Music Friday at local Lancaster venues

There are few people who can remain in a bad mood while drinking coffee and listening to local music. Every third Friday of the month, Lancaster City features local bands and solo artists throughout the town, mainly on Prince and Queen Street. Rachel’s Creperie, Prince Street Café and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design are just a few of the places where you can experience music on Third Friday.

This is a good opportunity for Millersville University students to experience something different in Lancaster. Third Friday is much less popular than First Friday, which is the art gallery version of Third Friday. Students can walk around Downtown Lancaster and be a part of local artistry.

First Friday showcases local artists and galleries and appears to be the better choice for those wanting a little more variety. While Third Friday is maybe a little nicer if you are looking to sit down and relax in one place.

Though Third Friday gets less recognition than First Friday, this is not to say that those who participate on music Friday are any less talented than the artists featured on First Friday.

Joe Hamilton, Charles Munch, and Nick Desabastian entertain their listeners at the Prince Street Cafe downtown Lancaster. Joe Hamimlton and the Young Bucks played beautiful melodies. Audience enjoyed good music while sipping coffee and relaxing with friends and family. Photo by Gordon Beecroft.
Joe Hamilton, Charles Munch, and Nick Desabastian entertain their listeners at the Prince Street Cafe downtown Lancaster. Joe Hamimlton and the Young Bucks played beautiful melodies. Audience enjoyed good music while sipping coffee and relaxing with friends and family. Photo by Gordon Beecroft.

“I personally like First Friday better because I perform at Muffin Street Cafe and it seems to have a bigger crowd on First Fridays instead of music Fridays,” said Matt Douglass. “But it is a great place to check local artists out, both on music and First Fridays.”

Music Friday features bands that play both original music and covers. A local band, called Skyfeather, performed at Chestnut Hill Café on Chestnut St. and played covers from Tom Petty and the Beatles. The band included acoustic guitars and a plethora of percussion instruments.

Elliot Fisk, who is actually not a local artist, but a celebrated guitarist from Boston, performed at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music on Prince St. He gave a concert based on the Twilight series.

Rachel’s Café and Creperie featured Amanda Well’s on guitar and Prince St. Café held a live performance by Joe Hillman and the Young Bucks.

Anyone interested in supporting local music can join in every Third Friday of the month. No month is the same and new and emerging artists are featured each time.