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Fun for Local Parrotheads This Weekend!

June 15, 2012 - Jim Price
The area’s summer outdoor live music season continues to heat up this weekend, with several noteworthy concerts, festivals and other events.

Altoona’s Railroaders Museum kicks off this year’s “Alive @ Five” Summer Concert Series this Saturday evening, June 16, with the return of Pittsburgh’s “Buffett Man,” Tom Watt. Jimmy Buffett fans can get their Parrothead fix as Watt and his band perform Buffett’s biggest hits. Opening will be Altoona-based acoustic duo Born & the Beanstalk. The show begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are available at the gate. The remainder of the “Alive @ Five” concert slate includes Doors tribute Peacefrog with Felix & the Hurricanes on June 30, Rush tribute Lotus Land with Half Tempted on July 14, and The Clarks with Rain Must Fall on August 4.

An all-day show at the Bedford County Fairgrounds on Saturday will help out several charitable organizations and causes. The Bedford County Rock-n-Ride will feature a motorcycle run, motorcycle games and live performances beginning at 10 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bedford Fire Department, Cumberland Valley Fire Department, plus several motorcycle club charities that help out children, cancer patients, senior citizens and veterans. Performing through the day will be the Harry Traynham Band, Scottie, Revised Edition, Border Town, S.O.L., Emberstich, Full Throttle, Le V eL, Fueled By Ignorance, Seize Fire and One Brick Shy. Donation at the gate is $15.00 per person, $5 for youngsters ages 12 to 17, and children under 12 are admitted free. There will also be vendor booths, food and refreshments available.

Nanty Glo Park and Pool in Nanty Glo will host a memorial concert in memory of Mike Worthington on Saturday afternoon. The Mike Worthington Memorial Benefit will start at 2 p.m., and feature performances from Drop Dead Sarcasm, Morgan James, 10 Million Devils, One Adam 12, Donkey Punch and NailDriver. Proceeds from the event will go toward the college tuition of Worthington’s two surviving daughters, Taylor and Michaela. A Nanty Glo musician, Worthington lost his life in a traffic accident in Orlando, Florida in January, 2006.

Johnstown will christen its new downtown festival park with a gala concert on Saturday evening. Dedication for the new People’s Natural Gas Park will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the concert, which will feature performances from Black Coffee, Eilen Jewell, Los Straitjackets and Tab Benoit. Tickets for the concert are $15/advance and $22/gate. The new park will host concert events, as well as the annual Flood City Music Festival in August.

On Thursday evening, June 21, downtown Bedford comes alive with their first "Hot Summer Nights" event. Performing will be State College favorites Velveeta, and hometown Bedford-based singer/songwriter Matt Otis. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., and admission is free.

For any music fans who like to travel, a few prominent events happen in other parts of the state this weekend as well. The motorcycle world will converge on Hazen this weekend for A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania’s 35th annual party, which features plentiful bikes, bike-related activities, vendors and live music. The festivities will begin Friday afternoon, with live music happening both Friday and Saturday. Friday’s entertainment slate includes Mid-Life Crisis, Dallas Moore and Sanction; while Saturday’s music includes performances by Sunset Strip, the Tom Larsen Blues Band and Half Tempted. Tickets are $45, and the party is open to A.B.A.T.E. members and their guests.

If you’re a fan of bluegrass music, the 9th annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival happens this weekend at Quiet Oaks Campground, located north of Renovo. Smoked Country Jam has developed into one of the Northeast’s top bluegrass gatherings, and features a wide variety of national and regional bluegrass acts. Morgantown, West Virginia favorites The Hillbilly Gypsies will again headline this year’s festival. Returning will be Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, The Florida State Bluegrass Band, Altoona’s own Mama Corn, Mason Porter, Vinegar Creek Constituency, Synergy, Poe Valley Troubadours, Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Colebrook Road, The New Broad River Band, Band of Strings, the Stevens Family, Lockport Drifters, Van Wagner, Fairview Avenue, Well Strung, Grain, The Unusual Suspects and River Wheel. The winners of the annual Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Contest will perform on Saturday afternoon. Visitors to Smoked Country Jam will experience the wide range of sounds and styles that collectively comprise today’s bluegrass scene. And for those who camp out at the Festival, there’s nothing quite like sitting outside the tent late at night and hearing nearby bluegrass campfire jam sessions taking place throughout the campground area, adding a memorable touch to a late night in the mountain wilderness. Proceeds from Smoked Country Jam benefit the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania.

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


Randy Jackson & Steve Johnopolos at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Rain Must Fall and T.V. Blonde at Aldo’s, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Felix & the Hurricanes at Unter Uns, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Mugshotz, Gallitzin

Locked and Loaded at Sokols, Lilly (benefit for Bruce Eberheart)

Acoustic Stew at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Jack & the Country Gentlemen at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton


Bedford County Rock-n-Ride at Bedford County Fairgrounds, Bedford; featuring Harry Traynham Band, Scottie, Revised Edition, Border Town, S.O.L., Emberstich, Full Throttle, Le V eL, Fueled By Ignorance, Seize Fire and One Brick Shy. (Starts 12 noon; benefits several charities - Donation $15.00/person, $5 for youngsters ages 12-17, children under 12 admitted free)

Mike Worthington Memorial Benefit at Nanty Glo Park & Pool, Nanty Glo; featuring Drop Dead Sarcasm, Morgan James, 10 Million Devils (featuring members of The Embalmed), One Adam 12, Donkey Punch and NailDriver (starts 2 p.m.)

FrogFest 2012 at Froggy’s Lily Pad, Cherry Tree; featuring Alicia Hritsko, Tracy Hnatkovich, Joe Konior, Denny Pompa, Sean McLaughlin, Driving Sideways, Big Soul (starts 12 noon, admission $3/person)


Tom Watt (“The Buffett Man”) and Born & the Beanstalk at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (“Alive @ Five” Summer Concert Series, starts 6 p.m.)

Tab Benoit, Los Straitjackets, Eilen Jewell and Black Coffee at People’s Natural Gas Park, Johnstown (park dedication kickoff starts 6 p.m.; tickets $15/advance, $22/gate)

Doug Whitfield at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

R2B2 at Family Pizza, Altoona

That 90s Band at the Trianon, Altoona

Flight 19 at the Alley Popper, Houtzdale

Represent The Lie (RTL) at Kelce’s, Philipsburg

No Big Deal at Magoo’s Cresson

The House Band at the Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Night Train at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


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

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


Acoustic Mayhem at Fireside Inn, Schellsburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


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


Raggedy Hobo at Pellegrine’s, Altoona


Born & the Beanstalk at Cesare Battisti Club, Altoona

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

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

7th Gear at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

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

Dale Nitti at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

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


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

Don Gallardo & How Far West at Wheels & Wings, downtown Ebensburg

Never Enough at Cambria County Bike Fest at Cambria County Fairgrounds, Ebensburg

Thunder In The Valley, Johnstown (Southside Strays, Who’s Your Daddy, Itch and Tree on Central Park Gazebo stage; Jeff Perigo & Friends, Billy Price Band, The Nighthawks on Train Station stage; The Boomers, The Desperadoes, Zupe & Nichols and Michael O’Brian Band at People’s Natural Gas Park)

Velveeta and Matt Otis at “Hot Summer Nights” Concert Series, downtown Bedford (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Triple Threat at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

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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Tom Watt, the "Buffett Man," will perform the music of Jimmy Buffett at Altoona's Railroaders Museum during the kickoff of this year's Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series this Saturday evening.


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