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War Memorial to host Mannheim Steamroller show

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Just like Santa Claus, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” is coming to town.

“Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” is to be presented at Cambria County War Memorial Arena in downtown Johnstown on Dec. 2. Doors are to open at 7 p.m., and the show is set to begin at 8 p.m.

“This is going to be an amazing show in that it makes the holiday come alive through the joy of music,” said Karen Gregorchik, the arena’s assistant general manager. “The crowd is going to be blown away by the sound and lights of this wonderful holiday showcase of musical talent.”

Created and founded by Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller has been creating innovative, new-age music for audiences of all ages since 1984. Davis has become the No. 1 best-selling Christmas music artist of all time.

The Grammy Award winner directs and co-produces the “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” tour alongside MagicSpace Entertainment. This year marks Mannheim Steamroller’s 32nd anniversary of this holiday-inspired tour, which has become one of the longest running annual tours in music history.

The last time Mannheim Steamroller performed in Johnstown was in 2009, Gregorchik said.

“That show was very well received,” she said, “so we could not pass on the opportunity to offer this great event to the community again for the holiday season.”

Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, including 28 million within the Christmas genre. Their Christmas albums include 1984’s “Christmas,” 2001’s “Christmas Extraordinaire” and 2014’s “30/40.”

Mannheim Steamroller’s performance in Johnstown is scheduled to fill the Cambria County War Memorial Arena with Christmas classics, as well as songs from Davis’s popular “Fresh Aire” series. Multimedia effects are also to be part of the show.

For more information about Mannheim Steamroller, visit their official website at www.mannheimsteamroller.com.

Tickets for “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena box office during regular business hours, which are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The box office is also open on Saturdays during event days from noon until show time.

Cambria County War Memorial Arena is located at 326 Napoleon St. in Johnstown. It is also a drop site for Toys for Tots this year. Anyone interested in donating a toy is welcome to do so.

Gregorchik said she hopes that ticket-holders enjoy the show.

“This is definitely a great family show for all ages to enjoy and will be the highlight of the holiday season,” she said. “The classic holiday music we all decorate and shop to during this busy season will resonate throughout the arena, which will be an uplifting sound to all.”

Foreigner coming to Johnstown

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

There are no “Head Games” being played here: Classic rock band Foreigner really is coming to Johnstown’s Cambria County War Memorial Arena on March 16.

“The call volume has been tremendous and we’re very excited,” said War Memorial Arena Assistant General Manager Karen Gregorchik. “We’re anticipating a well-attended (show), if not a sellout show.”

Foreigner is perhaps best known for their hits such as “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Hot Blooded” and “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Altogether, Foreigner claimed 16 Top 30 hits throughout their career.

“I think people will enjoy hearing Foreigner’s popular anthems,” Gregorchik said. “These are songs that people grew up with. These are songs that people know and will be singing along to.”

Founded in 1976, the band has 10 multi-platinum albums to its name.

Foreigner consists of founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.

Foreigner’s new lineup came together around 2002, when Hansen joined the band and replaced original singer Lou Gramm. Since that time, Foreigner has released a live greatest hits album, an LP titled “Can’t Slow Down” and a three-disc set titled “Feels Like the First Time.” 

“Juke Box Heroes,” a compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, enjoyed success within the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside another compilation album, “The Soundtrack of Summer.” The latter was released in conjunction with the band’s 2014 U.S. amphitheater tour.

Foreigner’s latest release is titled “The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More.” The high-definition live show was recorded live at Borgata in Atlantic City in October of 2014. A year earlier, in June of 2013, Jones was inducted to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Last year, Foreigner toured with Kid Rock. Their tour sold more tickets than any other Live Nation summer amphitheater tour.

Over the years, Foreigner’s music has appeared in major motion pictures, including “Rock of Ages,” “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect.”

Tickets to see Foreigner in Johnstown are on sale and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena box office during regular business hours, which have been extended. The new hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The box office is also open on Saturdays during event days from noon until show time.

“We encourage people to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster if they don’t want to wait in line at the box office,” Gregorchik said.

“We can’t wait to bring Foreigner to Johnstown.”

Boulevard Grill a haven for polite society

Staff photo by Cody McDevitt Boulevard Grill, at 165 Southmont Blvd. in Johnstown, is a good spot for cocktail and food aficionados.
Staff photo by Cody McDevitt
Boulevard Grill, at 165 Southmont Blvd. in Johnstown, is a good spot for cocktail and food aficionados.
Staff photo by Cody McDevitt Bartenders serve a variety of beers to the customers at the Boulevard Grill. The food ranges from exquisite to more common fare.
Staff photo by Cody McDevitt
Bartenders serve a variety of beers to the customers at the Boulevard Grill. The food ranges from exquisite to more common fare.

By CODY McDEVITT
codym@dailyamerican.com

A little before happy hour at the Boulevard Grill, two older men with mustaches sat and chatted while ESPN played on the television and Elton John played over the speakers. 

It was a laid-back vibe that comes from the relaxed people who patronize the place. And it’s usually the same on most nights.

The Boulevard Grill, located at 165 Southmont Blvd. in Johnstown, has been a staple of Johnstown’s nightlife scene for a long time. It’s developed a crowd that includes some of the prominent movers and shakers of Johnstown, while at the same time appealing to people who are young professionals making a name for themselves. 

This is partially why it so easily attracts polite society to its premises.

“Everyone here is friendly,” said Crystal Flenner, bar manager. “We have good service, good food and good beer. And we don’t put up with nonsense.”

The appetizers range from fries to more exotic creations such as crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms. The steak selection includes sirloins, tenderloins and Delmonico cuts. Diners can choose to add brie cheese, butter and onions, or crab with hollandaise as a topping.

Among the seafood selections, they offer spicy jambalaya and Honey Ginger Ahi Tuna.

The Grill also features daily specials that include steak on Sundays, meatloaf on Mondays, chicken pot pies on Tuesdays, fried haddock on Wednesdays and ribs on Thursdays. Friday is martini night, with specialty martinis costing $6.50.

The restaurant also features a speakeasy type of lounge. Among the specialty drinks made there are a chocolate-covered cherry martini and a whole slew of cocktails ranging from the exotic to the traditional. They have kept up with the craft cocktail revolution that has hit the bigger cities.

They have 18 beers on draft, with nine craft selections, according to Flenner.

Pasquerilla family members are among the prominent people who come in. Joan Pasquerilla has been a longtime frequenter of the Boulevard Grill.

“It’s all ages. And I love the staff,” Pasquerilla said. “They’re wonderful.” 

The Wall: Events for the week of March 4th

Who: The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto
What: Conversations with the Curator: A Lecture-and-Lunch Series for Art Lovers and Collectors
When: March 12 beginning at noon
Where: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, St. Francis University campus
Additional details: The March program is titled “Light Entertainment: Popular Photography in the Nineteenth Century.” As a medium of entertainment and instruction, photography surpassed all other visual media during the second half of the 19th century. Working together, artists, inventors, explorers and entrepreneurs brought the world’s wonders into the parlors of nearly everyone. Technological innovations, notably the stereoscope, enhanced photography’s already remarkable verisimilitude, creating an appetite for visual immediacy that would ultimately lead to movies, television and computer-generated entertainment. The program will include a presentation by the SAMA curator for visual arts, as well as a box lunch. An informal Q&A period will follow. The cost for Conversations with the Curator covers lunch. RSVP deadline is March 9.

Who: Summit Chapel United Methodist Church
What: Annual spring bus trip
Where: Hershey
When: May 2, but reservations needed by March 15
Additional details: The bus will leave the church parking lot at 6:30 a.m. The cost to attend covers transportation, a tour guide, a tour of chocolate factory, a chocolate-tasting class and shopping time at Hershey’s Chocolate World. A bagged lunch will also be provided. Breakfast and supper stops will take place, but both meals are not included in the price. For additional information or to make a reservation, call 814-322-4319. Money is due March 15, and no refunds will be issued unless there is a waiting list.

Who: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto
What: Arts-in-Education workshop with Eric Hoover and Martha Murphy
When: March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, St. Francis University campus
Additional details: The morning session will begin with a presentation by Hoover, an art teacher with Blacklick Valley School District, and Murphy, a SAMA directory artist, who will discuss the blueprint for a successful artist residency. Hoover and Murphy will relate the importance of pre-planning, finding teaching activities that will appeal to students, and documenting and evaluating the residency, among other topics. In the afternoon session, Murphy will lead participants in a hands-on zen doodle activity. A system of drawing that almost anyone can follow, zen doodling is a way of visually expressing one’s inner consciousness through repetition of pattern and design. The process is widely employed as an effective means for relaxation and creative expression. Cost for the workshop covers coffee, pastries and lunch. Reservations are required by March 10.

Who: St. Anthony of Padua Church
What: Vendor craft fair
When: March 7 from noon to 6 p.m. and March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: St. Anthony of Padua Church along Graham Avenue in Windber
Additional details: Approximately 40 local vendors will be selling handcrafted items. Food will be available for purchase as well.

Who: The Laurel Highlands Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association
What: Wacky Bowl
Where: Richland Lanes in Johnstown
When: March 8 beginning at 2 p.m.
Additional details: Starting at 2 p.m., those registered will bowl one regular game with their friends. The second game will be full of challenges and obstacles with prizes to those who meet the challenge. (Challenge example: Who will knock down the most pins by bowling the ball with their eyes closed?) Pizza and drinks after the bowling event are included in ticket price. The event is open to the public.

Who: Richard Hower and John Shook
What: “From Our Minds Eye” exhibit
Where: Community Arts Center of Cambria County
When: March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Additional details: Hower and Shook will be at the arts center to discuss their work during an opening reception March 7. The display will be shown Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 8.