Music

Festival Live Music

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

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2019 Friday Evening Headliners

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

7:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

The Gayle Harrod Band

8:45PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

2019 Saturday Evening Headliners

The Bumper Jacksons

7:00PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

The Steel City Rovers

8:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

2019 Thursday Festival Opening Ceremony

During the festivals opening ceremony starting at 2:30pm we will feature patriotic numbers by the Washington Symphony Orchestras Brass Quintet and the Washington Festival Chorale. Both organizations will also perform during the Farmers Market and Washington Health System Health Fair.
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2019 Friday Evening

Boilermaker Jazz Band

Opening Act – 6:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

The hot sounds of the jazz age come alive with the Boilermaker Jazz Band! Led by Paul Cosentino on clarinet, this acclaimed group serves up swinging renditions of jazz classics and rarities through superb instrumentals and heartfelt vocals. With their unique brand of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry, the Boilermakers have been making music and memories in the Pittsburgh area for more than 25 years.

Web link: www.boilermakerjazzband.com

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

First Headliner Act – 7:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Seattle songsters Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons give life to voices that have long been silenced in American culture. Their award-winning performances are highlighted by story-telling that, rather than bringing the past to life, vividly shows how the past still lives in the present.

Through their songs, audiences witness current issues crop up again and again in folk songs, dance tunes, acoustic blues, and prison ballads. Ben & Joe bounce from fiddle & banjo breakdowns to a cappella field hollers, early jazz to gospel songs featuring Piedmont guitar style and rattlin’ bones.

With the same versatility that won them the International Blues Challenge in 2016, and allowed them to record with National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins, the duo celebrates the ways Americans have triumphed over oppression through the vitality of their art.

(Ben and Joe’s performance supported by a generous grant from the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation, Nashville, TN)

Web link: www.benjoemusic.com

The Gayle Harrod Band

Second Headliner Act – 8:45PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Blues, Soul, R&B, Pop/Rock, and original music that inspires, connects and captivates, and gets you moving! The Gayle Harrod Band’s momentous and soulful sound is the work of powerhouse vocalist, Gayle Harrod, supported by the solid, engaging instrumental performances, rich vocal harmonies and professional musicianship of her band: Stan Turk on the guitar, Kevin Walker on bass and Check Ferrell on drums. A diverse, fun and eclectic play list spanning multiple genres, will make sure everyone is having a good time and have both young and old dancing all night long. Their original songs are intimate, revealing and deeply personal expressions of universal themes of tragedy, resilience, heartbreak and triumph, vulnerability and strength and delivered with a raw intensity and emotional honesty.

Web link: www.thegayleharrodband.com

2019 Saturday Afternoon Line-Up

Jake Blount

Maryland

Jake Blount is a fiddler, banjoist, singer and scholar based in Takoma Park, MD. He has studied with modern masters of old-time music, including Bruce Molsky, and Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins (of the GRAMMY-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops). Blount took up banjo and fiddle as a student at Hamilton College, and became a full-time performer and scholar in 2017, after receiving his B.A. in Ethnomusicology and releasing his first CD: Reparations.  His art and scholarship both focus primarily on the music of Black and indigenous communities in the southeastern United States.  He has shared his music and research at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and numerous other colleges, museums and universities.

Web link: www.jakeblount.com

Echo Valley BG

Butler Co, PA

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Seattle

Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries

Ohio

BJ Duo

Washington DC

Beau Street Players

Washington, PA

Glass Run Road

Washington Co, PA

Falling Banks String Band

Greensboro, PA

SCR Duos

Hamilton, Ontario

2019 Saturday Evening

Echo Valley Bluegrass

Opening Act – 6:00PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Echo Valley has been entertaining people of all ages since 2009 with their variety of traditional bluegrass, gospel, Celtic, and folk styles. With their unique blend of six sisters and one brother, this group impresses with their superb stage presence, musicianship, sibling harmonies and multi-instrument talents.

Web link: www.echovalleybluegrass.net

The Bumper Jacksons

First Headliner Act – 7:00PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a satisfyingly cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style.  The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley.  In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy six-piece, with horns and pedal steel.  They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” & “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards.  Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

Web link: www.bumperjacksons.com

The Steel City Rovers

Second Headliner Act – 8:30PM – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

The Steel City Rovers perform dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots. Based in Hamilton, Ontario, the band’s original works touch on issues of love, loss, celebration and heritage and they also breathe life into newly-discovered instrumental melodies from as far back as centuries ago. Their sophisticated arrangements are inviting for the most casual listener but are rewarding for those who are well versed in the nuances of musical complexity. The Rovers stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They perform on meticulously crafted replicas of historical instruments that rarely appear on today’s musical landscape. Returning to the Whiskey Rebellion stage by popular demand!

Web link: www.steelcityrovers.com

2019 Sunday Music Line Up

Immediately after the church service we will take a short break to allow the folks a chance to visit the food and craft vendors. At approximately 12:45PM, the afternoon music portion will begin and last until 3:30PM. It will be composed of various church choirs and music ministries. This will be an expression of the wonderful traditions and styles that our region is so blessed with. Come and enjoy this great expression of talent and flavor. everything from traditional hymns, spirituals, southern gospel and contemporary. To top it off we will have a special performance by a children's choir composed of youth from our county.
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