Listed in order of appearance at the 2018 Portage Area Summerfest

Giants of Science

Giants of Science is a 4 piece professional east coast touring party band. For over ten years GOS has been packing colleges and clubs from Virginia to Vermont, always delivering a high-energy stage and light show.

Giants of Science has performed concerts with such national acts as:  Fuel, Hailstorm, Reel Big Fish, Donnie Iris, Warrant and Foghat.

Long Road Home

Long Road Home is a Country / Southern Rock back out of Armagh, PA.  Band members include Greg Lewis, Alec Wolf, Blake Brendlinger, and Austin Wolf.

Clay Bowser

The Horseshoe Cloggers

The Horseshoe Cloggers are a non-profit, hand clapping, foot tapping, high energy dance group.  The group provides entertainment for all ages with dance routines performed to a variety of musical selections.

The group ranges in age from 4 to 84!  They enjoy sharing a moderized version of an old style dance with people everywhere. 

Michael Christopher

Michael Christopher found perseverance and grit during his childhood growing up in rural Pennsylvania, and the lessons he learned along the way would be right at home in the lyrics of today’s most popular country music.

For the last decade, Michael’s focus and passion has been on music: writing, singing, and performing in clubs, amphitheaters, and festivals across the country.  While headlining events across the northeast and beyond, Michael has also opened for some major country stars, including Sammy Kershaw, Lonestar, Chris Lane, Jamey Johnson, Phil Vassar, and William Michael Morgan.  His guitar-heavy, rock-edged sound intertwines with invocative lyrical virtuosity and positions him with elite company in the country music scene.

Walt & Jackie

Sometimes when the right voices come together, unexpected magic happens - magic that just couldn’t exist any other way. That’s the kind of harmony that Walt Churchey and Jackie Kopco bring - as singers, instrumentalists, entertainers, and composers. Powerful vocalists and musicians in their own right, these two solo artists struck the perfect chord when they blended Jackie’s melodic range and soaring style with Walt’s raw passion and bold cadence for an unexpectedly original sound.

Their duo performances were an instant hit at venues in and around their homebase of Johnstown (where they’ve been voted the city’s best entertainers), and their shared passion for songwriting drove them to release a debut of original acoustic music in 2012. With the success of that album, “Bare,” in 2012 - and the ongoing invites to play at larger and larger venues like Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center and PPG Paints Arena - they knew they’d found something special. And so did music lovers. Their next two albums found an eager fan base and their latest show, “Legends,” is taking audiences across the tri-state area on a musical journey of original songs by Walt & Jackie, mixed with their distinct interpretations of pieces by powerful songwriters from the past half century - a dynamic, moving, and deeply satisfying performance from the first song to the last. To experience Walt & Jackie in person, check the “Shows” or “Legends” page.

Klassic Kountry

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin'

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin are a country music band hailing from Central PA. They have a high energy show and perform songs off their records recorded in Nashville as well as current top country hits, old school country hits, Southern Rock hits, classic rock hits, along with a few that might surprise you.They have headlined many venues such as Nascar Pocono 500, Hershey Park, Knoebel's Grove, Bloomsburg Fair, Delgrosso's Park, Lakemont Park, Centre County Grange Fair, Huntingdon County Fair, and many more. They have shared the stage with such artists as Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Kip Moore, Jason Michael Caroll, Emerson Drive, Little Big Town, Diamond Rio, Sherri Austin, Carolina Rain, Jo De Messina, Blackhawk, Billy Dean, Cletus T. Judd, Susie Bogguss, Marty Raybon, Jessica Andrews, Ronnie McDowell, Lonestar, Dusty Drake, Flynnville Train, Daryl Worley, John Micheal Montgomery, Heidi Newfield, Colt Ford, Eric Paslay, Eli Young Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Cassadee Pope, Chris Young, Dwight Yoakam and many more. 

Band Members include Chris Woodward, (Lead Vocalist Rhythm Guitar), , Mike Gambardella, (Backing Vocals Lead Guitar), Todd Burns, (Backing Vocals Bass Guitar), Zac Grace, (Lead & Backing Vocals Drums)

Celestial Fire

More information coming soon!

Jerry Intihar

Jerry Intihar of Johnstown, PA has been playing polka music for 55 years. He was born in Johnstown to Slovenianl Croatian parents, Louis and Mary Intihar. Jerry began accordion lessons at age 8 and within 6 months was playing at local school, church and Slovene lodge functions. At age 13 he began playing in a group called the "Slovene Polka Chaps" and at age 15 joined the "Harmony Tunes", a Polish-style polka band. In 1960 Jerry joined the "Eddie and the Slovenes" band which traveled around the country playing at many ethnic functions. He also formed a trio to play local engagements when not booked with Eddie.

In 1972 Jerry formed his present group, "The Jerry Intihar Band", and has been entertaining at clubs, weddings, festivals and picnics throughout the country. Although primary a Slovenian-style group, they are recognized for representing a variety of ethnic music -- Slovenian, Croatian, Polish, German, Italian, Slovak and others. Country, popular, oldies and rock selections are also featured at some performances.

During the past 40 years, Jerry has performed in many TV and radio shows. He also has recorded polka albums with his group and several other artists. His group performed with the late Frank Yankovic, "America's Polka king", who inspired and influenced Jerry for over 40 years.

The Jerry Intihar Band was voted "Simply the Best" entertainer in the Johnstown metro area in a 1993 survey conducted by the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat.

Kelly Hylton - Elvis Presley Impersonator

Kelly Hylton is an Elivs Presley impersonator from Armstrong County PA.  He began impersonating Elivs in elementery school and has continued since.  He performs Elvis’ 1950s, 1960s and 1970s songs.

Rich Mangiacarne

Joshua Watts

Joshua Watts is a passionate advocate for the Kingdom of God: not only a glorious future hope, but also the active, here-and-now reign of Jesus that ushers in life over death, abundance over lack, and health over sickness. He has seen no shortage of the transforming power of Jesus all around the world and locally, as people have embraced Jesus’ resurrection and the establishment of His reign in their lives. 

Originally from Alabama, Josh studied theology, ministry, and the arts at Central Bible College (now Evangel University) in Missouri, and obtained ministry credentials with the Assemblies of God in 2011. So far, he has helped to found and develop two church plants: Transit Assembly in Seattle (2011), and New Hope Community Church in Pennsylvania (2014). Currently he serves as the Worship Director at Oakland Church in Johnstown, PA, where he remains enthusiastic about discipleship, faith, and the Kingdom.

Three Of Hearts

Back at the Portage Area Summerfest, Inc. for another performance is regional favorite band Three Of Hearts. Three Of Hearts formed in 2014; but, the band members each have a long history of success in many popular bands since the 1960s as well as sharing the stage with national recording acts. The group has quickly become one of the most talked about highly professional, tight and polished music acts around and has been performing shows for very receptive audiences while headlining festivals, events, and nightclubs with their mix of dance party music covering six decades and many genres. Three Of Hearts can be seen at shows covering west central Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Altoona.

The band members are: Duaine Detrick (bass guitar and vocals) from Johnstown, PA, John Shimko (drums, keyboards, and vocals) from Homer City, PA, and Joe Tirpak (guitar) from Johnstown, PA.

Bon Journey – Bon Jovi & Journey Tribute Band

With over 400 shows played in 15 states since 2006, it’s America’s favorite original tribute to the iconic music of Bon Jovi and Journey.

Bon Journey brings the hits of your favorite super groups to life in a way only they can. Check out one of their live performances to see firsthand what everyone’s been talking about!

Covering the hits of two of the most popular American rock bands in history, the band quickly established itself as one of the premier party bands in the city and found success on the national level touring a variety of east coast cities and venues.

Tony DiCesaro (Lead Vocals), Mike Vargo (Drums, Vocals), Jeff Morris (Keyboards, Lead Vocals), Pat Duff (Bass, Vocals), George McGrew (Guitars, Vocals). 

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