It wouldn’t be a summer weekend in Lancaster without some kind of musical mayhem going on. This Friday, July 17, 717 Fest returns for the fifth time to the Lancaster County Convention Center with a lineup you won’t soon forget. While the bands skew a bit towards the heavier side of things, there’s a little something for everyone. Here’s a list of must-see artists:
The metalcore main men of Stargazer perform their classic progressive metal sound with a hardcore twist. Vocalist Matt Copp’s growls and shrieks play counterpoint to drummer John Dooley’s wicked beats and rhythms, and their lyrics straddle the traditional line between raving and poetry. Listen to their song “Desideratum.” This SAT-worthy word means “something needed or wanted,” and the song lyrics reflect on this element X as Copp growls, “For my chance to sink or swim/I will stop at nothing to realize my dreams/ resonating in front of me.”
2) Evy Zee
Part folk and part soft rock, singer-songwriter Evy Zee (a.k.a. Evelynn Zach) has a voice that lends itself well to driving ballads and sizzling torch songs. In the crowd favorite, “Love Got Lost,” she proclaims, “Between the light and the dark/between my head and my heart/that’s where my love got lost.” Bassist Tim Fulton lays a solid counterpoint to her singing, and it results in a catchy, foot-stomping kind of rhythm.
3) Hot Jam Factory
Looking for summer driving songs? There’s a band for that, too. Fresh indie rock group Hot Jam Factory delivers just what it says on the tin. With a sound reminiscent of the Flaming Lips meets Feist, vocalists Cayt Lesher and Phil Atlenburg team up to deliver solid jamming tunes. The music video for their song “So Long” off their EP, Introducing Hot Jam Factory, was filmed in the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg.
Tickets to 717 Fest are $10 plus fees at Ticketmaster (or when bought from the band of your choice attending) and $12 at the door.There are lots more bands to see with 12 more acts included on the bill. So we want to know, who are your must-catch bands this Friday?