We’re closing out our 2019 Music on Chocolate summer concert series with a bang! In August, we’re pleased to welcome two phenomenal acts to the stage in ChocolateTown Square. Plan to spend your Saturday night with good people enjoying great music.
First, William Matheny joins us from West Virginia. Rolling Stone referred to his latest work as “Alt-country guitars meet power-pop melodies on the newest release from this West Virginia troubadour.” Described as a break-out voice in country rock, Tom Petty is in there somewhere beneath the world-weary country-rock exterior, but so is the dark-tinged bluesy folk of Lucinda Williams.
Our headliner for the night is Cold Spring Union. Named after a portion of the Appalachian Trail that’s untouched by roads, Cold Spring Union blends classic American rock and gritty country roots.
Cold Spring Union formed late in the summer of 2018, when John Rossey (Guitar/Vocals) began envisioning a new kind of project; one that would remain true to its roots of Americana and country music, and breathe new life into American rock & roll. John met Brandon Valentine (Drums/Vocals) while working together in the well-known Central Pennsylvania based country group, “Mountain Road”. As a multi-instrumentalist, Brandon brought an articulate approach to percussion, combining a gifted ear for dynamic song writing with huge vocal harmonies. John and Cody Wilt (Guitar/Vocals) had occasionally crossed paths in the greater Harrisburg area while working with other bands as lead guitarists. At the time, Cody was rotating between bands and jumped at the opportunity to join up with John. While seeking a bassist for the new band, Brandon recommended reaching out to Morgan Stambaugh (Bass/Vocals). With thundering bass lines, classical training and an encyclopedia of music production knowledge, Morgan was the final piece in establishing a solid lineup that would later become Cold Spring Union.
Cold Spring Union is quickly becoming recognized as a super talented group of musicians with a powerful stage presence full of good energy and passion. Since forming last year, the group has performed at legendary venues and a variety of festivals, and has opened for national acts including Shooter Jennings, Brett Young, Dustin Lynch, Cassadee Pope, Alabama, Sam Bush, Ward Hayden and the Outliers, and more.
Grab the kids, a blanket or chair, and prepare for a night of good times and great music. Tröegs Independent Brewing will be selling craft beer and Olivero’s Vineyard will have wine by the glass available for purchase. Lucky Penny Burger Company will be onsite selling their Honest Abe burger, buffalo fries, and other selections, and Philip Arthurs will have their ice cream cart onsite. Stop by the DHA tent to purchase water or for a free Hershey bar, while supplies last. Dogs are welcome at our events, as long as they bring their responsible pet owners with them. See you Saturday at ChocolateTown Square Park!
About Music on Chocolate
Downtown Hershey’s summer concert series features the talents of regional acts as well as local musicians getting national attention. Two bands will be featured each evening in a family-friendly atmosphere with food and beverages available for purchase. Come out to enjoy live music in ChocolateTown Square on the second Saturday of each month, June through August from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Want to get involved? Music on Chocolate would not be possible without the help of the many volunteers who help to set-up, manage our tent, and stay to clean up each evening. Join your friends in the Downtown Hershey Association and consider giving a bit of your time to help this wonderful community effort succeed! Sign up here:
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