Brews & Blues in the Valley
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Brews & Blues in the Valley is a craft beer tasting festival presented by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association with Rocky 99 and Froggy 95! Each ticketholder (except Designated Drivers) will receive 20 three-ounce samples from breweries around the country.
All attendees must be 21 or older. You MUST present valid ID. A VIP ticket is available that gives you entrance an hour early, plus extra perks -- please note VIP tickets are available online only! You can also get designated driver tickets, too. NOTE: tickets go up to $33 on the day of the event, so get yours now!
Products from the following breweries will be featured:
- Angry Orchard
- Blue Moon
- Dogfish Head
- Duquesne Brewing
- Full Sail
- Goose Island
- Great Lakes
- Kona Brewing Co.
- Magic Hat
- Penn Brewery
- Samuel Adams
- Shiner Bock
- Shock Top
- Southern Tier
- Third Shift
- Twisted Tea
- Widmer Bros
The festival will be held rain or shine. Parking is available in the Conemaugh "I" lots along Walnut Street, directly across from the train station (for details on parking, click here.)
The schedule is as follows:
- 2:00 pm – VIP admission begins; Stone Bridge Blues Band
- 3:00 pm – general admission begins
- 3:30 pm – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats
- 5:00 pm – Jukehouse Bombers
- 6:30 pm – Felix & the Hurricanes
- 8:00 pm – festival concludes
More about the bands:
Felix & the Hurricanes: Storming onto the local music scene 20 years ago, the three-member, Altoona-based Southern-style blues rock outfit has exemplified what it means to endure as a musical force - and what it means to be a working band. The band's founding member and namesake, Felix Kos (guitar and vocals), Bobby Watters (drums and vocals) and Jeff Clapper (bass and vocals) - the band's lineup since 1998 - have thrived not only on a fierce playing schedule, but also on expert musicianship, spontaneity and the fine art of showing audiences a good time.
Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats – Based in State College, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats specialize in all aspects of the blues, as well as performing roots, soul and New Orleans infused grooves. They have shared stages and/or jammed alongside B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, The Nighthawks, Clarence Spady and JJ Grey & Mofro, and were a hit at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in August.
Jukehouse Bombers: The four-piece Jukehouse Bombers specialize in barrelhouse blues, soul, and classic rock. As Jim Price put it, "The Jukehouse Bombers’ dazzling instrumental chops, hearty vocals, and rowdy presentation dash the misconception that blues is depressing music." The band hails from Indiana, Pa.
Stone Bridge Blues Band: Like the stalwart railroad bridge in their home base of Johnstown where they derived their name, the Stone Bridge Blues Band stands sturdy in celebrating the tradition of classic blues. What you get from the five-member Stone Bridge Blues Band is pure, unadulterated, working class blues, delivered from the heart and soul.
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