Flood City Music Festival bringing musical talent back to Johnstown
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman will be headlining the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival. (Submitted photo)
"Our focus is on bringing top of the line musicians," said Todd Wagner, co-chairman of the festival.
In 2009, the festival headlined the Derek Trucks Band followed by blues legend Robert Cray in 2010. This year Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman leads the pack of musicians.
"The festival has gotten more and more exciting in the past few years, so the number of people that come keeps growing," said Shelley Johansson, the marketing director of the festival. "Last year 10,400 people came out. We expect to continue to see strong growth."
Johansson and Wagner agree that guests will get a tremendous value for the cost of the festival.
"It's moderately priced for the entertainment you'll get," Wagner said. "Any one of our headliners, you could very easily pay in the $60 range to see them perform."
Other music highlights include the New Orleans roots favorite, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience; blues man Tab Benoit; and the Baltimore-based jamband, The Bridge, who recently announced that they will be disbanding in November.
"Selecting the musicians is an exciting and challenging process," Johansson said. "We strive for a line up that's diverse and that's going to please as many different fans as possible. There's everything from blues, rock, funk, just about everything you could possible want."
The "under the radar, yet rising" talent include the Pimps of Joytime and festival closer Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Wagner said.
A table display of the coming renovations to Peoples Natural Gas Park, formerly named Festival Park, will also be at the festival. The completed park will feature a 600-seat pavilion with stage, restrooms, pathways and sidewalks, utilities to support vending, ornamental fencing and gates around the perimeter.
"We have every expectation of breaking ground directly after the festival," Wagner said, stressing that construction will be complete long before next year's festival. "We're glad that they recognized it as a strong need for the community and entertainment opportunities regionally."
The festival is produced by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association with the assistance of title sponsor AmeriServ Financial, in-kind sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds support JAHA museums and programs and its mission to stimulate economic development through heritage tourism.
"What we hope to do is to bring people here who've never been to Johnstown," she said. "That's part of what the name is about. (We want) them to come and see what a unique community we have, and to have a wonderful event for our local community."
Single-day tickets are $10 Aug. 5, $20 Aug. 6 and $10 Aug. 7. Advance weekend passes and VIP Sponsor packages are also available and can be purchased online. For tickets, a complete list of performers and the schedule visit www.floodciymusic.com.