Jammin’ in Lock Haven
People brave the heat for annual jazz festival
By LAURA JAMESON
LOCK HAVEN –Lock Haven was the place to be Friday and Saturday as the 4th Annual LH JAMS festival was in full swing!
Friday saw the kick off of the yearly festival with the LH JAMS Art and All That Jazz Reception.
The Poorman Ballroom in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center was transformed into a beautiful Latin night club with palm trees and colorful flowers.
The Jose Andre Trio with Rob Velez performed a variety of jazz tunes from classics to something new.
Two pairs of professional dancers from Central Pa. attended to show off their dance moves and get attendees in on the fun.
They included Gary and Bonnie Glidewell, from Muncy, who have been dancing together for 13 years.
Gary explained that they began dancing when he saw a dance class and saw how well the dancers could move.
“I said ‘Bonnie some day I wanna dance like that,” Gary said. And they’re doing just that.
The couple now teaches dance classes to any one interested in learning the art form both young and old.
Also in attendance were Tom and Valerie Inman who have been dancing together for five years.
“That’s how we met,” Valerie said with a smile.
Tom had been dancing for 6 years before the couple met. Now they teach their students various forms of dance, while always encouraging them to “keep a smile on their face” as they do so.
The reception not only offered fine music, but delicious food and a silent auction as well. All proceeds benefited the Clinton County Arts Council and the next LH JAMS Festival.
During the night, various speakers offered their praise to those who helped make the reception, and the festival in general possible.
That included Rick Vilello, former Lock Haven City Mayor and current Deputy Secretary Community Affairs and Development for the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development.
Vilello praised the area for its large variety of live music it provides, something that isn’t very common throughout the Commonwealth, he said.
“We are spoiled by the amount of talent and the beauty of this area,” he said.
Although there are times when people find it easier to spout about the negative aspects of the area. Vilello encouraged residents to speak up about all the good the county has to offer, including the festival.
“We can’t be negative, we can’t be naysayers… we have to trumpet it from the mountains,” he said.
LH JAMS Creative Music Director Eddie Severn marveled at all he and his fellow LH JAMS planners had accomplished since the first festival four years ago.
“It’s been a wonderful thing to see the diverse music we’ve had here,” he said. “We’re celebrating local talent.”
It was a night full of music, laughter, dancing and all in all a good time, for a good cause.
The following day, hundreds of people braved the hot sun and high temperatures to enjoy a even more great music on Main Street in Downtown Lock Haven.
The festivities kicked off at 11:15 a.m. with Dick Adams & Friends and continued well after the sun had set.
Continuing with the Latin America theme, bands such as Edgardo Cintron Latin Band, Cafe y Petroleo and Inca the Santana Tribute Band performed throughout the day, offering another aspect to the Jazz world some may not have heard before.
Also performing were the Jose Andre Trio with Rob Velez, Jay Vonada Trio, West Cost Cool featuring Rich Hirsch, Eddie Severn Quintet with Guest, Gabriel Severn Trio, Steve Rudolph Trio and Grahm Dion and Friends.
Throughout the Main Street concerts, those in attendance could also peruse a variety of hand crafted goods from multiple vendors.
From pottery to photography and even homemade soaps there was something for everyone.
And when your stomach started to rumble, five different local food vendors were on hand to help quench that hunger including Stella A’s Bar and Grill, the Texas Restaurant, Elks Lodge, Bloom Sum, Pizza King and KC Kettle Corn.
Although the sun made the temperatures hot, the good music, great food and amazing arts and crafts made beating the heat bearable for many.