By Brian Crawford
Edited by Melanie Stangl
After a smooth, successful debut, the Millvale Music Festival will be returning for its second year on May 12th, 2018. But the anticipation is already building. The Festival Committee will hold a series of fundraisers in the months leading up to the big day, with the first one happening this Saturday, February 3rd, at 6 PM at Panza Gallery. The event, led by Jenny Sines of the Millvale Yoga Collective, will celebrate Groundhog Day with live painters, belly dancers and of course, music. Several bands are scheduled to perform at the fundraiser, including Elkhound, The Moat Rats, Jenny and the Jags, MoemawNaedon, and The Goodfoots. Free alcohol will be available at the event, which requests a $5 (or higher!) donation at entry.
Dale Mangold, a member of The Moat Rats, is looking forward to it, commenting that he’s “very proud to be part of Pittsburgh’s original music scene and to help promote the festival.” He goes on: “[The festival] is a fantastic event, which not only brings the music community together, but the city and western Pennsylvania at large…as well as showcasing the town of Millvale.”
Beyond the Groundhog Party, the festival has other fundraisers scheduled in the coming weeks and months. Up next: a comedy show at the Millvale Community Library on February 9th. This event will feature headliner Mike Sasson, along with comics Erick Williams, Rob Speer, and Ingrid Kalchthaler. Liz Tripoli will be hosting. The rest of the event schedule is as follows: February 24th at Howard’s Pub, March 3rd at the Double L, March 24th at Tazza D’Oro, and April 27th at the Good Time Bar.
Carrie Collins, who recently joined the planning committee and will be performing at Howard’s Pub on the 24th, says that she’s “excited to be part of the festival this year, both as a committee member and a musician. We’ve got some great things in store!”