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Summer's Last Stand...
September 14, 2012 - Jim Price
The last week of summer features more outdoor live music events to enjoy before autumn makes its official arrival next weekend.
Downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza hosts one final installment of this year’s Summer Sounds Concert Series on Friday evening, presenting Randy Clark & the Renegade Ride starting at 6 p.m. This is a rescheduled concert from the original July date, which was rained out.
Altoona’s Railroaders Museum hosts Kids Fest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Besides providing a slate of fun activities and events for youngsters, Kids Fest will also feature live music from Roy Handy and the Moonshot starting at 1 p.m. Started two years ago as the children’s-themed music project of longtime area musician (and dad) Gerry Stanek, Roy Handy and the Moonshot performs punchy, upbeat 60s-flavored rock and roll anthems (think early Who and Kinks) about everyday things children can relate to, from the joy of pancakes for breakfast to the family dog to the need for a parental hug from time to time. Stanek, who plays guitar and sings, is flanked by bassist Wil Fine and drummer Ken Deater. The group issued its first CD, “(I’m Gonna Be) Your Best Friend,” in 2010.
For fans of arts and crafts, the annual New Germany Festival of Arts & Crafts takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the New Germany Grove Picnic Grounds. Besides multiple tents and tables showcasing creations by local craftsmen and artists, the Festival will also feature live music both days. Tree and the Whiskey River Panhandlers provide the music on Saturday, while Jill & Leah Gontkovic and Hardrock, Coco and Joe entertain on Sunday. Admission to the festival is free.
And live music and car cruising come together in Johnstown on Sunday afternoon. The annual Wang Dang Doodle event will happen from noon to 8 p.m. near Roxbury Park in Johnstown, and will feature a car cruise-in, a wild animal presentation, kids’ activities, food and refreshments, and live music. Headlining the event will be Cincinnati, Ohio-based group the Rumpke Mountain Boys, who perform what they describe as “trashgrass,” a blend of traditional bluegrass and jam music. Also appearing at Wang Dang Doodle will be local Johnstown area performers Jeff Perigo with Black Cat Moan, the Whiskey River Panhandlers, Wine Of Nails and Justin Garman. Admission is free.
And fair season continues to wind down. The Cookport Fair wraps up on Friday and Saturday, with live music among the highlights on both days. And beginning Tuesday night, the annual Harmony Grange Fair in Westover will provide more fair amenities and a nightly slate of live music. And for readers up for a longer roadtrip, the nation’s first and oldest county fair, the York Fair, continues on Friday and Saturday night.
Here is a full listing for live music on area stages this weekend and the coming week:
AnEmergencyScene presents Late in the Playoffs, Undesirable People, Paper States, The Big Time, Sparrows and A Faster Ride at the Masonic Hall, Altoona (all ages, show starts 5 p.m.)
Randy Clark & the Renegade Ride at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
The Boomers and Dan & Galla at the Cookport Fair, Cookport
Stephen Johnopolos at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Bad Daze at Aldo’s, Altoona
Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona
The Conniptions at Hollidaysburg American Legion, Hollidaysburg
Highway Divide at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton
Ryan Krinjeck at Blue Knob Clubhouse, Blue Knob Ski Resort (starts 6 p.m.)
Kids Fest at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring Roy Handy and the Moonshot (fest runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; music starts at 1 p.m.)
New Germany Festival of Arts & Crafts, New Germany; featuring Tree (11:30 a.m.) and the Whiskey River Panhandlers (3 p.m.) (free admission)
Tim Dabbs & Alibi at the Cookport Fair, Cookport (starts 1 p.m.)
Doug Whitfield at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)
Miss Hallie and Kim Thomas with Diamonds in the Rough at Cookport Fair, Cookport
Distant Signals (Rush tribute) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona
The House Band at The Cantina, Altoona
It Is Written at Aldo’s, Altoona
Johnny Danger at Belmar Hotel, Altoona
Traditional Country at Eldolyn Terrace, Altoona
Rich Edmundson at the Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg
White Shadow at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton
Inside Out (ex-Kyx members) at Magoo’s, Cresson
Highway Divide at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg
Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Madhatters, St. Boniface
Ganister at City Hotel, Northern Cambria
Felix & the Hurricanes at September Beerfest, Lakemont Park, Altoona (benefit for Altoona Community Theatre, starts 1 p.m.)
Brittany Morganrose (acoustic) at Baker Mansion, Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)
Wang Dang Doodle at Roxbury Park, Johnstown; featuring Jeff Perigo with Black Cat Moan, Whiskey River Panhandlers, Wine Of Nails, Justin Garman and the Rumpke Mountain Boys (starts 12 noon, free admission)
New Germany Festival of Arts & Crafts, New Germany; featuring Jill & Leah Gontkovic (11:30 a.m.) and Hard Rock, Coco & Joe (3 p.m.) (free admission)
Andy Rhody at Madhatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Raining Blue at Tyrone-Snyder Public Library, Tyrone (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
Bill Deasy (acoustic) at JFK Student Center Lounge, St. Francis University, Loretto (starts 7:30 p.m., free admission)
Acoustic Stew at Harmony Grange Fair, Westover (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.)
“Downtown Live!” with Felix & the Hurricanes at The Diamond, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
The Boomers at Harmony Grange Fair, Westover (starts 7:30 p.m.)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Sheldon Port at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Triple Threat at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)
Dale Nitti 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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Gerry Stanek, a.k.a. "Roy Handy" of Roy Handy and the Moonshot, during a 2010 performance at the St. Barbara's Parish Polish Picnic in Houtzdale. Roy Handy and the Moonshot entertain youngsters at Kids Fest at Altoona's Railroaders Museum on Saturday afternoon.