Music Madness

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is hosting a unique music festival featuring country, rock, bluegrass, and, well, insanity.


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On July 12, 2014, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum will admit people to fill its rooms, hallways, and lawns. This time, though, it won’t be patients walking around the vast stone building, but fans of great music. Bluegrass, rock, and country artists will take over the asylum to perform their best songs as part of the Seeking Asylum Mid-Summer Music Fest. “It’s going to be a crazy good time,” says Bob Cline, CEO of US Tours. “It’s a full day of great music, good food, fun activities, and great visuals.”

People from all across the region will travel to Weston for this one-of-a-kind experience. “We’ll have some people from Hagerstown, Maryland, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania,” David says. He estimates there will be at least 1,000 people in attendance, but with a venue as enormous and intriguing as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, even more people could stop by to get in on the fun. The historic building is the largest hand-cut stone building in North America and said to be the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin.

The mad musical weekend begins Friday with a catered event—the Lost Creek Flying Pig Dinner in nearby Lost Creek at the Orange Blossom Trail Music Hall. There, you’ll hear champion fiddle player Johnny Cochran and The Trail Blazers start off this musical weekend with a bang. The fun continues on Saturday back in Weston, as attendees are invited to relax, enjoy the music, eat, play lawn games, or go on one of the multiple tours being given of the abandoned hospital buildings.

You’ll also get a chance to see the asylum’s high-tech haunted house, typically only open near Halloween, as it will be up and running for the festival. And a zombie paintball event will even be part of the weekend’s attractions. When you get down to it, though, the weekend is all about the sounds emanating from the lawns of the hospital—and we don’t mean screams. “The feature is the entertainment. That is the big draw,” Bob says. Musical acts like rockabilly group Ryan Cain & The Ables, bluegrass group Circa Blue, and headliner and beloved country artist David Ball all are just a few of the acts set to take the stage.

Music starts at 1 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m.

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