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A Mysterytrain Ride and Other Live Music This Weekend

July 8, 2011 - Jim Price
There is no post-4th of July hangover on the area music scene this weekend; again, there is plenty for live music-a-holics to see and do!

An Emergency Scene will present a unique all-ages concert Friday evening starting at 5 p.m. at Altoona’s Masonic Hall. This show will feature acoustic performances from Anthony Raneri of Bayside and Shane Henderson of Valencia, along with performances from Allison Weiss, Shady Ave. and the Ship Wrecks. Tickets are $10. The Masonic Hall is located at 600 Jackson Avenue in Altoona (behind the Valley View Boulevard Hoss’s Restaurant).

Jazz returns to downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza this Friday evening for the third installment of this year’s Summer Sounds Of Jazz concert series. State College-based ensemble Quintessence will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Quintessence performs a wide variety of jazz and related sounds, and also can include a three-piece horn section. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free, and the performance will happen rain or shine.

On Friday and Saturday, area psychedelic hoedown specialists Mysterytrain are staging the latest of their string of summer music festival events. Their “Jester Fest for Rex” will take place at the PPG Pavilion in Tipton, and partial proceeds from the fest will benefit the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by members of the Grateful Dead to help social, educational, and cultural programs nationwide. The gates for Jester Fest will open at 3 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s musical slate includes Rich Edmundson and Atlas Soundtrack. Saturday’s itinerary includes performances from Mysterytrain, Black Coffee, Baby In A Cage, Karmic Juggernaut and Chamelia. Overnight camping and free vending are available. Admission is $15 for the entire weekend, or $10 for just Saturday and Sunday. Jester Fest will happen rain or shine as well.

Musicians, family members and friends will remember the late Dan Myers at a special tribute show on Saturday at the Oriental Ballroom in Gallitzin. This tribute show will run from 2 to 11 p.m., and will feature a variety of live music, as well as gift basket drawings and more. Dan Myers was a talented multi-instrumentalist and singer who performed in various bands over the years, most recently The Rattlers (and on St. Patrick’s Day, The Irish Rattlers). He was also the father of Dan Myers II (Beyond Reason/Strings Radio) and Chris Myers (Beyond Reason/Full Kilt). This tribute show is sponsored by the Gallitzin Moose and the Gallitzin American Legion Post #174.

Area bluegrass fans will have reason to celebrate this weekend, as the second annual Southern Cove Fire Company Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Southern Cove Power Reunion Festival Grounds in New Enterprise. The performances start at 12 noon both days. The festival will feature performances from ten different acts: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, The Expedition Show, Mountain Therapy, The Blue Shades, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Allegheny Drifters, Lonesome Highway, Little Roy & Lizzy, Crossfire and Old Friends Tour with J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams. Adult tickets are $20 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday, or $45 for the entire weekend. Children’s tickets (ages 5-12) are $10 per day. The festival happens rain or shine.

And the area nightspots will be alive with plentiful music as well:


Armed and Ready at 30 Something, Altoona Up Your Arsenal, Seas We Fear to Sail and On The Run at Aldo’s, Altoona Without Zerb at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona The House Band at Rubine’s, Altoona That’s What She Said at Pellegrine’s, Altoona Rain Must Fall at Club Coconuts, Altoona Backlash at Magoo’s, Cresson Hello, Vixen at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg Mindspine and Lost Factory at Kelce’s, Philipsburg The Boomers at City Hotel, Northern Cambria Gas Station Disco at Café 210, State College Punk Rock Sock Hop with The Whatleys, Wentletrap, Cattle Ghost, The Company You Keep, Suicide Success Story and The Wakening at The Arena, State College Ted McCloskey & the Hi Fis at Phyrst, State College


On Dying Days and Angel Eye of Deception at 30 Something, Altoona The Whatleys at Aldo’s, Altoona Green Eggs at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona Sunset Strip at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (benefit for Steve-O) Rain Must Fall at Club Coconuts, Altoona Ancient Ear at Shaw's, Altoona The House Band at the Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg One Brick Shy at Sunshine Coal Inn, Coalport Represent The Lie at Castle Pub, Ebensburg Channel 5 News Team at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg Ted McCloskey CD Release Show at Elk Creek Café, Millheim


Hair Force One at Burgi’s Roundhouse, Altoona (Bikers For Barkers post-run party, starts 6 p.m.) Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s, Altoona

(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)

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Mysterytrain, performing during their Sunrize Fest at the Sinking Valley Fairgrounds in June, 2010. Mysterytrain hosts the Jester Fest for Rex this weekend at PPG Pavilion in Tipton.


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