First annual Canyon Music Festival coming to Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — The first annual Canyon Music Festival is set for 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Tioga Country Club, 759 PA Route 660. The festival, which will feature music from seven different bands across multiple genres, will be hosted outdoors and is a rain or shine event.

“We decided to create this festival as a homage to Summerfest, which is a summer concert festival that was held at a local campground until 2003, and featured a full day of rock music,” said festival promoter Wade Spencer. “Thousands of people would attend that annual event and we know how much people missed something like that being in the area, so we decided to bring it back, renaming it Canyon Music Festival.”

With a mix of rock, metal, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues being played at the festival, there should be a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. The bands slated to perform include Stone Eater, Strange Love, My Heart to Fear, Agony Hill, Embers Fall, Burden My Surrender and Backstreet Law.

“Backstreet Law was always the headliner at Summerfest, so they were an obvious choice for this,” said Spencer. “The rest of the lineup is comprised of strong local and regional talent that we felt both deserved to play at this and would have a strong local draw.”

Though the festival is still in its first year, Spencer said that the community reaction has been “very supportive so far.”

“We’ve found that a lot of people are excited for a music festival of this caliber to come back to Wellsboro,” Spencer added.

Because the country club will be selling food and alcohol throughout the event, festivalgoers will not be permitted to bring their own drinks with them. But fret not, the Wellsboro House Brewery will have several of their brews on tap for the event.

Since he knows how successful music festivals in the Wellsboro area can be, Spencer is hoping to see a big turnout to help kick things off right for the Canyon Music Festival.

“We are really hoping to see 1,000 people,” he said. “That is our high-end goal.”

Tickets for the festival will be available at the gate.