Church of Universal Love & Music

Church of Universal Love and Music Festival Schedule

Steve Kimock is one of many artists
Performing at CULM
The Church of Universal Love and Music (CULM) is back with a very diverse summer lineup. Located in the mountainous woods of Southwestern Pennsylvania, this 200 acre natural amphitheater was designed to create a stress-free atmosphere where live music can be appreciated to its fullest extent.

In order to accomplish this mission CULM offer a slightly different setup than most other festival grounds. Specifically, they allow every band two or more hours to perform, thus creating time for their music to fully develop and create a unique festival set for fans (where often times bands get less than an hour at festivals). Also, there is only one stage which prevents overlapping artists, the stage is permanent and positioned in a natural setting for music, there is a massive white rainbow shaped dome that prevents weather from disrupting the music, as well as protecting the sandy dance area in front of the 60 foot stage from the elements.

Past performers have included: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the Derek Trucks Band, The Wailers, Victor Wooten's Soul Circus, Sam Bush, Melvin Seals, Rob Wasserman and Willie Waldman, Vince Welnick, David Nelson, Donna the Buffalo, George Clinton, DJ Logic, Lotus, Brothers Past, Tea Leaf Green, The Recipe, New Monsoon, Gordon Stone, Mike Hampton, Mecca Bodega, and so many others.

CULM offers a $200 season pass that includes attendance to the 21 days of music, as well as access to the campgrounds throughout the summer. With the season pass, music and camping is less than $10 per night, a great value for the tough economic times. The venue is located just 20 miles from the Youghiogheny River and Ohio Pyle, which offers white-water rafting and many other various outdoor activities. The venue is located ten miles from the PA turnpike, so it is also a great place to visit while traveling by for other adventures.

The PA Potluck, May 15-17, will feature local stars Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon featuring Papa Mali and others, Hypnotic Clambake, as well as Michigan's Rootstand and many other great artists. There will also be a late night bonfire stage with Vince Herman and Rootstand! Tickets are $80 in advance and $100 ATD

RA Returns, June 19-21 Acme, PA:
RA Returns features a jam-heavy weekend of endless improvisation and limitless possibilities. This festival falls on the eve of summer, the day after the Phish show 45 minutes away, and ends on the Solstice. Summer is here with over five hours of Steve Kimock, nine hours of Steve Molitz (performing four shows) and no doubt twelve hours of Willie Waldman's trumpet.

Artist set to perform at RA Returns: Particle, Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing, Willie Waldman Project Big Band w/Steve Molitz, Steve Kimock Guitar God, Hot Buttered Rum, Tony Franklin, Gent Treadly, Jim Miller Band, Cabinet, The Jerry Hannan Band w/ Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-stars) – guitar, Jerry Hannan - acoustic guitar/vox, Steve Molitz - keys/vox, John Molo - drums (Phil Lesh and Bruce Hornsby, John Avila (Oingo Boingo) – bass. AND THEN: Matt Butler's The Everyone Orchestra w/ Kimock, Hot Buttered Rum, Julie Edlow, Chuck Morris of Lotus, and many other special guests. Tickets are $80 in advance and $100 ATD (Free Camping).

Freedom Festival, 4th of July:
The Freedom Festival will feature Project/Object performing the Music of Frank Zappa with a huge fireworks display synchronized in the middle of their performance, Willie Waldman Project w/ Ray White (Frank Zappa's guitarist), Mark Grundhoefer (guitar), J.D. Westmorland (bass), Tony Austin (drummer for Santana), Terry Saffold (drums & congas) and Willie. This is Willies Birthday party as well as U.S.A.'s. Willie play's trumpet for Snoop Dogg, Banyan and many more. All of this for just $30.

Funk Fest, July 31-August 2:
Funk Fest will feature the return of funk pioneer Michael "Clip" Payne's 420 Funk Mob featuring Jimmy Herring and Leo Nocentelli as well as past and present friends of the Parliament Funkadelic. Also on board are DJ Logic, Cornmeal, DRUGS: the Prescription for Miss-America featuring "Clip" and Gary "Starchild" Shider, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Freekbass, E.O.E, Afromotive, The Recipe, DJ Williams Projekt, The New Mastersounds, Jazzam, and many others to be announced. August 8, Jam Saturday TBA

August 15, Bluegrass Fest
Bluegrass Fest will feature The Wood Brothers, Humboldt County's Absynth, Joe Prichard of The Recipe w/ Shannon Jones, Steve Johnson Band, Kevin Rowe, and Jamgrass Fever.

August 22, Jam Saturday
With Spiritual Rez and Rubblebucket Orchestra, more TBA.

August 29, Jam Saturday
With Juno What, more TBA.

September 11-13, The Boykin Ball
Lineup TBA.

All of the music listed above is included with the $200 season pass. Come on out, dance, relax, and breathe in that fresh mountain air. All events include free camping.

[Published on: 5/15/09]

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