although he prefers simply to call it “roots” music. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David Myles has an exceptional ability to entertain.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 9:30 PM 07/14/2017 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown Blues. Learn more here: http://arts-festival.com/friday-events Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts – Allen Street Stage Stage Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts 07/14/2017

Bushmaster, featuring Gary Brown on guitar and vocals, is a blues-rock power trio based in Carlisle. A Washington, D.C. native, Brown grew up listening to his parents’ record collection and local artists too. He took up the guitar as a teen, but waited until 1992 to form his own band, Bushmaster. You’ll hear the influences of those old artists who recorded on vinyl in addition to more contemporary sounds in Bushmaster’s funky, guitar-centric shows.

The band has performed at a wide range of venues and festivals in the mid-Atlantic region including the Silver Spring Blues Festival and the Western Maryland Blues Festival.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 9:30 PM 07/14/2017 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Probables Folk-grass. 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 07/14/2017

The Probables are a feel-good, folk-grass band from the rolling hills of western New York. Their dedication and passion for the music can be heard from deep within their original songs that are only one part of their repertoire. With traditional bluegrass and rock -n- roll roots, the group’s goal is to fuse Folk, Bluegrass, and Roots-Rock music to deliver a unique soul reaching sound to their listeners.

The group’s distinctive name was decided upon during a booking exchange with the organizer of the annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY. The band had not yet chosen a name when they expressed interest in making a debut at the annual festival. The organizer of the festival, responded, “I’ll probably book you, so I guess we should just call you ‘The Probables”. The rest is history.

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Add to Calendar 07/14/2017 9:30 PM 07/14/2017 11:00 PM America/New_York Performance by The Rad Trads Indie 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 07/14/2017

When Indie Rock band The Rad Trads formed in the Spring of 2012, they were meeting each other in New York City’s East Village for the first time… transplants from Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington D.C. looking to play with the best musicians they could find. Their horns, guitars, drums and love for the classics like The Band, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John brought them together.

Almost 5 years later, the Rad Trads have played on 4 Continents, headlining tours and opening for acts such as Tom Jones, Charles Bradley, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal. They have toured Europe six times, and played in 14 countries and 32 U.S. States.

The band is slated to release its second album of original music in the summer of 2017.

This performance by The Rad Trads is sponsored by 98.7 The FREQ.

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First National Bank

Today the Allen Street Stage is sponsored by First National Bank.

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 WTAJ TV

AccuWeather

Location Key

B = Button required for admittance

  • Allen: Allen Street Stage
  • Comm: Community Room, State College Municipal Building
  • Muni: State College Municipal Building
  • Park: Sidney Friedman Park Stage
  • Presby: State College Presbyterian Church
  • Schwab: Schwab Auditorium
  • Shell: Festival Shell Stage
  • State: State Theatre
  • Theatre: Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
  • Willard: Willard Plaza

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