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!