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Venue Of Merging Arts (VOMA) - 305 Chestnut Street, Johnstown PA, 15906

VOMA is a non-profit community center for the arts in Western PA, featuring a standing Art Gallery, Performance/lecture hall, and Recording Studio.

Located in a former church structure, VOMA has transformed the space into a center for the community once again, but this time, through the arts. Your continued support and attendance of classes and events at VOMA help us to maintain this wonderful space for the community. Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS As of February 24, 2018
GALLERY OPEN Every Friday 11am-2pm & During all music events.
Come upstairs and check out the latest show in the gallery!
SAT February 24th 7:30pm VOMA Presents: The Blues Gathering
Join us for our monthly celebration of blues music the last Saturday each month!
FEATURING host Who's Your Daddy's Gene Sweeney on guitar and vocals with special guest performers!

Doors at 7pm - Music at 7:30pm
$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP Members
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D.
SAT March 3rd 7pm VOMA Folk and Bluegrass Series Presents:
The Plate Scrapers with Nina Scarcia
The Plate Scrapers originated in 2014 in western Maryland the way any good bluegrass band does: from a bunch of fellers pickin' around in a circle, surrounded by delicious plates of food, strong libations, and good friends. The traditional spirit of The Plate Scrapers is still innately intact, though they have evolved into far more than your average bluegrass band. Through diverse backgrounds and influences ranging from jazz, to hard rock, to funk, the band has taken their music to an eclectic new level.

Having self-released two live albums and two studio albums, toured in fifteen states, and performed in direct support for Keller Williams, Larry Keel, We Banjo 3, and more, they have made themselves a household name in their local region of the mid-Atlantic. Their music has been featured on nationwide radio stations such as WAMU Bluegrass Country, WDVX Blue Plate Special and local magazine Appalachian Jamwich.

The Plate Scrapers' songwriting is the identifying characteristic of the band. Complimenting writing styles from multiple members offer a tasteful balance and refreshing diversity to their sound, a diversity which they thoroughly exercise. Folksy lyrics of songs like "Shoes" or "Moonlight" call to a time of friendship, nostalgia and adventure, while songs like "Trucker's Aspirin" or "Easy Way Out" are darker tales, gritty in nature.

Crafted musicianship and creative chemistry on stage guarantees that each performance is a new experience. More recently, the band has been known to take advantage of the sound shaping tools of modern music to enhance their traditional folk instruments whether it results in a screaming dobro or a sonically-warping banjo. Fans and critics alike agree that things are moving in a positive direction for The Plate Scrapers.

The Plate Scrapers are currently working on their third studio record, with new and different material, and are setting their sights on touring the Western US in the near future. These guys are committed to what they do and have no intentions of slowing down.
https://theplatescrapers.bandcamp.com/

Special guest Nina Scarcia - Nina is a Central PA singer/songwriter. She performs covers & originals and will be accompanied by Wade Yankey of Colebrook Road. Listen to Nina's music on YouTube

Doors at 6:30pm - Music at 7:00pm
$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP or Student ID
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D.
SAT March 10th 8:00pm Hullabaloo Productions Presents:
Buffalo Rose
2017 Ethnic Fest alumni, Buffalo Rose, are a six-piece folk band that combines intricate and passionate lyrics with soaring vocal harmonies. Formed in March 2016, this group has wasted no time feeding from each other's creative energy and musicianship. The members, which include Mac Inglis (dobro and vocals), Shane McLaughlin (guitar and vocals), Bryce Rabideau (mandolin), Jason Rafalak (bass), Lucy Clabby and Mariko Reid (vocals) all contain within them a fiery passion for music that intensifies the sensitivity of their musical collaboration. This energy shines through in their performances as well, where the combination of each distinct voice with the others creates a swirling web of sound and harmony. Paired with evocative and catchy lyrical phrases drawn from life experience and the American lexicon, Buffalo Rose's songs are ones that you will find yourself singing along to before they come to an end.
Check out Buffalo Rose on Bandcamp

Doors at 7:30pm - Music at 8:00pm
$10 General Admission
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D.
SAT March 17th 7:30pm The VOMA Jazz Series
Join us for our monthly jazz series!
SAT March 24th 7:30pm VOMA Presents: The Blues Gathering
Join us for our monthly celebration of blues music the last Saturday each month! FEATURING host Who's Your Daddy's Gene Sweeney on guitar and vocals with special guest performers!

Doors at 7pm - Music at 7:30pm
$10 General Admission - $8 VOMA VIP Members
BYOB is welcome with proper I.D.