Art admirers, music enthusiasts, foodies, fun-seekers and more will be descending upon Lock Haven this coming Saturday, August 20 for an event you don’t want to miss. In fact – you’ll want to invite your friends – because it’s the beginning of something fresh, inviting and exciting.
The inaugural Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street (LH JAMS) Festival Saturday in downtown Lock Haven will feature nine different jazz bands over nine hours – all for free! And the plan is to bring it back each year.
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 J. Doyle 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.
Folks are encouraged to bring folding chairs for the portion of the concert being held on Main Street.
In between acts and during the festival, attendees can peruse the vendor stands flanking the curbs and admire live art by en plein air artists Karl Eric Leitzel, Patricia Neely and Brienne M. Brown.
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: duo and couple Spencer and Nancy Reed; Steve Rudolph with Eddie Severn, whom served as artistic director of the LH JAMS planning committee; and Central Pennsylvania favorites Swing-Nova and The Rick Hirsch 4.
The night before the festival, however, is when the event really kicks off. The Art & All That Jazz Reception will be held at the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center on the campus of Lock Haven University on Friday, August 19 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. This is the only ticketed part of the two-day event, and serves as a fundraiser for the 2017 LH JAMS Festival.
Aside from supporting the future of the festival, those who purchase “passports,” a.k.a. tickets to the reception, will receive a signature LH JAMS lanyard, which will allow them to receive certain benefits at participating establishments on Saturday. The reception will feature artwork, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live musical performances to get the crowd ready for what Saturday has in store!
The LH JAMS Festival, which began as the brainchild of Steve Getz and Carol Ann Simon Cillo, president and vice president of the Clinton County Arts Council respectively, has snowballed with community support and various partners.
The CCAC formed a partnership with Lock Haven University to make the festival a reality.
Getz notes the festival has two purposes: to provide enrichment for the community and to stimulate the local economy – both through the arts.
“As the festival grows over the next several years, it will have a continued positive impact
on area restaurants, stores and hotels,” Getz said. “By championing music and art as the nucleus for the festival, we envision this cross-marketing potential as the perfect way to attract tourism to the region while offering a unique experience to the local community.”
What began as a large undertaking about two years ago is about to unfold on Saturday. And you can have a front row seat!
LH JAMS is supported by the CCAC; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Lock Haven University Foundation; Pennsylvania Wilds; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 4298; Clinton County Government; Jim and Carol Hanna; City of Lock Haven; The Record; The Express; Clinton County Visitors Bureau; Lock Haven Elks Lodge 182; Downtown Lock Haven, Inc.; Bear Country Radio 99.9 FM; 92.1 WSQV; Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott; Best Western; and M&R Contracting Inc.
To make a financial contribution to the event – spearheaded by the CCAC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – mail a check to CCAC, 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven, PA 17745, with the memo “LH JAMS contribution.”