Frog Holler brings music to downtown Lewisburg

LEWISBURG — The community is invited to hear music, eat local food, sip local drinks and buy local crafts during the Fall Music Festival, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 21.

Held in Hufnagle Park, the festival’s headlining band will be Frog Holler, which band member Darren Schlappich described as song-based rock band rooted in Americana music.

“(Fall Music Festival) was pitched to me as a ‘Craft’ and ‘Farm to Table’ event with local, PA Roots vendors and performers, and that sounded like it was right up our alley,” Schlappich said. “We are really looking forward to our first time playing in Lewisburg and to checking out the other bands as well.”

Other bands playing the festival are Chicken Tractor Deluxe, an old time Country and Americana band; Marie Danielle, Indie folk singer-songwriter; and Billy Kelly, singer-songwriter and comedian.

“These are not bands you would find for free in local bars and restaurants,” said Tere Rill, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership director.

The festival is a benefit for the partnership, as well as an opportunity for the community to peruse local boutiques and restaurants.

“We want to make sure we keep the Lewisburg downtown vibrant for the future,” Rill said. “Nothing ever stays the same. You want it to remain vibrant and exciting for your children and grandchildren and that takes hard work.”

The fall music festival came together with the help from a number of volunteers, who began planning immediately following last year’s event, known as Brew-B-Que.

“We said ‘We have to do this next year and do it better,’ “ Rill said. “We learned from last year.”

Changes this year include a seated VIP section in heated tents where volunteers will take food and drink orders.

Food vendors and arts and crafts vendors will be set up for business during the festival.

“That’s what the festival will be,” Rill said. “A variety of music and having a good time.”

For 21 years, Frog Holler has been together. Band members play electric and acoustic guitars, electric banjo, keyboards, bass and drums with a lot of harmony singing, Schlappich said.

The band has toured mostly the eastern half of the country, and, in 2002, did a headlining tour of the Netherlands.

Frog Holler was invited to headline the festival after one of the organizers saw them play at one of their regular venues, The Elk Creek Cafe in Manheim.

“We’ve built our reputation and fan base on our songs and our live shows,” he said. “We’ve never really taken any prolonged breaks. We play because we love playing.”

Rill expects the festival to be well attended.

“When you have activities in Hufnagle Park, that draws,” she said. “That’s what we want. We want everyone to know and understand the great shops we have on Market Street.”

The fear of bad weather should not stop anyone, despite last year’s storm, Rill said.

“I looked into the future and on the weather and it should be a nice, sunny day,” she said.