5 – 11 PM Friday, August 31
11 AM – 11 PM Saturday, September 1
11 AM – 8 PM Sunday, September 2
A BLOCK PARTY LIKE NO OTHER!
LIVE BANDS – FOOD TRUCKS – BEER & WINE – ART EXHIBITS
6:00 PM Friday, August 31
Emmy Award Winning Animator and Johnstown Native Mike Owens Reception and Presentation 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 Black Box Theater, Tulip Building
8:00 PM Saturday, September 1
Hard hitting, guitar slinging, horn blowing blues and soul band BILL TOMS AND HARD RAIN WITH SOULVILLE HORNS headlines a powerful lineup of eclectic music on the Third Avenue Stage
The Third Avenue Stage will be outside, under tent cover, but entertainment will also be featured in the Events Room inside the Art Works building. This is where folks can see performances such as the Kulani West African Dance Group (7:30 PM Aug. 31), the Johnstown Concert Ballet (2:30 PM Sept. 1) and Concepts Dance Studio (7:30 PM Sept. 1). Families will enjoy the Kids’ Zone including fun arts activities starting at noon both Sept. 1 and 2.
In addition to the live bands, no festival would be complete without enticing food. Food trucks will be plentiful on Third Avenue treating visitors to festival foods with a twist including Sarin Grill, with a variety of Thai cuisine from Pad Thai to Chicken-on-a-Stick. Festival staples will also be on hand such as Speals on Wheels, offering made-to-order Cubans, Philly Cheese steaks, wraps and so much more. Pappy D’s Barbeque will be available all weekend and there will also be home-style cooking including Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken Tenders and Hand-cut Fries. TNT Concessions will be serving up funnel cakes and other sweet treats.
FEATURED GALLERY EXHIBITS during Ethnic Fest on Third Avenue:
- Emerging Modalities of the New Media Art World by Zone Patcher
- StudioWorks Resident Artists’ Exhibit
- Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – collaborative show created for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (JSO)
The 2018 Ethnic Fest on Third Avenue Stage Music Line-Up:
Friday, August 31
5:00 PM Buffalo Rose – soul grass/folk
Buffalo Rose is a modern soul grass/folk band from Pittsburgh with a penchant for harmony and an intense love of the natural world. The band’s lineup has snowballed from its inception in the spring of 2016 to include three vocalists (Mariko Reid, Lucy Clabby, and Shane McLaughlin) and four string instruments: guitar (Shane
McLaughlin), dobro (Malcolm Inglis), bass (Jason Rafalak) and mandolin (Bryce Rabideau).
7:30 PM Kulani West African Drum & Dance Group
Celebrate joy and community! Immerse yourself in the rich history of drum, dance and the songs of Africa. Performance in the Art Works Building.
8:00 PM Matt Otis and The Sound (MOATS)
MOATS offers a combination of indie acoustic rock and theatrical, classical grooves. MOATS curates an electric mix of folk, indie rock, punk, and pop referencing everything from Mumford and Son’s passion to David Bowie’s eclecticism. www.facebook.com/mattotismusic/app/2405167945/
Saturday, September 1
12:00 PM Jon Esch and Friends of the Family
Friends of the Family is a group of very talented local musicians including Jon Esch, Ian Jefferys, Chris Regan and more!
2:30 PM Johnstown Concert Ballet performs in the Art Works Building
3:00 PM Chase And The Barons – Rock ‘n Roll
Chase and the Barons bring rock n’ roll back out onto the dance floor, donning paisley ties, brightly colored jeans, and a generally groovy look. Since their formation in 2016, the band has been hitting the Pittsburgh music scene hard with memorable shows, filled with energy and style. This quintet plays a variety of original and covered material featuring layered vocals, dueling sax and guitar solos, and pocketed drum and bass grooves. chaseandthebarons.com/music/
6:00 PM Denise Baldwin – High-energy Acoustic Rock
Denise Baldwin is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, director and instructor originally from the Pittsburgh area. Known for her powerful, polished vocals, she’s mastered the ability to jump genres from rock to pop to soul to country; and capably accompanies herself on both her 12-string Martin and 6-string Larrivee guitars. With 6783 votes worldwide, she came in a close 2nd in the 2010 global “Play in LA” contest at Whotune.com, an Australian site for unsigned artists. ‘Standing in the Rain’, a cut from her CD, received status as one of the ‘Top 10 Songs of 2005′ by Jim Price of then Q94 and Pennsylvania Musicians’ Magazine. Denise was a finalist for two years in the Greensburg ‘Concerts in the Park’ Acoustic Singer/Songwriter Challenge. Denise was also a finalist in the Pittsburgh Acoustic Challenge of 2007.
8:00 PM Bill Toms and Hard Rain with Soulville Horns
Bill Toms is a hardworking, blue collar, blues guitar playing, soul shouting poet. Hard Rain is Bill Toms’ guitar slinging, horn blowing, pure soul backbeat band which consists of some of the most talented musicians in the music world. Phil Brontz on sax, Steve Binsberger on piano and organ, Tom Valentine on bass, Tom Breiding on guitar, and Bernie Herr on the drums. Throw in the Soulville Horns (Steve Graham – trombone, JD Chaison – trumpet) and the rhythm and soul is oozing.
Toms launched his musical career in 1987 as lead guitarist of Pittsburgh’s legendary band Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers. During that period, he opened for and played with such legendary names as The Band, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Little Feat, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. While playing guitar, co-writing, and adding backup vocals for the Houserockers. Toms and the band recorded six studio albums and one live concert album. In 1995, The Houserockers released American Babylon, which was recorded and produced by Springsteen himself. https://billtoms.com/videos
Sunday, September 2
12:00 PM The Ne’er Do Wells – a Johnstown five piece Indie Rock band.
2:00 PM Red Paint – acoustic rock trio based in Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Known for powerful vocals, JD Ross, Cindy Ross, and Mike Kinsella present a song list with artists that range from Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and Jefferson Airplane to Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, Foster the People, and Train. Red Paint also mixes original tunes into their set, songs that mirror the group’s ability to cross genres. www.facebook.com/RedPaintSomerset/videos/513437232152603/
4:00 PM Emerging Artist Mary Swank
By the time she reached fifth grade, Mary Jo Swank knew she wanted to pursue a career in music. Now an eighth-grader at the school, Mary Jo, who plays piano, violin and is teaching herself guitar, has sung the national anthem at a variety of venues, including the Jennerstown Speedway and a Johnstown Tomahawks game. She has sung alongside the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and at several local open mic nights, and now she’s in the process of making her first full-length album.
She works with Speed Ridah Productions and Don Duffie Productions in Philadelphia. She released an EP with three songs, but is aiming for 11 or 12 songs for a complete album. Mary Jo’s producers also collaborated to create a music video for her song “Brown Eyes,” which has thousands of views on her Facebook and YouTube pages.
5:00 PM Charlie Barath Duo – Harmonic duo
Pittsburgh-based harmonica performer and 2018 International Blues Challenge Solo semi-finalist, Charlie Barath will be paired with one of his favorite fellow blues guitarists and will be featuring acoustic, prewar blues and folk music. www.reverbnation.com/charliebarath?profile_view_source=header_icon_nav