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November 30, 2012 - Jim Price
…A healthy selection of live music options will be happening on area stages throughout this weekend and next week.

One of the spotlight events this weekend will be a benefit to help out an area musician battling cancer. Terry Welsh, a guitarist and singer for area rock group The Jam, is fighting stage 4 colon and liver cancer. Taking place this Sunday at the Reliance Fire Company Rec Hall in Philipsburg, the Brothers In Rock Against Cancer benefit will raise money to help Welsh with his medical expenses, as well as show solidarity and support for him and his family. Welsh’s bandmates, The Jam, will perform, along with the groups The Lucky 13s and The Mockingbirds. Temptation Alley will perform between bands. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes and 50/50 drawings. Dinner will be available. The concert begins at 2 p.m., and all ages are welcome to attend.

Area punk rockers will be whooping it up at Aldo’s this Saturday night, when a four-band bill hits the stage starting at 10 p.m. Pittsburgh’s The Cheats headline the show, along with Altoona favorites Xs For Eyes, plus State College punks The Whatleys and The Company You Keep. The four bands are performing as part of the Movember & Sons Shaving promotion, an annual initiative to raise awareness of men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. Men, including members of the bands, were encouraged to grow moustaches throughout the month of “Movember,” and seek out sponsors to support those efforts on behalf of Movember & Sons. This show provides a celebration to close out the initiative and a contest will be held to determine the best moustache.

And music fans who attend The Hurricanes’ monthly first-Thursday show (with guest keyboardist Dave Villani) next Thursday night at Pellegrine’s will have the opportunity to catch a young rising star. Based near Pittsburgh, Mia Z is an aspiring 13-year-old singer and songwriter who has already generated significant buzz throughout the Northeast with her vibrant singing voice, confident performing style and stage presence. She will perform several original songs during the evening, including material from her recently-issued debut album “The Beginning.” The show begins at 9 p.m., and admission is free.

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.)

Yesterday’s Classics at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (members and guests, starts 9 p.m.)

Drew Dodson at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Phil Baskin at Trianon, Altoona

Half Tempted at Bavarian Hall, Altoona (Jamie Horton Benefit)

Michael O’Brian Band at Ye Old Kegg Inn, Portage


Songwriting Workshop with Hannah Bingman at Bedford Arts Center, Bedford (starts 3 p.m.)


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

The Cheats, Xs For Eyes, The Whatleys, The Company You Keep at Aldo’s, Altoona

The House Band at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Half Tempted at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

Sunset Strip at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Radio Tokyo at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Kyx at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

The Boomers at Bellwood Eagles, Bellwood (members and guests, starts 9 p.m.)

Emberstitch and The Felons at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Huntingdon Elks, Huntingdon

R2B2 at Davey’s, Hastings

Highway Divide at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg

One Adam 12 at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

The Hawks Blues Band at Madhatters, St. Boniface

Flight 19 at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


Brothers In Rock Against Cancer Benefit (for Terry Welsh) at Reliance Fire Company Red Hall, Philipsburg; featuring The Lucky 13s, The Jam, The Mockingbirds and Temptation Alley (starts 2 p.m.)

Drum Circle at The Chatterbox, Portage (starts 2 p.m., free admission)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig – An Irish Christmas” at Rosenberger Auditorium, Juniata College, Huntingdon (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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


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

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

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


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

Felix & the Hurricanes and Mia Z at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton

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

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Singer and multi-instrumentalist Phil Baskin, entertaining at Patton's Thirsty Dawg Taverne in September. Phil performs at the Trianon Bar & Grille in Altoona this Friday night.


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