Three Lancaster County bands treat thousands at Long’s Park

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jun 23, 2014 in Rat News | Subscribe

The Lancaster County musical talent was evident Sunday night.

Three local Lancaster bands — Slimfit, Slackwater News and Shrimpboat — took the stage at Long’s Park’s amphitheater for what was a rare three-band treat for frequent attendees of the summer music series.

Rich Low, music series director, said this was the first time the summer music series was featuring local acts, and it was logistically a little complicated to arrange to have three bands in one night.

When the selection committee started discussing local talent, Low said “these three rose to the top.”

Slimfit was the first to take the stage.

The band “from just down the street here in Lancaster” brought it’s mix of rock, country and folk.

Following them was Slackwater News — of which all five members graduated from Penn Manor High School.

Low became friendly with Slackwater News guitarist Matt Johnson through Johnson’s work at Whistlestop Cafe, but Low said it “wasn’t just the pastries” that got his band the gig.

“They’re all great bands,” Low said. “There’s a wealth of talent in this area and it’s great to feature them.”

To finish out the night, the eight-member soul, funk and blues band Shrimpboat played as the sun set behind the thousands in attendance.

And while children played soccer in the surrounding fields, the bands on stage gave regular updates from the United States World Cup game against Portugal.

Dan Zdilla of Slackwater News relayed the “good news” when the U.S. took the lead 2-1, even though he admitted, “We can’t really take credit as Slackwater News.”

The free Sunday concerts every week through August are opportunities for many parents, kids, music lovers and anyone else to lay out their blankets in the grass and fire up the grill for some barbecue.

With many people bringing their dogs of all shapes and sizes, Sarah Armstrong, of Lancaster, sat on a blanket with her own unique pets.

Armstrong brought two of her seven pet rats — named Blue and Phoenix.

Equipped with a small cage and with the rodents on leashes, Armstrong said she comes every weekend and enjoys bringing the pets to the venue because it’s a good experience for the rats and for the people who like meeting them.

She typically gets a couple people each week who come up and ask about them, and when one of the hundreds of dogs might start approaching, she said she just picks them up.

As for the bands, Armstrong said she didn’t know any of the local acts, but she was enjoying them.

Jeff Intoccia, sitting on a Philadelphia Phillies towel in the grass, said he had also not heard of the local bands, but he liked their music nonetheless.

“They have good energy — a good vibe about them,” he said. “I think everyone’s excited to see them play.”

Intoccia, of Bowmansville, said this was his third trip to the music series this year and keeps coming back for the variety of bands for the “great atmosphere” of the park.

The classical music of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra will come to the amphitheater stage next week in the fifth out of 13 music series slots.

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