JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania – This year, the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival will feature top-notch artists that will rock Johnstown.
The festival, to be held Friday, July 30 at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown, will feature 14 bands including headliners Spin Doctors and Railroad Earth.
“We’re very excited about the lineup, and we think it’s very diverse in terms of the genres of music we’re featuring,” said Ron Carnevali, Festival President.
“We have a lot of girl groups and that’s a good thing to have. It’s sometimes difficult to create that kind of diversity in programming, but this year we have the chance to do it.
The festival features a variety of genres, including blues, acoustic rock, funk, and bluegrass.
“We’re looking for bands that do great live shows, regardless of genre,” Carnevali said.
“We are also looking for variety, and there is something for everyone. It will be a very busy festival and there is a lot of excitement in the community.
• railroad land will headline Friday’s lineup.
Railroad Earth is an American bluegrass-influenced band formed in Stillwater, New Jersey, in 2001.
The band’s music combines elements of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, Celtic and other American influences.
Recognized as “carrying on the tradition of improvisational and all-genre music pioneered by the Grateful Dead”, Railroad Earth is known for their lyrical compositions and live improvisations.
“They’re getting a lot of attention, and Friday’s single-day ticket sales are really strong and I think that’s the reason for that,” Carnevali said.
“They’re a jamgrass band and very popular on the festival circuit. They are experienced and professional and they will be a real asset.
• On July 30, the spin doctors will be the headliner.
The Spin Doctors are a rock band from New York City, known for their early ’90s hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” which peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at No. 7 and No. 17. , respectively.
The band’s first studio album “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” was released in August 1991 and the band toured extensively, gaining a fan base.
In 2011, the Spin Doctors celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” with tours of the US and UK.
In April 2013, the band released their sixth studio album.
“Even though it’s been a while since they had these big hits, they’ve stuck together and the lineup is pretty much intact and they’re still making music,” Carnevali said.
“They are great people to work with and we had a great experience working with them and their team. I have a lot of optimism about how they’re going to be received, and they’re going to be great.
Twelve additional numbers will perform over the two days of the festival.
• big something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk and improvisation to take listeners through a myriad of musical styles.
The group has released five full studio albums and another is expected this year.
“These are real up-and-coming talents, and I think we’ll look back in a few years thinking about how lucky we were to have them here,” Carnevali said.
“A good variety of musical styles are represented in what they play. It’s a big sound and they have a lot of fun.
• Brandon “Taz” Niederauer 18, earned his nickname for his guitar playing.
He made his national television debut at age 10, landed a lead role on Broadway at age 12, and has since performed with numerous musicians, including AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival veterans such as Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic and The Revivalists.
“He’s a guitarist child prodigy who arrived young and started to catch the attention of established musicians who became big fans of his guitar playing,” Carnevali said.
“He’s a show-off guitarist and the people of Johnstown love that stuff. I think he’s going to put on a great show for us. »
• Alliance Venable is led by a Texas-born guitarist and vocalist who puts a new spin on blues-rock traditions.
Venable was 14 when she recorded her first EP, “Wise Man”.
She is now on tour in support of her fourth album “Heart of Fire”.
“She’s a great guitar player,” Carnevali said.
“Kenny Wayne Shepherd is her mentor and she plays a similar style to him and it’s kind of his blues-rock sound. It’s a show I’m looking forward to and it’s a highlight.
• Karina Rykman played the 2021 festival with Marco Benevento. The bassist teamed up with Benevento and now plays with her own band, racking up appearances at festivals across the country.
“She just performed at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton and she got great reviews for her performance,” Carnevali said.
“She’ll be the late night show on July 30 and she’ll be a big closer for the festival.”
• vanessa necklace weaves funk, soul, rock and blues into each performance.
With a soulful voice, searing saxophone and witty songwriting, Collier is sure to impress.
“She’s a saxophonist trained at Berklee College of Music, and the style of blues she plays varies from song to song, from funk to soul,” Carnevali said.
“It was a dream to work with her and we are really looking forward to her show. She is going to surprise people.
• The Fritz is a dance rock band based in Asheville, North Carolina.
The band’s aggressive approach to funk, soul and rock creates a sound all their own.
“They’re really funky and soulful and they’re going to close out our July 29 show by playing the late night set,” Carnevali said. “It’s a real party band and people will like it.”
• buffalo rose is a charismatic six-piece folk/modern Americana band from Pittsburgh.
The band plays acoustic music.
“They’re doing great things and just made a new record which is really good,” Carnevali said.
“We’ve had them play in Johnstown at the park before, so we know we’re going to have a great show. We’re thrilled to have them on the bill and they’ll be opening the doors to us on July 30.
• HABATATE last played the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in 2015. Established in early 2012, the funk-rock band has become a veteran of the festival and live music circuit in Pittsburgh and the tri-state area.
HABATAT shared the stage with the Soul Rebels, Pink Talking Fish, Twiddle, the Heavy Pets, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Joe Lewis Walker.
“It’s a regional band with lots of brass and they play upbeat music,” Carnevali said.
“They did a show for us last summer and we were really impressed with them. They do a great live show and they will entertain people a lot.
• Lifetime Chain Band is a five piece non-traditional bluegrass with a solid repertoire of musical sounds. Based in Pittsburgh, the band last performed at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in 2011.
“They’re a great Pittsburgh bluegrass band with solid players,” Carnevali said.
“They’re a great band we’ve had here before, so we know they’ll do a great show for us. They are the real thing.
• silver screen is a Johnstown-based alternative rock band formed in the living room of a house that Ben Ressler and Austin Danel shared in 2016.
The band has released two EPs and plays frequently in the area.
“They have a huge local following, and we’ve been blown away by the breadth of their social media following and the excitement their fans have about the festival,” Carnevali said.
“They’re going to bring in a lot of young people who may not have been to the festival before.”
• Kevin Dale Band is a Johnstown-based band that has opened for national artists such as Josh Turner, Cam, Wynonna Judd and Poison’s Bret Michaels.
Dale has over 30 years under his belt, performing in venues of all sizes in six states.
“He’s a country crooner and very popular in the area,” Carnevali said. “He plays a lot of shows around Johnstown that get a lot of people, and he has a good following. It plays traditional country music and modern country music, so it adds variety to the lineup.
• rusty chains are newcomers to the Johnstown music scene, but are familiar faces to local music fans. Ed Locher IV, Adam Milkovich, Chris Verbano and Luke Harrison make up the hard core of the Americana band, all of whom are accomplished solo musicians and collaborators alike.
“They’re playing old school rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, which is another great addition to the lineup of music we have this year,” Carnevali said.
“It’s a sound that is not represented by any other group. It’s a nice little group. »
General admission tickets for the festival are $25 for Friday and $40 for July 30.
A two-day pass is available for $50. A two-day VIP pass is available for $75 and includes access to the venue’s VIP lounge and full bar and indoor restrooms, as well as a tent viewing area on the main stage.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.floodcitymusic.com. Passes are also available at the Heritage Discovery Centre.