The Clarks headline outdoor concert at New Kensington campus

The Clarks, an iconic Pittsburgh band for more than 20 years, will bring their rock sound to Penn State New Kensington for an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, on the campus' new multipurpose field.

The Clarks will be performing at Penn State New Kensington for the first time when they take the stage at 9 p.m. Band members include Scott Blasey, lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; Robert James, electric and acoustic guitars, vocals; Greg Joseph, bass guitar, vocals; and Dave Minarik, drums, vocals.

Formed in 1988, the band's image and music have evolved over the next two decades. It forged its reputation as college stalwart in Indiana, Pa., covering established artists and playing fraternity houses and local bars. The Clarks progressed into a regional sensation in Pittsburgh, writing original material, performing on larger campuses and clubs, and earning radio play. The group became a national presence in New York with its "Fast Moving Cars" CD and an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman."

The band has released 14 CDs and sold more than a quarter of a million copies. It's most successful album, "Let It Go," spawned three radio hits, "Born to Late," Better Off Without You," and "Snowman."

The group's latest work, "Restless Days," the band's first studio work in five years, was released in June. It features 11 original songs plus a contemporary version of the classic Louis Armstrong piece, "What a Wonderful World," which was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and used as part of their 2008-2009 marketing campaign.

Two alternative rock bands from Pittsburgh, Lovebettie and Bishop Clay, open for the Clarks at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for Penn State New Kensington students and include general admission lawn seating. Tickets are available online from Drusky Entertainment, http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/160044EEEA82576A?brand=drusky&camefrom=CFC_DRUSKY_WEB, or in the Student Life office at the campus.

For more information, contact Vanessa Myers, assistant to the director of student affairs, at 724-334-6063 or vsm10@psu.edu.

The Clarks concert is the culminating event of the campus' first Fall Festival that is geared to local residents and as well as campus students and alumni. Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 35 acres and run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Some events will require a paid ticket; others will utilize the pay-as-you-go system. Most events will be free.

Highlight of the daytime activities is the Bed Race, featuring five-person teams (four pushers, one rider) who will navigate a bed over a measured course. Alumni, community and student groups are encouraged to enter teams. Beds will be provided. The entry fee is $25 and benefits Penn State New Kensington and the United Way. For more information, contact Danielle DeStefano at 724-334-6019 or dnd125@psu.edu.

Alumni also will have their time in the sun, or rather in the tent. Dubbed Alumni Central, the tent will serve as the main venue for the Penn State-Temple football game on TV and as a social meeting place for alumni and the campus community. Friends of Penn State are welcome to join in the alumni activities. For more about alumni activities, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6046 or uxw1@psu.edu.

For general information about the festival, contact Angie Fisher at 724-334-6062 or arc1@psu.edu.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010