BY RUTH RICE
Just in time for Oktoberfest, the first Brews and Blues in the Valley will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.
The one-day festival will be presented by Johnstown Area Heritage Association, Froggy 95 and Rocky 99.
Ticketholders will receive 20 samples of craft and microbrews, choosing from the products of more than 20 breweries.
“We have been looking at ways to work with the fine folks of JAHA to promote and use the new Peoples Natural Gas Park, and we thought this would be a nice feature during the fall months,” said Terry Deitz, vice president of Forever Broadcasting.
“The local foliage will be at its peak, and we should enjoy some nice fall weather, which will allow for a great afternoon of fun, music, food and some of the best beers from brewers around the country. We would truly like to make this an annual event at the park.”
Featured breweries will include Anchor, Angry Orchard, Atwater, Blue Moon, Boulder, Craft Brew Alliance, Flying Dogfish, Franziskaner, Full Sail, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Penn Brewery, Redhook, Rogue, Samuel Adams, Shiner, Southern Tier, Spaten and Widmer Bros.
“Peoples Natural Gas Park was developed by JAHA to serve as a home for existing events and also to serve as a catalyst for new events like this one,” said Todd Wagner, chairman of the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival.
“We’re delighted to be working with Forever Broadcasting to create a new festival here in Johnstown.”
The festival will be held rain or shine, with beer sampling beginning at 1 and ending at 6.
A variety of food vendors from the local area will offer Oktoberfest-style food.
Anyone interested in obtaining the limited vendor space should call Tina Perry at Forever Broadcasting at 255-4186.
Live music under the Polacek Pavilion will feature Flood City Brass, Ben Dumm with Southside Jerry, Jukehouse Bombers and the Tony Janflone Jr. Band.
Kicking off the afternoon of music, local band Flood City Brass will perform at 12:15.
The nine-piece band from Johns-town features male and female lead vocalists, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax and trombone.
Formed in 2002, the group plays at area festivals and other events.
Two performers will combine their talents when Ben Dumm with Southside Jerry entertain at 1:40.
Dumm and the Deviants combine traditional 1950s rock ’n’ roll sounds with the energy and influence of punk rock.
Dumm, who is from Ebensburg, formed the Deviants in 2011.
Jerry Mellix, also known as Southside Jerry, has been entertaining audiences with his musical sound and style in and around Pittsburgh since the mid-1960s.
He currently performs on saxophone with various local and national entertainers.
The Jukehouse Bombers of Indiana, Pa., will take the stage at 3:30.
The band specializes in blues, soul and classic rock.
The band is known for dazzling instrumentals, hearty vocals and a rowdy presentation.
The Tony Janflone Jr. Band will close the festival’s music at 5:15.
Janflone knew he wanted to be a guitarist from age 13, having been influenced by his guitarist father from the time he started playing at age 9.
He is one of Pittsburgh’s most sought-after performers and session musicians and plays virtually every night.
His performing credits include opening for or performing with B.B. King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Steely Dan, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Ted Nugent.
General admission tickets are $25 plus fees in advance and $30 plus fees on the day of the event.
A $15 designated driver ticket is available for those who wish to come to the festival to enjoy the music and atmosphere, but do not intend to drink.
All attendees, including designated drivers, must be older than age 21 and will be required to show ID at the gate.
Tickets may be purchased online at floodcitymusic.com or myfroggy95.com.
Tickets also will be available at Habits Beer and Tobacco, 960 Franklin St., Johnstown; Fine Wines and Winemaking, 1801 Stockholm Ave., Windber; C&J Falchini Inc., 834 W. High St., Ebensburg; Charleson’s Furniture, 4115 Crawford Ave., Northern Cambria; Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown; Press Bistro, 110 Franklin St., downtown Johnstown; Stahl’s Jewelry, 121 N. Center Ave., Somerset; Forest Hills Pharmacy, 552 Locust St., St. Michael; and Windgate Winery, Indiana Mall.
Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.
If you go ...
What: Brews and Blues in the Valley.
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 19.
Where: Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.
Tickets: $25 plus fees in advance and $30 plus fees on the day of the event; $15 for designated drivers.