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Altoona First, Blair County Community Action Agency's Last This Week

September 8, 2012 - Jim Price
The summer season is drawing to a close, but live music activities still abound for this weekend and upcoming week.

The annual Altoona First Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Lakemont Park. The festival will again showcase arts and crafts exhibits and vendors, plus feature a food court and live music. The Deacons of Dixieland and R2B2 provide the musical highlights on Saturday, while Johnstown-based vintage rock’n’roll performers The Runaways entertain on Sunday. Admission to the Altoona First Festival is $5 per person. The Altoona First Festival will close out Lakemont Park's 2012 season.

The 96th annual Cookport Fair kicks off Monday and runs through Saturday. Located near the Indiana-Cambria County line northwest of Northern Cambria, the fair will feature live musical entertainment nearly every night. White Shadow and Jerry Carnicella’s Elvis Lives tribute to Elvis Presley appear on Tuesday night; country performers Under The Influence play the fair on Wednesday, Dan & Galla and Johnstown-based Johnny Cash tribute group Ole 97 perform Thursday, and The Boomers bring their vintage and classic rock’n’roll sounds to the fair’s main stage on Friday. Admission to the Cookport Fair is $4 per person, and parking is free.

The Blair County Community Action Agency caps its summer concert season on Tuesday evening with the annual Patriot Day Concert at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and will feature music from Big Mac & the Fries, Felix & the Hurricanes and the Randy Jackson Quartet. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available.

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


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

Felix & the Hurricanes at the Heidelberg, Altoona (starts 9 p.m., members and guests)

Soulicit at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Hawks Blues Band at Mugshotz, Gallitzin


Deacons of Dixieland and R2B2 at Altoona First Festival, Lakemont Park, Altoona


Dog Gone Run after-party at Recreation Park, Windber; featuring Paint Creek Pickers, Thornbush, Joy Riders and The Characters in the pavilion; and Alley Cats, Paragon 1 and Octane in the ballroom (music starts 6 p.m., proceeds help Windber Fire Department) Doug Whitfield at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Drop Dead Sarcasm at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Mysterytrain at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Half Tempted at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

The Boomers at Family Pizza, Altoona

Dakota Rose at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at the Bellwood Eagles, Bellwood (members and guests, starts 9 p.m.)

Black Sun and Assault Method at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg

Fueled By Ignorance (F.B.I.) at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Ganister at the County Line Inn, Mount Union

Locked and Loaded at Sokols, Lilly

Ghostown Revelry at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

A.X.E. at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

The Jukehouse Bombers at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Rich Edmiston at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Drum Circle at Laurel Pavilion, Penn State Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

The Runaways at Altoona First Festival, Lakemont Park, Altoona

Rick Ramsey at Madhatters, St. Boniface


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Patriot Day Concert with Big Mac & the Fries, Felix & the Hurricanes and Randy Jackson Quartet at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

White Shadow with Elvis Lives at Cookport Fair, Cookport (starts 8 p.m.)


Under The Influence at Cookport Fair, Cookport (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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.)


Dan & Galla and Ole 97 (Johnny Cash tribute) at Cookport Fair, Cookport (music starts 6 p.m.)

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

That’s What She Said at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Hot Wax and the Rhythm Sharks at Sankertown VFW, Sankertown (starts 7 p.m.)

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

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The Boomers, performing during Portage's Summerfest in early August. The Boomers take the stage at the Cookport Fair next Friday night.


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