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April 26, 2014

Fifth rock festival to raise money for Pittsburg fireworks celebration

PITTSBURG, Kan. — For a fifth year, organizers are planning a Big Bang Rockfest to generate funding for Pittsburg's Fourth of July fireworks display, with 22 bands slated to perform.

The six-hour concert will be held at four downtown Pittsburg venues on Saturday, April 26, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door of any of the venues and are good for all four. The grassroots effort annually attempts to raise what organizer Jon Bartlow, himself a musician and member of J3 Trio, said is the Òbiggest single chunk of moneyÓ for the city's fireworks show, which costs about $20,000. The remainder of the cost comes from individual and business donations within the community. Each of the first three years, the effort raised about $5,000; last year's event raised $10,610.

Saturday's lineup includes the Biscuit & Gravy Boys, The Bends, J3 Trio, Area 51, 33 1/3 and Sextonic Plates at Club 505, located at 505 N. Broadway.

At Bourbon Street, located at 516 N. Broadway, Center Creek Sinners, Smoot Mahuti, The Vinyl Kingz, Totojojo, Zero 2 Panic and Big Skillet will perform.

The lineup at Shotz, located at 305 N. Broadway, includes Among the Lost, Clean Slate, Danny Bell & Todd East, Tailgatorz and Take the Day.

At JST Bobby G's, located at 108 W. Sixth St., the lineup will include Melissa Anderson, Jace & Jeff, Thom Simon, Conway Jackson and Bill & Monica's Excellent Adventure.

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