‘Music on the Square’ Returns to Downtown Oil City This Summer

| June 9, 2023

OIL CITY, Pa. — The Oil City Main Street Program’s summer outdoor concert series Music on the Square returns for 2023 with Jimmy Buffett tribute band Key West Express.

The music begins at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free, and listeners are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

As in previous years, the Oil City Elks will be holding an outdoor dinner concession with seating on Sycamore Street.

Parking is available in nearby lots and along Seneca and Elm Streets, all spaces (including permitted spaces) are free and open to the public after 5:00 p.m.

Key West Express is an award-winning Jimmy Buffett tribute band from Erie, Pa. The band is the host band for the annual Key West Phest and has shared the stage with artists such as the Peter Mayer Group and Club Trini, as well as national recording acts such as The Pat McGee Band and Josh Gracin.

Key West Express has also been joined on stage by fan favorites Sunny Jim White, Greg ‘Fingers’ Taylor, and Jeff Pike, a founding member of Jimmy Buffett tribute band A1A.

In 2006, the band opened on a side stage for Jimmy Buffett at the Post Gazette Amphitheater and have performed at Margaritaville in Key West, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio, pre-game block parties at PNC Park in 2021, 2022, and 2023, Margaritaville at the Park – Roger’s Center Toronto, Ontario, casino’s concerts and fundraisers.

“Music on the Square has grown to be a favorite in downtown Oil City, because it’s such a great way to spend a weekday summer evening,” stated Kathy Bailey, Main Street Manager. “There are several shops within walking distance of the Town Square, and some make a point of extending their hours on concert nights. Some folks come early to shop, grab dinner or order takeout, and then wander about or head over to the square to enjoy the music. We’re excited that the Elks Club will be holding their outdoor dinners again during our 2023 events.”

RThe featured item on their June 15 menu is cheeseburger (sliders) in paradise, and they will also offer non-alcoholic tropical drinks and ice cream, as well as balloon animals and face painting for kids.

Five Music on the Square concerts will be held in 2023. The full lineup includes:

  • Key West Express on Thursday, June 15
  • The Gordon James Blues Band on Thursday, July 6
  • Angel Blue & the Prophets on Wednesday, July 19 (to coincide with the opening of the Oil Heritage Festival Art Show)
  • Chuck Justice & the Junkyard Lawyers on Thursday, August 3
  • The Wyllis Street Band on Friday, September 15 (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.

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

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Jacob Deemer is a reporter for EYT Media Group, who is based out of Venango County. He started his career as a sports writer for a local newspaper before contributing to TheHockeyWriters.com as a beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has spent over 6 years covering sports, crime, and local news in Venango, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties.
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