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The Chris Higbee Project Headlines Pitt-Johnstown Spring Concert April 11

The Chris Higbee Project Headlines Pitt-Johnstown Spring Concert April 11

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     Country rock performer Chris Higbee is scheduled to appear in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center.

     The concert, which is being sponsored by the UPJ Student Programming Board, is open to the public.  The general public may purchase tickets in advance at George’s Song Shop (Market Street), the Music Haven (Scalp Avenue), or at the UPJ Student Union Information Desk.  Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for other college students, and free to UPJ students.

     An Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate, Chris Higbee founded the “PovertyNeck Hillbilles (PNH)” a group which delivered uniquely wild and energetic concerts across the country.  PNH performed for seven years; it released a #2 nationally rated video “Mr. Right Now” starring “Big Ben” Roethlisburger; acquired an international fan base; and distributed two records.

     He is the group’s founder and performs in a new act, The Chris Higbee Project.  The band combines the talent and passion of several diverse musicians with countless influences, which presents a one-of-a-kind show that entertains everyone.  The Chris Higbee Project blends some of his lifelong friends with some brilliant newcomers.  Childhood friend and initial lead singer of PNH Les Philburn sings some lead vocals and harmonies.  Former band mate and friend (from the rock band Drastic Measures) Mark Vinsick plays lead guitar and back up harmonies.  Lifelong friend and cousin Troy Williams plays guitar.  Larry Shotter from Uniontown, has been playing drums for 12 years in bands all over the area, and West Virginia native and West Virginia University student Nate Shrasser plays the keyboard.

     When he isn’t performing on stage, Chris Higbee teaches violin lessons, is a studio musician, and runs a production company.  He currently works with artists and labels doing consultation work.

     For concert and ticket information, contact the Student Union Information Desk at 814-269-7535.

     For additional information on Chris Higbee, visit

     Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.

Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 4/4/2008 11:00:00 AM