City of Oil

Special Concerts & Events

10th Annual Oil Region Indie Music Festival

Friday - Saturday, June 9-10, 2017

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Independent musicians play original music on multiple Seneca Street stages Friday from 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturday 2 pm to 9 pm. Drum Circle, games, and vendors. Free admission; donations welcome.

11th Annual Oil Country Bluegrass Festival

Friday - Sunday February 23-25, 2018

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Venango County, Inc. and Oil City Arts Council are again teaming together to host what will be Oil City’s 11 th Annual Oil Country Bluegrass Festival. This annual event will be held on February 23, 24 and 25, 2018 at the Days Inn located at 1 Seneca Street in Oil City, PA. All proceeds will benefit the most appreciative sponsoring non-profit organizations.

Over the past ten years, the Oil Country Bluegrass festival has become one of Oil City’s most popular annual entertainment events, drawing near capacity crowds each year. Cinnamon Evans, CASA Executive Director and festival coordinator comments, “This great community event might not be possible without the support of our many sponsors … I am extremely grateful to them and thank them for their pride in community and willingness to support us.” This year’s festival will feature outstanding bluegrass bands that generously donate their time and considerable talents, with each band performing a 30-minute set. The festival hours will be from 6:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. on Friday evening; from 1:00 p.m. until 10:45 p.m. on Saturday; and, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The band line-up and their playing times are always subject to last-minute changes. At present, Friday night’s performance schedule is: 6 p.m.-Slab Furnace Roadies; 6:30 p.m.- Gravel Lick; 7:00 p.m.-The Pine Valley Boys; 7:30 p.m.-The Dempseytown Ramblers; 8:00 p.m.- Matt Efaw and Rural Free Delivery; 8:30 p.m.–Tug Creek; and, 9:05 p.m.–The Pine Valley Boys. Saturday’s line-up is: 1:00 p.m.-Keep Off the Grass; 1:30 p.m.-Matt Efaw and Rural Free Delivery; 2:15 p.m.-Earth Angel; 3:00 p.m.-Tug Creek; 3:30 p.m.-The Storm Honeys; 4:00 p.m.-Barrett Brothers Family Band; 4:30 p.m.-The Allegheny Drifters; 5:00 p.m.- Gravel Lick; 5:30 p.m.-East of Enon; 6:00 p.m.-Mocking Bird Morning; 6:30 p.m.-Echo Valley; 7:00 p.m.-Well Strung; 7:30 p.m.-The Casual Hobos; 8:00 p.m.-Hidden Drive; 8:30 p.m.- Southside String Kings; 9:00 p.m.-Lonesome Lost and Foggy; 9:30 p.m.-Sweaty Already String Band; and, 10:00 p.m.-Well Strung and Friends - - - Acoustic Mayhem. Sunday morning’s lineup is: 9:00 a.m.-East of Enon; 9:30 a.m.-Southside String Kings; and, 10:00 a.m.-Trapper Dan & Glimpse Above.

Individuals needing more information about the 11 th Annual Oil Country Bluegrass Festival may contact the following individuals by e-mail: Cinnamon Evans oilcountrybluegrassfestival@gmail.com; Dan Feroz danferoz@hotmail.com or visit the websites www.ocartscouncil.com; www.casaofvenangocounty.org or www.oilcity.org. Most performances will take place on the fifth floor of the Days Inn in the Riverview Ballroom which offers a very scenic view of the Allegheny River. Other performances will take place in other areas of the hotel, including some pick-up band performances in the Drake Rooms, the lounge and other first floor areas.

There is no admission charge for attending the festival, but donations are encouraged. Other monies raised in support of the non-profit partners will be realized from half & half drawings; guitar; mandolin, banjo and basket raffles; and, from festival t-shirt sales. Many energetic CASA, Arts Council, and community volunteers will be on hand to help out with the 3-day festival. Dan Feroz, Oil City Arts Council President, comments, “We can’t begin to thank our great volunteers enough … they are invaluable to us and are largely responsible for our festival being such a success each year.”

The hotel management will again be giving special reduced lodging rates for the festival. Food will be available at the hotel, with continental breakfasts, Friday evening specials, a Saturday evening buffet, and food served in the lounge as well as on the fifth floor at various times during the festival. Fine food is also available at numerous other surrounding restaurants or cafes in town. Bluegrass festival goers can also take the opportunity to enjoy shopping at local businesses, Transit Artist Studios and community specialty shops. This year’s festival committee members and organizers are: Cassandra Evans, Cinnamon Evans, Dr. Brad Fell, Heather Faunce, Dan Feroz, Greg Knox, Ron Shoup and Shelly Walters-Thomas.

Committee member Ron Shoup comments, “We are looking forward to a fabulous bluegrass festival again this year! Attendees will be provided with information pertaining to other activities or entertainment going on in the community during the same weekend. Those who are lodging at the Days Inn will receive a hospitality bag filled with information about the festival, our sponsors, tourism opportunities, and information about our community.”