Get prepared to get your funk on.
Johnstown Funk Fest, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, will be held Saturday at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown, and feature a concert by Pittsburgh-based Beauty Slap with special guest Afro N’At.
Gates open at 6 p.m., with Afro N’At performing at 7 p.m. and Beauty Slap taking to the stage at 9 p.m.
Johnstown Funk Fest is the second event in the free Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Concert Series.
“We had a great time at the first concert with The National Reserve and Felix & the Hurricanes earlier in June, and are so grateful to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for making these two shows possible,” said Shelley Johansson, director of communications for Johnstown Area Heritage Association, which hosts the summer concert series. “We’re delighted to welcome Beauty Slap and Afro N’At back to the park for the Funk Fest.”
Beauty Slap is a future-brass-thunder-funk machine and features four horns, computer and keys – the thunderously funky screams of a traditional brass quartet meeting the heaviest grooves modern dance music has to offer.
Since forming in Pittsburgh, Beauty Slap has enjoyed national attention surrounding their debut project, “Thunderfunk Machine,” and northeastern tours.
Armed with their powerfully groovy live show that’s designed to make you move and impending album release, the group has a goal of complete world domination.
Forged in the steel mills of Johnstown, Afro N’At is a horn-fueled music collective inspired by ’60s and ’70s funk, African rhythms and jazz.
The relatively new act has been making great strides in the region, playing State College’s Happy Valley Music Festival, FunkyFest 1.9, and many club dates in Johnstown, Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
Afro N’At will appear at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in August.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the event.
Proper identification will be required for those purchasing alcohol.
There is no admission fee.
For more information, call 814-539-1889 or visit www.jaha.org.