Daily Entertainment is FREE with the Cost of Admission.
Sound System by Lightning Audio Products, sponsored by Blaise Alexander Ford and Garbrick Amusements; Hotel Accomodations: The Mifflinburg Hotel and Scarlett D Tavern; Catering by Ard’s Farm.
Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 6:00 PM
Vesper Service with Nancy Joyner & Early Station
Speaker: Pastor Dick DeVett
Sponsor: Runkle Agency LLC
GOSPEL — Nancy Joyner and the band Early Station hail from Aulander, North Carolina. Established in 2001, band members include Nancy Joyner (guitar and lead vocalist), Bob Joyner (banjo), Mitch Knox (mandolin and harmony) and Jack Willis (bass). The band tours throughout eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia, performing for festivals, fairs, nonprofits, family reunions and churches.
In addition to touring, the Joyners host the Red Barn Bluegrass Festival twice a year at the family farm. Family and volunteers work together to provide a family centered day with home cooked foods and bluegrass entertainment. This year’s festivals are scheduled for May 7 and October 1. The Red Barn Bluegrass Festival is a nonprofit organization. Admission is $10.00, which is used to pay the bands.
Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Following Vesper Service
More Info: Union County West End Fair Queen Pageant
Monday, August 1, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Sponsor: HL Klose & Sons
COUNTRY — The Randall Ginley Band is made up of professional musicians that have toured across the country, playing clubs, fairs, carnivals, festivals and local benefits. The band was formed in 2014.
Bob Randall on acoustic, electric guitar, dobro and banjo, lead and harmony vocals. – Bob has played in bands since he was 13 years old traveling the USA and Canada. Played at Disney World, Wheeling West VA, Nashville TN, local TV and Radio. He has written and recorded many original songs and has performed with many national artists. US Army Veteran
Dave Ginley on acoustic, electric guitar and mandolin, harmonica, lead and harmony vocals. – Dave, a US Air Force Veteran, has been playing for over 30 years, doing solo work, member of a band called Rust from 1999 to 2008 as well as several other bands. He has written original song that have been played in juke boxes in PA and NJ.
Todd Fogle on Drums, guitar and vocals, he has been playing for over 20 years. – Todd toured with Gray AM for seven years across the country, is a member of power Blues Trio Reverend Blue Jeans, and has been performing with local band since getting off tour. Todd also does session work.
Tim Latsha on Bass, acoustic guitar, lead vocals and harmony. – Tim has been performing for over 40 years, including Disney World, Lincoln Center, and Bloomsburg University. He is a founding member of Liteswitch. Tim does acoustic solo work as well as recording his own original songs. He also does session work for many local artists.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 – 8:00 PM
Sponsor: BZ Motors and The Whole Enchilada
In an age where music is free, fans are digital, and bands are measured in buzz, Phillip Fox Band has taken a classic approach to their music and their career. Great songs, crafted arrangements, 3 part harmonies, and 175 rowdy shows a year hasn’t made them media darlings but it has been winning them fans one concert at a time.
“For us it’s about the music first” explains front man, Phillip Fox. “Our favorite songs and artists are timeless. It’s great music that transcends scenes, fads, and production trends. We’re not really paying attention to what’s popular at the moment or what will get played on the radio and we hope that comes as a breath of fresh air in our music.”
The band’s trademark Southern Rock-inspired sound dubbed “Country-Fried Rock’n’Roll” was most recently realized in their 2014 release, Heartland, which earned a “New and Noteworthy” distinction from iTunes. This full length album came two years after their Motor City Blood EP and raised $18,000 on Kickstarter from their rapidly growing fanbase known as Beard Backers.
PFB shows no signs of letting up on their touring schedule as 2015 will see them branching into new geographies in the South and Southwest. As bassist Jonathan Kampfe put it,”There are a lot of music fans out there that are starving for more authentic, organic music. We hear from them all the time and we’re excited to bring the live show to their city.”
More Info: phillipfoxband.com
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Sponsor: The Pennsylvania Lottery
Re-Creation’s 39th edition presents “Sing A Song Of America” - a grand celebration highlighting the most popular American songs of all time; and every show includes rousing Patriotic music in honor of America’s hospitalized veterans and troops!
Young, talented, performers who captivate audiences of all ages! A magical program that transforms the stage into a wondrous showplace of unforgettable entertainment! Colorful, flashing costumes, state-of-the-art sound reinforcement, professional, stylized choreography.
More Info: www.re-creationusa.org
Background Story of Re-Creation
Established in 1976, when Hugh Brooks, the founder of the group, was an instructor at the Pennsylvania State University. While visiting practicum students, he realized that very few institutions have opportunity to benefit from the therapeutic value of live professional entertainment. Concerned, he organized Re-Creation to offer this service to state centers, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities.
Entertainers were enlisted, and Re-Creation immediately began institutional performances in Pennsylvania. Within a very short time Re-Creation was asked to tour for the USO, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers were added to the schedule.
Re-Creation assumed full responsibility for the national VA program in 1983. Re- Creation now presents more than 320 shows a year. Half of those shows are staged at fairs, banquets, conventions, schools, churches, which in turn fund the other more than 150 shows annually in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes in all 50 states!
The young people in Re-Creation are not paid for their service. They give up at least a year of their lives to travel the country entertaining the men and women in our VA Medical Centers. Arriving at the VA facilities four hours before show time, they set up, change into costumes and visit hospital rooms and wards. Then they assist patients to the show area, perform for them, return them to their rooms, pack up and load equipment, and drive on, averaging 300 miles a day.
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge cited the young people of Re-Creation as “America’s Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans” for providing the only program of its kind in America.
Therapeutic entertainment by Re-Creation is more than a show; it is a unique, personal touch which:
- transports concerned, dedicated, and talented young people into hospital wards and rooms,
- reaches out to patriots who think they have been forgotten by their country, and
- offers a therapy that medical personnel attest is an invaluable contribution to the healing process.
Re-Creation USA, Inc., is a non-profit corporation now under the direction of Jay Muller.
Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Sponsors: Allstate: Jeff Conner, Agues Shakes, Hartley Township Community Center, Koss Financial Group, Lewisburg Builders, Mifflinburg Lumber, Miller Travel Agency, Mr. Scoops, Mr. Sticky’s, Nationwide: Jeffrey J Smith, Pik-Rite, Sholley Agency, Smeltz Automotive, Star Seal of PA, State Farm: Keith Dunlap, T-Square Drafting, West End Bible Fellowship, and WGRC Radio
Two fish. Five loaves. One little boy. When a small lunch was offered to Jesus, He took it and multiplied the simple offering, feeding five thousand. Like that little boy, the members of award winning band Big Daddy Weave continue to submit their music, their ministry and their lives to Him with their seventh studio album, Beautiful Offerings (Fervent Records/Word Entertainment).
More Info: www.bigdaddyweave.com
Beautiful Offerings follows the biggest album of the band’s career, Love Come To Life, which yielded the rare feat of four back-to-back #1 singles – “Love Come To Life,” “Redeemed,” “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” and “Overwhelmed.” “Redeemed” became an anthem of unprecedented impact. Big Daddy Weave members Mike Weaver (lead vocals, guitar), Jay Weaver (bass, vocals), Jeremy Redmon (guitar, vocals), Joe Shirk (saxophone, keys, vocals) and Brian Beihl (drums) never would have predicted that a vulnerable song written for the lead singer himself, initially deemed by Mike too personal to even turn in for Love Come To Life, would become the group’s best-selling track in their 16-plus year history.
“I thought if I could somehow achieve something for God, that’s what He was going to use,” Mike admits, “but when we shared about brokenness, God used that more than He ever used any of the little successes that we had been given along the way.”
“Redeemed” spent 11 weeks at No. 1, was dubbed “Song of the Year” at the first annual K-LOVE Fan Awards, garnered Dove Award and Billboard Music Award nominations and certified a gold single by the RIAA for sales of over 500,000 records. However, more than all the accolades Big Daddy Weave has achieved, it’s the stories about how the songs have impacted lives that fuel the band’s passion for recording and touring. In fact, they used “Redeemed” as the starting point for the fresh batch of songs hand-picked for Beautiful Offerings.
“This record continues where “Redeemed” left off, celebrating what God has done over the last season,” Mike affirms. “Even as we saw and heard hundreds of amazing things happening in people’s lives, we also saw people who were barely approaching what God is offering. Many people were saying, “Thank God, I am redeemed,” but then going right back into their same old thing,” adds Mike. “We wanted to bring light on that with Beautiful Offerings. Being redeemed is more than the forgiveness and the fact that our past is taken care of. It’s a message of hope that calls us out of where we used to be into a new place. It’s as much about what we are redeemed to as what we are redeemed from.”
“Every day is an opportunity to bless the heart of God through how we live, how we encounter our families, people we see in the grocery store, and everybody we meet,” adds Mike. “This isn’t us buckling down and trying to earn God’s love by pleasing Him. It’s a realization that because we are children of God, we can bless the heart of God by being subject to and directed by Him in every moment of our lives. Our lives then become something that is pleasing to Him. We become a beautiful offering.”
The theme of Beautiful Offerings was the premise for a tour long before it became the title of the band’s next project. It was a concept the five men were already beginning to live out, so it proved a natural compass for the record.
“We worked to find songs that echo where we are now, not just anything that was a song for a song’s sake,” adds Jeremy, who has produced all of the band’s music since their second album. “I went into this really trusting that the Lord is working out the details of it. Even in the sounds and the parts that were chosen, He really made it happen.”
Through Beautiful Offerings, Big Daddy Weave wants to share the message, “Every one of us is beautiful because of what God has deposited in us. Our lives are an opportunity to literally be used for the Kingdom,” Mike explains. “Now we have an opportunity to live in response to who He is. Jesus is the beauty in the offering.”
Taking that approach into worship, Joe observes, “A lot of times we don’t worship the way we should—in our all. We should be offering that. I believe that’s one of the biggest parts of what makes the offering beautiful. It’s not just leftovers; it’s from our gut. It’s from the very core of who we are.” Joe adds that the songs on the new album are “more chiseled and more focused and directed” as a result of the conversations the band members have nightly following the ministry time at the end of each performance, an intentional time of dedicated dialogue and one-on-one prayer with the people who attend their concerts. It’s been a transformational experience for the band as they’ve seen God work in powerful ways in the lives of people across the country and a theme that emerges in the lead single from the album, “My Story.”
“My Story,” written with GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Jason Ingram, chronicles not only the story of the band members, but also a larger, overarching narrative. “If I told you my story, you’d see hope, you’d see love, you’d see victory, all these things, but it’s not mine. My story is really the story of what God has done in our lives, and the goodness of that is that it awakens things in other people. Our story is really just part of His story,” Mike offers.
“The idea for the song, “Already Done,” written with Josh Wilson, showed up on the road in the moment of us seeing people receive ‘Redeemed,’” Mike explains. “What we were seeing on the road is people really experience relief from dealing with things in their past, and God challenging us to realize, ‘It’s more than being forgiven. You have a purpose; there is more to this life. There is a greater reason for getting up in the morning. You matter to the Kingdom.’”
Meanwhile, keystone “I Belong To God,” co-written with Matt Redman and Allison Mellon, was inspired by the band’s recent trip to Cambodia. The group heard a story about a young man who had been abandoned by his earthly father and connected so strongly with the Gospel that he would strum a guitar and shout at the top of his lungs: “I belong to God! I belong to God!” The centerpiece of the new song was forged, with the rest of the cut centering around human trafficking, one of the most critical issues facing Cambodia today.
“I don’t know that I’m going to recover from that trip. We saw and heard things that were so terrible that when I got back, I tried to forget about it all,” Mike admits of the trip. “I feel ashamed when I say that. I really felt that I connected with God’s pain in that place, but I was trying to keep the pain at arm’s length. I didn’t realize it was Him at the time showing me what He sees.”
“Letting the truth of that song get a hold of you will really change the way you view God and the way you view others,” Brian adds.
In truth, the transformation they’ve experienced in their own lives and the miracles they’ve witnessed in the lives of others post-“Redeemed” have dramatically challenged the way the five men in Big Daddy Weave approach everything, from the songs they sing to the way they tailor their concerts each night.
“Our focus is definitely not just on coming out with touching songs. Ministry is on the top of the list in terms of what God wants to do night to night,” Joe maintains.
While they’re humbled by No. 1 singles that ensure a large number of people hear their songs, the awards, the fame, the attention, those aren’t the things the band views as significant. Obedience is their standard.
“The things I used to hold as important, or the things I wanted to have control over the past few years, the Lord has allowed me to truly let go of that stuff and not care about it anymore,” Jeremy admits.
Mike echoes Jeremy’s thoughts, adding, “When we hear the Lord, we want to do what He says, whether it looks like success to the world or not.”
After all, the story they’re telling with their music and their lives is not their own. “We just pray these songs touch people’s lives,” Brian offers. “I think that’s what we hope for with this record; that He just takes it further, it reaches more people and that His story comes through in all of this.”
In story and song, the members of Big Daddy Weave simply want their legacy to be one characterized by loving people and telling of the Love that’s changed their lives—their own beautiful offering. “When you see the goodness of the Lord, and it’s evident, not just in life, but in the lives of those around you like we’ve been able to see, all we care about now is just pursuing that and finding more of that,” Jay says. “I think you see that in the songwriting of this record, and I think you see that in the eyes of each member of this band.”
Every song, every concert, every prayer they pray with the people they meet, they are giving it all to Jesus. “It’s about who we give it to,” Mike concludes, “and God can feed everybody with it.”
Mo Pitney with Special Guest Adam Yarger
When Mo Pitney sings “let me tell you about country” in his debut single, he’s doing more than telling. He’s showing. Appropriately titled, the song “Country” is as much positioning statement as introduction. In three minutes and 16 seconds, it is almost precisely who he is in word and deed. The vocal delivery, storytelling, musicianship and reflections of his outdoor lifestyle – as well as faith, family and patriotism – offer a spot-on portrayal. Joined by early fan favorites “Clean Up On Aisle Five” and “Come Do A Little Life,” the song carves an unmistakably country yet completely fresh groove for the genre. In short, it sounds like nothing else, but absolutely belongs.
To paraphrase the song, a life in music isn’t a place on a map; it’s a place in Mo Pitney’s heart. “I just love music,” Pitney says, exhibiting atypical maturity for someone still in their early twenties. “It has never been about praise. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was an amazing experience, but I have just as much fun sitting on my bed playing along to an old record. It’s always been that way.”
That music-centered outlook is already generating the unsought acclaim of which he speaks. Perhaps the best example is the aforementioned Opry performance. “Everybody asked me if I was nervous, but I don’t think I was,” he says. “I definitely thought about it a lot more than I normally do. My respect for that stage and the circle is great.”
For his first song, he selected “Clean Up On Aisle Five” and eyed one goal: to sing his heart out. “I didn’t feel like anybody was sucked into the song at all, but when it was over I stepped back from the microphone and people erupted,” he says. A standing ovation approaching a full minute ensued. “After about 30 seconds, I stepped forward to say something because I thought I heard them dying down, but they just got louder. I lost it. It took me about a week to come off that feeling.”
That pivotal moment capped a journey that started in the red brick town of Cherry Valley, IL, where Mo grew up loving the outdoors. “Right out my back door was a lake about a mile away,” he says. “I’d ride my bike there with a fishing pole on each handlebar, like two tridents sticking out in front of me.”
Music was a family affair, and Pitney picked up the drums at six and guitar at 12. “I learned how to play with a cast on my arm by laying a rag over my dad’s guitar so it wouldn’t get scratched,” he says. “Johnny Cash At San Quentin was my introduction to playing music. I learned the whole album.”
Two weeks later, he played two Cash songs at an open mic night – his first public performance. “After I played, I saw a guy backstage playing a banjo, so I picked that up for a couple of years. By age 15, I grabbed the guitar again playing lead acoustic, my brother played bass and we had a friend who played mandolin.” His affection for bluegrass led him to Keith Whitley. “When I heard him sing it helped me bridge over into country music. I started hearing great country songs, songwriters and singers … and I just fell in love.”
Encouraged to move to Nashville by a songwriting friend, Pitney was the uncommon arrival who receives early interest from record labels. He signed with Curb and began working on bringing his songs and sound into alignment with his musical vision. One of the lynchpins was connecting with his producer, Tony Brown (George Strait).
“Instead of trying to put some songs together to come out of my mouth and create an artist with my face, Tony said, ‘I want to find out who you are, pull it out of you and put it on tape.’ It wasn’t just the way he said it, it was in everything he did. Realizing I can create a record the way I want to and use the musicians I want was an eye-opening experience. We recorded my vocals while I was sitting on a stool and playing guitar at the same time, so it’s a live record in a lot of ways. My hands were untied.”
As music lovers become exposed to his music, rousing receptions may be something he’ll become accustomed to seeing. But they won’t change Mo’s core motivation. “Even if this thing doesn’t go huge, I believe that I can make a decent living playing music,” he says. “And I always knew that I could do that. When I was younger, my plan was bluegrass. I used to buy and sell cars, I did body work and I trained bird dogs. I figured I would just kind of piddle around, doing different things around the music.
“People who have done this for a long time think there’s a place for my music, and I hope that’s the case. My eyes are set on being successful, but success is not number one for me. If I can make a comfortable living and have a career making music and keep my head on straight, that’s my goal. And I think that I have a great opportunity to do that if I don’t get ahead of myself.”
And that kind of seasoned perspective isn’t often heard from someone of his generation. “I’m a God-fearing man,” he says. “I love simple things. I love simplicity in songs because I love simplicity in life. But I’m also very deep, which is weird. I’m a thinker. And I go so deep, a lot of times I just confuse myself and get frustrated, but when I come home and my dog runs and jumps up on my lap, that does something to my spirit. I love to hunt and fish. I love the outdoors. I love my family. I try to live pretty morally square. Pretty clean guy. I’ve got my problems, but I try to stay pretty straight.”
Adam Yarger was born in Central Pennsylvania on July 7, 1994. Growing up he loved listening to the classic rock stations with his dad. From Aerosmith all the way to Tom Petty, Adam knew he loved music. As the years went on, He began to listen to another genre that really spoke to him. That genre was country. At age 12, he got his first guitar and soon after took a couple guitar classes. After learning his way around the guitar, Adam started experimenting with singing as well as writing. Some of Adam’s most influential country artists are George Strait, Eric Church, Chris Young, and Justin Moore.
Two years after graduating from Penns Valley Area High School, Adam moved to Nashville, TN to chase his dream of being a country music icon. With knowing very few people, he went right to work. On his own, he has built a fan base of over 21,000 people and has record at studios such as Hilltop Studios and Sony. Since the release of his first EP, Adam has shot and directed his own video for his single “Backroad” and has no signs of slowing down. He is gearing up to release his second EP early August 2016 featuring three brand new songs, along with an acoustic tour to promote his music across the country this summer.
Saturday, August 6, 2016 – 7:30 PM
West End Bluegrass Band
Sponsor: Ritz-Craft Custom Homes
BLUE GRASS — The West End Bluegrass Band is a highly unorganized collection of local riff-raff reeking of yet undetermined musical talent.