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Singing In The Streets: Summer’s Best Music Fest Lineup

DAve Cole

There are plenty of events around town if you’re looking for an excuse to head back to State College this summer. If you can’t wait until Arts Fest, the Summer’s Best Music Fest released the schedule of performers for the day long festivities on June 6. The music in the streets starts at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day on five different stages downtown.

This year the festival is including a national stage in the lineup, headlined by multi-platinum country singer and songwriter Jo Dee Messina. She is known for her country hits since her debut in the mid-90s, such as “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and “I’m Alright.” In 2013, Messina started a successful Kickstarter campaign to help release her current album, “ME,” which she is currently on tour promoting.

Before Messina’s performance there will be a cookout at 3 p.m. by the Garner Lot Stage with cast members from CMT’s reality TV show “Party Down South.” Tickets for the cookout and concert are available at ticketfly.com. General admission tickets for the show cost $30, and VIP Eat and Greet passes are $75.

The rest of the performances are free and will feature everything from Blues to Classic Rock. The lineup includes a variety of regional musicians, local acts, and five up and coming artists that will perform on the “Big Break Stage.”

The festival will feature a full day of music as well as vendors in the streets, a kids zone, and an Ice Cream Festival sponsored by the State College Rotary Club. If you don’t want to wander between College and Beaver to find what you’re looking for, a map of the stages and events is available online.

Check out the full music schedule for each stage below:

Calder Way Stage
11 a.m. — Sons of Resonance / Acoustic duo
12:30 p.m. — Mini Mojo / Blues duo
2 p.m. — The Unbanned / Trio with guitar, cello, and keyboard
3:30 p.m. — Ectorplasm Quintet / Jazz
5 p.m. — Eric Ian Farmer / Contemporary trio

Locust Lane Stage
10:30 a.m. — Happy Valley Cloggers / Dance demo
12 p.m. — Zero Point / 16-piece jazz band
1:30 p.m. — Tyne and the Fastlyne / Folk and bluegrass quartet
3 p.m. — Triple A Blues Band / Blues
4:30 p.m. — The Bloomers / 60-70’s oldies music
6 p.m. — JR and Olivia Band / Modern contemporary quartet
7:30 p.m. — Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band / Soul, rock, and pop

Heister Street Stage
1 p.m. — JP ROCKS / Classic rock
3 p.m. — Cell 15 / “Pink Floyd meets Yes”
5 p.m. — Ted McCloskey and the HiFi’s / Contemporary rock

Big Break Stage
11:30 a.m. — Hannah Richardson
1 p.m. — The Switch
2:30 p.m. — Can’t Dance
4 p.m. — Teddy Coppes
5:30 p.m. — Here All Week

Garner Lot Stage
6 p.m. — Jo Dee Messina

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Josh Glossner

Josh Glossner is a first generation Penn Stater majoring in print journalism from Bellefonte, Pa. He shares the same birthday as Jon Bon Jovi and Dr. Suess. You can find Josh rockin’ the 50s attire as a server at Baby’s Burgers and Shakes, where his milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard. He enjoys attempting to twerk in what little spare time he has and performs in local drag shows as Carrie Oakey.

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