By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Over the past few years at Ethnic Fest, many organizers, staff members and volunteers noticed that Venue of Merging Arts (VOMA) and its neighboring nonprofit arts organization, Bottle Works—Arts on Third Avenue, were sometimes competing for eyes and ears.
So, for the first time, VOMA and Bottle Works will be working together this year to improve the Third Avenue section of the festival.
“We are excited to partner with VOMA this year,” Bottle Works Executive Director Angela Rizzo said. “For some years, our music was literally competing against each other. Combining our resources, in terms of volunteers, staff and facilities, allows us to make this a better experience for everyone.”
Ethnic Fest weekend, which is to take place in Cambria City from Sept. 2-4 this year, spans seven blocks and features seven different stages, plus vendors and tents under which to dance and socialize. Other nonprofits, as well as local business and churches, are involved every year, too.
Bottle Works’ and VOMA’s Third Avenue Arts Stage is to offer a diverse array of talent and musical genres.
Bands on the line up include: Crew of the Half Moon (original rock/folk); Memphis Hill (blues rock); Habatat (blues/rock/funk/jam); Trailheads (funk/jam); Endless Mike and the Beagle Club (indie rock); Adam Ernst (country); Chrome Moses (blues rock); Beauty Slap (future brass thunder funk); Jazz Trip (jazz); Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers (bluegrass); Swampcandy (fusiongrass); and Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (indie rock). Local acts Dave DiStefano, Black Cat Moan and even the Kulani West African Drum and Dance Troupe round out the Third Avenue Arts Stage lineup.
“There is truly something for everyone at this event,” said Adam Mundok, an event coordinator for the 3rd Avenue Arts Stage. “In the past, we have estimated the overall festival attendance in the thousands, and I think we are on par to see those numbers again this year.”
For more information about this year’s 27th annual Cambria City Ethnic Festival, visit cambriacityethnicfestival.webs.com.