Rails and Ales, Pickin’ for Wishes and More This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, Aug. 25 through Thursday, Aug. 31.

As the Summer of 2017 enters its homestretch, several annual late summer season event favorites highlight the live music schedule for the next seven days.

The annual Rails and Ales Brewfest convenes at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum on Saturday afternoon, raising proceeds for Altoona Community Theatre. A number of local and regional craft brewers will present more than 80 of their beer creations to sample. And craft brew enthusiasts can enjoy live music before and during the event as well; two-thirds of Born and the Beanstalk – Ed n’Born – will entertain during the special VIP session beginning at 4 p.m., while Johnstown folk-rock trio The Crew Of The Half Moon and local brass rocking favorites D.D. & the Pub Crawlers will entertain during the public Brewfest session, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees to Rails and Ales must be age 21 or older. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate.

The fifth annual Pickin’ for Wishes bluegrass festival happens this weekend at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. The music starts on Friday night with Johnstown-based bluegrass/Celtic folk favorites Tree performing at 5:30 p.m. The music then resumes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with performances from Marv Ashby & High Octane, Mountain City Grass, Mama Corn and The Hillbilly Gypsies. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the gate.

The inaugural Cove Food Truck Festival will take place on Saturday at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park in Martinsburg. A variety of food truck vendors will offer food and drink selections; also featured will be a cruise-in/car show, children’s activities, and live music from local folk duo Rob Berkheimer and Miles Lanborn beginning at noon. Admission is free.

The Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society in Altoona will host Freedom Fest on Sunday afternoon, raising funds for Disabled American Veterans. The event is sponsored by Miss Southwestern Pennsylvania, Anna Oberneder and is open to the public. Country will be the prominent musical flavor of the day, with 100 Proof performing at 3:30 p.m., followed by Ricky Lee at 6 p.m. A basket raffle will also take place, and food and refreshments will be available. Donation is $10 per person.

And local dance-rock favorites Shallow 9 will take to the high seas of Lake Raystown on Sunday afternoon for their Sunday Funday Boat Cruise aboard the Proud Mary riverboat. The fun begins with a picnic under a pavilion at 1 p.m., with the boat leaving dock at 5 p.m. This event is sold out; however, Shallow 9 will host a second Sunday Funday Boat Cruise event on September 10, and tickets for that cruise may be purchased from band members.

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.


Bastard Bearded Irishmen and X’s For Eyes at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Rebel Son at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Cesare Battisti, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Flight 19 (acoustic) at Dog House Bar, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

Happy Hour (Tommy Fix & Sarah Mellott) at R & J’s Tavern, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

Charles McClanahan at Stone Town Cafe, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

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

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

Tree at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson (Pickin’ for Wishes kickoff, starts 5:30 p.m.)

Clay Bowser at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Train Stop 6 at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Pickin’ for Wishes V at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson; featuring Hillbilly Gypsies, Marv Ashby & High Octane, Mountain City Grass and Mama Corn (starts 11:30 a.m., proceeds benefit Make A Wish Foundation of Western PA)

Cove Food Truck Festival at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg; featuring Rob & Miles (starts 12 noon) and From Down The Road (3 p.m.)

Flight 19 (acoustic) at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 4 p.m.)

Rails and Ales Brewfest at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring The Crew Of The Half Moon and D.D. & the Pub Crawlers (starts 5 p.m. [Ed n’Born play VIP session at 4 p.m.], proceeds benefit Altoona Community Theatre)


Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

From Nowhere at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

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

Lauren & Joe at Tyrone Elks, Tyrone (starts 8 p.m.)

Stormy at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Kent Martin at the Twisted Trout, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

Bruce Schettig at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Tre Ragazzi, Cresson (starts 8 p.m.)

Rapidfire at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Craig Fitzpatrick at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Scott Erickson at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Matt & Vinny at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)


Hops & Vines at St. Barbara’s Harvest Festival, Houtzdale (starts 12 noon)

Shallow 9 Sunday Funday Boat Cruise at Lake Raystown, Entriken (pre-cruise picnic starts 1 p.m., boat leaves 5 p.m. – SOLD OUT)

Freedom Fest at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona; featuring 100 Proof (3:30 p.m.) and Ricky Lee (6 p.m.) (proceeds benefit Disabled American Veterans; tickets $8/advance, $10/day of show)

Altoona West African Drum Circle with Camara Drum & Dance at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 4 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 at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 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.)

The Bloody Seamen and The Lurking Corpses at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8:30 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.