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Johnny Smoke performs at community in Glenwood

THE STAGE IS SET — The stage at the Craneridge Association of Glenwood was set with a selection of instruments, for the show. Photo by Justin Graham.

GLENWOOD — A concert event was held Aug. 10 at the community center of the Craneridge Association of Glenwood. Johnny Smoke played from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The live performances are open to residents of the Craneridge Association community, as well as guests and relatives of residing families.

Jeremiah Belknap, a resident of the Craneridge area coordinated the concert.

“I think this is a great way to bring community, family and friends together,” he said. “Years ago, I arranged for the same band, as a private party at my residence, a military gathering for the honorary respect for all that have served. We found that the turnout of the past party was more than we expected. Some 200 people had gathered. So this time, we decided to have it at our community pool grounds. There were roughly 100 residents in attendance. We would like to have food [and] drink offered at our next concert and I thank both the community and Indigo Productions, for supporting this event.”

“The band had a great time playing for Craneridge. We’re so glad Jeremiah Belknap brought us in and saw that we had a great stage on which to perform,” said lead singer Garret Crumb. “Most of us are parents ourselves, so it was fun to see the kids having a good time, jumping and dancing around. Everyone treated us well and we received great compliments, for us.

“It’s nice when we can feel a connection with the crowd; it was a really cool vibe. Hopefully that night became a summer memory that people will carry with them for a long time; it sure will for us.”

According to the band’s official website, Johnny Smoke is a rock band that has been playing in concert clubs and at festivals around central and Western New York for many years, dubbed “Rochester’s Aerosmith” by local radio personality, Unkle Roger.

The group has also built a reputation for its renditions of guitar-rock tunes and Collective Soul, but they are best known for playing songs from Led Zeppelin.

Johnny Smoke’s line-up features lefty guitarist Anthony Carbone and drummer Joe Szembrot, the band’s remaining founding members. Lead vocalist Garrett Crumb came to the group in 1996, and bassist Scott Dasson joined the band in 2001.

Some of the artists featured in their Craneridge set list were Sweet, ZZ Top, The Who, Steppenwolf, Kiss, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith.

A few of Johnny Smoke’s past event locations have included NOLA’s outdoor stage in Rochester, Braun’s Concert Cove in Akron, and the town of Alden’s summer concert in the park.

The Craneridge Association began in the mid-1960s, started by a developer and a group of investors. Today, the community is a year-round neighborhood, with 170 families.

For further information about the band, visit them online at johnnysmoke.homestead.com. To learn more about Craneridge, contact director Corey Bowen at 592-7212.
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