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Photo Gallery: Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival staged in Monessen

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Members of the Hot Headed Mike and the Half Baked Jazz Band from California University play during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>Members of the Hot Headed Mike and the Half Baked Jazz Band from California University play during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Kaymaya, 3, and Samari Smith, 7, enjoy some french fries during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They were with their aunt, Tina Smith, of Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Kaymaya, 3, and Samari Smith, 7, enjoy some french fries during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They were with their aunt, Tina Smith, of Monessen.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Gianna Palmer, 1, swings as Melayna Morgan, 8, and Chloe Morgan, 9, give her a push during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They were with their grandmother Linda Palmer of Monessen.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Gianna Palmer, 1, swings as Melayna Morgan, 8, and Chloe Morgan, 9, give her a push during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014. They were with their grandmother Linda Palmer of Monessen.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Brian Weaver of Greensburg plays his guitar during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Brian Weaver of Greensburg plays his guitar during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Rachel Obade of Charleroi and Shawn Groomes of Monessen dance as they listen to the music during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Rachel Obade of Charleroi and Shawn Groomes of Monessen dance as they listen to the music during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - The Michael Christopher Band, Zach Reeder, Michael Christopher and Keith Kleinhampl from Pittsburgh perform during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>The Michael Christopher Band, Zach Reeder,  Michael Christopher and Keith Kleinhampl from Pittsburgh perform during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Joe Vingas and his brother Tony Vingas of Monessen take photos during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Joe Vingas and his brother Tony Vingas of Monessen take photos during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Jonathan Bass of Jeannette performs during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Jonathan Bass of Jeannette performs during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Chris Firtsky of Elizabeth shows Cindy Alesiani of Monessen some of his rock candles him and his brother Jacob make, during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Chris Firtsky of Elizabeth shows Cindy Alesiani of Monessen some of his rock candles him and his brother Jacob make, during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Bridget Zilka shows her father, Dave Zilka, of Rostraver Township, the photo she voted for during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Bridget Zilka shows her father, Dave Zilka, of Rostraver Township, the photo she voted for during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Dave Smiley of Monessen looks over the T-shirt his wife Bonni Smiley got at the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Dave Smiley of Monessen looks over the T-shirt his wife Bonni Smiley got at the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Barb and George Luketich of Monessen celebrate George's 89th birthday with friends and family during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Barb and George Luketich of Monessen celebrate George's 89th birthday with friends and family during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - California University's Acapella Stella group members Adonah Perry, Maya Tomlin, Amelia Wisinski, Brittany Marrolini, Lisa Lujetic, Victoria Jackson and Paige Williams sing during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>California University's Acapella Stella group members Adonah Perry, Maya Tomlin, Amelia Wisinski, Brittany Marrolini, Lisa Lujetic, Victoria Jackson and Paige Williams sing during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - John Keller gives his wife Arminia Keller of Monessen a kiss as the listen to the music during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>John Keller gives his wife Arminia Keller of Monessen a kiss as the listen to the music during the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Festival coordinators Karla Spangler, Nikki Leptesti, Matt Shorraw, and Kelsey Flinko pose for a picture at the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Jim Ference |  The Valley Independent</em></div>Festival coordinators Karla Spangler, Nikki Leptesti, Matt Shorraw,  and Kelsey Flinko pose for a picture at the 3rd annual Raise Your Voice Music & Arts Festival at Monessen City Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

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By The Valley Independent
Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:21 a.m.
 

The third annual Raise Your Voice Music and Arts Festival was staged Saturday at Monessen City Park.

The day-long festival featured such local musicians as Michael Christopher, Hey Compadre, Sarah Barger, Wind & Waves, Fiveunder, Gregg Johnson, Chicos Del Muertos, and Jonathan Bass.

The festival was presented by the Raise Your Voice Campaign and Monessen Communities That Care.

In addition to local sponsors, the festival was supported by the City of Monessen and the California University of Pennsylvania music department.

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