Update: Fuse Fest: The Music Reunion has been cancelled due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict.
Seven bands, one night, and thousands of fans will come together to create Fuse Fest 2012 at Kovalchick Complex on September 29, 2012.
Pennsylvania icons such as the Clarks and Donnie Iris and the Cruisers will headline the show. Performances by the Badlees, NOMaD, and TheFIVE6 have also been added to the entertainment docket. The remaining two spots will be filled through a series of battle rounds at various locations, to be determined at a later date.
Tickets to Fuse Fest 2012 go on sale July 20 at 10:00 a.m. and are priced at $20 and $30. For tickets, visit the Kovalchick Complex Box Office, ComcastTIX.com, or call 800-298-4200. For groups of 10 or more, contact Amy Stephen at 724-357-5205 for discounted rates. Join the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex Facebook page and Cyber Club e-mail blast to receive advance notice and special offers to future events at the facility.
The Clarks describe themselves with pride as a band that’s always fashionably in style and fashionably out of style all at the same time. They’ve never struck arena-rock poses, and never had any gimmicks or affectations at all. They just get onstage and get it done, and they’ve never found a reason to do it any other way. The casual college band turned into a career dream come true, complete with airtime on Late Show with David Letterman and more than a quarter-million albums sold, all while remaining in the hometown of their families, friends, and biggest fans. The local hometown sentiment still stands, but, as the title of their new album suggests, the band is getting a bit “restless.”
While attending Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Donnie Iris formed a band called the Trivells. Two fellow musicians joined Iris, along with an additional fourth man, to create Donnie Iris and the Donnelles. The band played for fraternity parties. Around 1965, Donnie and the Donnelles merged with members of another band called Gary and the Jewel Tones to create the Jaggerz. Iris wrote the number two Billboard hit “The Rapper” while with the Jaggerz, and he was a member of Wild Cherry after the group’s number one hit “Play That Funky Music.” Iris is an American rock musician known for his work with the Jaggerz and Wild Cherry during the 1970s and for his solo albums during the 1980s.
Global Spectrum manages Kovalchick Complex at IUP as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20 million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies.