Date(s) - August 25
Peoples Natural Gas Park
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 (pictured) 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.
The band recorded the eleven song album in a converted A-frame church, which helped highlight a series of warm, rock and Alt-Country tunes. The four original members, Scott Blasey (vocals, guitar), Rob James (6 and 12-string electric guitars, vocals), Greg Joseph (bass, vocals) and David Minarik (drums, vocals) are joined by fellow touring mates Gary Jacob, Skip Sanders and Noah Minarik, tossing out some spanking pedal steel, Hammond organ and tasty guitar. “We’ve never had more fun composing and recording songs,” says bass player Greg Joseph. “With our storied recording history, it’s really heartening to know that music can still captivate the band as much as it has on this album.”
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.