LOCK HAVEN – It’s almost here.
The 7th Annual LH JAMS Music and Arts Festival kicks off tomorrow night with its newest event – Rockin’ the Roxy.
The concert, featuring Chris LaRose and the band Hex Highway and headliner Desert Highway, is just one of many events planned by the Clinton County Arts Council for this year’s three-day festival.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with Straub Brewery and Oregon Hill Winery offering refreshments as well as concessions from the Roxy Theater. Chris LaRose will open the show at 6:15 p.m., followed by Desert Highway — an Eagles tribute band — at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the show are on sale at www.lhjams.org.
According to LH JAMS coordinator Steve Getz, tickets may be available the night of the show, but there are no guarantees.
“The advantage of buying online is that you are guaranteed to get a ticket and the cost is lower than buying on the day of the performance”, Getz said.
JAMS won’t be away for too long after that last song played Thursday night. On Friday, LH JAMS is hosting a block party on Main Street in downtown Lock Haven. Two groups will take to the Grove and Main Street stages starting at 6 p.m.
Getz encourages everyone who attends to bring a chair to sit on the street or make a reservation at one of the many restaurants downtown on Friday night. Straub Brewery and Oregon Hill Winery will also provide a relaxing outdoor experience near the stage.
Ted McCloskey and the Hi Fi’s will perform first, followed by Velveeta. Both State College-based bands are new to the JAMS scene.
And if you’re interested in a more intimate setting, Chris LaRose and the band Hex Highway will perform at the Broken Ax Brewhouse, 1 E. Bald Eagle St. “Off Main Street” the concert will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This all leads into Saturday, when dozens of arts and crafts vendors, musicians and more will fill Main Street from 10 a.m. until late in the evening.
This year, music and the arts will share even more stars, as artists from across the region showcase what they’ve got. Not just in terms of selling their products either. Some performers will show off their skills throughout the day.
“New this year, our expanded arts and crafts demonstrators where talented artisans will show off their skills in making a wide variety of products, from outdoor jewelry and painting to blacksmithing and cartoonish designs” , said CCAC Chair Carol Cillo.
Six plein-air painters – double from 2021 – will be seen scattered around the festival on Main Street, painting images of downtown Lock Haven in real time. They include: returning artists Karl Leitzel and Susan Nicholas Gephart as well as Brienne Brown, Jennifer Shuey, Debra Moffitt and Beth England.
Cartoonist Sam Saxton will also be on hand to show off his talent and offer unique cartoons of you and your loved ones.
Stephanie Distler will showcase her jewelry making skills and Doug Firestone will be cold forging.
Each of these artists will also be selling their work throughout the day-long event.
A multitude of other sellers will also sell their wares. From hot corn, photography, tie-dye merchandise, furniture and information booths, there’s something for everyone. Start your holiday shopping with these fine arts and crafts.
As you browse these vendors, you can take in the sights and sounds of beautiful music.
This year’s lineup will feature five bands, each showcasing their own unique style and talent starting at noon. The line-up is as follows:
— Eric Ian Farmer Band from noon to 1:30 p.m.
— La Cuchina from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
— Mulebone from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
— The Edgardo Cintron Band from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
— From coast to coast from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
As the music flows through the streets of downtown Lock Haven, so will the food and drink.
Straub Brewery, named the Official LH JAMS Brewery, and Oregon Hill Winery will provide a relaxing downtown outdoor experience as well as many downtown restaurants.
Free parking will be available all day. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair – no coolers are allowed. Security will be provided by Vet Force Security to ensure a family environment.