The Gallows, The Strayer Benefit, and Lil’ Rev Returns!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, November 11 through Thursday, November 17.

Several noteworthy events highlight this week’s slate. Detroit, Michigan favorites The Goddamn Gallows bring their high-energy blend of Americana, bluegrass, punk, metal and the kitchen sink back to McGarvey’s on Saturday night, headlining a five-band bill happening on two stages. Also performing will be Winchester, Virginia’s Gallows Bound, Richmond, Virginia’s Creep-a-Zoids, Pittsburgh’s 6 Speed Kill and local punk rockers Xs For Eyes. The music starts at 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday, eastern Ohio-based doom rockers Doctor Smoke return to 30 Something, headlining a triple-bill. Also performing will be Rochester, New York-based female power trio Fox 45 and Pittsburgh’s Serpent Lord. The show begins at 9 p.m.

Area musicians and the community will help out Megan Strayer and her family on Sunday afternoon during a benefit concert at the Unter Uns Musical and Entertainment Society. The Strayer Benefit starts at 1 p.m., and will feature a spaghetti dinner, basket and prize raffles, 50/50’s, and live music from six area bands. Donation at the door is $15/person, which includes the dinner and music. For more information on the bands performing, see the listing below.

Penn State Altoona features a busy musical slate in the coming week. On Monday evening, the campus’ emerging artist in residence, Dan Shevock, will present a free jazz performance at the Misciagna Family Center of Performing Arts. A vibrophone player, Shevock will provide inventive arrangements on a variety of material, spanning Duke Ellington to Kurt Cobain to Bill Withers, and even include music inspired by Paul Winter. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.

On Tuesday evening, Andean-flavored music will fill Penn State Altoona’s Slep Student Center when the Mystic Warriors perform. Formed in 1994, the Rockville, Maryland-based group will merge Andean music with elements of new age, jazz, Latin, and popular mainstream music. The concert starts at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

And multi-instrumentalist Lil’ Rev returns to perform at Penn State Altoona’s Slep Student Center on Thursday evening. The Milwaukee native – who has authored several ukulele instruction books in the Hal Leonard series – will perform on ukulele, harmonica and other instruments, share American music history and showcase a blend of music spanning folk, ragtime, blues, Americana and other forms of traditional music. The two-set concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for students presenting their Penn State ID, and $15/person for the general public.

Check out and support the area live music! And if you celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a sober driver or call a taxi to get you home.


Raining Blue at Tavern 27, Park Hills Country Club, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Old No. 7 at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Mountain City Grass at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Shannon and the Merger at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

The Boomers at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Teazed at Buccinese Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Eldo Red at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Gathering Coffeehouse at Hollidaysburg First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Free Donuts at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Lizzie & the Yeehaw Gang at Horn O’Plenty Restaurant, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Brent Weber and the Frostburg Kids (jazz/swing) at Locality, Bedford (starts 7:30 p.m., admission $10/person, free admission for veterans)

2nd Street at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Mike Griffiths at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)


Juniata College Jazz Ensemble at Rosenberger Auditorium, Juniata College, Huntingdon (starts 3 p.m., admission $5/public, free for Juniata students and youth 18 and under)


Park n’Rock at Bavarian Hall, Altoona; featuring No Angels and This Albatross (starts 7 p.m., proceeds benefit Central Blair Park and Rec Commission)

The Boomers at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Creep-a-Zoids, Six Speed Kills and Xs For Eyes at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Doctor Smoke, Fox 45 and Serpent Lord at 30 Something, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.

Doubtfire at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

Todd & Rhyne (McCormick) at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Jaffa 350 Club/Jaffa Shrine, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

This Albatross at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Catholic War Vets, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Fueled By Ignorance (F.B.I.) at Bedford Elks, Bedford (starts 9 p.m., benefits Toys for Tots)

Remedy at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

KB and the Crew at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)

Craig Fitzpatrick at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Frick & Rick at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

The Reflections at Lilly PNA, Lilly (starts 9 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Portage Italian Club, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)

Darrell Dumm at Lemon Drop Lounge, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Jenkins Brothers Band at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Adam Ernst at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)


Strayer Benefit at Unter Uns, Altoona; featuring Root and the Fifths, the Backyard Rockers, Jampact, Down to the Wire, D.D. & the Pub Crawlers and hotdamn (starts 1 p.m., donation $15/person includes music and spaghetti dinner, proceeds benefit Megan Strayer)


Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

The Band OZ at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


Dan Shevock (jazz) at Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m., free admission)


The Mystic Warriors (Andean music) at Slep Student Center, Penn State Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Open Mic with the Backyard Rockers at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Jam Night at Magoo’s, Cresson (starts 10 p.m.)


Rogan Allen at the Knickerbocker Tavern, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Hops & Vines at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Jam Night at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)


Lil’ Rev at Slep Student Center, Penn State Altoona (starts 7 p.m., admission $5/PSU students, $15/public)

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Joe’s 58th Street Grille, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Sun & Moon Sports Bar, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

The McCaulley Project at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

The Plate Scrapers at Horn O’Plenty, Bedford (starts 6:30 p.m.)

(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

To report additional shows or corrections to this listing, email information to Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.