42 North ‘Hilltap’ Festival returns to Holiday Valley July 23 | New


ELLICOTTVILLE — 42 North Brewing Company is hosting the 2nd annual HillTap Festival at the Holiday Valley Resort on Saturday, July 23.

HillTap is a one-day festival that incorporates craft beer, music, and adventure sports atop Spruce Lake Mountain.

HillTap’s music lineup will feature two regional artists. Big J Blues will bring their blues to the cabin porch stage at 1 p.m. Next, Meadville, Pa., based at the station on Sunday, will bring its high-energy Americana, folk and bluegrass to Ellicottville for the first time.

Sunday at the Station was formed in 2009 by Donny Consla (vocals, guitar and mandolin) and Matt Marr (vocals, banjo and guitar), inspired by The Avett Brothers, Doc Watson, Rancid and Lucero. They began to write songs and perform locally and were soon joined by Scott Stearns on double bass and the band’s sound began to take shape. Finally, Josh Shaffer joined the band on drums and washboard.

The sound of Sunday at the Station has been described as an energetic mix of Americana, folk and bluegrass with a touch of punk melody and bluesy soul. The group has been performing in the tri-state area for over a decade and are still a crowd favorite, delivering an entertaining and interactive performance. This year, Sunday at the Station will release their third full-length album, “Revival.”

The range of providers includes SUP Erie Adventures; Mud, sweat and gears; Tom’s pro bikes; Holiday Valley electric bikes; and the Hatchet & Hops Ax Cart. Participants are encouraged to bring their adventure gear to try stand-up paddleboarding, mountain biking, and ax throwing. Additionally, Fat Bob’s BBQ and Nani’s Mountainside Food Truck will be on site during the festival.

“HillTap is truly a one-of-a-kind event,” said John Cimperman, founder of 42 North Brewery. “The opportunity to host, yet again, a mountaintop event is truly unique. There’s no better place to fuse craft beer, roots music and adventure.

“It’s great to partner with 42 North for this event,” added Niki Klein, Director of Resort Services at Holiday Valley. “Their adventurous spirit matches our DNA. We encourage participants to spend the morning hiking and biking the trails, then spend the afternoon at Spruce Lake.

Advance tickets are $30 and include free parking, a lift ticket to Spruce Lake, and a full day of music and adventure sports demonstrations and clinics. A $40 ticket will be offered for those wishing to transport their mountain bike to Spruce Lake. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. For tickets and more information about HillTap, log on to www.hilltapfestival.com.

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