Concerts on the Green series starts June 27
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Community Arts Center of Cambria County’s “Concerts on the Green” summer concert series will commence June 27 with a performance by Civic Band.
This is the 39th year for the series, which is held in conjunction with Civic Band. Civic Band member Paul Rhoades has helped to organize each concert.
“People really look forward to this series,” said Angela Godin, CACCC executive director. “It’s a great atmosphere. We have 2.5 acres of beautiful outdoor aesthetics — a pond, trees and flowers surrounding us. It makes for a relaxing evening.”
These upcoming concerts will be held every Wednesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. in front of CACCC’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center and Log House, located at 1217 Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown’s Westmont neighborhood. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair and/or blanket.
The schedule for this summer’s “Concerts on the Green” is as follows: July 4: Denise Baldwin; July 11: Civic Band; July 18: Satrycon; July 25: Civic Band; Aug. 1: Denise Baldwin; Aug. 8: Civic Band; Aug. 15: Walt Churchey.
“These musicians are our crowd favorites,” Godin said. “They are constantly expanding their repertoire and making sure they have exciting music and toe-tapping, sing=a-long songs that people know, recognize and enjoy.”
Baldwin is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, director and instructor originally from the Pittsburgh area. She plays a variety of genres — from rock to pop to soul to country — and accompanies herself on both her 12-string Martin and 6-string Larrivee guitars.
Civic Band contains approximately 50 members. The late Sam Signarino directed and served as president for Civic Band prior to his passing last year. Dick Gardenhour is now director. They’ve been playing “Concerts on the Green” since its inception almost 40 years ago.
Satrycon is Larry Foust’s stage name. Foust, a Johnstown native, sings and plays multiple keyboards. He performs everyone’s favorite music throughout the years.
Churchey, also a Johnstown native, started performing and writing not long after high school. He performs solo and as a duo with fellow Johnstown-based musician Jackie Kopco.
“This series is so great because people sometimes bring food and beverages, and they meet friends there so they can sit, chat, catch up and listen to great music,” Godin said.
“It’s really nice because we see a nice diverse crowd, from kids and young adults to middle-aged individuals to senior citizens. There’s a nice disbursement of people, and best of all, it’s free of charge. Needless to say, this is a great way to spend your future Wednesday evenings here in Johnstown.”
This year’s co-corporate sponsor is the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. Others have also donated in order to make this series possible.
If a concert is cancelled due to inclement weather, CACCC will update their Facebook page accordingly.