Oil City Arts Council Presenting Pipeline Alley Concerts

| June 30, 2020

OIL CITY, Pa. – The Oil City Arts Council’s summertime Pipeline Alley Concerts are back – with a twist this year.

(Pictured above: Back Porch GOLD)

The 2020 series begins in July with two virtual lunchtime performances that you can enjoy from any location.

The opening concert on July 1 at noon features Back Porch GOLD which includes local musicians Jim Ahrens, Gary and Joyce Dittman, who have casually played music together on Jim’s back porch for many years.

Having gone to the same High School, Jim and Gary became reacquainted a number of years ago while playing guitars together in a Honky Tonk for Community Playhouse, Inc. Their similar guitar styles and skills compliment and challenge each other in ways that make each of them better musicians. Joyce and Gary have performed together many times for CPI audiences as well for the weddings of family and friends, so adding her vocals has been a natural addition to Jim and Gary’s guitars.

Although “Back Porch GOLD” usually just plays on the back porch, they have played Christmas shows, barbecues, festivals, and at the Venango County Fair. Back Porch GOLD covers many genres like Simon and Garfunkle, the Eagles, James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, Zac Brown, and more.

Next up on Wednesday, July 15 at noon is another virtual performance – this one by Garrett Heath, a folk musician and songwriter from western Pennsylvania.

Garrett Heath

Raised with a thorough appreciation of the likes of Springsteen, Dylan, and Young, he began playing guitar and writing songs in high school. His musical journey began under the moniker, “The Alabaster Jar,” under which he released two solo albums in 2009 and 2011. His debut full-length album, “Whisper in the Dark” was released in 2013 and sparked a tour of the Eastern U.S. He lives with his wife Autumn, and their four children, in an all-too-small cabin in the woods outside of Knox, PA.

Pipeline Alley concerts are normally held in the actual Pipeline Alley, which is located on Seneca Street in downtown Oil City, between the National Transit Building and its Annex. Ordinarily, the scheduled musicians perform from a stage at the end of the alley near Oil Creek. The stage faces a Victorian Garden that was originally designed by the Penn State Master Gardeners as a bee and butterfly attractor garden in 2006; and has been a hidden treasure and small concert venue ever since.

The 2020 Pipeline Alley Concert Series features two concerts each month in June, July, and August: however, in the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers opted to not hold the June concerts, and shift the July performances to virtual events. Both July concerts will be pre-recorded, with a viewing link available on the Oil City Arts Council’s Facebook page at noon on the day of the event.

The 2020 schedule is as follows:

Wednesday July 1, 2020 12:00pm-1:00pm Back Porch Gold (virtual)
Wednesday July 15, 2020 12:00pm-1:00pm Garrett Heath (virtual)
Wednesday August 5, 2020 7:00pm-8:00pm Wyllis Street Band (planned on-site; $5.00 admission)
Wednesday August 19, 2020 7:00pm-8:00pm Al Tune-a (planned on-site; $5.00 admission)

For more information, visit ocartscouncil.com/pipeline-alley-concerts or the Oil City Arts Council Facebook page.

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