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The Parliament Arts Organization to host King Street Jam, June 22, in York, Pa.

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April 10, 2019
The Ohio Players, Low Cut Connie, and others highlight lineup for 
new summer music and arts festival 

The Parliament Arts Organization, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to empowering artists today announced the debut of a dynamic arts and music festival, King Street Jam, to be held Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
King Street Jam will be held in the Royal Square District, a hub of creative arts community in historic downtown York, and will feature Philadelphia-based rock and roll band opener Low Cut Connie, headliner The Ohio Players, Susto, Parker Millsap, Erika Wennerstrom and 10 other local and regional bands on two stages. Food trucks, craft beer and artwork from local vendors will round out this celebration of the arts, culture and community. Advance tickets for admission to King Street Jam’s musical performances will be available beginning Friday, April 19, atkingstreetjam.com. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 day of the event.  
Heralded as “America’s finest pure rock and roll bar band” by Rolling Stone and a “must-see” by NPR music critic Ann Powers, Low Cut Connie has received international acclaim for its high-energy live show and hit albums. Since releasing its fifth album “Dirty Pictures (Part 2),” Low Cut Connie has garnered acclaimed reviews from celebrated musical artists such as Sir Elton John.
“King Street Jam will put local musicians right alongside nationally recognized acts, exposing York’s favorite bands to a broader crowd of potential fans and future collaborators,” said Josh Hankey, President of The Parliament Arts Organization Board of Directors and President and CEO of York-based Royal Square Development and Construction (RSDC). “Events like this carry out The Parliament’s mission of empowering artists while establishing York as a hub of arts and culture.”
King Street Jam is one of many activities and events organized throughout the year by The Parliament Arts Organization to raise the visibility for artists and creatives who call York City and York County home while helping solidify downtown York’s Royal Square District as a hub for arts, music and culture in Central Pennsylvania. Since its founding, The Parliament has contributed to the growth of the Royal Square District through exhibitions, workshops and community-building events. It recently opened Gallery110, a high-end gallery supporting local artists, and Venture, an art gallery that brings together the work of creatives Susan McDaniel, Karen Paust and JoAnne Schiavone in one space.
In 2018, Rolling Stone named Low Cut Connie’s single “Beverly” to its list of the “50 Best Songs of 2018.” Low Cut Connie features the talents of frontman Adam Weiner, Will Donnelly and Ehssan Karimi.
Rising to musical prominence during the 1970s, The Ohio Players pioneered the street funk and underground R&B music genres. After signing with Mercury Records in 1974 through 1977, The Ohio Players secured three consecutive platinum albums with “Skin Tight,” “Fire” and “Honey,” along with two No. 1 singles on the billboard pop charts “Fire” and “Love Roller Coaster” and five No. 1 R&B singles “Funky Worm,” “Fire,” “Sweet Sticky Thing,” “Love Roller Coaster” and “Who’d She Coo.” The 10-member band — four of whom are original members — includes James “Diamond” Williams on drums, Billy Beck on keyboard, Clarence Willis on lead guitar and Robert Kuumba on percussion. Their newest release “This Is Your Night” is the group’s first release in the 13 years since its internet introduction through Tune Core.

In addition to The Ohio Players and Low Cut Connie, the King Street Jam will also feature singer-songwriter Parker Millap, a blues, country, rock, Americana and folk music artist from Purcell, Oklahoma; American indie rock band Susto from Charleston, South Carolina; and singer, songwriter and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom, who recently delivered her solo debut “Sweet Unknown.”
“The goal of King Street Jam is to create a music festival in the downtown corridor and to bring a diverse group of individuals together from all over the region,” said Collin Holder, Executive Director of The Parliament Arts Organization. “King Street Jam will introduce new visitors to our downtown and will bring regional recognition to York for our arts and culture scene.”
Holder, who brings significant festival management and operations experience to The Parliament, joined the organization in 2018. He previously served as director of operations of the 10-day International Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia. 
About The Parliament Arts Organization
The Parliament Arts Organization is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to empowering artists and transforming York, Pennsylvania. Throughout the year, The Parliament organizes art gallery exhibitions, hosts workshops to help creatives develop skills needed to create their own businesses and presents community-building events that celebrate artists and creatives across York County. The Parliament has assisted in the opening of two art galleries, Gallery110 and Venture, both located in the Royal Square District, the heart of the arts community of historic downtown York. Learn more about The Parliament Arts Organization, its mission and upcoming events by visiting parliamentyork.org or following both The Parliament and King Street Jam on Facebook and Instagram.

Collin Holder
Executive Director, The Parliament Arts Organization 

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