Visitors to the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in downtown Johnstown kept pouring in from all across the region on Saturday.
Peoples Natural Gas Park hosted the final performance of the two-day festival, which included headliners the Spin Doctors. Songs like “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” from the band’s debut album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” which was released in August 1991, were performed.
The wide range of artists performing at the festival is a major draw for many people.
Billy Jo Miller, a local of Boswell, said she has been a regular attendee and vendor for many years. She gushed about how she couldn’t wait till Saturday night to watch SunSquabi this year.
“It’s fantastic having very good music locally, and you don’t have to drive to Pittsburgh to see it,” she gushed.
Debbie and John Osborn, from Altoona, have been coming to the festival for 14 years, and they plan to spend both days in the area this year.
“It’s fantastic, and we enjoy it. Even if you don’t recognize the names, you’ll enjoy the music. Indeed, they’re fantastic, “According to what Osborn had said. “This is a secure location. The location is perfect.”
Osborn said that she bought seven different CDs from different artists throughout the weekend because she appreciated so many of the performances she saw.
Dean Miles, originally from Johnstown but now residing in the Grand Rapids, Michigan region, has been coming to the event every year since he retired ten years ago. Miles appreciated Friday night’s performance by Railroad Earth, one of his favorite bands, because he had previously seen them at other festivals.
The music, he remarked, was excellent. “Whenever I get the chance, I make sure to get out there and dance.”
The festival “went well,” according to Ron Carnevali, the event’s chairman.
“It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of people come out,” he remarked. “That was the best weekend we’ve had in a long time.”
Carnevali reported that attendance and sales were strong at the festival, with the possibility that Friday night’s throng being the largest they’ve ever seen.
It was a “smashing success,” according to Shelley Johansson, director of communications for the Johnstown Area Heritage Association.
She remarked, “I think the music was simply sublime, and it was a fantastic success overall.”
According to Johansson, one of the weekend’s biggest surprises was the lineup change on Saturday, when SunSquabi stepped in at the last minute to replace Big Something, who had to cancel at the last minute.
Her comment, “It’s extraordinary – it’s extremely tough to describe how challenging it is to replace anybody on the bill that late,” was spot on.
Particularly someone of that stature… plugged in that fast and heated because of the circumstances — that means that the person or that the band will be flying in rather than driving in,
which means that they won’t have their instruments and things with them, which means that all of that has to be obtained, and I was incredibly proud of everyone on our team that we were able to pull that off so seamlessly.
According to Johansson, the band’s performance was a success.
“SunSquabi had no legal repercussions to worry about. People appeared to be enjoying it. It was fantastic in every way,
she remarked. Though I enjoyed all of the performances, the one that ended the festival was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. You can read more articles on TheActiveNews.Com.