July 4th Weekend Musical Fireworks!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, June 30 through Thursday, July 6.

The extended July 4th holiday weekend will feature plenty of live music events around the area, with some paired with fireworks displays.

Altoona’s Railroaders Museum helps kick off the weekend with the latest installment of its Alive @ 5 Summer Concert Series, featuring New Jersey-based Tom Petty tribute group Damn the Torpedoes. Together since 2007, Damn the Torpedoes has entertained multiple audiences with their accurate depiction of the Tom Petty sound, as well as capturing the spirit of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ live performances. Local favorites Agent Smith open the night, with music getting under way at 6 p.m.

For fireworks fans, Patton borough sets off their 4th weekend fireworks on Saturday night beginning at 10. Afterward, a post-fireworks jam will happen at the Patton VFW, with Rick Ramsey, Josh Yahner and Ed Hofer hosting. Also on Saturday night, Jackson Monsour performs a concert at the Shawnee Lake Beach starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

On Monday evening, This Albatross will perform at Gallitzin Athletic Field starting at 6:30 p.m., with fireworks following at 9:30 p.m. Meanwhile in Huntingdon, Anita Roseborough performs at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery beginning at 7 p.m., preceding Huntingdon’s annual Independence Day fireworks display. The Cresson Fireman’s Carnival kicks off on Monday evening, with Felix & the Hurricanes taking the stage at 7:30 p.m. (See the listing below for the carnival’s entertainment for Tuesday through Thursday.) And Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors headline a special Independence Day eve “Hot Summer Nights” concert in downtown Bedford Monday evening. Free Donuts – the duo of Kenny Fetterman and Michal Wiles – starts the music at 6 p.m.; admission is free.

Independence Day, Tuesday, features musical fireworks at several events. The annual Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest will feature live music on three stages surrounding Penn State’s Beaver Stadium starting at 4 p.m., highlighted by a performance by rising country star Adley Stump at 6:30 p.m. (See the listing below for the complete 4th Fest performance schedule.) The music precedes one of the biggest fireworks displays in the eastern half of the country, starting after 9 p.m. Also, Jerry Carnicella and White Shadow host the annual Patton Library fundraiser concert at Patton Park, with performances from White Shadow, the Beatlemaniacs and more; the entertainment kicks off at 1 p.m. The second night of the Cresson Fireman’s Carnival on Tuesday night will feature local country-rock favorites The Chrome Hearts starting at 7:30 p.m. And the bands Happy Hour and Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ will provide music at Fort Bedford Park in Bedford starting at 5 p.m., with fireworks taking place afterward.

Support live music this holiday weekend!

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.


Alive @ 5 Concert Series with Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty tribute) and Agent Smith at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Raining Blue at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Jae Smith at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Disorganized Crime at Primanti Bros., Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.)

Lose the Name and Nobody’s Heroes at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Flight 19 (unplugged) at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Cesare Battisti, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at Underdogs, Bellwood (starts 10 p.m.)

Borrowed Time at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 7 p.m.)

Dave Distefano at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Asbury Lane at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)


The Snipped at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Running Creek at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Matt Wagner at Tavern 27 (Park Hills Country Club), Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher Trio at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Jackson Monsour at Shawnee Lake Beach, Shawnee State Park, Shellsburg (starts 6:30 p.m., precedes fireworks at 10 p.m.)

Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ at Raystown Lake Bistro Deck, Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Raining Blue at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Patton Fireworks After Party Jam with Rick Ramsey, Ed Hofer and Josh Yahner at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

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

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

John Michaels Band at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)


Showing for Victory, Pulling for Kids with Cancer at Huntingdon County Fairgrounds, Huntingdon; featuring Running Creek (11 a.m.) and the Backyard Rockers (1 p.m.) (proceeds benefit Camp Dost Cancer Camp for Kids)

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

Kenny Fetterman at Bedford Springs Picnic, Bedford (starts 5 p.m.)


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

Ricky Lee at Raystown Lake Bistro Deck, Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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


This Albatross at Gallitzin Athletic Field, Gallitzin (starts 6:30 p.m., fireworks afterward)

“Hot Summer Nights” with Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors and Free Donuts in downtown Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

Anita Roseborough at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m., before fireworks)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Cresson Fireman’s Carnival, Cresson (starts 7:30 p.m.)


Patton Library Fundraiser Concert at Patton Park, Patton; featuring White Shadow, The Beatlemaniacs and musician jam (starts 1 p.m., free admission)

Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest, State College (free admission):

– Centre Stage: 4:30 p.m. – The Big Jangle (Tom Petty tribute), 6:30 p.m. – Adley Stump, 8 p.m. – Velveeta

– Towne Square Stage: 4 p.m. – Rama Lama, 5 p.m. – The Big Easy Dixieland Band, 6 p.m. – Polkadelphia, 8 p.m. – Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band

– BJC Lawn Acoustic Stage: 4 p.m. – ESP, 5 p.m. – Joe Quick, 6 p.m. – The Corner Brothers, 7 p.m. – Sgt. Bob Timney, 8 p.m. – Tommy Wareham


The Chrome Hearts at Cresson Fireman’s Carnival, Cresson (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Happy Hour and Chris Woodward & Shindiggin’ at Fort Bedford Riverfront Park, Bedford (starts 5 p.m., fireworks afterward)


Agent Smith 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.)

Three Of Hearts at Cresson Fireman’s Carnival, Cresson (starts 7:30 p.m.)


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

Matt Pletcher at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Kenny Fetterman at ONMI Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford (starts 5 p.m.)

Mario Crocetti Trio at Cresson Fireman’s Carnival, Cresson (starts 7:30 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.