“The Gambler’s Last Deal” Visits Altoona This Weekend!

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

A major highlight of this weekend’s live music entertainment slate is the legendary Kenny Rogers coming to town to perform at the Jaffa Shrine on Friday evening. Now 79, Rogers – who has been singing, creating and producing music, acting, and scoring hit songs that have woven their way into the American cultural landscape for more than 50 years – is completing his two-year swan song performance tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” before retiring from the entertainment business to spend more time with his wife and sons. Rogers will perform his most famous songs and reflect on his illustrious career. Joining him to sing along the way will be the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Fantazia choir. Friday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are still available.

Also on area stages this weekend, Illinois-based rockabilly group Number 9 Blacktops will bring their raucous brand of music to the stage of McGarvey’s on Friday night, while the hard-rocking triple-bill of Fyre, Paradigm and Virginia’s The Vailix will hit the McGarvey’s stage on Saturday night. And local and regional stage favorites such as Giants Of Science, Ron “Music Man” Balestino, The Chrome Hearts, This Albatross, Felix & the Hurricanes, Stormy, Bone Jacked, Matt Pletcher and more will be in action on area stages as well. Check the listing below for more details.

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 12/8:

Kenny Rogers at Jaffa Shrine, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Number 9 Blacktops at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Bone Jacked at Chewy’s Pizza, Altoona (Christmas party and Toys for Tots drive, starts 9 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Night Train at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

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

100 Proof at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Ed n’Born at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Danny Haynes at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9 p.m.)

SATURDAY NIGHT 11/9:

Steinbeiser & Friends Hoedown benefit for Gene Gibson at Tyrone Alliance Center’s Community Life Center, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m.)

Bill Ferrell at Brookmere Wine Bar, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Fyre, The Vailix and Paradigm at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

This Albatross at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

The Boomers at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 10 p.m.)

Star 69 at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Alexandria American Legion, Alexandria (starts 9 p.m.)

Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Downshift at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)

Asbury Lane at Pour On Center, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Joe Caroff at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Acoustic Stew “Full Kettle” at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Croatian Club, Smoke Run (starts 9 p.m., non-members welcome)

SUNDAY NIGHT 12/10:

Altoona West African Drum Circle with Camara Drum & Dance at Allegheny Ballet Company, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Eric McCrum 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 12/12:

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

Open Mic Night at Bedford Hotel, Bedford (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Open Mic Night at Boilerhouse, St. Francis University (starts 6:30 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 12/13:

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

Open Mic Night at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 7 p.m.)

THURSDAY NIGHT 12/7:

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

Open Mic with Rue Moyer at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Conner Gilbert at Joe’s 58th Street Bar & Grill, Altoona (starts 9 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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