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More Festivals, Fairs and Picnics!

August 16, 2013 - Jim Price
The cavalcade of annual fairs, festivals, picnics and other outdoor community events continues to churn as summer season enters its homestretch. And each provides opportunities for area music fans to get their live music fixes this weekend and upcoming week.

Downtown Bellefonte comes alive with arts and music this weekend with the 30th annual Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair, which happens on Friday and Saturday. Arts and crafts vendors will be present, along with multiple food vendors and two stages of live music. Some of the featured entertainers include regional bluegrass favorites The Allegheny Ridgerunners and Tussey Mountain Moonshiners; Americana music specialists Biscuit Jam, Erin Condo and the Hoofties and Tyne and the Fastlyne; country rockers AC Express, and the soulful and funky sounds of Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band.

In Hastings, St. Bernard’s Church presents its annual Homecoming Picnic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This event will feature plentiful arts and crafts, children’s activities, food and refreshments, and live music. Cambria County vintage rock’n’roll specialists PT Cruiser perform on Friday night, local acoustic favorites Acoustic Stew entertain on Saturday night, and Johnstown’s Flood City Brass provides their annual brassy finale to the festivities on Sunday night. Admission is free. (And a culinary tip from this writer and festival food connoisseur: St. Bernard’s locally-made hot sausage sandwiches are the best I have ever tasted!)

If Polish food is your preference, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lilly presents its annual Polish Picnic on the church picnic grounds on Sunday afternoon. Kolbassi, halushki, pierogies and halupki will be in abundant supply; and music will be provided by gospel group The Masters, country cats Pop Harker’s Raging Slagg, and regional polka favorites The Hallmarks. Admission is free.

Area motorcyclists and music fans will gather on Saturday to remember and celebrate a fallen friend once again, as the 10th annual Jeffy Showalter Memorial Ride and after-party take place. The day’s events will commemorate Showalter, a friend of the area motorcycle and music scenes, who lost his life in a 2004 motorcycle crash; proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund in his name. Registration for the ride is $25, and will take place on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Duncansville VFW, with the ride starting at noon. The after-party takes place at Blair County A.B.A.T.E.’s headquarters, the Campbell Hill Rec Room near Geeseytown; and will feature live music from Saving Jake and Locked and Loaded, plus DJ Toby. (A third band originally listed, Half Tempted, will not appear due to singer/guitarist Ron Dalansky’s recent injuries from a dirt bike accident.)

And for some farm-related fun, the 47th annual Williamsburg Community Farm Show will take place starting on Monday at the Farm Show grounds in Williamsburg. The event will feature rides, food vendors, plentiful farm displays, exhibits and animals, plus live music nightly from various area country and gospel performers. Admission is free.

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:


Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair, Bellefonte:

Main Stage: The Project (12 noon), Allegheny Ridgerunners (1:30 p.m.), Biscuit Jam (3 p.m.), AC Express (5 p.m.), Jackie Brown and the Gill Street Band (7 p.m.)

Gazebo Stage: Tommy Wareham (2 p.m.), J.T. Blues (4 p.m.)


Force Of Habit at Raystown Amphitheater, Lake Raystown (starts 7 p.m., free admission)

PT Cruiser at St. Bernard’s Church Homecoming Picnic, Hastings (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Broken Rocker at Aldo’s, Altoona

The Backyard Rockers at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton


Goodfest at Vintondale Firehall, Vintondale; featuring Outside Cats, Too Soon Jokes, HP/MP, Eulogy Jones, Macaroni Pictures, The Great Brandini, BP Gulf 2, Executive Ashtray, YRS, Hometown Advantage, C.H.U.D. Missile, John Stapleton, Fine Wives, Endless Mike & the Beagle Club, The Lampshades and The Anti-Corn League (starts 2 p.m., all ages)

Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair, Bellefonte:

Main Stage: Organ Trio East & West (10:30 a.m.), Erin Condo and the Hoofties (12 noon), Tyne and the Fastlyne (1:30 p.m.), Bellefonte Community Band (3 p.m.), Keystone Society of Swing (4:30 p.m.)

Gazebo Stage: Dr. Dave Henry & Steve Bowman (10 a.m.), Ramblin’ Dan Stevens (11:30 a.m.), Tussey Mountain Moonshiners (4 p.m.)

St. Bernard Church Homecoming Picnic, Hastings; featuring Blue Grass and Acoustic Stew (music starts 5 p.m.)

Jeffy Showalter Memorial Ride After-Party at Campbell Hill Rec Room (Blair County A.B.A.T.E.), Geeseytown; featuring Saving Jake and Locked & Loaded (starts approximately 5 p.m. after ride, benefits Jeffy Showalter Memorial Scholarship Fund)

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


The Mockingbirdz at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg (Florence Jean Cancer Drive, starts 7 p.m.)

Dan Stevens at Locality Gallery & Workshop, Bedford (starts 8 p.m.)

Inside Out (Kyx members) at Family Pizza, Altoona

Hate Grenade, Divot and Lies, Inc. at Aldo’s, Altoona

Giants Of Science at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

Dunnings Creek at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Born and the Beanstalk at Magoo’s, Cresson

Punk Fiction at Spanky’s Tavern, Loretto

The Lux Republic at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Sheldon Port at Main Street Café, Alexandria (starts 9 p.m.)


Polish Picnic at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Lilly; featuring The Masters, Raging Slagg and The Hallmarks (starts 12 noon, free admission)

St. Bernard Church Homecoming/Picnic, Hastings; featuring Rick Ramsey and Flood City Brass (music starts 3 p.m.)

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

The Backyard Rockers at Baker Mansion (lawn), Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Chiari Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring bands to be announced (starts 2 p.m.)

Kenny Karlheim at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Dennis Hardy Family at Williamsburg Community Farm Show, Williamsburg (starts 6:30 p.m.)


Tina Marie at Williamsburg Community Farm Show, Williamsburg (starts 7 p.m.)

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


Patsy Cline tribute at Williamsburg Community Farm Show, Williamsburg (starts 6:30 p.m.)

Rock N’ Roll Gypsies at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 7 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.)


Andy Dopp Country Band at Williamsburg Community Farm Show, Williamsburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Timeless Band at Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall (starts 9:30 p.m.)

The Backyard Rockers at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

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

Conner Gilbert at Zach’s, Altoona

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

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Centre County's Biscuit Jam, performing during last month's Central Pennsylvania 4th Fest in State College. Biscuit Jam performs at the annual Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair in downtown Bellefonte on Friday afternoon.


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