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Benefit Concert – The Clarks
August 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
This year’s concert features Pittsburgh’s local talent “The Clarks”, who recently announced a new release “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 opening act will be performed by another locally loved entertainer, Joe Gruscheky and the Houserockers who is one of America’s hardest working rock and roll bands.
Early on, The Clarks 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 land, 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, acoustic 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 the album.”
Opening Act: Joe Gruscheky and the Houserockers
Formed in 1979, Joe Gruscheky and the Houserockers (formerly the Iron City Houserockers) is one of America’s hardest working rock and roll bands. A Rolling Stone review once echoed the words “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 Gruscheky 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 Gruscheky occasionally still play together. Gruscheky has performed in Johnstown on many occasions since the 70s.