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Regional, national entertainers perform at Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival

Johnny Angel and The Halos
8/1/2011 —

The countdown is on for the 2011 Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival September 10 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. This year’s festival will feature a lineup of musical performers that will entertain festival attendees of all ages. The lineup includes Johnny Angel and The Halos, Harold Betters, The Stickers, NewLanders and more.

Every year this special festival celebrates the culture, labor and music of the coal and coke region of southwestern Pennsylvania. The festival offers a full day of musical entertainment of all kinds, as well as ethnic foods of the region, local arts and crafts, the popular Kiddie Koal Mine, and fireworks! This year, the S.H.I.F.T. Car Show will also be taking place at the festival.

For more than 30 years, Johnny Angel and The Halos have been delivering high-energy shows that has the audience on its feet dancing. The band, which specializes in music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, has performed with music industry powerhouses from those decades including The Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys, The Turtles and The Monkees. Johnny Angel and The Halos will perform at 8 p.m.

Festival favorite, Harold Betters, will return for his fourth consecutive festival to entertain the audience with his unique form of jazz at 4:30 p.m. This Connellsville, Pa., native has performed at venues locally and across the country. Betters has worked with music legends Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong, who described Betters’ music as “rich and honest.”

Fans of country music will want to see The Stickers perform at 6:30 p.m. The Pittsburgh-based band’s current single “She Don’t Like a Thing” jumped 10 spots to No. 25 in its second week on the charts. This marks their third single to break into the Top 40 this year. The band has opened for several famous country acts, including Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Blake Shelton.

Swing band Dr. Zoot and the Suits is making its first appearance at the festival this year. Founded in 1998 at a local club in Pittsburgh, Dr. Zoot and the Suits has grown into a nationally recognized swing band. Dr. Zoot and the Suits regularly perform in Atlantic City, N.J., Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Key West, Fla., and other venues. They take the stage Sept. 10 at 3 p.m.

NewLanders is returning for its fourth festival performance. They bring a unique style of musical storytelling to the Coal and Coke Heritage Center at 1:30 p.m. By combining traditional instruments, like the Appalachian lap dulcimer and mandolin, with rich harmonies and electric instruments, NewLanders is able to bring to life stories of the western Pennsylvania region.

Tres Lads, an acoustic trio from Pittsburgh, is a new addition to this year’s festival. The band’s robust sound is attributed to all three “Lads” singing lead and playing guitar. Tres Lads covers crowd favorites such as Journey, Queen, The Beatles, Jane’s Addiction, Oasis and Bon Jovi. Tres Lads will perform at 1:30 p.m.

One musical group that has been a part of the festival from the beginning is the Augsburg German Band. A favorite band at western Pennsylvania Oktoberfests, clubs and festivals, the band will get the audience on its feet to polka! Augsburg German Band will take the stage at noon.

For the second year, Zambelli fireworks will wrap up the day-long activities.

Tickets for the Coal and Coke Festival are $5 in advance or at the gate. Children 4-years-old and younger, as well as miners, get in free.

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