‘Convey your music again’ | Johnstown Live performance Sequence Hosts Free Group Occasion At Peoples Pure Fuel Park | options
If you missed live music, this concert is sure to please.
The Johnstown Concert Series will present their “Bringing Back Your Music” event on August 21st from 5pm to 10pm at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.
There is no entrance fee, but donations are accepted to support Cambria County’s backpacking project.
Accordionist Kevin Solecki, the Altoona Brass Collective and the Johnstown Dixieland Jazz Band will perform at the concert.
“We had a terrible year and had so many cancellations, so the board wanted to give something happy and encouraging back to the community to thank them for their support over the years,” said Heather Brice, a board member of the Johns-Town Concert Series .
“We’ve seen so many people using blackboards and struggling with food this year, so we thought this could be a great way to support the Cambria County Backpack Project as well.”
Solecki, a Pittsburgh-based Grammy-nominated accordionist, will stroll through the audience and play the entire evening.
“He is highly recommended and well known in the Pittsburgh area,” said Bill Brice, board member of the Johnstown Concert Series.
“He’s starting us and he’s going to fill in as we move from one group to the other.”
Solecki will perform various pieces of music.
“He does everything from polkas to his interpretations of classical pieces,” said Bill Brice.
“He’s an all-round musician.”
The Altoona Brass Collective was founded in 2017 by musicians from central Pennsylvania who share a love for brass instruments and the high quality music these instruments can bring to the world, according to the band’s website.
The members of the group are closely associated with the region and are professionals who work as music educators in several school districts.
The various musical arrangements are specially written for the group.
Her repertoire for the concert includes “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, “American Salute”, “Hands Across the Sea”, “Holy, Holy, Holy”, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” Irish Brass Potpourri “,” Copacabana “,” Billy Joel: The Definitive Brass Revue “,” Americans We “and” The Pennsylvania Polka “.
“We introduced them before and they went down well with the audience, so we wanted to bring them back,” said Bill Brice.
“Since this concert is being held outdoors, we thought, ‘What could be better than having a group of brass that you can really hear?’ They will blow you away with that happy sound. “
The Johnstown Dixieland Jazz Band creates the authentic sounds of early jazz music from New Orleans and the jazz age of the Roaring ’20s.
The band consists of musicians from western Pennsylvania who regularly perform with Jazz in Your Face. The band includes Josh Hillard and Kevin Eisensmith on trumpet; Bob Scholl and Dale Hertrick on clarinet; Bob Scholl and Dale Hertrick on trumpet; and Matt Brown, along with a rhythm section with John Pencola on piano, Jerry Berry on bass and Michael Bodolosky on drums.
The music is shown by Louis Armstrong, “Jelly Roll” Morton, WC Handy, Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.
Popular selections include Dixieland One Step, Royal Garden Blues, Midnight in Moscow, Basin Street Blues and When the Saints Go Marching In.
“This is an ensemble that emerged from the Jazz in Your Face group and this is the first time they have played for us,” said Bill Brice.
Speal’s on Wheels serves wraps and Pappy D’s offers grilled dishes.
Cambria County Backpack Project volunteers will sell baked goods and decorate tables in the oil house.
The Johnstown Area Heritage Association provides a bar.
“We hope people will come out and have a good, relaxing time outdoors and support the Cambria County Backpack Project,” said Heather Brice.
Kristen Villarrial, director of the Cambria County Backpack Project, said it was an honor to be selected to be the recipient of concert donations.
“We know the Johnstown Concert Series has always been dedicated to the community, and we anticipate greater demand than ever this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
“We really could use all the extra donations we can get and this is just a wonderful way to give great music to the community and get selected for this benefit concert.”
The Cambria County Backpack Project, a partnership fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, offers food to starving children on weekends when they do not have access to school meals.
“Each bag contains six ready-made meals that are distributed to each partner school,” said Villarrial.
“At The Learning Lamp we have a pantry with the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank so we can get our food and then distribute it to the schools.”
For more information on the Cambria County Backpack Project or to make a donation, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CambriaCountyBackpackProject.
Bill Brice said plans are being finalized for the upcoming season of the John’s-town Concert Series, which will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Johnstown.
“We organized six full concerts,” he said.
“We hope that we will make it and will open September 18th with a John Pencola Recognition Night. John is a local jazz musician who has been with us for years and we thought it would be a nice thing to bring a lot of his friends over and show our appreciation for everything he has done for the Johnstown music scene. “
More information is available at http://www.johnstownmusic.org.