Hullabaloo Boogaloo is as Sweet as it Sounds
If you love jammin’ out to feel-good tunes amongst nature and friends for days on end, Hullabaloo Boogaloo is the place you’ll want to venture to this May.
From May 1-3, Hullabaloo Productions is hosting a live music and arts festival in the beautiful green space of Windber Recreation Park, featuring a smorgasbord of local food options, traditional camping, and diverse music acts representing genres from rock to psychedelic funk, to blues, jazz, and reggae. You’ll be in touch with nature, sunshine and music while enjoying amenities like pavilions with grills, an indoor ballroom for late night activities, and an onsite skate park. And if you’re feeling up to a quick game with friends, make sure to check out the basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts.
The bands performing include a mixture of local and out-of-state artists. Revibe, a jam/funk/psychedelic electronic band from Burlington, VT, performs all over New England with a steady fan base. Mosaic Foundation, a roots reggae band from the Greater Finger Lakes Region of NY, writes songs inspired by dancing in the moment, an active mind, positive energy, and sustainable living. Check out a video of a 2014 performance. McLovins are an improv jam rock band from Hartford, CT who will keep you on your toes. And some local band names may ring a bell, including The Clock Reads, Memphis Hill, Jude Benedict and the Last Drop, and Habitat. They frequently perform at local venues around the city, including Creative Life Support concerts at Mr. Smalls. Memphis Hill has a killer lead female singer, Elle Allen, who displays raw vocal quality infused with soulful twang. Although Hullabaloo will be her last show with the band, it seems like the perfect note to end upon.
The full Hullabaloo music lineup is listed below:
The Blind Owl Band
Mosaic Foundation (x2)
The Clock Reads (x2)
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
Supper Break String Band
Jude Benedict and the Last Drop
Several vendors will also be in attendance in addition to the music acts, including:
Food will be provided by PRESS Bistro, a modern Italian restaurant in the historic downtown Johnstown, that serves delicious fresh sandwiches, dinners, craft beer, wine, and espresso. Snacks and concessions will be provided by Venue of Merging Arts (VOMA), a social benefit and arts organization who turned a closed church in downtown Johnstown into a local art venue. They serve pizza, stromboli, and other similar treats.
Entertainers include Flow N’at, a group of fire performers and flow artists from Laurel Highlands and the surrounding areas who are experts at dancing with hula-hoops on fire. The Conscious Carnival, an improv art collective, will also be spreading positive energy through flow, love, and consciousness raising conversation, along with yoga and meditation instruction, hula-hooping and flow art, fire spinning, face and body painting, and all sorts of interactive toys for adults to engage their inner child.
In addition, there will be live painting by Marlon Gunby, Michael Long, and Larry Bradfield. Gunby is a vivid artist of many mediums who owns a tattoo parlor in Bedford, PA. Long is from Fredonia, New York, and Bradfield, also from Bedford, PA and a member of the Conscious Carnival, has a colorful, psychedelic artistic style.
Finally, Pittsburgh’s one and only Frequency 528 will host a late night silent disco. For those who aren’t familiar with this immersive experience, “Silent Discos” involve dancing to the beat of your own drum. Rather than a speaker system, music is heard through an FM transmitter picked up by wireless headphones worn by participants. Listeners can choose between three different channels, dancing with their friends to their own beat while resonating together in love.
Weekend pass tickets to Hullabaloo Boogaloo are available to purchase for $40 including camping, and $30 without. Single day passes are available for $25, and you may also purchase tickets at the door for $5 more. Hullabaloo kicks off at 4PM on May 1 – hope to see you there!