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Nationally touring blues artist Eric Tessmer to close season with free indoor show at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 10/19

Nationally touring blues artist Eric Tessmer to close season with free indoor show at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 10/19

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) today announced a free concert by the Eric Tessmer Band to end the season at Peoples Natural Gas Park, to take place inside the Community Foundation Oilhouse.

“Eric is a huge favorite in Johnstown since the first time he played our festival, back in 2006,” said Shelley Johansson of JAHA. “He’s since come back to Johnstown in 2010, 2012, 2015, and most recently for a summer concert in 2017. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to present him once again.”

“To me, Johnstown is a special place for music,” Tessmer said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the Flood City fest or a concert series, I always get excited about going to back there to play.”

Tessmer plans to play an acoustic and an electric set as part of the evening.

“This is also a chance to showcase the Community Foundation Oilhouse, which was improved this summer by the addition of acoustic tile on the walls, beams, and hanging from the ceiling,” Johansson said. “The sound quality in there is significantly better, as we heard during the music festival, which really makes that facility much more appealing for a wide variety of events.”

Support from Bud Light/Von’s United Beverage, Laurel Plumbing & HVAC, Mark Pasquerilla, and 1st Summit Bank is making the evening possible.

Eric Tessmer:  Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, Texas. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as his namesake predecessors and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His live shows have captured audiences’ attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.

Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered ’59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric kickstarts the engine left idling by guitar players of the past.

Known as one of the hardest working musicians in the area, Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte.

The Eric Tessmer Band appeared at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival (and its predecessor festival, the AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest) in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2015. He played a summer concert at Peoples Natural Gas Park in 2017.

Midnight Graffiti: Midnight Graffiti is female fronted classic rock’n’roll, featuring Natalie Kurchak and Terri O’Leary on lead vocals, John Kurchak and Bernie Kralik on lead and rhythm guitar, John D. Kurchak on bass and Jason Williams on drums.

The evening’s schedule is as follows:

  • Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
  • Midnight Graffiti: 7:00 p.m.
  • Eric Tessmer: 8:30 p.m.