‘Music on the Square’ Continues Tonight with Max Schang’s Trio of Blues

| July 21, 2021

OIL CITY, Pa. – The Oil City Main Street Program’s “Music on the Square” concert series continues tonight with a special performance by Max Schang’s Trio of Blues.

The free concert is scheduled in conjunction with the opening reception of the Oil Heritage Festival Art Show, set for 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

In addition, the Oil City Elks will also be providing food and tables on Sycamore Street, and city representatives will have the Oil City 150 banner available for people to sign along with Oil City 150 merchandise available for purchase.

Max Schang, an accomplished blues musician and music instructor from Sharon PA, has been performing far and wide for over 40 years. His path has taken him through many musical transformations including classical guitar, jazz, funk, gypsy-jazz as well as many styles of American blues. Shang performs over 200 shows a year including many performances in the Oil City area.

Joining Shang on July 21 will be Terry McDonald of Greenville Pa. on bass guitar. McDonald, who has played bass for Max on and off for over 20 years, is schooled in rock, jazz, and blues music and can also be heard with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

On drums will be Steve McMurray, an exceptionally talented player who holds down the beat for some of the area’s finest musicians. McMurray is well-known for his ability to play many diverse styles and brings a high level of professionalism to the stage and has also worked with Schang for over 20 years.

Wednesday’s performance is one of the many Oil Heritage Festival events.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to be a part of the festival once again,” stated Kathy Bailey, Main Street Manager.

“This Music on the Square is timed in conjunction with the Oil Heritage Festival Art Show Opening Reception, set for 6 to 9 p.m. the same evening in the National Transit Building and other nearby locations. It blends a wonderful evening of art and music in downtown Oil City.”

The Oil Heritage Festival Art Show is coordinated by the Oil City Arts Council and ARTS Oil City, and will continue on July 22 from noon to 4:00 p.m., July 23 from noon to 6:00 p.m., July 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m., and July 25 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The 2021 Music on the Square series continues with The Route 8 Band on August 12 and Champagne Rain on September 17 (co-sponsored by the Venango Museum and taking place during the Oil City Uncorked Wine Walk).

Music on the Square was spearheaded by the Oil City Main Street Program in 2015.

Performances are held in the center paved area of the Oil City Town Square. Concerts are made possible by the Jack Rowley Charitable Trust.

Admission is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Parking is available in nearby lots and along Seneca and Elm Streets and is free after 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Oil City Main Street Office at 814-677-3152.

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