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Rively, Baldwin set to play SongWorks Dinner

Carole Rively.	 Submitted photo
Carole Rively.
Submitted photo

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

Musicians Carole Rively and Denise Baldwin are scheduled to entertain audiences Sept. 8 as part of this month’s SongWorks Dinner at The Grand Halle.

Known throughout the area music scene, Baldwin and Rively are veteran performers and members of SongWorks, a local group of musicians who meet monthly to work on their original songs.

For this show, titled “Say Hello,” Baldwin and Rively will perform for the first time as a duo. Their setlist includes original music as well as some covers.

“Audiences should anticipate something new when Denise and Carole perform,” Grand Halle Manager Dave Hurst said. “When such deeply experienced musicians collaborate, we should expect something special.”

The “Say Hello” concert also marks the first time a new ticket-sales system will be implemented at The Grand Halle.

“The Grand Halle is building a reputation as a premier performance and special-events venue,” Grand Halle Program Director Kim Rauch said. “Now we have a professional box-office system in place to properly and efficiently serve our patrons.”

Those who plan to attend SongWorks Dinners — as well as any other open-to-the-public event at The Grand Halle — have the option to reserve and purchase their tickets in advance online using a credit or debit card. Patrons can visit www.GrandHalle.com and click on the button that reads “Buy Tickets.” From there, patrons will be directed to a detailed list that describes upcoming special events and shows. Patrons can select the event they would like to attend, purchase the tickets, choose their seats, pay for their tickets and then print them. 

When patrons arrive at the door on the day of the event, their tickets will be scanned and they will be granted entry. Performance-only tickets still will be available for purchase at the door, but walk-ins also have the option to pay by credit or debit card if they so choose.

“This system will make it very convenient for Grand Halle patrons,” Hurst said. “They can pay by credit/debit card and print their tickets at home. They’ll be able to reserve as many seats (or tables) as they want. Eventually, we also expect to offer flex passes and season tickets. None of this was possible before.

“Our other goal is to make Grand Halle operations more professional. This new system will enable us to promote ticket sales via social media, create complimentary tickets and sponsor passes and account for all of it as well.”

Though the deadline for dinner reservations for the “Say Hello” show has already passed, those who are interested can pay a nominal admission fee at the door in order to enjoy the 90-minute musical performance component of the evening. Performance-only tickets can be purchased at the door beginning as early as 5:45 p.m.

The SongWorks Dinner Series, which is held May through December, is in its fourth season. Each evening features a catered meal and live music. The live music is provided by members of SongWorks, a group of musicians who meet regularly in a workshop-type setting. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Bottle Works in Cambria City and is open to anyone interested in creating music. The group’s official website is www.johnstownsongworks.org.

The Grand Halle on Broad Street (formerly Immaculate Conception church) is located at 306 Broad St., on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue, in the Cambria City Cultural District. 

For more information about this performance, call 814-536-7986, and for more information about all of the upcoming concerts at The Grand Halle on Broad Street, visit www.grandhalle.com.

‘All Folked Up’ in Cambria City

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent

This month’s SongWorks dinner at The Grand Halle on Broad Street will feature regional musicians Sam Coco, Malcolm Crittenden and Barry Poglein.

On July 14, these three are to present a concert titled “All Folked Up,” which features a setlist full of songs from the 1960s. Think Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kingston Trio and John Denver.

“We’re hoping to bring a flood of great memories to the audience, as well as having them sing along with familiar folk songs and enjoying our original folk songs with the stories we are telling in the music,” Coco said. “If you remember the TV shows ‘Hootenanny’ and ‘The Smothers Brothers,’ you can once again sing along and tap your feet to favorite folk songs. I feel that music should be fun for the performer and audience.”

Coco and Poglein are no strangers to the SongWorks Series; they have performed together every year since the series began in 2012. Crittenden, meanwhile, joined SongWorks more recently.

“I’m proud to have performed yearly trying to do different shows so the audience will see new material every time,” said Coco, a Johnstown resident. “We are trying very hard to give the people who attend our shows a lot of diversity so they will tell their friends and the next show gets new people to attend.”

Grand Halle Manager Dave Hurst sang the trio’s praises.

“Sam, Barry and Malcolm are always a lot of fun,” Hurst said. “They don’t take themselves too seriously, and they love to get the audience involved in their performance. Combining their relaxed approach with classic folk music of the ‘60s should make for a special evening of laughs and nostalgia.”

Hurst said that he admires “Sam’s versatility and musical experience, Barry’s off-beat sense of humor and Malcolm’s depth of feeling.”

In addition to performing traditional folk songs, the trio will also sing some originals. Coco said he’s excited to share with audiences the history and importance of the genre.

“Folk music has been a part of all world cultures, as it preserves the times and histories,” he said.

Though the deadline for dinner reservations has already passed, community members are invited to pay a nominal admission fee at the door in order to enjoy the 90-minute musical performance component of the evening. Performance-only tickets can be purchased at the door beginning as early as 5:45 p.m.
In addition, the performance is BYOB. B&L Wine Cellars, located just a few blocks away from The Grand Halle in Cambria City, offers a SongWorks Dinners special discount at its Broad Street location.

The SongWorks Dinner Series, which is held May through December, is in its fourth season. Each evening features a catered meal and live music. The live music is provided by members of SongWorks, a group of musicians who meet regularly in a workshop-type setting. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Bottle Works in Cambria City and is open to anyone interested in writing and performing original music. The group’s official website is www.johnstownsongworks.org.

The Grand Halle on Broad Street (formerly Immaculate Conception church) is located at 306 Broad St., on the corner of Broad and Third Avenue, in the Cambria City Cultural District.

Hurst said that the former church will provide an ideal venue for this type of music.

“This concert should play to the acoustical strengths of The Grand Halle: It is an especially effective venue for acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies,” he said.

For more information about this performance, call 814-536-7986, and for more information about all of the upcoming concerts at The Grand Halle on Broad Street, visit www.grandhalle.com.

Hurst said that if this concert goes as well as the first one, which featured Beatles covers, audience members are bound to be in for a good time.

“Our premiere show of this SongWorks season featured the music of the Beatles and people loved it,” Hurst said. “They dressed in Beatles wear and sang along to all of the songs. We expect a similar response to this show. Perhaps a flower child or two will show up!”