Concerts underway at art center
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
“Concerts-on-the-Green,” a concert series hosted by Community Art Center of Cambria County (CACCC) has been underway since June 26.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the summer concert series.
All concerts are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. and are held in front of the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center and Log House on CACCC’s grounds on 1217 Menoher Boulevard in Westmont. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to each show.
“Concerts-on-the-Green” is made possible through a partnership with Civic Band and funding from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance; Alma Lodge #523 IOOF and The Recording Industries' Music Performance Fund, under agreements with Local 41 of the American Federation of Musicians.
So far this summer, Civic Band, Denise Baldwin and Satrycon have performed concerts. The remaining concerts in the series will feature performances by Civic Band (July 24), Baldwin (July 31), Civic Band (Aug. 7) and Walt Churchey (Aug. 14).
Civic Band is directed by Dick Gardenhour. The band contains approximately 50 members, and they’ve been performing at CACCC for almost 40 years.
Baldwin is a singer, guitarist, songwriter and music instructor. She is also part of the local duo HighStrung, formerly known as Averyin.
Churchey, a Johnstown native, has released solo albums throughout his music career. He also regularly performs and records with fellow singer/songwriter Jackie Kopco.
In addition to “Concerts-on-the-Green,” the non-profit’s “Coffee House Series” is also underway and continues through the fall season. So far, Meat and Potates, Averyin (now HighStrung) and Brad Ladik have been featured. Three performances remain in this series, and all are to begin at 7 p.m. in Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center. Coffees, teas and pastries can be purchased during each coffee house.
Rodney Eatman is to perform Aug. 23, Midnight Acoustic Sept. 20 and The SharpTones Oct. 25.
Eatman served as University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s theater director until his retirement in 2009; he has played piano in and around the area for a number of years, and is the director of Johnstown’s Stone Bridge Players theater group.
Midnight Acoustic is a trio that features Natalie and John Kurchak and Bernie Kralik. They are best known throughout the area as Midnight Graffiti, but for this upcoming coffee house, they’ll perform as Midnight Acoustic in order to present a “softer side” to their rock ‘n’ roll-inspired setlist.
The Sept. 20 event featuring Midnight Acoustic is a special one because it will be a “Brew House” instead of a “Coffee House.” For this night only, CACCC is partnering with Stone Bridge Brewing Company (headquartered in Johnstown’s Central Park area) to offer a selection of craft beers for purchase that evening.
The final “Coffee House” performance for 2019 will feature The SharpTones. The SharpTones is a local vocal group that performs oldies hits from the 1950s through the 1980s.
“Concerts-on-the-Green” and the “Coffee House Series” makes for over a dozen free concerts over a six-month period that CACCC offers to the community. Major fundraisers such as the annual “Holly Bazaar” and “Log House Arts Festival” help make entertainment like this possible.