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A Busy First Summer Season Weekend!

June 8, 2012 - Jim Price
With Memorial Day weekend now in the rear view mirror, the summer live music season now jumps into full swing starting this weekend, with several outdoor concerts and events, high-profile shows, benefits, and a few surprises as well.

Downtown Altoona’s Summer Sounds Concert Series launches this Friday night, June 8, at Heritage Plaza with Felix & the Hurricanes starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase. The Hurricanes will perform their trusty mixture of classic and southern rock, blues, country, original songs and more. This will be the first of six concerts in this year’s Summer Sounds series; the others include The Santones Orchestra on June 22, The Fabulous Flashbacks on July 6, Randy Clark & the Renegade Ride on July 20, Quintessence on August 10, and Flight 19 on August 24.

Wednesday night at Heritage Plaza, the Blair County Community Action Agency’s free Summer In the City Concert Series gets started, with the Passtime Band performing classic ‘60s and ‘70s rock starting at 7 p.m. This concert series will feature frequent Wednesday evening shows at Heritage Plaza, along with several Sunday concerts at Valley View County Park’s amphitheater. Admission to all of these concerts is free.

Also on Friday night, the Patton Fireman’s Jubilee kicks off, and features live band entertainment both Friday and Saturday night, along with rides, other activities, food and refreshments. Cambria County vintage rock favorites the P.T. Cruisers perform on Friday night starting at 9:30 p.m., and Altoona’s R2B2 brings their mix of classic rock, funk and country to the Jubilee on Saturday night beginning at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the 6th annual Day Of Rock benefit concert for Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania takes place at Hollidaysburg’s Legion Park. This outdoor event starts at 12 noon, and will feature the talents of six area bands: Shallow9, The Arbutus, Locked and Loaded, Limited Slip, S.O.L. and Saving Jake. There will also be food and refreshments available, prize giveaways and more. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the gate.

On Thursday evening, Hollidaysburg begins their Downtown Live summer concert series, with Half Tempted performing beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free. These concerts will occur monthly; the remaining slate of shows includes Flight 19 on July 19, The House Band on August 16, and Felix & the Hurricanes on September 20.

Indoor live music activity will be busy this weekend as well. Aldo’s in Juniata presents rising national recording group Soulicit this Friday night, with special guests The Spider Rockets and local rockers Lies, Inc. The show begins at 10 p.m. and will be hosted by Don Jamieson, host of VH1’s “That Metal Show.” From Wichita, Kansas, Soulicit has quickly gained popularity and exposure with the release of their debut CD “Parking Lot Rockstar,” and their single “Hell Yeah” has gained national radio airplay on Sirius Octane and Lou Brutus’ syndicated weekly “HardDrive” program, with the video getting played during this year’s Super Bowl. The group has toured with Buckcherry, Fuel and Pop Evil. They showcased at Austin, Texas’ prestigious South By Southwest Music Conference, and were in Pennsylvania earlier this year as part of February’s Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg.

Several benefit events take place this weekend as well. Local musician Jason Grodis, who has drummed for Tie Down and Neutral Drop, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, neuroendocrine carcinoma, which has affected his esophagus, shoulder and liver. The “Jamming for Jason” benefit will take place this Friday evening at the Ashville Firehall to raise funds to help Jason and his family with medical costs. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a dinner, followed by live music from three bands: Screaming Ugly (featuring Jason’s former Tie Down bandmate, singer Scott Walk), Locked and Loaded, and a reunion of Tie Down with Dan Way playing drums. There will be door prize giveaways as well. The donation is $15 per person, or $25 per couple. For more information, visit the event website (click on the link elsewhere on this page).

Two different benefit shows will happen this Sunday evening. A Relay For Life benefit will take place at 30 Something in Altoona starting at 6 p.m., and will feature performances from On The Run, Tyler Hammel, The Big Time and The Baby Grand. Meanwhile, Pellegrine’s will host a benefit for 6-year-old leukemia patient Emily Whitehead, also beginning at 6 p.m. Five area bands will perform at this show; the line-up details were not yet available at press time.

Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:


“Jamming for Jason” Benefit for Jason Grodis at Ashville Firehall, Ashville; featuring Screaming Ugly, Locked and Loaded and a Tie Down reunion (starts 6 p.m., proceeds help Jason, who is battling neuroendocrine carcinoma; donation $15/person, $25/couple)

“Summer Sounds Concert Series” with Felix & the Hurricanes at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

White Shadow at Claysburg Area Community Park, Claysburg (starts 7 p.m.)

P.T. Cruisers at Patton Fireman’s Jubilee, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Soulicit, Spider Rockets and Lies, Inc. at Aldo’s, Altoona (hosted by VH1’s Don Jamieson)

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

Without Zerb at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Rust (unplugged) at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Allegory at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


6th annual “Day of Rock” Benefit for Easter Seals of Central Pennsylvania at Legion Park, Hollidaysburg; featuring Shallow9, The Arbutus, Locked and Loaded, Limited Slip, S.O.L. and Saving Jake (starts 12 noon; admission $10/advance, $15/gate)


R2B2 at Patton Fireman’s Jubilee, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Drain the Sorrow at Aldo’s, Altoona

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The Hawks Blues Band at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

The House Band at the Cantina, Altoona

No Big Deal at the Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

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

Fuse at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson

The Ozone Rangers at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 6 p.m., no cover)

Voodoo Bullet at Bar 53, Coalport

A Beautiful Mess at the Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Dallas Marks at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg


The Country Travelers at Canoe Creek State Park (concession stand, starts 2 p.m.)

Drum Circle at Heartspace Wellness, Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)

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


Emily Whitehead Benefit concert (with five bands) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Relay for Life Benefit at 30 Something, Altoona, featuring On The Run, Tyler Hammel, The Big Time and The Baby Grand (starts 6 p.m.)

Phil McCaulley (tribute to Elvis Presley) at Valley View Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


AnEmergencyScene presents Sparks The Rescue, Rocky Loves Emily, Aristo, The Big Time, The Baby Grand, Goodnight Moon and Donavin at Fort Apache (Juniata VFW), Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)

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


Raggedy Hobo at Pellegrine’s, Altoona


Passtime Band at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Bodacious B at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

Scott Jeffreys Triad (jazz) at Blue Moon Saloon, Cresson (starts 8 p.m.)

Craig Fitzpatrick at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

Open Mic/Jam Night at City Hotel, Northern Cambria (starts 8 p.m.)


“Downtown Live” with Half Tempted on the Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Cousin Mike at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

7th Gear (acoustic) with Brendon & Michelle at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Pat McGinnis and Jason McIntyre at Al's Tavern (starts 9 pm.)

Dan Myers II 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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Wichita, Kansas-based recording artists Soulicit bring their high-powered brand of rock to Aldo's this Friday night.


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