The Music

On September 10, 11, and 12th, the Chester County Balloon Festival, now in its 14th year, will host a three-day lineup of Philadelphia-area bands. The bands playing represent a mix of the tri-state area including headlining acts from Wilmington, Central New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and all offer family-friendly original music and some well-known covers. Chester County Balloon Festival, which celebrates the art of aviation with 20+ hot air balloons taking flight each day, is proud to showcase local music as a part of its festivities in the historic Delaware Valley Region.

Friday September 10th features Rowan University alums and alt-rockers Sweet Pill, who have made a splash in the Philadelphia scene not only for their music, but for hosting sold-out shows in clubs and DIY-venues across the city. Taylor Kelly and her band also play Friday night. Kelly is known for her R&B stylings and high-energy live performances. She’s a regular on the wedding circuit, singing and booking for Bachelor Boys Band and plays regularly in Philadelphia clubs such as World Cafe Live and Johnny Brenda’s. Closing out the night on Friday is Delaware’s favorite punk rock group, Grace Vonderkuhn who released their new LP Pleasure Pain on August 13th. This powerful 3-piece recently played at Philly’s Underground Arts and Wilmington’s Jackson Inn. 

On Saturday the 11th, CC Balloon Fest presents Zachary Humenik and James Everhart playing as a duo. Both musicians make up one half of Philly alt-country group Hey Slow. James Everhart is also well-known as the front-person of bands Scantron and Cosmic Guilt, which get regular airtime on WXPN. Going on second is Lizdelise playing solo. Promoting a new EP concerning gender identity, Lizdelise is Philadelphia’s premiere pop-rock star. Lastly, is Wilmington’s “unofficial mayor” Danielle Johnson who plays full band as Sug Daniels. Her regular band, Hoochi Coochi, plays WXPN’s XPoNential Festival on September 17. As Sug Daniels, Johnson plays fun folk tunes for CC Balloon Fest. 

Sunday at CC Balloon Fest features renowned trumpet player KooF, who recently played in Japanese Breakfast’s ensemble for five sold-out shows at Union Transfer. His solo work is composed of beautiful, ambient loops of trumpet played through distortion pedals. Next up is Tubey Frank, a rock n’ roll group who recently curated a live series entitled Mouth House Sessions at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Their lively brand of psychedelic rock is bound to shake up the festival. Last but not least is fun-loving, alt-country group Dominy. They were the first band booked to play Philly-favorite outdoor venue Sunflower Gardens when COVID restrictions were lifted, and have since played Arden’s Shady Grove Festival.

For more information about festival communications, contact booker/promoter Paige Walter at For more about the bands listed, See below.



4:30-5:30 Sweet Pill

6:00-7:15 Taylor Kelly

7:30-8:30 Grace Vonderkuhn



2:30-3:30 Zachary Humenick & James Everhart

4:00-5:00 Lizdelise (solo)


7:00-8:00 Sug Daniels (full band)



2:30-3:30 KooF

4:00-5:00 Tubey Frank

5:30-6:30 Dominy

More info:

Sweet Pill: Sweet Pill is the new and upcoming artist that your sweet tooth has been craving. Racing riffs and cutting words drive Sweet Pill’s style. Covered in the glam of pop, Sweet Pill dishes out aggressive and emotional melodies backed by fluid bass and drum structures. Drawing inspirations from artists like Paramore, Hop Along, and Mineral, their one of a kind sound is piercing the greater Philadelphia music scene. Sweet Pill’s debut, self produced release, “Lost in it,” landed them a spot on RMG’s SXSW showcase earlier this year. More recently, the band has signed to Philadelphia based label Know Hope Records for their next release. With support from 4333 Collective, Sweet Pill has become a staple within the Glassboro music scene.   


Taylor Kelly: Living in Philadelphia. Blending sounds & speaking truths.


Grace Vonderkuhn: Grace Vonderkuhn is a rock musician based out of Wilmington, DE. She combines garage rock and psych aesthetics with a sharp pop sensibility. “There is something beautiful, slightly messy, but absolutely charming about Grace Vonderkuhn.” - Noisey 


Zach & James of Hey Slow, Scantron, Cosmic Guilt: Zach and James are ½ of the folk/country group Hey Slow based in Philadelphia, PA.


Lizdelise: Philadelphia indie trio Lizdelise, led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Liz de Lise have garnered local acclaim since their inception in 2014. Body was recorded at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia, PA by Lizdelise bassist and collaborator Mark Watter. Alyssa Resh rounds out their line-up on drums, though the drums on Body were played by Sam Huntington. The group is preparing to release their new collection of sounds Body on Sheer Luck Records. The four songs are Lizdelise's most fully realized masterpieces yet, reminiscent of St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast and Dirty Projectors. 


Sug Daniels: Sug Daniels is a singer, songwriter, and producer who is using the tools around her to capture the emotions of an era. Daniels’ work is as colorful, vulnerable, and charismatic as her personality. She thoughtfully combines elements of folk, R&B, and low-fi alternatives to create personal and tender music interlaced with messages of truth and positive change. 


KooF: Improvisational loops, drones, and bops.


Tubey Frank: Tubey Frank is a musical outfit based around the songwriting of Josh Kirwin. 


Dominy: Dominy is a four piece Indie band based out of Philadelphia, blending 70’s riffing, surf vibes, with country twang.