The Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival will hold its annual Westsylvania Blues Happy Hour on Friday, March 24, from 5 to 8 pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
The event will include performances by Johnstown-based Black Cat Moan, beer for purchase, light appetizers, silent auction items, and the announcement of the festival’s 2017 lineup.
Tickets are $20 for general 6 pm admission, $30 for VIP 5 pm admission. Tickets will be available online starting February 28. They will also be available at the Artists Hand Gallery, and Michael B. Shoes. Tickets can also be purchased from any steering committee member.
VIP guests will enjoy a special hour of sampling locally brewed beers and DJ’ed blues music. Regular ticket holders will enter at 6 pm, as the performance by Black Cat Moan begins.
“This is one of our favorite events of the year, and we’re pleased to bring it back to Indiana for a third time,,” said festival steering committee chair David Ferguson. “Black Cat Moan put on a fantastic performance at the 2015 festival, and we know this is going to be a great evening for Westsylvania fans.”
Black Cat Moan has coined the phrase “New Vintage Blues” to describe their music—a modern blues sound that looks to the source of early recorded blues, like Robert Johnson, for inspiration. “Black Cat Moan pays homage to the era of blues that birthed its honored child, jazz, and its bastard son, rock and roll,” says one Pennsylvania music critic. The band encompasses the best of several eras through its three members talented musicianship and varied backgrounds.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles is located at 420 Philadelphia St, Indiana, PA 15701.
The fourth annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival takes place May 27, 2017 in Indiana, Pennsylvania’s IRMC Park. The free, one-day jazz and blues festival has featured nationally and internationally known musicians, regional acts, and student musicians playing in a classic American small town.
Festival headliners have included blues guitarist Sonny Landreth, the Poogie Bell Band featuring trumpeter Sean Jones, The New Mastersounds, Elevations with special guest Warren Wolf, Richie Cole, Jevon Rushton, and Trudy Lynn. This year’s lineup will be announced March 24, at the Westsylvania Blues Happy Hour.
The festival is presented in partnership with the Indiana Arts Council. The steering committee includes representation from jazz quintet the Dad Band, founders of the festival and the local arts community. It is supported by a generous donation from Delaney Chevrolet of Indiana, Pennsylvania; a partnership with Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; the Indiana Arts Council, and by corporate sponsors and individual patrons.