Vot­ing is open on Ci­tadel Ris­ing Stars Con­test

Fans have un­til July 20 to vote, win­ners will per­form at 3-day Ch­esco mu­sic fest

The Community Connection - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

Six fi­nal­ists for the Ci­tadel Ris­ing Star Con­test have been an­nounced. It is now up to fans to de­ter­mine which three artists will per­form as part of Ci­tadel Coun­try Spirit USA — the three­day coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val be­ing held in Ch­ester County in Au­gust.

Vot­ing is un­der­way now to de­ter­mine which three artists will ap­pear dur­ing the fes­ti­val. Each win­ning artist or band will per­form two sets on the Ci­tadel Ris­ing Star stage in be­tween acts dur­ing the fes­ti­val. One win­ner will per­form on Fri­day, Aug. 24, one on Satur­day, Aug. 25 and one on Sun­day, Aug. 26.

The six fi­nal­ists are:

• Derek Crider of Hamil­ton, N.J.

• Stephanie Grace of Dou­glasville • Erin Kelly of Al­len­town • Johnni Levi of Dou­glasville • Brian McCon­nell of West Ch­ester

• The Jess Zim­mer­man Band of Elver­son

Vot­ing runs through 11:59 p.m. on Fri­day, July 20, and the win­ners will be an­nounced on Fri­day, July 27.

To vote, visit Ci­tadelBank­ing. com/Ris­ingS­tar. From there, click on the “Vote Now” but­ton, which will take read­ers to a page fea­tur­ing videos of all the fi­nal­ists. To vote — click on the “heart” icon on each video post.

“Ci­tadel is host­ing this con­test to rec­og­nize lo­cal tal­ent from the Greater Philadel­phia area. As a com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tion, it is im­por­tant to have these ris­ing stars rep­re­sented at Ci­tadel Coun­try Spirit USA,” Jeff March, pres­i­dent and CEO, Ci­tadel said in a press re­lease.

Ci­tadel Coun­try Spirit USA, be­ing held at Ludwig’s Cor­ner Horse Show Grounds in Ch­ester County’s Brandy­wine Val­ley, fea­tures more than 20 coun­try mu­sic artists on two stages. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture head­lin­ers Alabama (Aug. 24), Toby Keith (Aug. 25) and Brad Pais­ley (Aug. 26), along with Dustin Lynch, Trace Ad­kins and Jake Owen (Aug. 26).

The Ci­tadel Ris­ing Star con­test launched in May. In­ter­ested artists were re­quired to nom­i­nate them­selves for the con­test, sub­mit­ting a per­for­mance video. To be el­i­gi­ble, the artists must be from, or fre­quently per­form around the Greater Philadel­phia area.

For two of the fi­nal­ists, this con­test is a bit of déjà vu. The Jess Zim­mer­man Band and Stephanie Grace were cho­sen in a sim­i­lar on­line con­test for Ci­tadel Palooza, a one day fes­ti­val held in Pottstown in Oc­to­ber. The head­line act for that event was Hunter Hayes. The event raised a to­tal of $55,000 for Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia.

Ci­tadel Coun­try Spirit USA comes to Ch­ester County from the producer of Coun­try Sum­mer, North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s big­gest coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val. Hosted by the Ch­ester County Con­fer­ence and Vis­i­tors Bu­reau, thou­sands of fans from across the na­tion are ex­pected to at­tend. The venue has a ca­pac­ity of 15,000 daily.

The Main Stage lineup and sched­ule is avail­able at Coun­trySpir­itUSA.com. Sin­gle-day tick­ets and three-day passes are on sale now at Coun­trySpir­itUSA. com. As with Ci­tadel Palooza, a portion of ticket sales from the event will be do­nated to Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ci­tadel Ris­ing Star Lo­cal Band Con­test, visit Ci­tadelBank­ing. com/Ris­ingS­tar.

DIGITAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Ludwig’s Cor­ner in Ch­ester County will host the Ci­tadel Coun­try Spirit USA mu­sic fes­ti­val in Au­gust. The three-day event will also fea­ture three lo­cal artists per­form­ing in be­tween acts. Fans can vote for their fa­vorites as part of the Ci­tadel Ris­ing...

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The six fi­nal­ists have been an­nounced for the Ci­tadel Ris­ing Star Con­test. It is now up to fans to de­ter­mine which three artists will per­form as part of Ci­tadel Coun­try Spirit USA – the three-day coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val be­ing held in Ch­ester County in...

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