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Summer’s Best Music Fest announces 2016 lineup

Luca Brajuha, 4, dances with his sister, Ellie, 1, as they listen to Biscuit Jam on the Calder Way stage during the Summer’s Best Music Fest in 2013.
Luca Brajuha, 4, dances with his sister, Ellie, 1, as they listen to Biscuit Jam on the Calder Way stage during the Summer’s Best Music Fest in 2013. Centre Daily Times, file

Summer’s Best Music Fest is about three months away, but the festival has been years in the making.

Organizers pegged this year’s event as having its best lineup since its inception with headliners like Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and Doyle Bramhall II for a two-day, five-stage schedule. It will also feature its first beer garden.

It is about to celebrate its 10th year in downtown State College on June 3-4.

“It’s a momentous year for us,” festival chair Shannon Bishop said. “We have 10 nationally touring acts on this year’s bill, as opposed to just one last year, and we’re growing to two days. We are thrilled to be at this point, and to share our excitement with the State College community and beyond.”

The festival offered a ticketed national stage with one headlining performance in 2015, and 2016 ticket holders will have access to two stages programmed with the nationally touring acts. Organizers worked with Johnstown-based Lucky Dog Management for national bookings.

“Our two-day schedule means we’re still offering as much or more free music as we ever have,” Bishop said. “But going to a ticketed model means we’re able to bring the talent level way up on the Garner stages. We think music lovers will be delighted.”

A schedule of events, lineups and ticket information is available at summersbestmusicfest.com. Prices will increase on April 15.

Three stages — Locust Lane Stage, Locust Lot Stage, and Calder Acoustic Stage — are free to everyone.

“This is a key step in the festival’s evolution and will help the festival continue to grow,” Downtown State College Improvement District Executive Director George Arnold said. “We’re grateful to all who helped us with the necessary licensing.”

In addition to the beer garden, the festival will have food and merchandise vendors.

The State College Downtown Rotary Ice Cream Festival will also be held 1 to 5 p.m. June 4 as part of the festival. It will be located on Calder Way between Pugh Street and McAllister Alley.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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