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Wednesday, May 18
11:30AM – 3PM
Jess Zimmerman Band
3:30PM – 7PM
7:30PM – 11PM
About the Artists
Jess Zimmerman Band
The Jess Zimmerman Band is a Country Rock Band formed in 2015 and based in southeastern PA. Jess’ love for country music combined with rock influences of band members, Joe Barszowski, John Knobler and Joe Mattis creates a band and music with a force of it’s own. With influences from musicians/artists like Halestorm, Underwood, Van Halen, Benatar, and McBride, The Jess Zimmerman Band is a sweet cocktail of country and rock music that is rising in the live music scene today!
The band has written and recorded three records at OmniSound Studios, Nashville with their first, self-titled EP, The Jess Zimmerman Band recorded in 2016, with hit tracks “No Different” and “No Easy Way”. Red – The Jess Zimmerman Band, was the second “hot off the press” EP the band produced/released in 2018 and now in 2021 their newest full length album entitled “Breathe”.
Jess Zimmerman was nominated and won the 2019 “Best Female Vocalist” in the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame Awards. Kicking off 2020, Jess was once again nominated for “Best Female Vocalist” as well as the JZ Band for “Best Country Band”.
The Jess Zimmerman Band won the 1st Citadel Palooza Rising Star Contest and has been playing the Citadel Country Spirit USA Festival every year. The band has opened shows and shared the stage with a non-stop list of monumental artists such as Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Toby Keith and Trace Atkins to name a few.
The JZ Band also works with BOB 94.9 FM iHeart Country Radio and has kicked off shows for Kane Brown, Jimmie Allen, High Valley, and Drew Baldridge. The band tours nationally and has performed at multiple NASCAR Tracks for race fans while also honoring veterans and first responders along the way. Recent stops have been Homestead-Miami Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Watkin-Glen, Bristol Motor Speedway and many other festivals and events.
Jess and the band has worked at helping to keep LIVE Country Music Alive with WITF, PBS Kids and The American Music Theatre. The band performed and showcased in presenting, “Country Music” a Film by Ken Burns hosted at the American Music Theatre in 2019.
Mighty Swell formed in 2016 when Sam Trawick and David Faulk (fiddle and guitar) met each other backstage at Disney World. They both realized they were from cousin states (Arkansas and Tennessee), and quickly became friends. One night after a couple whiskeys, they started talking about music, and soon enough began playing music together several nights a week at Disney Springs and other central Florida venues, with pianist Drew Moenning! They played country, bluegrass, and some top 40 pop tunes with a hillbilly twist!
Now, five years later, they have performed in numerous venues across Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. Ted Raffetto is now their keys player and Bruno Ufret was a great addition as the drummer. Mighty Swell is the perfect band to bring your whole family, including grandma and grandpa, for some good ol’ back porch pickin’ with big stage flair!