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The Dogs Have Their Day!

May 11, 2012 - Jim Price
The dogs…and the cats, and other animals who call the shelter of the Central PA Humane Society their temporary home base…will have their day this Saturday, May 12, as the 5th annual Pints for Pets Brewfest combines beer tasting and live music.

The Brewfest will take place at People’s Natural Gas Field, and is comprised of two sessions of 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. More than 75 breweries will offer a wide variety of microbrews to sample during both sessions. Live music will be featured as well; Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band and Tree the Band will entertain during the afternoon session, while Represent The Lie and The Good Seeds will perform during the evening session.

The Pints for Pets Brewfest is open to attendees ages 21 and older; nobody under 21 may enter the event. People may attend either session, but not both. Tickets are $35, with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. For ticket locations or to purchase online, visit the Pints for Pets website (click the link on the right side of this page). And if you’ve sampled too much brew, designate a sober driver or call a cab!

One of the bands participating in Pints for Pets, Centre County modern rockers Represent The Lie (RTL for short), is devoting their entire Saturday to good causes. Following their Pints for Pets performance, the group will head to the Osceola Hotel in Osceola Mills to help out a youngster in her battle against leukemia. They will be one of four bands performing during “Hotelpalooza,” a benefit to raise money to help the family of 6-year-old Emily Whitehead of Philipsburg. The event starts at 4 p.m., and will feature performances from The Mockingbirds, The Philip Burgers, Represent The Lie and Sylex. The donation at the door will be $5.

This weekend also marks the annual anniversary weekend for Altoona’s Belmar Hotel. The Belmar always pulls all the stops for their birthday celebration, and this year - their 28th anniversary - is no exception, with live music, activities, and food and drink specials happening throughout the weekend. The live music kicks off Friday evening under the outdoor tent with 7th Gear’s Brendon Burns and Michelle Galo performing acoustic from 5 to 8 p.m. The music resumes Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Darrell Dumm, followed by Sheldon Port at 5 p.m. And Saturday night, Flight 19 will rock the house starting at 10 p.m.

Two rising Bedford area bands will join forces to rock Pellegrine’s this Saturday night. Fueled By Ignorance (F.B.I. for short) and LeVeL will show Altoona music fans what they have to offer starting at 10 p.m.

Formed in 2004, Fueled By Ignorance features singers Ronnie Sheirer and Jerrichah, Dustin Lybarger and Travis Ickes on guitars and bass, and Kevin Easter on drums. They perform a blend of classic and modern rock/pop favorites.

Also presenting a dual vocal attack, LeVeL features singers Paul Yarnell and Kylie Snyder, along with lead guitarist Denny Pennabaker, rhythm guitarist Tom Miller, bassist Clint Miller and drummer Willie Harbaugh. They will also entertain with their own mixture of modern and classic rock favorites.

And for anybody who missed their impressive first visit to Cresson’s Blue Moon Saloon in early March, Johnstown ensemble The Groove Gathering makes their return to that venue this Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Now nine members strong, The Groove Gathering will present an interesting and diverse selection of funk, jazz and blues sounds from a wide range of sources, spanning Jaco Pastorius and Herbie Hancock to Frank Zappa, The Meters, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, original compositions and more. Since their March performance, George Byich has replaced Joe Tirpak on guitar, and trombonist Bryan Anton has joined singers T.K. Mundok and Rebecca Mundok, bassist Scott Jeffreys, keyboardist Steven Azami, drummer Domenick Peruso, saxophonist Greg Maiocco and trumpeter Josh Hillard. The Groove Gathering’s musicianship is constantly dazzling, and their unpredictable song array will provide excitement throughout the entire evening. Their March performance left much of the packed-house audience awestruck by night’s end, sitting and processing the scope of what they had just witnessed as they picked their lower jaws off the floor. Expect similar musical fireworks at the Blue Moon this Saturday night.

Those are a few of this weekend’s expected highlights. Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend:


7th Gear acoustic (Brendon Burns and Michelle Galo) at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Banditos at Hillbilly Roy’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

kBand at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Aldo’s, Altoona

A.X.E. at Buccinese Society, Altoona

Jim Zemlock & Friends at Northern Cambria VFW, Northern Cambria

Fuse at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Forever On Holiday at the Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 6 p.m.)


Pints for Pets Brewfest at People’s Natural Gas Ballpark, Altoona (benefits Central PA Humane Society); First session 1-4 p.m. features Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band and Tree The Band, second session 6-9 p.m. features Represent The Lie and The Good Seeds

28th Anniversary Celebration at the Belmar Hotel, Altoona; Darrell Dumm starts 2 p.m., Sheldon Port starts 5 p.m.

“Hotelpalooza” Benefit for Emily Whitehead at Osceola Hotel, Osceola Mills featuring The Mockingbirds, The Philip Burgers, Represent The Lie and Sylex (starts 4 p.m.)


Zupe at LeBistro, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

The Boomers at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

Xs For Eyes at Aldo’s, Altoona

Fueled By Ignorance (FBI) and LeVeL at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Green Eggs at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Flight 19 at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Inside Out (featuring former Kyx members) at the Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The House Band at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Saving Jake at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

The Groove Gathering at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)

Punk Fiction at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Giants Of Science at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

Forever On Holiday at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Voodoo Bullet at Bar 53, Coalport

Never Enough at Ebensburg Legion, Ebensburg (open to public)


Aaron Wolf at Madhatters, St. Boniface (4-7 p.m.)


The Sitch at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


“Blue Monday” with Stormy at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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Jen Harnett of Tree the Band, performing during last year's Pints for Pets Brewfest at Blair County Ballpark. Tree returns for the afternoon session of this year's Pints for Pets Brewfest Saturday afternoon.


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