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Toys for Tots Concert Doubleheader This Weekend
November 20, 2008 - Jim Price
If you wish to get into the spirit of giving before this year’s holiday season officially begins, two different benefit concerts to help out the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program are taking place this weekend.
For fans of the heavier side of the rock spectrum, the first Toys for Tots concert happens this Friday night, Nov. 21, at Aldo’s in Juniata. This show will start at 10 PM, and feature performances from Seas We Fear to Sail, Three Score and Ten, and This Calling. Citing both Altoona and Pittsburgh as their home bases, Seas We Fear to Sail will offer volatile, high-velocity thrash and hardcore sounds in one of their last local appearances before embarking on a tour of eastern and southern states beginning in January. Making their first Altoona appearance, Three Score and Ten is a hybrid project formed from the ashes of two previous heavy-rocking area bands, Lost Ledny and Second Offense. And Altoona’s This Calling features three-fourths of roster of former Altoona-based modern rockers 4 Days Dirty, along with former Saucemonster guitarist Chris Silva. Admission is $5 cash donation or a new unopened toy of equal or greater value.
If your preferences are modern and classic rock’n’roll to pound the dance floor to, the second Toys for Tots benefit takes place this Saturday night, Nov. 22, at 30 Something in Greenwood. This concert will kick off at 8:30 PM, and showcase five area bands: Felix & the Hurricanes, Moxie, Chris V. & the Stanley Street Band, Nitekast and Tie Down. The Hurricanes will bring their brand of classic-styled rock and blues, in one of their last local performances before embarking on a 24-date performance tour of state prison facilities. Formed earlier this year, Altoona foursome Moxie will play a mixture of hard modern and 90’s era rock. Chris V. & the Stanley Street Band will follow with their fresh brand of funk-flavored alternative and acoustic rock sounds. Armed with both a male and female lead singer, Cambria County’s Nitekast will mix modern and classic rock sounds, before another Cambria County-based band, Tie Down, will finish out the night mixing hard rock from the 80’s and 90’s. Admission to this show is also a $5 cash donation or a new unopened toy of equal or greater value.
Monetary proceeds and toys from both shows will benefit the Toys for Tots program through the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ebensburg division, to help out needy area children and families during the upcoming holiday season.
So pick your show (or attend both!), pick out a toy or two, and enjoy local live rock music while doing your part to help brighten a local child’s face this coming Christmas season.
Seas We Fear to Sail, during a May performance at Altoona's Clubcar Cafe.