We’re delighted to announce the addition of a very special show to our Friday lineup: John McEuen & Friends present: Will the Circle Be Unbroken! John McEuen, the “string wizard,” is a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which made one of the most important country/Americana albums ever recorded: Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Read more about John and the show here.
Two-day passes and single-day tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 5. Two-day passes will be available at early-bird prices through Friday, June 2. For questions on ticketing, call the War Memorial at (814) 536-5156. Watch for more details and links!
This morning a press conference was held to announce the 2017 festival, including the first seven bands. Download and read the full press release here.
On Friday we’ll post the first round of artist announcements for this year’s festival, which will be held August 4-5, 2017!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
…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.
Here’s a rundown of recent local and regional news coverage of the festival!
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).
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
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
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
IC Light, IC Light Mango
Best Dam Root Beer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the Festival Layout & Map page for your handy download!
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.”
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!
A handy 8 1/2″X11″ downloadable PDF of the festival’s stage schedule is now available on our schedule page!
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.
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.)
A festival fan created a playlist on Spotify — take a listen!
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.
Visit the schedule page for details on set times! A downloadable version will be posted ASAP.
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.