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Halos, Harlots, Spuds and Suds This Weekend!

September 27, 2013 - Jim Price
A unique celebration of women in the arts, and a popular celebration of the potato will help bring plenty of live music to area stages this weekend.

The inaugural “Halos & Harlots, A Celebration of Female Music and Art,” will take place on both Friday and Saturday night at Aldo’s. Organized and anchored by Placid Promotions and area female-fronted progressive rock band Lies, Inc., Halos & Harlots will spotlight the creative endeavors of local and regional women in a variety of avenues. Music will be in the forefront, but there will also be female arts, crafts, businesses and associations benefiting women present at the event as well.

The two nights of Halos & Harlots will feature different musical focuses under different headings. Friday night will be the “Heaven” portion of the event, and will emphasize female folk, acoustic and alternative performers. The music begins at 6 p.m. with an acoustic set by the host band, Lies, Inc. Performing afterward will be Harrisburg-based singer and songwriter Mycenea Worley, Indiana-based acoustic duo Melville Walbeck, Dubois-based singer and songwriter Jen Bertiaux, State College folk-rock group Pure Cane Sugar, Johnstown’s The Lux Republic, and Harrisburg-based alternative rockers Gypsy Caravan. (A Pittsburgh-based group, Wings for Armor, had to withdraw from Friday’s band slate.)

Saturday’s half of Halos & Harlots, “Hell,” will focus on the harder and darker side of the female musical spectrum. Starting the evening will be acoustic sets by Somerset County based group AED and Indiana-based singer/songwriter Elizabeth Ellen. Frederick, Maryland-based group Cassandra Syndrome will then introduce their distinctive brand of symphonic, operatic heavy metal with a style and sound not far removed from ‘70s-era progressive rockers Renaissance and current-day metal rockers Lacuna Coil. Western Maryland-based modern rockers Shadowburn then perform, followed by the first area appearance by Pittsburgh female-led metal powerhouse Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. The host band, Lies, Inc. will then play a full electric set, before industrial rockers Sixteen Cylinder close out the night.

A portion of the proceeds from Halos & Harlots will go towards Altoona's Domestic Abuse Project.

Ebensburg will again celebrate the spud on Saturday with the 22nd annual Potatofest in downtown Ebensburg. The festival will feature more than 200 crafters and vendors, numerous food vendors offering a smorgasbord of potato-based items such as potato pizza, ham pot pies, regular and sweet potato fries, potato pastries and candy, and much more. And live music will take place over four stages spaced throughout the festival area. Some of the highlighted performers include finalist from the TV show “The Voice” Casey Weston, the return of Pittsburgh-based melodic pop-rock group J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights, local bluegrass group Mountain City Grass, Johnstown’s Whiskey River Panhandlers, classic rockers Totem and Fuse, and more. Admission to Potatofest is free; and to avoid parking hassles in downtown Ebensburg, free “Tater Express” shuttle bus transportation will be available from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech, the Cambria County Fairgrounds, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Lake Rowena.

From spuds to suds…For beer connoisseurs, a special fundraiser for Altoona Community Theatre takes place on Saturday evening at Altoona’s Railroaders Museum. The Rails and Ales SeptemBeerFest begins at 4 p.m., and will feature beer, ale and cider samplings from a number of brew crafters, complimentary hot dogs, sauerkraut and pretzels, and live music by the duos Tyne Palazzi & Pat McGinnis and Jack & Lilly. Tickets are $25 in advance and available at the Brew Zoo, or $30 at the gate. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age, and legal ID is required.

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:


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

Midnight Acoustic at Blue Knob Golf Resort, Blue Knob (starts 6 p.m.)

“Halos & Harlots” at Aldo’s, Altoona; featuring Lies Inc. (unplugged), Mycenea Worley, Melville Walbeck, Jen Bertiaux, Pure Cane Sugar, The Lux Republic and Gypsy Caravan (starts 6 p.m.)

The House Band at the Heidelberg Club, Altoona (starts 9 p.m., members and guests)

kBand at Ramada Cosmopolitan Lounge, Altoona


Potatofest, Ebensburg:

Main Tent: 10 a.m. – Jill & Leah Gontkovic, 12 noon – Casey Weston (The Voice), 1:35 p.m. – J.D. Eicher & the Goodnights, 3:30 p.m. – Fuse

Penn Eben Park: 10 a.m. – Darrell Dumm, 12:30 p.m. – Totem, 3 p.m. – Shiz’n’Giggles

Memorial Park Tent: 12 noon – Whiskey River Panhandlers, 2:30 p.m. – Never Enough

South Center Street Tent: 12:30 p.m. – Mountain City Grass, 3 p.m. – The Highlites

Hate Grenade at Hardcore Mudd Run, Mid State Regional Airport, Philipsburg (starts 12 noon, benefit for Children’s Miracle Network)

ACT’s Rails and Ales SeptemBeerFest at Railroaders Museum, Altoona; featuring Tyne Palazzi & Pat McGinnis and Jack & Lilly (starts 4 p.m.)


The Sitch at Family Pizza, Altoona

“Halos & Harlots” at Aldo’s, Altoona; featuring AED (unplugged), Elizabeth Ellen, Cassandra Syndrome, Shadowburn, Fist Fight in the Parking Lot and Sixteen Cylinder (starts 6 p.m.)

Shallow 9 at Belmar Hotel, Altoona

Flight 19 at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona

PennSoulVania (hip-hop artists) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona

The Syrins at Zach’s, Altoona

Saving Jake at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Second Edition at Williamsburg American Legion, Williamsburg

Untyed at Magoo’s, Cresson

Night Train at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

Ganister at Hill Valley Inn, Mount Union

Crazy Nites at Saxton Sportsmen’s Club, Saxton

Fueled By Ignorance (F.B.I.) at Judy’s, Schellsburg

Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ at Steele’s Tavern, Hopewell

The House Band at Place of the Rocks Roadhouse, Grampian


The House Band at Place of the Rocks Roadhouse, Grampian (Rock and Ride Autism fundraiser after party, starts 4 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Mad Hatters, St. Boniface (starts 4 p.m.)


Jam Night with Punk Fiction at Castle Pub, Ebensburg (starts 7 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


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


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.)


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

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

Full Kilt at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

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

Tom “Ying” Yannitelli at Thirsty Dawg Taverne, Patton (starts 9 p.m.)

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

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Jen Brickner of Gypsy Caravan, performing at Gullifty's Underground in Camp Hill during the Millennium Music Conference in February. Gypsy Caravan arrives on an Altoona stage for the first time on Friday night when they perform at the Halos & Harlots women's music showcase at Aldo's.


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