Nothing says the beginning of summer quite like the start of the outdoor music festival season. There are two big festivals on tap and a full slate of concerts happening this weekend. There’s a lot happening so we wanted to give you a day to make your plans. Get out there and see some live music!
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival (Gettysburg)
The 70th semi-annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival starts tonight and runs through the weekend. The storied bluegrass festival features two dozen musicians and bands including headliners The Earls of Leicester – a super-group fronted by dobro master Jerry Douglas – as well as The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Seldom Scene and local favorites the Stray Birds. Along with an impressive lineup, the festival features four days of jam sessions, workshops and camping. Get a little preview of what to expect with The Earls of Leicester’s “Shuckin’ the Corn.”
Rocky Knob Folky Fest (Gardners)
Located just 20 minutes north of Gettysburg at the Deer Run Camping Resort in Gardners, the Rocky Knob Folky Fest features 35 folk musicians and bands including the dynamic David Mayfield Parade (listen to “Trapped Under the Ice” below), Driftwood and local cigar box hero Shane Speal and his Snake Oil Band. The festival starts tomorrow and runs all weekend. Get your tickets here.
Spring Gulch Folk Fest (New Holland)
The 29th annual Spring Gulch Folk Festival takes place tonight through Sunday at the Spring Gulch Resort Campground in New Holland. The festival, which features 18 Americana, folk, roots and bluegrass acts, kicks off with a barn dance party tonight. Camp out and enjoy the music as well as crafts, sing-along bonfires and dancing.
Indian Steps Music Fest (Airville)
The historic Indian Steps Museum located on the banks of the Susquehanna in Airville hosts a music festival this Sunday. The Susquehanna Travelers introduce songs from their latest CD, which was recorded at the museum. Also playing are Bob Basseligia, Brahmii & Wick, Smith & Allen & Friend and Stu Huggens.
It’s Music Friday in downtown Lancaster tomorrow. Be sure to check out Philly-based singer-songwriter Ron Gallo on the Fly stage located in Steinman Park and lots of other great acts at various downtown venues. Bold Forbes, featuring Carlisle-native Nick Bloom (check out “The Rain” below) takes the main stage at The Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg on Friday at 7:30. The three-piece string band blends poetic lyrics with elements of folk, bluegrass, jazz and classical music.
Friday: Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts (Chameleon Club), The Independents w/ Black Cat Attack (The Depot), Vulcans (Dipco), The Baseball Project & Minus 5 (HMAC), Shawan and the Wonton (River City Blues Club)
Saturday: Scott Pemberton Trio (Abbey Bar), Carly Rae Jepsen (Whiskey Ridge), Jeffrey Gaines (The Millworks), KIX (Tubby’s), Medusa’s Disco (Mexitaly), Pale Barn Ghosts (Winner’s Circle), Surfer Blood (Chameleon Club)
Sunday: Jordan Rast (Annie Bailey’s)