WILLIAMSPORT — Eight bands will take the big stage during the second Downtown Billtown Music Festival, an indoor music festival organized by The Billtown Blues Association (BBA), this Saturday at the Community Arts Center.
Doors open at 3 p.m.; the event begins at 4 p.m.
The event began in 2009 following the death of BBA member and avid music lover Susan Bacchieri. According to Bonnie Tallman, association secretary, BBA members united and organized a benefit concert shining the spotlight on local bands to raise money for Bacchieri’s family.
Afterward, the BBA members decided to do something like it again and approached Rob Steele, executive director of the CAC, for help in finding a venue. They left the meeting with not only a venue, but a partner.
In 2012, the first Downtown Billtown Music Festival took place.
Given the wealth of talent in this area, the festival is a great opportunity for these musicians to get up on the big stage and be heard. “It’s all about the musicians,” said Tallman.
The music will range from gospel to outlaw country to blues and rock. Each band will play a 40-minute set.
Kicking off the show at 4 p.m. is JR Scott, a member of the ’70s rock band Harpoon and Jab who then later set off to perform solo. His repertoire consists of a mix of covers and original tunes, peppered with historical events.
Next up is Urban Souls, a Motown tribute band from the Uptown Music Collective. The average age of the band members is 11. They are committed to music with soul, rhythm and blues, having spent the last year performing three-part harmonies and featuring strong lead vocals that really pack a punch. Dedicated to music, these kids are amazing — prepare to be blown away.
Kim Adair and Soulful will be on stage at 5:40 p.m. Adair has been singing soul and gospel since she was 5 and now teaches music at the Uptown Music Collective as well as performing across the country. She has a CD out called “Voice of My Soul.” For more information visit www.meant2brecords.com.