JOHNSTOWN, PA – The stages will rock at this year’s AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival.
The festival, which will be held on Friday and October 2 at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., in downtown Johnstown, will feature 14 bands, including headliners. Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers and Uprooted, with Michael Glabicki, of Rusted Root.
âWe’re thrilled to have live music, and there is a pent-up demand for it,â said Ron Carnevali, festival president.
âWe are seeing very enthusiastic ticket presales and they are reaching record levels this year. The rumor in the street is very positive and people are really looking forward to it, and artists are also looking forward to it. “
He said this year’s festival offers a diverse collection of music and bands.
âThere’s a lot of variety in the roster this year, and we’ve got some really interesting stuff,â said Carnevali.
DÃ©racinÃ© will be the headliner of Friday’s programming.
âUprooted, with Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki, is one of the most popular bands in the Pittsburgh area, and they’ll be putting on a terrific show for us on Friday,â Carnevali said.
Glabicki, singer, songwriter and guitarist of Rusted Root, fuses musical mastery and shamanic inspiration in his music and live performances.
In his most prolific period to date, Glabicki is focusing his energy on his new band, Uprooted, to carry on Rusted Root’s legacy of energetic music while recording new music for the debut album.
To honor the past, Glabicki takes Uprooted on tour to perform the entire multi-platinum album “When I Woke”.
âI think they’re going to be a great crowd pleaser and people are really excited to see them,â Carnevali said.
On October 2, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers will headline.
âWe wanted to bring Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers to the festival for the last few years,â Carnevali said.
âThey are an act with almost limitless appeal to a wide range of audiences. We are delighted to present them on the Saturday evening of the 2021 festival. â
Hornsby made his debut with the 1986 multi-platinum album “The Way It Is”.
From there he worked his way through a passage to keyboards for the Grateful Dead, writing music for Spike Lee films and albums exploring jazz, bluegrass, and contemporary classical music.
After surprising the music world with his critically acclaimed 2019 album “Absolute Zero”, the singer, songwriter, songwriter and conductor is back with a follow-up that picks up where his predecessor left off. was arrested, according to the group. website.
“Non-Secure Connection” features 10 new songs, exploring a wide range of themes from civil rights and hackers to malls vendors, Darwinian evolution and AAU basketball.
âHe brings so much more to the festival than a few recognizable songs,â Carnevali said.
âHe’s really prolific and fits our festival perfectly. “
12 other acts will occur during the two days of the festival.
Midnight North have been performing together since 2011. The group has since established themselves as a mainstay on the national touring circuit.
Rolling Stone hailed the band as “Best New Act” in their review of the 2018 Peach Music Festival, saying the band “takes the best parts of roots music and weaves them into a tapestry of rock and Americana.”
âThey make a really good, traditional traditional rock-jam band sound,â Carnevali said.
âI really like the nature of their music and I especially like their voice. I think they will be a great success.
Maggie Rose channels influences that existed long before his birth, in a completely different place today – roughly at the intersection of American rock and soul, with just enough British sparkle to make his music shine. The New York Times proclaimed, “Maggie Rose is a strong heartbreaker, full of cunning and wronged scriptures and attitudes that, even in the post-Miranda Lambert era, are like knives.”
âI’m really excited about her because she has released a new album which is receiving rave reviews and attention from Rolling Stone magazine,â Carnevali said.
“She is a really talented singer and people will be blown away by her.”
Marco Benevento has been dubbed “one of the most talented key players of our time” by CBS Radio.
He has released six critically acclaimed solo albums over the past decade and has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Newport Jazz to Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.
âHe’s an experimental keyboardist and he’s really part of the jam band scene,â Carnevali said.
âIt’s the late night show on October 2, and I think it’s going to close the festival in a really cool, impromptu way. It will be a fun show.
Roosevelt Necklace was raised in the âholy steelâ tradition of the House of God Church and built his reputation on The Lee Boys, known for their spirited and heart-breaking live performances. He leaves an indelible mark on listeners, overwhelming audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the steel pedal. Collier last performed at the festival as part of the Lee Boys in 2006 and 2010.
âIt will be great to have him back with his own band, and it’s a sound that Johnstown has come to know and love,â Carnevali said.
Billy Award Band entertaining local audiences since the early 1970s. In April 2016, Price was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh rock ‘n’ roll legend. Price is a longtime festival favorite, having performed the event in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
âHe’s very popular in the area and people are excited to see Billy play again,â Carnevali said.
âIt will be a great show. “
Colebrook Road bridges the gap between straight driving, traditional grass and progressive grass that distorts the genre and creates new bluegrass enthusiasts while broadening the definition of the genre for established fans, according to the group’s website. The group has built a fan base in Johns-town through appearances at Venue of Merging Arts and other venues.
âTheyâre a great regional group and a proven bluegrass group,â said Carnevali.
West Philadelphia Orchestra is known for their ecstatic evenings with a mix of Balkan brass, improvisation and American beats that only deepened over time, according to the group’s website. The group first came to the area for the Johnstown Slavic Festival in 2016 and 2018.
âThis will be one of the funniest bands at the festival, and they are doing a modern take on old folk music,â Carnevali said.
“We expect them to be extremely popular with the public and they will get you dancing.”
Jukehouse bombers are an explosive group of five musicians from Indiana dedicated to keeping the blues alive. Their original composition reflects the influences of classic blues, soul and southern rock, served with a contemporary flavor.
FlowerChild celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 and continues to bring fire and good times to everyone. Inspired by jam / funk music from the 60s and 70s, a FlowerChild show gets audiences dancing to their feet.
Desperados rock since 1976. Bassist Mike Suppes founded the band and partnered with guitarist Mark Middleton in 1977. Middleton played lead guitar for the band Raging Slab in the 1980s and 1990s.
Crawdad JoeIts founder, Joseph Dedon, grew up in southern Louisiana, where he was heavily influenced by southern rock, blues, southern gospel, hard rock, metal, jazz, and country music. You can hear the mix in his performances where he performs for fans at his new home in central Pennsylvania and overseas.
Ne’er Do Wells has roots in folk, bluegrass, punk rock, alternative rock and Americana. The songs of the Johnstown band reflect everyday life in a sweet and melodic way, paired with a distorted and gritty backing track.
âWe have a nice collection of local bands to fill our lineup – the Desperadoes are well known in the area; FlowerChild is one of the best local bands we have, and they are great musicians; Jukehouse Bombers is from Indiana; Crawdad Joe plays Cajun and Zydeco music; and the Ne’er Do Wells play traditional roots music and are a great band, âCarnevali said.
âWe love providing the opportunity for local groups to show up at our event and they are going to be great. “
General admission tickets for the festival are $ 25 for Friday and $ 40 for October 2.
A two-day pass is available for $ 50. A two-day VIP is available for $ 65 and includes admission to the festival and VIP lounge, access to the only full bar on site and flush toilets, and access to a VIP viewing area under special tent near the main stage.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.floodcitymusic.com, in person at the Heritage Discovery Center or Johnstown Flood Museum, or at the door on festival days.