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  • 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.

    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.

  • Posted on 2024-03-11

    We’re delighted to continue our collaboration with Parking Pad Productions of Pittsburgh this year! You can pick up hard festival tickets at any Parking Pad show, now through the festival (get them soon to take advantage of early-bird pricing)! To get yours, text Parking Pad at 412-568-3117 or attend any Parking Pad show.

    Upcoming dates include:

    March 10, Dormont VFW: Temp Hold, Strange Frontiers

    March 23, Dormont VFW: The Other Bugs

    April 13, Dormont VFW: Chrome Moses

    May 18, Parking Pad: Brandon Johnas

    Visit Parking Pad’s website for details on these and all upcoming shows.


  • Posted on 2024-03-07

    Today the talent for the annual Sip, Rock & Duck Drop, a fundraiser for the St. Vincent DePaul Family Kitchen, was announced! Tickets are now available for the July 13 show, which will take place at Peoples Natural Gas Park.

    Kitchen Dwellers: This Montana quartet twists bluegrass, folk, and rock through a kaleidoscope of homegrown stories, rich mythology, American west wanderlust, and psychedelic hues. Shawn Swain [Mandolin], Torrin Daniels [banjo], Joe Funk [upright bass], and Max Davies [acoustic guitar] have captivated audiences at hallowed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and festivals all over the country. They’ve amassed more than 5 million streams and just this month released their fourth studio album, Seven Devils.

    Stone Throwers: Somewhere in Pennsylvania a lightning bolt strikes a dusty old record collection; fusing together a vinyl beast of classic rock, soul, and funk — breathing life into an electric sound that is somehow both entirely new and distinctly familiar.draws from a wide range of musical traditions, filtering them through the lenses of song-writing and personal experience. Soulful melodies, powerful brass, smooth keys, and percussive guitar are glued together in a pocket of tight drums and thick bass. The end result — a vibration that lifts your heart and moves your feet.

    More show announcements are expected soon! Check out all the events currently scheduled at Peoples Natural Gas Park.

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We deeply regret having to let you know that Josh Bravener & The Hypochondriacs will not be able to appear at the 2024 festival due to delayed work visas, despite our fervent efforts to help solve the problem (which was bureaucratic in nature, and not their fault). We absolutely love the band — if you saw them at our park last summer, we're certain you do too — and promise you and them that we'll do our best to get them back to Johnstown ASAP. Soon we’ll let you know who’ll be playing that slot in their absence. In the meantime, please show the Hypos your appreciation and support.Dear Hypos Family,It makes us so very sad to announce our upcoming dates in the USA need to be cancelled. After a lot of work by the Hypos team, US Senators and MLA’s, we were not able to expedite our visas in time for the tour. This is a huge loss for us. We’ve had an amazing team of people putting this tour together for us who worked so hard to find us shows, apply for grants and send numerous emails to the powers that be to no avail. It breaks our hearts to see all the work basically go down the drain. We musicians plan months (if not years) in advance to book tours. We plan our lives around them, we budget around them and we put time and money into promotions, vehicles... you name it. It’s hard not to be mad, but there is no one to be mad at. We apologize to anyone who has bought tickets to shows and were looking forward to our return but we promise to do our best to return. And you can be sure that return will see us at our very best to celebrate with you all! Thanks for your care and understanding. We are going to take this time to finish writing our record (#makelemonade) and we will see you all very soon. Don’t Fight the Hype!!with love,JB & The Hypos #jenicaatwin @cfmusicians @musicmusiquenb @ecmaofficial #rockwoodbookingagency @hawksandreed @bigrailbrewing @thekennettflash @mcoperahouse @pinegrovehall @the_mrti_agency @ctvatlantic @gridcitymagazine @cbcnewbrunswick @local424afm ... See MoreSee Less
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