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Dashing Through The Snow...

December 13, 2013 - Jim Price
…Is what those who wish to venture out this weekend might be facing, especially on Saturday. But the area music scene’s beat goes on this weekend regardless.

Pellegrine’s will host a benefit on Friday night to raise funds and non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Kitchen. That event will begin at 7 p.m., and feature live music from the Backyard Rockers, Klockwick, Surrounded By Ignorance and Black Sun. Donation is either a cash donation of $5, or five non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry.

The Backyard Rockers will then head outside as the expected snow falls on Saturday, providing music during the Hollidaysburg YMCA’s annual Polar Brrr Plunge fundraiser. The group will perform acoustic rock, folk, blues and country favorites starting at 10 a.m. during registration for the event and after the plunge itself – when entrants will immerse themselves into the cold waters of Canoe Lake. With snow forecast to fall during the plunge, this promises to be an interesting event. A chili contest will also take place during the event, and proceeds will benefit the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA’s Program for All Campaign.

Two area country favorites will be on the stages on Saturday night, with Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs entertaining urban cowboys and cowgirls alike at the 4D’s Lounge, and Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ boot-scooting and boogeying at Glenn’s Place in Claysburg.

With a wintry weather forecast for Saturday, music fans may wish to call area venues ahead of time to make sure shows are still taking place. 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:


Ground Crew at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

St. Vincent DePaul Food Drive Benefit at Pellegrine’s, Altoona; featuring the Backyard Rockers, Klockwick, Surrounded By Ignorance and Black Sun (starts 7 p.m.; donation is $5 or five nonperishable food items for the pantry)

Matt Pletcher, Dwane Edmiston and Rich Edmundson at Shan Nicole’s, Hollidaysburg

Punk Fiction at City Hotel, Northern Cambria


The Backyard Rockers at Canoe Creek State Park (Hollidaysburg YMCA Polar Brrr Plunge fundraiser, starts 10 a.m.)


Conner Gilbert at Knickerbocker Tavern, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Born and the Beanstalk at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona

Pistol Peg & the Beer Kegs at 4Ds Lounge, Altoona

PennSoulVania (hip-hop artists) at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Shallow Nine at Buccinese Club, Altoona

This Albatross at Heidelberg Club, Altoona

Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin’ at Glenn’s Place, Claysburg

Backlash at Huntingdon Moose, Huntingdon

Force OF Habit at Hill Valley Inn, Mount Union

Second Edition at Mount Union VFW, Mount Union

Fueled By Ignorance at Pleasantville VFW, Pleasantville

White Shadow at Cresson American Legion, Cresson

Untyed at Sokols Club, Lilly

The Overtones at Chuggy’s, Portage

Un Der Cover at Castle Pub, Ebensburg

The Lux Republic and Black Ridge at Jay’s Place, Ebensburg

Hemlock House at City Hotel, Northern Cambria

R2B2 at Davey’s, Hastings


Felix & the Hurricanes at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona


Elvis Chicken at 30 Something, Altoona (starts 5 p.m.)

Matt Pletcher and Eric Wertz (acoustic) at 4D’s Lounge, Altoona


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

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

Rich Edmundson at Shaw’s Bar, Altoona (starts 9:30 p.m.)

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


The House Band at Club Coconuts, Altoona (starts 6 p.m.)

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

Michael O’Brian Band at Molly Maguire’s, Altoona (starts 8 p.m.)

Felix & the Hurricanes at Belmar Hotel, Altoona (starts 9 p.m.)

Old No. 7 at Aldo’s, Altoona (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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Chris Woodward & ShinDiggin' joined by a multitude of fans during last month's performance at Aldo's. The Huntingdon-based country group entertains at Glenn's Place in Claysburg on Saturday night.