An upcoming concert will have downtown Johnstown rockin’ and rollin’.
A fundraising concert to benefit the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic is scheduled for Aug. 29 in the Polacek Pavilion at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St. in downtown Johnstown.
Anders Osborne will be the headliner with special guests the Derek Woodz Band and Chrome Moses.
Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with the concert to begin at 7.
Proceeds from the concert will be used to support the operating costs at the medical clinic.
Concert promoter Bryan Hummel said the clinic hosted Rock, Rhythm and Blues the night before Thanksgiving for many years, but it had gone flat and wasn’t raising much money and organizers thought it was time for a change.
“We started talking about a benefit concert and seeing what national-level talent we could attract that would help grow the event and raise more money for the clinic,” he said.
Hummel said Johnstown Area Heritage Association donated the park for the concert.
“We were then able to start searching for talent and were able to acquire Anders Osborne,” he said.
Osborne is a native of New Orleans and has been playing since 1989.
“He is known as a roots/Americana musician and plays rock, blues and reggae and has a jam-band sound,” Hummel said.
Osborne has collaborated with musicians such as Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead; Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band; and blues guitarist Tab Benoit.
He continues to tour, both with his own band and in combination with other artists, and has appeared multiple times at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as well as Bonnaroo Music Festival, High Sierra Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Hollowbaloo Music & Arts Festival in Honolulu, Hangout Festival, WYEP Summer Music Fest, Central Park SummerStage and Miami Valley Music Fest.
His most recent album “Peace” was released in 2013.
Osborne appeared at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in 2010 and 2012.
“It’s very exciting to have him (Osborne) come to town and to be able to acquire national talent like this is quite a feat for us,” Hummel said.
“People will get a traditional rock ’n’ roll concert from one of the most charismatic performers out of New Orleans and it will be an exciting show for anybody in this region who loves music.”
The Derek Woodz Band formed in 2011 in Los Angeles, and has since relocated to western Pennsylvania, and incorporates a new-age jam style.
Pittsburgh-based Chrome Moses is a soulful rock ’n’ roll band that offers a ’50s groove and ’60s swagger.
“We think these bands will appeal to the same crowd that will attract Anders Osborne because they play rock and jam music,” Hummel said.
Following the concert, an after-party will be held at Press Bistro, 110 Franklin St. in downtown Johnstown.
Indiana-based band Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing will perform acoustic jazz, folk and rock music.
Money raised through the cover charge will be donated to the medical clinic.
“For about six or seven hours, there will be a lot of good, live music in Johnstown,” Hummel said.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.
They can be ordered through Ticketmaster and at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, 326 Napoleon St. in downtown Johns-town.
Information: 534-6242 or visit johnstownfreemedicalclinic.com.
Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.