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A Duo Debut, Giggity Days and a Luau This Weekend!

February 24, 2012 - Jim Price
Live music in a variety of flavors again abounds on the area’s stages this weekend, with some noteworthy events in the spotlight.

Area music fans likely have heard of and seen local composer, keyboardist, trumpeter and singer Zupe. Several years ago, Zupe and his longtime collaborator, guitarist Dave Nichols, issued the all-instrumental album “Speechless,” a quality set of jazz, rock, funk and blues-laced compositions that continues to garner accolades nationally for the duo. Zupe and Nichols have performed occasional live shows out of town, but have never graced an Altoona stage to showcase their compositions…until this Friday evening. Zupe and Nichols will perform their creations at the LeBistro Café beginning at 7 p.m.

A number of area bands and artists will donate their talents to help out a friend in need on Saturday at Madhatters in St. Boniface. The “Giggity Days Benefit” will help out John Dibello, a Patton resident (and Madhatters bartender) recovering from serious accident injuries. The music kicks off at noon, and will continue throughout the day and evening with a wide selection of area acoustic and electric bands and performers. The duo of Alicia Hritsko and Joe Konior start the music, followed by Big Soul, Forever on Holiday, Bob Helbig (doing his Mi Solo Beatles tribute to the Fab 4 plus other classic rock favorites), Joan and John, Punk Fiction, Kenny Karlheim, Tom Ying, Acoustic Stew, the Madhatters Jam Band, and Felix & the Hurricanes. The day will also feature a basket auction and a dinner.

And at the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg, thinking about Hawaii may help cure your cabin fever on Saturday night. The leis will be flying as the U.S. Hotel presents their fourth annual “Winter Luau Party” starting at 8 p.m., featuring food, drinks and live acoustic performances from area favorites Ryan Matthew and Steve Summerhill. It’s a great opportunity to break out your best Hawaiian shirt or skirt from winter storage!

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


AnEmergencyScene presents Mystery Skulls and Keegan Tawa at Masonic Hall, Altoona (all ages, starts 6 p.m.)

Zupe & Nichols at LeBistro, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Channel 5 News Team at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The House Band at the Buccinese Club, Altoona

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Dallas Marks at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Ben Dumm & the Deviants (CD release party) with The Armadillos at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

2nd Street at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Duke Morrison Trio at Boxer’s Café, Huntingdon

Leadfoot and Ganister at The Arena, State College

SATURDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING: “Giggity Days Benefit for John Dibello” featuring (in order) Alicia Hritsko & Joe Konior, Big Soul, Forever on Holiday, Bob Helbig, Joan and John, Punk Fiction, Kenny Karlheim, Tom Ying, Acoustic Stew, Madhatters Jam Band and Felix & the Hurricanes at Madhatters in St. Boniface (starts 12 noon)


Aunt Lisa’s Bone at Aldo’s, Altoona

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Family Pizza, Altoona

Ambush at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The Hawks Blues Band at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

“Winter Luau Party” with Ryan Matthew and Steve Summerhill at U.S. Hotel, Hollidaysburg (starts 8 p.m.)

Shallow9 at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

kBand at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson

Beatlemaniacs trio at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

Hello, Vixen at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Wyld Syde at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Never Enough at Ebensburg Legion, Ebensburg

Sunset Strip at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


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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Zupe, performing during the Cresson Heritage Days celebration in early October. Zupe and longtime collaborator Dave Nichols make their Altoona live stage debut this Friday evening at the LeBistro Cafe.


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