An Acoustic Weekend…

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, March 3 through Thursday, March 9.

Acoustic music seems to be the prominent flavor on the area music scene for this weekend and upcoming week, as a number of acoustic-geared solo performers and groups will take the area stages.

Among the “unplugged” highlights…Dreadnot – the duo of former Front alumni Bobby Gates and John McKelvey – return to action on Friday evening at Altoona’s Family Pizza & Pub, starting at 6 p.m….John McKelvey’s former electric bandmates, Flight 19, bring their acoustic incarnation to the Cesar Battisti in Altoona On Friday night starting at 8 p.m….Former Kyx guitarist Bill Ferrell – who has evolved into an impressive fingerstyle guitar specialist – entertains at Railroad City Brewing Company in downtown Altoona starting at 7 p.m. Friday evening…State College acoustic duo Hops & Vines – pairing singer Christy Clancy with guitarist Jonathan McVerry – bring their acoustic rock and pop mixture to the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg starting at 6 p.m. Friday evening…And McGarvey’s presents an acoustic weekend, with local favorites Born & the Beanstalk on Friday night, and Johnstown’s The Crew Of The Half Moon on Saturday night. Both shows start at 10 p.m.

Although the keyboard will be plugged in, Stormy – the duo of singer Mark Montrella and keyboardist Charlie Leiden – entertain at the Brookmere Winery location near the Altoona Grand Hotel (former Ramada) on Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m.

And for music fans looking for something to check out on Sunday, the Derek Burr Family Benefit will take place on Sunday afternoon at the new Chewy’s Pizza in Altoona starting at 2 p.m. The benefit will raise money to help with funeral costs for the family of Derek, a 13-year-old Hopewell youngster who lost his life in a January ATV accident. The show will feature performances from the bands Texas Whiskey Authority, Bone Jacked, 100 Proof, Agent Smith and the debut of a new Altoona-based band, Urban Myth. Donation at the door is $5 per person, which includes the music and food.

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.


Dreadnot at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Rokkandy at Chewy’s Pizza, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Born & the Beanstalk at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Heidelberg Country Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Flight 19 (unplugged) at Cesare Battisti, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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

Hops & Vines at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Doug Robinson Band at The Village News, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

Pipeline Resistance Benefit at Boxer’s Cafe, Huntingdon; featuring John Peacefire, Brian Pavlic & Friends and more (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Lee Edwards Band at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Rue Moyer at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Stormy at Brookmere Winery, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Ricky Slope at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Crew of the Half Moon at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Matt Wagner at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher Trio at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 9 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Downshift at the County Line Inn, Mount Union (starts 10 p.m.)

Phil McCaulley at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Rick Ramsey at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Second Edition at Oriental Ballroom (Gallitzin American Legion), Gallitzin (starts 9 p.m.)

Cottonmouth at Gallitzin Moose, Gallitzin (starts 9 p.m.)

Kevin Dale at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Matt & Vinny at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Derek Burr Benefit at Chewy’s Pizza, Altoona; featuring Texas Whiskey Authority, Bone Jacked, Urban Myth, 100 Proof and Agent Smith (starts 2 p.m., admission $5/person)


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

The Allans at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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.)

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

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


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

Open Mic Night at Joe & Mary’s Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)


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

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

Open Mic Night at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

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

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