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Rocking and Rolling Thunder!

June 21, 2013 - Jim Price
Motorcycle weekend in Cambria County is upon us, and that includes a lot of live music action throughout Cambria County – even a national recording group.

Molly Hatchet will headline Thunder In the Valley on Saturday evening at the Jagermeister Stage near Johnstown’s train station. The current edition of the legendary southern rock group features one founding member, guitarist Dave Hlubek; along with guitarist Bobby Ingram (who joined the group in 1987 following a stint with former Molly Hatchet singer Danny Joe Brown’s self-named band), keyboardist John Galvin, singer Phil McCormack, bassist Tim Lindsey and drummer Scott Craig. Molly Hatchet will take the stage at 9 p.m.; Felix & the Hurricanes will open for them starting at 6 p.m.

Also appearing during Thunder In the Valley will be the Legends of Pittsburgh Music on Friday evening, also at the Jagermeister Stage near the train station. After Johnstown blues favorites Who’s Your Daddy perform at 1 p.m., The Jimmy Adler Band, Norman Nardini and Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers will provide a Steel City music presence for the remainder of the evening.

For a complete listing of Thunder In the Valley stage entertainment, see the schedule below or click the Thunder In the Valley link on this page.

Elsewhere this weekend, there is plenty of live music activity. Downtown State College presents its annual Summer’s Best Music Fest on Saturday, featuring live music throughout the day on three stages, plus vendors, food and refreshments, children’s activities and more. For the day’s entertainment schedule, see the listing below or click on the Summer’s Best Music Fest link on this page.

Altoona’s Railroaders Museum presents the second installment of the Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series on Saturday night, with Eagles tribute group 7 Bridges. Altoona’s 7th Gear will open the show starting at 6 p.m. And the Museum presents another Wingday Wednesday on Wednesday evening, with the Felons providing the musical soundtrack to the mass consumption of chicken wings. Admission to that event is free.

Bellwood will celebrate 125 years this weekend with activities centered near the Excelsior Fire Department. Live music will be a part of the festivities, with Felix & the Hurricanes performing on Friday night, and Flight 19 on Saturday night.

Hollidaysburg’s Canal Basin Park features a reunion performance of the U. S. Sound Theatre on Sunday evening beginning at 7 p.m. And downtown Hollidaysburg’s annual Downtown Live! concert series comes alive on Thursday night with The House Band playing on the Diamond starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

And if you are up for a roadtrip, bluegrass music and some wilderness adventure, the 10th annual Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival happens this weekend at the Quiet Oaks Campground, located 10 miles north of Renovo just off Route 144. A multitude of bluegrass and folk-based performers will provide nonstop music on two stages throughout Saturday night, with informal bluegrass jam sessions sprouting at various campsites after the stage entertainment ends at midnight each night. Morgantown, West Virginia favorites The Hillbilly Gypsies headline the event, and other featured performers include Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, Colebrook Road, The New Broad River Band, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Reverend Willard’s Acoustic Circus, Band Of Strings, Altoona’s Mama Corn and many more. Proceeds from Smoked Country Jam benefit the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, and the event is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. And if you look hard enough, you might locate an Altoona Mirror local music blogger seated somewhere near the stage!

There are lots of performers and shows to check out, so support live music this weekend and upcoming week! 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:


Thunder In the Valley, Johnstown – Stage Schedule:

Central Park Stage: 11:30 a.m. – Full Kilt, 2:30 p.m. – The Runaways, 5:30 p.m. – Post Traumatic, 8 p.m. – Southside Strays

Jagermeister Stage, Train Station: 1 p.m. – Who’s Your Daddy, 4 p.m. – Norman Nardini, 7 p.m. – Jimmy Adler Band, 10 p.m. – Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers

PNG Park: 1 p.m. – Shiva Skydiver, 4 p.m. – Stone Bridge Blues Band, 7 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers, 9:30 p.m. – Ricky Lee

Biker Mall: 4 p.m. – The Rhinelanders, 6:30 p.m. – Hardrock, Koko & Joe, 9 p.m. – The Michael O’Brian Band


Thunder In the Valley, Johnstown (see above listing)

Deuce (Kiss tribute) and Emberstitch at Cambria County Fairgrounds, Ebensburg (Ebensburg Bike Week)

Fuse at Nanty Glo Pool and Pork, Nanty Glo

Octane at Windber Rumbles, Windber (starts 9 p.m.)

The House Band at Thunder on the Knob, Blue Knob Ski Resort

Relay for Life at Mansion Park Field, Altoona; featuring One Brick Shy and other performers

Felix & the Hurricanes at Bellwood 125th Anniversary Celebration, Bellwood

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

Chris Woodward and ShinDiggin’ and the Backyard Rockers at Aldo’s, Altoona

3 High Crew presents Hip Hop Show with Sleepy Saint, DP3, Chillz, Jordan Harter, Shizz Mugga, JB Th3 Gunn3r, J.Kennedy, & Jig James at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

The Lawn Darts at Bavarian Hall, Altoona

Punk Fiction at Maple Crest Golf Course, Portage (starts 9 p.m.)


Thunder In the Valley, Johnstown – Stage Schedule:

Central Park: 12:30 p.m. – Jake & Elwood Blues Revue, 3 p.m. – Your Dad’s Friends, 5:30 p.m. – hot damn, 8 p.m. – Locked and Loaded

Jagermeister Stage, Train Station: 12:#0 p.m. – Flood City Brass, 6 p.m. – Felix & the Hurricanes, 9 p.m. – Molly Hatchet

PNG Park: 1 p.m. – Dennis McClung Band, 4 p.m. – Jake & Elwood Blues Revue, 6:30 p.m. – John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff, 9 p.m. – Big House Pete

Biker Mall: 1 p.m. – Take Two, 4 p.m. – Ricky Lee, 6:30 p.m. Chardon Polka Band, 9 p.m. Michael O’Brian Band

Dakota at Thunderbash, Greenhouse Park, Johnstown (3-6 p.m.)

The Characters and Pound at Windber Rumbles, Windber (starts 6 p.m.)

Summer’s Best Music Fest, State College – Stage Schedule:

Allen Street Stage: 12:30 p.m. – Keystone Society of Swing, 2 p.m. – Callanish, 3:30 p.m. – Triple A Blues Band, 5 p.m. – Chicken Tractor, 6:30 p.m. – Erin Condo & the Hoofties, 8 p.m. – Pure Cane Sugar

Calder Way Stage: 12 noon – Hot Mamas, 1:30 p.m. – Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, 3 p.m. – Jay Vonada Jazz Trio, 4:30 p.m. – Biscuit Jam

Heister Street “Rock the Block” Stage: 12:30 p.m. – Sonic Schroeder, 2 p.m. – Percolators, 3:30 p.m. – Spider Kelly, 5 p.m. – Ted McCloskey & the HiFi’s, 7 p.m. – Atlas Soundtrack

Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir at Black Dog Café, Hollidaysburg (starts 2 p.m.)


Saving Jake and Sunset Strip at Cambria County Fairgrounds, Ebensburg (Ebensburg Bike Fest)

Shades Of June at Richland Bike Bash, Richland (Johnstown)

Alive @ Five Summer Concert Series with Seven Bridges (Eagles tribute) and 7th Gear at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

Flight 19 at Bellwood 125th Anniversary Celebration, Bellwood

Fred Myers and the Redneck Majority at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg (starts 7 p.m.)

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

Conner Gilbert at Buccinese Club, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)

Half Tempted at Family Pizza, Altoona

The Hope Fallacy at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

The Good Seeds with Beau Shirk at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

The Conniptions at Newburg Firehall, Altoona

The Santone Orchestra at Oriental Ballroom, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)

Born and the Beanstalk at Magoo’s, Cresson

Shallow Nine at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Shades Of Leather at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface

Disorganized Crime at Park Avenue Pub, Patton

Harmonious Funk at Place of the Rocks Roadhouse, Grampian

R2B2 at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon


Free Community Drum Circle with Jim Donovan & Friends at JFK Student Center Lounge, St. Francis University, Loretto (starts 12:30 p.m.)

Mario Crocetti Trio at Cresson American Legion, Cresson (starts 2 p.m., benefit to fund World War I plaque to commemorate area soldiers)

Thunder In the Valley, Johnstown – Stage Schedule:

Central Park – 1 p.m. – Split Resistance

Jagermeister Stage, Train Station: 1:30 p.m. – Johnstown Classic Rockers

PNG Park: 12:30 p.m. – Kevin Dale, 2:30 p.m. – The Stickers

Biker Mall: 1:30 p.m. – Tree the Band

The Country Travelers at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)


Big Mac & the Fries at Valley View Park Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

U.S. Sound Theatre at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

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


Open Mic/Jam Night at Bedford Tavern, Bedford (starts 6 p.m.)

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

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


The Felons at Wingday Wednesday, Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m., free admission)

Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Clair’s Ashville Inn, Ashville (starts 6 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.)


Mama Corn at Lakemont Park WingOff, Altoona

The House Band at Downtown Live, Hollidaysburg

Felix & the Hurricanes at Lilly Firemen’s Carnival, Lilly

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

The Backyard Rockers and Mycenea Worley at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (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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Molly Hatchet headlines this year's Thunder In the Valley motorcycle rally in Johnstown. The popular southern rock group will perform on the Jagermeister Train Station stage Saturday evening starting at 9 p.m.


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