VOMA’s Folk Series to feature Shook Twins

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Indie folk and pop band Shook Twins are scheduled to perform at Venue of Merging Arts, also known as VOMA, July 6 as part of the venue’s annual Folk Series.

The Portland, Oregon-based band is fronted by identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook. The band is rounded out by Kyle Volkman, Niko Daoussis, Anna Tivel and Russ Kleiner.

Shook Twins specialize in creating a unique sound made possible by a variety of instruments, including banjo, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum, glockenspiel ukulele and others. They classify their music as a blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

“One thing that I think we can expect is not to hear the same thing twice,” event organizer and local musician Micah Mood said. “To the best of my knowledge, this will be their first appearance in Johnstown, and I think people will enjoy their songs, musicianship and energy.”

The band’s discography includes albums “You Can Have the Rest” and “Window.” They recently finished recording their third album with Grammy-nominated producer Ryan Hadlock.

Shook Twins have shared stage time with Ryan Adams, Mason Jennings, Blizten Trapper, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Indigo Girls, Elephant Revival, The Head and The Heart, The Lumineers and more.

Guy Russo will open for Shook Twins. This performance will mark his first solo appearance at VOMA.

“Guy Russo is a very talented songwriter and musician from Pittsburgh,” Mood said. “He was formerly a member of Broken Fences, who played some very well-received shows at VOMA in the past, and I’m glad to have him on this show for his first solo appearance in Johnstown.”

The all-ages BYOB show is to begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Mood invited community members to attend, especially those who have attended and enjoyed some recent Folk Series shows at VOMA.

“I think that folks who have enjoyed past performances from Broken Fences, Harpeth Rising and Cold Chocolate will greatly enjoy this show,” he said. “The chance to see great bands in such an intimate setting as VOMA is special — in fact, Guy said that VOMA was a favorite place to perform, and he’s excited to come back.”

VOMA VIPs and students receive a ticket discount. A limited number of reserved seating tickets are available for purchase.

VOMA is located at 305 Chestnut Street in Johnstown’s Cambria City. For more information, visit www.thevoma.com or find the venue on Facebook.

The 2015 VOMA Folk Series is supported in part by a grant from the Robert Waters Charitable Trust of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.