Live concerts are back for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts | WTAJ


CENTRAL COUNTY, PA (WTAJ) – The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was slated to be a fully virtual event this year due to COVID-19, but a major change will welcome hundreds of returns for live music.

Eleven concerts will be held at State College Presbyterian Church (132 W Beaver Avenue) July 8-10.

“The performers can’t wait to be back in front of an audience, you know, that’s what they do. And we can’t wait to bring the audience and the artists together, that’s what we do, ”said Rick Bryant, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. “So, you know, give it a try. “

The church can be half full, accommodating 250 people.

The bracelets cost $ 10 and give you access to all or part of the performances. They are available for purchase and collection at the Festival des arts office (403 S Allen Street) starting July 1 or at the church half an hour before show time.

“It’s an incredible bargain,” said Bryant.

A live broadcast will also be available on Facebook and Youtube.

As a seasoned participant, Edward Stoddard says there is something for everyone.

“They have so many different acts and types of music that it’s going to be really interesting,” said Stoddard, director of communications for the Happy Valley Adventure Office.

Plus, unique sounds.

“I’m very excited for the River Drivers, I’ll be listening for that one myself,” said Stoddard. “They’re a Celtic-based folk rock band from Philadelphia.”

In addition to the music, approximately 200 artists will be featured online and in the community.

“There is public art to see, and they’ll have the arts festival posters from previous years in some of the downtown businesses at the same time,” Stoddard said.

“Come see a show, go out to eat, have a good time,” said Bryant.


July 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

July 8, 2021 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m .: Below center

July 8, 2021 at 7-8 p.m.: Kristi Jean and her Ne’er Do Wells

July 8, 2021 at 9 pm-10pm: Callanish

July 9, 2021 at 12 pm-1pm: Ramalama

July 9, 2021 at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m .: JT and the Denicates

July 9, 2021 at 7-8 p.m.: Natascha and the spy boys

July 9, 2021 at 9 pm-10pm: River conductors

July 10, 2021 at 4 pm-5pm: AAA blues band

July 10, 2021 at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m .: Reading poems

July 10, 2021 at 7-8 p.m.: Jon Ronde

July 10, 2021 at 9 pm-10pm: Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet

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