Life in the ‘Fourth’ lane

By on May 15, 2019

Eagles tribute band, Miss Liberty Bell featured at this year’s celebration

Organizers of the annual Fourth of July celebration in Lititz have announced the entertainment lineup for this year’s event.

Headlining the day will be Best of the Eagles, which bills itself as the ultimate Eagles experience.

Joe Vadala, who serves as one of the band’s guitarists and vocalists, first founded the group in 2012 — all to pay tribute to the extremely popular musical recording act which went platinum countless times over.

“I always liked the music of the Eagles, and I was at a point of my personal career that I wanted to do something that had vocals, as well as something I really enjoyed,” Vadala said. They were an instant hit, and would go on to sell out the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey twice.

“My concept was to be authentic. It’s pretty much the experience of seeing the Eagles if you close your eyes,” Vadala added. The musician has heard great things about Lititz, and says that he wants attendees to leave with a renewed love of the Eagles on the night of the performance.

“We want to leave them with that ‘wow’ experience and feeling really good about the night,” Vadala said. “We want guests to have a 4th of July to remember.”

Rounding out the band is Marc Hoffman on vocals and drums; Vinny Daniele on bass and vocals; Jerry Steele on pedal steel guitar; Dave “Squiggy” Biglin on keyboards and vocals; and John Bushnell on rhythm and slide guitar.

Lancaster County based band ALOW will also perform during the July 4 festivities that day. The act is fronted by Adam Kowalczyk, a former member of the alternative rock group Live. The band also features Ben Roth and Jon Smith on guitar, Kory Gable on drums and Joe Fuscia on the bass. Throughout his career and during his time with Live, Kowalczyk had the fortune to perform onstage at Woodstock ’99, as well as make appearances on nationally syndicated television shows like Late Night with David Letterman, American Idol, and many more.

Here she is…

This year, Miss Jenna Martorana will serve as the emcee for the band shell. Martorana, a current graduate student attending Kutztown University, is the reigning Miss Liberty Bell, and is thrilled to spend the day in Lititz.

So how does one become Miss Liberty Bell?

“I competed in a few local competitions in the Miss America organization prior to being crowned Miss Liberty Bell 2019,” Martorana said. “My previous title was Miss Red Rose City, so I was able to represent Lancaster last year.”

There were many phases of competition on the road to winning it all, including a ten-minute interview with judges where she had the opportunity to share how she is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help cure the stigma surrounding this disease. She also performed a color guard routine, and was asked her thoughts on the media’s portrayal of people with mental health conditions.

“As someone who overcame so many challenges with their own battle with depression and anxiety, I know firsthand how harmful the effects of the stigma surrounding mental health conditions can be,” she said.

The reigning Miss Liberty Bell Jenna Martorana will serve as the master of ceremonies for the bandshell during the day-long 4th of July celebration in Lititz.

The Berks County resident and 2018 graduate of Millersville University said that the most rewarding part of being Miss Liberty Bell is the interaction she has with children.

“Children understand mental health much more than society realizes and it is so rewarding talking to them and hearing their reactions whether it be asking a question or telling me something about their journey,” she said. “There is no better feeling than when a child who you’ve only talked to for a short time trusts you enough to share something so personal with you.”

Despite her busy schedule, Martorana is thrilled to appear in Lititz for the festivities.

“I am looking forward to seeing the amazing fireworks and the beautiful candle display all lit up, and of course meeting with members of the Lititz community!”

Admission, which allows ticket holders access to the park, is $13 in advance, or $15 at the gate the day of the event. Children ages 10 and under are free. Gates open at noon. Tentative launch time for the fireworks will be 9:30 p.m. Visit lititz4thofjuly.com for more details.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423.

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