ASP’s 8th ‘Rock the Park’ to feature headliner Pressure Sensitive

Sean Patrick McGraw, a Western New York favorite, performed at last year’s Rock the Park event that was held at ASP’s Quaker Lake Beach area. This year’s event will take place at the Red House Beach area and feature Tyler Calkins and Pressure Sensitive.

RED HOUSE — Enjoy a beautiful summer evening by the water while listening to great live music at Allegany State Park’s 8th annual “Rock the Park,” set for Friday, July 19 at the Red House Beach area.

The free event for people of all ages kicks off at 3 p.m. when local vendors will showcase the many great products and services available to park patrons in the surrounding area.

At 5 p.m., park naturalists will host an “Ask the Naturalist” program featuring several interactive nature displays including a nature-themed photo booth.

The popular “sandcastle building contest” will take place at 6 p.m. Participants should sign up at the “Ask the Naturalist” table.

Live music begins at 6 p.m. when it’s time to “Rock the Park” with the opening act of Allegany’s Artist in Residence, Tyler Calkins. The 31-year-old singer-songwriter set out to create a sound reflecting the songwriting techniques of the sixties and seventies, while also utilizing modern and alternative rock.

In the years since, Calkins’ unique rhythm guitar, piano, harmonica and vocals have made him one of the most sought-after performers in the Southern Tier.

Since achieving his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Ph.D. in Music Education, Calkins’ musical knowledge and songwriting has grown each day.

Backed by his band, “Marshmellow Overcoat” (MMOC), Calkins has five albums under his belt, in addition to solo and side projects, including MMOC’s upcoming album for summer 2019, featuring the singles “Smoke Screen” and “We’ve Got to Roll.”

Headliner “Pressure Sensitive” will follow at 7:30 p.m. Influenced by the likes of Johnny Winter, Tom Petty, Supertramp, Seven Mary Three, Jethro Tull, Eddie Money, Robert Palmer, Billy Squier, Bad Company, Rick James, Theory Of A Deadman, The Outfield, Metallica, AC/DC, The Greg Kihn Band, John Mellencamp, Megadeth, Pink Floyd and Cracker, Pressure Sensitive is a band that keeps the crowd going all night long.

The band is sometimes referred to as a rock and roll time machine, due to the group’s versatility and large variety of songs that they are able to perform.

Started by Gary Welch in 2007, the group is an explosive band that takes its audiences on a wild ride stopping anywhere between the 1960s and into the new millennium.

Band members include founder and creator Gary Welsh of Jamestown on the drums and vocals; Joe Spano of Jamestown, lead guitar and vocals, who has performed in a number of bands in the Jamestown area over the years including Fox, Shy Ann and Mister Twister; Craig Terry of Lakewood, bass guitar and vocals, who has performed in many bands as well, including Total Chaos and Smokehouse; Dave Ahlquist of Jamestown, lead vocals, keyboard and guitar, has also played in many other bands such as Wretch, Frayed Knot and Dirty Girlfriend.

For more details about this event, contact the Environmental Education/Recreation Department at 354-9101, ext. 236 or visit Facebook.