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The Commonheart Pulls Through For Greensburg’s Summer Sounds


After a the original act for June 30th had to cancel with short notice, Greensburg’s Summer Sounds free concerts in the park series was rescued by Pittsburgh’s The Commonheart, who filled St. Clair park with energy and soulful rock music. After trying to get to one of their shows for over a year, I was beginning to think it just wasn’t in the cards for me to hear this up and coming group live. When I heard, only a few days before they would be playing the Summer Sounds series, I put everything I had into getting there. I’m sad to say that by the time I arrived, they had a mere 2 songs left to perform, but those 2 songs were enough to tell me I must catch a full set soon!

The band filled the stage with their 10 members, including vocalists, guitars, keys, horns and drums. Front man Clinton Clegg takes possession of the stage and his gritty, powerful vocals leave you wanting for more (especially after only 2 songs…I’m still so bummed I couldn’t get there earlier!). As the band filled the stage, the Greensburg community filled the park. It was the first time I’ve attended the Summer Sounds event and I was taken aback by the number of people who came to take in the music on that beautiful summer evening. It’s an event that is more than worth a short drive from Pittsburgh and I’ll certainly be back for more! As for The Commonheart, I’ll be finding another show to get to (on time, next time), for sure. Although, as the rest of the country is discovering this gem of group, their local show dates are becoming fewer and farther between. They will be touring this summer, hitting up cities across Pennsylvania, but also Maryland, Washington, Montana, Ohio and Wyoming. Currently, the next planned local show is August 25th at South Park Amphitheater and I’ve already marked my calendar…you should too!

 
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Whitney Lerch

I've always loved music and there's nothing better than live music. There is just something so special about experiencing the music for yourself and feeling the passion that comes with a live performance. So, when I got into photography several years back, it only made sense to merge two of my favorite things in life. With no formal training, I bought myself a decent camera, after getting frustrated with the sub-par images I was getting with my point and shoot. I headed out and started shooting...it wasn't pretty at first, but I fumbled my way through, did some google and YouTube searches and taught myself how to use my new favorite toy. I started out taking photos at concerts on my own, any time a venue would let my DSLR in to a show, but I wanted more and I wanted my photos to mean something. Sound Scene Express offers me that and offers so much to the local music scene in Pittsburgh. With all of the unbelievable musical talent in the city, as well as all of the great touring musicians that come through, I'm honored to be able to capture moments from some of the best performances you'll find in the city, to share with the community. I spend my days practicing medicine, taking care of some incredibly sick kids and Sound Scene Express has offered me truly therapeutic outlet that I am passionate about and thankful for. There are some unbelievably talented musicians here in Pittsburgh and I'm thrilled that I get to help share their work with you all!