Out & About: Westmoreland County Parks free concert with Lovebettie
Lovebettie, a Pittsburgh band recently named a “band to watch” by Rolling Stone magazine, headlined the July 30 date of the 2016 Twin Lakes Summer Concert Series, held at the Brain T. Rusnock Amphitheater in the Hempfield park’s expansion area.
The opening act was Vacancy, a group of Hempfield Area High School students who won their place onstage by taking first in a June 11 battle of the bands at Twin Lakes.
The concert series is sponsored by Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation.
“This was planned as our biggest event of the year, and it’s by far our biggest turnout of the year,” said program coordinator Brian Simpson. “Lovebettie is one of the most popular bands in the area, and Vacancy is an impressive young group.”
The audience was scattered over a hillside that forms the natural amphitheater, with the stage at the bottom. A trio of dancers brought hula hoops and twirling sticks.
On hand were Tom andAnnette Rusnock of Latrobe, parents of the late aspiring musician for whom the site is named. Tom Rusnock spoke of plans to terrace the hillside and make it handicap-accessible.
Remaining concert dates are Aug. 13 and 28, and a last hurrah on Sept. 24. Scheduled bands are listed at co.westmoreland.pa.us/parks.
Seen: Parks & Rec director Malcolm Sias, Roy Lenhardt, Dan Vasinko, Mary Helen Vasinko, Alicia Simpson, Brock Simpson, Jim and Marty McGuire, Lauren Jones and Rob Titterington, Kathy Holtzer andJeff Severyn, Doug and Lynne James, Holly Bowers and Mike Pawlowski, Shelly Marafon, Kelly Ross, Stan and Karen Glamp and Charlie and Anna Sherback.