SummerSounds 2016
Greensburg's Free Concerts in the Park

June 3

The Outer Vibe

Rock & Roll 

Official Site
Video

 

The Outer Vibe is a five piece band from the Grand Rapids area who describes their music as cinematic surf disco. It's hard to put a label on The Outer Vibe's sound. A little bit of rock, pop, punk, disco and jazz all wrapped up into one magnificent package delivered by amazing musicians that leave you feeling good every time you listen to them. Their live shows are not to be missed!

The band includes Sean Zee on vocals, Nick Hosford playing lead guitar, Lisa Kacos on Trumpet and keyboards, Andrew Dornoff on bass and Noah Snyder on drums.

Pre-show music by Dori Cameron

Sponsored by Dollar Bank

June 10

SHEL

Roots

Official Website / YouTube

In a new music scene that’s crowded, genre-twisting and attuned to mastery in live performance, SHEL is a must-know young band for anyone who wants to keep up with tomorrow’s greats. Their spellbinding live performances tap deep skills as instrumentalists and total trust to generate improbable power on stage. They share some contemporary musical DNA with Americana bands, Punch Brothers and Crooked Still, but just as surely with adventuresome artists such as tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent and Alt-J.  The future belongs to artists who go beyond mere genre blending by focusing on their inner music and the four powerful personalities of SHEL do just that.

Pre-show music by Joy Ike

Sponsored by WYEP

June 17

The David Bach Consort 

Jazz Fusion

Official Website / Video

A finalist for the 2014 Maryland Music Awards in the jazz category, Bach’s recording Otherworld, reached #28 in the CMJ National Jazz Chart and #4 in the Canadian Earshot National Jazz Chart. Bach was also invited by the Tucson Jazz Society to perform in their city – and will soon be working on new recordings with renowned contemporary jazz guitarist and producer Nils. Testament to his popularity as a recording artist, Bach’s discography extends back 15 years, starting with Window on the West (which received major airplay at notable smooth jazz stations in D.C. and NYC) and including the world music driven 5 Thousand Words, A Deep Breath and his 2008 concert album Live at Baker Park.

With a natural onstage energy and charisma, and an eclectic style that incorporates jazz, world music ambient music European classical influences, Latin and Rock, Bach has been a powerhouse performer on the corporate circuit and a go-to performer for a multitude of live performance venues for years in townships across Maryland and in Annapolis, Baltimore and D.C..

Pre-show music by The Squirrel Hillbillies

Sponsored by Trib Total Media

June 24

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Official Website / Video

Holy Ghost Tent Revival's exhilarating live show has uplifted audiences since the band formed in 2007. For the past eight years, they have been honing their unique sound, which NPR describes as that of a "soul-rock horn band that recalls 60s and 70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz."

The band has turned what many hail as a deeply personal and evocative group of recordings into a thrilling live performance, dancing nimbly between genres while touching on themes of alienation, moving on after death, the joy of staying up all night in the city, the interconnected nature and beauty of life, and longing for a home that is no more.

Pre-show music by Ben Shannon

Sponsored by SummerSounds

July 1

Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement

Americana - Indie Rock

Artist Site / Video

Fusing the rock outfit of drums-bass-guitar with the traditional sounds of Malawi's marimba, thumb piano, and percussion, Mawanga's Afro-vibes is a modern African sound that is intrinsically Malawian. He has the premier band in Malawi to boot who has been making headlines ever since their debut release Paphiri ndi Padambo (2009).

Performing at live music venues around the world and at festivals such as the Lake of Stars, Peter Mawanga has garnered respect in the music industry at large. The synergy of Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement inspired Rhythm of Life to sign Peter as the first artist on their new record label in Malawi in 2008. They were hand-selected from a national bid to perform at the unveiling of Malawi's new telecom network. Peter's songs have even been quoted by former President Bingu wa Mutharika in his speeches.
 

Pre-show music by Dennis Malley

July 8

Dancing Dream

ABBA Tribute Rock

Official Website / Video
The DANCING DREAM tribute band, is one of the best ABBA Tributes since ABBA itself. Formerly known as the ABBA GIRLZ This New York City based ABBA Tribute Band features beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography guaranteed to captivate all audiences making every show a night to remember. Always very well organized from start to finish, they have been entertaining crowds all over North America since 2009. The secret to their success is great musicianship, energetic personalities and a genuine love for what they do.  This shows with each performance.  Their charisma electrifies audiences of all ages.

A very energetic and enthusiastic show brings back memories and smiles on everybody's face.  The girls interact with the crowd and have people singing along to those always popular ABBA songs.  With great reviews and often mistaken as the real ABBA, this ABBA Tribute is a great choice of entertainment for big concert venues and themes parties (disco night, 70's night).  In 2012 the group was featured in a comedy central show called "Colbert Report".  They perform across the country.
 

Pre-show music by Steve Gallo

Sponsored by The Madeline Nichols Fund Grant Program  of the  Rotary Club of Greensburg

July 15

Girls Guns and Glory

Honky Tonk - County Rock

Artist Website / Video
One of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” – “Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks…Think-y, soulful lyrics paired with a beat you can dance to.” —Rolling Stone

“Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock n’ roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.” —The Boston Herald

“Ward Hayden, singer and songwriter, sings with a timeless voice that recalls Roy Orbison, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Isaak and Hank Williams rolled into one yet somehow doesn’t sound derivative….”Good Luck” is my springtime-porch sitting-beer drinking-friends over-album of the year.” —No Depression.com

Pre-show music by Cathy Stewart

Sponsored by The Westmoreland Fair

July 22

The Honey Island Swamp Band

Southern Rock

Artist Site / Video
Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music has been described as “Bayou Americana” with timeless songs from Wilkinson & Mulé, highlighted by Mulé’s searing guitar, Wilkinson’s sure-handed mandolin, and 4-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Price & Paul’s Louisiana stomp rhythm section.

The addition of Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 organ to the HISB family in 2010 has rounded out the band’s sound, which draws from a variety of influences in the world of roots music, including artists such as Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Taj Mahal, Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Reed, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and New Orleans’ own Earl King and Dr. John.

Pre-show music by Bruce Hoffman

Sponsored by Toyota of Greensburg

July 29

Kelsey Waldon

Country

Artist website / video
"Taking off now and doubtless lasting a long while"
-    Rolling Stone, “10 New Artists You Need to Know”
 
“Overlooking Kelsey Waldon should be a misdemeanor inside Davidson County lines. The Kentucky transplant’s work is full of sterling examples of everything that’s right about Music City’s traditions, with songs about trials and troubles that come across as personal to any audience, sung in a rich, full voice with a twang that she neither plays up nor plays down.”  - STEPHEN TRAGESER, Nashville Scene
 
“Waldon not only sings and writes about real things. She is the real thing.
    -Don Rhodes, The Augusta Chronicle


Pre-show music by Sue Gartland

Sponsored by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

August 5

The English Channel

British Invasion 60's Rock

Official Site

Classic rock. Bouncy pop. Melodies so beloved, they’ve become anthems. Lyrics so meaningful, you quoted them in your friends’ yearbooks or recited them in your wedding vows. Guitar solos so ingrained in your memory, you can still sing along with every note.

Rewind to one cold Sunday night in February, 1964, with The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Soon after that momentous and magical night, the floodgates opened for the Rolling Stones, The Zombies, Petula Clark, the Dave Clark 5, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, The Hollies, Dusty Springfield, The Who, the Moody Blues, The Animals, The Yardbirds, and many others. So began the second “British Invasion” of America.

But this time around, America didn’t fight the Brits. Instead, America’s youth welcomed them with open arms. This time around, their invasion was an overwhelming success! Thanks to the Brits, popular music and culture would never be the same again.

Formed in 2001, The English Channel authentically & meticulously recreates British rock and pop from the mid ‘60’s to the mid ‘70‘s. Each song they play sounds “just like the record” and just like you remember it. The members of this band have a passion for this music and it shows with their energy & enthusiasm onstage.

Pre-show music by Gerard Rohlf

Sponsored by McDowell Associates / Kattan Ferreti Insurance

August 12

Selwyn Birchwood Band

Blues

Artist Site / Video
 

"A powerhouse player and emotive performer…his band, his material and both his skilled guitaring and soulful vocals are the essence of fully-formed. Birchwood is a major player. Highly recommended." 
--Rolling Stone

"Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul and boogie."  --Washington Post

"Watch out for Selwyn Birchwood…a genius revelation and a pleasure. Roaring Fender Strat and down-south lap steel guitar."  --Blues Matters

"Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations. Be on the lookout. He revels in the unexpected." --Living Blues

Pre-show music by Debbie Pace

Sponsored by SummerSounds

August 19

The Banditos

Country Garage Rock

Official Site / Video 1   / Video 2 

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Banditos is a group - more like a gang, actually - of six 20-somethings, nowadays operating out of Nashville, close to, and simultaneously very far away from, the gleaming towers and industry hustle of Lower Broad and Music Row.

With the rugged power of a flashy Super Chief locomotive, the Banditos’ self-titled debut album bodaciously appropriates elements of ‘60s blues-fused acid rock, ZZ Top’s jangly boogie, garage punk scuzz a la Burger Records, the Drive-By Truckers’ yawp, the populist choogle of CCRSlim Harpo’s hip shake baby groove, gut bucket Fat Possum hill country mojo and the Georgia Satellites. From backwoods bluegrass, to slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness, the Banditos recall many, but sound like no one but themselves.

Pre-show music Bryce O'Loughlin

Sponsored by #1 Cochran Collision Center

August 26

Luke Wade

Soulful Rock

Artist Site  /  Video1  / Video2

It is but a few times in a generation that an artist comes along with the potential to reflect so honestly the human condition. Such a calling requires a humility and self-awareness that seldom find an artist until late in his career, when he’s turned the corner from idealistic to philosophical. Often young singer-songwriters aspire to draw a picture with words, a melodic expression of the visual, hoping to capture a single meaningful moment in time. Luke aspires to capture our journey through it - and his sophomore album, “The River”, speaks to a brilliant departure on that journey.

The spring release of “The River” and a swell of media coverage have prompted renewed comparison to the likes of Ray LaMontagne. Each stylistically unique, Luke surrounds himself with exceptional musicians and remains keenly aware as to his place in the musical equation. His incomparable musicality requires more of the accompaniment than just support of the lyric, he allows it to build a distinctive setting in which to tell his story. When performing with his full band, Luke’s boisterous horn section and soulful voice are the perfect paring of audacity and nuance.

Luke’s writing is always honest and never self-indulgent, creating music that feels as much a part of the listener as the artist. His ‘damaged in transport but absolutely delivered’ charm has endeared him to his audience and encouraged a rabid following wherever he performs. Instinctively, Luke seems to realize that his success is always secondary to the song, resulting in a refreshing vulnerability that you couldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Pre-show music by Heather Kropf

Sponsored by Seton Hill University

September 2

A special SummerSounds bonus show:
The Birds of Chicago

Roots

Artist Site / Video

Birds of Chicago was born in 2012 when JT Nero began writing for his vocal star-muse, Allison Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Nero had found the perfect voice for his rock and roll psalms. Russell moved from being a primary songwriter to an interpreter, and her simmering restraint is deeply refreshing to a landscape scorched by post Voice/American Idol vocal gymnastics and over-emoting.

Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.  For these Birds, singing for a room full of new people, hearts wide open, keeps off the cold and chases off the shadows. 2016 will find the band in constant motion - from sea to sea and beyond.

Pre-show music by Chris Jones

Sponsored bySponsored by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

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