Punk Lives and St. Patrick’s Fun Begins This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, March 9 through Thursday, March 15.

Among the live music highlights during the next seven days are a punk rock celebration and some preliminary events to get you ready for next weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The punk rock action happens at McGarvey’s on Saturday night, as the second annual “Who Says It’s Dead” Punk Fest proves once again that the central PA punk rock scene is very much alive and well. Starting at 8 p.m., the event will showcase seven popular punk-based acts from the Altoona and State College scenes: The Whatleys, The Snipped, The Flannels, Lose the Name, Owned By A–holes, X’s For Eyes, and the Railroad City Murder Machines. Admission is $7 per person.

And with St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon for next weekend, several Irish-themed events will usher in the wearin’-o-the-green season during this weekend and upcoming week. On Saturday, the Altoona Grand Hotel will host “Kegs, Corks & Kilts,” an Irish-themed beer and wine tasting event. The event will happen over two sessions, from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Both sessions will feature the aforementioned beer and wine sampling, Irish and other food items, and live music from Full Kilt. Tickets are on sale for $25 each, which includes a souvenir glass, and they can be purchased via the website www.altoonamirror.com/store.

Johnstown-based Irish music performers The Irish Pretenders will visit Blair County twice in the coming week – performing at the Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society on Saturday evening (members and guests welcome), and Thursday evening at the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg. Both shows start at 7 p.m.

And Penn State Altoona will present the Maryland-based duo of Christopher James and Jon Seligman, performing a selection of Celtic folk music, on Thursday at noon in the campus’ Port Sky Cafe. Admission is free.

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 3/9:

Billy Baldwin, Superteen and Gibbucket at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

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

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

Hair Force One unplugged at The Dog House, Bellwood (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Flight 19 at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Dylan Miller and Eric Ian Farmer at Johnny’s Bar, Huntingdon (starts 10 p.m.)

Alyssa Hankey at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Dunlo American Legion, Dunlo (starts 9 p.m.)

SATURDAY NIGHT 3/10:

“Kegs, Corks & Kilts” with Full Kilt at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (two sessions start at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

From Down the Road at Altoona Grand Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m. following “Kegs, Corks & Kilts”)

“Who Says It’s Dead” Punk Fest featuring The Whatleys, The Snipped, The Flannels, Lose the Name, Owned By A–holes, X’s For Eyes, and the Railroad City Murder Machines at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Flight 19 at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

100 Proof at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

The Irish Pretenders at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Washington Slept Here at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Kenny Fetterman at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

John Fox & Tombstone at Duncansville VFW, Duncansville (starts 8 p.m.)

R2B2 at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher Trio at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 9 p.m.)

Bruce Schettig at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Jae Smith at Park Avenue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Krazy Kat Daddies at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Chrome Hearts at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

1 Over 8 at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

Acoustic Stew at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Jampact at Philipsburg American Legion, Port Matilda (starts 9 p.m.)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 3/11:

Downshift at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (Children’s Miracle Network Bowling Event, starts 4 p.m.)

SUNDAY NIGHT 3/11:

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 3/13:

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

“Tuesday Night Therapy” at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 3/14:

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

“Wicked Wednesday” with Conner Gilbert at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

THURSDAY AFTERNOON 3/15:

Christopher James & Jon Seligman at Port Sky Cafe, Penn State Altoona (starts 12 noon, free admission)

THURSDAY NIGHT 3/15:

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

Open Stage Night with Rue Moyer at Green Bean Coffee, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Rik Golden at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Open Mic with Dylan Miller at A.C. Darby Studio, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m., proceeds benefit Huntingdon Art Walk)

(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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