RTQ XI: Bill Ali, Jill West Headline Friday and Saturday

jill west at festival

Jill West headlines Saturday night.

For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

The natural amphitheater-like setting is the backdrop for performances by a variety of bands including The Jamie Bruno Band, The Justin Fabus Band, Hidden Talents, Bill Ali Band, The Primatives, Midlife Crisis and the EMJ Band.  (Complete schedule below.)

Two long-time Pittsburgh favorites will headline the Friday and Saturday night performance schedule:

Also featuring:

  • EMJ Band (’70’s rock favorites)
  • Billions and Billions (rock cover songs)
  • Tim Vitullo and the PSBlues (Blues)
  • Brad Bendis (accoustic set)
  • Mitchell McDermot (accoustic set)
  • Midlife Crisis (’60’s and ’70’s light rock favorites)

The Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids featuring The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler. And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email panhandletrail@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

2011 Events

The schedule isn’t finalized yet, but you can be sure to enjoy these bands and entertainment! Check back frequently, or sign up to receive notices on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr!


5:00 Food booths open; U-Choose Raffles


  • Noon Food booths open; U-Choose Raffles
  • Noon to 6 FAMILY FUN ZONE – Kids games and activities (make your own “silly putty”; crafts, etc.) with Collier Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts Cub Pack 860, Trail volunteers

In Event Tent:
“Making Science Make Sense” Steven Reinstadtler, Bayer Scientist

7:00 (apx.) Grand Rubber Ducky Race

  • $500 1st prize
  • $200 2nd
  • $100 3rd
  • $25 “1st Stuck Duck.”
  • $5 a duck (You do not have to be present to win but you’ll miss all the fun)

FOOD VENDORS: First Sergeants BBQ, The Panhandle Trail, Rennerdale Corner Store, Wheel & Wedge

Extra Parkingin Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.


If you are interested in volunteering at Rock the Quarry or in becoming a vendor, please contact the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail at panhandletrail@gmail.com.

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