For those of you new to town or who want to wander around ArtsFest with a group, we are planning to get a group together to walk part of the ArtsFest route and grab some food and catch some music.
There is a plethora of great bands playing on Saturday afternoon & evening (all free of course). So many bands playing, its tough to pick which to see, but I picked a couple of popular possibilities.
Part I (3:30pm):
I'm proposing starting by meeting at 3:30pm near the Allen St Stage to catch local favorites, Pure Cane Sugar who will also be releasing their 2nd album at their 4pm ArtsFest performance. Their show should be an hour.
Part II (5:30pm-ish):
For those not wanting to join at 3:30, we can then have a 2nd meeting time/place at about 5:30 at Burrowes St & College Ave to walk the PSU campus route and check out the 150 artisan booths on that half of the circuit. (The other 150 booths are along downtown State College streets from Allen St to Fairmount St to Fraser St.-but we'll leave that to you to explore on your own some other time during the 4 day festival.)
Part III (7pm-ish):
We can finish off the group MeetUp around 7pm to sit & relax on blankets & listen to the Zydeco/Roots rock sounds of the Crawdaddies for their 7:30pm show at the Shell Stage on the PSU Old Main Lawn, along w/ grabbing some ice cream from the PSU Creamery's booth which is set up on campus near the Shell Stage & Old Main Lawn.
After that we can continue to hang out and catch more bands at any one of the 3 ArtsFest stages or head out for drinks someplace. We'll play it by ear based on who wants to do what after the Crawdaddies show.
Bring: Not much needed except $ for any food you want to purchase or any art you want to buy.
If you can bring a blanket or small lawn chair that's great, but not required. I'll have a few blankets & a couple chairs that I can keep in my office, which is 2 buildings away from Old Main, which we can grab to sit on for the show at the Shell Stage on Old Main Lawn.
Food: There are a bunch of food vendors downtown and we can get some food before and/or after walking the arts route.
Finding Us: I'll post ways to contact me and/or another in the group close to the day of the event to make sure you can find us. Especially for those not joining at the beginning we hope you can join us closer to one of the later times, 5:30 or 7pm.
For those new to town and haven't done it before, ArtsFest is a huge event. And sometimes daunting for newbies to town. But hopefully the 3 different meeting times might help you plan to set aside part of the weekend to enjoy some of this awesome summer fest with a group.
Below is the description of the 2 bands I've proposed checking out from the ArtsFest preview guide.
Pure Cane Sugar
4:00 p.m.; Allen St Stage (in front of McLanahan's Market & Appalachian Outdoors) • Americana
Band Description: Pure Cane Sugar's sultry voices, soulful harmonies, and powerful lyrics, evoke exquisite vocals. When all three songstresses, Kate Twoey, Molly Countermine and Natalie Race, combine as Pure Cane Sugar the result is "an assemblage of masterful melodies and haunting harmonies that inspire sweet dreams". With accompanying artists Jason "Junior" Tutwiler on slide guitar and Daryl Branford on drums, their original, artful arrangements are captured on a backdrop of perfectly textured synergy and rhythm. Their much anticipated second album, recorded live this spring at the State Theatre, is due for release at their performance at ArtsFest.
7:30 p.m.; Shell Stage (on PSU Old Main Lawn) • roots rock/zydeco/blues
A band founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work,” The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, zydeco, blues, ska, roots, rock and reggae into an incomparable, groove laden sound that is unquestionably its own. The band has been featured in Dirty Linen magazine three times, has toured extensively earning a strong grass roots following and is a regular fixture on the national college, festival and theater circuits. The band has performed many major festivals including Bethlehem’s Musikfest, and the Virginia Wine Festival. The Crawdaddiesʼ performance from the W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, Kentucky is now being featured nationwide on the popular PBS music program Jubilee. The band’s most recent CD is 2010’s Live from the Road.