Members of Rusted Root to perform in Johnstown
By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
The “Iron to Arts Corridor Concert Series” continues this month with a performance by Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Bottle Works, located at 411 Third Ave. in Johnstown. Doors are to open one hour prior.
“Iron to Arts Corridor Concert Series” is a new series that was made possible in large part by a partnership between Bottle Works—Arts on Third Avenue and Center for Metal Arts, both headquartered in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood.
“The Series started with an idea to have a concert in the old Blacksmith Shop at the Center for Metal Arts,” said Matt Lamb, creative director at Bottle Works. “It grew into a series when we realized we could raise some money to support the establishments that, at this point, are the foundation for the Iron to Arts Corridor.”
The Iron to Arts Corridor, according to irontoarts.org, “is an expansive, multi-million dollar project that encompasses infrastructure improvements, landscape architecture, streetscape beautification, facade enhancements, health and safety improvements, and trail connectivity through 25% of the wards of the City of Johnstown. It connects our history to the modern renaissance of art in the Johnstown community.”
The website goes on to state: “The project will have 20 temporary construction sites, four of which will be permanent. This ongoing project includes partnerships with the Pennsylvania Rail Road, the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, the Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership, Gautier Specialty Metals and Bottle Works.”
“Iron to Arts Corridor Concert Series” commenced Aug. 17 with a performance by Pittsburgh-based musician Joe Grushecky, and then a late September performance by the band The Six. Both performances took place at Center for Metal Arts on Iron Street. The final two concerts are to be held at Bottle Works—Arts on Third Avenue.
“The concerts at the Center for Metal Arts were a huge success,” Lamb said. “People really enjoyed the unique setting of the blacksmith shop in combination with the musical talent we have been able to provide.”
As far as this month’s concert is concerned, Lamb said she can’t wait to welcome Glabicki and Miller to Johnstown. Miller is a Johnstown native.
“Dirk Miller graduated from Richland Senior High School in 1994, and was a classmate of mine,” Lamb said. “He has been playing with Michael Glabicki and Rusted Root since the early 2000s, and it is awesome for the Bottle Works to be able to bring someone that is known on the national stage back to his hometown to perform.
“I think Michael and Dirk are excited to come be a part of what is happening in Johnstown, and with the Iron to Arts Corridor. They were quick to agree to do the show.”
Michael Glabicki is perhaps best known as Rusted Root’s frontman. He’s been with this band for over two decades; nowadays, he’s exploring a solo career with Miller by his side. The duo has been touring across the United States, with Glabicki and Miller playing both acoustic and electric guitar. They add a kick drum to the mix to deepen the sound.
Though Glabicki and Miller will be playing some new and unreleased songs, they also plan to sprinkle the setlist with some beloved Rusted Root hits.
“Iron to Arts Corridor Concert Series” is sponsored by Gautier Specialty Metals, Glosser Steel, AmeriServ and Thomas Buick Honda GMC.
Tickets for this concert are on sale now and can be purchased in advance online at www.bottleworks.org or by calling 814-535-2020. A cash bar will be available that evening.
“I encourage everyone to purchase tickets to show their support for the arts in our community,” Lamb said. “All proceeds benefit Bottle Works, and all of the programming, arts, arts education and opportunities that we provide for local artists and for the community. This is going to be another amazing ‘Iron to Arts Corridor’ concert, and people will be talking about it for a long time to come.”
Lamb mentioned that the fourth and final concert as part of the series will be announced soon. Details about the concert will be published in Our Town when they become available.