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SummerSounds ready to make some noise

| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 5:53 p.m.

Music will once again fill downtown Greensburg as the 15th edition of SummerSounds kicks off on Friday, June 6.

Indie-pop artist Nicole Atkins opens the city's free concert series at 7 p.m. at St. Clair Park.

“She is amazing,” said Gene James, who books the acts with Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr.

James first heard Atkins in January, pulling his car over so he didn't accidentally miss her name.

He has heard her since.

“I'm just intrigued by her musical talents,” James added. “She keeps reshaping herself. The music she's doing now is quite different from the music that attracted me. It's edgier, and I like that.”

The Greensburg concert series committee was lucky to book Atkins when it did, James added.

Atkins has appeared on several late-night TV shows, including David Letterman, performing “The Way It Is.”

Thirteen groups will perform during SummerSounds, celebrating its 15th anniversary.

“I'm once again pleased with the bands we've booked,” James said. “I'm very pleased in the variety and abilities of the acts.”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra appears July 25, which James described as a “coup” for the concert series.

Chris Smithers performs Aug. 15. James praised Smithers' acoustic blues, saying he is the only solo act ever booked by SummerSounds.

Preshow music will start at 6:15 p.m.

“They are all members of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle,” James said. “We have a really wonderful working relationship with them.”

Parking is available in various public lots and metered spots after 5 p.m. around Greensburg. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. For more information, go to

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or