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Summer’s Best Music Fest Celebrates 10 Years With Expanded Schedule, Bigger Acts

DAve Cole

The Summer’s Best Music Fest released the lineup for its 2016 iteration and is properly celebrating a decade of existence with an expanded schedule and impressive lineup. After ambitious beginnings with a three-day, 40-act festival in June 2007, it was scaled back to one day for the next eight years. This year, the fest will be two days that feature a record 10 nationally touring acts and will take place June 3 and 4.

Performances are spread across stages located on Locust Lane, Garner Street, and Calder Way. The Locust Lot, Locust Lane, and Calder Acoustic stages are free to the public while the Garner Main and Side stages require tickets. Early bird prices for tickets are $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, or $25 for the weekend. Standard prices take effect starting April 15. Tickets are available online, in-person at the Downtown State College Improvement District, or at the gate before the shows.

“It’s a momentous year for us,” festival chair Shannon Bishop said, per the Centre Daily Times. “We have 10 nationally touring acts on this year’s bill, as opposed to just one last year, and we’re growing to two days. We are thrilled to be at this point, and to share our excitement with the State College community and beyond.”

Friday, June 3

Locust Lot Stage: The Denicats 4:30-5:30, Urban Fusion 7-8
Locust Lane Stage: Spider Kelly 5:30-7, Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band 8-9:30
Garner Main Stage: The Record Company 5:30-7, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds 8:15-9:30
Garner Side Stage: Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers 7-8:15

Saturday, June 4

Locust Lot Stage: Frackwater Jack 1:30-2:30, Big Coronas 4-5, Sirsy 6:30-7:30
Locust Lane Stage: Adorabulls 2:30-4, Pure Cane Sugar 5-6:30, Billy Price 7:30-9
Garner Main Stage: The Stickers 2-3:30, Doyle Bramhall II 8-9:30
Garner Side Stage: Swampcandy 12:30-2, Sierra Hull 3:30-5:30, Nikki Hill 6:30-8
Calder Acoustic Stage: Ramalama 2:30-3:30, The Jive Bombers 4-5

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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