Musical performers announced for music festival at Fayette Sept. 27

It will be hard to find a better musical value than the first Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival, an event that debuts Sept. 27 at Penn State Fayette. More than 18 musical acts are slated and cover a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, folk, polka, German, rock, gospel and much more.


Performers with national reputations include The Atlanta Drumline, River City Brass Band with Lisa Ferraro, Harold Betters, the MCG Jazz Legacy Project, Chuck Cantalemessa and the Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo.


Local favorites include NewLanders, Simple Gifts, The Fabulous Softwinds, FiddleKicks, the Augsberg German Band, Sammy Bill Orchestra, Ray Ryan New Orleans Riverside Band, Fred Adams and Jason Kendall.


The daylong music festival will take place on Penn State Fayette's 100-acre campus. There will be multiple stages, food vendor booths, arts and crafts displays, and the Coal and Coke Heritage Center will be open for browsing and tours. The Kiddie Koal Mine area will offer a wide variety of activities for children at no additional cost.


Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival Chairwoman Gina Jones explained, "The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival is truly an event for the whole family, and there will be music and activities to appeal to all age groups. This celebration of southwestern Pennsylvania’s unique heritage offers the whole region an opportunity to come together for a day of fun, food and great music."


Tickets are on sale now via phone at (724) 430-4101, and at Penn State Fayette, Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, the Herald-Standard newspaper, and the Uniontown Holiday Inn. Advance tickets are $10/adults, $5/youths (ages 5-11), and free for children 4 and younger. At-the-gate adult tickets will cost $15, with youth and children’s tickets staying the same at $5 and free, respectively.


There will be limited and handicapped parking on campus, with overflow parking at Connellsville Regional Airport and the Fayette County Fair Grounds, located on state Route 119 between Uniontown and Connellsville. From the satellite parking areas, there will be free shuttle service to the music festival. Shuttle buses will begin at 9:45 a.m.The festival gates open at 10 a.m. and musical performances continue until 9 p.m.


For more information about the festival and to view the performance schedule, visit the Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival Web site at

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Last Updated November 18, 2010