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A Great Pumpkin of a Time in Hollidaysburg

October 19, 2012 - Jim Price
Fall festival activity continues to provide outdoor live music this weekend. Hollidaysburg will present its annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Allegheny Street. Various organizations and vendors will present pumpkin and Halloween-based crafts, pumpkin-based foods (including pumpkin chili), and live music on two stages. The main stage performances will include hometown favorite Rich Edmundson kicking things off at 10 a.m., followed by popular folk/bluegrass favorites Mama Corn at 11 a.m., the percussion barrage of Kanit with the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School drumline at 1 p.m., and the folk and Americana sounds of Pat McGinnis and Tyne Palazzi at 3 p.m. Children’s entertainment will take the spotlight on the second stage, with various kid-themed activities and Dan & Galla playing children’s songs at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Halloween season begins to kick off on area stages this weekend with a few events. A special Halloween-themed concert at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum on Saturday evening will raise money to help area children dealing with Type 1 diabetes. Without Zerb will kick off the festivities at 6, with Rain Must Fall capping the show. Donation at the gate is $10.

Another Saturday night Halloween bash happens at the Altoona Ramada. Awkward Morning Productions presents their second annual Kickoff to Halloween “Dance of the Dead” Party starting at 8 p.m. The evening will feature entertainment of several forms, including live music and deejays. The live music will feature The Hope Fallacy, Xs For Eyes, the Fisticuffs and Apollocreed on one stage, as well as The Crypt Creepers Halloween Band and more. There will also be vendor tables available. Admission is $10 if you arrive in costume, $15 if not in costume.

On Sunday evening, Pellegrine’s will host an all-ages Halloween heavy metal party. Pellegrine’s and Placid Promotions present “Halloween Scream Metal Night,” featuring area heavy-rocking bands Samara, GG & the Assassins and Black Sun. That show kicks off at 6 p.m.

Rock and wrestling join forces at the Young People’s Community Center in Ebensburg on Saturday afternoon to raise money for the Bikers For Kids Foundation. “Rock N Restling” will feature regional pro wrestling courtesy of Johnstown-based Phoenix Pro Wrestling, including a ladder and a cage match. Live music will take place as well, featuring the Backyard Rockers, Paragon 1, The Sitch and Drop Dead Sarcasm. Advance tickets can be purchased from band members, and will be available at the door as well.

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.)

Rodent Lord at Aldo’s, Altoona

Lucky You at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Born & the Beanstalk at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

A.X.E. at Buccinese Club, Altoona

Cruzin’ at Heidelberg Club, Altoona, (starts 8 p.m., members and guests)

Ben Dumm and the Deviants at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

The Backyard Rockers at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Madhatters, St. Boniface


Pumpkin Festival, Hollidaysburg; featuring Rich Edmundson (10 a.m.), Mama Corn (11 a.m.), Kanit and HAJHS Drumline (1 p.m.), Dan & Galla, Pat McGinnis & Tyne Palazzi (3 p.m.) (free admission)

Rock N Restling at Young People’s Community Center, Ebensburg; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Paragon 1, The Sitch and Drop Dead Sarcasm (starts 1 p.m., proceeds benefit Bikers For Kids Foundation)


Halloween Diabetes Benefit with Without Zerb and Rain Must Fall at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., $10 donation, proceeds help area children with Type 1 Diabetes)

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

2nd Street at Nicktown Wine Fest, Nicktown (starts 7 p.m.)

Awkward Morning Productions presents: Kickoff to Halloween “Dance of the Dead” Party at the Ramada, Altoona; featuring The Hope Fallacy, Xs For Eyes, the Fisticuffs, Apollocreed, The Crypt Creepers Halloween Band and more (starts 8 p.m., $10 if in costume, $15 if not)

It Is Written at Aldo’s, Altoona

7th Gear at Family Pizza

The Hawks Blues Band at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Green Eggs at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Sheldon Port at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Sugar Ridge at Bellwood Eagles, Bellwood (starts 8 p.m., members and guests)

Samara, Assault Method and Up Your Arsenal at Old Canal Inn, Hollidaysburg

Nobody’s Heroes at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

LeVel at American Legion, Bedford

Locked and Loaded at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensbirg

The Sitch at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Shades Of Leather at Madhatters, St. Boniface


Force Of Habit at Huntingdon Pride Chili Cook-Off, Huntingdon


“Halloween Scream” Metal Night at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Samara, GG & the Assassins and Black Sun (all ages, starts 6 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


Wertz & Co. at 4D’s Lounge (upstairs), Altoona

Boy Hits Car at Aldo’s, Altoona

Open Mic Night at Mugshotz, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)

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


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

That’s What She Said at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

The Cheaters at Aldo’s, Altoona

Punk Fiction 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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Pat McGinnis and Tyne Palazzi, performing during last year's Hollidaysburg Pumpkin Festival. The duo will finish out the music at this year's Festival, happening Saturday afternoon in downtown Hollidaysburg.


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