DAILY SCHEDULES: Children's Day July 11 ~ July 12 ~ July 13 ~ July 14 ~ July 15
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ~ Friday, July 13, 2012
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||Allen Street Stage
||State College Borough Municipal Plaza
||Sidney Friedman Park Stage
||Festival Shell Stage
||St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
||State College Presbyterian Church
||The State Theatre
Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
Friday, July 13
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Today’s Sidney Friedman Park Stage is sponsored by AccuWeather.com
Today’s Sidney Friedman Park Performances are sponsored by the East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew
Today’s Allen Street Stage is sponsored by Anne Layng and Robert & Virginia Mountz
Zumba with Teresa Soler
10:00 a.m.; Park • Zumba
Join Zumba instructor Teresa Soler for a Free Zumba class. Zumba is the Latin dance fitness party that everyone is talking about! Zumba features dance steps that are fun and easy to follow...set to high energy music like salsa, merengue, hip-hop and bellydance! You will burn calories and tone your whole body, and the best part is that it doesn't feel like a workout...It feels like a PARTY!! Zumba class is appropriate for all fitness levels and for any level dancer. You do not need any experience to join this class; just come ready to move, shake and shimmy...Don't worry if you don't know how, because now is your chance to learn! Teresa Soler is a State College local who is originally from the Dominican Republic, where she grew up surrounded with the Latin music and dance. She brings her authentic spicy Latin style into the Zumba class, and her energy and smile is contagious. Teresa's Zumba class will make you sweat and smile, and you will feel the benefit in your body, mind and spirit. The class is free and open to all: men, women and kids are welcome to attend!
CPFA Silent Auction
Sponsored by Corvette America
10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; 100 Block of Sout Allen Street
The CPFA Silent Auction, which raises money to support Festival programs, is an unqualified success due to the generosity of exhibitors, the able and enthusiastic leadership of the Festival volunteers, and the shopping of hundreds of Festival-goers.
Located in the 100 block of South Allen Street, the Silent Auction features a wide array of fine art and craft donated by Sidewalk Sale exhibitors. Many patrons use a visit to the Silent Auction as their jumping-off point before heading out to check out the artists in the Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition. People see something they like in the Silent Auction and take note of whose work it is so that they are sure to stop at the artist’s booth. The proceeds of the Silent Auction help to pay for the Festival, and artists have found that having a piece in the Silent Auction is a great way to bring patrons to their booths. The Silent Auction will open on Thursday, July 12, at noon. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours will be from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Smash the Windows
12:00 p.m.; Allen •
Smash The Windows began as a Civil War period dance project in 2006 and branched out to play contra dances and festivals in 2007. Smash the Windows is Bruce Young on fiddle, Patty Lambert on flute, whistles and concertina, and Peg Shutes on piano. Their music features Sligo-style Irish and New England jigs and reels but also includes Bluegrass and Old Timey tunes as well as a nice selection of waltzes and couples dances. Dancing beats sitting every time!
Bruce Young (814) 237-1602
Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble
1:30 p.m.; Shell • jazz
Andrew Jackson Jazz Ensemble, co-led by saxophonist Dr. Eli Byrne and percussionist Dr. Andrew Jackson, blends elements of jazz, rock, Latin, funk, and soul into musical jambalaya that inspires both dancing and dreaming. Repertoire includes many originals plus songs from a wide variety of artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., Carlos Santana, John Lee Hooker, and Herbie Hancock. The band showcases a diversity of talent as well, featuring established recording artists along with young talented players from the State College area.
2:00 p.m.; Allen • Dixieland
The Tarnished 6 has been together as a group for over thirty years. They have performed at jazz festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; St. Louis, Denver, and Washington, D.C. The group has released several CDs including, The Tarnished 6 Does 30 Years.
It’s a Wonderful Life
B 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; State • theatre
No, this isn’t the Christmas classic, but instead,Chris Collins portrays Indiana, Pennsylvania’s favorite son, Jimmy Stewart and some of Stewart’s best known leading roles. This twenty minute one-man performance works best in intimate settings, and so this performance will take place in the theatre lobby. A pharmaceutical rep by day, Collins developed this show in 1996. He has been honored by Indiana’s Jimmy Stewart Museum with its George Bailey Award for his contributions to the Jimmy Stewart Museum and the community of Indiana.
2:30 p.m.; plaza• guitar
Jim Colbert is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Bellefonte, PA. He also hosts a show on WPSU-FM radio.
B 3:00 p.m.: State • historic film
Syncopation, produced by RKO in 1929, was the second motion picture to feature sound on film and was the first film to feature RCA’s “photophone” sound on film process. Penn State’s archival copy is one of only two known copies in the world of this film.
Syncopation centers on a pair of vaudevillians who are quite close on and off the stage until a dashing millionaire comes around and begins wooing the female partner. She too is smitten and begins to pick and needle her partner about his faults. Eventually she dumps him, but it is not too long before the two are reunited and continue to make beautiful music together.
Pepper Lotus Tribal
3:30 p.m.; Friedman Park • Middle Eastern dance
Pepper Lotus Tribal is a professional belly dance troupe based in State College, PA. Directed by Shannon Bishop, Pepper Lotus performs Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance, every performance is unique! Through non-verbal cues, the dancers “talk” to each other to create a one of a kind performance that features traditional Middle Eastern belly dance. The troupe has performed at Rakkasah East, the largest belly dance festival on the East Coast. Shannon Bishop (814) 883-1131
Out of the Blue
3:30 p.m.; Shell • rock
Known for its heavy percussion and extended guitar jams, Out of the Blue was a sensation in the State College music scene in the early ‘90s. During the band’s heyday, it band toured college towns throughout the east coast. These eight Penn Staters have been hitting the rehearsal studio and are delighted to come back to the Festival for this special reunion performance.
The New Students
4:00 p.m.; Allen • pop
It's easy to tell that the New Students love to sing and play. The Brooklyn based quintet offers an eclectic blend of classic folk music, quirky covers and thoughtful original tunes that are toe-tapping and easy to fall in love with. The pretty and playful three-part harmonies over a bed of upright bass, banjo, fiddle and drums make for an exciting, funny and feel-good show.
4:30 p.m.; Plaza • guitar
This State College music scene veteran is all about versatility—he’ll play at a bar on Saturday and church on Sunday. Don’t hesitate to make a request!
5:30 p.m.; Friedman Park • jazz vibraphone
The youngest of three musical sons from musical parents, Joe Baione is a professional jazz vibraphonist, educator, and producer. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baione is an energetic and highly creative performer who has performed at the prestigious Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay, the Temecula Valley Jazz Festival, The Cape May Jazz Festival, The Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival, and The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Baione has opened for Michael Bolton, Monty Alexander, and the legendary Dave Brubeck. Baione has won several awards including "Emerging Jazz Artist" in 2005 by Philadelphia Weekly and "Rising Star of Tomorrow" by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
5:30 p.m.; State College Municipal Building Plaza • brass
Instruments that play the bass parts are often the unsung heroes of the symphonic band. The public can name famous trumpeters and flutists, but it’s pretty difficult to name a famous euphonium player. The gentlemen of Below Centre might just change that, as they create a melodic presence in front of the State College Municipal Building. Leif Jensen (814) 234-7810
5:30 p.m.; Shell • Celtic
Callanish, State College’s own Celtic band, takes its name from the standing stone circle located on the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. The band shares the music of their heritage and passes traditions along with Irish reels and jigs, polkas and hornpipes, and songs of love and longing for homeland. In addition to traditional Irish music, the band plays Scottish tunes and other traditional music of the British Isles. The five members of Callanish perform on the fiddle, flute, whistle, concertina, bodhran, guitar, and voice. The group has performed at the Williamsport Community Arts Center, Wellsboro’s Laurel Fest, Lewisburg’s Celtic Festival. Callanish has released three CDs. Holly Foy (814) 574-2088 www.callanishband.com
Ted McCloskey & The Hi-Fi’s
6:00 p.m.; Allen • indie rock
Ted McCloskey will be releasing his sixth solo record at this year’s Festival. In the last year, his music has been featured on PBS, MTV, Discovery, and the History Channel, among others. If you have been fortunate enough to see Ted and his band, The Hi-Fi’s, you know the feeling that you’ve seen something special. It’s pure energy—a snarling kind of rock ‘n’ roll that just isn’t made any more. www.tedmccloskey.com
Essence of Joy and Essence II
B 7:00 p.m.; State College Presbyterian Church • gospel
Since its first performance at the Festival in 2006, the Essence of Joy appearance has come to be a highlight of the Festival. Under the direction former Penn State Laureate Dr. Anthony T. Leach, EOJ performs sacred and secular music from the African and African-American tradition. Essence II, The Second Edition, was organized in August 1999 to provide an additional opportunity for Penn State students and residents of Central Pennsylvania to perform African American choral music. The Essence choirs have performed throughout the United States and has undertaken international tours in South Africa, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
This year, Essence of Joy and its sister choir Essence II will present a Christmas in present selections from the Winterfest program, originally performed for Penn State Public Broadcasting.
7:30 p.m.; Shell • blues
Bushmaster has been entertaining audiences at a wide range of venues with its funky guitar-centric blues-rock sound since 1992. Washington DC area native Gary Brown, the band’s front man, is a warrior for equality in addition to guitar player, band leader, and composer. Bushmaster’s new CD, Revolution Rhapsody aka: Uprising Music, debuted at #41 on the Roots Music charts and has received worldwide attention and airplay. Gary Brown (717) 386-5228
Cartoon with Special Guest Jamie Rounds
B 7:30 p.m.; Schwab Auditorium • folk/pop
Cartoon has been a Festival tradition unlike any other. Year in and year out they have been one of the most popular musical groups at the Arts Festival, drawing a legion of fans each year.
Many good things must come to an end, and this year will be Cartoon’s last performance at the Festival. They’re retiring! We know you won’t want to miss their final performance.
The rich vocal harmonies of Jon Rounds, Randy Hughes, Glenn Kidder with special guest Jamie Rounds standing in for Kevin Dremel compliment their repertoire of original songs. The group was founded in 1980 in State College and played throughout Pennsylvania in the ‘80s. Cartoon has recorded several albums, including In the Living Room, Native State and Hubba Hubba. The band’s newest album, The Chapel Sessions, featuring new songs and performances, was released in 2011. Jon Rounds (860) 342-2601
Mark DeRose and The Way Home
8:00 p.m.; Friedman Park • acoustic rock
Influences by musical greats such as James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby, and the Allman Brothers, Mark DeRose and The Way Home brings a distinctive sound that challenges engaged listeners and easily entertains high energy crowds. The group has opened for national touring artists Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Blues Traveler, and Josh Kelley. The band’s latest album is Carolina Smile, released in 2011.
The Ultra Kings
8:00 p.m.; Allen • rock & roll/rockabilly
The Ultra Kings have been together for ten years and have been tearin’ it up on stages in the North East and Mid-Atlantic states on a regular basis. Rick K. Kuebler takes his Bigsby equipped Telecasters on a string twisting and bending workout in every show, resulting in plaudits from fans and peers alike. Carl Ehst slams down that rock & roll beat with authority and conviction, and Zoots Szmigiel manhandles his double bass with the finesse only a former professional alligator wrestler can bring to the instrument. Combining primal rock & roll, rockabilly, surf, and the blues, the Ultra Kings create a sound all their own. Stay tuned—two new Ultra Kings albums are in the works. Rick Kuebler (610) 966-9911
J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices
10:00 p.m.; Friedman Park • country
J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices play country music, period. You won't hear any new-fangled, nouveau, mod, watered-down, lite, pop/country Idol-ized stuff from them. If you thought country music ain't what it used to be, and we do mean, “ain’t”, think again. J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices have been resurrecting the ghosts of a time when real, hardcore honky tonk ruled the airwaves; before the words "pop" or "new" ever met the word "country." Leaving home at the young age of 14, J.P. Harris has lived the songs he writes for well over a decade, getting his start around fires in sheep-herding camps in the southwest and hobo jungles across the country. Compared by many to George Jones, J.P. writes with the humor, grit, and grace of a bona-fide road-worn author. In just over a year, The Tough Choices have traveled nearly 65,000 miles and played nearly 150 dates, from Vermont to Louisiana to California, from festival stages to roadhouses you can't find on a map. If you like to dance, or even just to tap your foot a bit, and if you like scruffy guys in tight jeans, then don’t miss J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices.
The Velveteen Playboys
10:00 p.m.; Shell • rock
It’s not every band that can rock the house—when the house is Madison Square Garden, but The Velveteen Playboys did just that. This Boston based band plays an unforgettable mix of swing, rock and pop, and have been called the best thing to come out of Boston since J. Geils and Aerosmith. Their music harkens back to the great days of Las Vegas when great entertainment and great music were one. The group is led by charismatic vocalist Paul Souza, with Robert Holmes formerly of the chart topping band "til tuesday," on guitar, bassist Lenny Bradford formerly of "Entrain," and saxophonist Bob Gay who played for and recorded with such greats as David Bowie and Chaka Khan. Their live performances are high energy and fun, and keep audiences moving in their seats or dancing on their feet. The band recently released the album, Shakin’ Not Stirred.
Sponsored by Appalachian Outdoors
10:00 p.m.; Allen • rock
Veteran Arts Festival rockers, the Nightcrawlers, return to the stage this year with a new line-up and a fresh sound sure to have everyone dancing in the streets! The more refined and robust NCs combine tasty 3 and 4 part harmonies, a rock solid rhythm section, masterful guitar licks, keyboards and alto sax to put their own unique spin on gems old and new while continuing to dazzle audiences with their own brand of original music. Formed in 2004 by Noah Figlin, the band soared in popularity, releasing two independent CDs and tearing up stages in all the downtown hot spots, Philly and around the state. The Nightcrawlers went on hiatus in 2007 when Noah moved to L.A., but he came back to Pennsylvania and reformed the band in 2010. Don’t miss this great show!
DAILY SCHEDULES: Children's Day July 11 ~ July 12 ~ July 13 ~ July 14 ~ July 15