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Fall Festival activities highlighted by free outdoor concert by The Clarks

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The Clarks have a return engagement for a free concert on campus Oct. 1.
9/5/2011 —


4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, Athletics Center Parking Lot

Headed by lead singer Scott Blasey, The Clarks are coming back to Penn State New Kensington's Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, for a free outdoor concert on the main stage in the Athletics Center parking lot.

The Clarks will take the stage at 5 p.m. Special guest band Bishop Clay, an alternative rock band from Pittsburgh,  will open the show at 4 p.m. The concert is the final act of the day long community festival that features a variety of activities that are geared to local residents, as well as students and alumni.

Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 72 acres. All events are free to the public. Activities include food vendors, crafts, car cruise, bed races, kids zone, and an alumni tent. For general information about the festival, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/FallFestival online.

Formed in 1988, the Clarks' image and music evolved over the next two decades. It forged its reputation as a college stalwart in Indiana, Pa., covering established artists and playing fraternity houses and local bars. The band 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." 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.

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

For more information on the concert, contact Katie Shoemaker, interim activities coordinator, at 724-334-6063 or kls511@psu.edu

For more on the Clarks, visit http://www.clarksonline.com/

Fall Festival
The Clarks concert is the culminating event of the campus' third annual 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' 72 acres and run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All events, like the concert, will be free.

Highlight of the preconcert 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. 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-Indiana 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, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/FallFestival online.




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