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March 25, 2013

Lineup announced for Music Festival

JOHNSTOWN — Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be among the headliners at this year’s AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival.

Organizers on Monday announced the lineup for the annual event, scheduled for Aug. 2-4 at Johnstown’s Festival Park off Johns Street.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce so much of our lineup this far in advance,” said Todd Wagner, festival chairman, noting that more lineup announcements are still to come.

“Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Robert Randolph & the Family Band are tremendous headliners. It’s going to be a great year for the festival.”

Grammy-nominated Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue hails from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans’ 6th Ward, getting his nickname at 4 years old when he was observed by his older brother, James, marching in a street parade wielding a trombone twice as long as the kid was high. His 2010 debut album, “Backatown,” garnered a Grammy nomination. He’s toured with Jeff Beck, Dave Matthews and Lenny Kravitz.

Robert Randolph is a pedal steel guitar virtuoso who started playing and touring around New York City in 2000 and attracted immediate attention. In 2006, the band toured with Eric Clapton.

It will be the third year for the reformatted festival formerly known as FolkFest. Last year, as part of a renewed emphasis on musical performances, producer Johnstown Area Heritage Association changed the event’s name and date.

“AmeriServ is proud to be the title sponsor of the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival year after year,” said Glenn Wilson, AmeriServ president and CEO. “We’re always looking for ways to enrich our community to help it prosper. And our employees really enjoy volunteering for this event.”

Among the acts confirmed for this year’s festival are several outstanding artists:

Greensky Bluegrass, a quintet from Michigan, has a reputation for throwing a great party.

“Greensky is a real up-and-comer in the music industry,” Wagner said.

This quintet from Michigan has been playing festivals, clubs and theaters across America for 11 years, playing nearly 175 shows per year.

Last playing the festival in 2011, The West Virginia-based mountain funk band 600 Lbs. of Sin returns.

Also returning is Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, who played at the festival in 2011 and at a Flood City Music Summer Concert last year.

“We are welcoming back Cait Cuneo, who people discovered when she was the former lead singer for Black Coffee,” Wagner said.

Many more lineup announcements are expected, but as of Monday other confirmed acts include:

• Bastard Bearded Irishmen (Celtic rock)

• Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express (blues)

• Derek Woodz Band (jam band)

• Maddie Georgi Band (folk)

• Stephen Kellogg (roots Americana)

• Midnight Drive  (bluegrass)

• Old E Allstars (roots music)

• The Pawnbrokers (roots)

• Rubblebucket (indie)

• Rumpke Mountain Boys (bluegrass)

• Sol Driven Train (indie)

• Snarky Puppy (jazz fusion)

• Spirit Family Reunion (artistic Americana)

• Tiger Maple String Band (bluegrass)

• The Weedrags (bluegrass)

• Well-Strung  (bluegrass)

“We still have six to eight slots that we will be filling prior to the festival,” Wagner said.

“We are waiting for groups to make a commitment, but we have time.”

The festival will expand its schedule on Aug 2 (Friday), with music beginning in the early afternoon, and close earlier on Sunday.

“We think starting and ending earlier is a better fit for what our crowds want,” Wagner said. “We want to bring in a lot of people into the city early so they can enjoy the best of Johnstown.”

Three-day packages and passes are now on sale at

Early-bird pricing includes a VIP package at $100 ($108.75 with handling included); last year’s prices were $110 for Gold, $90 for Silver. The Oilhouse Pass is $50 ($54.50 with handling) which is the same price as 2012. Weekend passes are $40, also the same as 2012 ($44 with handling included).

Prices go up on July 1.

Single-day tickets will be sold in advance beginning July 1. They will be $22.75 for Aug. 2-3 and and $11.75 for Aug. 4.

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