Music immersion in Milford: 30 artists, 20 businesses, and countless fans

Milford Music Festival this weekend also features sidewalk sales, street food, Strawberry Festival


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  • Milford's ubiquitous ukulele songstress Veronica Fernandez opens Music in the Park on Sunday with songs from her first EP, “Thoughts." You can also see her perform at Lacquered Nail Bar and Jive Bar & Lounge on Saturday (Photo provided)




  • Dr. Joe Ferry and Alan “Jax" Bowers of The Big Ska Band (Photo by Jerry Reagness)




  • Local artist Jessee Clemente will create art in the park during the concert. Free painting materials will be provided for kids attending the concert. (Photo provided)



Schedule

THURSDAY
Blues Jam — 8:30-11 p.m., WaterWheel Café, 150 Water St.
FRIDAY
Leo B. — 4-7 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St. (classic acoustic rock)
Glenn Heller Jazz Quartet — 5-8 p.m., Family Smile Center, 201 West Harford St., #101
Chris Raabe Band — 8:30-12:30 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Tim Blouhm — 8-10 p.m., Laurel Villa Inn and Restaurant, 210 2nd St. (acoustic guitar and vocals, sounds of the ‘90s to present)
Eric Langberg — 7-10 p.m., WaterWheel Café, 150 Water St.
SATURDAY
Simone G. — 4-6:30 p.m., Action Bikes
Bobby Kyle and the Administers — 2-4 p.m., Ambience Furniture and Fine Gifts, 200 East Harford St.
Junior Mack — 12:30-3:30 p.m., Davis R. Chant Realtors, 106 East Harford St.
RENO The Band — Noon-2 p.m., Dimmick Inn, 101 East Harford St.
Big Things, 4-6 p.m., Dimmick Inn, 101 East Harford St.
Christopher Gebiya — 1-3 p.m., Earthly Treasures, 149 Sawkill Avenue
The Spins — 4-6 p.m., Enchanted Gifts and Books, 104 East Ann St.
Eric Langberg and Bluestone — 1-3 p.m., Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties, 223 Broad St.
Olivia Zinn Music — 1-3 p.m., Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, 611 Broad St.
Tara Minstrels — 2-5 p.m., Golden Fish Art Gallery, 307 Broad St.
Handsome Johnny — 5-7 p.m., Golden Fish Art Gallery, 307 Broad St.
Merchants of Groove Blues Reunion — 1-3 p.m., Harrington House, 208 West Harford St.
Adam Zajac and Brian St. John — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Anthony, CJ, Veronica — 2-5 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
John Curtin — 5-8:30 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Mason Jar Rebellion — 8:30-11 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Al Pitrelli + Chloe Lowry — 1-3 p.m., Keller Williams Real Estate, 500 West Harford St.
Veronica Fernandez — Noon-1:30 p.m., Lacquer Nail Bar, 310 West Harford St.
Eibes — 3-4:30 p.m., Lacquer Nail Bar, 310 West Harford St.
Young at Heart — 5-6:30 p.m., Lacquer Nail Bar, 310 West Harford St.
Strength in Allies — 6:45-8 p.m., Lacquer Nail Bar, 310 West Harford St.
The Pick-Up Artists — 8-10 p.m., Laurel Villa Inn and Restaurant, 210 2nd St.
SUNDAY
Little Big Band — 12:30-3:30 p.m., Davis R. Chant Realtors, 106 East Harford St.
Leo B. — 2-5 p.m., Dimmick Inn, 101 East Harford St.
Chris Raabe Band — 6-9 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Soul Sunday — Olivia Zinn Music, 1-3 p.m., Earthly Treasures, 149 Sawkill Avenue
Travis Love — 2-4 p.m., Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, 611 Broad St. (folk/anti-folk, performance art)
Scott Palermo — 8 a.m.-noon, Frisky Goat Coffeehouse, 611 Broad St.
Handsome Johnny — Noon-3 p.m., Golden Fish Art Gallery, 307 Broad St.
Will Hoppey — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Mingo Lodge — 1-3 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Tabitha Booth — 3-5 p.m., Jive Bar and Lounge, 319 Broad St.
Circle Jam — 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lacquer Nail Bar, 310 West Harford St.
Mostly Jazz — 10 a.m.-noon, Milford Farmers Market, 608 Broad St.
Scott Weiss — Noon-2 p.m., Milford Farmers Market, 608 Broad St.
Veronica Fernandez — 2-2:15 p.m., Music in the Park, Ann Street Park (Milford’s ukelele songstress opens the show)
Joe Ferry’s Big Ska Band — 2:15-4 p.m., Music in the Park, Ann Street Park
Leo Frampton — 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Penn State Extension, 514 Broad St.


— The 17th annual Milford Music Festival, from June 22 through June 24, will take place on the streets of Milford Borough, which will be overflowing with local musicians, sidewalk sales, and street food.

Excitement is building.

“We’re seen a real increase in not only the attendance of our events this year, but also in the participation for the businesses in the community,” said Dave Wallace, president of the Milford Presents Board of Directors. “This years Music Festival will surely be even better than the last, with more musical performances at local businesses.”

The festival will primarily be centered around Broad and Harford Streets. All ages are encouraged to come out to the festival, which is free to attend.

This year's will feature regional musicians like Eibes, Young at Heart, and Olivia Zinn, as well as past festival favorites like Scott Weis Band, Leo B., Bobby Kyle, Circle Jam, Will Hoppey, and Chris Raabe Band. Musical selections vary in genre, ranging from classic rock, traditional folk, indie, and modern pop.

More than 20 businesses in the borough will play host to the performers, showcasing more than 30 musical artists and groups throughout the weekend (please see sidebar).

Other events throughout the borough include:

The Strawberry Festival at the Methodist Church at 206 East Ann Street on Saturday

Flea Market at the Presbyterian Church at 308 Broad Street on Saturday

Music in the Park at Ann Street Park on Sunday

Milford Presents/Milford Music Festival is a nonprofit organization focused act sustaining Milford’s quality of life through events that blend culture with community, and representing 60 Milford business leaders and peer organizations.

Sponsors include Wells Fargo, the Pocono Arts Council, The Naked Bagel, Hotel Fauchere, Ambiance Furniture and Fine Crafts, and all Milford merchants.

For more information visit milfordpa.us

Music in the ParkMusic in the Park, to be held Sunday at Ann Street Park, is free thanks to its sponsors: Teslicko Enterprises; Waterwheel Café Bakery and Bar; Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties; The Frisky Goat Coffee House; Milford Borough Recreation; Jen Murphy’s Fitness Studio; and, Scott and Colleen Sheldon.

Here are the events highlights:

The Big Ska Band performs reggae, ska, pop, funk and soul music including original songs, classic hits and deep cuts. The line-up for the show includes Grammy award winning producer, author, artist, musician and band leader Dr. Joe Ferry, Alan Jax Bowers, Dan Kottmann, and Neal Spitzer. Joey Ray fronts the band on keyboards and lead vocal. Come celebrate the release of the bands new single “Skallawalla" featuring Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and their upcoming 25 Anniversary tour. Go to joeferryofficial.com for more news about the band.

Veronica Fernandez, Milford's ubiquitous ukulele songstress, opens the show with songs from her first EP “Thoughts.” You can also see her perform at Lacquered Nail Bar and Jive Bar and Lounge on Saturday during the festival.

Jesse Clemente will create art live in the park during the concert. His work is currently on exhibit at the ARTery gallery in Milford through September. Complimentary painting materials will be provided for kids attending the concert.

Jen Murphy's Studio at 113 West Harford serves as the alternate indoor location for the concert in the event of inclement weather. Visit facebook.com/gazebomusic for updates.

Music in the Park presents free concerts in Ann Street Park on some Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. Nestled in the heart of the borough, the park is a short walk to dozens of independently owned shops, restaurants, bars, deli’s, art galleries, cafés and coffee shops, and the farmers market. The concerts are family-friendly, with playground equipment and plenty of space to run around in. Bring a picnic!





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