The inaugural Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street (LH JAMS) Festival taking place on Saturday, August 20 in downtown Lock Haven will feature nine different jazz bands over nine hours – all for free! The first block of Main Street – from Jay to Grove streets – will be closed off to traffic — as music lovers make their way downtown to hear the sweet sounds of trumpets, trombones, drums, guitars and more playing jazz tunes.
The first set of bands will perform from the Elks Lodge patio from 1-5 p.m., then the fun will move to the Corman Ampitheatre from 5-7:30 p.m., before settling in at select establishments from 7:30-10 p.m. Arts, crafts, food and other vendors will set up along the first block of Main Street, and en plein air artists will be out and about, capturing the scene with their paintbrushes.
Bands performing at the Elks include: Just Jazz, a quartet from the Uptown Music Collective; Zeropoint Big Band, a 16-member ensemble; Marko Markcinko Latin Jazz Quartet; and Last Resort, a strolling Dixie band comprised of Clinton County locals.
Gabe Stillman & The Billtown Giants will bring a touch of blues to the jazz festival while performing from the floating stage at the J. Doyle Corman Ampitheatre, just off the levee at the intersection of Jay and East Water streets in Lock Haven.
As the festival moves indoors, the concert will become more intimate – as bands make their way inside participating establishments: Stella A’s Bar & Grill, 219 E. Main St.; the Riverside Saloon, 309 N. Grove St.; Broken Axe Brew House, 1 E. Bald Eagle St.; and Avenue 209 Coffee House, 209 Bellefonte Ave. Bands breaking off for the smaller sessions include: due and couple Spencer and Nancy Reed; Steve Rudolph with Eddie Severn, the latter of whom has served as artistic director of the LH JAMS planning committee; and Central Pennsylvania favorites Swing-Nova and The Rick Hirsch 4.