There is no shortage of entertainment in the Susquehanna Valley. In no area is that more apparent than live music.
There is a plethora of opportunities to see live music in the area all year long, but especially during the summer. Summer may be half over, but there are still plenty of chances to catch a great live show before the weather turns cool.
First up is this weekend’s annual Summer Music Festival hosted by the Uptown Music Collective in Brandon Park. The event is on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Bandshell. The day’s festivities will begin at noon with free music performances all day, as well as food vendors, raffles, and more! The event will culminate with an exclusive, one-time-only performance entitled “Tomorrow Never Knows: A Tribute to Psychedelic Rock”. Music will run throughout the day and feature a variety of performances from the Collective including the annual UMC Summer Music Showcase, in which younger and up and coming Collective students are featured performing songs of their choosing in full-band arrangements!
The Hiawatha has “Concert Cruises” all summer long. These run between $10-$20 per person, and are a great way to take a nice ride on the river and experience some great local music. Here is the schedule through August.
July 29th – Cadillac Cats at 9 p.m.
Aug. 4th – Night Hawks at 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 12th – Shades of Indigo at 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 18th – Miz Ida and the All Nightaz at 9 p.m.
Aug. 19th – Mums the Word at 9 p.m.
Aug. 25th – No Madda at 9:30 p.m.
Aug. 26th – Uncutt Band at 9 p.m. and Aug. 27th Flipside with Aaron Kelly at 6 p.m.
While we are on the river, let’s head south to Lock Haven and check out what’s happening at the Floating Stage. All concerts are free and begin at 6:30 p.m.
July 30th – Ghost Light Radio Show (rock)
August 6th – Hybrid Ice (classic rock)
August 13th – Big Daddy Bangers (classic rock)
August 19th – Billy Price Band (R&B)
August 20th – Dumm (top 40/rock).
There are also free concerts at Triangle Park (rain location – the Elk’s Lodge) on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.
August 4th – Bellefonte Community Band, (variety)
August 11th – New Broad River Band (Americana/bluegrass)
August 18th – Big Willy (easy rock) and Aug. 25th – Lock Haven Community Chorus & the Central PA Community Band.
There are a bunch of bands playing in Pine Square downtown throughout the summer also. Here is the schedule:
July 27th at 7 p.m. – Chris Vipond & The Stanley St. Band
July 28th at – Nate Myers & the Aces
August 3rd – Doug McMinn
August 4th – Lynn and Farley 5
August 5th – The Dirty Mojo Band
August 10th – Miz Ida & the All-Nightaz
August 11th – Chris Vipond and the Stanley St. Band
August 12th – The Billtown Giants
August 17th – Tres Co
August 18th – Royal Benson
August 24th – The Scott Bird Band
August 25th – Family Ties
August 26th – Nate Myers & the Aces
August 31st – Mums the Word
All of the concerts in Pine Square are free and start around 8 p.m.
The city of Williamsport is also sponsoring free concerts in Brandon Park through the summer. The concerts are on Sundays and start at 6 p.m. Coming up are:
July 30th – Family Ties
August 6th – High Strung
August 13th – Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra
August 20th – WSO Billtown Brass
August 27th – Miss Ida and the All Nightza makes another city appearance at the Bandshell.
The Montoursville Rec Board is also hosting several free musical/entertainment shows this summer. First up will be The Hunter Family Travelling Music Show on Aug. 2nd, Van Wagner Folk Music Concert on Aug. 15th, and Strawberry Ridge on Aug. 30th.
All shows are in Indian Park, are free and begin at 7 p.m.
Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport invites you to “Factory Works Gallery Presents: An Evening of Experimental Electronic Music” to benefit the Pajama Factory Artists In Residence Program. The event is July 28th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the event starting at 7 p.m. and they are asking for a $10 donation.
The Sons of Italy’s La Festa will bring two more free shows to the area. Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants will be on at 7 p.m. this Friday and Scott Bird will be performing at 7 p.m. on Saturday. (More details on La Festa, including the new location, are on page XX).
The Ground Floor 2.0 at 2925 W. 4th St. has some shows coming up also. On August 5th at 6 p.m. they will host Clarence Spady w/ Special Guests Ann Kerstetter Band & Roadside Revolution. This is an all ages event. BYOB with proper ID. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $15.
Whiskey Hollow will also be performing at the Ground Floor on August 12 at 6 p.m.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg as far as what is going on the area. This list doesn’t include all that is happening at local bars/restaurants, fairs, festivals or wineries. We are really lucky to live in such a musically rich and diverse area. And to think that so much of it is free or fairly low cost and family-friendly!