The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 8, 2013

A festival for all ages

LAURELTON — Summer is almost over -- but there’s still enough time to squeeze in one last fun-filled weekend with the family  and what better way to wind down then with a little camping and live music?

“We really wanted to organize something that would work for all ages,” said Bob Cunningham, organizer of the first Jack’s Mountain Blues Festival.

Cunningham has been working with Jim and Juli Unger for the past 10 months to put together what they hope will become a popular annual event featuring live music, food and craft vendors.

“A lot of other organizations put on events that require you to be 21 to attend,” said Cunningham. “We wanted to stay away from that and offer a nice family event.”

They chose to host a blues festival, he said, because they seem to draw a good crowd and are enjoyable.

Jacks Mountain Blues Festival is set to kick off with the first band taking the stage at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at the West End Fairgrounds in Laurelton. The event continues throughout the day Saturday.

Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance and are $35 at the gate. Children ages 6-16 are just $10 and kids 5 and under are free.

Cunningham said they tried to keep the price low so more people could attend.

“We wanted to make it affordable – our early bird tickets were $25 and all our tickets include camping (except for electrical hook up). How many places can you go and get all that for that price?”

The weekend’s musical line-up includes some local favorites as well as one band from as far away as Boston. The weekend will feature performances by the Sterling Koch Band, Skyla Burrell Blues Band, Reverend Blue Jeans, Mystery Train, Burgess, Mitchell, & Seal, Ann Kerstetter Band, The Blind Chitlin Kahunas, Max Schang Band, James Supra Blues Band, Kelly Richey, Dan Lawyer and Serious Trouble and Ron Yarosz and the Vehicle.

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