The final entertainment line-up for the August 21 Community Cornfest in Phillips Park in Carrick has been set with eight hours of local talent under the trees.
Along with great food, drink and independent artists there will be great local entertainment. As is traditional for more than 25 years of the Cornfest, the Carrick High School Band will officially open the event at noon. The local Bhutanese Dancers will follow and the Irish community will be well represented by the rousing Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance.
The music will continue with Caruso's Music School and Jimmy Adler's rock and blues students. Several musical genres will be represented including jazz by Jeff Martin's Steel City Jazz Project, indie music by Nadina Bembic's group Nalaladina, acoustic folk by Cathasaigh, and bringing the evening to close, a rock and blues band, Adam Vasko's The Silent Wire.
Along with the local talent, it will be a homecoming for several musicians as well. Carrick's Jeff Martin performed in Phillips Park at the age of 10, while Nadina Bembic was a member of the Carrick Band and Orchestra just a few years ago. Also coming home will be band and orchestra alumni Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak as well as Councilman Bruce Kraus of the Kraus' Isaly family.
Included in the committed attendance of more than 50 nonprofit groups and craft artists, the committee noted representatives from Pittsburgh's 311 Office, the Pittsburgh Board of Education's Pittsburgh Promise, several animal rescue groups, and more. Bob Ziller's Blooms – the flowered panels popping up on local doorways and windows will be included with the public encouraged to paint renditions of their own "blooms" on panels.