August 3-4: Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival
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Saturday, August 11: Froggy-Q Country Music & BBQ Festival
Forever Media and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association are teaming up to present Froggy Q! Eight BBQ vendors will be competing in several categories as country music bands entertain on the pavilion.
Schedule is as follows:
1:00 pm: Jackson Monsour: Hailing from Bedford, Jackson Monsour is a pop artist/singer/songwriter who utilizes elements of country, folk, reggae, and Americana to create a sound unique and relatable for today’s listeners. A veteran of more than 5,000 performances and counting, Monsour has sold more than 10,000 records independently.
2:30 pm– Kevin Dale: With a musical background dating to his childhood in Seward, Kevin Dale has a 25-year history of entertaining crowds of all sizes in venues everywhere — including shopping malls, dining rooms, bar rooms, taverns, motorcycle rallies, and more.
4:30 pm — Katelyn Rose: This young singer-songwriter from Normalville plays originals as well as cover tunes.
6:15 pm —Andy Davis Band: Andy Davis is a singer-songwriter from southwestern PA whose creative output has been inspired by a variety of people, life experiences, and circumstances. His signature musical style is outlaw country mixed with elements of rock music. He is currently touring in support of his first EP, Small Town.
Attendees will enjoy some of the best BBQ from some of the region’s best BBQ chefs.
Admission is $5 at the gate (no advance tickets sold; 12 and under get in free). Cash bar will be available.
Our thanks to Stuver’s Nursery, as well as Galliker’s and Laurel Nissan, for their support of this event!
Saturday, August 25: Highlands Health Clinic Benefit featuring The Clarks with special guest Joe Grushecky
The Highlands Health Clinic is once again hosting its annual fundraising concert at Peoples Natural Gas Park, featuring local favorites Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers and The Clarks!
Highlands Health Clinic is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free and charitable medical, pharmaceutical and wellness services to the low income uninsured and underinsured resident in the Laurel Highland region. Come out to enjoy a great time for a great cause!
Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door, and may be obtained here. Pappy D’s BBQ will be available onsite, as well as a full bar.
The Clarks: Early on, The Clarks were once described as a bunch of out of tune country hicks. The band took irreverent offense to the comments, saying they were never country hicks. Eleven studio albums and a couple of guitar tuners later, The Clarks have struck again with Madly In Love At The End Of The World, a lively ride down a rural lane, laced with love, mourning, and questions about where it all goes from here.
With a highlight reel that includes the Late Show with David Letterman, The Simpsons, and others, The Clarks are enjoying their stage time together now more than ever. “It’s one big extended family,” says guitarist Rob James. “Dave’s son Noah plays on this album, and with us live, so saying that isn’t just a metaphor, it’s fact!” Singing and playing the songs of Madly in Love at the End of the World has rekindled a fire in The Clarks’ sometimes broken, sometimes mended hearts.
Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers: Formed in 1979, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers (formerly the Iron City Houserockers) is one of America’s hardest working rock and roll bands. A Rolling Stone review once said, “they are up there with Springsteen, Petty, and Seger”. In 1995, Joe began his collaboration with another hard-rocking storyteller, Bruce Springsteen. The first fruits of their labor, “American Babylon”, was a Grushecky album produced by Springsteen featuring two co-written songs as well as guest vocal and guitar contributions; Bruce wound up doing stint as the Houserockers’ lead guitarist on a tour which celebrated the album’s release. Springsteen and Grushecky occasionally still play together. Grushecky has performed in Johnstown on many occasions since the 70s.
Saturday, September 15: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Concert Series: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas
The second and final show in the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Concert Series! JAHA is delighted to welcome back Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas for this free show.
Nathan formed The Cha-Chas back in 1985, and since then has brought his unique take on this regional South Louisiana music to all corners of the globe. From Lincoln Center in New York to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Nathan’s music has crossed all barriers to speak to the very heart of his audience.
Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and honored in 2015 with the Zydeco Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Cha-Chas have been voted the top Festival Band in the country according to the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and USA Today and have won the coveted Big Easy award for Best Zydeco Band for several years running.
Nathan and his band have been featured in the New York Times, Essence and People magazines, and on the cover of USA Today.
They’ve appeared in films like In The Electric Mist as well as the soundtrack sharing credits with Michael Doucet and Buddy Guy and The Kingdom of Zydeco, and worked with artists as diverse as Cyndi Lauper on the album Creole Bred.
Keepers of the Zydeco Flame, they are committed to keeping their Creole heritage alive.
JAHA gratefully acknowledges Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for sponsoring the series, and Brett Insurance Agency and Spence Custer Attorneys at Law for their additional support of this event. We also thank Lucky Dog Productions for booking assistance.
Schedule is as follows:
• Gates will open at 6:00 p.m.
• Opening act (TBA) : 7:00 p.m.
• Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: Brews & Blues in the Valley
Johnstown’s beer tasting festival, presented by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and Forever Media! Your ticket gets you unlimited 3-ounce samples of craft and microbrews from the products of more than 30 breweries, with a full slate of blues bands all day (all three of which are Flood City alums). The schedule for the day is as follows:
2:30 pm — gates open
3:00 pm – Angry Johnny Stangry: Singer, guitarist Angry Johnny Stangry has been a part of the Pittsburgh music scene for the past 17 years. Stangry and his three-piece band has become known for progressive blues which is a stew of blues, rock, and country music flavored with jazz, simmered over hot coals.
4:15 pm – Habatat: Blues with a jam overtone! Since early 2012, The ever-blossoming psychedelic Jam/Funk/Rock outfit HABATAT has made positive strides in Pittsburgh region, sharing stages with the likes of Twiddle, the Heavy Pets, and more.
5:30 pm – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats: Miss Melanie can flat out sing. Her giant voice, with tons of range and soul is the centerpiece of the band. She can whip a dance floor into a frenzy or turn them quiet enough to hear a pin drop when serving up a soul bearing ballad. Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats have appeared with B.B. King, Jay Leno, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, The Nighthawks, J.J. Grey, Billy Price, Robert Randolph and a host of others.