The 33rd Annual Little Buffalo Festival takes place on Saturday, October 1st and features a rich and diverse musical lineup led by several artists from the Keystone State along with some talent from outside Pennsylvania. Located at Little Buffalo State Park just outside of Newport, PA, this one-day free event also arts, crafts, poetry, a variety of food and refreshments as well as a stage and an area dedicated to kids activities.
Musically, there are two distinct stages on opposite ends of the festival with concurrent performances throughout the afternoon. Things kick off on the main pavilion stage at Noon with the Susquenita High School West Side Singers, a choir of about three dozen singers from a local high school in Duncannon, PA. This is followed by the day’s first rock band, The Red Eye Kings, at 1:00pm. Based in the Harrisburg area, this group is led by composer and recording artist Rhyne McCormick. The 2:00pm hour will feature another group from the state capital, Shawan and the Wonton, which draw inspiration and influenced from the R&B, Folk and Jazz genres.
Live music on the acoustic stage commences at 1:30pm with Ghost Town Cinema, an “anti-folk” group out of Palmyra, PA which prides itself on not being easy to categorize. Americana and bluegrass artist Forest Marek Beutel from Tacoma, WA follows at 2:30pm with a solo performance on the intimate acoustic stage. Rounding out the day’s performers on the small stage are the 3:30pm performance of Vinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, incendiary string band out of the PA Dutch Country, and the 4:30pm performance of Indian Summer Jars, with a high energy sound that is unique and upbeat, dynamic and bold.
Back on the main stage at 3:30pm is Skyla Burrell Band, led by “one of the hardest working women in the blues”. Skyla leads her talented band through all original songs which draw influence from the high energy sounds of Memphis and Chicago. Headlining the festival is the acclaimed rock/funk/jam band Flux Capacitor from Southeast PA. Having released several albums and headlined festivals, clubs, and other venues, this talented trio will start performing at 5:00pm and close the 2016 Little Buffalo Festival.
Driven by the time and effort of dedicated volunteers known as “Buffalos”, the Little Buffalo Festival has established itself as an annual tradition which provides the perfect scenery and atmosphere to usher in Autumn in Central Pennsylvania.