Usher in autumn with live music and good vibes while also helping out an important local resource.

The fourth annual Jam on the Brandywine hits the Brandywine and Red Clay Valley Association this Saturday, Sept. 14, in Pocopson Township.

Last year's event attracted over 750 people and helped raise $14,000 for watershed conservation, according to a press release from the BVA.

And by featuring a cavalcade of bands in a variety of styles form throughout the region, Executive Director Jim Jordan said that the event transcends generations.

"To me, it's neat when you can sit and listen to music that you listened to in college, except now you're doing it with your children," Jordan said.

The event is also geared towards families who may not otherwise get to enjoy live music together without paying an arm and a leg, according to Jordan.

"Bands usually play in a bar or they're national acts where you can't afford to go as family, so this is a chance to listen to a lot of different music from some very different bands."

This year, the Wilmington-based Spinto Band is featured as the headliners, accompanied by Montana Wildaxe, the Cameltones, the Sin City Band, Love Minus Zero, Uncle Jimmy, the Porch Chops and many others.

The purpose of the jam is twofold, according to Jordan - obviously to raise funds to further their educational and conservation efforts, but at the same time, the goal is to introduce people to the work the BVA performs.

"We'll be using different sound bites throughout the day with a focus on the importance of preserving the watershed," Jordan said. "And also little things like bringing their own water bottles, which they can fill at a tank provided by Aqua PA, and reusing their beer cups are also part of that message. Just trying to get people to stop and think."

Attendance to the Jam has nearly doubled every year, Jordan said, and he expects this year to essentially top out at hopefully 1,000 people.

"That's pretty much at the limits of what we can handle," he said.

Tickets are $20 advance and $30 per carload at the gate. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the music runs from noon until 9 p.m. The event is held at the outdoor amphitheater at the BVA, located on Route 842.

Refreshments are available from Victory Brewing and Starbucks.

For more information, visit the BVA on the Web at or call at 610-793-1090.

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