This year, the festival has been expanded over two days and girls are now invited too! While last year was a strictly male event, Festival founder Jerome Wincek and his merry band of followers, this year has created a wonderfully diverse mix of styles and approaches to songwriting.
While last year was damp, we're looking at 65 and sunny on for the outdoor shows on Saturday - perfect festival weather. Although all shows are free, bring fistfuls of cash to pick up the artists CDs and merch. Booths will also be open with a variety of regional artisans hawking their wares (I'm really hoping the pirogi guy is back again; there's way too much blood in my butter system).
Friday May 23rd - In the Transit Building's Great Room
- 6:00pm - Nathaniel Custer
- 6:30 pm - Justin Parson
- 7:00 pm - Jeremy Jack
- 7:30 pm - Garth Porter
- 8:00 pm - Veteran Status
- 8:30 pm - Flatiron
- 9:00 pm - Secretly Plotting Your Burial
Saturday May 24 - In Oil City's Justus Park
- 1:00 pm Latrobe Barnitz
- 2:00 pm Trina Hamlin
- 3:00 pm Brad Yoder
- 4:00 pm Namoli Brennet
- 5:00 pm The Old Hats
- 6:00 pm Newmen
- 7:00 pm Remora Deign
- 8:00 pm The Victory Year
Sure Michael, you're saying, but I haven't heard a lot of these groups.
Fear not, earlier this week I contacted all the artists and asked them to kick in a song for a downloadable sampler. Many were asked, few answered. But, I've compiled full length songs of all those who were nice enough to write back, cooked up a little CD insert and then zipped it all up for you - download, burn, and get familiar before heading up.
Download the sampler as a .zip file via Mediafire
Upcoming Shows of Interest:
Oil Region Songwriter Festival. Duh.
Meadville's The Union Room plays host to Phantasm, God's Day Off, Manokin and Blunt Force, Saturday 7pm $5.
Remora Deign plays a free acoustic set at Oil City's Howling Dog at 9pm
The illalogical spoon plays two sets at Seneca's Brother Bean this Saturday - one between 7-9 and a second between 9:30 to 11. Both are free.
Jesse Lavery plays Meadville's Artist Cup Cafe on Friday (as The Mules) from 6-8 pm. No cover.
Even I think parent-kid portraits as D&D characters is nerdy. And that's saying something.
Added to my summer reading list? Net, Blogs and Rock 'n' Roll: How Digital Discovery Works and What it Means for Consumers
So, here's the deal. I want to buy a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid by the end of the month, and I can't get any local dealers to get me anything before September! I don't care about the color, or if it has GPS. So, if you have any pull or ideas, email me. If your tip results in a purchase, there's a finder's fee in it for you.