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Pump up the LH JAMS

The sound of beautiful music — from classic jazz to cosmic country — will bounce off downtown buildings this weekend as the 6th Annual LH JAMS Festival comes back to Lock Haven after a year’s hiatus.

And we couldn’t be more excited.

The annual event, organized by the Clinton County Arts Council, brings special music to our beautiful little town along the Susquehanna.

Six bands are slated to perform Friday and Saturday on Main Street with a slew of arts, crafts and food vendors for locals and visitors alike.

The brainchild of artist Steve Getz and Lock Haven University collaborators, the event serves as a celebration of music, art and community.

Many hours have been put into LH JAMS by Getz and an army of volunteers.

All to create an atmosphere that draws people from all across the region and beyond to enjoy our part of the world.

We encourage you and your family to head out catch some of the performances.

It’s free!

LH JAMS will begin tonight at 6 with Chris LaRose and the Hex Highway Band on the stage at Main and Grove streets.

On Saturday, musician Jamie Castillo and his band, Cafe y Petroleo, will perform at noon, followed by the always popular Billy Price Band at 1 p.m.

Soon after, Vince Tampio Jazz Quintet will be up, performing from 3 to 4 p.m.

At 4, cosmic country band, Company Townes, will take you on a journey with their unique brand of music.

All of this will lead up to popular Philadelphia-based band, The York Street Hustle, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Throughout the day be sure to check out not only the arts, crafts and food vendors but the many local businesses and restaurants throughout downtown.

Local businesses thrive when supported by their communities.

And we have so many to choose from.

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.

Events like LH JAMS attract people into downtown — what we like to call the living room of our community.

Let’s celebrate the return of LH JAMS. And, of course, we caution those who plan to attend to be safe, even those who are vaccinated. Wear a mask if you like. Keep your hands clean and practice some social distancing. But most of all, enjoy what has become a signature event in Lock Haven!

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