Join us for this special end-of-season free concert, inside the Community Foundation Oilhouse at Peoples Natural Gas Park!
Music festival favorite Eric Tessmer and his band will play, with special guest Midnight Graffiti. This FREE SHOW is made possible by the generosity of Von’s United Beverage/Bud Light, Laurel Plumbing & HVAC, Mark Pasquerilla, and 1st Summit Bank.
Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, Texas. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as his namesake predecessors and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His live shows have captured audiences’ attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.
Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered ’59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric kickstarts the engine left idling by guitar players of the past.
Known as one of the hardest working musicians in the area, Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte.
Eric Tessmer appeared at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival (and its predecessor festival, the AmeriServ Johnstown FolkFest) in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2015, and a summer concert in 2017, and we’re delighted to welcome him back!
Midnight Graffiti is female fronted classic rock’n’roll, featuring Natalie Kurchak and Terri O’Leary on lead vocals, John Kurchak and Bernie Kralik on lead and rhythm guitar, John D. Kurchak on Bass and Jason Williams on drums.
Schedule for the evening:
6:00 — doors open
7:00 — Midnight Graffiti
8:30 — Eric Tessmer