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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Friday, 21 February

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival is this weekend
Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival

It’s finally here! This weekend is the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival. It is also Music Friday tonight. In addition, there is a huge book sale, art galleries and of course Central market to enjoy today.

Featuring a variety of Blues, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass, Funk & Soul, Zydeco, Polka, Rock n'Roll, and Reggae, the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival has something for everyone! Venues are located throughout the City. They are: Tellus360, the Chameleon Club, the Federal Taphouse, the Ware Center, and the Convention Center. With the exception of the Taphouse, each venue will offer two stages. With the exception of the Ware Center, the acts are all 21+.

Tellus360 will feature six bands tonight: Brave Combo, the Meditations, Frog Holler, Billy Joe and The Dusty 45s, Dana Alexandra and The Ogham Stones. The Chameleon will feature six bands as well: The Silverhawks, Parker Millsap, Carsie Blanton, Shrimpboat, Octavia, and Jake Lewis and the Clergy. Eight bands will take the stage at the Lancaster County Convention Center. The Federal Taphouse will feature two bands tonight. The Ware Center will feature six bands tonight, including Second Hand Suits.

Tickets range in price from $40 to $169. Readers can purchase tickets online or in person at Tellus360, 24 East King Street. Many groups and organizations have joined together to sponsor this exciting event. The Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOOSE), Fig Magazine, Series 42,, Tristate Indie, Switch It Up Designs, Vogel marketing Solutions, and WXPN. Follow Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival on Facebook or at

It is also Music Friday in Lancaster tonight!

Vin Fischer will perform in the upstairs Loftworks of BuiLDiNG CHARACTER (BC) at 6:30 p.m. There will be free admission and refreshments. It is also Ladies Night there too. BC is located at 342 Rear & 346 North Queen Street.

Saint Elouise will be at the Community Room on King at 7 p.m. tonight. Stop by the coffeehouse at 106 West King Street.

Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will perform this evening at F&M’s Barchinger Center for Musical Arts, 415 College Avenue. Admission is $10 for the general public and a special discounted price for students. The performance is slated for 8 p.m.

Are you a bibliophile?

The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library will hold their annual Winter ReSort Book Sale today through 23 February. The sale is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and Sunday is half-price day. Over 20,000 books are for sale in a variety of subject matters. The ReSort Center is located at 225 North Marshall Street.

Over 30 paintings and drawings by the late Robert Cunningham (1924-2010) will be on display at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) through 28 February. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.

February may be Black History Month but mark your calendars now for the African American History Conference on 5 April. The Conference is sponsored by the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania and will be held at the Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology, 750 East King Street.

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