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The Clarks to perform at Freedom Farms summer ‘hootenanny’

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Courtesy Freedom Farms
Pittsburgh band The Clarks will perform July 20 at Freedom Farms in Butler County for “Husks and Hops Hootenanny,” featuring more than 20 locally owned breweries, three local bands and food straight from the farm. Pictured are (from left) Tim King (Freedom Farms owner), Lisa King, John King, Paul King and Pete King (Freedom Farms owner).
Lead vocalist Scott Blasey and The Clarks will perform July 20 at Freedom Farms in Butler County for “Husks and Hops Hootenanny,” an event that will feature more than 20 locally owned breweries, three local bands, and food from Freedom Farms.
(From left) Greg Joseph, Rob James, Scott Blasey and Dave Minarik of The Clarks are seen backstage at their 11th annual concert to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region, in 2016 at Greensburg’s Palace Theatre. The Clarks will perform July 20 at the “Husks and Hops Hootenanny” at Freedom Farms in Butler County.

The Clarks are going down on the farm.

Freedom Farms in Butler County will host the popular band on July 20 to celebrate Pittsburgh’s small businesses with a “Husks and Hops Hootenanny,” an event that will feature more than 20 locally owned breweries, three local bands and food straight from Freedom Farms.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Glade Run Lake Conservancy, which is dedicated to the restoration, ongoing preservation and improvement of Glade Run Lake and its adjacent lands.

“This is the first year we are having an event like this,” said Tim King, owner of Freedom Farms in a statement. “We’re looking forward to welcoming The Clarks to our farm and reconnecting the public with small business owners.”

Clarks’ lead vocalist Scott Blasey says being part of an event hosted by a family farm is wonderful. He lives in Peters Township, which is near Trax Farms in Finleyville. Having fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms is important, he says.

“Supporting local business is critical,” Blasey says. “I do it as much as I can. We are musicians, but we are also a local business and appreciate when people support us.”

He adds that he loves playing in barn venues such as this one with that outdoor feeling on a summer night.

“Any opportunity we get to at these venues, we do it,” Blasey says. “We are really looking forward to it.”

The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets include beer from all breweries, fresh sweet corn from Freedom Farms, a Husks and Hops T-shirt, a Freedom Farms tasting glass and access to all musical entertainment.

In addition to The Clarks, local bands Meeting of Important People and The Buckle Downs will also be performing, according to the release.

“We know what it’s like to be a small, family-owned business,” said King. “So we love to partner with other businesses like ourselves and work together to make everyone more successful.”

The Kings are fourth-generation farmers. The farm is located at at 434 Overbrook Road, Valencia, next to the recently renovated Glade Mill Lake.

Tickets are $70 and can be purchased at

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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