The Johnstown Area Heritage Association is delighted to announce that two free concerts will be presented this summer at Peoples Natural Gas Park with the support of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Concert Series will kick off on June 17 with a blues show by longtime Johnstown favorites Billy Price (pictured) and Jimmy Adler.
Billy Price Band: Billy Price has been entertaining audiences in western Pennsylvania since the early 1970s. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center of Pittsburgh.
Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Livestock. Price assembled Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band in 1977. Before their breakup in 1990, the band recorded four critically acclaimed LPs and developed a reputation as one of the most exciting touring bands in the U.S. With the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 15 albums, CDs, and DVDs.
His album This Time for Real, with recently deceased Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee in the category of Best Soul Blues Album. A live recording of the Billy Price Band, Alive and Strange, was released by Nola Blues/Vizztone Label Group in April 2017.
Billy Price has appeared at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in 2016, 2012, 2010, and 2006.
Jimmy Adler, an original blues music that is steeped in the traditions of Chicago Blues, West-Coast Jazzy Jump, and other Americana traditions. Jimmy’s guitar style features a blend of clean fat tones and raunchy slide guitar.
Adler played the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in 2016, 2012, 2010, and 2007, as well as numerous appearances at Thunder in the Valley.
A second concert (with artists to be announced) is slated for September 16. The concerts are free and open to the public.
The June 17 schedule is as follows:
- Gates will open at 6:00 p.m.
- Jimmy Adler: 7:00 p.m.
- Billy Price Band: 9:00 – 10:30 p.m.