Homecoming with Josh This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, January 27 through Thursday, February 2.

A major highlight of this weekend’s live music slate is the area return of Cresson favorite son and country artist Josh Gallagher after his recent run on NBC-TV’s popular talent search program “The Voice.” After advancing to the final episode and finishing fourth overall, Josh brings his ‘voice’ and band to Altoona’s historic Mishler Theatre for two sold-out shows on Saturday. The matinee performance begins at 3 p.m., and the nightcap concert starts at 7:30 p.m., with a private meet-and-greet session in between.

Other highlights during this weekend and upcoming week include two benefit events. A fundraiser to help out the family of local hardcore musician Jay Champeno will take place on Saturday evening at The Anvil in Altoona. The benefit starts at 6 p.m., with performances from the bands Menace, Dementor, No Good Deed, Deadside and Into the Storm. The show is open to all ages, and donation is $10 at the door. Proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Jay, who was recently stricken with a blood infection and other health issues.

The fourth installment of “Sips and Snacks in the Snacks” will take place on Saturday evening at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. A fundraiser for the library, “Sips and Snacks” will feature wine-tasting, a variety of snacks, and live music from Raining Blue and Ron “Music Man” Balestino. The event starts at 7 p.m., and donation is $20/person.

McGarvey’s in Altoona will present a showcase of New York-based musical talent on Friday night. The show will feature three different groups: Elmira-based rock duo Supermassive, Horseheads-based heavy/progressive rock foursome The Waking Sea, and Corning-based rock/funk quintet The Rocky Burning Band. The show starts at 10 p.m.

And the public is welcome to break up their Monday doldrums with some live electric blues and blues-rock at Penn State Altoona’s Slep Center when Baltimore’s Reggie Wayne Morris Band returns to the campus for a free performance. The show will begin at noon at the campus’ Slep Student Center. This will be the group’s second visit to Penn State Altoona after first performing there last February. During Monday’s performance, the group will welcome Penn State Altoona student Ikechi Onyenaka to join in on saxophone.

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.


Teazed at Chewy’s Pizza (formerly Monkey Wharf), Altoona

Bill Ferrell at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Supermassive, The Waking Sea and Rocky Burning at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

The Sharptones at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Happy Hour (Tom Fix & Sarah Mellott) at R&J’s Tavern, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Rick Ramsey at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Justin Garman at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Strings Radio at Ebensburg Moose, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Josh Gallagher at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 3 p.m.)


Stormy at Brookmere Winery, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Champeno Family Benefit at The Anvil, Altoona; featuring Menace, Dementor, No Good Deed, Deadside and Into the Storm (starts 6 p.m., donation $10/person)

Josh Gallagher at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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

Adam Ernst Band at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

Root and the Fifths at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (Benefit for Central PA Humane Society, starts 8 p.m.)

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

“Sips and Snacks in the Stacks” at Bellwood-Antis Public Library, Bellwood; featuring Raining Blue and Ron “Music Man” Balestino (starts 7 p.m., donation $20/person, proceeds support the library)

This Albatross at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 10 p.m.)

Kenny Fetterman at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

Flight 19 at Bloody Run Social Club, Everett (starts 10 p.m.)

Hitchcock Railway at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Songwriter Showcase with Wyl White, Mizimu and Dylan Miller at Johnny’s Bar, Huntingdon (starts 10 p.m.)

Ganister at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell (starts 10:30 p.m.)

Kenny Karlheim & Mike Jubas at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

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

One Way Society at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Down to the Wire at Mueller’s Pub, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 2 p.m.)


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

Ed N’Born at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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


Reggie Wayne Morris Band at Slep Student Center, Penn State Altoona (starts 12 noon, 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 Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)


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

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Joe’s 58th Street Grill, Altoona (starts 9 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.