Punk’s Not Dead in Altoona!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, March 10 through Thursday, March 16.

Many music trends come and go, and rise and fall in popularity as times change. But some forms of music endure, and on the Altoona music scene, punk rock is one of them. Altoona’s punk scene has seen some ups and downs through the years, but attendance to punk rock events has been steady, and in recent years, vibrant and strong. Celebrating that fact, McGarvey’s will host the “Who Says It’s Dead?” Punk Fest on Saturday night, when seven different area punk-driven musical acts will throw down their punk-rocking fury. One of the anticipated highlights of this show will be the return of former area punk force Lose The Name. Also performing will be current punk-rocking favorites Xs For Eyes, Railroad City Murder Machines, The Whatleys, The Flannels, The Snips and Kevo. The fun begins at 8 p.m.

McGarvey’s will also host a triple-bill of bands from the American heartland on Friday night. Touring Michigan-based groups The Devil’s Cut and Jason Alarm, plus Nebraska-based rock group St. Christopher Webster will take the stage.

Other favorites on area stages this weekend include Triple Threat at Family Pizza and 100 Proof at The Cantina on Friday night; and Flight 19 at the Four Dees Lounge, No Angels at Family Pizza & Pub and The Chrome Hearts at the Old Canal Inn on Saturday night. And of course, Felix & the Hurricanes reliably close out the weekend Sunday night at the Black & Gold Tavern. There’s lots of other performances to choose from; check out the listing below for more shows.

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.


“Friday Wine Down” with Bill Ferrell at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

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

Greg Burley at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

100 Proof at The Cantina, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Devil’s Cut, St. Christopher Webster and Jason Alarm at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher Trio at Cesare Battisti, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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

Scott Jurcik at Teriz Place, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Rue Moyer at Primanti Bros., Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Born & the Beanstalk at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Lizzie & the Yee Haw Gang at Horn O Plenty Restaurant, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Jae Smith at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Twilight River at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)


No Angels at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

“Who Says It’s Dead?” Punk Fest at McGarvey’s, Altoona; featuring Kevo, Lose the Name, The Whatleys, Xs For Eyes, Railroad City Murder Machines, The Snips and The Flannels (starts 8 p.m.)

Flight 19 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Free Donuts at Argonne Cafe Hollidaysburg (starts 8 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 9 p.m.)

Colton & Josh at McKee Tavern, McKee (starts 10 p.m.)

Fueled By Ignorance (acoustic) at R & J’s Tavern, Bedford (starts 9 p.m.)

Star 69 at Bedford American Legion, Bedford (St. Patty’s Day Dance, starts 9 p.m.)

Second Edition at Everett American Legion, Everett (starts 8 p.m.)

Kent Martin at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Ed’N’Born at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

R2B2 at Carrolltown Firehall, Carrolltown (starts 9 p.m.)

Joe Caroff at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)

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

Rapidfire at Coalport VFW, Coalport (starts 9 p.m.)


2nd Sunday Ukulele Jam at Catalyst Space, Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)


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

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.)


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.)

Michael O’Brian Band at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Nick Miller Project at Horn O’Plenty Restaurant, Bedford (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Olivia Lee at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 8 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.