20 bands in line-up for Flood City Music Festival
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival organizers have released the complete line-up of musical acts scheduled to entertain audiences at Peoples Natural Gas Park Aug. 3 and 4.
In addition to AmeriServ, the 2018 AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival is being brought to fruition by Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), and SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue Management (SMG).
In total, there are 20 musicians/bands performing at this year’s festival.
The full, confirmed line-up will feature the following acts: Blues Traveler; The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts; Pure Prairie League; Andy Frasco and the U.N.; The Hillbilly Way; Bastard Bearded Irishmen; Amelia Eisenhauer and the Peruvian Farm Girls; Paul Luc; Derek Woods Band; Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys; Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers; The Marauders; Neon Swing X-Perience; Stevee Wellons Band; Striped Maple Hollow; John Bagnato; Walt and Jackie; Jazz Trip; Gentlemen East and Jazz in Your Face.
“Once again this year, we’re offering a really great variety of musical acts,” said Shelley Johansson, director of marketing and communications at JAHA. “One of my favorite things about this festival is how people say, ‘I was really excited about seeing this band, and now I have some new favorites, too.’ The festival gives everyone an opportunity to sample different artists and music, and I think that’s really cool. Nothing beats hearing someone say, ‘That band was so great!’”
Johansson added that many of the bands performing this year are touring in support of new albums.
“There are an awful lot of bands in our line-up who have just dropped or are about to drop a new CD, including Paul Luc, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Neon Swing X-Perience, Derek Woods Band and Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers,” she said. “That adds a whole new layer of excitement to the event.”
When it comes to this year’s headliners — Blues Traveler and The Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts — Johansson said she can’t wait to welcome them to the stage.
“Blues Traveler has been so great for so long,” she said, “and we’ve seen Devon Allman several times at the festival, but in my opinion, this is the best band he’s ever toured with. If you’re an Allman Brothers Band fan, this will make for a special treat because the legacy continues.”
(Devon Allman is the son of Gregg Allman, while Betts is the son of Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts.)
As the festival draws nearer, organizers are also seeking volunteers.
All volunteers are to receive free admission on the day they volunteer. Jobs include checking IDs, working in the festival pubs and working in the ticketing office at the festival gate. Most shifts are three hours. To sign up for a shift, contact Kim Baxter at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the contact form on the Support/Volunteer page of floodcitymusic.com.
“One of the pieces of feedback that I have consistently received in the 15 years I’ve been involved in this event is what a friendly festival it is,” Johansson said. “I hear these compliments from people who visit and the musicians who play the festival. I think that has everything to do with the volunteers who make this thing happen. There are a lot of volunteers who come back to this festival year after year, and we really appreciate their efforts and enthusiasm when it comes to welcoming people to Johnstown for this event.”
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Any individual or business interested in becoming a sponsor may inquire about various sponsorship opportunities by visiting www.floodcitymusic.com and clicking on “Support.” Johansson said she is even willing to “customize” sponsorships.
“There are different things that can be done when it comes to tickets, signs . . . you name it,” she said.
Two-day passes and single-day tickets for the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and floodcitymusic.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at The Johnstown Galleria information kiosk (located on the first floor), as well as 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial.
Peoples Natural Gas Park is located at 90 Johns Street in downtown Johnstown.
For more information about this year’s AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival, visit floodcitymusic.com. Stages and set times are to be announced shortly.
“It’s always a big deal when the line-up is complete,” Johansson said. “This is an exciting time . . . and a busy time.”