Festivals, Celebrations and Concerts Abound This Weekend!
Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, June 9 through Thursday, June 15.
Outdoor live music gets busier in coming days, with more festivals, concerts and other outdoor events featuring live music in the region.
A few communities are celebrating anniversaries this weekend, with live music as part of those festivities. Summerhill Borough in Cambria County marks their 125th anniversary with festivities on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. A performer bearing the community’s name, Steve Summerhill, kicks off the music Friday, followed by Three Of Hearts. Saturday’s performers include KB & the Crew, Jill & Leah Gontkovic and Shades Of June, while Rosie & the Jammers wraps up the music polka-style on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Huntingdon celebrates their 250th anniversary with festivities throughout the town on Saturday. Among the performers are Dan & Galla with a childrens’ party in early afternoon, and new area bluegrass/roots music group Crooked Line later in the day.
Bedford will be busy with several activities on Saturday, featuring live music as part of the festivities. The Great Bedford Bed Race, where entrants race beds down Julianna Street, happens starting at 11 a.m., followed by the Chicken Wing Square Off at 1 p.m., with area eateries presenting their best wings and competing for top honors. Local acoustic favorite Kenny Fetterman provides music during this event. Later, Bedford Speedway presents Bedford Race & Rock, combining auto racing with live music. The bands Seize Fire, The Chrome Hearts, Star Sixty-Nine and Karmaworks provide the music, which starts at 6 p.m.
The 11th annual Day Of Rock benefit concert/festival takes place Saturday at the Saxton Sportsmen Pavilion near Saxton, and will feature a slate of local and regional performers. This year’s line-up includes Rick Ramsey & Co., Hawestone, Downshift, Teazed, Late Last Nite, Bone Jacked, Backlash, DD & the Pubcrawlers and Urban Myth. The music starts at noon. The event is open to folks ages 21 and older. Proceeds benefit the We Care Foundation.
Downtown Altoona’s Summer Sounds Concert Series launches their season on Friday evening with local dance party favorites Shallow 9 performing. Led by singer Erika Marino, Shallow 9 blends classic and modern rock and pop hits, including plenty of songs that dance-happy fans can ‘cut the rug’ to. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Down To The Wire kicks off the concert season at Valley View Amphitheater on Sunday evening starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and those attending are invited to bring along a lawn chair or blanket.
Hollidaysburg’s Downtown Live! Concert Series continues on Thursday evening on The Diamond, with Rokkandy providing their mix of classic rock and hits. The concert starts at 6 p.m., and admission is free. Bring your own seating.
If you weren’t able to attend The Clarks’ performance at the Altoona’s Railroaders Museum last weekend, the group returns to the region on Saturday evening to headline Rock For A Cure at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater near Boalsburg. This fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will feature children’s activities, food and refreshments, and live music from The Clarks, with opening acts Fyre, Echoes Never Lie and Biscuit Jam. Advance tickets are available for $20/adults and $10/children under 12; admission at the gate will be $25/adults and $12/children.
For those who want to get their hand drumming in, two opportunities happen this weekend. Former Rusted Root drummer Jim Donovan & Friends host a free community drum circle event on Saturday evening at the Boilerhouse on the campus of St. Francis University in Loretto, which starts at 7 p.m. And Camara Drum & Dance continues to host their weekly Sunday afternoon West African Drum Circle event at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza, starting at 4 p.m. Both drum circle events are free to attend, and all skill levels from beginners to longtime drumming enthusiasts are welcome to attend.
For those in need of their ukulele jamming fix, the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective hosts their Second Sunday Ukulele Jam on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Catalyst Space in downtown Altoona. Admission is free, although donations are accepted to help the Kollective provide events throughout the year.
For outdoor shows, in the event of inclement weather, please call or use social media to check ahead to make sure the show is still taking place, especially if you are driving any distance to attend.
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 AFTERNOON 6/9:
Matt Otis at Omni Springs Clubhouse, Bedford (starts 2 p.m.)
FRIDAY NIGHT 6/9:
Shallow 9 at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission)
Greg Burley at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.)
The Allans at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Bone Jacked at Chewy’s Pizza, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Second Edition at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Krazy Kat Daddies at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Hotwax at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Jae Smith at Aviation Inn, Duncansville (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Friday Night Music with Hard Swimming Fish and The Masons at Locality, Bedford (starts 7 p.m., admission $10/person)
Kenny Fetterman at Omni Springs Clubhouse, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)
Charlie McClanahan at He Brews Coffeehouse, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)
Anita Roseborough at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 5:30 p.m.)
Andy Lubert at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)
Born & the Beanstalk at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)
Bodacious B at Rembrant Club, Bakerton (starts 9 p.m.)
Twilight River at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)
Summerhill 125th Anniversary Celebration at Summerhill Municipal Building, Summerhill; featuring Steve Summerhill (5 p.m.) and Three Of Hearts (8 p.m.)
TV Blonde at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 6/10:
Kenny Fetterman at the Great Bedford Bed Race, Julianna Street, Bedford (starts 11 a.m.)
Huntingdon 250th Anniversary Celebration; featuring Dan & Galla (1:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Church) and Crooked Line (4 p.m. at The Art Space)
11th Day Of Rock Benefit at Saxton Sportsmen’s Pavilion, Saxton; featuring Rick Ramsey & Co., Hawestone, Downshift, Teazed, Late Last Nite, Bone Jacked, Backlash, DD & the Pubcrawlers and Urban Myth (starts 12 noon, proceeds benefit We Care Foundation)
Summerhill 125th Anniversary Celebration at Summerhill Municipal Building, Summerhill; featuring KB & the Crew (1 p.m.), Jill & Leah Gontkovic (4 p.m., Firehall) and Shades Of June (8 p.m.)
SATURDAY NIGHT 6/10:
“Rock for a Cure” at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, Boalsburg; featuring The Clarks, Biscuit Jam, Echoes Never Lie and Fyre (starts 5 p.m., admission $25/adults and $12/children under 12; proceeds benefit American Cancer Society)
Hops & Vines at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
From Nowhere at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
The McCaulley Project at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
The Reflections at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
KB Express at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Greg Burley at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Matt Wagner at Tavern 27, Park Hills Country Club, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Jampact at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (outdoors, starts 6 p.m.)
Bedford Race & Rock at Bedford Speedway, Bedford; featuring Seize Fire, The Chrome Hearts, Star Sixty-Nine and Karmaworks (starts 6 p.m., admission $8/person)
A Band Called Tomorrow at Twisted Trout, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)
Down to the Wire at Mapleton Depot Legion, Mapleton (starts 9 p.m.)
Kent Martin at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)
Matt Burns at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)
Free Community Drum Circle with Jim Donovan & Friends at Boilerhouse, St. Francis University, Loretto (starts 7 p.m.)
Krazy Kat Daddies at Portage Italian Club, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)
Brian Cupples at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)
Jae Smith at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Rokkandy at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
SUNDAY AFTERNOON 6/11:
2nd Sunday Ukulele Jam at Catalyst Space, Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)
Altoona West African Drum Circle with Camara Drum & Dance at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 4 p.m., free admission)
Summerhill 125th Anniversary Celebration at Summerhill Municipal Building, Summerhill; featuring Rosie & the Jammers (starts 12 noon)
SUNDAY NIGHT 5/28:
Down to the Wire at Valley View Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
The Band OZ at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)
Ed’n Born at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
TUESDAY NIGHT 6/13:
Open Mic Night with the Backyard Rockers at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Open Mic Night at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Jam Night at Magoo’s, Cresson (starts 10 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 6/14:
Felix & the Hurricanes at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (outside, starts 6 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.)
Jam Night with Over The Limit at Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin (starts 7 p.m.)
THURSDAY NIGHT 6/1:
“Downtown Live!” with Rokkandy on the Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Greg Burley at Joe’s 58th Street Grill, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
“Rock the Block” Concert in Downtown Bedford, featuring The Joseph Sisters (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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