HGR Local Music News 8/31/14

In Local Music News…

Several music festival events top this week’s look at Local Music News…Indiana will host the second annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival next Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6. The music will kick off Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. and Saturday morning at 11 a.m., featuring a variety of folk, bluegrass and rock performers. Friday performers include Simple Gifts, Grand Old Ditch, Cornsilk, Tree, Well Strung and Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers. Saturday’s entertainers include Bear Creations, The NewLanders, Mark Tamsula & Richard Withers, Cormorant’s Fancy, Sean Squared, Kim & Reggie Harris, Backstabbing Good People, Trains Moonshine & Jesus, Honey Spine, Shelf Life String Band and the Kalob Griffin Band. Art and food will also be available; admission is free. For more information, visit the website northernappfolkfest.org.

Bluegrass and folk sounds invade Windber Recreation Park next Saturday during the inaugural Bluegrass In the Park festival. The event will start at 11 a.m., and will feature performances from the Paint Creek Pickers, Striped Maple Hollow, Tree, Revised Edition, Whiskey River Panhandlers, Thorn Bush, Mama Corn and Bud’s Collective. Food, refreshments, arts, crafts and children’s activities will also be available. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Windber Community Building, or admission at the gate is $15. For more information, visit the website www.windberrec.com.

The third annual Thickhead Music Festival will take place next Friday evening at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater near Boalsburg. The festival begins at 5 p.m. Bands performing at this year’s event include Flux Capacitor, The Perkolators and Red Royal. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, and can be purchased through the website www.tusseymountain.com.

A further revision to the name of the former Hawks Blues Band. The group has shortened their handle from Mahoney B & the Blacksnakes to just The Blacksnakes. The group unveiled the name change last Sunday during the 23rd annual Kids Come First Benefit at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club.

(Bands and musicians with local music-related news to report on the “Homegrown Rocker” may submit their news items by emailing homegrownrocker@gmail.com.)