HGR Local Music News 5/12/13

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A special benefit concert is coming together for mid-July to help out an area musician battling mercury poisoning. The Mercury Poisoning Awareness Benefit for Brian Cupples will take place on Sunday, July 14, starting at 2 p.m. at the Bavarian Aid Society in Altoona. The proceeds from the show will help out Brian, a longtime area guitar player and singer, who has been battling the effects of long term mercury poisoning. Performers that have been confirmed thus far for the event include Skye 2.0, Fred Myers & the Redneck Majority, The House Band, The Backyard Rockers, Pete Caccamo, and a special jam session featuring the Mercury Planet All Star Band. Advance tickets will cost $12, and will be available soon.

The Johnstown Area Heritage Association has announced a free concert for next month featuring national recording group 10,000 Maniacs. The concert will take place on Friday night, June 14, at People’s Natural Gas Park near downtown Johnstown. Johnstown-based rhythm and blues group Smooth Sound will kick off the show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required to enter the venue; for a list of ticket locations, visit the website www.floodcitymusic.com.

Billy Price has issued his first studio recording since 2009. The new album, Strong, features Billy and the Billy Price Band, along with special guests Monster Mike Welch, Fred Chapellier, and Mark Wenner and Mark Stutso of the Nighthawks. The CD can be obtained through Billy Price’s website, www.billyprice.com.