We The Kings, Labor Day Weekend Festivals and More!
Here is a listing of Altoona area live music happenings for the weekend and week of Friday, August 30 through Thursday, September 5.
Although summer officially lasts for a few more weeks yet, Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial close to summer for many people, and many events highlight this holiday weekend.
National recording group We The Kings will headline a concert at Penn State Altoona on Friday evening. The Florida-based group was to headline the “Ivyside Off the Rails” music and arts event at the Railroaders Museum in April, but a severe weather forecast ‘derailed’ that event and forced a postponement. Known for the hit singles “Check Yes Juliet,” “Heaven Can Wait” and “We’ll Be a Dream,” as well as headlining the Vans Warped Tour, We The Kings will bring their brand of power pop/punk rock to the Misciagna Family Center parking lot. Recent NBC “The Voice” contestant Jimmy Mowery will open the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend. No alcohol is permitted.
Numerous festivals take place throughout the Labor Day weekend, especially in Cambria County. The annual Cambria City Ethnic Festival starts Friday evening in Johnstown’s Cambria City neighborhood, with live music happening on at least five different stages along Chestnut Street, plus ethnic and other food galore…The Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company again presents the annual Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park in St. Michael from Saturday through Monday. Each day features live music, plus a large fireworks display will take place on Sunday evening. Admission is free…The 49th annual Log Cabin Arts Festival happens Saturday and Sunday at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Johnstown, with live music both days…And The Blair County Game, Fish & Forestry Association presents their annual Ox Roast Festival on Sunday and Monday, with delicious ox roast sandwiches, vendors, and live music both days. Admission is free.
On top of that…Roundhouse Harley-Davidson in Duncansville presents their “End of Summer Bash” on Friday and Saturday, with Felix & the Hurricanes and This Albatross performing on Friday, and Boston-based AC/DC tribute band Back In Black performing on Saturday…Locality Gallery in downtown Bedford hosts the “Play Music on Your Porch Day” event on Saturday afternoon and evening, with live music taking place from 5 to 10 p.m…And the annual American Legion County Fair (formerly Cambria County Fair) begins Monday at the fairgrounds in Ebensburg, with Dailey & Vincent performing at the grandstand on Monday night.
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 8/30:
We The Kings and Jimmy Mowery at Misciagna Family Center Parking Lot, Penn State Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission, open to the public)
“End of Summer Bash” at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville; featuring Felix & the Hurricanes and This Albatross (starts 5 p.m., free admission)
Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown:
– St. Mary’s 5th Avenue Stage: 4 p.m. – Jerry Intihar Band, 7 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers
– VOMA/BottleWorks Stage: 5 p.m. – Heavy Chest, 7 p.m. – Kulani West African Dancers, 8 p.m. – Jimmy Adler Blues Band
– ACRP 10th Avenue: 5 p.m. – Irish Pretenders (outside), Dead Irish Blues (inside), 8 p.m. – Full Kilt (outside)
– Aces Lounge: 4 p.m. – Just JJ (acoustic), 8 p.m. – Keystone Keys Dueling Pianos
Black Cat Moan at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher at Buccinese Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Moore Brothers at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Washington Slept Here at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Matt Wagner at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)
Alyssa Hankey at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 6 p.m.)
Grace Fala at Stone Town Cafe & Gallery, Huntingdon (starts 6 p.m.)
Raining Blue at Woody Lodge Winery, Ashville (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Ed N’Born at Patton American Legion, Patton (starts 7 p.m.)
Crossroads at Italian Club, Portage (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Triple Threat at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (classic car show, starts 4 p.m.)
Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown:
– St. Mary’s 5th Avenue Stage: 1 p.m. – Rhythm Masters, 5 p.m. – Johnstown Ballet Irish Dancers, 7 p.m. – Tom Katz
– VOMA/BottleWorks Stage: 1 p.m. – That Oldies Band, 3:30 p.m. – Adrianna’s Arabian Jewels, 4 p.m. – The Crew Of The Half Moon, 6 p.m. – Billy Pilgrim, 8 p.m. – Afro N’at
– Holy Cross: 1:30 p.m. – Moore Brothers, 6:30 p.m. – Three Of Hearts
– ACRP 10th Avenue: 1 p.m. – Tree (inside), 4 p.m. – Dead Irish Blues (inside), 5 p.m. – Full Kilt (outside), 9 p.m. – Bastard Bearded Irishmen (outside)
– Aces Lounge: 4 p.m. – Denise Baldwin (acoustic), 9 p.m. – Octane
Log House Arts Festival at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Johnstown; featuring The Sharptones (10 a.m.) (free admission)
Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael; featuring 53 South (11 a.m.), Russell Wilburn (3 p.m.) and Tombstone (7 p.m.) (free admission)
“Play Music on the Porch Day” at Locality Gallery, Bedford; featuring Lizzie & the Yeehaw Gang, Bedford Community Drum Circle, Kismet Music and The River Hags (starts 5 p.m.)
American Legion Post 437 100-Year Anniversary Celebration at Wagon Wheel Music Park, Philipsburg; featuring Heather Olson (Patsy Cline tribute), The Silver Eagle Band, Felix & the Hurricanes and Zero Tolerance (starts 1 p.m., tickets $15/advance, $20/gate, proceeds benefit Emily Whitehead Foundation)
SATURDAY NIGHT 8/31:
“End of Summer Bash” at Roundhouse Harley-Davidson, Duncansville; featuring Back in Black (AC/DC tribute) (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
Negan at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Buck Shot at Bavarian Aid Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
4th Street at Newburg Fire Association Social Hall, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Second Edition at Hookies Firehall, Tyrone (starts 9 p.m.)
Casey Gray & Tyler Shultz at Argonne Cafe, Hollidaysburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Urban Myth at Shawnee Valley Fire Department, Schellsburg (Ox Roast, starts 6:30 p.m.)
Eric Delozier at ReKlaimed Vines, Huntingdon (starts 7 p.m.)
Steel Horse at River Billy’s, Huntingdon (starts 9 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher Trio at Saxton Sportsmen’s Association, Saxton (starts 9 p.m.)
Gray Beard at Philipsburg American Legion, Philipsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
Rokkandy at Blair County Game, Fish & Forestry Association, Altoona (Ox Roast Festival, starts 1 p.m.)
Cambria City Ethnic Festival, Johnstown:
– St. Mary’s 5th Avenue Stage: 1 p.m. – That Oldies Band, 5 p.m. – Totem
– VOMA/Bottleworks Stage: 12 noon – Denise Baldwin’s Artist Showcase, 2 p.m. – Annamarie Chantel, 3 p.m. – The Birddogs, 4 p.m. – Les Hunter Band
– Holy Cross: 2:30 p.m. – Rewynd
– ACRP 10th Avenue: 12:30 p.m. – Tree (inside), Irish Step Dancers (outside), 1 p.m. – Jaffa Highlanders Pipes and Drums (outside), 2 p.m. – Irish Pretenders (outside)
– Aces Lounge: 11 a.m. – Just JJ (acoustic)
Log House Arts Festival at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Johnstown; featuring Kenny Fetterman (10 a.m.), 2 p.m. – Rosie & the Jammers (free admission)
Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael; featuring Hard Rock, Coco & Joe (11 a.m.), KB & the Crew (2:30 p.m.), Three Of Hearts (6 p.m.) (free admission)
SUNDAY NIGHT 9/1:
The Band OZ at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Black & Gold Tavern, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
4th Street at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg (starts 6 p.m.)
White Shadow at Ebensburg Moose, Ebensburg (starts 8:30 p.m.)
The Backyard Rockers at Blair County Game, Fish & Forestry Association, Altoona (Ox Roast Festival, starts 11 a.m.)
Forest Hills Festival at Berwind Wayside Park, St. Michael; featuring LeDance Academy (11 a.m.), Johnstown Button Box (12:30 p.m.), Rosie & the Jammers (3 p.m.) (free admission)
Dailey & Vincent at American Legion County Fair, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT 9/4:
Open Mic Night at Unter Uns Musical & Entertainment Society, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
THURSDAY NIGHT 9/5:
Lauren & Joe at McGarvey’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
(NOTE: More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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