MILFORD, Pa. - Old, new, jazzy and blue, all kinds of music will pop up at businesses around Milford for Septemberfest on Saturday. A particularly festive hub of melody will be Milford Pet Foods and Supply, with four musical acts.
“I’m having a very big to-do,” said Chrissy Kotar, store owner. She recently expanded her Old Lumberyard shop by 800 square feet, allowing her to add products she has been eyeing, while keeping the old ones with their “fan bases.”
“I wanted to celebrate the expansion, and I always wanted to do a customer appreciation day, so why not conjoin the two? I always participate in the music festivals because so many of my customers are musicians.”
So while she has a sale on many pet foods and products that rarely go on sale, she will have animal-loving musicians who often show up in her store serenading the world around her. From 10 a.m. to noon, her performers will be singer-songwriters Celeste Aldridge, “with the voice of an angel,” and David Bloch, the Must Be Dreaming duo. Then Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Scott Weis and his band arrive to hold court from noon to 2 p.m..
He and his singing, hiking companion Heather Houskeeper rescued a treehound after their most recent expedition, Kotar said. “I’m glad he’s coming and bringing his whole band. He attracts a big crowd.”
Then comes jazz singer Martha Lorin, from 2-4 p.m. “She can usually be found singing in big cities — New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles,” Kotar said. “I’m glad to bring her jazz to the Old Lumberyard.”
Finally, Dead Level will hold forth from 4-6 p.m. Reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, they include Russ Cohen, who also owns a construction company, with his son and two friends. Kotar knows Cohen because she usually sees his wife, Terry, on Tuesdays with their dog, Cassidy, who is “part golden retriever, part something else, a lovely, lovely dog.” Amid the festivities, Jill’s Feral will offer cats and kittens for adoption, and Kotar will raffle off pet products.
Elsewhere, while the eternally popular Blues Hall of Fame singer/guitarist Junior Mack returns to Davis Chant, down East Harford Street, the Log Tavern Brewery offers Ciro Patti’s alternative rock. D’Original Reverence World Music will appear at Breathless Raw Live Juice Bar toward the other end of Milford, and Liv Zinn will be up Broad Street at Earthly Treasures. Another blues eminence, Bobby Kyle and the Administers, will be at Ambience Fine Furniture and Antiques, as a stop on their tour
Returning to the Golden Fish will be the Tara Minstrels, including Maryanne Ford, who came back from her new home in North Carolina for the event, according to festival organizer Adriane Wendell. Many more kinds of music will occupy points in between.
For more information about Septemberfest, go to milfordpa.us/event-directory.