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End Of Summer Jams!
August 24, 2012 - Jim Price
If you are of the belief that summer’s end starts with the commencement of the new school year, then this weekend offers some end-of-summer season jams and concerts worth checking out.
On Saturday, the annual “Kids Come First Benefit; 21st End Of Summer Jam” benefit concert will take place at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club beginning at 1 p.m. The area’s longest-running annual benefit concert started in 1990 as the End Of Summer Jam, and following a change in organizers and management became the Kids Come First Benefit in 2011 after taking the previous year off. Proceeds from the Kids Come First Benefit will help out Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Bands and artists performing at this year’s event will include The Backyard Rockers, Raggedy Hobo (backed by the Backyard Rockers and members of Mysterytrain), the Rhythm Sharks, Emberstitch, Drop Dead Sarcasm, Locked and Loaded, Rain Must Fall and Sunset Strip. Donation at the gate is $10, with children 12 and under admitted free. Parking is free, and the Cresson Sportsmen will sell food and refreshments. Those wishing to consume alcohol must present a legal ID. The concert happens rain or shine.
The outdoor concert action shifts to Altoona’s Railroaders Museum on Sunday for the “Striking Chords Against Cancer” benefit concert, whose proceeds will help out the American Cancer Society. This show will start at 1 p.m., and will feature an assortment of area bands and solo artists; including Drew Dodson, The Felons, Travis Singer, The Hope Fallacy, Ryan Matthew, The Good Seeds, Jackson Monsour, Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band, Matt Wagner, Felix & the Hurricanes, Pat McGinnis and Hair Force One.
This year’s Summer Sounds Concert Series at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza draws to a close this weekend, with Flight 19 performing the finale on Friday evening. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. with The Jazz Guys, followed by Flight 19. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available.
If you still need one more outdoor wing and music fix after the conclusion of the Legion Park Wing Festival and Lakemont Park WingOff events, the finale of the Tussey Mountain Wing Challenge takes place on Thursday night, August 30, at Tussey Mountain Amphitheater near Boalsburg, with longtime Susquehanna Valley progressive/classic rocking legends Hybrid Ice headlining, and the JR & Natalie Band opening.
And although it has nothing to do with the end of summer, Altoona area father-and-son acoustic duo Acoustic Mayhem will be playing their final show on Thursday night at the Belmar Hotel. Dad Greg "Rock" Burley and son Dustin Burley will perform one more time together, before Dustin leaves the area to relocate to Colorado.
Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:
“Summer Sounds Concert Series” with Flight 19 at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts at 6 p.m.)
Cousin Mike at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)
Stephen Johnopolos at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Judas Priestess (female Judas Priest tribute) and Screamin’ Ugly at Aldo’s, Altoona
Blu Voodoo at Pellegrine’s, Altoona
Bill Schroeder and Jeff Hancock (Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley tribute) at Bavarian Hall, Altoona (starts 7:30 p.m.)
The Backyard Rockers at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg
Jack & the Country Gentlemen at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton
Kids Come First Benefit; 21st End Of Summer Jam at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Raggedy Hobo, Rhythm Sharks, Emberstitch, Drop Dead Sarcasm, Locked and Loaded, Rain Must Fall and Sunset Strip (starts 1 p.m., all ages, donation $10/adults, kids 12 and under free, proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh)
Rockin’ the Lot 2012 at Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, Hollidaysburg; featuring Lost and Found and A Day Awaits (all ages, starts 3 p.m.)
Doug Whitfield at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)
The Sitch at Family Pizza, Altoona
Hot Damn at Pellegrine’s, Altoona
2Twenty2 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona
Revenge Memorial, Blinding Eye Dog and Xs For Eyes at Aldo’s, Altoona
Inside Out (ex-members of Kyx) at Teriz Place, Altoona
Sheldon Port at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
Rock & Roll Gypsies at Newburg Firehall, Altoona
The Conniptions at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg
Rapid Fire at Sunshine Bar & Grill, Coalport
Disorganized Crime at Mugshotz, Gallitzin
Juke House Bombers at City Hotel, Northern Cambria
Rick Ramsey at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 9 p.m.)
Night Train at Our Place Pizza & Pub, Colver
“Striking Chords Against Cancer” Benefit at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring Drew Dodson, The Felons, Travis Singer, The Hope Fallacy, Ryan Matthew, The Good Seeds, Jackson Monsour, Chris Vipond & the Stanley Street Band, Matt Wagner, Felix & the Hurricanes, Pat McGinnis and Hair Force One (all ages, starts 1 p.m., donation $20, proceeds benefit American Cancer Society
Bodacious B at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Triple Threat at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 p.m., free admission)
7th Gear at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona
Open Mic Night at Mugshotz, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)
Open Mic/Jam Night at City Hotel, Northern Cambria (starts 8 p.m.)
Open Mic/Jam Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Hybrid Ice and JR & Natalie Band at WingFest, Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, Boalsburg (starts 6 p.m.)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Acoustic Mayhem (final show) at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Joe & Mary’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Born & the Beanstalk at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Bob Helbig at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)
(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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Sunset Strip, performing during last year's Kids Come First Benefit at the Cresson Sportsmen's Club. Sunset Strip closes this year's Kids Come First benefit on Saturday.