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Live Music Transitions into Fall...

September 7, 2013 - Jim Price
As the first hints of “autumn crisp” arrive in the late summer nighttime air, the live music scene continues its transition from summer into autumn with more seasonal festivals, fairs and performances this weekend and upcoming week.

Making its debut this weekend is the inaugural Northern Appalachian Folk Festival in Indiana. The festivities began on Thursday night, and the event continues through Saturday with a full slate of live musical performers – including renowned folk singer, activist and State College native Si Kahn on Saturday evening. Friday’s and Saturday’s music will take place on the outdoor stage at the corner of 6th and Philadelphia Streets in Indiana. Admission is free.

Altoona’s Lakemont Park presents The Festival this Friday and Saturday. Formerly the Altoona First Festival (and Keystone Country Festival), The Festival features arts and crafts, a variety of food items, and live musical entertainment. Saturday’s performers include Johnstown-based blues, folk and Americana artists the Southside Strays beginning at 11 a.m., and longtime vintage rock’n’roll favorites the Fabulous Flashbacks starting at 4 p.m. Sunday’s entertainment includes State College based country rockers AC Express starting at 1 p.m. Admission to The Festival is $5 per person.

Summer fair action continues in the coming week, with the annual Cookport Fair starting on Monday. Located near the Indiana/Cambria County border just north of Northern Cambria, the Cookport Fair features a variety of country, gospel and rock’n’roll performers each day.

The 82nd annual Sinking Valley Fair takes place Tuesday through Saturday at the Sinking Valley Fairgrounds near Skelp in northern Blair County. This fair will feature musical entertainment spanning gospel, country, rock’n’roll and even Celtic flavors. Admission and parking are free.

Two summertime events present their final chapters on Wednesday evening. The Blair County Community Action Agency concludes their “Summer in the City” concert series with their Patriot Day concert at downtown Altoona’s Heritage Plaza on Wednesday, commemorating the events of September 11, 2001. The concert will feature performances by Flight 19, Big Mac & the Fries and Nobody’s Heroes. Admission is free, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Meanwhile, across the railroad tracks, Altoona’s Railroaders Museum will present its final WingDay Wednesday event, with Born and the Beanstalk and The Sitch providing the musical backdrop to munch on hot chicken wings from area restaurants. 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:


Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Indiana; featuring: 6 p.m. – Endless Mike & the Beagle Club, 7 p.m. – Luchenbach Penna Pickers, 8 p.m. – Well Strung, 9 p.m. - Jazzam (all at Outdoor Stage, 6th and Philadelphia Streets)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Heidelberg Clug, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Dunnings Creek at Zach’s, Altoona

Xs for Eyes at Aldo’s, Altoona

Punk Fiction at the Buccinese Society, Altoona

Ethan Shoop at Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub, Hollidaysburg

Ruff Tymes Bob at Bakerton Inn, Bakerton

John and Joan at Bakerton Athletic Club, Bakerton (starts 8 p.m.)


Southside Strays (11 a.m.) and Fabulous Flashbacks (4 p.m.) at The Festival at Lakemont Park, Altoona

Suzapalooza at Duman Lake Park, Ebensburg; featuring Barr T Bluegrass Band, Ghostown Revelry and Never Enough (starts 12 noon; proceeds benefit Conemaugh Health Foundation)

Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Indiana; featuring: 11 a.m. – Voices of Joy, 12 noon – Julia Voris & Garret Rowan/Fiddlin’ Joe’s Legacy, 1 p.m. – Rowan Cunningham Band, 2 p.m. – Striped Maple Hollow, 3 p.m. – Mountain Therapy, 4 p.m. – Sue Massek, 5 p.m. – Wisaal, 6 p.m. – Trains, Moonshine & Jesus, 7 p.m. – Melville Walbeck, 8 p.m. – Si Kahn, 9 p.m. – Coastal Remedy (all at Outdoor Stage, 6th and Philadelphia Streets)


Randy Jackson & Friends at Family Pizza, Altoona

Born and the Beanstalk at Aldo’s, Altoona

D.D. & the Pub Crawlers at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

The Syrins at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 10 p.m.)

Ganister at Magoo’s, Cresson

Shades Of Leather at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

AED acoustic and Black Ridge at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Live Wire at Sunshine Bar, Coalport

K8 and the Crew at Schellsburg VFW, Schellsburg

Crazy Nites at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton

The Sitch at Bedford Moose, Bedford


AC Express at The Festival at Lakemont Park, Altoona (starts 1 p.m.)

Mama Corn at Baker Mansion, Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

Drum Circle at Heartspace Wellness, Altoona (starts 2 p.m., free admission)

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

Ricky Lee at The Wall That Heals, Altoona (starts 3 p.m., free admission)

John and Joan at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)


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

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Terry Lee Spencer and Big Tiny Young at Cookport Fair, Cookport

TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Luckenbach Penna Pickers, Big Tiny Young at Cookport Fair, Cookport


The Conniptions at Cookport Fair, Cookport

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


Mercy Vessel, The Masters and Big Tiny Young at Cookport Fair, Cookport


Patriot Day Concert at Heritage Plaza, Altoona; featuring Flight 19, Big Mac & the Fries and Nobody’s Heroes (starts 5 p.m.)

WingDay Wednesday with Born and the Beanstalk and The Sitch at Railroaders Museum, Altoona (starts 5:30 p.m.)

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

No Back Road at Sinking Valley Fair, Skelp (starts 7 p.m.)

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

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

Born and the Beanstalk at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)


The Steinbeisers at Sinking Valley Fair, Skelp (starts 12 noon)

Twolick Senior Band, Big Tiny Young and Ole 97 (Johnny Cash tribute) at Cookport Fair, Cookport


The SharpTones at Sinking Valley Fair, Skelp (starts 7:30 p.m.)

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

Matt Pletcher at Zach’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Drew Dodson at Aldo’s, Altoona

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

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Chrissy Miller of AC Express, performing during the Pints for Pets Brewfest at People's Natural Gas Field in May. The State College-based country and rock group will perform at The Festival at Lakemont Park this Sunday afternoon.


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