‘Twas the Weekend Before New Year’s Eve!

Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, December 28 through Thursday, January 3.

As the world turns the page into a New Year within the next few days, there will be live music to accompany it on the area stages. Monday night, New Year’s Eve, will feature a number of live music performances to usher in 2019. And downtown State College will hail in the New Year with their annual First Night festivities throughout Monday; check out the listing below to find out all of the entertainment associated with First Night, as well as other New Year’s Eve musical celebrations.

And it won’t take long for the first noteworthy concert event of the New Year to take place. McGarvey’s will present influential 1990s southern California punk rockers U.S. Bombs on Wednesday night, along with guest bands Total Chaos and X’s For Eyes. Formed in Orange County, California in 1993, U.S. Bombs has been through various incarnations, and has issued numerous albums and EP’s, including several during the late 1990s and early 2000s with Epitaph Records side label Hellcat Records. The group issued their latest album, “Road Case,” last year on Slope Records. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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 12/28:

Casey Gray & Tyler Shultz at Holiday Inn (Strike Zone Bar & Grill), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

3 of Hearts at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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

Matt Pletcher at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Ed N’Born at Patton Eagles, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

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

SATURDAY NIGHT 12/29:

Asbury Lane at Railroad City Brewing Company, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Ed N’Born at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Drunk After Midnight at Four Dees Lounge, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

R2B2 at Newburg Firehall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

KB Express at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Rue Moyer & Caleb Gildea at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Brandi Naugle & Coltt Winter Lepley at Twisted Trout, Bedford (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Bodacious B at Mosscreek Bar & Grill, Northern Cambria (starts 9:30 p.m.)

SUNDAY NIGHT 12/30:

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

MONDAY 12/31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE):

FIRST NIGHT, STATE COLLEGE (most music events require a First Night button, which can be purchased at various locations):

– Schlow Centre Region Library: 11 a.m. – Mr. Music, Lenny Tepsic

– State College Municipal Building: 12 noon – Earl Houser, Jr. Magic, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. – State College Area High School Thespians, 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m. – Alan Sands, Comedy Hypnotist

– State College Presbyterian Church: 12 noon – Mark DeRose Music & Art, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – Middle-earth Studios presents The Pirates of Buccaneer Isle (Westminster Hall), 4 p.m. – Anchor & Arrow (Sanctuary), 6 p.m. – Natascha & the Spy Boys (Sanctuary), 8 p.m. – Callanish (Sanctuary), 10 p.m. – Side by Side by Sondheim (Sanctuary)

– St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: 2:30 p.m. – Nittany Knights, 4:30 p.m. – Heritage Brass, 7:30 p.m. – Jackie Brown & the Gill Street Band, 9:30 p.m. – Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats

– Faith United Church of Christ: 3 p.m. – Arietta Women’s Ensemble, 5:30 p.m. – The Dreadnaught Brigade

– St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: 3:30 p.m. – Organ Trio East, 5 p.m. – Revamped, 6:30 p.m. – Below Centre, 8:30 p.m. – Camerata Amistad, 10 p.m. – Archie Blue

– University Baptist & Brethren Church: 3:30 p.m. – Black Cat Belly Dance, 5 p.m. – Biscuit Jam, 7 p.m. – Ramalama, 8:30 p.m. – Rick Hirsch 4, 10 p.m. – Eric Ian Farmer

– State Theatre: 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – Michael Rosman, 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. – Happy Valley Improv (Attic)

– Penn State Downtown Theatre Center: 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. – Comedy Duo Variete! Featuring Bob B. & Les S. More

– Grace Lutheran Church: 6:30 p.m. – Tolins, Sleigh & Younkin, 8 p.m. – Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, 10 p.m. – Rodeo Serenade

– Days Inn Penn State: 8 p.m. – Keystone Society of Swing

(NIGHTTIME:)

Happy Hour (Sarah Mellott & Tom Fix) at Altoona Grand Hotel (Laurel Room), Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Altoona Grand Hotel (Ballroom), Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Second Edition at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Flashpoint at Jaffa Shrine, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Moore Brothers at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

DD & the Pub Crawlers at Unter Uns, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

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

Bodacious B at Bellwood UVHA, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m.)

Mysterytrain’s New Year’s Eve All Night Jam at PPG Pavilion, Tipton (limited tickets – $20/presale [thru Dec. 29], $30/gate)

Railtowne at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 9:30 p.m.)

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

“Murder at Midnight” featuring Megan Jean & the KFB in downtown Bedford (starts 9 p.m., tickets $20/person, $30/couple)

Facedown 1 at Schellsburg American Legion, Schellsburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

R2B2 at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon (starts 10 p.m.)

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

White Shadow at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 7 p.m.)

Third Wheel at Our Station House, Ebensburg (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Joe Quick at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 10 p.m.)

Stephanie & the Wild Hearts (formerly Chrome Hearts) at Coalport Moose, Coalport (starts 9 p.m.)

The Bigs at Port Matilda Hotel, Port Matilda (starts 9 p.m.)

TUESDAY 1/1: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 1/2:

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

U.S. Bombs, Total Chaos and X’s For Eyes at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

THURSDAY NIGHT 1/3:

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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