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A Busy Saturday!
November 15, 2008 - Jim Price
If you’re a fan of live local music, you need to be out and about this Saturday, Nov. 15, as there is plenty happening!
After you’re convinced that the Penn State Nittany Lions have recovered from their post-Iowa loss hangover and are in control against Indiana, you can head to Penn State Altoona’s Slep Center to take in the second day of the two-day So Far Festival, which starts at 3 PM. This free event showcases a multitude of live local and regional musicians and bands. Friday’s slate showcased mostly acoustic-geared performers; Saturday’s schedule spotlights electric live bands, including many that don’t frequent the local bar scene stages. Come sample the musical offerings of such bands as The Battle, The Defining Hour, Union, Clarity, The Flame Sky, Nancy Drew, Heavy Radio, Pax Cecilia, Seas We Fear to Sail and Acalasia. And again, admission is free.
Saturday night has several marquee events worth checking out. Beginning at 7 PM is the second annual Mya’s Miracle Benefit for Autism, taking place at Altoona’s Bavarian Hall. Proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks through the 2008 Blair County Walk Now for Autism. New rock trio Rapid Fire, featuring former members of Dollarz-N-Sense and Private Property, kicks things off at 7 PM, followed by local favorites The British Invasion, performing British rock from the 60’s through 80’s from 8 PM to midnight. The donation to get in the door is $10.
If you wax nostalgic for the era of MTV’s “Headbangers Ball,” a Pennsylvania band whose videos appeared on that program back in the day is making their first-ever Altoona visit. Dirty Looks will perform at 30 Something in Altoona this Saturday night. At one time signed to Atlantic Records, Dirty Looks will perform songs from their 80’s heyday as well as tunes from their newest CD, California Free Ride. The current edition of Dirty Looks includes founding singer/guitarist Henrik Ostergaard and guitarist Paul Lidel. Local classic rock favorites Half Tempted will open the show beginning at 10 PM. Admission is $20.
And if your tastes run on the heavier side of metal, a stalwart of Altoona’s heavy metal music scene is playing their swan song performance this Saturday night. Choking Faith caps an 8-year run with their final performance at Aldo’s in Juniata. Lead singer Jason Mittan, guitarist Dan Miller, bassist Steve Seymore and drummer Joe Richards are going their separate ways to pursue different career and musical interests. Choking Faith’s finale will be the middle set of a three-band bill that also includes local punk rockers The Avantgarde and heavy rockers This Calling. Admission is $5.
It’s a busy and exciting Saturday on the Altoona area music scene. Pick a show, and get out there and support live music!
Harold "Harlo" Taddy of Heavy Radio, performing a solo acoustic set during Friday's So Far Festival at Penn State Altoona's Slep Center. Heavy Radio will perform an electric set on Saturday at the So Far Festival.