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Country time | Chris Young headlining concert on May 4 at War Memorial

JOHNSTOWN — For the second time in just over a month, the Cambria County War Memorial Arena will welcome a country music concert.

Tennessee native Chris Young will headline a performance that begins at 7 p.m. May 4.

The concert will also feature rising stars Jerrod Niemann and Courtney Cole.

Doors open at 6 to allow patrons to take their seats in anticipation of an evening of country fun.

In 2006, Young was declared the winner of the television program “Nashville Star,” a singing competition which aired on the USA Network.

Arena assistant General Manager Karen Gregorchik anticipates a nice crowd.

“I’m sure people remember his appearance on ‘Nashville Star,’ and his many successful hits since then,” Gregorchik said.

After winning, Young was signed to RCA Records Nashville, releasing his self-titled debut album that same year.

The album produced two singles on Hot Country Songs: “Drinkin’ Me Lonely” and “You’re Gonna Love Me.”

A second album, “The Man I Want to Be,” included the singles “Voices,” “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” and the title track, which all went to No. 1.

The arena has hosted a number of successful concerts in March, and Gregorchik wants that trend to continue.

“Our latest country show featuring Billy Currington was a near sellout,” she said.

“It was nice that he did so well on his second visit to Johnstown since 2011.”

After the Currington concert, Gregorchik was in the lobby as the throng of concert-goers left the arena March 28.

“Many were saying how excited they were about the concert and couldn’t wait to welcome Chris Young to Johnstown,” she said.

Young’s third album, “Neon,” produced two more No. 1 hits in “Tomorrow” and “You” in 2011 as well as the Top 20 hit “I Can Take It From There” in 2012.

Its follow-up, 2013’s “A.M.,” produced the Top 5 single “Aw Naw” and “Who I Am With You.”

Gregorchik said Young’s blossoming career will do nothing but increase ticket sales.

“Tickets are going well, but we have plenty of good seats available,” she said.

The stage will be configured for a half-house arrangement, but if ticket sales soar, the arena seating will be expanded to full capacity.

“It’s just a matter of pushing the stage back and adding more floor seating,” Gregorchik said.

March was a good month for music lovers at the arena.

The Beach Boys concert sold out and a Christian rock tour featuring headliners Third Day and Skillet sold out. Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd had its highest arena attendance in three years.

“We are looking to book a comedian and a rock band for future performances,” Gregorchik said.

“Our goal is to offer a complete mix of entertainment that will appeal to a wide range of people.”

Young was nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist, alongside Luke Bryan and Jamey Johnson.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Gettin’ You Home.”

“Jerrod Niemann is an up-and-coming star who is starting to gain momentum in the country music industry,” Gregorchik said.

He has had a string of hits, including “Lover, Lover,” “What Do You Want,” “One More Drinkin’ Song,” “Shinin’ on Me,” “Only God Could Love You More” and “Drink to That All Night."

Also appearing with the male singers will be Cole, who started performing at age 11. Her musical influences include Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire.

Tickets are $29.50 and $35.50, plus fees.

Tom Lavis covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on LavisTD.


Who: Chris Young.

Where: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

When: 7 p.m. May 4. Doors open at 6.

Tickets: At box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or by visiting

Cost: $29.50 and $33.50, plus fees.


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