Lawrence to headline Highlands Health benefit show; Carly Moffa Trio and The Platelets are special guests

Posted on 2024-03-22

Today Highlands Health Clinic announced the talent for its annual benefit concert: Lawrence, with special guests Carly Moffa Trio and The Platelets. The show will be held August 24, and is produced in cooperation with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA).

The evening, which is sponsored by JWF Industries, Ron & Lisa Kuchera, and E.MAP, will be held at Peoples Natural Gas Park under the Polacek Pavilion.

“This concert is our largest fundraising activity and supports services to those in our community who do not have health insurance,” said Rosalie Danchanko, executive director of Highlands Health. “We are excited to once again offer an outstanding show for this great cause.”

“Lawrence is guaranteed to deliver a one of kind performance that will be remembered by those in attendance for years to come,” noted Bryan Hummel, who co-chairs the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival and is helping to organize the event. “Johnstown is by far the smallest market on their tour – this is a band that is selling out large venues all over the country. Add 2018 American Idol standout Carly Moffa and Johnstown’s own The Platelets, and we’ve got an amazing evening of music.”

Lawrence: As NPR writes, “siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are not your typical pair.” Clyde Lawrence and Gracie Lawrence have been writing songs and listening to countless Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Aretha Franklin records in their family’s New York City apartment since they were little kids. After years of playing together, they officially created Lawrence, an eight-piece soul-pop band comprised of musician friends from childhood and college. The band has since gained a devoted following for its high-energy, keyboard-driven sound, which features tight, energetic horns and explosive lead vocals. Touring has been a key component of the group’s rise to success; In 2023, the band joined Jonas Brothers on their four month, sixty-five show tour across North America. They’ve also toured with acts such as Lake Street Dive, Vulfpeck, Jon Bellion, Jacob Collier, Soulive, O.A.R., and Bernhoft, and has appeared at major festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Firefly, Okeechobee, Hangout, and Summerfest. They have performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show & NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.

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Carly Moffa Trio: The past 2 years, Carly Moffa spent more time touring than at home in Nashville. From first time performances at Live Nation’s big Peach Music Festival to being invited back to fan favorites like Musikfest, her life has quickly become busier than ever. While her musical style may have been built around her unique voice, “which commands a room” (Katy Perry), it is the blending of jam-band americana rock with soulful R&B rhythms that truly captivates. Moffa’s enthusiasm is infectious, her lyrics unfiltered and her sound is equal parts yin and yang, dark and light, intentional and reckless.

The Platelets: If you’d told younger versions of The Platelets that a string of random events in junior high would have led to what their band is today, they would have called you crazy. They started as a bunch of kids playing straight-up folk and blues standards, but slowly began crafting their own songs and refining and expanding their sound – a process that’s put them through many trials, tribulations, and drummers.

Nobody in The Platelets is anywhere near 30 and yet this young band has a remarkably mature sound generated by remarkably skilled musicians. That’s because they were playing together for years, growing as both people and artists, before releasing their debut album, Steelworker’s Soul, in July 2022. Brothers Nate and Dylan Jackson play guitar and drums, respectively, while Ron Jezeskie rounds out the rhythm section on 6-string bass. Clint Sparling handles lead singing duties and rhythm guitar. While The Platelets started – and continues– as boys having fun, the band wishes to make as big of a difference as they can. The fellas are using their talents as a vehicle to deliver the message of healing through the power of music, just like real platelets do.

Food vendors and a full bar will be available, and all patrons who intend to purchase alcoholic beverages must show ID.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the show. Online donations may be made to support the clinic when you check out.

The evening’s schedule is as follows:

  • Gates will open at 5:00 pm
  • The Platelets: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Carly Moffa Trio: 7:00-8:15 pm
  • Lawrence: 9:00

Highlands Health provides free and charitable medical, pharmaceutical, wellness services to the low income uninsured and under-insured in the Laurel Highlands region.

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