BY RUTH RICE
The music of Louisiana is always a favorite in Johnstown, and Marc Broussard won’t disappoint.
The Louisiana blues singer will perform next in the Summer Concert Series sponsored by Johnstown Area Heritage Association at 6:30 p.m. July 19 at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.
Todd Wagner, chairman of the Flood City Music Festival, guarantees no one will be disappointed after hearing a Broussard concert.
Wagner has seen Broussard perform multiple times and knows he is an adaptive artist who can handle audiences from 100 to 10,000.
“He’s a regular at the New Orleans Jazz Festival,” Wagner said.
“I saw him before a crowd of 10,000. He also performed on a balcony at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street, which is one of the main drags in New Orleans.
“It was a free concert, and they had the street blocked. That gives you an idea of his fan base.”
Wagner also has caught Broussard performances in Pittsburgh.
He said his all-time favorite show was at the Club Café on the South Side, which seats 100 to 120 people.
“It was a full house, but an intimate show,” Wagner said.
“He interacted with the audience. He’s a solid musician and songwriter. He’s a family man and does a clean show all ages can enjoy.”
Because Broussard’s music crosses over the lines between blues, rhythm and blues and pop, he has been labeled bayou soul.
Born in 1982 in Carencro, La., Broussard is the son of Ted Broussard, acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist and former member of The Boogie Kings.
His upbringing in Lafayette, La., instilled in him an affinity for rhythm and blues along with the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana.
At the age of 5, Broussard was sitting in with his father’s band when he belted out “Johnny B. Goode” onstage.
It has always seemed the young singer/songwriter was destined for a life as a music man, and throughout his life, he has been tapped as a talent to watch.
Broussard has a gift for combining classic rhythm and blues, rock and soul into contemporary terms.
That gift became common knowledge in 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, “Momentary Setback,” which he recorded and released independently at age 20.
In his singing, Broussard draws his vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John.
“Momentary Setback” got encouraging reviews, and doors began to open for Broussard.
“Just Like That,” a track from the album, was culled for inclusion in the 2003 “Lost and Found, Vol. 1” compilation along with such Americana artists as Ryan Adams and the Jayhawks.
Broussard also appeared on a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, “Light of Day,” with the track “Back in Your Arms” that same year.
The year continued with Broussard as the opening act for Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5 and fellow singer/ songwriter Gavin DeGraw.
In 2004, “Carencro,” a sophomore album named after Broussard’s hometown, where he still resides, was released.
Broussard’s song “Home” from that album was successful on radio and catapulted him onto the national touring stage.
His timeless, soulful music also has been placed in many television shows and movies.
In 2007, “SOS: Save Our Soul,” an album featuring almost all cover songs, was his first to reach the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 in the U.S., de-buting and peaking at No. 96.
In 2008, Broussard’s third full-length studio album, “Keep Coming Back,” was released and he shared stages with Willie Nelson, alternative rock band OAR and Bonnie Raitt.
In March 2011, two songs – “Lucky” and “Only Everything” – were issued for digital download before his self-titled album featuring the songs was released in June.
He released a new CD, “Live From Full Sail University,” in April and plans to tour extensively this year.
Broussard is involved in philanthropic work, founding the Momentary Setback Fund to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
In 2005, he released an album, “Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina,” with proceeds going to help rebuild Louisiana.
Broussard also is involved in the United Way and Habitat for Humanity and was involved in an Entertain the Troops tour in the Middle East in 2007.
What: Summer Concert Series featuring Marc Broussard.
When: 6:30 p.m July 19.
Where: Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.
Tickets: $17.25 in advance or $22.75 at the gate, including fees.
Information: 539-1889 or www.floodcitymusic.com.
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