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Love Some Live Music for Your Valentine's Day Celebration!

February 10, 2012 - Jim Price
Along with the traditional cards, candy and romantic dinners that go with Valentine’s Day celebrations, you might consider taking the subject of your affections out to see some live music this weekend.

This weekend’s slate of live musical activity features something for nearly everyone’s tastes. If you feel like cutting the rug on Friday night, try out 2Twenty2, one of the hot new bands that has been filling the dance floor lately at the 4D’s Lounge. This Reading-based group features a dynamic and energetic frontlady in Katie Lucille, as well as bassist Tim Duncan, who graced the 4D’s stage previously as a member of Go Go Gadget. 2Twenty2 mixes it up between current and classic rock, pop, funk and hip-hop favorites, delivering a nonstop set that keeps dancers moving all night.

If you’re into helping to make the music yourself, try out kBand at Pellegrine’s this Friday night. The ‘k’ stands for karaoke, as kBand offers the unique experience of letting audience members try their hands at singing with a live band to back them up. Guitarists Bruce Forr and Jason Kauffman, bassist Brett Fanelli and drummer Tim Wilkins provide the musical accompaniment, the 1,000-plus song selection and music-driven prompter with scrolling lyrics; you provide the voice.

If you and your better half prefer harder sounds, Saturday night has several options to peruse. Hair Force One brings their brand of ‘80s hair band rock and decadence back to 30 Something in Altoona; presenting their own “Headbanger’s Ball” cavalcade of favorites from Poison, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Guns N’Roses, Kix, Motley Crue, Def Leppard and more.

If punk is more your thing, Aldo’s presents a scalding triple-band bill Saturday night with Altoona’s Xs For Eyes, York’s Saints Of Sorrow and State College’s Suicide Success Story. Each band presents a slightly different twist; Xs For Eyes presents a fast-paced, old-school punk rock flavor; Saints Of Sorrow mixes their punk edge with a rowdy rock’n’roll foundation; and Suicide Success Story merges punk edginess with elements of funk and ska.

And for those more in the mood to celebrate Al Capone’s Valentine’s Day milestone, the annual all-ages “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” takes place Saturday evening at the Williamsburg VFW, and features several of the area’s hardest-hitting metal and hardcore bands: Samara, NailDriver, Limb By Limb, Assault Method and more.

Sunday presents another opportunity for those under 21 to enjoy live music, as Pellegrine’s presents the “All-Ages Rock Blowout” starting at 6 p.m. This show will feature performances from four diverse area bands: Saving Jake, Rapid Fire, Rain Must Fall and Lies, Inc. Show organizer and Lies, Inc. bassist Kent Tonkin hopes that a good turnout will make this the first of a regular series of all-ages band showcases at Pellegrine’s, and enable a broader spectrum of younger and older fans to discover and enjoy many of this area’s up-and-coming original bands.

And if you want some blues to put you and your partner into the romantic mood, Cresson’s Blue Moon Saloon welcomes the return of State College favorites Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats on Saturday night. Lead singer “Miss Melanie” Morrison’s deep, rich, soulful and sultry voice has to be heard to be believed; and her backing corps of guitarist Mark Ross, keyboardist Rev. James Harton, bassist John “JK” Kennedy and drummer Jack Wilkinson know how to surround her voice with just the right touches and nuances to provide a quality listening experience.

These are just a few of many live music options on area stages this weekend. Make live local music a part of your Valentine’s Day memories this year!

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


2Twenty2 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Vision To None at Aldo’s, Altoona

The House Band at Rubine’s, Altoona

kBand at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Fuse at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Live Wire at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Hair Force One at 30 Something, Altoona

Xs For Eyes, the Saints Of Sorrow and Suicide Success Story at Aldo’s, Altoona

Limited Slip at Family Pizza, Altoona

7th Gear at the Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Green Eggs at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

“St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” with Samara, Assault Method, Naildriver, Limb By Limb and more at Williamsburg VFW, Williamsburg (all ages, starts 6 p.m.)

Fueled By Ignorance at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Half Tempted at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson

Locked and Loaded at Sokols, Lilly

Bad Daze at Kelce’s Bar, Philipsburg

Octane at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

The House Band at the Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Rust at Madhatters, St. Boniface


“All Ages Rock Blowout” with Lies, Inc., Rain Must Fall, Saving Jake and Rapid Fire at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (all ages, starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

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

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Katie Lucille of Reading-based party band 2Twenty2, during a December performance at the 4D's Lounge. They return to the 4D's this Friday night.


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