WILLIAMSPORT -- With the majestic Bald Eagle Mountains as a backdrop, music will echo through the Valley as fireworks explode overhead in communities throughout the Valley on Friday.
One of the biggest displays will take place during the 19th annual Set the Night to Music in downtown Williamsport.
“This is a fantastic family friendly event filled with 11 musical acts, food, craft vendors and lots of entertainment as we celebrate the nation’s 238 birthday,” said Dan Farr, president of Backyard Radio Group and one of the event’s major sponsors.
The red, white and blue event kicks off at 3 p.m. as the first of the 11 acts take to the stage performing everything from rock and roll to country to patriotic tunes.
First to hit the stage will be a group of aspiring young musicians from the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, a school of music for all ages.
The eight-piece band will be jamming out a set of modern rock covers from The Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Audioslave and a collection of other rock tunes.
Performing 30-minute sets, the roster of area musicians features Gray Valley, The Mad Trio, Unncutt, Wonderchunck, K.G.+3, Lazlo’s Closet, Wheelin’ & Dealin’, Rubber Soul and the hard-rocking trio Audiobox.
“We are a high energy rock band that puts on a live show, not just a recital. We focus on original music, not just covers. We want the crowd to interact, we want you to feel part of the show,” said Matt Colegrove, guitarist and lead vocals for the popular band.
“Everyone helps put on a great Fourth of July event every year. They always get the top entertainment from around the area. There isn’t a reason not to attend.”
Taking place primarily in the area of William Street and Via Bella near the Hampton Inn, visitors will find a collection of vendors selling crafts, patriotic hats and sunglasses to several vendors showcasing their culinary skills selling savory hot sausage sandwiches, pizza, cotton candy and French fries.