For the second year in a row, the Westmoreland Cultural Trust will round out it’s 14-week summer concert series with a free day-long music festival Sept. 13 in Greensburg with performances from over 35 local bands on seven different stages.
Kelli Brisbane, director of corporate management and events with the Westmoreland Cultural Trust said she actually looked into ending the free summer music series with a grand festival back in 2015 but the details weren’t worked through to make it happen until last year.
“I wanted to give the top bands of the summer an opportunity to play on The Palace stage,” she said. “The success of the finale and the growing interest from local musicians in the area gave me the idea to give a music fest a shot. This year’s event has grown significantly in terms of number of bands, stages and vendors.”
Last year’s inaugural event was hugely successful with over 3,000 attendees.
“There was a natural buzz around town — smiling faces and people hungry for more,” said Brisbane. “Comments like, ‘you should do this every month’ were heard, but I nstead of every month, we put the focus on growing the event this year to having over 35 bands and seven stages.”
She added that she feels the success of the first year was had because they offered something new.
“Our goal with the creation of this event was to grow our demographic,” Brisbane said. “In October of every year, the trust used to host our annual fashion show fundraiser. Although it was a successful event from a monetary standpoint we would sell no more than 250 tickets annually.
“We wanted something more in line with our mission, and something that would attract a larger number of people and a broader range of demographics,” she added.
The seven stages that will be used for the event include the trust’s “Art in the Alley” loading dock stage from 5 to 10 p.m., The Palace Theater, which will house the only concert that will cost money, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the Robertshaw Ampitheatre in St. Clair Park from 6 to 9 p.m., the Night Market Stage in the Buncher lot next to the post office from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., the under-18 Zone at the Moore and Becker lot from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Fringe Star at the Dr. Robert W. Queale parking lot from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the Courthouse Square from 6 to 9 p.m.
Brisbane said the only ticketed event will be at the Palace Theatre and will have the band East Coast Turnaround taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. followed by “A Night with Adele” staring Amy Jo Slater at 8 p.m.
“Our hope is to off-set some of the costs associated with the music fest with this ticketed event,” Brisbane said.
Tickets for East Coast Turnaround and the Adele cover show at The Palace Theatre can be purchased at The Palace box office or online.
The five local bands on their Art in the Alley Loading Dock Stage will include “All Stewed Up,” “The Laurel,” “Same Moon,” “The Whelming Waters” and Aubrey Burchell.
Neon Swing X-Perience, Adam Fitz, The Moment and Lazy Susan are all scheduled to play as part of the Greensburg Project’s Night Market in the Buncher Lot.
Performances at the Under 18 venue include “Stage Right Sensations,” Rachel Leigh, Noah Michael Weimer, Rebecca Trentin, “Safety Last,” and Antolena Damico, who will also emcee the stage for the evening.
Metal, Punk & Hard Rock will be performed at the Dr. Robert W. Queale Parking Lot and will feature “Sundown,” “The Bleepy Things,” “Fubar,” “Pack” and “FYD.”
The Courthouse Square will feature “The Cash Out Show, a Johnny Cash Tribute,” Gary Pratt and, finally, “The Bricks.”
Also, since it’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the entertainment at St. Clair Park will celebrate the historic event.
“We have vendors and various art exhibits taking place throughout the downtown footprint as well,” said Brisbane. “Penske is sponsoring our pop-up exhibits, which are built inside the moving truck.”
There will be transportation available from stage to stage by a 15 passenger redfishbowl’s mobile mystery lab.
“Live music will be played inside the van as guests are transported throughout the city,” Brisbane said. “There are other art happenings and other music locations in addition to the ones mentioned. It’s truly going to be an incredible night for the community.”
“An important part of our mission at the Westmoreland Cultural Trust is to bring the arts to all — and this year’s music fest does just that, said April Kopas, executive director of the Westmoreland Cultural Trust. “There will be entertainment for people of all ages and musical tastes.”
Other events taking place throughout the downtown area include Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s Vinyl Listening Station from 6 to 7 p.m., “Era of Cool” Exhibit, and live music by Heather Kropf from 7 to 8 p.m.
An open house at 12th Octave, a new venue downtown with music lessons for all ages, will host live music and a paint pour demo from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Additional performances include “Joint Commission” from 8 to 11 p.m. at J Corks; Jack Martin at the Rialto; Janie Wilcox and Cameron Taylor from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Major Stokes; “The Hitchhikers” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mr. Toad’s; Alan Getto from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sun Dawg Café and Kynzie Webb from 6 to 8 p.m. at Caffe Barista.
The festival will also feature local art. Fine art photographer Mara Rago will present three exhibits under one roof at the Stark Block building, located at 41 W. Otterman St., Ste 510 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Incubator for the Arts residents Marc Snyder and Marti Haykin will host an art exhibit in the trust’s new Tiny Gallery at 108 N. Main St., and open their studios to the public.
For maps and a full list of bands, locations and play times, visit www.thepalacetheatre.org/Westmoreland-cultural-trust/music-fest/.