The AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival is set to return to Peoples Natural Gas Park with a 14-act lineup that will please just about anyone who likes music. The festival is set to take place July 29 and 30, 2022.
The Spin Doctors, who headline Saturday night, burst onto the scene in the 1990s — virtually everyone who was a music fan then owned a copy of ‘Pocket Full of Kryptonite,’ and they’re still actively recording today. Friday night’s headliner, Railroad Earth, is one of the best jamgrass bands on the festival scene.
But the underbill is really the heart of this event. Every year people come to the festival to see a particular band and come away with new favorites – sometimes from a genre they wouldn’t ordinarily go out of their way to see. It’s one of the best things about a music festival – the opportunity to see new genres and new acts, not to mention the tantalizing possibility that artists will sit in on each other’s sets, treating the audience to a one-of-a-kind, festival-only collaboration.
AmeriServ Financial is the festival’s title sponsor for a record 27th year, which is an incredible record of corporate support.
Festival organizers are excited about the diversity of this year’s lineup, in every way – for example, there are several women-fronted acts.
Early-bird two-day passes are $40, or $65 for a VIP Pass, which includes access to the VIP Lounge and the site’s only full bar and indoor restrooms, as well as a special viewing area at the mainstage. It’s a great deal, given that you could easily pay that much for a single show by one of the headliners! Single-day tickets will go on sale when early-bird prices expire at 11:59 pm on April 30.
Regular prices for passes are $50 for two-day passes, $75 for VIP, and single-day general admission tickets will be $25 for Friday, and $40 for Saturday.
As in 2021, tickets are being sold through the Eventgroove platform, and may be bought online at www.floodcitymusic.com. Passes are also on sale in person at the Heritage Discovery Center.
Since its founding, the festival has presented a who’s who of American music, with names like Gregg Allman, Robert Cray, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, The Smithereens, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Boz Scaggs, Dr. John, Los Lobos, Derek Trucks, Del McCoury, Bettye LaVette, and many more. The festival has a great track record of presenting artists whose star is on the rise – such as Grace Potter (2009, 2016), and Trombone Shorty (2013).
In addition to the headliners and touring talent, the bill includes several local and regional acts. The complete 2022 lineup is:
- Spin Doctors (90s alternative rock)
- Railroad Earth (jamgrass)
- Big Something (jam rock)
- Brandon “Taz” Niederaurer (guitar-based rock)
- Ally Venable Band (blues)
- Karina Rykman (funk)
- Vanessa Collier (blues)
- The Fritz (soul/funk)
- Buffalo Rose (modern folk)
- Habatat (funk)
- Shelf Life String Band (bluegrass)
- Silver Screen (alternative rock)
- Kevin Dale (country)
- The Rusty Shackles (Americana)
The festival, which is produced by and benefits the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA), builds on a rich history that extends back to 1990, when JAHA was able to bring the National Folk Festival to Johnstown for a three-year run. In 1993 JAHA began to produce the event as the AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest. In 2009, the name of the event was changed to better reflect the type of music offered, and in 2012 JAHA realized the dream of building a permanent home for the festival, Peoples Natural Gas Park. The park is also home to other festivals and concerts, produced by JAHA and other entities, and has served as a catalyst for new special events in Johnstown.
For much more about the festival and to buy passes online, visit www.floodcitymusic.com.