The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 14, 2013

3 dates announced for concert series

Ruth Rice

JOHNSTOWN — The more music, the better.

Johnstown Area Heritage Association announced three additional dates for its Summer Concert Series at Friday night’s season opener, the 10,000 Maniacs concert at Peoples Natural Gas Park.

 Todd Wagner, chairman of the Flood City Music Festival, said 4,000 free tickets were distributed for the concert.

“All 4,000 were gobbled up,” he said. “We did this to gauge what to expect for the other concerts. We wanted to kick off the year right and bring some momentum to it.”

The new Friday concerts will feature New Orleans blues with Marc Broussard July 19, retro soul with Jesse Dee Aug. 9 and pop with Lake Street Dive Sept. 13.

Broussard has a gift for combining classic rhythm and blues, rock and soul into contemporary terms.

 He released his debut album, “Momentary Setback,” which he recorded and released independently, at age 20 in 2002.

Broussard is the son of Ted Broussard, acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist and former member of The Boogie Kings, and appeared onstage at age 5 with his father’s band singing “Johnny B. Goode.”

He released a new live CD, “Live From Full Sail University,” in April.

“No one will be disappointed after hearing Marc Broussard,” Wagner said. “He’s a regular at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. I’m proud and pleased to bring him here. The last time I saw him was before a crowd of 10,000. He’s more established, but the last two acts are major up and comers taking the country by storm.”

Jesse Dee of Boston is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing soul man inspired by the old school.

His passion is exploring and updating soul music for contemporary audiences.

Dee has played to packed clubs in New England and toured across Europe, earning new fans at every venue.

He has opened for soul greats such as Al Green, Solomon Burke, Etta James and Bettye LaVette and blues rockers Los Lobos and the J. Geils Band as well as sharing the stage with fellow soul singer James Hunter.

The music of Lake Street Dive is a largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop.

This northeastern quartet features drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price and Mike “McDuck” Olson on trumpet and guitar.

Wagner said last year’s inaugural concerts went over well, with music lovers paying attention.

“Later in the season, we got people from Florida and Georgia who were following the band,” he said.

“Others loved the venue.”

Wagner said Flood City Music Festival has changed the musical landscape for the concert series, and Johnstown is getting a lot more attention.

“We used to beg to be recognized, but now we’re on the radar,” he said.  “Booking agencies are asking us to get their clients on the schedule.”

Johnstown Area Heritage Association members are eligible for a 15 percent discount on tickets bought in advance.

Members can receive advance tickets by phone or in person at the Heritage Discovery Center.

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