Striking Chords, Sundance Head and Lots More This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 14.

With an early autumn “crisp” in the air, a number of special events featuring live music take place during this weekend and upcoming week.

The sixth annual Striking Chords Against Cancer benefit concert for the American Cancer Society takes place Friday evening at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum. The event starts at 5 p.m., and will feature a variety of area bands and performers (see listing below for more details). Donation is $10/person, with children ages 12 and under admitted free. Food and refreshments will be available.

Also on Friday night, Sundance Head, the winner of Season 11 of NBC’s popular music talent show “The Voice,” will perform in concert at the Mishler Theatre. Sundance – the son of 1960s hitmaker Roy Head – won during last fall’s “Voice” competition, in which hometown Cresson favorite Josh Gallagher finished in fourth place. Tickets are $25 and $35 per person.

Welcoming the fall season, the Altoona Barnes & Noble Bookstore is presenting their Fall Serenade event on Saturday afternoon, with a continuous slate of area musicians performing inside the store. The music kicks off at 12:15 p.m., and admission is free. See the listing below for more details.

Numerous festivals take place this weekend. The Cresson Catholic Community Festival happens from Friday through Sunday at St. Aloysius Church in Cresson. Felix & the Hurricanes will provide musical entertainment on Saturday afternoon.

Our Community Cares, an organization that helps out Huntingdon County residents in need, presents their fourth annual Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday at Captain Jack Lions Park in Mill Creek. Live music will happen both days, including an amateur talent show on Sunday hosted by local singing favorite Elaini Arthur. The festival will also feature vendors, food, games and more. Admission is free. See the listing below for more details.

Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats and Commander Cody will be headliners at this year’s Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, happening Saturday and Sunday in downtown Indiana. Live music will happen both days on two stages, featuring local, regional and traveling national performers. Admission is free. See the listing below for more details.

For bluegrass and folk music fans, Windber’s Recreation Park will host the Pickin’ in the Park Festival on Friday night and Saturday. Formerly known as Windber Bluegrass in the Park, Pickin’ in the Park will feature a day of bluegrass and traditional music from a number of local and regional groups – including Saturday headliners The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers from Pittsburgh, Mama Corn, Thorn Bush, The Plank Stompers from Virginia and more. Admission is $25 at the gate for the entire weekend. See the listing below for more information.

Fair season continues with two annual events during the coming week. The annual Sinking Valley Farm Show will take place from Tuesday through Saturday at the Sinking Valley Fairgrounds in Skelp. Live music will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.

And the annual Cookport Fair starts Sunday and runs through Saturday near Cookport in eastern Indiana County. Live music will again be part of this year’s fair; see the listing below for more information.

Live music will go to the dogs on Sunday afternoon in Bedford. The Paws On the Patio event will take place outside the Twisted Trout Restaurant in Bedford, raising money and supplies for the Bedford County Humane Society. Local acoustic favorite Kenny Fetterman will entertain starting at 4 p.m. Admission is free.

And if you missed the first one a couple of weekends ago, local dance-rock favorites Shallow 9 will board the “Proud Mary” riverboat at Lake Raystown again on Sunday afternoon for another “Sunday Funday Boat Cruise.” The fun starts with a picnic under a pavilion at 1 p.m., with the boat journey starting at 5 p.m. As of this posting, tickets were still available, and can be obtained from band members or at Railroad City Brewing Company in downtown Altoona. Bon voyage!

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 NIGHT 9/8:

“Striking Chords Against Cancer” at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring Drew Dodson, The Chrome Hearts, Ten High Five (acoustic), Flight 19, Matt Wagner, Agent Smith, Matt Pletcher and This Albatross (starts 5 p.m., admission $10/person, proceeds benefit American Cancer Society)

Sundance Head at Mishler Theatre, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m., tickets $25 and $35)

Altoona West African Drum & Dance Community Workshop & Show at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Altoona (drum workshop starts 7 p.m., dance workshop starts 8:30 p.m., admission $10)

Nobody’s Heroes and The Flannels at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Chewy’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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

The Evergreens at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Anita Roseborough at Stone Town Cafe, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Born and the Beanstalk at Rembrandt Club, St. Boniface (starts 9 p.m.)

Gordy Haluska at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Josh Covert at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)pi

Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival at Recreation Park, Windber; featuring Les Hunter Band (6:30 p.m.), Thorn Bush (7:45 p.m.) and Hickory Bottom Band (9:30 p.m.) (admission $25/gate for the entire weekend)

SATURDAY AFTERNOON 9/9:

Fall Serenade at Barnes & Noble, Altoona; featuring Charles McClanahan (12:15 p.m.), Alyssa Smith (1:30 p.m.), Matt Otis (2:45 p.m.), Free Donuts (4 p.m.), Eric Delozier (5:15 p.m.) and Asbury Lane (6:15 p.m.) (free admission)

Altoona West African Drum & Dance Community Workshop & Show at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Altoona (drum workshop starts 2:30 p.m., dance workshop starts 4 p.m., dinner and performance starts 6:30 p.m., admission $10 for workshops, $15 for dinner and performance)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Cresson Catholic Community Festival at St. Aloysius Church, Cresson (starts 1 p.m.)

Our Community Cares Fall Festival at Captain Jack Lion’s Park, Mill Creek; featuring River Ratz (11 a.m.), Derek Heidel (12 noon) and Phil McCaulley (4 p.m.) (free admission)

Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Indiana (free admission):

– Stage 1: 11 a.m. – Franky Johnson, 11:30 a.m. – Hall of Fame Induction, 1:30 p.m. – The Nields, 3:30 p.m. – The Pack AD, 5:30 p.m. – Patty Larkin, 7 p.m. – Slim Jim Phantom

– Stage 2: 11 a.m. – Alyssa Hankey, 11:30 a.m. – Caleb J. Murphy, 12:30 p.m. – Love Canon, 2:30 p.m. – Whiskey Dick, 4:30 p.m. – The Bones of J.R. Jones

Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Festival at Recreation Park, Windber; featuring Striped Maple Hollow (12 noon), The Plate Scrapers (1:45 p.m.), Lonesome, Lost and Foggy (3:30 p.m.), The Plank Stompers (5:15 p.m.), Mama Corn (7 p.m.) and The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers (8:45 p.m.) (admission $25/gate)

SATURDAY NIGHT 9/9:

Stormy at Brookmere Winery, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Born and the Beanstalk at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)

In Your Memory, Young Lungs and Glory Days at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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

Root and the Fifths at Gallitzin American Legion (Oriental Ballroom), Gallitzin (starts 7 p.m.)

Frick & Rick (Ben Frick and Rick Ramsey) at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Acoustic Stew at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 9/10:

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

Our Community Cares Fall Festival at Captain Jack Lion’s Park, Mill Creek; featuring Talent Show with Elaini Arthur (noon to 4 p.m.), Chet Denny, Donnie McCusker, Paulette Manlove, Elaini Arthur, Typhani Russo and Running Creek (free admission)

Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Indiana (free admission):

– Stage 1: 11 a.m. – David Hipchen Music, 12 noon – Homegrown Grass Band, 2 p.m. – Mama Corn, 4 p.m. – Melville Walbeck, 5 p.m. – Commander Cody

– Stage 2: 11 a.m. – The Bricks, 1 p.m. – James Hunnicutt, 3 p.m. – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats

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

Brian Harshberger at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 2 p.m.)

Kenny Fetterman at The Twisted Trout, Bedford (Paws on the Patio fundraiser for Bedford County Humane Society, starts 4 p.m.)

SUNDAY NIGHT 9/10:

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

Cross Connection and Vox Nova at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 6:30 p.m., free admission)

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

The Rocketz and The Silver Shine at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

MONDAY NIGHT 9/11:

Clay Bowser at Cookport Fair, Cookport (Midway Stage, starts 7:30 p.m.)

TUESDAY NIGHT 9/12:

Open Mic at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Cookport Fair, Cookport; featuring Clay Bowser (Midway Stage, starts 7:30 p.m.) and The Belairs (Main Stage, starts 7:30 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 9/13:

Jam Night at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Joe & Mary’s Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Scott Shelby at Cookport Fair (Midway Stage, starts 7:30 p.m.)

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 9/14:

The Steinbeisers and Friends at Sinking Valley Farm Show, Skelp (starts 12 noon, free admission)

THURSDAY NIGHT 9/14:

Ride the Song at Sinking Valley Farm Show, Skelp (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

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

Eric McCrum at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Cookport Fair, Cookport; featuring Dan & Galla (Midway Stage, starts 7:30 p.m.) and Steel City Quartet (Main Stage, 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.

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