Concerts, Festivals and Punx For Pets!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, June 16 through Thursday, June 22.

Father’s Day weekend features plenty of live music, including outdoor and indoor concerts, festivals and other fun live music events.

The Railroaders Museum hosts the second installment of their “Alive @ 5” Summer Concert Series on Friday evening, with Motley Crue tribute band Motley 2 and Backlash. The show begins at 6 p.m. Based in Huntingdon County, Backlash this year marks its tenth anniversary as a band; bassist/singer Dan McCorkle, guitarists/singers Buck Dickson and Wade Shumaker, and drummer/singer Mike Simone will provide a mix of classic and modern rock favorites.

Local and regional punk rock-based acts will pool their talents to help the animals at the Central PA Humane Society on Saturday afternoon. An all-ages show, “Punx For Pets” kicks off at 4 p.m. Several touring punk groups will be part of the bill, including Boston’s Doc Hopper, New Jersey’s Mikey Erg (of The Ergs), and Pittsburgh’s A Lovely Crisis. Also performing will be York’s Olde Tigers, local favorites X’s For Eyes and Railroad City Murder Machines, and two up-and-coming acts from the Altoona area, The Cassettes and the debut of Dave Hates Everything. Donation is $8/person.

For festival action, South Fork Heritage Days happens this weekend, with activities, food and entertainment happening in and around South Fork. Live music will happen throughout the event; see the listing below for more information.

And on Thursday, the rumble of motorcycle thunder will intensify as several motorcycle events happen throughout Cambria County, including the annual Thunder In The Valley motorcycle rally in Johnstown, ABATE-sponsored bike fests, and the 13th annual Wheels & Wings festivities in downtown Ebensburg. More details on next weekend’s activities in next week’s blog.

For bluegrass fans up for a roadtrip, the annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival happens this weekend at Quiet Oaks Campground near Cross Fork, north of Renovo. Set in the wilderness of the PA Wilds, the festival offers four days of music, workshops, food and refreshments. Performers include traveling national and regional bluegrass and folk acts, as well as local representatives Mama Corn, Huntingdon native Doug Forshey (now based in Nashville), Grain and others. In addition, the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest winners will be presented, and will perform their winning song entries about Pennsylvania, its history, people and places. Smoked Country Jam began on Wednesday evening, and continues through Saturday night.

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.


South Fork Heritage Days, South Fork; featuring Krazy Kat Daddies (4 p.m.) and Home Grown Grass (8 p.m.) (all at firehall stage)


Alive @ 5 Concert Series with Motley 2 and Backlash at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Triple Threat at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Born & the Beanstalk at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Jae Smith at Catholic War Vets, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Lizzie & the Yeehaw Gang at Locality, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Charlie McClanahan at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Fundraiser for Alan “Delbert” McConnell at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 7 p.m.)

Blind Liver at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Ben Dumm at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)


South Fork Heritage Days, South Fork; featuring The Sharptones (12 noon), Full Kilt (4 p.m.) and Who’s Your Daddy (8 p.m.) (all at firehall stage)

Ben Dumm, Denny Pompa, Joe Caroff and the John Michaels Band at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 3 p.m.)

“Punx for Pets” at The Anvil, Altoona; featuring Doc Hopper, Mikey Erg, A Lovely Crisis, Olde Tigers, X’s For Eyes, Railroad City Murder Machines, Dave Hates Everything and The Cassettes (all ages, starts 4 p.m., donation $8/person, proceeds benefit the Central PA Humane Society)


Sun Of Nile, Black Sun and Children of October at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Cruise In Night at Unter Uns, Altoona; featuring Down to the Wire (5 p.m.) and Shallow 9 (9 p.m.)

Raining Blue at Cesare Battisti, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Phil McCaulley at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (outdoors, starts 6 p.m.)

R2B2 at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Reboot at Raystown Lake Amphitheater, Lake Raystown (starts 7 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher & the PDX at Raystown Lake Bistro Deck, Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Bree Gearhart at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Clint Reed at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Iron Horse Cafe, Gallitzin (starts 10 p.m.)

Atomic Blonde at Germantown Winery, Portage (starts 6 p.m.)

Jae Smith at JD’s Wild Cherry Inn, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)

The Reflections at Red’s BBQ, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)

Glenn Henry at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Free Donuts at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

The Bigs at Belinda’s Port Matilda Hotel, Port Matilda (starts 9:30 p.m.)


Altoona West African Drum Circle with Camara Drum & Dance at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 4 p.m., free admission)


Blossom Hollow at Valley View Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

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

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


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.)


Blossom Hollow 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.)


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

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

13th Annual Wheels & Wings, downtown Ebensburg; featuring The Michael Christopher Band and The Morgan James Band (starts 5 p.m., free admission)

(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 Deadline to submit information for the initial posting is each Friday morning at 9 a.m.