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  • Posted on 2016-09-25

    Forever Media of Johnstown (Froggy 95, Rocky 99, 96 Key, Hot 92, Cool 101.7, News Talk 1490 and The Fanatic 990) is partnering again with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association for the fourth annual Brews and Blues in the Valley!

    This craft and microbrew sampling event continues to grow. Last year’s event sold out with 1100 people attending! For 2016, we expect more breweries and more people. YOU MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO ATTEND, although designated-driver (non-drinking) tickets are available. Get tickets online through ShowClix, HERE.

    Each patron will be provided with a list of breweries and beers available to sample. They will be given a 4 oz glass for sampling. VIP entrance and sampling will begin at 2:00 pm. General admission sampling time is from 3:00-6:00 pm, and bands continue until 7:00 pm. Food will be available for sale from a variety of vendors.

    The schedule is as follows:
    • 1:45 pm – VIP admission begins
    • 1:45-2:40 pm – Who’s Your Daddy
    • 2:30 pm – general admission begins
    • 2:55-3:50 pm – Stone Bridge Blues Band
    • 4:05-4:40 pm – Swampcandy
    • 4:55-5:50 pm – Miss Freddye
    • 6:05-7:00 pm – Black Cat Moan
    • 6:00 pm – beer tasting concludes

    Tickets will be $35 for general admission, $55 for VIP, and $15 designated driver (face value — online ticketing fees apply). PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE. THERE WILL BE NO SALES AT THE GATE.

    You can buy tickets in person at the following locations:
    Trent Insurance Agency (Scalp Ave)
    Fine Wines and Winemaking (Stockholm Ave, Windber)
    B & B Floral (Scalp Ave);
    Shelocta Beer Outlet (Rts. 422 &210, Shelocta)
    Sporting Goods Discounters (Scalp Ave)
    Phoenix Tavern (Broad St)
    Windgate Winery (Indiana Mall)
    Big Ed’s Outlet (Rt. 22, Blairsville)
    The Galleria Information Booth
    Tailgatez (North Center Ave., Somerset)
    Forrest Hills Pharmacy (Sidman)
    Heritage Discovery Center
    Johnstown Flood Museum

    Brewery list includes:
    Angry Orchard
    Blue Point
    Coal Country
    Goose Island
    Great Lakes
    Jack O Traveler
    Left Hand
    Levity Brewing
    Long Trail
    Neshamany Creek
    Noble Stein
    Not Your Father’s
    Rusty Rail
    Sam Adams
    Shock Top
    Sierra Nevada
    Southern Tier
    Tall Pines Distillery
    Truly Spiked and Sparkling Hard Selzer Water
    New Belgium

    Food vendors:
    Chrissy’s Concessions
    Franklin St Grill
    The Phoenix
    Wood Fired Food Truck

  • Posted on 2016-08-08

    And another one’s in the books! There are so many people to thank — the sponsors, in-kind donors, media sponsors, volunteers, and all the people who work so hard and give so much to make it possible — the fans who show up every year proudly wearing festival T-shirts, and everyone who supports us in any way. There are legions, and you all help make our festival truly special. On behalf of festival staff and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Posted on 2016-08-07

    We’ve had an incredible three days so far, and are looking forward to one more day of festival music and fun in glorious weather. First music is at noon, gates at 11:00 am — and remember, you can present a ticket stub from Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to get a FREE Sunday ticket. Bring your stub to the gate! See you soon.

  • Posted on 2016-08-05

    Thursday: 7600042
    Friday: 7580303
    Saturday: 7581114

    If you have a winning ticket, come by the festival command center or talk to any of today’s 50/50 sellers to claim (or, call 814-539-1889 and ask for Nicole on Monday). Watch for more 50/50 sales throughout the rest of the festival!

  • Posted on 2016-08-04

    The festival regrets to announce that Charles Bradley, our Saturday night headliner, became suddenly ill on his European tour and will not recover in time for our show. We wish him a speedy recovery.

    While we learned of this too late to replace him on the lineup, we are pleased to announce that Marc Broussard and Anders Osborne, who regularly collaborate in the supergroup Southern Soul Assembly, will now be playing back-to-back sets on the mainstage — we’re sure to see some collaboration and have a very special festival evening.

    Broussard was originally scheduled to play the Spangler Subaru Stage but will move to Bud Light, while Osborne will take the headlining slot as follows:

    6:30-8:00 – Marc Broussard
    9:30-11:00 – Anders Osborne

    In addition, the local band FlowerChild will play a set on the Atlantic Broadband Stage from 8:15-9:45, and the late-night TAUK set will go on at the originally-scheduled time of 11:00 pm-12:30 am but will be moved outside to the Spangler Subaru Stage.

    FlowerChild, which hails from the Laurel Highlands of PA with 20+ years under their belt, continues to bring the fire and good times to all who cross their path. Drawing their inspiration from the jam/funk music of the 60′ and 70’s, a FlowerChild show keeps the audience on their feet dancing.

    Click here for a revised 2016 festival schedule.

  • Posted on 2016-08-04

    The festival is HERE, and so is some great press!

    August 4, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A fantastic festival preview, featuring interviews with Grace Potter and Billy Price. Key quotes: “I have very fond memories of that Flood City show (2009),” Grace Potter says. “Even though I was only there for a day, I really got to absorb the vibe of the town. It’s a special place. I remember I said at the end of the set, ‘If you’ll have me back, I’ll be here!’ Well, it only took seven years, but I’m finally coming back.” From Billy Price: ““To me, this is the best music event in our area and has been for a long time. The people who put it together have great taste in music and go out of their way to curate the show with interesting and diverse artists that the average person doesn’t know. They also run a first-class and flawless operation.”

    August 4, Tribune-Democrat: a preview article about vendors, excitement for the Grace Potter and more.

    August 3, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: An interview with Grace Potter about her memories of Johnstown, new music, and path ahead.

  • Posted on 2016-08-02

    We’re excited to show you this year’s T-shirt design, by Josh Ensley Art! It features the historic Stone Bridge, as well as some steel beams in the design. Shirt colors: unisex in maroon (as shown) and light blue; green hoodie; and for women, a light teal V-neck and grey tank. All feature the festival poster on the back.


  • Posted on 2016-08-02

    …and it all looks delicious! From fried food heaven to chicken balls (don’t know what that is? Welcome to Johnstown) to summer berry salads, BBQ and Asian delights, wings to wraps, we’ve got it all — including coffee and breakfast for our campers. Check out the list here.

  • Posted on 2016-07-31

    Here’s a rundown of recent local and regional news coverage of the festival!

    Monday, July 25, Pittsburgh Today Live (KDKA): Shelley Johansson was interviewed, and Brooke Annibale played a song.

    WQED-FM radio: A podcast featuring an interview with Todd Wagner has been posted online.

    Friday, July 29, Central PA Live (WTAJ): Shelley Johansson was interviewed, and Derek Woods Band played.

    In addition, on Tuesday, July 26, The Tribune-Democrat ran a great editorial about the festival, “Music Festival Keeps Rolling With Acclaimed Acts.”

    The festival made the cover of the July 22 cover of the Altoona Mirror’s “Go” section (although the article is not posted online).

  • Posted on 2016-07-30

    Many locals who live in Westmont like to use the Inclined Plane to come down to the festival! We’re pleased to report that CamTran is planning extended hours to accommodate, as follows:

    Thursday, August 4: 11:00 am-midnight
    Friday, August 5: 11:00 am-1:30 am
    Saturday, August 6: 11:00 am-1:30 am
    Sunday, August 7: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

  • Posted on 2016-07-28

    We are grateful to our wonderful sponsor, Von’s United Beverage, for putting together such a great beer menu for us of 19 draft beers, and 12 in cans! In 2016, draft beers are:

    Goose Island: IPA, 312, Oktoberfest
    Shock Top: Shock Top, Shock Top Shandy
    Blue Point: Toasted, Hoptical
    Breckenridge: Avalanche, Vanilla Porter
    Elysian Space Dust
    Stella Cidre
    Yuengling Oktoberfest
    Penn Brewery: Penn Pumpkin Roll Ale
    New Belgium Brewing: Fat Tire, Heavy Melon, Pump Kick, Citradelic
    Long Trail Brewing: Limbo IPA

    In addition, the following beers will be available in cans/aluminum bottles:

    Bud, Bud Light
    Raz-Ber-Ita, Lim-A-Rita
    Mich Ultra
    Land Shark
    Yuengling Lager
    Lager Light
    IC Light, IC Light Mango
    Rolling Rock
    Best Dam Root Beer

  • Posted on 2016-07-27

    We’re excited to hear that Randy Baumann plans to sit in on keyboards with The Commonheart during their Saturday set! Baumann, the morning personality on Pittsburgh’s WDVE, has been very generous in his support of the festival in recent years, and we’re delighted to welcome him back to play with one of Pittsburgh’s hottest acts.

  • Posted on 2016-07-26

    Another TV appearance to tell you about — this one on WTAJ Channel 10’s Central PA Live, a news-chat show that airs from 4-5pm on weekdays. Shelley Johansson will talk about the festival, and the Derek Woods Band will play”unplugged.” If you’re in the Johnstown/Altoona region, tune in on Friday, July 29.

  • Posted on 2016-07-25

    Seriously, our lineup couldn’t be hotter this year. Anders Osborne just released his second CD of 2016 (!), Flower Box. “I love the way this record comes out stout and determined right out of the gate, a four-piece rock & roll band making beautiful and conquering noise,” Osborne said. Plus, 2016 performer Marc Broussard is among the album’s guest artists! Read on for more.

  • Posted on 2016-07-23

    The Tribune-Democrat‘s preview of the festival appears in tomorrow’s paper, but is now available online.  Key quote: “We try to get a little bit of everything, and I think we have a lineup that’s as good as we’ve ever had,” said Todd Wagner, festival chairman.

  • Posted on 2016-07-22

    In case you missed it — on Wednesday Todd Wagner, our festival chairman, was interviewed by Randy Baumann on the WDVE morning show in Pittsburgh! WDVE graciously provided us with the audio, which we’ve uploaded here. Take a listen!

  • Posted on 2016-07-20

    Flood City Music Festival will be featured on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live news-chat show! Shelley Johansson will be there to talk about the festival, and 2016 artist Brooke Annibale will play. If you’re able, tune in to KDKA (which is Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate) from 9:00-10:00 am on Monday, July 25.

  • Posted on 2016-07-19

    Todd Wagner, our festival chairman, will be interviewed tomorrow (7/20) on the Randy Baumann morning show on 102.5 WDVE in Pittsburgh! If you’re local, be sure to tune in — estimated airtime is 9:15 am.

  • Posted on 2016-07-19

    Forever Media and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association are once again partnering on this popular beer tasting event, featuring four regional blues acts, at Peoples Natural Gas Park! For details and to get tickets online, visit the Concerts & Events at the Park page on this site.

  • Posted on 2016-07-18

    If you buy a ticket to Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, you can get a Sunday ticket FREE! Get your free ticket in these ways:

    • Stop by the Cambria County War Memorial with your already-purchased ticket anytime
    • Get your free ticket when you buy at the gate
    • Present your Thurs., Fri. or Sat. ticket stub at the gate on Sunday, August 7
  • Posted on 2016-07-17

    Visit the Festival Layout & Map page for your handy download!

  • Posted on 2016-07-14

    The Record Company was named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 new artists you need to know!” “”We try to play our guts out every time we play,” said band member Chris Vos. “You have to take the stage like it’s one less time in your life, not one more. Meaning you only get so many times in your life. It may sound kind of morbid, but you have to leave it all up there onstage.”

    Grace Potter was featured on ABC’s Greatest Hits TV show on July 14, and was profiled in advance of her June performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival: “Her reputation is building on the idea that Potter — who turns 33 years old next week — is emerging as one of those omnipresent music forces.”

    On July 7, Derek Woods was profiled in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “In June, it was 15 years since I started performing live. My first performance was actually my father’s wedding — I was 13, and I wrote a song for the wedding.”

    Samantha Fish had a gushing concert review in the July 5 issue of SF Sonic: “Fish demonstrated why she is one of the most exciting blues guitarists around: effortlessly weaving between soulful vocal lines and powerful guitar solos that build on each other…”

    TAUK had a June 30 feature in Relix as they work on a new album. “Last year, TAUK released Headroom, a collection of live recordings from various concerts that gave fans a high-quality look into the power that the quartet displays onstage, something that they are now trying to capture in the studio,” the article notes.

    Brooke Annibale is featured in Impose Magazine for the re-mix of her album, The Simple Fear, which was released on July 14. “Make no mistake, it is her immense talent that has gotten her this far.”

  • Posted on 2016-07-12

    We’re excited to hear “One Foot on the Gas, The Other in the Grave,” the new CD by regional artist Nobody’s Heroes! This talented regional act is based in Ebensburg/Hollidaysburg/Johnstown, and has a very appealing sound. Check them out on Sat., Aug. 6!

  • Posted on 2016-07-05

    A handy 8 1/2″X11″ downloadable PDF of the festival’s stage schedule is now available on our schedule page!

  • Posted on 2016-07-02

    The Record Company continues to get national attention, this time by being named Pollstar’s “Hotstar.” Another Pollstar article, The Record Company Dives into Headline Tour, mentions their date with us.

    Charles Bradley‘s song “Changes” was named to two best of 2016 lists, by NPR and Paste.

    Meanwhile, Billy Price‘s album with the late Otis Clay was nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine award.

  • Posted on 2016-07-01

    Calling all street-teamers! Contact our Jessica Vamos if you have a place of business where you can display a poster or distribute quartercards, or if you can help us get these out! (If you’re local, you can also stop by the Heritage Discovery Center during regular business hours M-F. Ask for Gwen.)

  • Posted on 2016-06-30

    A festival fan created a playlist on Spotify — take a listen!

  • Posted on 2016-06-29

    The exciting young bluesman Jarekus Singleton (who played our festival in 2014) has been added to the August 26 show at Peoples Natural Gas Park, featuring Galactic and Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers! It’s sure to be a terrific show — get your tickets here, the Cambria County War Memorial, or any Ticketmaster outlet! The show is a benefit for the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic.

  • Posted on 2016-06-22

    Visit the schedule page for details on set times! A downloadable version will be posted ASAP.

  • Posted on 2016-06-20

    Today the festival is delighted to add the final four artists to our lineup: Johnstown Classic Rockers, Striped Maple Hollow, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, and Love Canon! A detailed schedule is soon to come — stay tuned.

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