Grange Fair, Church Picnics, Concerts and Festivals Galore!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, August 17 through Thursday, August 23.

Area outdoor live music is into its busy peak this weekend, with numerous outdoor concerts, festivals, church picnics, fairs and more.

The Centre County Grange Fair in Centre Hall is under way, and continues through next weekend. Live music happens each day; see the listing below for each day’s itinerary.

Richland Community Days happens in Johnstown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with live music on two stages. See the listing below for their schedule.

The final concert of the season for the Downtown Altoona Concert Series at Heritage Plaza takes place on Friday night, with Shallow 9 firing up their rock and dance party machine. The show starts at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Church picnics and festivals provide live music this weekend as well. The annual St. Bernard’s Homecoming Picnic in Hastings commences on Friday night and runs through Sunday, with musical entertainment, food, refreshments and activities each night. Johnstown’s Flood City Brass performs on Friday night, Acoustic Stew entertains on Saturday, Rick Ramsey & Friends play on Sunday afternoon, and PT Cruiser wraps up the music on Sunday night. Admission is free.

Also, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Lilly hosts their annual Polish Picnic on the church’s picnic grounds. Plentiful Polish and other food will be available for the tastebuds, while The Hallmarks and Raging Slagg provide music for the ears. Admission is free. And St. Barbara Parish in Houtzdale hosts their annual Dozynki Festival on Sunday afternoon, also offering a menu of Polish food favorites and polka music from The Vagabonds.

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 8/17:

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Southside Stage: 2:30, 4 p.m. – Lite Switch

– Jubilee Stage: 4:30, 6 p.m. – Brianna Sheeder

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – Ricochet

Richland Community Days, Johnstown:

– Field Stage: 6 p.m. – Government Cheeze, 9:30 p.m. – Jim Donovan & the Sun King Warriors

– Music Tent Stage: 5:30 p.m. – Johnstown Civic Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. – Abilene, 10 p.m. – Tom Katz

FRIDAY NIGHT 8/17:

Shallow 9 at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Hair Force One at East Freedom Firemen’s Convention, East Freedom (starts 7 p.m.)

Flood City Brass at St. Bernard’s Homecoming Picnic, Hastings (starts 9 p.m.)

“Pasture Party” with Striped Maple Hollow at Vale Wood Farms, Loretto (starts 5 p.m.)

Matt Otis & the Sound at Penn Eben Park, Ebensburg (starts 6 p.m.)

Bill Ferrell at Oak Spring Winery, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Greg Burley at Zach’s Sports & Spirits, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Second Edition at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Anita Roseborough and Dylan Miller at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Reboot at Isett Swimming Pool, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Lauren & Joe at Bloody Run Social Club, Everett (starts 8 p.m.)

Ken & Den Acoustic Show at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Danny Haynes at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY 8/18:

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Southside Stage: 1, 2:30 p.m. – Brush Mountain Band; 4, 5:30 p.m. – Bema

– Jubilee Stage: 12 noon, 2 p.m. – Katie Rubio; 4:30, 6 p.m. – The Corner Brothers

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – The Georgia Satellites

Richland Community Days, Johnstown:

– Field Stage: 12 noon – Kindred Fury, 3:30 p.m. – Cajun Norm & the Jam Band, 6:30 p.m. – Giants Of Science, 10 p.m. – Ground Zero

– Music Tent Stage: 12 noon – Irish Pretenders, 2:30 p.m. – Denise Baldwin, 5:30 p.m. – 3 Of Hearts, 8:30 p.m. – Jeff Jimerson & Airborne

SATURDAY NIGHT 8/18:

Offensive at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Rokkandy at Juniata VFW, Altoona (Luau Party, starts 7 p.m.)

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

Lauren & Company (Lauren Johnson with former Flight 19 members) at Tyrone Elks, Tyrone (starts 8 p.m.)

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

This Albatross at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Lake Raystown Bistro Deck, Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Urban Myth at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton (starts 9 p.m.)

Downshift at Down River Golf Course, Everett (starts 9 p.m.)

Acoustic Stew at St. Bernard’s Homecoming Picnic, Hastings (starts 9 p.m.)

Stay Tuned at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Negan at Rembrandt Club, St. Benedict (starts 7:30 p.m.)

Hemlock House at Mosscreek Bar & Grill, Marsteller (starts 9 p.m.)

100 Proof at Coalport Moose, Coalport (starts 9 p.m.)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 8/19:

Benefit for Steve “The Cab Man” Gates at McGarvey’s, Altoona; featuring Jampact, Sascha Frost, John Peacefire and Off The Top Rope (starts 2 p.m., $5 donation

Rick Ramsey & friends at St. Bernard’s Homecoming, Hastings (starts 3 p.m.)

Polish Picnic at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Lilly; featuring The Hallmarks (2:30 p.m.) and Raging Slagg (6 p.m.)

Bri’s Rock N Ride For Autism After-Party at La Ferme Rouge, Glendale Lake; featuring Cottonmouth and Phil McCaulley (starts 5 p.m.)

The Vagabonds at St. Barbara Parish Dozynki Festival, Houtzdale (starts 11 a.m.)

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Jubilee Stage: 12 noon, 1:30, 3 p.m. – Dale Keller; 4:30, 6 p.m. – Flipside

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – Grange Fair Idol

SUNDAY NIGHT 8/19:

“Art Jive One” at 1400 11th Avenue, Altoona; featuring Tommy Wareham & the Intrigues (fundraiser to convert former Kress Building into art space, starts 5 p.m., $99 tickets include dinner, refreshments and music; in case of rain, event will happen at Harry Bennett Memorial Roundhouse at Railroaders Museum)

The Band OZ at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

PT Cruiser at St. Bernard’s Homecoming Picnic, Hastings (starts 8 p.m.)

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

MONDAY 8/20:

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Southside Stage: 1, 2:30 p.m. – The Chrome Hearts; 4:30, 5:30 p.m. – Josh Gallagher

– Jubilee Stage: 1:30, 3 p.m. – Goodish

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – Tracy Lawrence

TUESDAY 8/21:

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Southside Stage: 4, 5:30 p.m. – Jay Vonada Trio

– Jubilee Stage: 1, 2:30 p.m. – Acoustic Artifacts; 4:30, p.m. – Tim Vitullo

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – Morgan Wallen

TUESDAY NIGHT 8/21:

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

WEDNESDAY 8/22:

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Southside Stage: 12:30, 2 p.m. – Alleycats; 4, 6 p.m. – David Zentner

– Jubilee Stage: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. – Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – Shenandoah

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 8/22:

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

Open Mic Night with Rick Ramsey at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 8 p.m.)

THURSDAY 8/23:

Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall:

– Southside Stage: 6:30, 7:30 p.m. – Remington Ryde

– Jubilee Stage: 4:30, 6 p.m. – Chris Bell Band

– Grandstand: 8 p.m. – Natalie Stovall

THURSDAY NIGHT 8/23:

Greg Burley at Zach’s Sports & Spirits, Altoona (patio, starts 8 p.m.)

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

Open Stage Night at Green Bean Coffee, Altoona (starts 6 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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