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A Live Music Warm-up for Your Super Bowl Weekend

February 3, 2012 - Jim Price
The area music scene offers plenty of options for getting fired up before the big game on Sunday.

Among this weekend’s highlights: Flight 19 will perform at the Cabin Fever Benefit for the Blair County Respiratory Disease Society on Friday evening at the UVA Club in Altoona. Besides live music from the Flight 19 “Party Plane,” the evening will also feature food and refreshments served by local celebrities, and prizes including luxury skybox seats at Blair County Ballpark for an Altoona Curve game donated by M&T Bank. Donation at the door is $15.

Another highlight will be a reunion performance of former Cambria County-based rockers Honeybomb, which will take place Friday evening starting at 9 p.m. at the Sankertown VFW in Sankertown (across the railroad tracks from Cresson). Honeybomb was a popular band during their run on area stages in the late ‘90s, and features Betsy Lansberry on vocals, John Charney on guitar, Eric Biter on bass and Dom Peruso on drums. During their first performance together in 15 years, Honeybomb will likely reprise many of their popular cover favorites. Back during their initial run, their version of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” was one of the best I have ever witnessed on a local stage!

Nearby, for bluegrass and folk enthusiasts, Tyne & the Fastlyne will make their Blue Moon Saloon debut on Friday evening starting at 9 p.m. Based in State College, Tyne & the Fastlyne is fronted by Morrison’s Cove native Tyne Palazzi, who sings and plays banjo. She has studied banjo under some of the best-known pickers in the business: Tony Furtado, Tony Trischka, Don Wayne Reno and Craig Smith. Tyne & the Fastlyne will perform a mixture of folk, folk-based blues, Appalachian-based string music and more.

Here is the outlook for live music on area stages this weekend:


Hello, Vixen at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Represent The Lie at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Hawks at Rubine’s, Altoona

Buck Dickson and the Felons at Zach’s Sports Bar, Altoona

Flight 19 at UVA Club, Altoona (Cabin Fever Benefit for Blair County Respiratory Disease Society, starts 5 p.m.)

Tyne & the Fastlyne at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson

Dakota Rose at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Honeybomb (reunion) at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown (Cresson)


AnEmergencyScene presents The Composure, Squid The Whale, The Big Time, Nothing To Prove, Colleen Cassarly and Godfrey Lane at the Masonic Hall, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)

On Dying Days plus two band guests at 30 Something, Altoona

Xs For Eyes and Railroad City Murder Machines at Aldo’s, Altoona

Nobody’s Heroes at Family Pizza, Altoona

7th Gear at the Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Sunset Strip at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Total White Out at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The House Band at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Lies, Inc., Dauntia and Steel Dawn at Venue Of Merging Arts (V.O.M.A.), Johnstown

Flight 19 and Sonic Mule at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg (Sonic Mule starts 9 p.m., followed by mechanical bull and Flight 19)

Bad Daze at Davey’s, Hastings

Without Zerb at the Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Andy Lubert at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Rick Ramsey at Madhatters, St. Boniface

R2B2 at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Saving Jake at The Alley Popper, Houtzdale


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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From their late '90s run on area stages, Honeybomb left to right: Dom Peruso, Betsy Lansberry, John Charney and Eric Biter. Honeybomb reunites onstage for the first time in 15 years this Friday night at the Sankertown VFW.


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