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Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series announces lineup for third season

Drank the Gold. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series will launch its third season Thursday with a concert featuring Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys in the park on West Main Street. Local singer-songwriter Jonathan Blake will open the show.

The free, public concert series is sponsored by the Johnstown Citizens Band, and made possible with a Community Arts Grant provided through Saratoga Arts, with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York state Legislature. Local donations and sponsorships also have been key funding sources for the concert series, said series coordinator Bill Ackerbauer.

“Due to the turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic this year, we came dangerously close to having to cancel this year’s Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series,” Ackerbauer said in a news release. “However, as our region has moved into ‘Phase Four’ of the recovery effort, we are able to proceed with outdoor concerts. Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson, Saratoga Arts Grant Coordinator Diane Swanson and all our performers and donors have been wonderfully helpful — and cautiously enthusiastic — about making this season’s concerts possible despite the challenges.”

In accordance with New York state’s Phase Four guidelines for low-risk outdoor activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, audience members will be required to position themselves at least six feet away from others who are not members of their own households. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Masks are not required while seated but are encouraged while moving through the park. Anyone who has tested positive for the virus or is experiencing symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste/smell is asked not to attend.

In the event of rain, performances will be live-streamed on the Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series’ Facebook page. The live-streaming will be done from inside St. John’s Episcopal Church, but no live audience will be permitted inside the church because of public health restrictions.

The full lineup for the concert season will be as follows:

∫ Thursday: Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys, an acoustic Americana band based in the Capital Region. Gaudet pens most of the band’s material, and he is backed up by Sten Isaacsen on mandolin and electric guitar, Bob Ristau on bass, and Amsterdam native, Sara Milonovich, on fiddle. Jonathan Blake, a local singer-guitarist, will open the show with a set of acoustic rock. This show will be sponsored locally by Main Motorcar.

∫ July 30: Hanzolo, a funk-and-soul band hailing from Cooperstown. The band recently released its debut LP, “Table Butter,” and has gotten air play on Capital Region radio stations. Local singer-guitarist Nicole Campbell will open the show. This show will be sponsored locally by Bradley Yerdon, licensed real estate salesperson with Howard Hanna Real Estate.

∫ Aug. 6: The North & South Dakotas, a bluegrass ensemble based in the Albany-Saratoga region known for its laid-back vibe and instrumental jams. Johnstown’s own Matthew Bosworth will open the show with a solo acoustic set. This show will be sponsored locally by Townsend Leather.

∫ Aug. 13: Drank the Gold, the Saratoga Springs-based Irish-American duo of Oona Grady and James Gascoyne, who will be joined by accompanist Chris Carey. The Adirondack folk duo of Keanen Stark and Orion Kribs will open the show. This show will be sponsored locally by the law office of Michael Viscosi.

For more information, visit the Johnstown Midsummer Concert Series on Facebook or email billackerbauer@gmail.com.

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