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It's Hurricanes Season!

July 19, 2013 - Jim Price
With the warm, tropical weather conditions currently impacting our region comes a reminder that it is now hurricane season as well. And Hurricanes will be impacting stages throughout the area music scene this weekend and upcoming week.

First, Felix & the Hurricanes blow into downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza on Friday evening for the next installment of the “Summer Sounds” concert series. The festivities start at 6 p.m.; admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Next, Hurricanes conditions will kick up on Saturday evening on Lake Raystown, as Felix Kos and company host a Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary riverboat. The cruise itself starts at 8 p.m., but pre-cruise festivities start at 3 p.m., including food and refreshments under Pavilion #2. Tickets are $35 and are required to attend this event, and ticket supplies are limited. On Sunday night, Juniata gets hit with its weekly musical storm as the Hurricanes’ Sunday roster of Felix, drummer Bob Watters, singer Steve Oswalt and bassist Joe George bring rocking favorites to Shaw’s Bar starting at 10:30 p.m., no cover. And the Hurricanes will come ashore in the railyard at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum for the next WingDay Wednesday event Wednesday evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, and wings and beverages will be available for purchase.

Other forces will invade the area music scene this weekend as well, including former Misfits frontman Michale Graves, making another visit to Aldo’s on Friday night. This will be a one-of-a-kind appearance, and the kickoff to Graves’ “Lost Skeleton Returns” tour. Donning his legendary “skele-crow” attire for the first time in eight years, Graves and his band will perform many of his legendary Misfits hits, and introduce some new song material from his forthcoming new horror rock album “Lost Skeleton Returns.” Area punk and punk-driven rock stalwarts The Whatleys, Xs for Eyes and Railroad City Murder Machines will provide warm up for Graves’ finale. Admission is $10, and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Baltimore-based “sleez” rockers King Belvedere will visit Pellegrine’s on Friday night, sharing a double-bill with local hard rockers Lies, Inc. Named after the vodka brand being consumed at the time of their formation in 2004, King Belvedere’s style of hard-driving, wild rock’n’roll has helped them to become one of Charm City’s most popular bands. King Belvedere and Lies, Inc. will also share the stage on Saturday night a little further away, at Wolfie’s in Indiana.

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:


Ty Ayers at People’s Natural Gas Field, Altoona (pre-Curve game, starts 5 p.m.)

“Summer Sounds Concert Series” with Felix & the Hurricanes at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Full Kilt at Morrison’s Cove Park, Martinsburg (starts 6:30 p.m., free admission)

Born and the Beanstalk at Celtic Knot, Bellwood (starts 7 p.m.)

Stormy at Buccinese Club, Altoona

Lies, Inc. and King Belvedere at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Michale Graves (Misfits), The Whatleys, Xs For Eyes and Railroad City Murder Machines at Aldo’s, Altoona


Jim Mosey at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Ruff Tymes at Dunlo Slovak Club, Dunlo (“Ride for Warmth” after-party, starts 1 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary, Lake Raystown (cruise starts 8 p.m., advance tickets required)

Avantegarde (reunion), The Whatleys and Yankee Bang Bang at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Syrins at Family Pizza, Altoona

The Pastimes at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

Giants of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona

A.X.E. at Newburg Firehall, Altoona

Hotwax at American Legion, Cresson (starts 9 p.m.)

Screamin’ Ugly at Magoo’s, Cresson

One Adam 12 at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats at Numero Uno, Johnstown

Born and the Beanstalk at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface

Backlash and Rhythm Sharks at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

Dakota at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg


16th annual Heritage Celebration with Fabulous Flashbacks, Randy Jackson & Friends and Big Mac & the Fries at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 2 p.m.)

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

Zupe at Baker Mansion (lawn), Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Bishop, Knuckle Up, Enough Is Enough, Bad Terms, Conquer, Concrete, Vice and Nebraska Bricks at Pellegrine's, Altoona (all ages, starts 5 p.m.)


AnEmergencyScene presents Slingshot Dakota, Allison Weiss, Lacey Caroline, Endless Mike & the Beagle Club, On the Run, SPRRWS and Dogjaw at Archway Center, Altoona (starts 5 p.m., all ages)

Raining Blue at Valley View Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m., free admission)

Tyne & the Fastlyne at Canal Basin Park, Hollidaysburg (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Left For Dead at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)


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


Wingday Wednesday with Felix & the Hurricanes at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.)

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

Ron Russell at Urie’s Rib Shack, Tyrone (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Dunnings Creek at Knickerbocker Tavern, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

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


Chris Vipond and the Stanley Street Band at Legion Park Wing Festival, Hollidaysburg (starts 6 p.m.)

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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Felix Kos of the Hurricanes with his brother, Dick Kos, jamming during a Hurricanes Blues Cruise on Lake Raystown in September, 2011. The Hurricanes host their next Blues Cruise aboard the Proud Mary riverboat this Saturday evening.


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