Feeling the Heat in Bedford!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, January 20 through Thursday, January 26.

One of the weekend’s highlights happens in Bedford on Saturday, with the annual “Feel the Heat” Chili and Soup Cookoff. Seven downtown Bedford businesses will host chili and soup tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with numerous area restaurants, taverns and eateries offering a wide variety of soups and chilis to sample and vote on. Wristbands are being sold to visitors who wish to taste and judge the entries; the cost is $15 per person in advance, and $20 per person on Saturday. Each of the seven tasting locations will provide live acoustic music from various Bedford area performers; see the listing below for the full list of performers.

Other area music highlights this weekend include a special acoustic triple-bill at McGarvey’s on Friday night, featuring the duo of Rik Golden and Rick Ramsey, the acoustic incarnation of State College punk rock favorites The Whatleys, and Derek Gresh, who will perform selections from his new band project, Nag Champions. The music begins at 10 p.m.

Several favorites grace area stages on Saturday night, including popular new group Agent Smith at Family Pizza & Pub, Shallow 9 at the Four Dees Lounge, The Chrome Hearts at Hollidaysburg’s Old Canal Inn, a punk rocking triple-bill at McGarvey’s featuring Xs for Eyes, The Snips and The Flannels, and more.

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 safely.


Felix & the Hurricanes at Chewy’s Pizza (formerly Monkey Wharf), Altoona

Matt Burns at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Rik Golden & Rick Ramsey, The Whatleys (acoustic) and Derek Gresh at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Teazed at Buccinese Club, Altoona

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

Moore Bros. at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Stronger Than Dirt and Happy Hour (Tommy Fix and Sarah Mellott) at Locality, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Matt & Vinny at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Ruff Tymes Bob at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)

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


“Feel the Heat” Chili and Soup Cookoff, downtown Bedford (starts 11 a.m., wristbands to taste chili $15/person in advance, $20/person day of event):

– Dave Howsare at Briar Valley Winery

– Jerry Miller at Locality Gallery

– Jud Bussard at Grin Gallery

– Happy Hour (Tommy Fix and Sarah Mellott) at Bedford Candies

– Dunnings Creek at Juiced

– Borrowed Time at Madelyn Rose

– Matt Fields at HeBrews Coffeehouse


Agent Smith at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

X’s For Eyes, The Snips and The Flannels at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Swiss Club, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher Trio at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 10 p.m.)

Fueled By Ignorance (F.B.I.) at Bedford Elks, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

100 Proof at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 10 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)

Dan Myers at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Matt Wagner at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

One Adam 12 and Fyre at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Allegheny Ukulele Kollective Ukulele Winter Party & Jam at Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, Hollidaysburg (starts 2 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts following Steeler game)

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


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

Asbury Lane at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)


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


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

Tuesday’s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute) at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Open Stage Night at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (in the Dungeon, starts 7 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 jptheprofessor@gmail.com. Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.