Milford Music Fest June 27-29
MILFORD — Next weekend, June 27 to 29, Milford launches into summer with its annual Milford Music Festival, a town wide event with the participation of at least 30 local businesses. There will literally be music on every corner, a block party, plenty of food, face painting, a pig roast and more.
First established in 2002, as the “Milford Jazz Festival” the event has morphed into the “Milford Music Festival” to include many more musical genres including polka, classic rock, blues, hip hop, big band and independent music.
“Traditionally a weekend long event, the festival will unofficially begin on Thursday night with a blues jam at the Waterwheel Bar and Cafe with one of my favorites Scott Weiss,” said John Luposello, a lifelong musician and owner of Luposello Enterprises, a marketing consulting and imprinted merchandising company, and one of the spokespeople for the festival. "The festival was originally organized to promote and inspire the arts. Milford has many, many talented people that work in NYC and/or have retired to Milford, Pa.”
Some of the highlights of the festival are the PikeStock 3 at the Milford Theater on Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Dimmick Inn Block Party on Saturday, Dairy Bar Indie Stage and Music in the Park kick off, a very popular music event that will continue every other Sunday in the Anne Street Park where people just bring lawn chairs and enjoy free live entertainment.
Darryl Wood, a self-described supporter of live music likes to compare types of music to flavors of ice cream and describes the event as a “grass roots” effort by local businesses who will sponsor their own particular flavor of music. There will be a map both printed and online and a program of what music can be heard and where. There will also be placards outside of businesses hosting performances with the time of the performance and the group performing.
Wood is providing lumber and building a sound stage in his parking lot for an Indie show on Saturday showcasing local talent in the form of original folk tunes and original rock music.
From 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday he will host Thrill Street performing classic rock, from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday there will be solo performers on guitar and keyboard and bands such as Disseriph (metal/punk), Eyeswan (recommended for fans of Minus The Bear, Sunny Day Real Estate and Built To Spill), Books (a one man technojam), Emie Kara & The Cryptkeeper Five (post-punk, alternative rockers with an aching for the av ant-garde in their bones), Hidden Cabins (rock and folk combined) and more. Ernie will also be performing at the Black Bear Cafe on Sat.
Wood is hoping to provide a kid friendly alternative to the adult “block party” offered by the Dimmick where beer and alcohol can be purchased. Wood hopes to hire a clown, host face painting and balloon creations and hopes to have a pony provided by the Malibu Dude Ranch. He also plans to host a pig roast to go along with the music. Look for a full lineup on the Dairy Bar Facebook page.
Those who attend Friday night can also listen to Sean Ward & Mathew King perform alternative folk fusion at Pamela Dzbenski Photography from 6-9 and Joe Cerillo perform acoustic folk-rock from 7-9:30 at the River Rock Inn as well as Mark Von Em performing classic rock at the Waterwheel Cafe & Bar.
Saturday looks to be the lion's share of the performances beginning as early as noon with Joe Cerillo performing acoustic folk and rock at the Harrington House B&B. SaRon Crenshaw will be performing blues at Davis Chant Realty from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Throughout the day and into the evening, visitors to the event can catch various music venues such as blues-swing jazz, DV Choral Society singing hymns at the Milford United Methodist Church, metal and pop at the Velveteen Habit, The Gripes performing classic rock at the Lumberyard, Tara Minstrals performing traditional Irish music and The Parling Glass performing Irish Fold at the Flying Pig Tea Room and many more.
Sunday's events begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Milford United Methodist Church with Global Praise singing praise songs. From there it is your choice of Wooden Spoon at Hotel Fauchere or Ernie Kara at the Harrington House B&B or Asyln if you like Metal and Punk at Fretta's Italian Specialties. Circle Jam with Jude Leduc & Randy Adams at the Flying Pig Tea Room, Alec Phillips & The Pocket at the Dimmick Inn and finishing up with Gizmo a Rap-Hip Hop Group at Dona Helene Hair Salon.
All performances are free to the public and paid for by the individual businesses hosting their particular performance portions of the event. The only venue charging a fee to attend its performances is the Milford Theater. There is a $20 fee to hear R.J. Storm & Old School performing a Pete Seeger Tribute on Saturday and $10 for a Beatles-Hard Day's Night at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Other businesses hosting free musical performances not formerly mentioned include Belle Reve Senior Living, Craft Show, Denim or Lace-Fashion Boutique, Community House, Golden Fish Gallery, Grotto Italian-Mediterranean Restaurant, Hotel Fauchere, Irene's Kitchen, Keller Williams Realty, Willow, Milford Chrysler and the River Rock Inn.
Some of the organizers of this event include Adriane Wendell, chairperson and owner of the Harrington House B&B, Darryl Wood who owns the Dairy Barn, Laura Badea, Denice Fretta and several others.
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