Party with a purpose: Foodstock Music Fest slated for July 28

By on July 18, 2018

Steel Radiance, an all-female rock band, is part of the slate of entertainers at the Foodstock Music Fest on July 28.

The fifth annual FoodStock Music Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 28, on the grounds of the Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 2775 Lebanon Road (Route 72), Manheim.

Tickets are $25. Admission includes live music and a craft show and sale. During the event, concert-goers can also participate in a Chinese auction, raffles throughout the day, 50/50 drawings and a silent auction. Mount Hope’s award-winning wines, Swashbuckler Brewing Company beers, Lancaster County Ciders, soft drinks, and food will be available for purchase.

Foodstock addresses hunger through the music and arts. In Pennsylvania, one in eight people, including one in six children, struggle with hunger according to feedingamerica.org. In Lancaster County, approximately 59,000 residents, including one in five children, go hungry on a regular basis. Additionally, those depending on food pantries are coming from all walks of life. Looking at the bigger picture, food insecurity not only affects these unfortunate individuals, it can have a negative impact on the entire community.

This party with a purpose was founded by guitarist Tom Hayden and trumpeter Todd Fulginiti. In addition to performing with local music groups, Hayden may be familiar to Ephrata residents as a letter carrier for over 26 years. As a postal carrier, he’s been involved with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This nationwide food drive has been held the second Saturday in May (the day before Mother’s Day) for the over 20 years.

The experience with this food drive is what prompted the musician to think about how the music community could be a part of an effort to benefit local food banks. While on break during a gig with Lancaster band Back In Motion, guitarist Hayden shared his concept for a hunger-fighting community service group. Several band members pledged support and things developed from there. Hayden now serves as president of Foodstockpa.org, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting continued assistance to food banks and enhancing their resources on a local level.

Fulginiti is not only a musician and composer, he is the music teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School. He also served on Lititz Borough council.

Musician “Bobby D” Jones explained that he became involved after a discussion with Hayden and Fulginiti.

“We’re all musicians and we were all involved in food drives of some sort, so it made sense that we would all work together,” he said, “We all have the same vision of FoodStock — utilizing your God-given talents to help bring about awareness to hunger in our community. Hunger does exist here in our midst. Together we can do something about it starting with raising awareness of the issue. To be silent and turn our heads to it is no longer a viable option.”

Bobby D said that the name, Foodstock, not only evokes the iconic 60s music festival Woodstock, but it also points to the mission of the event — stocking shelves at community food banks and food pantries. The logo, which features a guitar handle and a pear, also gets the point across. The Music Festival, FoodStock’s largest annual fundraiser, features six bands.

“This year’s lineup is especially exciting,” said Hayden. “These are some of the Lancaster area’s most talented musicians coming together to help us fight hunger in our community.”

“We pick bands that offer a variety of styles,” Fulginiti added. “This year I think the lineup is more diverse than ever before. Rob Reese offers a bit of flamenco flair on the guitar. Steel Radiance is an all-female classic rock and blues band that’s performed at every Foodstock. The Ben Vo Blues Band is a blues trio. There’s even a bit of the big band swing sound from Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra.”

Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra will perform at 11:30 a.m. at the Foodstock Music Fest on July 28.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 11 to 11:20 a.m. – Rob Reese
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra
  • 12:45 to 2 p.m. – Hydroponic Philharmonic
  • 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. – Steel Radiance
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. – The Benjamin Vo Blues Band
  • 5-6 p.m. – Vinyl Groov

Fulginiti plays with the final band of the day, Vinyl Groov. He described it as a classic blues, jazz and R & B band that plays a variety of music including southern soul, Motown, old school favorites, and new school hits (Bruno Mars, Walk the Moon).

“The support from the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and local business sponsors and supporters from around the country, has been tremendous,” said Hayden. “Once again, the people in and beyond our community have come together to support a very worthy cause, and I love it when that happens. Makes me glad I live here.”

To date FoodstockPA’s efforts have raised nearly $30,000. Although Central PA Food Bank is the key recipient of funds raised from the music fest, funding is also directed at other efforts in the county such as The Power Packs Project, which Fulginiti said serves both Warwick and Ephrata Area School District.

Further information about FoodStock Music Fest is available at foodstockpa.org or the organization’s Facebook page, facebook.com/foodstockmusicfestivalpa. Tickets are available through the website; children 12 and under can enter for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

To make a donation or to volunteer, contact Foodstock at foodstockpa.org.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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