10:30 am: Opening: Dad Band Marches from the Indiana Free Library to IRMC Park
Take a stroll down Philly Street as Dad Band opens the festival with a second line parade. Parasols optional!
11:00 am: High School Big Band Showcase
Indiana Area High School performs
12:00 pm: Grist for the Mill
Back-porch swing and blues from the heart of Ambrose, Pa. (What’s “back porch swing”? According to the band, it’s “the Great American Songbook performed by a string band.”
1:15 pm: Jukehouse Bombers
The Jukehouse Bombers, an explosive four-piece from Indiana, Pa., make their second festival appearance. Classic blues, soul, and southern rock served up with a contemporary flavor.
The best high school players in the county, with special guest trombonist Jeff Bush.
3:15 pm: Nevin Saylor Big Band
The festival hosts the inaugural performance of Nevin Saylor’s new big band, featuring some of the region’s best jazz players. Featuring guest artist Jeff Bush.
4:15 pm: Richie Cole
A jazz and bebop legend, Richie Cole has performed or recorded with Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson. He’s appeared on over 50 albums, more than 20 under his own name, and performed around the world (including a command performance for the Queen of England).
5:30 pm: Jevon Rushton, Jazz Headliner
Pittsburgh native Jevon Rushton is a drummer with explosive power, blinding speed, gritty street grooves, and elegant swing. Rushton has played with Kirk Franklin, Dwayne Dolphin, Sean Jones, and Roy Hargrove. Rushton will present a jazz-funk set.
7:30 pm: Trudy Lynn, Blues Headliner
Blues singer Trudy Lynn, known as Houston, TX’s “First Lady of the Blues,” has recorded 11 studio albums. She got her start singing with Albert Collins and Clarence Green and opening for acts like Ike and Tina Turner. Her live performances are legendary. As music critic Alex Henderson writes, “Lynn isn’t one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts, testifies and gets her points across in a highly convincing way.”
9:00 pm: Late Night at Westsylvania
Keep the festival going! Starting at 9 p.m., the festival continues into the wee hours with performances and jam sessions at four locations around town.