Grammy-winner Michelle Branch to headline Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival
Grammy-winner Michelle Branch will be the headliner at the 2009 Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival September 19 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus in Uniontown, Pa. The young country music singer-songwriter is preparing to release a new album this fall. Her performance rounds out the festival’s musical entertainment, which showcases a wide range of music types.
The annual music festival, now in its second year, will also feature:
- The Fabulous Hubcaps—one of the country’s most requested oldies and classic rock bands
- Harold Betters—nationally-renowned jazz great and local musician
- NewLanders—singers-songwriters of popular folk and contemporary songs that capture the American experience
- The Augsburg German Band—regional favorite for polka and German music
- SNAP!—covering classic rock and pop, and some original music
- Bobby Reed & Jerry Onesi Trio—musicians offering jazz and swing
- Stereotype—a local teen band that plays music from the 60s, 70s and 80s
- Local church choirs, student bands and more
Festival planning co-chair Gina Jones says, “The comments we heard from people who attended our festival last year were very positive and many are already planning to come to this year’s Coal and Coke Heritage and Music festival on September 19. Attendees really liked that we had a wide variety of musical entertainers and we repeated that aspect of the festival. What people can expect is several new acts this year, as well as the return of a few popular favorites.”
Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie says Michelle Branch’s appearance at the festival is an important addition to the lineup of entertainers. “When the Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival debuted last year we wanted to highlight the talent of local and regional entertainers, but we also wanted to feature a national act that would offer a unique opportunity and experience for our area. Last year it was the Atlanta Drumline. This year we welcome rising country music entertainer Michelle Branch.”
The 26-year-old Branch was born and raised in Sedona, Ariz. She was a solo recording artist in the early 2000s, and teamed up with Santana in 2002 to record “The Game of Love,” which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Later she moved to Nashville and hit the country music scene as part of the duo The Wreckers in the mid 2000s. The group’s album Stand Still, Look Pretty was nominated for both a Country Music Award (CMA) and a Grammy. After The Wreckers split, she returned to a solo career and is currently finishing a new album, featuring her new single “Everything Comes and Goes.”
The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival debuted last year designed to celebrate the unique heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania’s coal and coke history and heritage—one of the highlights of the festival being the Coal and Coke Heritage Center housed on the Penn State Fayette campus. To appeal to the whole family, the festival features music, ethnic foods, regional arts and crafts, and a free Kiddie Koal Mine children’s area.
The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival kicks off at noon Saturday, September 19, and wraps up around dusk. Tickets go on sale August 19. For more information, call 724-430-4101.
Penn State Fayette is located on Route 119 between Uniontown and Connellsville, Pa.