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Pre-Festival Events Begin Friday and the Festival Will Be In Full Swing Saturday, With Over 75 Events
During the 10-Day Celebration

GETTYSBURG, PA (June 6, 2013) – The cross roads of history and culture come together this weekend for the 6th Annual Gettysburg Festival, held June 7-16th throughout downtown Gettysburg.   Offering more than 75 events – all celebrating American arts, culture and cuisine – the majority are free and open to the public and showcase talents on a local and national level. The full listing of events, as well as descriptions and links to purchase tickets can be found online at www.GettysburgFestival.org.

“No matter where you are in the world, when you say ‘Gettysburg’ people connect with the word and to the greatest battle in the Civil War,” explains Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “We are a town proud of our rich history. We are also a town with a great well of talent. The Gettysburg Festival strives to celebrate both,  by  providing  access to  the  arts  and  presenting  family-appropriate and affordable entertainment and activities for every taste and budget.”

Gettysburg Festival’s Top 10 events for 2013 include:
1. The  Gettysburg Brass Band Festival combines the excellence of brass concerts with a picturesque location. The event takes place at the beautiful campus of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Musical performances spotlight some of the best brass groups from the mid-Atlantic region, including Rockfield Brass, Benfield Brass, Spires Brass, Federal City Brass, Chesapeake Brass, 11 Infantry Fife & Drum, Maryland Defense Force Band and closing out with a Taps tribute performed by renown bugler, Jari Villanueva.  Event Details: Saturday, June 8 the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Free, but ticket required. Bring your own chair.

2. Blues music and BBQ… an all-American combo! One of the Festival’s most popular events, Blues, Beer & BBQ will feature the U.S. Army Field Band Volunteers, legendary bluesman Big Jack Johnson’s backing band, the Cornlickers and PA’s First Lady of Blues, Octavia.  Event Details:  Saturday,  June  8 at 9:00pm @ Gettysburg College, Memorial Field. Tickets are $40 including the BBQ (4-7pm) and $10 for concert ticket only.

3. Striving to be an event for the entire family, Gettysburg Festival plays host to a great children’s program.  This year’s  Children’s  Art Fair  will  pay  tribute  to  the  agricultural  heritage  of  Adams  County  with  a program designed as a world market of creative ideas, with a focus on healthy living. Children will do various fun activities and leave with several unique take-home pieces of their very own, from lettuce plugs to plant to one of a kind craft items they’ve made themselves.  The afternoon will be rounded out by performances from the Gettysburg Community Theater and storyteller, Ann Griffith.

Event Details:
Sunday, June 9th
12:00-5:00pm @ Gettysburg College Penn Hall lawn.  Free and open to the public.

4. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Phil Dirt Presents: Surfs Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys has been together for 20 years and gained a reputation as the nation’s hottest beach party band. Performing hits from The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Hondells, Ronny and The Daytonas, and others will have the crowd on its feet, dancing and singing along.  Bring the whole family and join the beach party on Memorial Field!  Come decked out in your finest beach party attire. The best dressed beach bum will win a Pendleton board shirt in Beach Boys plaid, donated by Pendleton Woolen Mills at the Gettysburg Outlets!

Event Details:
Sunday, June 9 for provided seats or $10 if you bring your own chair.
7:30pm @ Gettysburg College Memorial Field. Tickets are $15

5. The  Aureole Trio  is  sure  to  be  a treat for the Gettysburg Festival audience!  This unique blend of instruments – consolidating the entire orchestral palette into its three essential components – performs with an infinite array of colors and sounds. The variety and scope of Aureole’s repertoire appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The trio has performed for the Saint Louis and Chicago Chamber Music Societies, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as on A&E Television Network’s “Holiday in New York”, on the Bravo Television Network, and has been interviewed and featured frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Event Details:
Tuesday,  June  11
Conservatory. Tickets are $20.

6. Attendees will depart History Meets the Arts: Edible Art Tour satiated and inspired after visiting five galleries throughout Gettysburg’s historic district, meeting world class artists and local top-tier chefs and enjoying both artistic and culinary masterpieces. Guests will have the first chance to view the 2013 History Meets the Arts galleries, meet the artists and enjoy culinary masterpieces at every stop. Gallery locations are: Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg  Frame  Shop,  King  James  Gallery,  Lord  Nelson’s Gallery and Lord Nelson’s Satellite Gallery at the Gettysburg Fire Hall.  Participating restaurants include: Blue Parrot Bistro, Garryowen Irish Pub, Gettysburg Hotel, Inn at Herr Ridge, Wyndam Gettysburg and Fairfield Inn 1757.

Event Details:
Thursday, June 13
Tickets are $35.

7. Atlantic Records recording artist, Hunter Hayes, has made quite an impact on the music scene since releasing his debut album in October of 2011.  He was named the Country Music Association’s best New Artist of 2012, received multiple Academy of Country Music award nominations, won a Teen Choice award for Male Country Artist, has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and toured as the opening act for Taylor Swift, Rascal Flats and Carrie Underwood.  And, now, Hayes is bringing his lifetime of music experience and prowess to the Gettysburg Festival audience… An event that is sure to please young and
old alike!

Event details:
Friday,  June  14
Gettysburg College Memorial Field. Tickets are $25.

8. Widely regarded as America’s most popular and respected author  of military fiction, master storyteller Jeff Shaara captivates audiences by bringing America’s vivid past to life in stories that span from the American Revolution to World War II.  Son of Pulitzer prize-winning author, Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff wrote a prequel (Gods and Generals, 1996) and a sequel (The Last Full Measure, 1998) to his father’s classic work, followed by the creation of ten additional historical novels, every one a New York Times Bestseller.  Shaara is a renown speaker and will be bringing his lecture, “History through Storytelling, Jeff Shaara’s Journey Through the Legacy of his Father” to the Gettysburg Festival audience.

Event details:
Saturday, June 15
11:30am @Adams County Ag & Natural Resource Center. Tickets for this lecture and luncheon are $40.

9. One of popular music’s most romantic singing groups, The Lettermen are bringing their close-harmony pop songs to the Majestic Theater stage for Gettysburg Festival 2013!  In a career spanning over 50 years, the talented trio has given us iconic songs like “When I Fall in Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Sealed with a Kiss” and “Unchained Melody,” and is sure to be a crowd-pleasing favorite feature of the Festival. Come fall in love… Again! Event details: Saturday, June 15 are $52.50, $42.50 & $32.50 and can be purchased through the theater at 717.337.8200 or online at www.GettysburgMajestic.org.

10. Gettysburg Festival, in conjunction with Boritt Films and the Majestic Theater, is pleased to host the world premiere of “The Gettysburg Story.” Dramatically telling the history of the greatest battle fought in the Western Hemisphere, “The Gettysburg Story” was written, produced and directed by Gettysburg native, Jake Boritt and is narrated by actor, Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg).  Using cutting edge technologies – including high definition radio control aerial drone cinematography, motion control timelapse footage, dynamic digital geo-location graphic maps – and being granted unprecedented access to the 6,000-acre battlefield, “The Gettysburg Story” captures the unique and timeless piece of American history, telling it in a new way. Event details:  Sunday,  June  16  at  3:00pm  at  the  Majestic  Theater.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the theater at 717.337.8200 or online at www.GettysburgMajestic.org.

*All events, prices, personalities, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice.

Using Random.org, the Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winners of the Blues, Brews & BBQ Featuring Shemekia Copeland giveaway:

  • George Queen: “Sounds like fun…”
  • Lana Bittle: “Love the blues and would love to hear her she sounds awesome!”
  • Luann Battersby: “I’m looking forward to Shemekia Copeland and houseguests on Saturday. And to my son’s graduation from high school on Friday!”
  • Lois Bittle: “Can’t have a summer with out hearing some blues, brews and some barbeque! Would love to be there!”
  • Diane Dudley: “What an excellent combination of events–Shemekia will ROCK the Battlefield with her epic blues. Throw the brews and BBQ in and it’s a FESTIVAL in Gettysburg! Hope to be there!”

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details of how to claim your prize.

Come back tomorrow for another ticket giveaway!

The Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever ticket giveaway:

  • Gina Xenos,  whose husband “loves blues music (plays the sax and guitar) and would feel lifted to hear some music.”
  • Diana Trout – “I really want to see the Robert Cray Band!!!”
  • Mike0917 – “We’re planning on being there! BOGO free would be awesome.”
  • Sarajayn – “Blues moves my spirit, Rock fills my heart with “de je vu”, Soul feeds my emotions, Jazz energizes my body and Gospel speaks to history. I want to experience this sensational Blend with my hot date at the Robert Cray Concert.”
  • Blues Lovers – “My eight-year old son has West African paternal roots, and he loves blues music. As a single parent, I would love to take him to see the Robert Cray Band to inspire him to learn more about the history of the blues and to encourage him to learn how to play guitar.”

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details on how to claim your prize.

In celebration of the kickoff of the fifth annual festival, the Gettysburg Festival has developed a first-of-its-kind promotion. The Festival is giving away FIVE (5) buy-one-get-one tickets free to the Robert Cray Band concert.

Friday, June 8
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Gettysburg Festival Main Stage

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Robert Cray is credited with carrying America’s blues tradition into the 21st century. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011, Cray has based a successful career spanning 35 years upon his soulful voice, creative guitar work and songs bridging the gaps between blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz.

The Details:

To enter to win a free ticket, write a comment here describing why you want to attend the Robert Cray Band concert before 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

At that time, an online random number generator will be used to select five commenters as winners. Each winner will be entitled to a free ticket of the same value of a new ticket purchased to the concert. This offer applies to tiers 2, 3 or 4 only.

Return tomorrow to learn if you’re a winner!

 From June 8 to 17th, the Gettysburg Festival brings more than 100 events – musical, culinary, artistic, and community – to this small town in Central Pennsylvania. How should you choose which events to check out? The Gettysburg Festival has made it easy for locals and out-of-towners alike, with this handy list:

Top 10 Must-Go Events

  1. Bridging the gap between blues, rock, soul, gospel and a touch of jazz, the Robert Cray Band is sure to light up the stage! Five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray brings the blues to Gettysburg on opening night Friday, June 8.
  2. Blues, Beer & BBQ featuring Shemekia Copeland makes for a perfect summer evening, full of smokey BBQ, cold beer and the sizzling voice of Shemekia Copeland. The June 9 party will start with a special cooking demo by the one and only ‘Biker Billy’, a vegetarian, Harley riding, entertainer who loves all things hot and spicy!
  3. FREE and open to all, the Art Market features two days of live music on the Festival Main Stage, along with a wonderful collection of artisans and crafters displaying and selling their work. Enjoy delicious Festival food from top local vendors and cold beverages from the Festival Bar.
  4. Kicking off History Meets the Arts on June 14, the Edible Art Tour is a Festival favorite. Tour local galleries to experience nationally known artists showcasing fine art and top area chefs showcasing fine food.
  5. ‘A Step Back in Time’ is this year’s theme for Children’s Arts Faire – a free, fun-filled day of crafts, music, games, art, magic and much more – for kids of all ages!
  6. Don’t miss Broadway’s Next H!T Musical – a fresh, creative improv troupe that creates a full-fledged Broadway style musical, completely off the cuff using suggestions from the audience. Cap off the fun with the decadence of a chocolate reception featuring artisan chocolates, pastries, coffees and chocolate martinis. Broadway and bonbons – a winning combination!
  7. The White House Dinner is sure to be remembered by all who attend! Hosted by the Eisenhower Foundation, special guest Susan Eisenhower will talk about her memories of the White House during her grandfather’s administration, then Walter Scheib, White House Chef for the Clinton & Bush administrations, will discuss his experiences in the President’s house while you enjoy a extraordinary dinner and fine wines.
  8. An exciting combination of traditional and contemporary brass bands, the All-American Brass Picnic this year will feature Athena Brass, an all-female band. Enjoy outstanding picnic fare from quality food vendors plus the Festival bar featuring beer, wine and other beverages.
  9. Become a “Redhead,” as the fans of Red Molly are called. On Saturday, June 16, this trio will combine gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing all done up in three-part harmonies.
  10. Then Sings My Soul: Songs and Spirituals from the American Experience is an uplifting, glorious musical journey that will satisfy your soul. Featuring mezzo soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis closes the festival on Sunday, June 17 with this event to honor America’s treasure trove of Civil War spirituals and inspirational Broadway favorites.

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Whether you love blues or brews, tunes or ‘tinis, the Gettsyburg Festival has something for everyone. Learn more about these events – and the 90 others scheduled for 2012 – at GettysburgFestival.org.