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End of Summer Jamming!
August 24, 2013 - Jim Price
With the start of school just days away, live music’s summer season enters its homestretch, with several summer-ending milestone concerts taking place this weekend.
The inaugural Route 22 Rock and Blues Music Festival takes place on Friday night and Saturday at the Lincoln Caverns Amphitheater near Huntingdon, and will feature a wide variety of rock, blues and acoustic acts. Friday evening’s music starts at 5 p.m., and Saturday’s music begins at noon. Some of Friday’s performers include improvisational solo performer Rich Edmundson, young punk rockers GG & the Assassins, The Hawks Blues Band, Black Sun and visual metal rockers SamarA. Saturday’s slate includes the debut performance of The Dashing Saboteurs, Claysburg-based solo performer Drew Dodson, blues trio the Rhythm Sharks (in their next-to-last performance), progressive female-fronted rockers Lies Inc., Huntingdon acoustic duo Strait & Miller, visceral Altoona-based modern rockers Hate Grenade, heavy metal performers NailDriver, young indie rockers Klockwick, Centre County metal rockers It Is Written and Williamsburg metal specialists Assault Method.
Bluegrass fans can experience Pickin’ for Wishes, a bluegrass music festival taking place on Saturday afternoon at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, with proceeds benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Morgantown, West Virginia-based favorites The Hillbilly Gypsies will perform their fast-paced brand of bluegrass; also appearing are the Blue Shades, Trains Moonshine & Jesus, Mountain Therapy and Matt Bartin & the Dixie Travelers. The festival begins at 12 noon. Advance tickets are $10; donation at the gate is $15.
Also at the Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, the Kids Come First Benefit: 22nd End Of Summer Jam concert will take place on Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The Backyard Rockers will kick off the area’s longest-running annual benefit concert; also performing will be Josh Gallagher, Iron Wolf, Ryan Long, Rhythm Sharks (final performance), Rich Edmundson, Untyed, Emberstitch, Punk Fiction, Ghostown Revelry, Lies Inc. and Locked & Loaded. Donations at the gate are $10 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied with a parent or guardian.
PMac Productions presents a Blues and Roots Festival on Saturday afternoon at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater in Philipsburg. The concert starts at 3 p.m., and will feature performances from Felix & the Hurricanes, Eric McCrum, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Tyne & the Fastlyne.
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:
Summer Sounds Concert Series with Flight 19 at Heritage Plaza, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Concerts In the Park series with Fuse at Penn-Eben Park, Ebensburg (starts 6 p.m., free admission)
Route 22 Rock and Blues Music Festival at Lincoln Caverns Amphitheater, Huntingdon; featuring Rich Edmundson, GG & the Assassins, The Hawks Blues Band, Black Sun, SamarA (starts 5 p.m.)
Cousin Mike at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Michale Graves and On The Run at Aldo’s, Altoona
kBand at Ramada Cosmopolitan Lounge, Altoona
The Boomers at Heidelberg Country Club, Altoona
Jack and the Country Gentlemen at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton
Pickin’ for Wishes at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson; featuring The Hillbilly Gypsies, Blue Shades, Trains Moonshine & Jesus, Mountain Therapy and Matt Bartin & the Dixie Travelers (starts 12 noon, donation $15 at the gate, benefits the Make a Wish Foundation of Western PA)
Route 22 Rock and Blues Music Festival at Lincoln Caverns Amphitheater, Huntingdon; featuring The Dashing Saboteurs, Drew Dodson, Rhythm Sharks, Lies Inc., Strait & Miller, Hate Grenade, NailDriver, Klockwick, It Is Written, Assault Method (starts 12 noon)
Gracie Covert Benefit at The Fish Hatchery, Orbisonia; featuring Ganister, Limb By Limb, S.O.S. and more (starts 12 noon)
PMac Productions Roots & Blues Festival at Wagon Wheel Amphitheater, Philipsburg; featuring Felix & the Hurricanes, Eric McCrum, Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats, Tyne & the Fastlyne (starts 3 p.m.)
Jim Mosey at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)
Jim Bongiorno (Elvis tribute) at Archway Ministries & Maddie’s Journey Summer Festival, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
The Santone Orchestra at the Oriental Ballroom, Gallitzin (starts 8 p.m.)
The Boomers at Family Pizza, Altoona
Kill Lincoln, The Whatleys, Xs For Eyes and The Company You Keep at Aldo’s, Altoona
Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona
The Good Seeds at Belmar Hotel, Altoona
Matt Pletcher at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Williamsburg Legion, Williamsburg (starts 9 p.m.)
One Brick Shy at Mountain Top Sportsmen’s Club, Coupon
R2B2 at Davey’s, Hastings
Andy Lubert & Kenny Jubas at City Hotel, Northern Cambria
Crazy Nites at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton
Kids Come First Benefit: 22nd End Of Summer Jam at Cresson Sportsmen’s Club, Cresson; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Josh Gallagher, Iron Wolf, Ryan Long, Rhythm Sharks, Rich Edmundson, Untyed, Emberstitch, Punk Fiction, Ghostown Revelry, Lies Inc. and Locked & Loaded (starts 1 p.m., $10 donation at the gate with kids 12 and under free, proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh)
The Country Travelers at Beach Concession, Canoe Creek State Park (starts 2 p.m., free admission)
Altoona Area High School Band at Baker Mansion (lawn), Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)
Bodacious B at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)
Altoona Community Band at Valley View Park Amphitheater, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)
Left For Dead at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona
Tina Marie at Williamsburg Community Farm Show, Williamsburg (starts 7 p.m.)
Ty Ayers (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona
WingDay Wednesday at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 6 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.)
The Jam at Centre County Grange Fair, Centre Hall (starts 9:30 p.m.)
Steve Summerhill at Jethro’s, Altoona (starts 7 p.m.)
Matt Pletcher at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)
(More shows may be added to this list as information becomes available. Feel free to check back.)
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Jamie Lynn and Trae Buckner of the Hillbilly Gypsies, performing during the Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival near Renovo in June. The Morgantown-based bluegrass group performs during Pickin' for Wishes at the Cresson Sportsmen's Club on Saturday.