Bands from several states will join local and regional acts at this year's Ballyhoo Music Festival.
About 40 acts will be featured on two stages over two days on the grounds at Harley Davidson Biketown in Austintown.
Organizer Scott Austalosh said he received about 350 submissions from bands nationwide to be a part of this year's event. The lineup features acts from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Kentucky and throughout Ohio.
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Friday’s headliner for the Ballyhoo Music Festival will be Unsaid Fate.
"We're very diverse, everything from country to bluegrass to alternative rock, even a little bit of jazz and acoustic stuff," Austalosh said. "When you come to the fest, you'll hear some new music, mostly original bands. No matter what kind of music you like, you can find something you like."
Cleveland's Unsaid Fate will be Friday's headliner. The band is fronted by Jackie LaPonza, who was named one of the "Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock" by Revolver magazine. Other acts scheduled for Friday include: Chris Rockwell & Stickball Social Club, The Rage, New Pharmacy, Chris Hatton, Particle17, Super Cheef, White Cadillac, DaBoonDox, Neon Avenue and Ryan Ross & The Y-Town Syndicate.
The Midlife Chryslers, a side project of Michael Stanley featuring some of his bandmates in the Resonators, will be the headliner on Saturday. Also on the bill is: Joe Vitale Jr., Stolen Rhodes, Northern Whale, Teddy Pantelas, Heidi Burson, Fetish, Chris Rockwell & Stickball Social Club, Eclectic Mayhem, Whiskey Riders, Solar Pilots, Perfect Pair, Chakras, Frank Weston, Remains of Jade. Patrick McLaughlin Band, Jollet Hollow, Mr. Lucky and Trial & Error.
To make the event more attractive to those out-of-town acts, several of the bands also will play afterparty events on Friday. Chris Rockwell and the Stickball Society (from Asbury Park, N.J.) and Heidi Burson (Nashville) will play Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman, Chris Hatton (Cleveland) will play Vintage Estates in Boardman and Stolen Rhodes (Philadelphia) and Whiskey Riders (Lexington, Ken.) will play Bojangles in New Waterford.
This will be the second year for the festival at Biketown, which is located right off Interstate 80 and state Route 46.
"It actually worked very well there," Austalosh said. "It's a great location, and (Biketown owner ) Tom (Wronkovich) and I both have the same vision."
After running as a free event the first two years, Austalosh added a $5 admission fee this year to help cover expenses, although those who come on Friday can use the same wristband for free admission on Saturday. Ages 18 and younger are admitted free.
"Families are welcome," Austalosh said. "We get a very diverse crowd."