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Michelle Woolford




Local Bands to Serve up the Blues at Malvern Federal Savings Bank during the Third Annual Paoli Blues Fest

The bank will serve as three-time sponsor and host of the all-day festival, featuring live music, performances and children’s activities


PAOLI, Pa. – Sept 18, 2011 – As 2011 rolls into October, Paoli Blues Fest will once again transform the parking lot of Malvern Federal Savings Bank into the site of an all-day celebration of all things Blues. The third annual street festival, which pays tribute to the genre of music that has origins tracing back to the late 19th century, will run from 11:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Stage on Saturday, October 1. The daylong affair will feature a slate of blues musicians, as well as other performers and activities for all ages.


This year’s musical lineup will spotlight several local artists. The Malvern School of Rock will kick off the festivities with a warm up performance at 11:15 a.m., followed by eclectic Bucks County band, Scoville Blues at 3 p.m.  Other featured musicians include Philadelphia native Deb Callahan, who will take the stage at 4 p.m., and Mikey Jr. who will close out the festival at 5 p.m.  In addition, three other regional blues acts will perform throughout the afternoon.


For the third year in a row, Malvern Federal Savings Bank is serving not only as a sponsor, but also as a venue for many of the day’s activities. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Malvern Federal’s parking lot will be transformed into the “Baby Blues Stage”, playing host to a variety of entertainment including a karate demonstration at 2:15 p.m., kids’ stories and songs with Rob Dickenson at 2:30 p.m., several dance performances and blues by students of The Music Workshop. Other daylong activities include face painting, a moon bounce, crafts and massages. Additionally, the Elmwood Zoo will be on hand to get you up close and personal with frogs, alligators and other swamp animals.


“This year’s attractions at Malvern Federal focus heavily on the kids,” said Ron Anderson, CEO of Malvern Federal Savings Bank. “We wanted to have activities that enable families to spend time together while offering enough of a variety that everyone goes home happy. We’re proud to be a leading sponsor of an event that has evolved into a highly anticipated spectacle on the community calendar, and one that highlights the vitality of downtown Paoli.”  


“The festival is likely to build off its first two years of success, which drew 10,000 to 12,000 attendees and provided truck loads of food for REACT, a local food closet,” said Marie Thibault, Co-chair of the Paoli Blues Fest. “This year we are also raising money for scholarships for music students of The School of Rock and The Music Workshop by selling Paoli Blues Fest Scholarship rubber bracelets for $5.00.”


The Paoli Blues Fest is free of charge and will be held rain or shine from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free concerts, a street fair, food, dancing and lots of music. Free parking is available throughout Paoli – at the Train Station, Good Samaritan Church, Station Square, Paoli Baptist Church and other remote locations. Attendees are asked to make a donation of non-perishable food to Valley Forge REACT. For more information on the Paoli Blues Fest, visit www.paolibluesfest.com as well as visiting us on Facebook and “liking” the Fest!


About Malvern Federal Savings Bank

Founded in 1887, Malvern Federal Savings Bank is a community bank dedicated to fulfilling the financial needs of people and businesses throughout Pennsylvania’s Chester and Delaware counties. The bank offers a complete range of financial products through its eight state-of-the-art financial centers. For more information, please visit

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