Labor Day Festival Frenzy!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, August 31 through Thursday, September 6.

With Labor Day weekend symbolizing the unofficial ending of summer, a number of festival events throughout the area once again will give live music fans plenty to see and do over the holiday weekend.

Cambria County will again be busy this Labor Day weekend, with three festivals through the weekend and the annual American Legion County Fair (formerly Cambria County Fair) kicking off on Sunday. Rising country star Dylan Scott performs at the Fair on Monday night.

The Johnstown area provides three festivals. The annual Cambria City Ethnic Festival takes place from Friday night through Sunday along a seven-block stretch of Chestnut Street in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood, providing plentiful food, activities and live music on five different stages. The 48th annual Log House Arts Festival happens at Johnstown’s Community Arts Center near Westmont on Saturday and Sunday, providing a multitude of art exhibits and vendors, food and live music both days. And the annual Forest Hills Festival, a fundraiser for the Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company, takes place Saturday through Monday at Berwind Wayside Park in St. Michael, and will present a variety of arts and crafts vendors, food and refreshments, children’s activities and live music. Admission to all three festivals is free. See the listing below for the musical entertainment at each festival.

The Blair County Game, Fish and Forestry Association – formerly the Riggles Gap Sportsmen’s Club – presents their annual two-day Ox Roast Festival on Sunday and Monday. This growing festival will feature the ever-popular ox roast sandwiches and a variety of other food menu items, along with arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, shooting ranges, and live music both days (see listing below). Admission is free.

Wine Down Weekend takes place in downtown Huntingdon from Friday night through Sunday morning. The main event takes place Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m., with wine tasting from at least seven different area wine producers, and live music throughout the day. Advance tickets are $20 per person, with tickets $25 on Saturday.

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 8/31:

Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown (free admission):

– St. Mary’s, 5th Avenue: 4 p.m. – Jerry Intihar, 7 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers

– Ethnic Fest Block Party, 3rd Avenue: 5 p.m. – Buffalo Rose, 7:30 p.m. – Kulani West African Dance, 8 p.m. – Matt Otis & the Sound

– Holy Cross, 7th Avenue: 7 p.m. – Midnight Graffiti

– Ace’s Lounge, 3rd Avenue: 6 p.m. – Diamond Star Halo, 10 p.m. – Undercover

– ACRP, 10th Avenue: 5 p.m. – Irish Pretenders (outdoors), Dead Irish Blues (indoors), 8 p.m. – Full Kilt (outdoors)

Eric McCrum at Tavern 27 (Park Hills Country Club), Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Three Of Hearts at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Rue Moyer at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Raining Blue at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)

Second Edition at Huntingdon American Legion, Huntingdon (starts 8 p.m.)

Rewynd at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY 9/1:

The Chrome Hearts at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville (starts 1:30 p.m., free admission)

Wine Down Weekend, downtown Huntingdon; featuring The Duo (12 noon), Running Creek (3 p.m.), Force Of Habit, Harley Rae, Derek Heidel (3 p.m., Stone Town Cafe & Gallery), Jazz Trio

Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown (free admission):

– St. Mary’s, 5th Avenue: 1 p.m. – Denise Canby Band, 5 p.m. – Slavjane Ethnic Dancers, 7 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers

– Ethnic Fest Block Party, 3rd Avenue: 12 noon – Jon Esch & Friends of the Family, 2:30 p.m. – Johnstown Concert Ballet, 3 p.m. – Chase and the Barons, 6 p.m. – Denise Baldwin, 7:30 p.m. – Concepts Dance Studio, 8 p.m. – Bill Toms & Hard Rain

– Holy Cross, 7th Avenue: 2 p.m. – Bo Moore, 7 p.m. – Tom Katz

– Ace’s Lounge, 3rd Avenue: 1 p.m. – Tom Katz, 5 p.m. – Black Cat Moan, 10 p.m. – Octane

– ACRP, 10th Avenue: 12 noon – Tree (outdoors), 4 p.m. – Dead Irish Blues (indoors), Full Kilt (outdoors), 8 p.m. – The Wild Geese (outdoors)

Log House Arts Festival at Community Arts Center, Johnstown; featuring The Sharptones (10 a.m.), Rosie & the Jammers (2 p.m.) (free admission)

Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael; featuring Past Tymes (11 a.m.), Hardrock, Koko & Joe (3 p.m.) and Last Chance Band (7 p.m.) (free admission)

SATURDAY NIGHT 9/1:

Dysfigure, END and Centralia at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Ed N’Born at Shan Nicoles Irish Pub, Hollidaysburg (starts 9 p.m.)

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)

Bill Ferrell at Oak Spring Winery, Bedford (starts 5 p.m.)

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

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

Raining Blue at Germantown Winery, Portage (starts 6 p.m.)

Clay Bowser at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Bodacious B at Mosscreek Bar & Grill, Marsteller (starts 9 p.m.)

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

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 9/2:

Asbury Lane (11 a.m.) and Rokkandy (1 p.m.) at Ox Roast Festival at Blair County Game, Fish & Forestry Association, Altoona (formerly Riggles Gap Sportsmen’s Club) (free admission)

FrontLine YouthFest at Delgrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton; featuring The Allan Scott Band (11 a.m., worship service), Verses (3 p.m.) and Colton Dixon (7 p.m.) (free admission)

Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown (free admission):

– St. Mary’s, 5th Avenue: 1 p.m. – The Rhythm Masters, 5 p.m. – That Oldies Band

– Ethnic Fest Block Party, 3rd Avenue: 12 noon – The Ne’er Do Wells, 2 p.m. – Red Paint, 4 p.m. – Young Artist Showcase, 5 p.m. – Charlie Barath Duo

– Holy Cross, 7th Avenue: 1 p.m. – Rewynd

– Ace’s Lounge, 3rd Avenue: 12 noon – The Evergreens

– ACRP, 10th Avenue: 12 noon – Irish Step Dancers (outdoors), 12:30 p.m. – Tree (indoors), 1 p.m. – Jaffa Highlanders Pipe & Drums (outdoors), 2 p.m. – Irish Pretenders (outdoors)

Log House Arts Festival at Community Arts Center, Johnstown; featuring Averyin (10 a.m.), The Rattlers (2 p.m.)

Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael; featuring Russell Wilburn (12:30 p.m.), KB & the Crew (3 p.m.) and Three Of Hearts (6 p.m.) (free admission)

SUNDAY NIGHT 9/2:

The Band OZ at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Back in the Day at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Urban Myth at Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company Street Fair, Schellsburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Jerry Carnicella Band at The Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 8 p.m.)

MONDAY 9/3:

ReWired (11 a.m.) and the Backyard Rockers (1 p.m.) at Ox Roast Festival at Blair County Game, Fish & Forestry Association, Altoona (formerly Riggles Gap Sportsmen’s Club) (starts 1 p.m.)

Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael; featuring Bronco and the Rhinelanders (12:30 p.m.), Rosie and the Jammers (2:30 p.m.) and Johnstown Button Box (5 p.m.)

Dylan Scott at American Legion County Fair (formerly Cambria County Fair), Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

TUESDAY NIGHT 9/4:

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 9/5:

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 NIGHT 9/6:

Post Season Record Release Show at SK814 Action Sports Park, Altoona; featuring Post Season, Young Lungs, August Winters, Sistercell and more (all ages, starts 5 p.m., $7 admission)

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s Sports & Spirits, Altoona (patio, starts 9 p.m.)

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

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

Blind Liver at McGarvey’s, Altoona

(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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