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The Event

SEPTEMBER 6 & 7

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

The Closing of Robertshaw Controls Factory

6:30 p.m.

Showing of the documentary "The Closing of Robertshaw Controls Factory" at Indiana Players Theater on Philadelphia St.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Coastal Remedy

5:45 p.m. --

6:45 p.m.

This up-and-coming alternative rock band from Indiana, Pa., is known to be a local favorite. The band members, Max Bizousky, Dylan Murphy, Adam Hess, and Matt Snyder take inspiration from bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, and more. Find them on Facebook here.

Jason Gamble & Free Range

7:00 p.m. --

8:15 p.m.

Born in Erie, Pa., Jason now resides in Indiana, Pa., and performs as the vocalist in a progressive acoustic band called Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. They take inspiration from Sublime, Ryan Adams, The Grateful Dead, and more.

 

Jason has his own personal projects on the side that can be found here. 

Brownie Mary

8:30 p.m. --

10:00 p.m.

Brownie Mary's members, Kelsey Friday and Rich Jacques are back after a brief hiatus! Considered one of Pittsburgh's hottest acts, they reunited to bring back their upbeat and somewhat folk-y hits to both new and old fans alike. Keep up with them on Facebook before their performance at the NAFF Inc. festival!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Northern Appalachian Folk Festival Inc. Walk of Fame Ceremony

12:00 p.m. --

1:00 p.m.

Founded in 2016, the Walk of Fame recognizes the important contributions made by residents of the Northern Appalachian region in fields such as education, the environment, human rights, the arts, and sports. The inductees are honored during our annual ceremony. This year's inductees are Nellie Bly, John Brophy, the Hellbenders, Jim Rogers, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Women's Basketball Team. Read for more info on our past inductees and the ceremony!

The Evergreens

1:15 p.m. --

2:15 p.m.

The Evergreens are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. They use their indie folk sound to appeal to all ages. The group members, Laurel and Amanda, put their own unique sound to all kinds of classics, even hits from the 40s. Check out their website here.

Abafasi Wimmins African Drumming Ensemble

2:30 p.m. --

3:30 p.m.

Abafasi, meaning many women, was founded in 2006 by Kelly E. Parker and is a collective group of “wimmin” devoted to breaking through barriers, raising consciousness, and making joyful noise. Their music is rooted in West African rhythms with an African-American flavor.

Mike Stout

3:45 p.m. --

4:45 p.m.

Known as the "The World's Grievance Man,"  Mike Stout has been using his music for three decades to advocate against economic and environmental injustice. He takes musical inspiration from artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, and more. His music ranges from Rock to fiddle-infused Americana, Folk, and Pop.

Grist for the Mill

5:00 p.m. --

6:00 p.m.

This six-man group uses many unique instruments to create their "back-porch swing" sound. The group has performed around the Indiana area in various combinations, from trio to quintet. Band members interpret traditional songs and play original music. They draw upon a wide variety of styles, including Tin Pan Alley, gypsy jazz, Broadway, contemporary, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, folk, Motown, ballads, and Texas swing, but always add their own stylistic and rhythmic elements to make the compositions their own. You can check out their music here.

Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors

6:15 p.m. --

7:15 p.m.

After an 11 year-long hiatus, former founder of the band "Rusted Roots" Jim Donovan is back with his new band, Sun King Warriors. The music is best described as sing-along groove rock, blended with rootsy acoustics and lots of drums. They play both originals and their own interpretations of cover songs.  You can read more about them on their Facebook page

Jukehouse Bombers

7:30 p.m. --

8:30 p.m.

The Jukehouse Bombers are an explosive five piece band from Indiana, Pennsylvania, dedicated to keeping the blues alive. Formed in 2011, the Jukehouse Bomber roster includes: Troy Laney on bass, Josh Williams on drums, Andy Kirsch on guitar, Joe Roach on guitar, and Jimmy Roach on guitar and harmonica. Seasoned performers, the Bombers have extensive recording and touring experience and have supported various national acts, including .38 Special, Sunny Landreth, and Gary Tallent of the E Street Band. Their original songwriting reflects influences of classic blues, soul, and southern rock served up with a contemporary flavor, evident on their releases "Jukehouse Bombers" (2013) and “Death or Glory” (2017).

The Clarks

8:45 p.m. --

10:00 p.m.

The popular alt-rock band is back to headline our  main stage again this year! After getting their start at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The Clarks have been deemed one of the best rock bands in the Pittsburgh region. Find more info on their website.

WORKSHOPS

Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.

This year’s workshop line-up includes a wide variety of topics. Josh Krug of the Indiana County Planning Office will discuss the Multimodal Corridor/Hoodlebug trail extension which will go into Indiana Borough. In addition, he’ll discuss the Hoodlebug bike/pedestrian bridge that will extend over Route 22 near Blairsville. Karin Eller of the Plant-it-Earth Greenhouse will give tips on growing garlic and the many problems to avoid. An update on the proposed injection well in Grant Township will be presented by representatives from the local group called the Hellbenders. And finally, Cindy Rogers will talk about the various uses of geocaching. All workshops will be held at Spaghetti Benders restaurant.

STORYTELLING/LIARS CONTEST

Saturday starting at 2:00 p.m.

This will be the third year of NAFF Inc.’s Storytelling/Liars contest. These types of contests are very popular throughout the United States. Some attract large crowds and some winners have risen to achieve national rock star status within the genre. Each contestant will be given three minutes to present a story or lie that will be evaluated by a panel of storytelling experts who will score them in the following categories: technique delivery, confidence, general stagecraft; story development, good development of the time available, originality, new material and effectiveness. The judges will also include audience response into the final evaluation process. The first-place winner will be awarded $100, the second $75 and third $50. 

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