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Sweet Sounds

LH JAMS returns Aug. 13-14 with a variety of music

PHOTOS PROVIDED At top, Chris LaRose and the Hex Highway will kick off the 2021 LH Jams Festival on Aug. 13. Above, York Street Hustle will perform from 6-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 14

LOCK HAVEN — The sweet sound of music will be rolling across the city of Lock Haven Friday night Aug. 13 and all day Saturday, Aug. 14 during the Clinton County Arts Council’s 6th annual LH JAMS festival.

Following last year’s scaled back event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCAC is pulling out all the stops to provide residents and visitors a day full of catchy music, great art and delicious food.

“The Clinton County Arts Council is ecstatic to bring the full array of artists, fine crafters and musicians that will fill the streets of Lock Haven later this summer,” LH JAMS Coordinator and CCAC Board Member Steve Getz said. “After more than a year of quarantine and canceled events, the 2021 version of LH JAMS will exhilarate, invigorate and enrich all that attend.”

This year, the festival will step away from its Jazz roots a bit, showcasing a variety of genres including Blues, Latin Jazz and alternative country and western. It will also kick off with a performance on the Grove Street Stage during the downtown Pedestrian Mall.

“You will take an imaginary trip on the rhythmic beat of a Colombian jazz club, then be transported on an innovative musical jaunt to the deserts and canyons of the American West,” Getz said.

PHOTOS PROVIDED At top, Chris LaRose and the Hex Highway will kick off the 2021 LH Jams Festival on Aug. 13. Above, York Street Hustle will perform from 6-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 14

“Next on your journey will be a classic Juke Joint, a stop at the Apollo Theatre, followed by Beal Street and then you will reach your final destination at Hitsville, USA,” he continued. “The 2021 version of LH JAMS will simply be a spectacular infusion of music, art and food.”

Attendees will be treated to 11 hours of music, beginning Friday night at 6 p.m. with Chris LaRose & The Hex Highway Blues Band.

“Chris LaRose, a homegrown talent explodes on the electric blues scene with his four piece band ‘Chris LaRose & The Hex Highway Blues Band,'” Getz said.

Hex Highway is a driving, foot stomping Blues band which specializes in performing golden era Blues from musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Freddy King.

From 1950s-1960s rock and roll such as Buddy Holly, Elvis, Dion and Chuck Berry to Woodstock hits like Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers mixed with their own originals, The Hex Highway Blues Band’s performance will be like a time warp and leave you jumping for more.

PHOTO PROVIDED Festival goers enjoy some delicious kettle corn from KC Kettlecorn at a previous LH Jams festival.

The Hex Highway Band will perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, five bands will take the stage. They include:

CAFE Y PETROLEO

And LH JAMS favorite, Cafe y Petroleo will return to the festival, kicking off Saturday’s performances from noon to 1 p.m.

“Cafe y Petroleo brings the vibrant sounds of Jaime Castillo’s South American Folk Harp (Arpa Llanera) blended with Urie Kline’s percussion instruments and William Vele’s vocals to produce those traditional syncopated rhythms of Colombia and Venezuela while adding fascinating fusion of Joropo and Latin crossover jazz,” Getz said.

PHOTO PROVIDED Cafe Y Petroleo will perform Saturday, Aug. 14 at 12 p.m.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Castillo has been performing for 30 years and completed studies of the folk harp with master harpists Fernando Lizarazo and Rene Devia. Castillo has appeared at numerous world-renowned venues including CAMI Hall, the Waldorf Astoria and Carnegie Hall.

Kline, an enthusiastic educator and performer, is a firm believer in the transformative power of drums. Kline, who has played since he was 15, become involved in “World Drumming” in college with an interest in experiencing different cultures.

Also joining the group is William Velez, a Colombian born classical trained vocalist, musician and arranger.

THE BILLY PRICE BAND

The Billy Price Band will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.

PHOTO PROVIDED Many arts and crafts vendors will showcase their work during the festival. Above, Marianne Olivo poses with a heart at a previous festival.

“As one of the most popular and entertaining performers in the Northeast, LH JAMS is excited to have 2016 Blues Music Award Winner and two-time 2020 BMA nominee Billy Price on our stage,” Getz said.

Price attracted national attention during his three year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan — Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs “That’s What I’m Here For” and “Live Stock.”

His album “This Time for Real” with Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received his 2016 award in Best of Soul Blues Album. In 2018, his album “Reckoning” was nominated for a 2019 BMA award in the Best Soul Blues Album.

Price’s latest album “Dog Eat Dog” was nominated for a BMA award in 2019 and received two nominations in 2020.

VINCE TAMPIO JAZZ QUINTET

Philly based jazz band Vince Tampio Jazz Quintet will be up next, performing from 3 to 4 p.m.

Getz said the quintent will focus on standard jazz classics by multiple popular icons in jazz history “and promises to be a jazz feast of talent and entertainment.”

Vince Tampio, a professional musician, arranger, composer, producer, engineer, and educator, was recently featured on NPR’s Live Session.

Tampio’s music is firmly rooted in jazz but brings a variety of genres into the mix such as rock, soul, funk, folk, classical and electronic.

COMPANY TOWNES

Alternative country and western group Company Townes will hit the stage from 4 to 6 p.m.

“(Company Townes) take a blend of powerful vocals and exceptional instrumentation, add a driving beat, unique guitar, unusually minor edgy feel and you get their cinematic western sound,” Getz said.

The rural Northwestern Pennsylvania band released a collection of reimagined Townes Van Zandt classics following their debut album “Canyon” in 2016. The band was featured on WPSU’s Metronome from the Attic concert in 2019.

THE YORK STREET HUSTLE

Motown Tribute band York Street Hustle will round out the day’s performances starting at 6 p.m. until 8:30.

“Philadelphia’s York Street Hustle is one of the most dynamic Motown tribute bands around. They specialize in the classic sounds of the 1960s. Legends, like Stevie, Aretha and the Four Tops; lesser known artists including Donny Hathaway, Arthur Conley and Betty Everett — all are given new life,” Getz said.

York Street Hustle is the northeast’s premier 10-piece band which has gone from filling tiny South Street bars in Philadelphia to repeat sell outs of WXPN’s World Cafe Live. With more than 80 songs, the band includes more than a decade worth of Detroit, Memphis and Chicago soul.

LH JAMS is expanding with the edition of the Pedestrian Mall during the weekend. Getz noted that many restaurants from North Jay to Vesper streets will be open during the festival.

“Local clubs, pubs and restaurants will offer a variety of food and drinks. Many will offer outdoor cafe seating where patrons can enjoy a delicious meal while listening to an afternoon and evening of exceptional music,” Getz said.

Getz said CCAC created the LH JAMS Festival with the goal of art enrichment and business stimulus in downtown Lock Haven.

“Over the years, the festival has proven to be a destination and not just and event, where visitors stay for long periods enjoying art and music in this block party atmosphere,” he said.

Parking for the even is free within the city, except where it is indicated otherwise. Visit www.lhjams.org for a map with parking lots near the festival.

Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a chair and umbrella in the event of rain. Leashed pets are welcome but local and state laws must be followed and owners must stay in contact with their pet at all times.

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