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Entertainers ready for Stars and Stripes event

June 29, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - The Joseph Sisters of Wheeling, the Todd Jones Band from Elrama, Pa., and headliner Phil Vassar, a Lynchburg, Va., native are all ready to provide a taste of country music and kick off the Fourth of July holiday week during the third-annual Stars and Stripes Concert and Festival Sunday at the Harding Stadium.

The daylong event will begin at noon Sunday with opening ceremonies at the Harding practice field.

The Joseph Sisters will start the music extravaganza when they take the stage at 5:30 p.m. in the stadium.

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Phil Vassar

According to Gus Monezis, manager of the Joseph Sisters, the trio just returned from meetings in Nashville, "where they signed with a record producer."

"We came back with what is called a scratch CD with nine new songs to learn. They will be learning those songs and fine-tuning their delivery and will return to Nashville in a couple of months to do a CD. And they will be performing one of their new songs, 'West Virginia Town,' at the Stars and Stripes Concert Sunday evening," said Monezis.

"I can promise everyone who is at the concert the Joseph Sisters will deliver a high-energy country act. In addition to their new song they will be performing several songs from their first CD. The sisters are starting to expand their performance area and are becoming better known throughout the Tri-State Area. They don't sit still on the stage. They enjoy singing and it is quite evident during their concerts," added Monezis.

He said the Joseph Sisters will also be singing during the Jamboree in the Hills next month.

"Sunday night will be a great opportunity to see an up-and-coming group live and on stage at Harding Stadium," Monezis said.

Todd Jones described his music, "as country but a little bit different. People tell me I remind them of Roy Orbison."

"We will be the second act Sunday evening and we will be playing for 45 minutes to an hour. I can honestly say I can't wait to be in Steubenville Sunday. The band and I have a great time performing and we were very pleased to be invited to the Stars and Stripes Concert. I am looking forward to performing in that famous football stadium," said Jones, who is scheduled to perform at 6:45 p.m.

"We will be looking for people to be standing and clapping their hands. We have fun and we want the audience to have fun and enjoy themselves. We will be getting everyone ready for the big guy. Phil Vassar puts on an outstanding show and I know the audience is going to be entertained in a first-class way," promised Jones.

Vassar, the concert's headline act, will be arriving in Steubenville after performing in Chicago, where he will be a part of the World's Largest Block Party.

"I've never been to Steubenville, but hopefully we can leave a lasting memory there," Vassar said Friday afternoon during a telephone interview. His performance is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

"We never have a set play list when we take the stage. We will do our hits and some of the hits I have written for other folks. And we play whatever people call out to us. It is going to be a free-for-all. It is high-energy stuff. We will be rocking Sunday night," declared Vassar.

The Stars and Stripes Concert is the second stop on Vassar's summer tour. He was in Milwaukee Friday to shoot a music video before heading to Chicago, Steubenville and then Knoxville.

"We take a beating with all of these stops. But we go out and put on an exciting show and then head back to our bus and crash. I am excited and looking forward to the Steubenville show," he said.

Festival organizers said the free family fun zone will be open at the practice field from noon to 5 p.m.

"The food vendors will remain open until 10 p.m. when the fireworks show, sponsored by the city of Steubenville and TEAM Automotive, will start on the hillside above the Hollywood City Center, which is the title sponsor of the event. We will have the beer corral open Sunday afternoon with local singer and songwriter Rose Angelica performing from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.," said Sue Hershey, president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event.

"We have a number of events scheduled for the family fun zone, including the Dialed Action Sports Team doing their BMX stunt bike show at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m," she added.

According to Brian Cunningham, he and two other bike riders will be looking for some serious crowd noise.

"We like to pump the crowd up as we get ready to do stunts with our BMX bikes. We will want noise from the crowd because the more noise we hear the better we perform and the stunts get even more creative," Cunningham explained.

Jennifer Cesta of the event committee said there will be plenty of food available.

"The food vendors will include Baby Boyz BBQ Ribs, Ice Cream Brothers, Jeff Sickle will have elephant ears, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, water, iced tea, lemon shakes, Milliners Mexican Grill, TJs Concession, pizza, corndogs, fried cheese and Trinh's Oriental Food. And John Davis will have his Davis Foods at the practice field and at the beer zone in the Kroger parking lot."

Cesta said the First Class Customs car show will be in the Harding Middle School parking lot from noon to 5 p.m.

"At the Harding practice field parking lot, we will also have a number of vendors and displays available for the public including the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County bookmobile with face painting from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to register for library cards at the bookmobile. We will also have the city police D.A.R.E. vehicle, an ambulance for public inspection, the Froggy Van and the Wells Township Haunted House Hummer. Disc Jockey Bill Harvey will be providing music in the fun zone. Kurt James, sponsored by the Fort Steuben Mall, will have several events in the fun zone from noon to 5 p.m.," commented Cesta.

"We will have the Society For Creative Anachronism displaying fencing throughout the day and medieval combat at 1p.m. and 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., the First National Bank hot air balloon will be inflated. They will not be giving rides but they will allow people to see how a hot air balloon works. And, the Hollywood City Center Kroger store will be donating cookies for decorating," remarked Cesta.

"The Jefferson County Humane Society will join us with their dogs during the afternoon. And, the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District will provide a painting activity for children. Med Express will have sunscreen and hand sanitizer. They will give out bags and have supplies available for people to make own first aid kit. We will have the Clear Choice Photo Booth where visitors can get a free photo. There will be a Lego display from the Toy Museum and a duck pool for kids from Valley Hospice. And, Eastern Gateway Community College will offer children face painting and helium balloons

Advance tickets for the 2013 Stars and Stripes Concert and Festival are still available today at Kwik King stores in Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Follansbee and Weirton.

Tickets also are available at Peoples National Bank branches in Adena, Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant and the customer service center at the Fort Steuben Mall. General admission tickets for the concert are $15 and reserved seat tickets are $20 if purchased in advance. On the day of the concert, the general admission tickets will cost $20 and reserved seat tickets will be $25.

"We will be accepting credit cards and debit cards at the ticket windows at Harding Stadium starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday," said Hershey.

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