Montgomeryville, Pa. native ROZES, who co-wrote and sang on The Chainsmokers Top 40 track “Roses,” will return to Montgomery County on Saturday, September 23 as the headline act for the Whitpain Community Festival hosted by Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).
The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. In between is a full day of children’s games and rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, laser tag, hayrides, a craft fair, health fair, bed races, food trucks, music, dance performances, a beer garden sponsored by PJ Whelihan’s, and much more.
The festival will be held on the Central Campus of MCCC at 340 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell, Pa. Admission to the festival and the musical acts are free, but there will be a charge for food, drinks, rides and other attractions.
ROZES, born Elizabeth Mencel, attended North Penn High School and MCCC where she earned an associate’s degree in Liberal Studies in 2014. Since graduating from MCCC, ROZES has dedicated herself to her music career, releasing her debut single, “Everything” in 2014 to rave reviews. That same year, she was featured on Just a Gent’s “Limelight.”
Following the success of “Everything,” ROZES released two more powerful singles, “In and Out” and “R U Mine.” Shortly after her chart-topping collaboration with The Chainsmokers, ROZES released her first EP, "Burn Wild," which received critical acclaim.
ROZES performed with The Chainsmokers at the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, and appeared with them on The Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. She made her debut solo performance at this year’s SXSW and Coachella festivals. She has also been featured in prominent media outlets like Billboard, Hello Giggles, and All Things Go.
The music lineup of the festival kicks off at 3 p.m. with School of Rock, which has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life for more than a decade. Sunday Muse, a five-piece folk pop group formed by MCCC alumni, takes the stage at 4:30 p.m. with an eclectic sound that shifts between foot-stomping jolts of energy, to warm, curl-up-by-the-fire jams. At 6 p.m., former WMGK-FM house band The Sofa Kings, a high energy ten-piece band from Southeastern Pennsylvania, will demonstrate their fine musicianship, extraordinary vocals and exceptional horn section for the crowd. Headliner ROZES will begin her set at 7:30 p.m.
The festival is organized by Whitpain Township and MCCC. The music lineup is sponsored by the Foley Hillsley Group of Baird Financial Advisors in Blue Bell, Pa., and the Lively Arts Series at MCCC.