Fourth Annual Freedom Fest Rocks It Out With a Twist

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The 4th annual concert event on the 4th to benefit new charity.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of rock and roll will be dominating downtown Lancaster on July 4th as the Marion Court Room kicks up the volume for Freedom Fest 2006. Headlined by regional super group the X’s and featuring performances from over a dozen local favorites, music will be the focus of the event in more ways than one.

This year’s festival will not only be putting on a great show for its patrons, it will also be giving something back. “I’m very proud to announce that this year we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from Freedom Fest to Music For Everyone.” states MCR co-owner Michael Geesey. “When you see the abundance of musical talent in our area, you can really appreciate the music programs the local schools have in place. Unfortunately funding for the arts isn’t always a priority so we want to help where we can.” Music for Everyone is a non-profit organization that grants funding to help music programs. In existence for only 8 months, they have already awarded over $11,000 in grant money to various scholastic music programs in need. The organization will be present the day of the event selling promotional items such as t-shirts and CD’s as well as securing free will donations to help give children in the area the opportunity to grow musically.

X marks the spot on this year’s festival as central PA’s WQXA 105.7 the X will be promoting and broadcasting live from the event, and New York’s The X’s, featuring former Fuel front man Brett Scallions, will be headlining the event. Corporate sponsors such as Miller Lite, Bulova Technologies, Nico Recording Company and Captain Morgan have also signed on for the festival.

The event is anchored by 12 bands on two outdoor stages to provide a non-stop flow of music all day on the 4th. Freedom Fest ’06 will feature performances from local favorites such as the Jellybricks, Pistola Amore, the April Skies, Parallax Project, the Stephen Reso Band, the Metrosexuals and many more. The day winds up with the electrifying, energetic New York rock of The X’s on the main stage.

The rock n’ roll extravaganza kicks off at 3 p.m. outside of the Marion Court Room Restaurant and runs all day until the gates close at midnight. Marion Court, in downtown Lancaster, will be closed all day on the fourth to accommodate the stage, food and beverage, courtesy of the Marion Court Room. A nominal $6 cover charge assures patrons more bang for their buck and a great way to wrap up the holiday weekend!

For a complete line-up and more information on Freedom Fest ‘06, visit http://www.myspace.com/freedomfestpa.

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Kristy Mullen