Roots rock bands Donna the Buffalo and Juvenile Characteristics will headline the annual three-day Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival from May 20-22.
The festival, which began in 2004, is held primarily at Goodell Gardens and Homestead, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro. Live music will also be held at various venues in Edinburgh, including Crossroads Dinor, 101 W. Plum St .; Sunset Grill at Edinboro Lake Resort, 12690 Edinboro Road; Edinboro Hotel, 100 Meadville St .; Parker’s Gallery, 111 Erie St .; and The Empty Keg, 129 Erie St.
Donna the Buffalo has passionate followers and has played thousands of performances and many festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Austin City Limits Festival and more. Donna will also lead the Great Blue Heron Festival in Sherman, New York, from July 1-3.
Donna the Buffalo will close the Edinboro Festival on May 22 in the Goodell performance tent with a show that should start after 6 p.m.
Juvenile Characteristics, an American folk band from Sharon, will perform the first night, after a gathering of the Tiger Maple String Band, on May 20 at the Goodell Tent.
Rose & the Bros, a Southern dance groove band, will conclude the festivities on May 21 at the Goodell Performance Tent with a set set to begin after 7 p.m.
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The lineup of more than 25 bands also includes Jim Avett (father of two members of the acclaimed folk rock band The Avett Brothers), Richie & Rosie, Way Behind the Sun, Stewed Mulligan, Company Townes, Claire Stuczynski, Ron Yarosz & The Vehicle and more.
The Edinboro Art & Music Festival also includes the opening of art exhibition galleries, instrumental workshops, health and wellness workshops, local artisans and food vendors, as well as a children’s tent with interactive art workshops, singing, drumming and more.
All events are free and open to the public, organizers said.
For the first time this year, there will be a music-themed bike ride linked to the festival and 814 Outdoor Sports, with three rides to choose from: Staccato Ride, 15 miles at 400 feet above sea level; Moderato Ride, 33 miles at 800 feet above sea level; and Fortissimo Ride, 50 miles at 1800 feet above sea level. Rhythm & Roll Ride starts at 9 a.m. May 21; check-in is at 8 p.m.
Complete driving tickets will be released soon, according to organizers. The ride will begin and end at the Northwest Tri County Intermediate Unit 5 car park, 252 Waterford St., just steps from the festival.Registration is $ 45.
Visit edinboroartandmusic.com for event schedules and more information.
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