Jazz, bluegrass, hip-hop, folk… It’s all happening in the region this weekend. No matter what your musical leanings may be, we’re confident you’ll find something to get you off the couch and out to hear some live music.
Gettysburg Rocks takes over the bars and restaurants of Gettysburg this weekend featuring 150 bands across 14 venues, all over the course of just three days. Hear a variety of acts spanning virtually all genres, including Brian Mackey (NYC), Jake Lewis & The Clergy (Lancaster), herbie. (Harrisburg), Canyon (CT), Laura Cheadle (Philly) and more. All shows are free to attend, and cash donations are collected to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer treatments for children. Check the lineup and schedule of events here.
The inaugural Lancaster Summer Jam takes place at Lancaster’s Tellus360 tonight featuring a wide cross-section of local talent. The event’s headliners offer a taste of some homegrown hip-hop with duos Jbre X Dougie Kent (read our profile here) and The Group C4 (which released a brand-new single, “Age Is Just A Number,” today). Ticket info and full lineup here.
The Central PA Jazz Festival kicked off last night and continues on through the weekend. On deck tonight is a Jazz Party at the shiny new 1500 Building (N. Sixth St., Harrisburg) including Ben Mauger’s New Orleans Five playing on the Patio from 5-7 p.m., live jazz at Crawdaddy’s and Cafe 1500 and a night-ending performance on the building’s roof featuring vocalist Diane Wilson Bedford and Jimmy Wood’s Trio from 8-11:30pm.
Coming to the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg is indie folk duo Erik & Abby (of The Speedbumps). Hailing from Akron, OH, The Speedbumps seem to be picking up new fans with every show they play. Marked by lead singer Erik Urycki’s smoky vocals, expect the stripped-down Speedbumps experience to be less speed, more smooth ‘n sweet. More info here.
Hear also: Veteran country outfit The Mavericks play the Whitaker Center (Harrisburg); South Carolina-based Americana band Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band play The Circle (Hanover); Philly singer-songwriter Sarah Napolitan plays the Ten Thousand Villages cafe (Ephrata); country stud Craig Campbell plays Pappy K’s Alehouse (Mechanicsburg); Grateful Dead enthusiasts Crippled But Free plays ABC’s Abbey Bar (Harrisburg)
Looking for more? Check out our Concerts Calendar or your local entertainment calendar for more live music, special events and DJ dance parties this weekend.