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It's a Crazy Weekend!

April 26, 2013 - Jim Price
From pop stars to a crazy youth talent show to a “tuff” ending, a lot of live musical activity will transpire on area stages this weekend and upcoming week.

For starters, American Idol Season Eleven winner Phillip Phillips performs this Friday night at Penn State Altoona’s Adler Athletic Complex. The Georgia native scored a smash hit last year with his debut single, “Home,” which was released on the same day his American Idol victory took place. Phillips has built a widespread following and popularity with his brand of acoustic folk rock. Opening the concert will be finalist from Season One of The Voice, Casey Weston. The doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Penn State students and $20 for the general public.

Another national recording name also closes out the weekend on an area stage. First making their mark during the latter years of the ‘80s/early ‘90s hair band craze, national recording group Tuff will perform at Aldo’s on Sunday night. First formed in Arizona in 1985, Tuff signed with Atlantic Records in 1990, and became well known for their 1991 power ballad “I Hate Kissing You Goodbye,” which became an MTV video hit. The group has recorded with different labels since the Atlantic years and has continued to tour. More recently, the group has scored a satellite radio hit with their parody hit “American Hairband.” The current edition of Tuff features longtime vocalist Stevie Rachelle, founding member and bassist Todd Chase, guitarists Billy Morris and Stephan Osterlind, and drummer Trent Anderson. Local rockers Screamin’ Ugly open the show, which begins at 7 p.m.

The Greenwood Firehall will become “crazy” on Sunday afternoon with the return of the annual Crazy Fest Amateur Youth Talent Show, starting at 1 p.m. Organized and hosted by Dennie Huber, the 23rd annual Crazy Fest provides an opportunity for youngsters ages 21 and younger to showcase their talents – music, dance, acting, acrobatics, ballet, baton, or whatever other talents young minds can come up with – and compete for a large number of trophies, plaques, ribbons and a taste of the spotlight. Crazy Fest is a family-friendly event with a supportive atmosphere, and young performers are encouraged, never discouraged. Youngsters can register to be in Crazy Fest by calling Huber at (814) 942-2516. Admission at the door is $2 per person; door proceeds fund the trophies handed out during the event. Food sale proceeds benefit the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company. No alcohol will be permitted or served at the event.

A benefit concert for a fledgling community organization will take place at Pellegrine’s on Saturday evening. Taking Back Tomorrow seeks to improve the Altoona area through community clean-up projects and initiatives. The organization is working their way toward official nonprofit status. The Taking Back Tomorrow benefit will start at 6 p.m., and will feature performances from Matt Pletcher, Brian Middleton, Deadbeat Stew, The Jam, Strait and Miller, and Up Your Arsenal. Gift baskets and door prizes will be available.

For some medieval imagery and theatrics with your heavy metal music, Aldo’s welcomes the return of Pittsburgh heavy metal knights Dethlehem on Friday night. Brandishing medieval-styled costumes, swords and shields, Dethlehem will perform heavy-hitting odes to their journeys and battles from their home base of Ghorusalem (Pittsburgh), showcasing song material from their first two CDs and forthcoming third album. The group also recently introduced their own official comic book, “The Ghorusalem Codex.” Local heavy-rocking innovators Black Sun will open the show, which begins at 10:30 p.m.

Support live music this weekend! And if you plan to celebrate heavily while doing so, please designate a driver or call a cab!

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


Randy Jackson, Stephen Johnopolos and Joe Carlin at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

A.X.E. at Underdogs, Bellwood (starts 7 p.m.)

Phillip Phillips and Casey Weston at Adler Athletic Complex, Penn State Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Nobody’s Heroes at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Dethlehem and Black Sun at Aldo’s, Altoona

kBand at Ramada Cosmopolitan Lounge, Altoona

The House Band at Heidelberg Club, Altoona (9 p.m., members and guests)

Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9:30 p.m.)

Jim Zemlock at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Tony & Stacy (6 p.m.) and Giants Of Science (10 p.m.) at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg


Mayfest, Huntingdon with Felix & the Hurricanes, Strait & Miller and more (starts 2 p.m.)


AnEmergencyScene presents: Two Cities, Anchorhead, Eyes Wide, Apollocreed, Rich Edmundson and Kevo Can’t Dance at Archway Center, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)

Randy Jackson, Stephen Johnopolos and Joe Carlin at Raphael’s Steakhouse, Altoona (starts 6:30 p.m.)

The Rik Golden Band and On The Run at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Syrins at Family Pizza & Pub, Altoona

Half Tempted at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Taking Back Tomorrow benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Matt Pletcher, Brian Middleton, Deadbeat Stew, The Jam, Strait and Miller, and Up Your Arsenal. (starts 6 p.m.)

All Natural at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The House Band at Shaw’s, Altoona

Second Edition at Unter Uns, Altoona

Locked and Loaded at Magoo’s, Cresson

Fail at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Acoustic Stew at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Dakota at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

Saving Jake at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

KB & the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg


23rd annual Crazy Fest Amateur Youth Talent Show at Greenwood Firehall, Altoona (starts 1 p.m.)

Cruzin’ at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 2 p.m.)


Tuff and Screamin’ Ugly at Aldo’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Ty & Pletcher at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona (upstairs)


Up Your Arsenal and other bands at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (all ages, starts 7 p.m.)


Open Mic Night at the Ramada Cosmopolitan Lounge, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Acoustic Contest at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring Mike “Scooby” Rubbe, Left For Dead, Jumpin’ Rob, Phil Baskin and John Wolf (quarterfinal round, starts 7 p.m.)


The Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 p.m.)

“Battle of the Acoustics” (finals) at City Hotel, Northern Cambria (starts 7 p.m.)

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

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

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


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

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes and the Rhythm Sharks at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Punk Fiction at Yesterday’s Party, Ebensburg (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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American Idol Season Eleven winner Phillip Phillips performs at Penn State Altoona's Adler Athletic Complex this Friday night.


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