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The Clarks to Perform Sept. 30

The Clarks to Perform Sept. 30

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Local fan favorite, The Clarks, will rock the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus in a concert at 9 pm. Saturday, September 30, as part of the college’s 36th annual Fall Fest and Family Weekend festivities.  The concert will be held on the campus mall.

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 for $15 at George’s Song Shop, Market St. and Music Haven, Scalp Ave.

For two decades, this “casual college band” has performed to sellout crowds across the country, got a shout-out from Esquire magazine as one of the biggest reasons Pittsburgh has topped the magazine’s list of towns that rock, and has sold more than a quarter million albums.  The group also has performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

On their first DVD and its companion CD, “Still Live,” The Clarks chronicle that success by performing a collection of pop-rock songs filled with “enough hooks to outfit a fishing fleet.  “Better Off Without You,” “On Saturday,” “Let it Go,” “Boys Lie,” “Born Too Late,” “Penny on the “Floor,” and “Cigarette” are all on the CD.  The CD also contains newer selections like “Nothing’s Wrong Nothing’s Right” and the title song from their last studio effort, “Fast Moving Cars,” as well as alternate takes of cuts on the video.

As evidenced during the DVD, which was taped during a four-night stand at Pittsburgh’s Mr. Small’s Theatre, The Clarks have the charisma and energy that turned on listeners during the band’s incubation.  As the DVD shows, this is not a band that gets by on old favorites and fan nostalgia.  The cameras show a Clarks audience that includes listeners who may not have been born when the band formed, as well as those who’ve been there to watch their growth every step of the way.

The Clarks are Scott Blasey, lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; Robert James, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals; Greg Joseph, bass guitar and vocals, and Dave Minarik, drums and vocals.

Members formed the band as students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where they were honored as Distinguished Alumni and recently decided to name a new recording facility after them.  The Clarks are one of the best-kept secrets in rock and roll.  The group has sold out 7,500 capacity venues in Pittsburgh.  The group understands that truly honest music is made without pretense.  It requires talent, energy, and soul.

The group, who tours year round averaging 150 shows per year, has performed nationally with John Mayer, O.A.R., Gavin DeGraw, Marc Broussard, and Citizen Cope and has now taken to the seas and snow with the annual The Rock Boat cruise and The Rock Slope excursion in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

The live shows are where The Clarks truly shine.  “We’re still striving to be better at what we do all the time,” says James.  “Just the fact that we’re able to perpetuate doing this for a living and being able to focus on the fact that you can get better and grow, I think that’s a huge thing.”

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, and natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, 2007.
Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/20/2006 2:35:00 PM