Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival expanding to three days

JAMESTOWN – Whirlybird is back! Jamestown’s Music & Arts Festival returns July 18-20.

The second annual Whirlybird Music & Arts Festival experience is expanding to be a three-day music and arts extravaganza! Whirly will feature over 60 artists, celebrating local, regional and international performance talent across several venues indoors and out taking place in beautiful downtown Jamestown, including Jamestown Brewing Company, Winter Garden Plaza, Shawbucks, Jamestown Wine Cellar, Labyrinth Press Company, Chadakoin Club, the Reg Lenna and 3rd on 3rd Gallery.

This year’s festivities include multi-genre musical performances by internationally touring bands like the high energy reggae/funk rock of Tropidelic, fresh off 311’s Caribbean Cruise. Get groovy with Toronto’s After Funk, LeSpecial, Funktional Flow, Witty Tarbox, a reunion of The Audience, Company Townes, Space Junk, Qwister, Cold Lazarus, Wanyama, Vibe Supply, The LEC, Bill Ward, Cindy & the Loves, Amanda Lynn’s Shenanigans, Smilo & the Ghost, Phantasm, Feverhawk, Trip the Deuce and many, many more. Whirlybird 2019’s comedy program will be headlined by Steven Rogers. Known for his clever, clean and hilarious comedy, Steven recently appeared on The Late Show with Steven Colbert and regularly opens for Brian Regan. Local comedy team Karate Sleepover will feature a regional comedy showcase and open for Steven along with Buffalo’s up and comer Jesse Winterhalter.

Whirlybird 2019 features a free, all age and family friendly Street Festival taking place on Third Street between Main and City Hall as well as Winter Garden Plaza, Saturday July 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Whirlybird Street Fest will feature four outdoor stages, 25 musical acts, the Jamestown Public Market Farmer’s Market, love painting, carving and crafting, arts and craft vendors, a beer garden, local food, kids activities, a hooping workshop and much more!

Whirlybird’s mission is to strengthen the thriving creative culture of Jamestown through organization and inspiration. Whirly brings out the best in our city in collaboration with a community of incredible people, local organizations, venues and businesses for a good cause and a great time. Along with spearheading a summer music program at YMCA Camp Onyahsa, Whirlybird is proudly partnering with local arts events; Third Thursday at Winter Garden Plaza, Karate Sleepover Open Mic, Wine Cellar Open Mic and Pulse Poetry Slam, and Jamestown Public Market. Whirlybird 2018 succeeded in raising and donating over one thousand dollars to local non-profit youth organizations. Whirlybird 2019 is aiming to double that donation to raise funds for the Jamestown Skate Park Project & YMCA Camp Onyahsa music and scholarship programs.

Come out and be a part of the new and exciting Jamestown! Visit www.whirlybirdmusicfestival.com for the full line up, schedules, tickets and information. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for all the good things and event updates. Tweet, Tweet Party People!

Whirlybird Music & Arts Festival 2019 is sponsored by Jamestown Brewing Company, Jamestown Up Close, Ames Insurance and was in part made possible by the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) and the Fund for Downtown Programming. The Fund for Downtown Programing (FDP) is one of ten projects funded by the DRI and was awarded $600,000 by New York State to be administered through Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the state’s Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) and facilitated by the Jamestown Local Development Corporation. The FDP supports programming that attracts a range of audiences to Jamestown’s downtown and Riverwalk throughout the year and encourages an influx of patrons to downtown businesses, maximizing economic impact of the event. These financial resources are expected to supplement and increase efforts currently undertaken by individual cultural attractions and local foundations.