The 2016 Ellwood Festival will emphasize the entertainment part of Arts, Crafts, Food and Entertainment at an unprecedented level. All of Friday is dedicated to showcasing Ellwood-based bands and Saturday and Sunday will see additional local entertainment.
The previews will be updated throughout the week to highlight different bands. All information taken from interviews or social media. All photos used with permission of the band.
Friday, July 1- Community Day
12:30 p.m. Wine & Spirit
Perennial festival performers Wine & Spirit will open the musical acts on Friday.
“I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve played at the festival,” vocalist and guitarist Paul Joseph said. “We are always excited to be part of the festival as Ellwoodians. There’s a great community aspect of Ellwood with the summer concert series and parades. We’re hoping the Ellwood music scene influences younger people.”
For nearly a decade, Wine & Spirit has been rocking out the back woods and valleys of Western Pennsylvania and has produced three albums since the band formed in 2006 on the grounds of Slippery Rock University. Frontman Paul Joseph and bassist Derek Ruby started playing together at Lincoln High School and once in college, expanded Wine & Spirit into a full band. This winter, they welcomed new drummer Adam Parrott.
The self-titled album “Wine & Spirit” launched the group to play at well-known venues such as The Altar Bar, Mr. Smalls Theater and even the old Star Lake Amphitheater in Station Square. In 2012, Wine & Spirit was crowned the winner of the X Winter Rock Showcase sponsored by Clear Channel’s 105.9 FM WXDX.
Wine & Spirit released their third album “Against All Odds” in March 2013 at Pittsburgh’s Hard Rock Cafe. “Against All Odds” can now be heard on radio stations across Lawrence, Butler, Beaver and Allegheny counties.
From being an immature collegiate group study to a bunch of millennial rock junkies with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude, they currently released their new single “Snake Eyes” for the 2015 year and making way for their upcoming fourth album this summer. Until then, see Wine & Spirit, feel Wine & Spirit, and dance!
Genre: Rock and Roll
Paul Joseph – Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica
Derek Ruby – Bass
Adam Parrott – Drums
T.J Hervatine – Lead Guitar
2 p.m. D Major
Genre: Italian/American Music
Pasquale DiBuono, Joe Tomak, Nora DiBuono, Robert DiBuono and John DiBuono.
“This is our first time playing at the festival, and we’re excited,” guitarist Todd Swogger said. “I like living in a town with a lot of good musicians and bands.”
The band was formed when Todd Swogger saw Chrissy Ierino’s talent singing karaoke. Todd had played in high school and been in a few bands, but had largely given it up for almost 18 years. The band was subsequently formed by several local musicians.
Nickel Plated Revolver plays a mix of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s classic rock along with rocking blues. They played at Ellwood’s Oktoberfest last year and welcomed new bassist Dean Reed of Hopewell this year.
Genre: Classic Rock, Rocking Blues
Chrissy Ierino Paglia -Vocals
Todd Swogger -Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Dave Fowler -Lead/Rhythm Guitar
Dean Reed -Bass
Joe Tomak -Drummer
5 p.m. Generation 2
Genre: Classic Rock covers
Matt Good – Guitar
Chris Nocera – Keyboard
Mike Nocera – Bass
Shelly Reiser – Lead Vocals
Rick Venezie – Drums<
“We haven’t played at the festival in over 20 years, and we’re looking forward to it,” Ron Boy said. “The community is really starting to build events up. We played to over 500 people at the community plaza a couple weeks ago.
Brok’n Pic formed almost 30 years ago as southern rock and country band. Most of the members live in Ellwood or are from Ellwood. They hold a unique spot in Ellwood history as the first band to ever play at the festival in 1981. In 1997, the band quit playing.
Following a successful reunion show in 2011, the band reformed permanently. They now regularly open for southern rock bands such as the Outlaws and are known for their signature twin fiddle sound.
Genre: Bluegrass, Country, Southern Rock
George Fenechi, Ron Boy, Tom Boy, Lee Syrjanen, Billy Viccar and Chris Buhler
Brok’n Pic Band is a high energy twin-fiddle band that has opened for The Marshall Tucker band on numerous occasions as well as Lee Greenwood, Tom T. Hall, David Allen Coe and The Outlaws. They have won numerous awards and battle of the bands throughout the years.
Saturday, July 2
1 p.m. – Country Castle Cloggers
6:30 p.m. – Soul Attraction
8 p.m. – The Holidays
Sunday, July 3
Noon- Sanctuary Jazz Band
3:30 p.m.- Terra Chain Sky
Genre: Hard Southern Rock
Nick Stelter- Vocals
Tyler Goehring- Guitar
Joe Kozora- Guitar
Colton Lowers- Bass
Mike Fennick- Drums
Jake Parks- Guitar/Vocals
Influences: Pantera, Alice in Chains and Lynyrd Skynyrd
Unspoken (July 2014)
Live at The Rex Theater (January 2015)
Miss Daisy Duke (Nov 2015)
6 p.m. – Elmo’s Fire
8 p.m. – Jimmy Ross & The Jaggerz