Sixth Annual Blues Bash a kick off to New Year’s celebrations

The end of 2017 is days away and if you’re still looking for the best way to ring in the New Year, the search is over. Just head over to the Pajama Factory for a night of great food and entertainment, a selection of local craft beer and the opportunity to support a good cause.

Just make sure you head over one night earlier. The Sixth Annual New Years Blues Bash at the Pajama Factory kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday and promises to be the greatest New Year’s Eve Eve party around.

According to Danielle Velkoff, events and business development at the Pajama Factory, doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert beginning at 6.

“The evening will feature local talent Stacia Abernatha and Gabe Stillman, then Mystery Trayne,” said Velkoff. “They will be followed by Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats from State College, and our headliner –The Nighthawks, America’s oldest touring blues band.”

In addition, said Velkoff, Real Taste Food Truck will be offering up Mexican street-food and Leonard’s Backyard Bistro will be serving their signature burgers and fries. The Bullfrog Brewery also will be onsite serving a selection of their best brews and there will be a silent auction.

“This is still a BYOB event for those who would prefer to bring their own drinks,” said Velkoff.

The Blues Bash got its start when Fred Daniele of Franco’s Restaurant and Music Club, a long standing supporter and promoter of the Blues scene in the area, created the event as a New Year’s Eve Eve Party.

“Over the years, it evolved into a benefit concert for Factory Works,” explained Velkoff.

The Factory Works is a local, non-profit housed at the The Pajama Factory. Its mission is “to ignite a spirit of creativity that will enrich the Williamsport community by providing resources for artists and innovative thinkers.”

Some of the programs at the Factory Works offer community memberships which provide materials, tools, guidance, and shared studio space. The organization includes: Factory Works Clay Studio, Williamsport Community Darkroom, Williamsport Community Woodshop, Factory Works Gallery, Bicycle Recycle and partners with the Lyco Arts and the Pajama Factory on an Artists-In-Residence Program that takes place every summer.

The silent auction, which showcases what the Factory Works programs produce, and a portion of the proceeds from the evening, will directly benefit Factory Works.

“The Wood Shop will have a display of the products that have been made, the Clay Studio will also have ceramics on display and the Community Dark Room will have some of their photographs on display,” said David Stone, Factory Works board president. “Bicycle recycle will have art pieces made of bike parts in addition to a child’s bike and an adult bike available.”

In addition, gift baskets from local businesses will also be included in the auction.

“Factory Works appreciates the Billtown Blues Bash donating the proceeds of this fun evening of blues music to them again this year,” said Stone. “The Daniels again has put together a great evening of music, The Pajama Factory has donated the community room as the venue and has lined up several food truck vendors. All make this event a special evening.”

Tickets can be purchased from Franco’s Lounge and Way Cool Beans coffee shop at the Pajama Factory, as well as online at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/13936.

For biographies of the performers or more information on the event visit www.pajamafactory.net/BluesBash.

For more information on the Factory Works, visit www.factoryworks.org.

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