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Terri Single (background) is one of the four vocalists for the band Ribbon Grass. At the keyboard is her husband, Dave, who also is the band's violinist. File Photo/ the Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA.

By TOM LAVIS

TLAVIS@TRIBDEM.COM

It’s no blarney that lads and lasses are eagerly anticipating The St. Patrick’s Day Three Band Bash.

Three popular area bands, Ribbon Grass, YUM and Jimmy Sweatpants, will share the stage during the course of the evening on March 17 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

It is the second year in a row that the rock bands have joined forces for an evening of wearin’ o’ the green.

“This event came about because the bands just wanted to do a show together, and we wanted to throw a party for Johnstown on a night when most people wanted to go out,” said Terri Single, one of four vocalists for Ribbon Grass.

Doors will open at 8 p.m. The first band will take the stage at 10.

“We are trying to keep the order of appearance under wraps,” Single said.

“We don’t want people to come see just one band.”

The bash has the possibility of becoming an annual St. Patrick’s event.

“As long as the crowd shows up and the bands are together, St. Patrick’s Day will hopefully become synonymous with this three-band party,” Single said. “Last year, we had about 750 people, so we hope for another great turnout this year.”

Ribbon Grass has a playlist of more than 100 songs from hip-hop and disco to country and classic rock.

Darren Tomlinson, keyboardist and guitar player for Jimmy Sweatpants, said the band has no specific style, but the six members have developed a versatility that covers most genres.

“We do a lot of pop and alternative, as well as some rap,” Tomlinson said.

“About the only thing we don’t do is country.”

Tomlinson said patrons on St. Patrick’s Day will see three seamless acts when each band takes the stage.

“Ace’s is big enough where all the bands will have their equipment on stage at the same time,” he said. “So there will be no tear down or set up of equipment between acts.”

Brian Scaletta, a member of YUM, said people should expect high-energy dance music from his group.

“We play just about anything that will get people up and moving,” he said. “Retro is big for all three bands, and we all do stuff from the ’80s. We enjoy doing music ranging from country and rap to modern rock and pop.”

Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

“There are no advance ticket sales,” Terri Single said. “I encourage folks to show up early if they want to get a seat.”



On stage

What: The St. Patrick’s Day Three Band Bash, featuring Ribbon Grass, YUM and Jimmy Sweatpants.

Where: Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

When: 8 p.m. March 17.

Cost: $10. Tickets at the door.

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