Music

Festival Live Music

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Perhaps nothing draws more people or more interest to the Whiskey Rebellion Festival than the musical performances. From the inspiring Symphony kick-off Thursday night to the pulsing Blues and R&B Friday to non-stop Americana/Heritage music to Saturday’s nationally recognized headliner, the festival’s music scene is eclectic and exhilarating.

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival has hosted some of the biggest names in the music business.

Thursday Evening

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

The Washington Festival Chorale will perform on the Washington Auto Mall Festival stage, kicking off three days of music. The 60+ voices of the Washington Festival Chorale will provide a choral performance beginning at 7 p.m. that will amaze and stun.

www.washingtonfestivalchorale.org

Washington Symphony Orchestra
8:00pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

The Washington Symphony Orchestra, a community favorite at the Festival for the past seven years, will follow at 8 p.m., featuring well-known Americana and patriotic music selections.

www.washsym.org

Friday Evening

Tas Cru
Evening Headliner
8:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru’s songs and testify to his reputation as one of the most unique bluesmen plying his trade today. Living Blues magazine observes, “The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!”

www.tascru.com

MSG Acoustic Blues Trio
7:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

MSG Acoustic Blues Trio plays acoustic blues, roots, and spiritual music in the Piedmont style. An MSG concert is not just a performance, but an event where everyone can participate and share in the celebration. Their latest CD, The Flood, received a Grammy nomination for Traditional Blues Album in 2016. 

www.acousticbluesmsg.com

Matt Jordan
6:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Enthusiastic blues piano player, Matt Jordan, opens the musical line-up.

www.mattsblues.com

Saturday Afternoon

Missy Raines and the New Hip

MSG Acoustic Blues Trio

Adam Sutch

The Fly Birds

Rustic Rhythms

Beau Street Players

Wayward Companions

Rightly Noted

Saturday Evening

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
Evening Headliner
8:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen was named International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major national festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen.

www.dirtykitchenband.com

The Steel City Rovers
7:00pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, the Steel City Rovers call their sound “Celtibilly”—a high energy blend of country, Celtic, folk and roots music. In a few short years, the Rovers have risen to perform internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards, and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts. Commanding and dynamic performers, this act is simply electric to witness in person.

www.steelcityrovers.com

Well Strung
6:00pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Welcome to the music of Well Strung!!! A five-piece bluegrass band out of the Slippery Rock, PA. area and have been playing traditional and nontraditional bluegrass music since June of 2004. The members of this band come from diverse backgrounds which allows them to create and cover music from different genres all in a bluegrass style. The band enjoys playing to enthusiastic audiences and will never fail to get folks involved in their shows-it is not unusual to see the floor bouncing with dancers!

www.wellstrungbluegrass.com

Sunday Afternoon

The Snappin’ Bug String Band
12:30pm to 3:30pm – Washington Auto Mall Festival Stage at the Community Pavilion on Main Street

Snappin’ Bug specializes in old time Appalachian music of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The band consists of: Mark Tamsula, fiddle; Richard Withers, banjo, and Dave Krysty, guitar. The band will be joined by Taylor Runner from Morgantown to “call squares” and lead everyone in dancing to the old-timey music by the Snappin’ Bug String Band.

www.snappinbug.com