Downtown Edinboro Arts and Music Festival: Donna the Buffalo makes headlines


Roots rock bands Donna the Buffalo and Juvenile Features will headline the annual Downtown Edinboro Arts and Music Festival May 20-22.

The festival, which started in 2004, is mainly held at Goodell Gardens and Homestead, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro. Live music will also take place at various Edinboro venues including Crossroads Dinor, 101 W. Plum St.; Sunset Grill at Edinboro Lake Resort, 12690 Edinboro Road;​​ Edinboro Hotel, 100 Meadville St.; Parker Gallery, 111 Erie Street; and The Empty Keg, 129 Erie St.

Donna the Buffalo has a passionate following and has played thousands of shows and numerous festivals including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Telluride, Austin City Limits Festival and more. Donna will also headline the Great Blue Heron Festival in Sherman, New York, July 1-3.

Donna the Buffalo will wrap up the Edinboro Festival on May 22 at the Goodell Performance Tent with a show scheduled to start after 6 p.m.

Juvenile Features, an American folk band from Sharon, will headline the first night, following a set by the Tiger Maple String Band, May 20 at the Goodell Performance Tent.

In this 2016 file photo, youthful features, which include, from left, Jason Sample, Jason Hummell, Kris Chapman and Mitch Adelman are featured.  The band, which now also includes drummer Geoff Marenchin, will perform on May 20 at the Edinboro Art & Music Festival.

Rose & the Bros, a southern groove dance group, will wrap up the May 21 festivities at the Goodell Performance Tent with a set scheduled to begin after 7 p.m.

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The lineup of over 25 bands also includes Jim Avett (father of two members of famous folk rock band The Avett Brothers), Richie & Rosie, Way Behind the Sun, Stewed Mulligan, Company Townes, Claire Stuczynski, Ron Yarosz & The Vehicle and more.

The Edinboro Art and Music Festival also features art gallery openings, instrumental workshops, health and wellness workshops, local artisans and food vendors, and a tent for children with interactive art workshops, songs, drums and Suite.

All events are free and open to the public, organizers said.

For the first time this year, there will be a music-themed bike ride associated with the festival and 814 Outdoor Sports, with three rides to choose from: Staccato Ride, 15 miles at 400 feet; Moderato Ride, 33 miles at 800 feet elevation; and Fortissimo Ride, 50 miles at 1,800 feet. The Rhythm & Roll Ride begins at 9 a.m. May 21; registration is at 8 a.m.

Full circuit maps will be released soon, organizers say. The ride will begin and end at the Northwest Tri County Mid-Unit 5 parking lot, 252 Waterford St., a short walk from the festival. Registration is $45.

To visit for the calendar of events and more information.

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