Dropping a Grenade This Weekend!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, April 6 through Thursday, April 12.

Among live music highlights this weekend will be a CD-release show on Friday night at McGarvey’s, as Altoona-based nu-metal/heavy rockers Hate Grenade pull the pin on their second full-length album, called “The King Is Dead.” Founded in 2012, Hate Grenade has grown a following and a reputation for one of the area’s most incendiary live shows. Singer Jeff Glace, guitarist Chuck Lavera, drummer Mike Powers and the group’s newest member, bassist Donny D have forged an intense, agitated style of heavy modern rock/metal, with charging rhythms, aggressive, rap-edged vocals, and elements of hip-hop and even dubstep. The group issued their debut EP, “Reload,” in 2014, followed in the next year by their first full-length album, “Pull the Pin.” Hate Grenade will perform selections from the new album as well as tracks from the previous two recordings. Also performing at this show will be Johnstown-based nu-metal rockers Darkness On The Radio and Bedford County-based heavy hitters Paradigm. The show begins at 10:30 p.m.

McGarvey’s also hosts a unique show on Saturday night. “Emo/Punk Cover Night” will feature four local and regional bands, each performing a full cover set of an established band or artist. Altoona/Pittsburgh-based alternative rock group Young Lungs will perform a set of Blink 182 music, while Pittsburgh-based foursome Two Birds will cover Dashboard Confessional, Morgantown (West Virginia) rockers Forever Strong will salute Taking Back Sunday, and Altoona punk rock favorites X’s For Eyes will deliver a set of NOFX numbers. This show starts at 9 p.m.

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.


Hate Grenade, Darkness On The Radio and Paradigm (Hate Grenade CD-release show) at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at The Cantina, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Flight 19 at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Second Edition at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m.)

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

The Boomers at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Bob Spinelli at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Joe Caroff at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Jampact at IceHouse Lanes, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)


Jae Smith at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

“Emo/Punk Cover Night” at McGarvey’s, Altoona; featuring Young Lungs (as Blink 182), Two Birds (Dashboard Confessional), Forever Strong (Taking Back Sunday) and X’s For Eyes (NOFX) (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Raining Blue w/Ron “Music Man” Balestino at Cesar Battisti Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

The Evergreens at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Moore Brothers at Duncansville VFW, Duncansville (starts 8 p.m.)

Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon (starts 8:30 p.m.)

Dylan E. Miller at Boxer’s Cafe, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)

Negan at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell (starts 10 p.m.)

Ken Werner at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Park Avnue Pub, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

Disorganized Crime at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

The Boomers at Patton VFW, Patton (starts 10 p.m.)

53 South and Restless at 10 at Sokols Club, Lilly (starts 9 p.m.)

Downshift at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)

White Shadow at Jamestown PNA, Portage (starts 8 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher at Portage Italian Club, Portage (starts 10 p.m.)

Denise Baldwin at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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

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

The Chrome Hearts at Port Matilda American Legion, Port Matilda (starts 8 p.m.)


“Art on the Spectrum” with The Zillion Dollar Combo at Locality, Bedford (starts 4 p.m.)


Conner Gilbert 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.)


Open Mic Night at Gallitzin IMS, Gallitzin (starts 7 p.m.)


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.)


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


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.)

Conner Gilbert at Joe’s 58th Street Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at Olde Keg Bar & Grill, Portage (starts 8 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.