Patched Together, Bobaflex and Thanksgiving Live Music!
Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, Nov. 17 through Thursday, Nov. 23.
One of the largest annual benefit concerts makes its return this weekend, and live music will help usher in the Thanksgiving holiday in the coming week.
The benefit concert is the return of the annual Patched Together benefit on Saturday afternoon and evening, taking place at Altoona’s Bavarian Aid Society. “Patched Together: A Day of Music to Benefit the Healing Patch” will kick off at 2 p.m., and provide a variety of children’s activities, raffles, basket giveaways and prizes, food and refreshments, and live music. Proceeds from the event help out the Home Nursing Agency’s Healing Patch program, which provides counseling and mentoring services to young people and their families affected by the loss of loved ones. Eight area bands and performers will provide the music: Zach Wade & the Good Grief kicks things off at 2 p.m., followed by Nag Champions Mystery Band, Greg Burley, Stone Bridge Blues Band, The Sitch, Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors, The Chrome Hearts and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band. Admission is $5 per person or the purchase of a Patched Together T-shirt. The event will last until 10 p.m.
Following appearances earlier in the week by influential punk rock group Swingin’ Utters on Tuesday and 1990s-era hard rockers Sponge on Thursday, McGarvey’s again welcomes national music and comedy acts to its stage on Saturday night. Comedian Don Jamieson, known for hosting “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic from 2008 to 2015, will host a hard-rocking musical triple-bill featuring Bobaflex, Silvertung and The Opposition. Making their first-ever Altoona appearance, Bobaflex first surfaced from Huntington, West Virginia in 1998, formed by brothers Shawn and Martin McCoy, both descendants of the famous McCoy family of 1800s Hatfield-McCoy feud fame. They have recorded for several labels, including Eclipse, TVT and BFX/Megaforce, and recently issued their latest album, “Eloquent Demons.” Making their second McGarvey’s appearance, Baltimore’s Silvertung has scored three Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio hits in recent years, and last year issued their latest album, “Out of the Box,” via Pavement Entertainment. And opening the night will be the return of The Opposition, an Altoona-based band that has reformed after a decade away. According to frontman Mike Bryant, the group has an arsenal of new song material, reprising their hybrid blend of punk, funk, hip-hop and metal. Saturday’s show begins at 9 p.m.
The night before Thanksgiving is often one of the busiest nights for live music activity, as venues and patrons celebrate the arrival of the holiday. This year is no different, as numerous live music events throughout the area will hail in Thanksgiving Day. Check out the listing below for further details, and make live music a part of this years Thanksgiving festivities.
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 11/17:
Hops & Vines at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
The Crew Of The Half Moon at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
The Chrome Hearts at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
This Albatross at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)
Rokkandy at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m.)
Ed N’Born at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Bodacious B at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)
Denise Baldwin at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Matt Wagner at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)
SATURDAY AFTERNOON 11/18:
“Patched Together: A Day of Music to Benefit The Healing Patch,” featuring Zach Wade & the Good Grief, Nag Champions, Greg Burley, Stone Bridge Blues Band, The Sitch, Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors, The Chrome Hearts and Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band (starts 2 p.m., admission $5 or purchase of a Patched Together T-shirt, proceeds benefit The Healing Patch)
SATURDAY NIGHT 11/18:
Dreadnot at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
The Boomers at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)
Bobaflex, Silvertung and The Opposition with guest emcee Don Jamieson at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Shallow 9 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)
R2B2 at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Stormy at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Sound Of Silence at Hill Valley Inn, Mount Union (starts 9 p.m.)
Raining Blue at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)
Bill Young at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)
hotdamn at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Rue Moyer at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)
Blind Liver Bluegrass at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)
Downshift at The Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)
Jampact at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Altoona West African Drum Circle with Camara Drum & Dance at Allegheny Ballet Company, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
SUNDAY NIGHT 11/19:
Lauren & Joe at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
The Band OZ at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
TUESDAY NIGHT 11/21:
Open Mic at D’Ottavio’s Gran Sasso, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Happy Hour (Tommy Fix & Sarah Mellott) at Bedford Hotel, Bedford (fundraiser for breast cancer patient Tanya, starts 6:30 p.m.)
Open Mic Night at Boilerhouse, St. Francis University (starts 6:30 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 11/22:
Matt Burns at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Teazed at Family Pizza, Altoona (starts 8:30 p.m.)
Shallow 9 at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
100 Proof at Chewy’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
The McCaulley Project at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Flight 19 (acoustic) at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Asbury Lane at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)
Happy Hour (Tommy Fix & Sarah Mellott) at Bad Boyz Bistro, Bedford (starts 9 p.m.)
Diamond Star Halo at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Downshift at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell (starts 10 p.m.)
Open Mic Night at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 7 p.m.)
THURSDAY NIGHT 11/23 (THANKSGIVING):
Felix & the Hurricanes at Murphsgiving, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)
(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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